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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.

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.

Plans To Remove Discrimination Against NSW Gay Students & Teachers

(Geoff Field, 23 March 2015, 2dayfm.com.au) Moves are underway to protect NSW gay students and their teachers from being discriminated against. Sydney MP Alex Greenwich is preparing to introduce legislation into parliament to remove exemptions that apply to private schools, meaning they would no longer be able to fire teachers or expel students on the grounds of their sexual orientation. Read article HERE. 

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. 
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.

Marriage Equaltiy

12 May 2015 Last week I joined Sydney's Irish community to raise funds for the Yes Marriage Equality Referendum Campaign.  You can support the Irish marriage equality campaign by making sure any friends and family in Ireland vote "Yes" at the referendum in Ireland on 22 May. More Information is available HERE.   

Corporate Sector & Marriage Equality

(Community Recognition Statements, 6 May 2015, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)  I commend the public efforts of the corporate sector in supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex [LGBTI] community. Corporates have offered support for the Mardi Gras Parade and Fair Day, World AIDS Day and special events on trans awareness, parenting, and the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia events. Banks and financial organisations have particularly led the way. My husband and I were pleased to join 180 businesspeople from 60 different national and international companies at a breakfast supporting marriage equality with Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce, the Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia, Ann Sherry, the SBS Chief Executive Officer, Michael Ebeid, and Diversity Council of Australia Chief Executive Officer Lisa Annese. About 40 companies have signed a letter of support for federal marriage equality, advocating for their employees' equal rights. Increasingly these organisations do not want their LGBTI staff to be told to "wait in the car" for marriage equality and are filling the leadership void created by our federal politicians on this important reform. 

Duelling for Mardi Gras: Whocan lip-sync better?

(Matt Akersten, 12 May 2015, SameSame.com.au) Some of Sydney’s most prominent LGBTI personalities are preparing to lip-sync to classic songs in a brand new fundraiser for Mardi Gras. TV presenter Gretel Killeen and the Stonewall Hotel’s drag diva hostess Polly Petrie will host a night of Lip-Sync Duels on Saturday 27 June at the Paddington Town Hall. Each performer will be competing on behalf of other LGBTI organisations in a bid to win the grand final prize of a Mardi Gras fundraising pack worth more than $4,000. Confirmed contestants include Alex Greenwich MP, Prof. Kerryn Phelps, 2dayFM newsreader Geoff Field, community stalwarts Sen Raj and Lawrence Stark, plus Mardi Gras Co-chairs Fran Bowron and Paul Savage performing as a duo. Also confirmed is Ox Gold breakfast presenter and Mardi Gras Board member James Breko Brechney, and the wonderful Shelly Silberman is coming out of retirement for the night, with more contestants to be announced soon. Read article HERE. 
My latest actions on Equality.