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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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Alex's Update Issue 253

Monday 19 February 2018

Eastern Suburbs High School, Subtenancy Limbo, Cycling Support, Family Drug Support, Redfern Comedy Night & Ethics Volunteers

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Eastern Suburbs High School

Monday 19 February 2018

Last week I met with parents and councillors from Woollahra and Waverley about growing needs for a new public high school in the east. Rose Bay Secondary College, the only public high school in the east has had to install demountable classrooms and has no space to expand. The expanded Alexandria Park and planned Cleveland Street high schools will fill quickly with local students, and are far from Paddington, Woollahra and Edgecliff and further east.

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Subtenancy Limbo

Monday 19 February 2018

Renters who haven’t signed a lease with a landlord but have an informal agreement with another tenant are not covered by tenancy laws and have few rights: they can be evicted without notice and refused bond for no reason, and can’t access the tribunal for recourse. The government has been reviewing tenancy laws and in Parliament I asked the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation to introduce protections. While his response acknowledged a gap, he said the government would monitor the situation and complaints. My question is HERE.

Redfern Legal Centre Tenants’ Advice Service, 9698 5975 or the Tenants’ Union, 1800 251 101 can advise renters.

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Cycling Support

Monday 19 February 2018

Cycling is clean and healthy and can reduce traffic and public transport congestion but this government has shown contempt to cyclists, with its biggest moves to massively increase penalties and remove one of the most used safe cycleways. In Parliament, I called on the government to follow other cities’ lead and make cycling a safe option, see HERE.

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Family Drug Support

Monday 19 February 2018

International Family Drug Support Day reminds us about the families suffering behind every statistic of a drug related overdose death, arrest or hospitalisation, often in an environment of stigma and shame: see HERE. Family Drug Support Tony Trimingham CEO and Founder and other families will speak at a forum at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts 2-4pm Friday 23 February: HERE.

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Redfern Comedy Night

Monday 19 February 2018

Redfern Legal Centre finishes celebrating 40 years with a Comedy Night on Thursday 8 March 7.30-9.30 pm at the Giant Dwarf Theatre 199 Cleveland Street Redfern. You can also buy a commemorative tea towel or t-shirt. All funds help Redfern Legal Centre provide free legal advice and advocacy for vulnerable people. Details HERE.

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Ethics Volunteers

Monday 19 February 2018

Volunteers are needed to teach ethics classes at primary schools, including Crown Street Public School. There is training, lesson materials and ongoing support, and it may be only an hour a week. See HERE or contact crownstreetethicscoordinator@gmail.com.

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Alex's Update Issue 252

Monday 12 February 2018

ECT Consent, Return & Earn, Glebe Island Facility, RFA Review, ICLC Fundraiser, Fix Transport Rally, Chinese New Year & Mardi Gras 2018

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ECT Consent

Monday 12 February 2018

In Parliament I spoke against changes to the Mental Health Act to expand the ability of the Mental Health Review Tribunal to review involuntary treatment plans or authorise the use of electro convulsive treatment without a patient being present. Currently the tribunal attempts to phone every patient before a hearing to ensure they are given the opportunity to attend. Patient involvement is essential to recovery and I am concerned the tribunal will be forced to add more weight to what treating medical officers say. A recent government report exposed the trauma patients experience when excluded from decisions on their treatment, particularly when restraint and seclusion are used. My speech is HERE.

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Return and Earn

Monday 12 February 2018

There is strong community support for container deposit schemes but I’ve heard concerns from constituents that there are still limited options to return bottles and cans in parts of the inner city, particularly in Darlinghurst, Woollahra and Paddington. While I understand it will take some time for the system to function at its best, I’ve asked the Minister for the Environment to increase the number of collection points in the inner city, including at hubs where people buy drinks such as malls and train stations. My questions HERE. Check collection point locations HERE.

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