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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

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.

Bills to end “forced trans* divorce” introduced in NSW, SA and Tas parliaments

(Elias Jahshan, 16 October 2014, StarObserver) A Bill to end the requirement for married couples to divorce when one half undergoes gender transition has been introduced in both the upper and lower houses of NSW Parliament this morning, with South Australia and Tasmania set to follow suit with similar bills today. Read full article HERE.

LGBTI Reform

Thursday was a historic day for LGBTI reform with the lower House passing laws to remove prior criminal convictions for consensual homosexual acts and Greens MLC Dr Mehreen Faruqi and I introducing legislation to remove the requirement for married trans* people to divorce in order to update their birth certificate. I tabled a copy of  Peter de Waals’s ‘Unfit for Publication’ which details Australia’s buggery and sodomy trials from 1727 to 1930, and committed to further trans* law reform including to remove the need for a person to undergo sex affirmation surgery to update the sex on their birth certificate. My speech in the historic homosexual offences bill is HERE and my speech on ending forced trans* divorce is HERE. I was honoured to share the day with colleagues and inspiring members of the LGBTI community.

Liberal and Labor parties to support bill to remove historic gay sex convictions

(Josephine Tovey, 15 October 2014, Sydney Morning Herald) Premier Mike Baird and opposition leader John Robertson have thrown their support behind a bill which will expunge historic convictions for consensual homosexual sex, a move now all but guaranteed to become law.  Read full article HERE.
My latest actions on Equality.
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.

Inner city residents demand better access to public education

(by Lucia Osborne-Crowley, 25 September 2014, City News) Sydney’s inner city residents have announced unequivocally that the area needs a new public high school to accommodate the influx of school-aged children moving into inner city suburbs. Following continuous calls for a new public inner city high school from local community groups, the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) convened a large-scale consultation on the issue. Read full article HERE.

Kings Cross: childcare, schools and parking are becoming priorities

(by Eryk Bagshaw, 23 September 2014, The Sydney Morning Herald) As Kings Cross is transformed from a nightspot zone to a high-density residential area, the state government is being urged to build infrastructure to match. Residents are particularly concerned about the lack of educational options in the area and other facilities for young families. Read full article HERE.  

Inner City High School

Feedback on the Department of Education’s consultation calls for a new public high school, with all available school places filling fast. In Parliament I’ve called for urgent government action HERE. The consultation summaries are HERE. The Sydney Morning Herald report 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.

Centennial Park Community Consultative Committee

Centennial Park has two vacancies on its Community Consultative Committee. If you are passionate about the parklands, you may be interested. Applications are due 31 October. Details HERE.

Motorway stacks and inner city air quality monitors

In Parliament, I called on the government to filter motorway stacks and install inner city air quality monitors to track pollution. Air quality improvements from fuel changes stabilised in 2008 and we urgently need a long term plan to reduce car dependence to stop the escalating pollution rates. My speech is HERE.

Climate Action

Join inner city residents to create a human sign and enjoy a friendly picnic to defend land and water from coal and gas with the People's Climate Mobilisation at 12 noon Sunday 21 September in Bicentennial Park Glebe. Event details HERE
My latest actions on Environment.