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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

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.

Biodiversity Conservation

(Private Members Statement, 15 September 2015, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) Biodiversity is the variety of plants, animals and micro-organisms in the environment. Protecting biodiversity is important to my constituents because it supports human life, clean air, clean water, fertile land and pollination. Australia has a shameful record of biodiversity loss with the highest rates of species loss among developed countries. In New South Wales, 100 animals and plants have become extinct since European settlement and nearly 1,000 are at risk with 59 per cent of animals listed as threatened. We have lost more than one-third of our native vegetation and almost all of our rainforests. Last year the Government began a review of the legislation that protects threatened species, and I understand is considering introducing a single piece of biodiversity legislation. The various Acts protect different aspects of biodiversity and these protections should not be eroded in any way with enforcement and administration better resourced to make them more effective. Of particular concern are indications that protections under the Native Vegetation Act 2003 could be removed to permit broadscale clearing of biodiversity-rich privately owned land.

Climate Change Challenge

Monday 14 September 2015 In response to my question to the Minister for the Environment about NSW government action on climate change in the absence of Commonwealth leadership, he referred to current action plans for energy efficiency and renewable energy, plus the Renewable Energy Advocate to work on 104 renewable energy projects and key investments. Details HERE.  

Climate Change 2015

(Questions Without Notice, 10 September 2015, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. Given that expert assessment of the Federal Government's latest climate change commitment is that it does nothing to change the behaviour of big polluters or to support renewable energy, what leadership will the New South Wales Government show to tackle climate change by setting stronger targets for increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse emissions?
My latest actions on Environment.
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.

Ultimo School Petition

Wednesday 23 September 2015 Thank you to the 500 Pyrmont and Ultimo residents who’ve already signed the petition calling for a new school fit for the future. I’ve submitted them to Parliament for the minister’s response, and the Member for Balmain will submit the next batch. You can download the petition HERE.

Ultimo Public School 2015

Thursday 10 September 2015 Earlier this year, the government reneged on a promised new Ultimo Public school for 1,000 students, with childcare and community facilities included. The new plan will see a smaller high-rise school built on the current site, which will displace students and not address long term needs. Together with the Member for Balmain Jamie Parker, I’m supporting the community campaign for a proper new school for the future. Please download, print and sign the new community petition HERE.

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.
My latest actions on Education.
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.

Adoption Anniversary

Monday 14 September 2015 Last week in Parliament I also spoke on the five year anniversary of Clover Moore’s same sex adoption legislation, which allowed children to have both same-sex couple parents recognised legally when adopting instead of only one. I read a message from constituent Gabi, who said:“Until the law was changed I would have had to choose either one or the other of my parents to adopt me as the law did not allow same sex couples to adopt as a couple. I did not feel I could make that choice. They were BOTH my parents. The day I was officially adopted felt like the best day of my life. Thank you to all those who made it possible.” 

Marriage Campaign Update

Monday 14 September 2015 Many constituents have been asking me what is next for the marriage equality campaign. I have shared my thoughts on the need for a strategic approach to ensure the reform passes through the next parliament. You can read my piece HERE.  

Where to next for Australian Marriage Equality?

(Alex Greenwich, 14 September 2015, If the Australian political system was fair we would have marriage equality, but it’s not and we don’t. It’s always tempting to focus on how out of touch those who oppose reform are, but as we know that doesn’t get us anywhere. As someone who has been intimately involved in the marriage equality campaign for the best part of decade, I know that now is the time to take a few deep breaths and think strategically. We need to now focus on the political realities and challenges associated with the next federal election and a possible plebiscite. Read Full Article HERE
My latest actions on Equality.