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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.

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?

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 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.

Eastern City Plan

Monday 26 March 2018 The Greater Sydney Commission has released its long term plans for Sydney’s future. The Eastern City District covers the Sydney electorate and inner and eastern suburbs: HERE.  

Felling NSW

Monday 26 March 2018 Six months have passed since laws commenced to make it easier for land owners to clear native vegetation and threatened species’ habitat yet the government still hasn’t released data on how much bush has been cleared or the promised maps specifying no-go zones.

Sydney Marine Park

Monday 19 March 2018 The need to protect Sydney’s waters through a marine park is a no-brainer. Sydney’s marine environment boasts unique biodiversity and a marine park would boost tourism.
My latest actions on Environment.