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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.
 

Speeches

Safe Access Zones

(Bills - Second Reading Debate, 7 June 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

The Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill 2018 is a vital reform that will ensure women can safely access the health care they need at reproductive health clinics without harassment, intimidation or obstruction. As the member for Londonderry said, today should be a proud day for the New South Wales Parliament. We are always at our best when we work together, across party lines, to support vulnerable people and create a safe environment for our constituents. This is what this bill achieves.

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Marriages Bill

(Bills - Second Reading Debate, 6 June 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) 

I welcome the Miscellaneous Acts Amendment (Marriages) Bill 2018, which updates State laws to reflect Federal marriage laws that now finally allow same-sex and gender diverse couples to marry each other. I thank the Attorney General and his staff for the consultation with me and other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex [LGBTI] advocates on this bill. I especially highlight the work of Anna Brown and Lee Carnie from the Human Rights Law Centre for their work and dedication across this country on this and other important legislation impacting the LGBTI community. As many members know, I was the co-chair of the successful Yes campaign and worked alongside more than 15,000 Australians to shape Australia as a fairer and more equal place for all. Despite a disgraceful campaign from the No side, we succeeded, and now all Australians can marry the person they love in the country we all cherish.

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Companion Animals Amendment

(Bills - Second Reading Debate, 6 June 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I support the Companion Animals and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. It will introduce a number of companion animal reforms and my brief contribution will focus on changes that will improve oversight of the poorly regulated pet industry and changes that will encourage the desexing of cats.

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Forestry Legislation Amendment

(Bills - Second Reading Debate, 6 June 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

Our native forests are vital to life: They support threatened species and ecosystems, clean air, fresh water and fertile land, and are vital carbon sinks. Australia has a shameful record of biodiversity loss, with the highest rates of species loss among developed countries, and New South Wales has the worst world extinction record for middle-size mammals. We have already lost more than one-third of our native vegetation and almost all of our rainforests. Logging of our native forests is driving rapid declines in forest species and destroying large old trees, tree hollows, bush, and water supplies in forested catchments that support species.

The Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 is business as usual and will continue the devastation of our native forests.

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Modern Slavery Bill

(Bills - Second Reading Debate, 6 June 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

The Modern Slavery Bill 2018 creates an anti-slavery commissioner to look at risks and prevention methods for modern slavery, and requires commercial organisations and organisations that make $50 million or more to publish an annual modern slavery statement that deals with its supply chain.The bill introduces new tools and adds oversight that could help to reduce slavery operations. Given that, I will support it.

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Kosciuszko Wild Horses

(Bills - Second Reading Debate, 5 June 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

The Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Bill 2018 will give the wild horses living in the Kosciuszko National Park cultural and heritage value. A heritage management plan will be created for the horses, which will override other management plans for the national park where there is inconsistency. Culling of the horses will stop, and protecting them will be a priority regardless of any conflict with the biodiversity of the unique alpine and subalpine regions.

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Sydney Stadiums

(Private Members' Statement, 5 June 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

On behalf of both my constituents and people across the State, I call on the Government to withdraw its plans to rebuild Allianz Stadium at Moore Park.

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Electoral Funding Bill 2018

(Debate on Bill, Wednesday 23 May 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

The aim of any electoral funding reform should be to enable a fair and transparent system that: discourages donations in exchange for political influence; prevents rorting; does not place an unnecessary burden on the public purse; and ensures anyone, regardless of wealth or party affiliation can run for office.

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Four in Hand

(Community Recognition Statement, 17 May 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

Woollahra Residents’ First councillors Harriet Price and Louise Elsing have tabled a notice of motion to get the local council to seek heritage listing, and the mayor and I both hope it will pass unanimously. I have written to the Mayor of Woollahra to look at making changes to the Local Environment Plan to prevent hotels being turned into residences. This campaign isn’t just about saving a pub, it’s about protecting the heritage, diversity, and liveability of historic Paddington, and I toast all those involved in the awesome community campaign. 

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National Disability Insurance Scheme

(Private Members' Statement, 17 May 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

Over 18 per cent of Australians live with disability including 51 per cent of Australians over 65. Unfortunately people with disability are still more likely to be removed from their family, excluded at school, denied appropriate housing, imprisoned, suffer sexual assault, or die of preventable death. Without the right support, many are at risk of social isolation and financial hardship.

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