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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.

Youth Parliament

Monday 20 March 2017 The YMCA Youth Parliament introduces young people to the NSW Parliament and it can create change, with residential camps in July and September including a Youth Sitting Week in Parliament where you develop and debate bills. Details HERE.

Schools Report

20 February 2017 While only dissenting committee members on the inner city schools parliamentary inquiry called on the government to reconsider building a new Ultimo school on the Fig and Wattle streets site, the final report recommended that the department use EPA soil remediation standards – not its own, which inflated cost estimates and gave the department a reason to withdraw from the site. Other shortcomings in inner city public schools planning were identified with recommendations on how government should communicate and coordinate with councils, planning and Urban Growth to plan for demographic changes. The report is HERE.

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.
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 Ship Pollution

Monday 06 March 2017 The simple solution to cruise ship noise and air pollution is providing shore-to-ship power supply.  Emissions from ships berthed in Sydney Harbour can affect thousands of residents, workers and visitors and I’ve asked another question in Parliament about plans for the Overseas Passenger Terminal and White Bay Cruise Terminal. With federal law changes overriding the State’s tightening of fuel standards to lower sulfur emissions, this matter has become more urgent. My question is HERE.

Newcastle 500

Monday 27 February 2017 The government will turn off environmental and planning protections to allow a supercar race through a densely populated heritage precinct in Newcastle. The race track will enclose residents, including elderly social housing tenants, many of whom contacted me concerned about loss of access to services, and significant noise and air pollution. I supported their concerns and opposed the legislation in Parliament. My speech is HERE.

Thank You ‘Firies’

Monday 27 February 2017 Tomorrow is Red Balloon Day, set up to honour and thank fire fighters across Australia. The recent devastating fires reinforce the need for action on climate change, but also remind us to thank all those who help during these emergencies: www.nationalredballoonday.org. 
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.

Equal Voices

Monday 20 March 2017 Congratulations on the launch of a new national ecumenical group of Australian Christians working for churches inclusive of LGBTIQ people on 7pm Monday 3 April at the Pitt Street Uniting Church 264 Pitt Street Sydney. The Hon Michael Kirby will speak and the group will offer a National Apology to LGBTIQ Australians and LGBTIQ Christians. RSVP HERE. Group Details https://equalvoices.org.au/.

IWD & Urbanistas

Monday 06 March 2017 International Women’s Day is Wednesday 8 March, with events celebrating the movement towards gender equality HERE. The annual march and rally is on Saturday 11 March from 10am at the Archibald Foundation Hyde Park. Information HERE. Urbanistas Sydney and UTS have a gender equality fundraiser for the Robyn Kemmis Scholarship Fund, with MC Verity Firth and panel members Anne Summers, Natalie Isaacs and Kerryn Phelps Wednesday 8 March 6.30-9.30pm. Information HERE. Woollahra Council’s ‘Women of Woollahra’ exhibition opens Wednesday 8 March 6-8pm at Woollahra Library showcases self-portraits from Woollahra women at a photography workshop. Information HERE.

LGBTI Rights

Monday 27 February 2017 I’m introducing panel members for an inspiring discussion on LGBTI rights with Californian Senator Ricardo Lara, former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally, Taiwan International Queer Film Festival founder Jay Lin, The Equality Campaign’s Tiernan Brady and Australian Marriage Equality’s Shirleene Robinson, moderated by ABC's Ben Jenkins. It’s on upstairs at The Beresford 354 Bourke Street Surry Hills tomorrow night (Tuesday 28 February) 6.30-8pm. Details: www.equalitycampaign.org.au/politicspub.
My latest actions on Equality.