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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.

Close the Gap

Monday 26 March 2018 Failure to narrow the gap in life expectations for Indigenous Australians, with the latest reports showing reduced federal expenditure, a widening gap on life expectancy and six of seven key measures not ‘on track’ after 10 years of the national Close the Gap strategy are shameful.

International Women's Day

Monday 5 March 2018 I’m proud to announce the 2018 Sydney electorate Woman of the Year is Myra Demetriou, long term inner city resident who has been a key advocate for inner city low cost housing and the campaign to save the Sirius building. Myra will join me at the Minister for Women’s International Women’s Day breakfast.

Computers in Cells

Tuesday 27 February 2018 The Minister for Correction’s response to my questions about providing computers in prison cells shows progress in prisoners being able to access counselling and education, vital to rehabilitation and re-integration into the community. The Offender Digital Services Program Blueprint has measures to prevent misuse and will give prisoners access to education, legal resources and prison programs. My questions are 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.

Walk Safely to School

Thursday 17 May 2018 Friday 18 May is the annual Walk Safely to School Day, information HERE. We need to make sure kids learn about road safety and drivers take pedestrian safety seriously.

High Schools

Monday 19 March 2018 Responding to my question in Parliament, the Minister for Education discussed the challenges with finding land for a school in the east, however he stopped short of committing to finding a site, referring instead to new capacity at Alexandria and Cleveland Street schools as solutions.

Public Education

(Question, 8 March 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) My question is to the Minister for Education. Given: Woollahra and Waverley councils; parents; and the CLOSE East community group have identified rapidly growing needs for high school capacity in the eastern suburbs: Will you work with local councils and parents to plan for and secure a new high school site in the east to meet future demand?
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.

Hanson Concrete Submission

Monday 7 May 2018 I opposed plans for a 24 hour 7 days a week concrete batching plant on Glebe Island.

Recycling Fails

Tuesday 1 May 2018 China’s decision to stop taking our recycling could either become a waste disaster or be an opportunity to create a more sustainable waste management system. We will only achieve the latter with strong leadership and I’ve asked the Minister for the Environment to support mandatory product stewardship to reduce packaging and increase the recyclable content of products, and to use waste levy funds to build new plastic recycling plants. My questions are HERE.

Shore to Ship Power

Monday 23 April 2018 The minister’s response to my questions about shore to ship power for the Overseas Passenger Terminal claim no complaints to the Port Authority about air, noise or light pollution from ships berthed overnight at the OPT this cruise season. She says that berthed ships need generators for safety systems and essential services, but shore to ship power is not cost effective for reducing cruise ships air pollution for the OPT or Glebe Island/White Bay. My questions are HERE And HERE.
My latest actions on Environment.