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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

Sydney Drinking Water Catchment Bill - Debate

(Debate on Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017, Tuesday 10 October 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) Bill restores approval for the Springvale coal mine extension after the Court of Appeal ruled that it was incorrect, and imposes lower water protections for all mines in Sydney’s drinking water catchment.

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fortieth Anniversary

(Matter of Public Importance, 15 February 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

By leave: I thank the member for Blue Mountains for bringing this matter of public importance to the attention of the House. Members may or may not know that the member for Blue Mountains is somewhat of a gay icon in her electorate. She has a particularly strong support base in the Pink Mountains—the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer [LGBTIQ] community in her electorate. They are very proud of the work that the member for Blue Mountains does in this House. This year is the fortieth anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. At this time we reflect on the heroism of those in 1978 who were simply marching for fairness, equality and ending discrimination, but were met with brutality and violence.

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Christmas in Pyrmont

(Community Recognition Statement, 15 February 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I rise to congratulate the active and engaged community in Pyrmont and Ultimo for their inspiring and amazing fundraising efforts through Christmas in Pyrmont.

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Subtenancy Letting

(Question, 14 February 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

Happy Valentine's Day, Madam Speaker. I direct my question to the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation. Happy Valentine's Day to the Minister. How will the Minister protect subtenants who have an informal agreement with the head tenant and are, therefore, not covered by a lease or occupancy agreement from eviction without notice, unreturned bonds and repeated rent increases?

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Terrorism (High Risk Offenders) Bill 2017

(Debate, 21 November 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament

The Terrorism (High Risk Offenders) Bill will allow the Supreme Court, on application of the government, to order the continued detention or supervision of an eligible offender beyond the completion of their sentence for up to three years on the grounds that they pose an unacceptable risk of committing a terrorism offence.

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Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

(Contribution to Debate, 7 February 2018, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)

I rise to speak on the Health Legislation Amendment Bill. My contribution will focus on the amendments to the Mental Health Act that allow the Mental Health Review Tribunal to hear reviews of the treatment regime of involuntary patients or authorise the use of electro convulsive treatment, in the absence of the person involved, in certain circumstances, if they refuse or are too unwell to attend.

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Cycling

(Private Member's Statement, 8 February 2018, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)

Cycling is a clean and healthy transport option that can reduce traffic and public transport congestion.

Population growth is stretching road and public transport infrastructure. Building new roads increases congestion in the long term and leads to pollution and loss of public space and private property. Most commutes in Sydney are a rideable distance and if those who can ride have access to safe cycling options, they will.

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Building Products (Safety) Bill 2017

(Debate, 22 November 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I welcome the Building Products (Safety and Suitability) Bill, which aims to end the unsafe use of building products in construction.

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Marriage Equality, MPI

(Matter of Public Importance, 16 November 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

By leave: I thank the member for Summer Hill for introducing this matter of public importance to the Parliament. I am sure she will not mind me thanking her amazing staff even more, as they have played a significant role in this campaign. Yesterday was a historic occasion for Australia as people from across the country came together to deliver an unequivocal mandate to our Federal Parliament to legislate for marriage equality as soon as possible.

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Electoral Bill 2017

(Debate on Bill, 14 November 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I rise to support the Electoral Bill and the amendments to be moved by the Member for Lake Macquarie.

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