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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.
 

Election 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.

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. 

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.
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.

Poles and Wires Sale

3 March 2015 I cannot support the government’s proposed sale of poles and wires. There is scant information on the proposal, and I am concerned that the sale could lock NSW into an energy future dominated by coal through contract conditions and government policies, and that excessive price rises could occur.  While I agree that the state needs funding for new infrastructure, especially an inner city high school and second harbour rail crossing, most of the proceeds will be reinvested in roads, which would be detrimental to our future.

Independent MP Alex Greenwich calls for discrimination law to protect gay and lesbian teachers in private schools

(Kirsty Needham, 22 February 2015, Sydney Morning Herald) Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich says he will introduce a bill to the NSW parliament to seek to protect gay and lesbian teachers from discrimination in private schools. Mr Greenwich has written to Premier Mike Baird and Opposition leader Luke Foley for support for changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act, because teachers in private schools are denied access to the Anti-Discrimination Board. Read article HERE. 

Private School Discrimination

23 February 2015 I’ve asked the Premier and Opposition Leader to support my proposed legislation to remove exemptions that allow private schools and colleges to discriminate against gay, lesbian, and trans* teachers and students. Teachers and students shouldn't have to live in fear of being kicked out of a school for being true to themselves. See the Sydney Morning Herald 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.

Equality Calling

3 March 2015 Ahead of this weekend's Mardi Gras parade you can support the marriage equality campaign through Equality Calling HERE. Australian Marriage Equality, Ben and Jerry’s and Wendy Harmer help you send a message to federal MPs and Senators so they know about community support for equality. Call your MPs now on 1300 663 679. 

Lockout keeping tourists from Mardi Gras, venues say

(Michael Koziol, 1 March 2015, Sydney Morning Herald) The state government's lockout laws are keeping tourists away from Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and have turned the city into a "laughing stock" overseas, according to venue owners around Oxford Street... ...Independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich said he was disappointed by the government's decision but Mardi Gras was a "resilient organisation" and the event would continue to grow. Read full article HERE.     

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich will dress for success as part of the Little Black Dress run

(Jessica Clement, 26 February 2015, Wentworth Courier) SYDNEY State Independent MP Alex Greenwich will put aside the election race on Sunday when he frocks up for a challenge of a different kind. Mr Greenwich, who holds his seat by a margin of almost 14 per cent, will put on appropriate garb for the Sydney Frontrunners’ annual Little Black Dress run event. The 2.5km fun run raises money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Camp Goodtime initiative, which is held for children living with HIV.  Read article HERE. 
My latest actions on Equality.