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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.

NAIDOC

Monday 26 July 2017 NAIDOC or National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week originated with the 1938 Day of Mourning and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. NAIDOC is 2-9 Julywith the theme ‘Our languages matter’. Check the Indigenous Language map, which locates the 250 odd original language groups across the country, of which only 120 are still spoken, HERE. 

Education Funding

  Read my letter HERE. 

Schools Update

Monday 19 June 2017 The Department of Education is developing a planning proposal for the use of part of Wentworth Park for a temporary Ultimo Public School, while the existing school is demolished and a new facility built. The school will continue on the current site until the temporary facility is ready. Information is 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.

Marine Parks

Wednesday 20 September 2017 The NSW government lists Sydney Harbour as an iconic and valuable part of the NSW marine estate and it is listed as Australia's 16th national landscape on the National Landscapes program in recognition of great its significance, but there has been little progress with protecting the area as a marine park. The minister’s response to my latest questions refers to committees, assessment and research but little practical action, read it HERE. 

Microplastics

Wednesday 20 September 2017 More and more governments are banning lightweight plastic bags to prevent waste and major marine plastic pollution, with Western Australia joining most recently. The environment minister’s response to my latest question shows little leadership, relying on litter prevention, businesses choosing to act and CSIRO research. Governments must act fast and decisively to halt the environmental and health disaster that is looming. My questions HERE.   See the CHOICE article on microbeads many consumers don’t know cause pollution, HERE. Support the Total Environment Centre campaign to reduce plastic waste and pollution HERE. 

Cities Taking the Lead

Monday 4 September 2017 The next City of Sydney CityTalk 6.30pm Tuesday 12 September at Sydney Town Hall focusses on the role of cities tackling critical issues like climate change and housing affordability where national governments are failing to act. Speakers include Christiana Figueres Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, Gregor Robertson Mayor of Vancouver, Lord Mayor Clover Moore and John Hewson Crawford School of Public Policy ANU and former Opposition Leader. Free but bookings essential 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.

YE$ Needs You

Wednesday 20 September 2017 Out for Australia’s inclusive fundraising event for Yes is at COMMUNE, 901 Bourke Street Waterloo, Thursday 21 September 6-10pm, with Gordi and The Domestics, tickets HERE.

Festival Weekend

Wednesday 20 September 2017 The fabulous Surry Hills Festival is on again Saturday 23 September with a new arts project Double Take across Ward Park, Devonshire Street, Shannon Reserve, Crown Street, laneways, pop up spaces and more, information HERE. Reclaim The Streets has a Marriage Equality Festival: Signed Sealed Delivered in Prince Alfred Park, including a mass posting of marriage surveys at Strawberry Hills Post Office, HERE. 

Enrol for Equality

Monday 21 August 2017 If there’s a postal survey on marriage equality and you have moved address over the past few years, you may not get your ballot paper and be able to vote. You only have till 24 August to update your enrolment details, so check today: www.aec.gov.au.  
My latest actions on Equality.