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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.

VET Enquiry

13 July 2015 I’ve repeatedly raised concerns about changes to TAFE based on requests from constituents who want access to affordable training. There’s now a Parliamentary Inquiry into vocational education and training looking at student choice, public and private providers’ roles and costs, including the government’s Smart and Skilled reforms, with submissions due 14 August. Details HERE.

DA for $7m Bourke St Public School refurbishment promises new hall, library, and playground for 100 extra students

(James Gorman, 9 July 2015, The Daily Telegraph) AFTER the disappointment of the State Government’s backflip on a new Ultimo primary school, there is some good news for inner city students and parents, with a multi-million dollar refurbishment of Bourke St Public School looking immi­nent... ...Sydney State MP Alex Greenwich has promised to keep an eye on the progress of the proposed $60 million comprehensive high school scheduled to be built in Surry Hills by 2020, after no funds were allocated to it in the most recent state budget. Read Full Article HERE

Ultimo Public School

7 July 2015 In response to my request for investigation, the NSW Auditor General will include a financial audit of the Department of Education and Communities decisions on the Ultimo Public School. The Audit Office will carry out a performance audit on ‘Planning for School Infrastructure’ in 2016/2017. The request is HERE and the Auditor General’s response is HERE.
My latest actions on Education.
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.

Trans* reform

24 July 2015 Trans* people in NSW still can’t update their birth certificate without undergoing expensive and sometimes risky surgery. This is not the case in places like the UK, Ireland, Malta, Germany and New York where some form of supporting documentation is used. The Australian Human Rights Commission and the World Health Organization recommend reform and I am calling for submission on my discussion paper HERE.

Marriage Equality - From this day forward

7 July 2015 This Sunday join me to help launch Rodney Croome’s new book ‘From This Day Forward: Marriage Equality in Australia’  at 3.30pm at Gleebooks, Glebe Point Road Glebe. Rodney is the National Director of Australian Marriage Equality and the 2015 Tasmanian of the Year. Rodney explains why the marriage equality debate is on and why it matters, including how gay identity and marriage have evolved and how we can all be part of making marriage equality happen. Details on the event are HERE. 

Wedding protest: Block your ears at 'union of man and woman'

(Eva Kolimar, 1 July 2015, The Leader) A motion moved by Sydney MP Alex Greenwich was passed by the Parliament. It recognised members had various views, urged ‘‘a respectful debate’’ in Federal Parliament and noted the importance of members being free to express their own and electors’ views. Read Full Article HERE
My latest actions on Equality.
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.

Budget Recap

30 June 2015 The Baird Government’s first budget after the election includes much needed relief to the rail network with $84 million to plan Sydney’s metro which will create a new inner city high-speed line with a stop at Barangaroo and fast CBD links to Bankstown and Rouse Hill. Social housing funding was increased and I hope new homes will be built in the inner city, where there is need. $10 Million is allocated for beginning to move the Powerhouse Museum and sell the site for high rise development. I’m still collecting signatures on petitions to oppose the relocation, the petition is HERE. A further 1,000 prison places will be created costing $314.6 million, funding that should have been invested in early intervention, rehabilitation and restoration programs. Parkland funding remains inadequate and there is no indication on whether Moore Park is earmarked for a planned new sporting stadium. I condemn tax cuts to the racing industry which come amid exposés highlighting ongoing, widespread and extreme animal cruelty. While I welcomed the government’s Small Business Employment Incentive Scheme which provides small businesses $2,000 for new positions, I told Parliament it is an archaic approach to jobs growth that won’t secure long term employment opportunities. Jobs are rapidly being replaced with automation while the digital economy is growing. The government must engage with tech startup communities to provide needed support such as tech education in schools so that entrepreneurs have locally skilled talent to employ. More information on my concerns is HERE. 

Greenwich puts Ballaarat Park on government’s agenda

 (Emily Contador-Kelsall, 18 June 2015, altmedia.net.au) The community campaign to extend Ballaarat Park is moving steadily forward with the support of independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich. Mr Greenwich submitted five questions centering on the state government’s plans for the future of the park to the Minister for Planning Rob Stokes in late May.Mr Greenwich told City Hub he hoped that his questions to the minister “will help get more useful open green space”. Read Full article HERE

Recycling Win

23 February 2015 The government has announced it will go ahead with a container deposit scheme in NSW despite vested industry lobbying, a great win for the community campaign.  Thank you to all those who supported reform including signing petitions and using the City of Sydney reverse vending machines which will likely be installed across NSW. While the promised scheme won’t be operating until 2017, this is a major move to reduce litter and waste.  
My latest actions on Environment.