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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

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.

Recycling Win

23 February 2015 The government has announced it will go ahead with a container deposit scheme in NSW despite vested industry lobbying, a great win for the community campaign.  Thank you to all those who supported reform including signing petitions and using the City of Sydney reverse vending machines which will likely be installed across NSW. While the promised scheme won’t be operating until 2017, this is a major move to reduce litter and waste.  

Container Deposits Scheme

22 January 2015 Container Deposits make sense on both economic and environmental grounds, and I’ve been working with the Boomerang Alliance community campaign for a NSW scheme. See my recent article in New Matilda HEREMedia reports suggest that the NSW Government has understood the massive community support (85 per cent!) for this reform and will join other states and introduce a CDL scheme, helping to build a national program. 

Earning Green By Going Green: The Simple Case For A Container Deposit Scheme

(Alex Greenwich, 14 January 2015, New Matilda) Opposition to a scheme that rewards people for recycling containers makes no sense environmentally, and even less economically, writes Alex Greenwich. There is strong community and multi-partisan support for a container deposit scheme. Threats from the beverage industry to run bully campaigns against political supporters will inflict more reputation damage to that industry than it will to any environmentally concerned politicians. Read article HERE.
My latest actions on Environment.
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.

Plans To Remove Discrimination Against NSW Gay Students & Teachers

(Geoff Field, 23 March 2015, 2dayfm.com.au) Moves are underway to protect NSW gay students and their teachers from being discriminated against. Sydney MP Alex Greenwich is preparing to introduce legislation into parliament to remove exemptions that apply to private schools, meaning they would no longer be able to fire teachers or expel students on the grounds of their sexual orientation. Read article HERE. 

Poles and Wires Sale

3 March 2015 I cannot support the government’s proposed sale of poles and wires. There is scant information on the proposal, and I am concerned that the sale could lock NSW into an energy future dominated by coal through contract conditions and government policies, and that excessive price rises could occur.  While I agree that the state needs funding for new infrastructure, especially an inner city high school and second harbour rail crossing, most of the proceeds will be reinvested in roads, which would be detrimental to our future.

Independent MP Alex Greenwich calls for discrimination law to protect gay and lesbian teachers in private schools

(Kirsty Needham, 22 February 2015, Sydney Morning Herald) Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich says he will introduce a bill to the NSW parliament to seek to protect gay and lesbian teachers from discrimination in private schools. Mr Greenwich has written to Premier Mike Baird and Opposition leader Luke Foley for support for changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act, because teachers in private schools are denied access to the Anti-Discrimination Board. Read article HERE. 
My latest actions on Education.
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.

Coroner calls for DCI Pam Young to be removed from Scott Johnson case

(Cec Busby, 21 April 2015, Gaynewsnetwork.com.au) The State Coroner Michael Barnes has called for the removal of Detective Chief Inspector Pam Young from the investigation into the murder of Scott Johnson, whose naked body was found on the base of a cliff at Manly in 1988....  

Senior detective removed from suspected gay hate killing case of Scott Johnson

(Staff Writers, 22 April 2015, Star Observer) A SENIOR detective has been reportedly removed from the investigation into the 1988 death of American gay man Scott Johnson in light of her interview on ABC’s Lateline last week... ...Earlier this week, Sydney state independent MP Alex Greenwich also wrote a letter to Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione urging him to remove Young from the Johnson investigation after her “extraordinary statements” in the Lateline interview led to some community members contacting him with their concerns. “There is serious community concern about this officer being biased and dismissive of historic homophobic treatment,” writes Greenwich, who is openly gay. Read full article HERE. 

Death of Scott Johnson

20 April 2015 The Coroner’s decision to hold a third inquest into the death of Scott Johnson vindicates the Johnson family’s long campaign for proper investigation, and reinforces the need for review of the police investigation of what could be around 70 gay hate murders from the 1980s and 1990s. I’ve been calling for full investigation of these cases and an independent police oversight body with the resources to investigate systemic problems. See Nicolas Parkhill’s oped HERE. 
My latest actions on Equality.