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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.

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. 

Schools Update

Monday 19 June 2017 The Department of Education is developing a planning proposal for the use of part of Wentworth Park for a temporary Ultimo Public School, while the existing school is demolished and a new facility built. The school will continue on the current site until the temporary facility is ready. Information is 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.

Plastic Action

Tuesday 18 July 2017 Plastic is devastating the environment, polluting waterways and ending up inside the fish we eat. Plastic bags are a major culprit, breaking down in the waste stream into tiny plastic pieces. Australia consumed over a billion plastic bags in the last decade and it is time NSW caught up with the rest of the world and banned plastic bags. This week Harris Farm, Coles and Woolworths committed to banning plastic bags by next year. Environment ministers will discuss plastic bags at the end of the month and I asked the NSW Minister for the Environment to introduce a ban to cover the state and support a national ban at the meeting. My letter is below. Governments must act urgently to address this looming environmental and health disaster. You can join the campaign HERE and download and sign my petition HERE.

Noise Protection

Tuesday 4 July 2017 The EPA is reviewing the Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation but does not propose tightening rules about noisy vehicles. If you would like stronger controls, send your comments in before 7 July. Details: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/noise/noise-regulation-2017-consult.htm

Community Grants

Monday 26 June 2017 Local non-profit groups can apply for funds to cover building works and capital projects through the Community Building Partnership, with $300,000 available in each electorate and applications closing 9 August. Each MP helps determine the priority projects.
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.

Overdose Remembrance

Wednesday 19 July  Everyone is welcome to honour the memory of those who have died from drug overdoses at the remembrance ceremony Friday 21 July 1pm at Lawrence Hargrave Reserve Potts Point, with afternoon tea to follow. Information: Sarah Hiley, telephone 9360 1191 or email shiley@uniting.org.au.

Visas & Citizenship

Tuesday 4 July 2017 In Parliament, I raised concerns that Commonwealth changes to visas and citizenship risk Australia’s competitiveness in some industries and our reputation as a welcoming country. We need a fair process for people who contribute to the community and seek to become Australian citizens and no case has been made for urgent and retrospective changes including to those already with permanent residence. 

Prison Reform

Tuesday 4 July 2017 Despite most major crime categories having fallen or stayed stable since 2001, NSW prisoner numbers have reached a record 13,000+, with the highest jumps in women and Aboriginal people in jail. NSW prisons are overflowing and the government is now building a massive new 1,700 bed facility at Grafton. See the excellent article in The Big Smoke http://thebigsmoke.com.au/2017/06/23/australian-prison-boom-taking-care-big-business/
My latest actions on Equality.