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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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Smoke-free Environment Amendment Bill 2018

(Bills - Second Reading Debate, April 10 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I support the Smoke-free Environment Amendment Bill which bans the use of electronic cigarettes in places where smoking tobacco is currently banned.

E-cigarettes have only emerged in the last 5 to 10 years. While five years ago use seemed to be growing rapidly, it appears that their take-up has settled with the minister reporting that less than one per cent of people in New South Wales use electronic cigarettes. Notwithstanding, electronic cigarettes are being used in the community and I support the government’s approach to protect people from second-hand vapour.

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Gambling Legislation

(Bills - Second Reading Debate, 13 March 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

Problem gambling can have serious community impacts with disastrous costs for those affected including lost homes and jobs, financial ruin and broken families.

The 2010 Productivity Commission Report on Gambling found that between 80,000 and 160,000 Australian adults suffer from a significant gambling problem and a further 230,000 to 350,000 are vulnerable. It estimated that problem gamblers account for 22 to 60 per cent of gaming machine spending, which increases to 42 to 75 per cent when combined with use by moderate risk gamblers.

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Public Education

(Question, 8 March 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

My question is to the Minister for Education.

Given: Woollahra and Waverley councils; parents; and the CLOSE East community group have identified rapidly growing needs for high school capacity in the eastern suburbs: Will you work with local councils and parents to plan for and secure a new high school site in the east to meet future demand?

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State Debt Recovery Bill

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

The State Debt Recovery Bill allows a government agency or a local council to enter into an agreement with the Chief Commissioner of State Revenue so that Revenue NSW can recover debts on the agency’s behalf. Revenue NSW will be able to use its existing powers to garnishee wages, seize property and place a charge on land, as well as new powers under the bill to suspend some state issued occupational licences.

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Alexandria to Moore Park

(Private Members Statement, 6 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I rise to condemn road changes between Alexandria and Moore Park, planned to deal with new traffic spilling into the streets from the WestConnex Motorway project.

WestConnex is one of the biggest risks to Sydney’s sustainability, liveability and future economic viability. 

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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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