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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.

Ultimo School Petition

Wednesday 23 September 2015 Thank you to the 500 Pyrmont and Ultimo residents who’ve already signed the petition calling for a new school fit for the future. I’ve submitted them to Parliament for the minister’s response, and the Member for Balmain will submit the next batch. You can download the petition HERE.

Ultimo Public School 2015

Thursday 10 September 2015 Earlier this year, the government reneged on a promised new Ultimo Public school for 1,000 students, with childcare and community facilities included. The new plan will see a smaller high-rise school built on the current site, which will displace students and not address long term needs. Together with the Member for Balmain Jamie Parker, I’m supporting the community campaign for a proper new school for the future. Please download, print and sign the new community petition HERE.

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.
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.

People's Climate March

17 November 2015 Join concerned citizens across the world for the People’s Climate March calling for action at the United Nations Climate Summit in Paris. The Sydney rally and march starts 12.30pm at the Domain on Sunday 29 November. Sign up now for details,

Street Tree Pruning

21 October 2015 I’ve repeatedly raised community concerns about destructive pruning of street trees with the government. In the inner city, street trees may be the only location where there is enough space for mature trees to grow, but this is also where electricity and telephone cables are located. Aerial bundling of cables can reduce the need for pruning, but councils have to request and pay for this. Ausgrid should be doing this as a matter of course in densely populated inner city areas. Ausgrid is now consulting on its tree pruning program, information available HERE. Unfortunately this material presents this as a choice between trees and safety and security of electricity supply. I recommend sending a message with your views because this should not be an ‘either or’ situation.

Biodiversity Conservation

(Private Members Statement, 15 September 2015, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) Biodiversity is the variety of plants, animals and micro-organisms in the environment. Protecting biodiversity is important to my constituents because it supports human life, clean air, clean water, fertile land and pollination. Australia has a shameful record of biodiversity loss with the highest rates of species loss among developed countries. In New South Wales, 100 animals and plants have become extinct since European settlement and nearly 1,000 are at risk with 59 per cent of animals listed as threatened. We have lost more than one-third of our native vegetation and almost all of our rainforests. Last year the Government began a review of the legislation that protects threatened species, and I understand is considering introducing a single piece of biodiversity legislation. The various Acts protect different aspects of biodiversity and these protections should not be eroded in any way with enforcement and administration better resourced to make them more effective. Of particular concern are indications that protections under the Native Vegetation Act 2003 could be removed to permit broadscale clearing of biodiversity-rich privately owned land.
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.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Law Reform

(Matter of Public Importance, 18 November 2015, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) New South Wales has come a long way towards LGBTI equality through a multi-partisan approach to law reform. But discrimination in a number of fields remains lawful which sanctions community discrimination and has personal impacts. Tonight I speak of the urgent need for specific reforms for the trans* and intersex communities.

Out For Australia

17 November 2015 Out for Australia identified that in the last year 49 per cent of LGBTQI employees actively hid or avoided disclosure and 39 per cent were exposed to unfair treatment based on their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Join me at the inaugural fundraising event for Out for Australia, which I helped launch, that connects LGBTI students and graduates with LGBTI mentors in some of Australia's leading organisations. The night is hosted by Dame Marie Bashir with former David Jones CEO Paul Zahra, and MC SBS' Ricardo Goncalves. Tickets available HERE.

Transgender Day 2015

9 November 2015 This year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance event is at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre on Friday 20 November 6.30-8.30pm. This annual event remembers transgender people who’ve been the victim of hate crimes. Details HERE.  I’m meeting again this week with the Trans Parent Support Group again this week to hear their stories and discuss how I can help get reform to prevent transphobia and abuse and violence.
My latest actions on Equality.