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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

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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Redfern Legal Centre 40 Years

(Community Recognition Statement, 30 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

For 40 years, Redfern Legal Centre has been a beacon of justice for disadvantaged and marginalised people across inner Sydney. The centre operates with a small paid staff, law students getting real life experience and volunteers, academics, community workers and activists working together for access to justice.

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The Local Government Amendment (Rates—Merged Council Areas) Bill

(Contribution to Debate, 29 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) 

The Local Government Amendment (Rates – Merged Council Areas) Bill will give the Minister for Local Government the power to require a council that was established through a recent amalgamation of local government areas, to continue the same rate paths that were used by the former council areas, over the next three years. During this three year period, rates will reflect what they would have been under the former standalone council.

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Fire and Emergency Services Levy Bill 2017

(Contribution to Debate, 28 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

The Fire and Emergency Services Levy Bill changes the way the state collects fees to fund fire and emergency services: instead of being charged through insurance premiums, a new Fire and Emergency Services Levy will be added to council rates.

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Kirketon Road Centre

(Community Recognition Statement, 9 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I congratulate the Kirketon Road Centre and Director Dr Ingrid van Beek. The centre celebrates 30 years of world-leading operation this year. Dr van Beek celebrates 28 years working with the centre first as a clinician, later as director.

KRC is a centre of excellence working with vulnerable, marginalised and alienated people who usually struggle to get health care, including at risk young people, injecting drug users and sex workers. The approach adds to the GP services with innovative and responsive outreach, consumer partnerships, support groups, needle exchange and drop-in clinics.

Dr van Beek has been an inspiring advocate for effective health services for those most at risk of harm. She has shepherded KRC through pioneering drug and HIV service provision and championed the establishment and operation of the Kings Cross Medically Supervised Injecting Centre. 

I thank KRC for many years of service. I thank Ingrid van Beek for her outstanding commitment and record of achievement and wish her well on her retirement.  

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Short-term Holiday Letting

(Questions Without Notice, 08 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

My question is to the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation. Will the government protect strata communities by ensuring owners corporations have the ability to permit, limit and set conditions for short-term letting in their buildings? 

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