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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.

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.

NAS Appeal

Monday 29 May 2017 It’s time for the annual appeal for the National Art School, with funds raised to provide a comprehensive professional development and coaching program that prepares emerging artists. Details 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.

Litter Strategy

Monday 19 June 2017 There is a huge and increasing number of largely unregulated contaminants lawfully produced by the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries in common consumer products that we wash down our drains that end up untreated in the water we drink, the fish we eat and other marine life, information HERE. In response to my questions in Parliament about product stewardship (extended producer responsibility), the minister says the government supports product stewardship at the national level while conceding that there are no mandatory schemes in Australia, HERE.  

Smoking Bans

Monday 29 May 2017 Constituents have been contacting me about smoking where it is illegal at outdoor dining venues, near doorways to public buildings, at bus stops and on train platforms. I’ve asked the minister about education and enforcement programs HERE.  You can report hot spots to NSW Health for enforcement: telephone 1800 357 412 or online HERE. 

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.
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.

George Takei

Monday 19 June 2017 The amazing, smart, funny and generous George Takei (best known as Start Trek’s Hikaru Sulu) is donating 10 per cent of ticket sales to The Equality Campaign for marriage equality. He’s in Sydney for one night only Friday August 11 at the State Theatre – do join me. Book tickets HERE.

Makaratta

Monday 5 May 2017 Fifty years on from the 1967 referendum that changed the Australian constitution, the Statement on the First Nations National Constitutional Convention released the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’ to set a new agenda for reconciliation with Australia’s First Nations people. It calls for a representative voice to contribute to the Parliament and a treaty or Makaratta. I’ve asked the Premier what the NSW Government will do to further this process, HERE. Information is available at referendumcouncil.org.au, theconversation.com and australianstogether.org.au The NSW Parliament is holding a ‘Late Night Sitting’ event with Professor Larissa Behrendt, Research Director at the UTS Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning discussing the 1967 referendum 5-7pm Tuesday 20 June. Visit the historical exhibition on the topic in the vestibule. Details HERE.

Sydney Pride

Monday 5 May 2017 The Sydney PRIDE Festival runs from 9 to 28 June. Details: www.sydneypride.com or facebook.com/sydneypridefestival
My latest actions on Equality.