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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.

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.

Marine Estate Management Bill 2014

(Second Reading Debate, 22 October 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) The Marine Estate Management Bill 2014 creates a new Act for marine park and aquatic reserve management. New South Wales has immensely rich marine biodiversity that includes sea dragons, dolphins, whales, sharks, seals, Opera House seals, coral, crustaceans, molluscs, starfish and sea slugs, as well as numerous fish species, 70 per cent of which are only found in Australia. However, the future of life in our waters is at risk from climate change and ocean acidification, pollution, overfishing and a lack of safe havens for marine life to recover and rebuild. The 2009 New South Wales State of the Environment report identified 45 aquatic species and communities listed as vulnerable, endangered or extinct. Eight of the 23 key commercial fish species are currently overfished.

Container Deposit Scheme Question Without Notice

(Question Without Notice, 22 October 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. Will the Government work to support a container deposit scheme for New South Wales at State and national levels to reduce drink container litter and increase recycling rates?

Centennial Park Community Consultative Committee

Centennial Park has two vacancies on its Community Consultative Committee. If you are passionate about the parklands, you may be interested. Applications are due 31 October. 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.

Advocates welcome final approval of NSW bill to extinguish historical gay sex convictions

(Elias Jahshan, 23 October 2014, Star Observer) LGBTI rights advocates and community groups have welcomed the NSW Parliament’s formal acknowledgement that sex between consenting men should never have been a crime. Read full article HERE.

Relationships Register Amendment (Recognition of Same-sex and Gender-diverse Relationships) Bill 2014

(Bill by Mr Alex Greenwich, Second Reading, 23 October 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) The Relationships Register Amendment (Recognition of Same-sex and Gender-diverse Relationships) Bill 2014 is a simple bill that will ensure that the New South Wales Relationships Register recognises same-sex couples and couples with at least one person who is gender-diverse who have married or entered into a civil union overseas or in other Australian jurisdictions.

Bills to end “forced trans* divorce” introduced in NSW, SA and Tas parliaments

(Elias Jahshan, 16 October 2014, StarObserver) A Bill to end the requirement for married couples to divorce when one half undergoes gender transition has been introduced in both the upper and lower houses of NSW Parliament this morning, with South Australia and Tasmania set to follow suit with similar bills today. Read full article HERE.
My latest actions on Equality.