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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.
 

Issues

Education

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.

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Environment

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.

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Equality

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.

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Democracy

As an independent politician, I fight for our community without the need to play party politics and follow the demands of powerful vested interest groups.

I believe democracy comes with rights and responsibilities, and I encourage everyone to participate in issues that matter.

Healthy democracies have confidence in their governments and this is based on transparency, accountability and community engagement. This has been consistently and repeatedly undermined in NSW, and by successive governments.

We urgently need legislative reform to prevent too-cosy relationships between powerful vested interests and government decision makers. We also need to be able to see that decisions are being made for public benefit, not private interests. That requires regular exposure of relationships, without having to wait for ICAC to catch up with those who fail us.

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Housing

A safe and secure home is a basic human right, and I will lobby the State Government to protect and improve social housing. I will fight any attempt from the State Government to sell-off inner city public housing.

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Transport

I will push for transport solutions that reduce traffic congestion and give commuters more choice such as light rail, safer cycling and walking, and fully integrated ticketing. Buses in the inner city need to be reliable and regular, and cover all suburbs.

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Animal Welfare

Clover Moore has been a lone voice for the voiceless in our Parliament, and I will continue to speak out on animal welfare. This is more important than ever with the Shooters and Fishers Party holding the balance of power in the NSW Upper House.

I will work closely with animal advocates to combat cruelty including factory farming like caging pigs and chickens, puppy farming, pig-dogging, goat racing, and wild animals in circuses. In addition I will campaign for more marine parks so our waters aren't out-fished and we retain a sustainable fishing industry. I will also advocate to help apartment residents and renters keep their pets in their home. 

My latest actions on Animal Welfare

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Small Business

As a small business owner for 10 years, I know some of the challenges and costs as well as the great sense of achievement. In Parliament, I want to support small businesses in a globalised economy, challenge the old parties to support and embrace the new economy, and help small businesses learn and use the many new platforms available to help their businesses grow.

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Health

I support a greater focus on prevention and early intervention to prevent illness and early death. We have increasing levels of chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma and obesity, which will have long term impacts.

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Planning and Public Open Space

Planning reform is needed because over a decade of ad hoc changes have stripped heritage and environment protections and people’s say in shaping their neighbourhood, while handing planning decisions to unelected people.  Climate change and population growth require strong planning controls to ensure new areas are liveable and environmentally sustainable.  I continue to campaign against the alienation and encroachment of the Centennial Parklands, and push for better funding for the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust, so this important open space is protected in line with Macquarie’s 1811 Sydney Common Bequest. 

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Law & Order

I will continue Clover’s push for more police to manage weekend late night areas to prevent impacts on adjacent residents, particularly “pre-fuelling”, noise and anti-social behaviour.

We need better late night transport options to get people home from Kings Cross, Oxford Street and the CBD. I will call for renewable late night liquor permits to encourage good management as in New York and Paris, and for planning law reform to enable councils to refuse venues in areas that have reached saturation. The freeze on new liquor licenses in Kings Cross must be continued until these measures are in place.

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Social Justice

I believe that the government has a vital role helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people to get back on their feet and be fully participating members of the community. I will speak out in support of a “fair go” and help for those who cannot speak for themselves or have been treated unfairly.

 

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