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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.

Cruise Emissions

Monday 15 January 2018 The minster’s response to my latest questions in Parliament about shore power for cruise ships simply refers to the Port Authority website HERE. The Port Authority website has old information and notes pollution sometimes exceeds limits at White Bay, and no details about the Overseas Passenger Terminal. There is no update on emission reduction plans since the May 2017 report, which does not support shore power, see HERE. You can report air and noise pollution from cruise ships to the Port Authority: telephone 9296 4962 or enquiries@portauthoritynsw.com.au.  

Land Clearing

Monday 4 December 2017 The Nature Conservation Council and Environment Defenders Office are challenging the NSW Government’s Native Vegetation Code in the Land and Environment Court. These are similar to Queensland’s devastating code that saw nearly 300,000 hectares of bushland cleared in 2013/2014 – three times the rate prior to the codes. Our environment cannot cope with such a loss of biodiversity. 

Greener Sydney

Monday 4 December 2017 Building new roads, infrastructure and housing has resulted in thousands of mature trees removed across greater Sydney. Evidence shows we need more trees to reduce air pollution, protect against increasingly dangerous heat impacts and to provide beauty and amenity. This is especially important in the densely populated inner city where few people have private green space.
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.

Telling Tales

Tuesday 19 December 2017 I’ve written a forward for Richard Hedger’s book telling stories from 40 years of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. You can support his crowdfunding campaign to get it published HERE. 

Equality Wins

Tuesday 12 December 2017 Federal Parliament passed the bill to provide marriage equality last week, voting down hostile amendments again and again. Federal MPs have now finally done what the community has supported and Australia is a better place for this reform. See my articles on Junkee: http://junkee.com/thank-you-australia/138309  and The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/08/we-did-this-together-today-we-celebrate-a-resounding-victory-for-love. Thank you everyone who has helped achieve this step forward.

Thank You Sydney

Monday 20 November 2017 Sydney celebrated a positive response across Australia to the marriage postal survey last Wednesday and I watched in Canberra as legislation was introduced into the Senate Thursday.
My latest actions on Equality.