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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.

School DAs

Monday 6 November 2017 Amended plans for the Inner City High School on Cleveland Street to cater for 1,200 secondary students are open for comment until 10 November. Details HERE.

NAIDOC

Monday 26 July 2017 NAIDOC or National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week originated with the 1938 Day of Mourning and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. NAIDOC is 2-9 Julywith the theme ‘Our languages matter’. Check the Indigenous Language map, which locates the 250 odd original language groups across the country, of which only 120 are still spoken, HERE. 

Education Funding

  Read my letter 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.

Sydney Drinking Water Catchment Bill - Debate

(Debate on Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017, Tuesday 10 October 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament) The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) Bill restores approval for the Springvale coal mine extension after the Court of Appeal ruled that it was incorrect, and imposes lower water protections for all mines in Sydney’s drinking water catchment.

Return and Earn

Monday 12 February 2018 There is strong community support for container deposit schemes but I’ve heard concerns from constituents that there are still limited options to return bottles and cans in parts of the inner city, particularly in Darlinghurst, Woollahra and Paddington. While I understand it will take some time for the system to function at its best, I’ve asked the Minister for the Environment to increase the number of collection points in the inner city, including at hubs where people buy drinks such as malls and train stations. My questions HERE. Check collection point locations HERE.

Glebe Island Facility

Monday 12 February 2018 The Port Authority proposes a dry bulk materials facility at Glebe Island that would take delivery of sand and aggregates by sea. The project would operate 24 hours seven days a week and have an enclosed storage building to feed materials into storage bays, with internal truck facilities to reduce noise emissions. I am still reviewing the proposal and will make a submission. I’m concerned about possible noise, dust and pollution impacts and truck movements between the facility and the CBD.Submissions close 28 February HERE.
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.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fortieth Anniversary

(Matter of Public Importance, 15 February 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) By leave: I thank the member for Blue Mountains for bringing this matter of public importance to the attention of the House. Members may or may not know that the member for Blue Mountains is somewhat of a gay icon in her electorate. She has a particularly strong support base in the Pink Mountains—the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer [LGBTIQ] community in her electorate. They are very proud of the work that the member for Blue Mountains does in this House. This year is the fortieth anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. At this time we reflect on the heroism of those in 1978 who were simply marching for fairness, equality and ending discrimination, but were met with brutality and violence.

ICLC Fundraiser

Monday 12 February 2018 ‘In Conversation with Justice Michael Kirby & Uncle Jack Charles’ on 19 February 6.30-8.30pm at Belvoir Street Theatre will raise funds for the Inner City Legal Centre. The event looks at the portrayal, treatment and contribution of the LGBTIQ community with the law and theatre HERE.

Mardi Gras 2018

Monday 12 February 2018 The Sydney Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras Festival is on 16 February to 4 March and this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1978 protests with a range of cultural events, Fair Day at Victoria Park on Sunday 18 February and the massive parade on Saturday 3 March: Information HERE.
My latest actions on Equality.