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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.

Future Art Education

27 June 2016 I share community concern that merging the Sydney College of the Arts with the UNSW Art and Design school, and potentially the National Art School, could reduce opportunities to study under different approaches, styles and practices essential to different artistic talents. Sydney’s thriving arts and culture scenes make it an attractive place to live, work and visit and in Parliament I asked the government to retain all existing programs, courses and teachers. My question is HERE.  

Local VIEW Clubs

31 May 2016 Representatives of local VIEW Clubs recently briefed me about their inspiring work. ‘Voice, Interests and Education of Women’ (VIEW) groups get together to make a positive difference for women and children, working with the Smith Family to make sure that all kids get an education. The clubs provide social activities and opportunities to help disadvantaged families. There’s a literary luncheon on Tuesday 7 June at the Gaden Centre Edgecliff Road Woollahra with crime thriller author Jane Harper, information HERE. The Harbourside East VIEW meets at the Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay, the Sydney City VIEW meets at The Bowlers Club York Street, and they are establishing a new club in to meet at the Gaden Centre. Information HERE. 

High School Update

9 May 2016 I welcome the announcement that the government will move the Intensive English High School to an upgraded Alexandria Park Community School Mitchell Road campus and build a new $60 million 1,200 student high school on the Cleveland Street site to open in 2020. The next step will expand Alexandria Park for up to 2,200 primary and secondary students to open by 2022. There has been a strong community campaign to get new schools to meet massive growth in demand and I congratulate the advocates who have been working to get government action. The community must be involved with school design – we need well-designed, cutting edge facilities that meet the highest sustainability standards. The media release 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.

Diminishing the National Estate

6 June 2016 Only nine per cent of NSW is protected national park and few additions have been made in recent years. While I accept some revocations are necessary, such as to reflect a native title decision, included in the government’s recent repeal of 350 hectares of protected land is the revocation of a part of the Ku-ring-Gai Chase National Park to expand a pistol club facility. So-called ‘compensation’ for the loss will be kilometres away in Heathcote, in land that should be reserved regardless. I told Parliament national park declarations are meant to be in perpetuity and expanded, not repealed for private land grabs. My speech is HERE. 

Forest Logging Report

16 May 2016 Last week I helped the National Parks Association and the Nature Conservation Council launch a report that shows devastating destruction to our native forests by Regional Forest Agreements (RFA), which allow logging to clear habitat needed by threatened and vulnerable species. The report shows that improving protection would create massive social, economic and environmental benefits including in tourism and carbon sequestration. RFAs are being extended in Tasmania without any assessment and I encourage you to ask the Premier to abandon this model in NSW contact HERE. Links to the report are available HERE.

Container Deposits

9 May 2016 The environment finally got some good news with the state government committing to a container deposit system by mid next year. The scheme adds a 10-cent levy to drink containers which gets refunded when it is presented for recycling. We have too much plastic in our environment and container deposits have proven to boost recycling rates. I’ve been pushing for a scheme since my election and I congratulate the government for prioritising community and environment.
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.

Marriage Equality Conversation

27 June 2016 Read my oped in the Daily Telegraph on having a marriage equality campaign that is peaceful and respectful national conversation about a reform based on love and commitment. Read it HERE. 

SGLBA Long Table Canapés

Tuesday 21 June 2016 Join the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association for canapés and networking for people wanting to grow their business at Macquarie Bank 50 Martin Place Sydney at 5.45pm Wednesday 29 June. Details HERE.

Outstanding Short Stories

Tuesday 21 June 2016 Yesterday I launched the 2016 OutStanding Short Story Competition, Australia’s premier LGBTIQ creative writing event. This year’s theme is ‘Open’, entries close on 1 September and I look forward to seeing the winners on 25 September. Details at www.outstandingstories.net.
My latest actions on Equality.