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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.

Earning Green By Going Green: The Simple Case For A Container Deposit Scheme

(Alex Greenwich, 14 January 2015, New Matilda) Opposition to a scheme that rewards people for recycling containers makes no sense environmentally, and even less economically, writes Alex Greenwich. There is strong community and multi-partisan support for a container deposit scheme. Threats from the beverage industry to run bully campaigns against political supporters will inflict more reputation damage to that industry than it will to any environmentally concerned politicians. Read article HERE.

Marine Sanctuaries

16 December 2014 The federal government is reviewing marine sanctuaries despite more than 10 years of evidence supporting them. You can comment HERE.  

CSG mining: Contamination, erosion, short term gain

(Alex Greenwich, 12 December 2014, The Big Smoke) MP Alex Greenwich clearly states his opposition to CSG mining,  citing contamination of Sydney’s drinking water and irreparable damage to surrounding ecosystems as only part of the problem… Read article HERE. 
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.

Inner City High School Consultation Report

Read my letter to the Minister for Education about the inner city high school consultation report HERE.

Ultimo Public School 100 years

16 December 2014 I welcome the government’s acceptance of the City of Sydney’s offer for sale of the former Wattle Street depot site for a 1,000 student Ultimo Public School with an 80 place childcare centre and Outside School Hours Care. This is a great win for the inner city and I congratulate all those who have been working with me to get this outcome. The new school is set to open for term 1 in 2018. Last week I joined parents, teachers, and students to celebrate the school's 100th anniversary at their currents site. 

Ageing Darlinghurst Courthouse earmarked as ideal site to house inner-city Sydney high school

(Jessica Clement, 9 December 2014,  Wentworth Courier) After 172 years of dealing with the worst of Sydney criminals, the Darlinghurst Courthouse could be reappropriated as the site of a new high school. The court is ideally located, contains its own green space and would be an opportunity to activate Oxford St, said Sydney State Independent MP Alex Greenwich, who has officially endorsed it as his preferred home for inner-city students. “It’s centrally located and it has come to the end of its life as a law court,” he said. Read full article 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.

Politicians, gay advocates want independent investigation into claims of police misconduct

(Nicole Hasham, 19 January 2015, Sydney Morning Herald) Momentum is building for an independent body with the power to investigate police misconduct, following revelations that eye-witness allegations of a police gay bashing have been wiped from official records... ...Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, who is gay, said it was "greatly concerning" that records of Mr Simes' allegations have been erased. He said the incident reinforced  the need for an independent body to oversee police, investigate complaints and make binding recommendations, adding that claims of police misconduct were  often investigated internally... Read full article HERE. 

Woman of the Year

13 January 2015 My nominee for the Sydney Electorate Woman of the Year is Robyn Carroll from Walla Mulla Family & Community Services. Robyn has built links across the Woolloomooloo community, including practical projects like graffiti clean-up days.   The state finalist will be announced in Parliament on International Women’s Day 8 March. 

Marriage equality first test for Luke Foley as NSW Labor Leader

(Alex Greenwich, 5 January 2014, The Big Smoke) Congratulating Luke Foley on his unopposed election as NSW Labor leader, Independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich urges him to evolve on marriage equality and maintain Labor’s support for anti-discrimination legislation. Today, Luke Foley has been elected unopposed as Leader of the Labor opposition in NSW. Mr Foley’s opposition to a NSW Same-Sex Marriage Bill prevented the legislation from passing the NSW Upper House late last year, so many will be confused and disappointed that NSW is the only State with a Labor leader who opposes marriage equality. Read article HERE.
My latest actions on Equality.