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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.

Greenwich puts Ballaarat Park on government’s agenda

 (Emily Contador-Kelsall, 18 June 2015, altmedia.net.au) The community campaign to extend Ballaarat Park is moving steadily forward with the support of independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich. Mr Greenwich submitted five questions centering on the state government’s plans for the future of the park to the Minister for Planning Rob Stokes in late May.Mr Greenwich told City Hub he hoped that his questions to the minister “will help get more useful open green space”. Read Full article HERE

Recycling Win

23 February 2015 The government has announced it will go ahead with a container deposit scheme in NSW despite vested industry lobbying, a great win for the community campaign.  Thank you to all those who supported reform including signing petitions and using the City of Sydney reverse vending machines which will likely be installed across NSW. While the promised scheme won’t be operating until 2017, this is a major move to reduce litter and waste.  

Container Deposits Scheme

22 January 2015 Container Deposits make sense on both economic and environmental grounds, and I’ve been working with the Boomerang Alliance community campaign for a NSW scheme. See my recent article in New Matilda HEREMedia reports suggest that the NSW Government has understood the massive community support (85 per cent!) for this reform and will join other states and introduce a CDL scheme, helping to build a national program. 
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.

NSW To Review Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex rights

25 June 2015, Media Release In response to calls from the Independent Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, the NSW Attorney-General, Gabrielle Upton, has committed to reviewing the implications for NSW of the Human Rights Commission report on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex rights.

Same-sex Marriage

(Urgent Motion, 24 June 2015, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) Finally we get to talk about love. I move: That this House: (1) Notes members of the New South Wales Parliament and the community hold various views on the issue of marriage equality. (2) Wishes our Federal colleagues a respectful debate that is tolerant of all views. (3) Notes the importance of members of Parliament being free to express their own view and the views of their electorates on this issue. The vast majority of people in New South Wales and the wider Australian communities have opened their hearts and minds to support the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex [LGBTI] people to marry the persons they love in the country they love. This is reflected in Crosby Textor polling, which shows that up to 72 per cent of Australians support marriage equality, with the figure rising to 75 per cent in New South Wales.

NSW Parliament unanimous vote on same-sex marriage pressures Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow free vote

(Nicole Hasham, June 24 2015, The Sydney Morning Herald) Premier Mike Baird has offered support for a motion passed in the NSW lower house saying MPs should be free to express their views on same-sex marriage and wishing the Federal Parliament well on debate over the issue. ...Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, who is openly gay, put up a priority motion noting NSW MPs and the community hold various views on the issue of marriage equality, and wishing their federal colleagues "a respectful debate that is tolerant of all views".... Read Full Article HERE  
My latest actions on Equality.
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.

Auditor-General Urged To Review Education Department Decision

(Media Release , 29 June 2015) Alex Greenwich, the Independent Member for Sydney, has joined Jamie Parker, the Member for Balmain, in requesting the Auditor-General review the Education Department's controversial plan to renege on building a new 1,000 student school in Ultimo, and instead redevelop the existing site to provide a much smaller school than that promised before the March election.

Ultimo Public School: NSW government deliberately ignored rebuild advice

(Eryk Bagshaw, 28 June 2015, The Sydney Morning Herald) The NSW Department of Education deliberately ignored advice from an independent consultant and overstated the cost of building a new inner city primary school, the state government's own report reveals. ...Sydney MP Alex Greenwich said he was appalled the community was told lies.  "The department has to come clean on what it is trying to do. Why are they misleading the community? ... Read Full Article HERE

Ultimo Public School

24 June 2015 Read my letter to the Auditor General requesting review of the development and assessment of the Ultimo Public School project. Letter available HERE.
My latest actions on Education.