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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.

VET Enquiry

13 July 2015 I’ve repeatedly raised concerns about changes to TAFE based on requests from constituents who want access to affordable training. There’s now a Parliamentary Inquiry into vocational education and training looking at student choice, public and private providers’ roles and costs, including the government’s Smart and Skilled reforms, with submissions due 14 August. Details HERE.

DA for $7m Bourke St Public School refurbishment promises new hall, library, and playground for 100 extra students

(James Gorman, 9 July 2015, The Daily Telegraph) AFTER the disappointment of the State Government’s backflip on a new Ultimo primary school, there is some good news for inner city students and parents, with a multi-million dollar refurbishment of Bourke St Public School looking immi­nent... ...Sydney State MP Alex Greenwich has promised to keep an eye on the progress of the proposed $60 million comprehensive high school scheduled to be built in Surry Hills by 2020, after no funds were allocated to it in the most recent state budget. Read Full Article HERE

Ultimo Public School

7 July 2015 In response to my request for investigation, the NSW Auditor General will include a financial audit of the Department of Education and Communities decisions on the Ultimo Public School. The Audit Office will carry out a performance audit on ‘Planning for School Infrastructure’ in 2016/2017. The request is HERE and the Auditor General’s response 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.

Rural Fires Amendment (Bush Fire Prevention) Bill 2015

(Debate, 25 August 2015, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)  At the outset I acknowledge and thank the Minister's office for the briefing given to the crossbench today. I also acknowledge that The Greens and Opposition have very reasonable amendments which they will be moving in the other place. The Rural Fires Amendment (Bush Fire Prevention) Bill 2015 continues the 10/50 policy that has seen the loss of more than 5,000 trees, including habitat trees and threatened species. The 10/50 code removed the need for landowners to obtain assessments from the NSW Rural Fire Service or local council to remove trees within 50 metres and vegetation within 10 metres of a habitable building in bushfire-prone areas. It allowed them to clear the vegetation without any oversight.

Plastic Waste

Monday 24 August 2015 In Parliament, I supported a ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags. Most end up in landfill or litter and cause injury and death to wildlife. Clean Up Australia’s survey found that 91 per cent of people support a ban.  Please download and sign my petition to help me keep this on the government’s agenda HERE

Single-use Lightweight Plastic Bags

(Discussion on Petition, 13 August 2015, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) I strongly support the petition, and I join communities across New South Wales to call for a ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags. I commend the member for Coogee for presenting this petition to the Parliament. I commend all the speakers, including the Minister, for their contributions. Single-use plastic bags are wasteful and unnecessary. Most end up in landfill, others end up as litter and too few—only about 15 per cent—get recycled. Plastic bags are found across the waste stream, including in and adjacent to waterways where they destroy thousands of wildlife species, such as birds, whales, seals and turtles, which mistake them for jellyfish. Plastic bags also block drains, contributing to floods in heavy downpours.
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.

Human Rights Commission Report

(Questions Without Notice, 24 June 2015, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) My question is directed to the Attorney General. The Human Rights Commission report on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex rights identified a number of areas that New South Wales can fix. How will the Government respond to that report?

Marriage Equality

Monday 17 August 2015 Canberra Airport was lit up with rainbow lights to declare support for marriage equality this week. Sadly the Prime Minister found a way to again put off a vote – despite the overwhelming community support for reform and a tradition of conscience votes on these matters.   Joint party legislation is expected in the federal party next week and I will continue to work on for equality. This setback will not stop the campaign for equality! Check the Australian Marriage Equality website for up to date reports: www.australianmarriageequality.org and make sure you sign the petition to oppose an anti-marriage equality referendum HERE

Want to get married?

5 August 2015 Australian Marriage Equality are compiling a list of all the couples that will get married in Australia when we finally have marriage equality. By telling them about your wedding plans and sharing your story you will help win over the hearts and minds of undecided Federal MPs. If you want to get married in Australia, register your wedding HERE now. 
My latest actions on Equality.