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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.
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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.

Safe Schools

Every student should be safe at school, and the Safe Schools program works to prevent bullying and encourage a safe environment for all students, including same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people. Details are HERE. The program is voluntary, and I’ve written to schools that serve the Sydney electorate to encourage them to get on board. In Parliament I will also push for sex education programs to be updated to include safe same-sex. All students need to know about relationships, safe sex and the diversity of sexual experience.

Glenmore Road Public School

Last week I was honoured to open the new playground at Glenmore Road Public School. Congratulations to the school community for its excellent fundraising and commitment to quality play space. 

Alex Greenwich has welcomed the successful Safe Schools program into NSW Schools

Mr Greenwich said: “Every student should be safe at school, and this program works to prevent bullying and encourage school communities that support a safe environment for all students, including same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people.
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.

Water Problems

In Parliament I spoke against changes that could increase private access to floodplain water and reduce environmental flows. My speech is HERE. The Water Management bill included compensation for some types of water licences, which will make it difficult for governments to change access rights in the future. Our vital rivers and wetlands could be at risk especially if severe drought returns.

Action on Climate Change

In Parliament I initiated debate on climate change and requested State action to cut emissions including a State based renewable energy target and reinstating the GGAS scheme. Human-induced climate change has catastrophic impacts for our economy and way of life and for future generations. We must act before rapid climate change commences. Read government, opposition and crossbench members’ speeches HERE. 

Water Management Amendment Bill 2014

(Debate, 12 August 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) I cannot support the Water Management Amendment Bill in its current form. I share community concern that this bill could further damage our vital rivers and the wetlands that depend on their floodplain ecosystems. This issue is important to all New South Wales' residents. Our rivers and wetlands are vital to our food production, water supply, water quality, biodiversity and climate and they must be protected.
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.

World Congress of Families: Kevin Andrews urged to cancel

(26 August 2014, News.com.au) MINISTER for Social Services Kevin Andrews has refused to cancel his planned attendance at a conference which has been linked to harassment, prosecution and murder of gay people worldwide. Mr Andrews will open the World Congress of Families, which is dedicated to fighting the decriminalisation of abortion and homosexuality, and to defending the ‘natural family’, in Melbourne this weekend. Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has today sent a letter to Mr Andrews, asking him to cancel on the conference. Read article HERE.

Kevin Andrews determined to attend “Conference of Hate”

(26 August 2014, The Gutter Trash) A stridently anti-gay, anti-abortion network is struggling to find a place to meet in Melbourne this weekend, since its conference venues keep cancelling. Read article HERE.

Joint Statement: Call for Kevin Andrews to withdraw from “World Conference of Families”.

Alex Greenwich, The Independent Member for Sydney, has joined peak LGBTI advocacy groups in calling on the Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews MP, to withdraw from the World Congress of Families (WCF) conference. This follows the release of a damning report linking WCF to anti-LGBTI advocacy in Uganda, Nigeria, and Russia.
My latest actions on Equality.