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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

Marriage Equality

(Matter of Public Importance, Thursday 10 August 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I am grateful that this afternoon the Parliament is discussing this matter of public importance on marriage equality, which has had the nation's attention this week. I am also grateful for the way in which the New South Wales Parliament has always dealt with issues like marriage equality. We have always been able to have respectful debates in which we share and acknowledge our own opinions and differences. This Parliament is not afraid to bring these issues to a vote, and even when we disagree with each other, we work towards finding a resolution.

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Support for Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2017

(Debate on Bill, Thursday 10 August 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

The Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill is much-needed legislation which will ensure that people with a terminal illness or a serious medical condition can access cannabis products without being criminally liable. Medical evidence shows, and people continue to report, that cannabis can increase the quality of life of people with serious medical concerns and produce better outcomes with fewer symptoms than pharmaceuticals. Cannabis can be used to reduce pain, nausea, muscle spasms and seizures and to improve hunger in the management of conditions like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stiff person syndrome, Crohn's disease and cancer, including problems associated with chemotherapy.

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Opposition to Environmental Planning and Assessment and Electoral Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

(Opposition to Bill, Wednesday 9 August 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I oppose the Environmental Planning and Assessment and Electoral Legislation Amendment (Planning Panels and Enforcement) Bill 2017 because it is an assault on local democracy and prevents communities being represented in approvals for development in their neighbourhood. This bill will radically change the way development decisions are made. I am appalled that it is being rushed through the House, preventing members from conducting meaningful consultation with their local councils and communities. This Government has a disturbing practice of ramming important and controversial bills through Parliament, thereby showing an abysmal lack of respect for basic democratic principles. What is the rush when the bill will not take effect until March next year?

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Opposition to Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017

(Opposition to Bill, Wednesday 9 August 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

The Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017 is a mean‑spirited response to the uncomfortable sight of vulnerable people sleeping rough in public places, and I strongly oppose it. The bill will give police officers the power to move rough sleepers away from Martin Place and seize their tents and belongings. If rough sleepers move to another public reserve in the City of Sydney local government area, the Minister will be able to confer the powers for use there too. Rough sleepers can incur fines of $220 if they do not leave when ordered to do so.

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Service NSW Amendment Regulation 2017

(Bill Disallowance Motion, 22 June 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I rise to support the disallowance motion and briefly place on the record why I am concerned about the Services NSW (One-Stop Access to Government Services) Amendment (Approved Persons) Regulation 2017.

The regulation indicates a clear intention on the government’s part to transfer Services NSW operations to private for-profit companies. 

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Women in Prison

(Question Without Notice, 22 June 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

My question is directed to the Minister for Counter Terrorism, Minister for Corrections, and Minister for Veterans Affairs. Minister, with the number of women in prison growing fast and most women prisoners having been the victim of abuse and imprisoned for less serious offences, what will you do to reform prison procedures and programs to reduce trauma for female prisoners, increase rehabilitation and reduce the risk of reoffending?

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Skilled Migrant Visas

(Private Member's Statement, Wednesday 21 June 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

The Sydney electorate is home to: people working on 457 visas; citizens and residents who initially moved to this country through the 457 program; and businesses that rely on overseas workers to fill skilled vacancies.

The federal government’s announcement that 457 visas will be replaced with a two-year temporary skilled visa that will exclude any pathway to residency has left people, families and businesses in limbo, unaware of their future.

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Home Building Amendment (Compensation Reform) Bill 2017

(Second Reading Debate, 30 May 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

Home building insurance has long been criticised by consumer groups for helping too few home owners get relief from faulty building work. A home is often someone’s biggest investment and defects can cause the owner considerable economic loss and disruption to life.

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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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