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Alex is committed to government transparency and accountability; protecting the natural and urban environments, open space and Sydney’s unique heritage; retaining inner city social and affordable housing; the humane treatment of animals; improving transport options; and fairness and equality for the LGBTI communities.
 

Key Issues

Public high schools in the local area are full or fast filling up and families need new options. In Parliament I asked the Education Minister to allow Sydney Boys High School to increase local enrolments to provide additional capacity for the area. The Minister said he would consider the suggestion, which has the support of the school’s headmaster, and the parents and citizens association. Following a meeting with the Minister, Education Department, and City of Sydney a working party has been established to address the growing education needs of inner city families.

Schools Inquiry

22 August 2016 I’m pleased that the Legislative Council will carry out a Parliamentary Inquiry into ‘Enrolment capacity in inner city public primary schools’ to examine total project costs, details of Ultimo Public School alternative sites and costs of the Wentworth Park temporary school and the impact of the Bays Precinct development on future school needs. Submissions are due 18 September. Details HERE.

Walk With Art School

22 August 2016 Students, staff, alumni, and supporters of the National Art School will march to Parliament House, wearing the NAS orange, to protest against proposals to merge this vital school with the University of NSW. I have called to keep the NAS independent and at the Darlinghurst Gaol site with federal funding and will table petitions in Parliament. Protesters will meet at the National Art School campus 12noon 24 August. Details HERE. Join the campaign at gotothisurlrightnow.com  and sign the petition at HERE.  

NAS Threat

Wednesday 3 August 2016 While the amalgamation of the Sydney College of the Arts and University of NSW Art and Design school will not go ahead at this stage, I understand talks are continuing on absorbing the National Art School into the university system. The National Art School provides a unique education that cannot be lost, teaching under the atelier style and accepting students based on portfolio and interview. The school should be modelled on NIDA and AFTRS, with independence, national recognition and federal funding. In Parliament I called on the state government to ensure the school's independence, occupation of the old Darlinghurst Gaol site and funding until there is federal funding. My speech is HERE.   Join the campaign at http://gotothisurlrightnow.com and sign the petition HERE. 
My latest actions on Education.
I want to ensure Sydney is sustainable for the future, and will advocate for action on climate change, while ensuring the government gives households support and information to save money on electricity and gas bills. I will campaign hard for NSW to embrace renewable energy.

Smart Green Apartments

22 August 2016 The City of Sydney provides grants to help retrofit large strata apartment buildings to reduce energy and water costs and emissions. Aria in Waterloo saves $61,000 a year through lighting upgrades and timers on car park exhaust fans. Cleveland Mews in Redfern saved 82% in power use through lighting upgrades and heat pumps for the swimming pool and spa. Applications close 28 September, apply HERE.

National Tree Day

25 July 2016 Planet Ark’s National Tree Day will be held on Sunday 31 July. Now in its 20th year, National Tree Day has been responsible for planting 22 million trees. Now it’s more important than ever to make our city greener and help restore shade and habitat for wildlife. More information HERE. Find a tree planting event near you HERE.

Carbon Budget Talk

25 July 2016 On Tuesday 26 July at 6pm the Powerhouse will host a free Carbon Budget Talk as part of Sydney Climate Justice Series. Speakers include Lesley Hughes, ecologist and professor at Macquarie University; Anna Skarbek, CEO of ClimateWorks; and Miriam Lyons, Renewable Energy Campaigner at Get Up. The event will consider Australia’s carbon budget and what strategies can be adopted to stay within the Global Carbon Budget. The event is organised by UNSW Practical Justice Initiative and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Get your free ticket HERE. 
My latest actions on Environment.
As a member of the NSW Cross-Party Marriage Equality I am working to progress same-sex marriage in NSW. Soon I will introduce amendments to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act to end discrimination against NSW LGBTI high School Students. The NSW Parliament recently unanimously supported my motions welcoming openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson to NSW and acknowledging the important work done by ACON towards HIV/AIDS prevention and education. I am also working towards greater recognition and protection for the Trans and Intersex communities in NSW laws.

Wear It Purple

22 August 2016 High school students created Wear it Purple Day to address homophobic bullying and harassment and it is now a national day to support young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ). The City of Sydney will light up Sydney Town Hall in purple and hold a free barbecue, with live entertainment from the NSW Police band, information stalls and giveaways. NSW Police, Wear It Purple, Twenty10, The Gender Centre, Inner City Legal Centre, Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and ACON join forces on Friday 26 August 12-5pm at 1 Bedford Street Newtown. Details HERE and information about Wear it Purple available at www.wearitpurple.org.  

Marriage Equality

15 August 2016 My oped in the Huffington Post reviews the 12 year anniversary of the federal Howard Government and Labor Opposition amendments to the Marriage Act to exclude same-sex couples from the celebration of marriage. The change was in response to Australians getting married overseas in jurisdictions that had marriage equality – the then government wanted to block recognition of these marriages and to stymie any court challenges. We’ve come a long way since then, with more than 70 per cent of the community supporting marriage equality and increasing pressure for reform. Read my oped HERE. 

No Plebiscite Public Funding

Monday 8 August 2016 Sign the Australian Marriage Equality Campaign petition calling for no public funding for the proposed plebiscite on marriage equality. Public funds should be spent on vital community services, education and health – not a public debate on equality. Sign the petition HERE.
My latest actions on Equality.