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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.

Schools Report

20 February 2017 While only dissenting committee members on the inner city schools parliamentary inquiry called on the government to reconsider building a new Ultimo school on the Fig and Wattle streets site, the final report recommended that the department use EPA soil remediation standards – not its own, which inflated cost estimates and gave the department a reason to withdraw from the site. Other shortcomings in inner city public schools planning were identified with recommendations on how government should communicate and coordinate with councils, planning and Urban Growth to plan for demographic changes. The report is HERE.

High School Update

22 November 2016 Information booths for the new Cleveland Street high school are on Tuesday 22 November 3:30-4:30pm at Darlinghurst Public School; Thursday 24 November 3:30-4:30pm at Crown Street Public School; Tuesday 29 November 3:30-4:30pm at Bourke Street Public School and Thursday 15 December 5:30-7pm at Surry Hills Shopping Village. Information HERE.

Digital Technologies Curriculum

(Question Without Notice, 17 November 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) My question is directed to the Premier. Given that Deloitte, Jobs for NSW, Council for Economic Development Australia, and Information and Communications Technology educators have all stressed the importance to the State's economy of specifically skilling up students on digital technologies, when will the Government finally catch up with all other State and Territory governments and adopt the Federal Government's digital technologies curriculum?
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.

Motor Racing Legislation Amendment (Newcastle 500) Bill 2017

(Contribution to Debate, 21 February 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) I will make a brief contribution to debate on the Motor Racing Legislation Amendment (Newcastle 500) Bill, which will facilitate the Supercar 500 race in Newcastle.

Noisy Motorcycles

Monday 13 February 2017 Intrusive noise from large groups of noisy motorcycles late at night has been a concern for some years and getting effective action has proved difficult. Noise regulations are impractical, requiring you to report licence plates to the EPA (telephone 131 555 or www.epa.nsw.gov.au/mvreporting) so that vehicles can be called in for inspection. Kings Cross Police and the RMS carry out weekend joint operations on Cowper Wharf Road with noisy vehicles tested on the spot. I’ve asked the Surry Hills and Sydney City Police Commanders to carry out similar operations in the CBD and Oxford Street precincts. With a new roads minister and a new environment minister appointed, I’m following up again for more effective enforcement.

Lead In The Soil

Monday 30 January 2017 Macquarie University VegeSafe project research shows high levels of lead in inner city soil – generally a legacy of previous paints and petrol. This may be a concern if you have children or an edible garden and the Macquarie project provides free soil metal screening. The research is HERE and screening applications HERE.  For general information about lead and how you can prevent problems, see the EPA website, 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.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

(Matter of Public Importance, 23 February 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) Tonight we speak in recognition of the significant contribution the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras makes to our City and our state and to welcome the festival and all it’s visitors on behalf of the New South Wales Parliament.

Sydney’s Gay History

20 February 2017 Renowned historian author of ‘Gay Sydney: A History’ Garry Wotherspoon presents a trip through the long and proud history of LGBTI social life and activism on Thursday 23 February 6-8pm at Paddington Library 247 Oxford Street. Free but bookings essential, information HERE.

‘Freedom to Marry’ Film

20 February 2017 Join me this Wednesday at the Queer Screen Film Festival Launch of the inspiring film ‘The Freedom to Marry’. The film tracks the USA journey to achieving marriage equality, in a very similar way to how we are approaching the campaign in Australia – grass roots campaigning coupled with building multi-partisan support for a reform that is all about fairness and equality. I will be introducing the film and you can buy tickets HERE.  
My latest actions on Equality.