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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.

School DAs

Monday 6 November 2017 Amended plans for the Inner City High School on Cleveland Street to cater for 1,200 secondary students are open for comment until 10 November. Details HERE.

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. 
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.

Land Clearing

Monday 4 December 2017 The Nature Conservation Council and Environment Defenders Office are challenging the NSW Government’s Native Vegetation Code in the Land and Environment Court. These are similar to Queensland’s devastating code that saw nearly 300,000 hectares of bushland cleared in 2013/2014 – three times the rate prior to the codes. Our environment cannot cope with such a loss of biodiversity. 

Greener Sydney

Monday 4 December 2017 Building new roads, infrastructure and housing has resulted in thousands of mature trees removed across greater Sydney. Evidence shows we need more trees to reduce air pollution, protect against increasingly dangerous heat impacts and to provide beauty and amenity. This is especially important in the densely populated inner city where few people have private green space.

Vital Green Space,

Monday 23 October 2017 Sydney's green space is rapidly being cleared and risks being eradicated. In Parliament I called on the Government to introduce new laws to strengthen urban green space protections and immediately start work to expand city green space. Unfortunately the current government’s trend has been to weaken protection of urban bush to fast track development.
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.

Equality Wins

Tuesday 12 December 2017 Federal Parliament passed the bill to provide marriage equality last week, voting down hostile amendments again and again. Federal MPs have now finally done what the community has supported and Australia is a better place for this reform. See my articles on Junkee: http://junkee.com/thank-you-australia/138309  and The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/08/we-did-this-together-today-we-celebrate-a-resounding-victory-for-love. Thank you everyone who has helped achieve this step forward.

Thank You Sydney

Monday 20 November 2017 Sydney celebrated a positive response across Australia to the marriage postal survey last Wednesday and I watched in Canberra as legislation was introduced into the Senate Thursday.

Marriage Equality, MPI

(Matter of Public Importance, 16 November 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) By leave: I thank the member for Summer Hill for introducing this matter of public importance to the Parliament. I am sure she will not mind me thanking her amazing staff even more, as they have played a significant role in this campaign. Yesterday was a historic occasion for Australia as people from across the country came together to deliver an unequivocal mandate to our Federal Parliament to legislate for marriage equality as soon as possible.
My latest actions on Equality.