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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.

High School Update

22 November 2016 Information booths for the new Cleveland Street high school are on Tuesday 22 November 3:30-4:30pm at Darlinghurst Public School; Thursday 24 November 3:30-4:30pm at Crown Street Public School; Tuesday 29 November 3:30-4:30pm at Bourke Street Public School and Thursday 15 December 5:30-7pm at Surry Hills Shopping Village. Information HERE.

Digital Technologies Curriculum

(Question Without Notice, 17 November 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) My question is directed to the Premier. Given that Deloitte, Jobs for NSW, Council for Economic Development Australia, and Information and Communications Technology educators have all stressed the importance to the State's economy of specifically skilling up students on digital technologies, when will the Government finally catch up with all other State and Territory governments and adopt the Federal Government's digital technologies curriculum?

Digital Education

(Private Members' Statement, 16 November 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) Digital technologies are creating a new economy based on ideas, intelligence and innovation and my constituents want New South Wales to equip its workforce with the skills for innovation and growth so that we do not fall behind. The “Australia’s Digital Pulse 2016: Developing the digital workforce to drive growth in the future” Deloitte Access Economics report forecasts digital technologies’ contribution to the Australian economy to grow by over 75 per cent from $79 billion in 2014 to $139 billion in 2020.
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.

Clean Air for NSW

Monday 16 January Comment is open on proposed action to improve air quality. The Environment Protection Authority says air pollution causes 520 premature deaths and 6300 cumulative years of life lost and 1180 hospital admissions in Sydney alone. A recent report in The Lancet suggests links between heavy traffic noise and air pollution and dementia. Read article HERE. However the government’s proposed Clean Air for NSW strategy offers minor action on motor vehicle pollutants that does not challenge major vested interests while the government builds more tollways and expands major roads. Comments due Friday 20 January, HERE. 

Beneath the Surface

Monday 12 December 2016 Artist Jennie Feyen launches her art-science environmental documentary film Beneath the Surface, created with environmental scientists working in the ocean, sea and water on Saturday 10 December 2-5pm at Culture at Work in Pyrmont. Details HERE. 

Moore Park 150

5 December 2016 Join in the celebrations for 150 years of Moore Park being a dedicated place of public recreation on Saturday 10 December 10am-3pm. The anniversary reminds us how important it is to protect these special places into the future. Details: 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.

LGBTI Awards

5 December 2016 I’m honoured to be nominated for in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017 in recognition of work towards equality in the category of Politician of the Year, up against a range of inspiring leaders. You can vote for awards in categories like celebrity, business, sports, employee networks and community initiatives. Voting is open until 31 December: www.australianlgbtiawards.com.au

Equality Shop

29 November 2016 Australian Marriage Equality’s shop at 122 Oxford Street is open Thursday to Sunday 12noon to 6pm and has products to promote the equality message like t-shirts, towels and badges: shop.equalitycampaign.org.au. Thanks to the volunteer staff and the City of Sydney for the subsidised premises. There are 86 House of Representatives members in support of equality, 69 non-government, so supporters in the Coalition are needed to get the 76 votes to pass bills. Similarly, there are 41 Senate marriage equality supporters, but 35 of those are non-government, so we need another four Coalition votes to get the 39 needed for reform.

Transgender Remembrance

14 November 2016 The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance is on 3pm Sunday 20 November in Harmony Park, organised by The Gender Centre with the City of Sydney, NSW Police, Inner City Legal Centre, Trans Sydney Pride and Queer Screen.The event includes the documentary ‘The Trans List’, which looks into the lives of extraordinary transgender people, followed by a walk to Taylor Square and candlelight vigil. Details HERE.  
My latest actions on Equality.