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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.

Strickland House

Friday 21 April 2017 The Woollahra History and Heritage Society will give tours and talks on the history of Strickland House at 52 Vaucluse Road on Sunday 30 April at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm as part of the Heritage Festival. Carrara, the house itself, is closed for renovations. Information: phone 9371 8373 or Heritage Festival details HERE.

Youth Parliament

Monday 20 March 2017 The YMCA Youth Parliament introduces young people to the NSW Parliament and it can create change, with residential camps in July and September including a Youth Sitting Week in Parliament where you develop and debate bills. Details HERE.

Schools Report

20 February 2017 While only dissenting committee members on the inner city schools parliamentary inquiry called on the government to reconsider building a new Ultimo school on the Fig and Wattle streets site, the final report recommended that the department use EPA soil remediation standards – not its own, which inflated cost estimates and gave the department a reason to withdraw from the site. Other shortcomings in inner city public schools planning were identified with recommendations on how government should communicate and coordinate with councils, planning and Urban Growth to plan for demographic changes. The report 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.

Plastics Pollution

(Question, Thursday 06 April 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament) My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. With a container deposit scheme set to commence this year, what will the Minister do next to reduce plastic pollution from plastic bags, packaging microbeads and microfibres?  

Barangaroo Noise

Monday 27 March 2017 Construction at Barangaroo has intruded on adjacent residents’ peaceful enjoyment over their homes over many years and now noisy night works are planned for the next five months, including for buildings that have not yet received planning approval. Large numbers of residents will be affected and I’ve asked the planning minister to require Lendlease to adhere to standard work hours. My letter:   Residents living adjacent to major projects need sleep and should be protected from intrusive late night noise. I’m lodging more questions in Parliament for better noise controls on construction, transport and road works, as well as gas, electricity and telecommunications projects that RMS requires to be carried out at night. Traffic flow should not get priority over being able to sleep.

Marina Redevelopment

Monday 27 March 2017 There is still time to comment on the RMS plans for the Elizabeth Bay Marina – closes 31 March. Following a briefing from RMS officers, I remain concerned about the scale of the building, loss of views and bringing more and larger boats into this peaceful precinct. My submission calls for a low key upgrade not an expansion, retention of public access to the foreshore, noise protection during construction and coordination with Transport for NSW work on a ferry wharf to the area. My submission is HERE. Project details and how to make a submission 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.

Global Gag Rule

Friday 21 April 2017   I support the campaign to keep funding family planning and health programs within the Australian overseas aid program. Complications arising from pregnancy, childbirth and unsafe abortions kill about 830 women and girls in developing countries each day. The last time the Global Gag rule was applied, abortion rates doubled where funds were cut.   Join the campaign HERE and donate to She Decides HERE. My letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs is HERE. 

Women of Pyrmont

10 April 2017 I was pleased to join federal MP Tanya Plibersek to launch the new book ‘Women of Pyrmont’, which shows how women in the newly redeveloped Pyrmont built a strong and connected community. I congratulated all those involved with the book in Parliament, HERE. 

Radio Reports

Monday 10 April 2017 I recently talked on ABC Radio National’s Nightlife with Sarah Macdonald, who asked Californian Senator Ricardo Lara and me about friendship, politics and marriage quality (30 mins), listen HERE. Dean Beck interviewed me on Joy FM about my work as an MP and advocate (1 hour), listen HERE. 
My latest actions on Equality.