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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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Opera House Commercialisation

Monday 20 March 2017

The Sydney Opera House is an important entertainment venue, but the community should decide how much commercialisation is too much. Four community celebrations were approved on the forecourt in 2003; last year 99 days a year of ticketed events were approved – without consultation. Heritage experts are alarmed about built structures, clutter and reduced public access. My questions in Parliament push for more transparent management of this state, national and world heritage precinct. My questions are HERE.

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Recognising Seniors

Monday 20 March 2017

My local Seniors Awards are one way to thank and acknowledge the contribution of older people to our community. For 2017, I’ve awarded recognition certificates to:

  • the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association for making sure older people understand and can use computers and online communications;  
  • Ron Jennings of Pyrmont for service to the community over many years;
  • Angela Corvila of Paddington for preparing food and helping neighbours; and
  • Mina Batra of The Rocks for work with the UN Association and seniors groups.
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Campbell's Stores Win

Monday 20 March 2017

The three-storey ‘luxury retail’ building proposed for the site adjacent to the 1850’s Campbell’s Stores on the harbour has been refused on heritage grounds and instead the space will likely have a landscaped terrace for outdoor dining under a glass awning and public seating area. I welcome the change which protects harbour views from The Rocks and integrates with the heritage precinct. The department’s Environmental Assessment Report acknowledged objections from me and the National Trust as well as 112 others. Information is HERE.

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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/.

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Douglas Holmes

Monday 20 March 2017

In Parliament, I put on record thanks to Douglas Holmes on his retirement for his longstanding work for mental health consumers at St Vincent’s Hospital, and at state and national level bodies developing policy and programs. My statement is HERE.

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Strata Owners Day

Monday 20 March 2017

The national Strata Owners Australia is holding another day for strata owners on Saturday 25 March at the Sydney Masonic Centre Goulburn Street, with exhibitors and information on electronic voting, green roofing, electric cars and a panel on the new strata laws. Details HERE.

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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.

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Short Term Rentals

Tuesday 14 March 2017

In response to my question in Parliament, the new Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation promised that the government will consider strata residents’ rights to peace and security in their homes when it responds to the short term letting inquiry next month. Strata management must be democratic with owners corporations able to vote on the terms that short term letting is permitted in buildings, including to ban the practice. My question is HERE

Increasingly I am also hearing from terrace home residents concerned about short term let party houses on their street and I will push for a legal framework that protects their amenity and safety.

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More Flexible Fines

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Over 17,000 offences attract a fine while for many fines can be inconvenient, socially and economically disadvantaged people can experience hardship from accumulated fines. The fines commission has been required to cancel the driver’s licence or car registration of someone who defaults on their fine before taking other civil action, but for some debtors, this can mean not being able to work and falling further into debt.

In Parliament I supported a government bill to provide more flexibility in enforcing a fine. During debate I called for more guidance in considering a fine defaulter’s personal circumstances to ensure the process is comprehensive and guarantees fairness. My speech is HERE.  

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