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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.

Sydney Modern Project

18 July 2016 Art Gallery of NSW, director Michael Brand, with SANAA architectural firm’s Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa discuss design of the gallery’s new building Sydney Modern Project on Wednesday 27 July 6.30pm in the gallery entrance court. Details HERE. 

Rethink Ultimo School

11 July 2016 I’ve asked the Minister for Education to reconsider using the former council depot site at Fig and Wattle streets following information about contamination at the Wentworth Park site that was intended as a temporary site during construction of a new Ultimo school on the existing site. Costs of remediation at Wentworth Park and the current school site may make remediation at the former depot cost-effective. My joint letter with Jamie Parker Member for Balmain is HERE.

Request to Minister Ultimo Public School

Monday, 11 July 2016 I’ve asked the Minister for Education to reconsider using the former council depot site at Fig and Wattle streets following information about contamination at the Wentworth Park site that was intended as a temporary site during construction of a new Ultimo school on the existing site. Costs of remediation at Wentworth Park and the current school site make remediation at the former depot My joint letter with Jamie Parker Member for Balmain, 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.

Diminishing the National Estate

6 June 2016 Only nine per cent of NSW is protected national park and few additions have been made in recent years. While I accept some revocations are necessary, such as to reflect a native title decision, included in the government’s recent repeal of 350 hectares of protected land is the revocation of a part of the Ku-ring-Gai Chase National Park to expand a pistol club facility. So-called ‘compensation’ for the loss will be kilometres away in Heathcote, in land that should be reserved regardless. I told Parliament national park declarations are meant to be in perpetuity and expanded, not repealed for private land grabs. My speech is HERE. 

Forest Logging Report

16 May 2016 Last week I helped the National Parks Association and the Nature Conservation Council launch a report that shows devastating destruction to our native forests by Regional Forest Agreements (RFA), which allow logging to clear habitat needed by threatened and vulnerable species. The report shows that improving protection would create massive social, economic and environmental benefits including in tourism and carbon sequestration. RFAs are being extended in Tasmania without any assessment and I encourage you to ask the Premier to abandon this model in NSW contact HERE. Links to the report are available HERE.

Container Deposits

9 May 2016 The environment finally got some good news with the state government committing to a container deposit system by mid next year. The scheme adds a 10-cent levy to drink containers which gets refunded when it is presented for recycling. We have too much plastic in our environment and container deposits have proven to boost recycling rates. I’ve been pushing for a scheme since my election and I congratulate the government for prioritising community and environment.
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.

PIAC's 'Equality, Discrimination & Faith' Forum

18 July 2016 Join me at 6:30pm on Monday 1 August for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s forum on ‘Equality, Discrimination & Faith’. I will join expert speakers on a panel discussion of LGBTI rights, marriage equality, religious freedom and our democracy moderated by Julie McCrossin.  All proceeds will support the Public Interest Advocacy Centre's human rights work. Start the conversation on Twitter @PIACnews or pose a question for our panel using #AskJulieMC. Book your tickets HERE. 

NAIDOC Week

4 July 2016 NAIDOC Week 3-10 July sees events across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NSW Parliament has an Indigenous art exhibition and cultural activities in conjunction with the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Tuesday 5 July 10am-3pm. Find local events at www.naidoc.org.au/events-calendar

Orlando Benefit

4 July 2016 Local performers including Magda Szubanski, Joel Creasey, Bob Downe, Paul Capsis, iOTA, Emma Matthews, Simon Burke and Virginia Gay and the City of Sydney are holding a fundraiser for those killed and injured at the Orlando mass shooting. ‘From Sydney With Love – a concert for Orlando’ is on at Sydney Town Hall 8pm Monday 11 July. Tickets HERE
My latest actions on Equality.