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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.

National Art School

25 July 2016 The National Art School provides a unique studio-based form of arts education that has produced generations of successful Sydney artists and is essential to a thriving Sydney arts scene. But talks are advancing to subsume the school into the university system, which as of last month only consists of two schools, and there are indications the site could be flogged off by the NSW Government for residential development. Sydney must provide different arts education approaches and more than just residential apartments. Get involved in the campaign to keep the school independent. Follow Friends of the National Art School at www.facebook.com/Friends-of-the-National-Art-School-FONAs. I will raise this in Parliament when it resumes next week.

Sydney Modern Project

18 July 2016 Art Gallery of NSW, director Michael Brand, with SANAA architectural firm’s Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa discuss design of the gallery’s new building Sydney Modern Project on Wednesday 27 July 6.30pm in the gallery entrance court. Details HERE. 

Rethink Ultimo School

11 July 2016 I’ve asked the Minister for Education to reconsider using the former council depot site at Fig and Wattle streets following information about contamination at the Wentworth Park site that was intended as a temporary site during construction of a new Ultimo school on the existing site. Costs of remediation at Wentworth Park and the current school site may make remediation at the former depot cost-effective. My joint letter with Jamie Parker Member for Balmain 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.

National Tree Day

25 July 2016 Planet Ark’s National Tree Day will be held on Sunday 31 July. Now in its 20th year, National Tree Day has been responsible for planting 22 million trees. Now it’s more important than ever to make our city greener and help restore shade and habitat for wildlife. More information HERE. Find a tree planting event near you HERE.

Carbon Budget Talk

25 July 2016 On Tuesday 26 July at 6pm the Powerhouse will host a free Carbon Budget Talk as part of Sydney Climate Justice Series. Speakers include Lesley Hughes, ecologist and professor at Macquarie University; Anna Skarbek, CEO of ClimateWorks; and Miriam Lyons, Renewable Energy Campaigner at Get Up. The event will consider Australia’s carbon budget and what strategies can be adopted to stay within the Global Carbon Budget. The event is organised by UNSW Practical Justice Initiative and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Get your free ticket HERE. 

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. 
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.

Reminder: Equality, Discrimination & Faith Forum

25 July 2016 Tickets are still available to join me for the PIAC forum on ‘Equality, Discrimination & Faith’, 6:30pm on Monday 1 August. As a speaker on the panel I look forward to the discussion and hope you can attend. Start the conversation on Twitter @PIACnews or pose a question for our panel using #AskJulieMC. Book your tickets HERE. 

PIAC's 'Equality, Discrimination & Faith' Forum

18 July 2016 Join me at 6:30pm on Monday 1 August for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s forum on ‘Equality, Discrimination & Faith’. I will join expert speakers on a panel discussion of LGBTI rights, marriage equality, religious freedom and our democracy moderated by Julie McCrossin.  All proceeds will support the Public Interest Advocacy Centre's human rights work. Start the conversation on Twitter @PIACnews or pose a question for our panel using #AskJulieMC. Book your tickets HERE. 

NAIDOC Week

4 July 2016 NAIDOC Week 3-10 July sees events across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NSW Parliament has an Indigenous art exhibition and cultural activities in conjunction with the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Tuesday 5 July 10am-3pm. Find local events at www.naidoc.org.au/events-calendar
My latest actions on Equality.