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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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Sorry Day & Heart and Hand 2

Tuesday 23 May

 

HEART AND HAND 2

St Canice’s Church works with some of the most vulnerable people in the local area. The Heart and Hand 2 Concert of Opera + Song on Sunday 28 May, 3pm at St Canice’s will raise funds for the St Canice’s Kitchen and Railaco Jesuit Mission East Timor. Details HERE

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Land Clearing Codes

Tuesday 23 May

 

LAND CLEARING CODES

Environment groups have labelled the regulations for new land clearing laws as ‘tree killing codes’. I opposed the laws in Parliament because they threaten biodiversity and threatened species by opening the door to broadscale land clearing and making it easier to offset habitat loss without any real biodiversity improvements.

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Assisted Dying Bill

Tuesday 23 May

 

ASSISTED DYING BILL

I joined National, Liberal, Labor and Green colleagues to launch our public consultation bill to provide certain people who are terminally ill the right to get assistance from a doctor to end their life. After looking at the best assisted dying laws, and considering feedback from stakeholders and other parliamentary colleagues, we think the bill represents one of the most robust regimes in the world. We now want to hear further from the community to make sure we have the best bill possible to introduce in the Spring session of Parliament later this year.

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Millers Point Evictions

Tuesday 23 May

 

MILLERS POINT EVICTIONS

Only a very small number of public housing tenants remain in Millers Point due to complex social and health reasons that make moving particularly problematic. In Parliament, I again asked the government to let them stay while it sells already vacant properties. The community welcomed the 24 units now being kept in the area but they do not meet the needs of all remaining residents. A compassionate approach can achieve the government’s aims while protecting vulnerable long term tenants.

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Nursing Homes

Tuesday 23 May

 

NURSING HOMES

I supported a Shooters Fishers and Farmers bill to require all nursing homes with high care needs residents to have a registered nurse onsite at all times. Registered nurses can administer vital drugs for pain relief, know when to refer a patient for further medical attention and can perform life-saving procedures.

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Update Issue 218

Tuesday 23 May

 

ASSISTED DYING BILL

I joined National, Liberal, Labor and Green colleagues to launch our public consultation bill to provide certain people who are terminally ill the right to get assistance from a doctor to end their life. After looking at the best assisted dying laws, and considering feedback from stakeholders and other parliamentary colleagues, we think the bill represents one of the most robust regimes in the world. We now want to hear further from the community to make sure we have the best bill possible to introduce in the Spring session of Parliament later this year.

Read our media release HERE.  You can review the bill HERE. We will review all feedback to make sure we have the best bill possible to introduce in the Spring session of Parliament later this year.

Voluntary assisted dying is a last resort option; I strongly support increased resources into palliative care. See my questions in Parliament HERE and HERE. This week is Palliative Care Week info HERE. .  

NURSING HOMES

I supported a Shooters Fishers and Farmers bill to require all nursing homes with high care needs residents to have a registered nurse onsite at all times. Registered nurses can administer vital drugs for pain relief, know when to refer a patient for further medical attention and can perform life-saving procedures. Given some of the horror stories from nursing homes, we need to ensure adequate care to give residents and their families peace of mind. While the government opposed the bill in the lower house,

I understand it is considering the requirement further, which was in place up until 2014. My speech is HERE

MILLERS POINT EVICTIONS

Only a very small number of public housing tenants remain in Millers Point due to complex social and health reasons that make moving particularly problematic. In Parliament, I again asked the government to let them stay while it sells already vacant properties. The community welcomed the 24 units now being kept in the area but they do not meet the needs of all remaining residents. A compassionate approach can achieve the government’s aims while protecting vulnerable long term tenants.

Locals refer to Kent Street as Rent Street because some low cost homes that were sold have been converted to short term rentals, undermining the resilient and supportive community. My speech is HERE.

LAND CLEARING CODES

Environment groups have labelled the regulations for new land clearing laws as ‘tree killing codes’. I opposed the laws in Parliament because they threaten biodiversity and threatened species by opening the door to broadscale land clearing and making it easier to offset habitat loss without any real biodiversity improvements.

Recent research shows that koala populations across NSW have declined by 26 per cent over 20 years or just three generations and new laws only act to heighten the threats against them. See the report HERE. Learn more at the Environment Defenders Office seminar Thursday 1 June 2017, 12:30-1:30pm at McCabes Lawyers Level 38 19 MLC Centre Martin Place, information HERE.

Add your voice to the Stand Up for Nature Alliance campaign to keep sensitive areas like wetlands, koala habitat and rainforests, threatened species and ecological communities all safe from clearing at www.standupfornature.org.au.  

SORRY DAY

Its 20 years since the Bringing Them Home report, exposing Australia’s shocking forced child removal policies that broke up Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families throughout the last century. An estimated 17,000 Aboriginal children remain in out of home care right now. There’s a rally on National Sorry Day Friday 26 May 5.30pm at Victoria Park. Information HERE

HEART AND HAND 2

St Canice’s Church works with some of the most vulnerable people in the local area. The Heart and Hand 2 Concert of Opera + Song on Sunday 28 May, 3pm at St Canice’s will raise funds for the St Canice’s Kitchen and Railaco Jesuit Mission East Timor. Details HERE

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Oxford Street Traffic

Tuesday 16 May

In Parliament, I asked the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight to work with Woollahra Council, the City of Sydney and local businesses and residents to address the longstanding traffic concerns with Oxford Street. While she says that there has been a turnaround in business viability on this important high street, I’ve asked to meet with her about community proposals. My question is HERE or watch it HERE.

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Westconnex Stage 3

Tuesday 16 May

The latest Westconnex design (Stage 3) links the M4 and M5 with a 9km underground tunnel from Haberfield to St Peters is HERE.

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Chechnya Persecution

Tuesday 16 May

There’s a vigil at Taylor Square Wednesday 17 May to draw attention and call for Australian Government response to reports that homosexual men are being rounded up, held in concentration camps, tortured and killed by Chechnyan authorities, who are also calling for families to kill gay relatives.

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Candlelight Memorial

Tuesday 16 May

This year’s Candlelight Memorial is on Sunday 21 May 4.30pm at the Eternity Playhouse 39 Burton Street Darlinghurst, the 19th vigil for those lost to HIV/AIDS. You can pass on names of loved ones to be read out. Details: www.candlelight.org.au.  

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