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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.

NAIDOC

Monday 26 July 2017 NAIDOC or National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week originated with the 1938 Day of Mourning and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. NAIDOC is 2-9 Julywith the theme ‘Our languages matter’. Check the Indigenous Language map, which locates the 250 odd original language groups across the country, of which only 120 are still spoken, HERE. 

Education Funding

  Read my letter HERE. 

Schools Update

Monday 19 June 2017 The Department of Education is developing a planning proposal for the use of part of Wentworth Park for a temporary Ultimo Public School, while the existing school is demolished and a new facility built. The school will continue on the current site until the temporary facility is ready. Information 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.

Urban Green Space

(Private Members' Statements, 17 October 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)  Green open space, trees and bushland are essential to a city’s health, liveability, attractiveness and sustainability, but Sydney’s green space is rapidly being cleared and at serious risk of being completely eradicated. There is an urgent need for reforms to protect what is left, particularly in the inner city.

Sydney’s Water Risk

Monday 16 October 2017 I opposed laws pushed through parliament to weaken protections of Sydney’s water catchment. The bill validated approval to expand the Springvale coal mine after the Court of Appeal ruled it unlawful based on its level of discharge into the catchment. While the government claims the laws secure the state’s electricity supply because the Mount Piper power station relies entirely on the mine for coal, the bill also included provisions to apply the weaker test used to approve the expansion – which the court ruled invalid –to any development in the catchment. The prospect of an energy crisis over the closure of one coal mine that pollutes our water supply is strong evidence that we must transfer to green and renewable sources that don’t put our long term future at risk. My speech is HERE. 

Marine Park Parked

Monday 16 October 2017 The government’s response to my question in Parliament about the long-awaited Sydney Marine Park was disappointing. While the minister provided positive words on the importance of the harbour, there was no commitment to any new protections. Marine protections have stalled significantly under this government and we need urgent action to expand our marine park estate. Sydney Harbour is an internationally recognised icon and has more fish species than the Mediterranean Sea, New Zealand and the United Kingdom: it is a good place to get the state back on track with international obligations to protect our waters. My question is HERE.
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.

Replacement Surveys

Monday 16 October 2017 Friday 20 October is the last day to request or collect a replacement marriage postal survey form if you have not received one. Call the ABS 1800 572 113 or ask online HERE. Amnesty International is holding Love in Taylor Square! Thursday 19 October 6.30pm, information HERE and there is a ‘Yes’ rally on Saturday 21 October 1pm at Belmore Park, information HERE. 

Yes Events

Tuesday 3 October 2017 Two more marriage equality events are coming up. I’m speaking at the free City of Sydney ‘Vote Yes’ BBQ in Harmony Park 1-4pm Saturday 7 October, with live music, kid’s activities and stalls from NSW Police, AME, ACON, Mardi Gras, Twenty10, Gender Centre, OII, PFLAG, Rainbow Families, Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby and Inner City Legal Centre. Details HERE. Australian Marriage Equality has a street party Sunday 8 October at Taylor Square to thank volunteers and supporters, with Ricki-Lee Coulter, John Paul Young, Alfie Arcuri and Peking Duk. Information HERE.

Say Yes

Wednesday 13 September 2017 Join me Thursday and Friday mornings to hand out ‘Yes’ flyers in the Sydney CBD 7.30-9am – respond to this message to let me know. You can also join me for a special fundraiser at NSW Parliament for the ‘Yes’ campaign 6-9.30pm Tuesday 19 September. Speakers include former Governor Marie Bashir, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and myself. Buy your ticket HERE.
My latest actions on Equality.