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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.

Walk Safely to School

Tuesday 16 May Friday 19 May is Walk Safely to School Day, with local schools arranging events to support students walking to school safely: www.walk.com.au.

Safe Schools & IDAHOBIT

Tuesday 9 May Last week we again debated Safe Schools with government contributions pandering to community misinformation about what simply is an LGBTI focused anti-bullying resource that schools can opt to use. The federal government will cease funding the program and while the state government promised to develop a broader anti-bullying resource to replace it, it used the opportunity to attack the program. 

Art of Music

Tuesday 2 May Art of Music Live at The Sydney Opera House on 4 May is a unique concert curated by Jenny Morris to raise funds for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, with Neil Finn, Jon Stevens, Megan Washington, Imogen Clark and Jack Carty. The project uses music to heal, helping people with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, mental health needs, those living with Dementia, Stroke recovery and Down Syndrome. Details: www.artofmusic.com.au.
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.

Stop the Carnage

Tuesday 9 May Constituents have contacted me about my newsletter article about the dreadful laws the government passed late last year to allow broadscale land clearing of native vegetation asking what they can do. Please support the Total Environment Centre’s campaign: www.tec.org.au/stop_the_carnage.

Plastics Pollution

Tuesday 2 May In Parliament I asked the environment minister to reduce plastic pollution from plastic bags, packaging, microbeads and microfibres. The minister said that the government has asked the CSIRO to research biodegradable plastic bags to inform future legislation. Light weight plastic bags are being banned across the world and I don’t believe further research is needed to take this step. Similarly mibrobeads are being banned across the world yet Australia only has a voluntary phase-out by 2020 before a ban will be considered. My question is HERE. 

Plastics Pollution

(Question, Thursday 06 April 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament) My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. With a container deposit scheme set to commence this year, what will the Minister do next to reduce plastic pollution from plastic bags, packaging microbeads and microfibres?  
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.

Sorry Day & Heart and Hand 2

Tuesday 23 May   HEART AND HAND 2 St Canice’s Church works with some of the most vulnerable people in the local area. The Heart and Hand 2 Concert of Opera + Song on Sunday 28 May, 3pm at St Canice’s will raise funds for the St Canice’s Kitchen and Railaco Jesuit Mission East Timor. Details HERE.  Have a great week

Chechnya Persecution

Tuesday 16 May There’s a vigil at Taylor Square Wednesday 17 May to draw attention and call for Australian Government response to reports that homosexual men are being rounded up, held in concentration camps, tortured and killed by Chechnyan authorities, who are also calling for families to kill gay relatives.

Constitutional Reform

Tuesday 16 May Today is the closing date for comment on proposals for constitutional reform that would include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution and remove clauses that allow racial discrimination. The Human Rights Commission has details HERE. You can provide feedback to the Referendum Council HERE.
My latest actions on Equality.