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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

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.

Crimes Amendment

(Bills - Second Reading Debate, 19 June 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) The Crimes Amendment (Publicly Threatening and Inciting Violence) Bill 2018 introduces four serious offences into the Crimes Act for publicly threatening or inciting violence against someone or a group of persons on the grounds of their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or HIV/AIDS diagnosis. These offences will replace the serious vilification offences currently in the Anti-Discrimination Act. Everyone has the right to live their life with dignity and peace and without harassment and vilification. For some people, just because they are, for example, Jewish, Muslim or gay, there is always a real threat of verbal abuse or vicious attacks from another member of the public. At best this can be upsetting and at worst someone's sense of safety can be at serious risk.

Marriage Equality

Tuesday 19 June 2018 Six months after federal marriage equality laws passed, the NSW Parliament updated state laws to reflect that married people include same sex couples and couples who are in gender diverse relationships.

Women in the House

Tuesday 12 June 2018 The law was changed 100 years ago to allow women to stand for and sit in Parliament as MPs. There’s a lighting display and re-enactment of the first female MP Millicent Preston Stanley’s campaign for mother's custody rights Friday 15 June 5-6pm. Free but bookings essential: email dps.education@parliament.nsw.gov.au or phone 9230 2047. Details 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.

High School Start

Tuesday 12 June 2018 Demolition work starts this week on the new Inner City High School, with students planned from 2020. There will be a foundation parent group and catchment to be settled later this year. Details are HERE.

Walk Safely to School

Thursday 17 May 2018 Friday 18 May is the annual Walk Safely to School Day, information HERE. We need to make sure kids learn about road safety and drivers take pedestrian safety seriously.

High Schools

Monday 19 March 2018 Responding to my question in Parliament, the Minister for Education discussed the challenges with finding land for a school in the east, however he stopped short of committing to finding a site, referring instead to new capacity at Alexandria and Cleveland Street schools as solutions.
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.

Stadium Rebuild

Tuesday 19 June 2018 The concept plan for a new Sydney Football Stadium is on exhibition for public comment until 11 July. This includes demolishing the existing stadium to build a 45,000 seat building a few metres away. Another 26 trees will be removed and I am concerned about impacts on Moore Park and local traffic during events. Details HERE. There is no justification for the massive waste of public funds and the government is rushing this process. Please make a submission to raise your concerns! Send me a copy so I’m aware of all the issues for my objection.

Destroying Forests

Tuesday 19 June 2018 Logging our State forests is unsustainable. It drives biodiversity loss, pollutes our waters and contributes to climate change. Alarmingly operations are intensifying and traditionally protected areas like old growth forests could be at risk from a drive to supply timber.

Stadium Secrecy

Tuesday 12 June 2018 Ahead of the expected exhibition of an Environmental Impact Statement, in Parliament I again asked the government to withdraw its plans to knock down and rebuild Allianz Stadium and reinvest funds in the parklands and community recreation. I called for release of the full business case, which has since happened following a Legislative Council motion and which shows a business case filled with poorly justified estimates and assumptions. Secrecy remains on other associated SCG plans including where the pool and gym will be relocated, what other buildings will be constructed and expansions into the Entertainment Quarter. Hearings as part of the Sydney Stadiums Strategy show that the rebuild process is being significantly rushed when viewed against comparable projects. My speech is HERE.
My latest actions on Environment.