30 September 2013
Junior Youth Parliament, Sydney Electorate Change, Centennial Park Master plan 2040, Drugs & Guns law, Pets in the Park, International Fleet Review
Last week I was again inspired to see young people engaging with the political process. During the YMCA’s Junior Parliament, I acted as Speaker for a debating session. The Sydney Junior MP Lily Fuller, from Paddington, spoke very well during the debate. I encouraged all the participants to consider a career in politics and contribute their new ideas and energy to public service.
Centennial Parklands is developing a Master Plan to 2040, with online consultation to 29 October and face to face session in the park from 5 to 13 October. The parkland is essential for the inner city and I hope you will provide input. Information HERE.
The Electoral Districts Commissioners have announced new electorate boundaries to apply from the March 2015 election. I’m sad that Centennial Park, Chippendale, Ultimo, and much of Surry Hills will be moved into other electorates. Further information is HERE.
On Saturday, I joined lots of pets and owners at the Northcott Pet Day in Ward Park. More and more people are realising the value of pets to our lives. Pets in the Park looks after companion animals living with homeless and other disadvantaged people. Can you join their fundraising dinner on 24 November? Information is HERE.
I support strict laws that prevent people banned from owning a gun from accessing firearms but I opposed the Firearms and Criminal Groups Legislation Amendment Bill because it removes police oversight when dealing with criminals. Police officers will no longer need a warrant or a reasonable suspicion of a breach before searching the home of someone subject to a Firearms Prohibition Order. Warrants are quick and easy to get and help prevent corruption. My speech is HERE.
The Government banned all synthetic psychoactive substances covering almost anything but chocolate, tea, coffee and tobacco in response to the sad death of a teenager after taking legal synthetic LSD. But the Drugs and Poisons Legislation Amendment (New Psychoactive and Other Substances) Bill will do nothing to reduce drug related harm. My speech is HERE.
Bans have not stopped demand for mood altering substances but have created a lucrative illegal drug market run by criminals that costs lives through crime, overdose, disease and corruption. Governments must stop trying to “send a message” and develop evidence based drugs policies that prevent harm.
Have a great week
Alex Greenwich MP
Independent Member for Sydney
PS. Expect large numbers of visitors to the inner city during the International Fleet Review 3-11 October 2013, when there will be 40 warships and 16 tall ships in Sydney Harbour. Details HERE.