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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

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.

Parents eye government building, car park in push for inner city high school

(by Alexandra Smith, 8 July 2014, Sydney Morning Herald) Parents want a government building such as the births, deaths and marriages office near Central Station or the Goulburn Street car park considered as the site for a new city high school, a submission to the NSW Education Minister says.  Read full article HERE.

New Inner City High School

This document provides feedback to the Department of Education and Communities consultation on inner city high schools following my community ‘kitchen table’ discussion held last week. This group included constituents with children at Darlinghurst Public School, Crown Street Public School, Glenmore Road Public School, Woollahra Public School, Sydney Secondary College and several childcare centres. The clear, unanimous and key message from parents and carers at my session was that the government must urgently initiate steps to provide an additional high school that can serve growing inner city student populations. They stress that the lead-in time needed to identify and obtain a site and construct the needed facilities demands an urgent response, and a new school must be ‘local’.  

Budget Report

The new Baird Government’s first and pre-election budget is being called the ‘infrastructure budget’ owing to big ticket infrastructure projects like the north and south west rail links and studies for a new Northern Beaches motorway tunnel. The big welcome surprise in the inner city is new funding for relocation of the Ultimo Public School and new classrooms at Bourke Street Public School. As expected, there is funding for works associated with Darling Harbour, the Overseas Passenger Terminal and Barangaroo.
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.

Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain Draft Master Plan

(Private Members Statement, 2 July 2013, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) The Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain play a vital role in providing public open space with green grass and trees to inner-city residents, workers, visitors and tourists. As someone who grew up in the inner city, I know firsthand the vital role that the gardens play for families and residents' health, mental health and sense of space. This role must not be underestimated, as data reveals that more than half a million people occupy the central business district [CBD] each weekday and that significant inner-city residential growth has little or no private open space in new and existing homes. Urban consolidation is sustainable only if residents have easy access to adequate green open space. Local residents use the Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain for picnics, walking, recreation and quiet contemplation, and must be able to continue to do this into the future.

Logging Threats

I’ve asked the government to reject alarming proposals that put the State’s biodiversity at risk. Proposals would allow environmentally destructive intense logging and clearfelling in State forests and commercial logging in the Brigalow and Nandewar State conservation areas. Earlier this year I asked the government to withdraw plans to burn biomass from State forests to generate electricity. 

Time for CDL

In Parliament, I spoke again in support of a Container Deposit Levy scheme, which would reduce waste litter and contamination. We only recycle just over 40 per cent of drink containers now. My speech is HERE. About 84 per cent of the community supports this approach, but we have to convince the government in the face of the bottle industry’s opposition. Sign my petition HERE and join the community campaign 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.

Sign the Women’s Refuges Petition

More than 400 people at rallies and recent media reports reinforce my concerns about the future of women’s refuges under changes to homelessness funding. See Anne Summers article in The Sydney Morning Herald HERE. We urgently need more people to sign the petition to keep these refuges. Please download and sign the petition available HERE to help me push for debate in Parliament.

Unfit for Publication

Congratulations to Peter de Waal, whose project documents trials of gay men in Australia 1727-1930 in three massive volumes ‘Unfit for Publication’. I will table this incredible work in Parliament during debate about expungement of past homosexual convictions.

Ian Thorpe: Free, gay and finally happy…

(by Alex Greenwich, 14 July 2014, The Big Smoke) Australians love their LGBTI friends and family, and many will ask why Olympic champion Ian Thorpe coming out is such a big story. Read full story HERE.
My latest actions on Equality.