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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

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.

Senate report says 'No' to recognition of foreign same-sex marriages

(by Cec Busby, 25 September 2014, SX Magazine) A Senate Inquiry into South Australian Greens’ Senator Sarah Hanson Young’s proposed Bill that would have allowed recognition of foreign marriages of same-sex couples, has come back with a recommendation that the Bill not be passed. Read full article HERE.

Bingham Cup 2014

Congratulations to the Sydney Convicts who won the 2014 Bingham Cup and to the organisers of the tournament for the terrific job they did showcasing Sydney and challenging homophobia in sport. It was an honour to watch the grand final and cheer the convicts to Victory. 

Save the Star Observer

Join me in supporting the Independent and  LGBTI community-owned and run Sydney Star Observer.  They are seeking to crowd-fund keep this publication running and covering important LGBTI issues. You can donate & support independent media HERE.
My latest actions on Equality.
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.

Inner city residents demand better access to public education

(by Lucia Osborne-Crowley, 25 September 2014, City News) Sydney’s inner city residents have announced unequivocally that the area needs a new public high school to accommodate the influx of school-aged children moving into inner city suburbs. Following continuous calls for a new public inner city high school from local community groups, the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) convened a large-scale consultation on the issue. Read full article HERE.

Kings Cross: childcare, schools and parking are becoming priorities

(by Eryk Bagshaw, 23 September 2014, The Sydney Morning Herald) As Kings Cross is transformed from a nightspot zone to a high-density residential area, the state government is being urged to build infrastructure to match. Residents are particularly concerned about the lack of educational options in the area and other facilities for young families. Read full article HERE.  

Inner City High School

Feedback on the Department of Education’s consultation calls for a new public high school, with all available school places filling fast. In Parliament I’ve called for urgent government action HERE. The consultation summaries are HERE. The Sydney Morning Herald report 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.

Climate Action

Join inner city residents to create a human sign and enjoy a friendly picnic to defend land and water from coal and gas with the People's Climate Mobilisation at 12 noon Sunday 21 September in Bicentennial Park Glebe. Event details HERE

Air Quality

(Private Members Statement, 11 September 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) Air quality remains a major concern for inner city residents who are exposed to ongoing traffic congestion and emissions from road tunnels. I hear from constituents who see thick black dust on their window sills and worry about their health. Air quality was one of the top three environmental concerns identified in the State 2012 "Who Cares about the Environment?" report, with concern highest among Sydney residents.

Lock the Gate in Parliament

Don’t forget the Lock the Gate Parliament House events about mining impacts next week, which I’m hosting and will speak at. The films look at mining practices and the threats to Sydney’s water and produce and impacts for farmers. RSVP to Fractured Country – an Unconventional Invasion HERE  Undermining Australia – coal vs. communities HERE
My latest actions on Environment.