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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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Public Health Amendment (Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes) Bill 2016

(Debate on Bill, 11 May 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I support the Public Health Amendment (Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes) Bill, which will require the presence of a registered nurse in all nursing homes that house residents needing high care across the state.

I understand that this has been the situation for 40 years however as a result of changes to federal and state laws, only nursing homes operating before the 1st of July 2014 have this requirement.

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Oxford Street

(Question Time, 10 May 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

My question is directed to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. Will the Minister work with me and the Woollahra and City of Sydney councils to improve the vitality, safety and amenity of Oxford Street?

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Millers Point Social Housing

(Private Member's Statement, 9 May 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

Millers Point was one of Sydney's oldest and strongest communities and long housed a tightly knit community of public housing tenants, private tenants, home owners and service providers giving each other support and companionship. The strong social cohesion and living heritage were recognised in its state heritage listing.

Sadly, successive governments have sought to dismantle this community beginning with the former Labor government’s 99-year leases of 32 heritage terraces, and ending with this government’s forced relocation and eviction of almost all tenants to sell most social housing homes in the precinct.

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Safe Schools Program

(Petitions Discussion , Thursday 04 May 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)

School is a vital part of development and the impact of discrimination, unfair treatment, abuse or bullying on young people at school can have lasting impacts.

Countless studies have shown that LGBTI students experience high levels of verbal and physical homophobic abuse at school. The Australian Human Rights Commission 2015 SOGII report, launched by federal Attorney General George Brandis, identified that young LGBTI people face unique challenges at school because of their sense of difference, LGBTI status and the attitudes of peers and families during a vulnerable and developmental phase.

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Wayahead Mental Health Association NSW

(Community Recognition Statement, Thursday 04 May 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)

 I commend WayAhead Mental Health Association NSW for its 85 years of work to increase community awareness and understanding of mental health issues. This is also the tenth anniversary of WayAhead's workplace health network—WayAhead Workplaces. This community-based charity organisation provides information like the Mental Health Support Line, WayAhead Directory, mental health factsheets and education seminars, anxiety support groups and self-help anxiety courses throughout New South Wales,

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Women of Pyrmont

(Community Recognition Statement, Tuesday 06 April 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)

I speak about the inspiring women Elders of Pyrmont, whose stories are in a new book ‘Women of Pyrmont’ I was proud to help launch last night.

These stories tell us about how they built community in this most densely populated area urban redevelopment area. They are women of different backgrounds, from many different countries and different lives; representing a microcosm of Sydney. They all contribute to and join activities around Jacksons Landing and the Pyrmont Community Centre, showing that community is not the buildings or the roads, but what people make happen. The stories remind us about the importance of people welcoming, supporting and caring for each other. They also show the vital role of a place for people to get together, socialise, hold events and organise – in this case the City of Sydney’s Pyrmont Community Centre. 

Congratulations to everyone who contributed, especially to editors Barbara Thompson and Leone Huntsman who have captured the spirit of the women of Pyrmont. 

 

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Greyhound Racing Bill 2017

(Contribution to Debate, Thursday 06 April 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament) 

The Greyhound Racing Bill reverses a compassionate government commitment made in response to a strong community campaign to end the cruel and archaic greyhound racing industry and move to a more humane society that does not treat animals as dispensable products or promote problem gambling.

The Greyhound Racing Bill overturns the ban on greyhound racing due to commence on the 1st of July this year and introduces a number of reforms to try to reduce the suffering of animals that has long been a part of the industry’s modus operandi.

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Plastics Pollution

(Question, Thursday 06 April 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)

My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. With a container deposit scheme set to commence this year, what will the Minister do next to reduce plastic pollution from plastic bags, packaging microbeads and microfibres?

 

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Greyhound Racing Bill 2017

(Contribution to Debate, Tuesday 04 April 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)

The Greyhound Racing Bill ends any prospect that greyhound dogs and other animals will be spared from considerable suffering at the hands of a cruel and archaic industry funded by gambling and government subsidies. 

The Greyhound Racing Bill overturns the ban on greyhound racing due to commence on the 1st of July this year, while introducing some reforms so that it looks like serious animal welfare problems with the industry will be fixed.

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Recreational Cannabis

(Private Members' Statement, 30 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

The possession and use of cannabis for recreation purposes remains a criminal offence in Australia with New South Wales having one of the strictest applications of this law. But internationally many jurisdictions are relaxing cannabis laws and a number of constituents have contacted me in support of sensible cannabis reform.

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