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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.

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?

Digital Education

(Private Members' Statement, 16 November 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) Digital technologies are creating a new economy based on ideas, intelligence and innovation and my constituents want New South Wales to equip its workforce with the skills for innovation and growth so that we do not fall behind. The “Australia’s Digital Pulse 2016: Developing the digital workforce to drive growth in the future” Deloitte Access Economics report forecasts digital technologies’ contribution to the Australian economy to grow by over 75 per cent from $79 billion in 2014 to $139 billion in 2020.
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.

Moore Park 150

5 December 2016 Join in the celebrations for 150 years of Moore Park being a dedicated place of public recreation on Saturday 10 December 10am-3pm. The anniversary reminds us how important it is to protect these special places into the future. Details: HERE.

Biodiversity Fail

22 November 2016 NSW has one of the worst extinction rates in the world; much of our landscape is cleared and remnant native vegetation fragmented. Land clearing has global impacts through biodiversity loss and carbon emissions and it is now more important than ever that we protect the remaining native fauna, flora and ecosystems. Yet the government pushed through legislation to repeal land clearing laws so that landowners can clear native vegetation without oversight. The laws mimic those in Queensland which tripled clearing rates to 300,000 hectares a year; under the current system in NSW it is 10,000 hectares a year. Most farmers are good stewards of the land and many don’t support the legislation because it will reduce soil and water quality, and increase salinity. My speech is HERE. NSW has one of the worst extinction rates in the world; much of our landscape is cleared and remnant native vegetation fragmented. Land clearing has global impacts through biodiversity loss and carbon emissions and it is now more important than ever that we protect the remaining native fauna, flora and ecosystems. Yet the government pushed through legislation to repeal land clearing laws so that landowners can clear native vegetation without oversight. The laws mimic those in Queensland which tripled clearing rates to 300,000 hectares a year; under the current system in NSW it is 10,000 hectares a year. Most farmers are good stewards of the land and many don’t support the legislation because it will reduce soil and water quality, and increase salinity. My speech is HERE.

Biodiversity Conservation Bill and Local Land Services Amendment Bill

(Debate, 16 November 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) I strongly oppose the Biodiversity Conservation Bill and the Local Land Services Amendment Bill. These bills will gut a world class regime that has significantly helped reduce the massive rate of biodiversity loss in this state and replace it with one that will substantially increase destruction of native vegetation and return New South Wales to the dark days of broadscale land clearing. Protecting biodiversity is vital: biodiversity supports human life, clean air, clean water, fertile land and pollination. It is even more important at a time when climate change will challenge our future through extreme weather events.
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.

LGBTI Awards

5 December 2016 I’m honoured to be nominated for in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017 in recognition of work towards equality in the category of Politician of the Year, up against a range of inspiring leaders. You can vote for awards in categories like celebrity, business, sports, employee networks and community initiatives. Voting is open until 31 December: www.australianlgbtiawards.com.au

Equality Shop

29 November 2016 Australian Marriage Equality’s shop at 122 Oxford Street is open Thursday to Sunday 12noon to 6pm and has products to promote the equality message like t-shirts, towels and badges: shop.equalitycampaign.org.au. Thanks to the volunteer staff and the City of Sydney for the subsidised premises. There are 86 House of Representatives members in support of equality, 69 non-government, so supporters in the Coalition are needed to get the 76 votes to pass bills. Similarly, there are 41 Senate marriage equality supporters, but 35 of those are non-government, so we need another four Coalition votes to get the 39 needed for reform.

Transgender Remembrance

14 November 2016 The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance is on 3pm Sunday 20 November in Harmony Park, organised by The Gender Centre with the City of Sydney, NSW Police, Inner City Legal Centre, Trans Sydney Pride and Queer Screen.The event includes the documentary ‘The Trans List’, which looks into the lives of extraordinary transgender people, followed by a walk to Taylor Square and candlelight vigil. Details HERE.  
My latest actions on Equality.