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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

Ticket Scalping and Gift Cards Debate

(Debate, 18 October 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) 

I rise to make a brief contribution in support of the Fair Trading Amendment (Gift Cards and Ticket Scalping) Bill 2017, which introduces sensible measures to help prevent the scourge of online ticket scalping that is ripping everyday people off.

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Urban Green Space

(Private Members' Statements, 17 October 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) 

Green open space, trees and bushland are essential to a city’s health, liveability, attractiveness and sustainability, but Sydney’s green space is rapidly being cleared and at serious risk of being completely eradicated. There is an urgent need for reforms to protect what is left, particularly in the inner city.

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New South Wales Marine Estate - Question

(Question Time, Wednesday 11 October 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament) 

My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. Will the Minister confirm that the Government continues to work towards a Sydney Marine Park and inform the House of progress on the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion assessment and the Government's response to the 2016 discussion paper?

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Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017

(Bill Consideration in Detail, 13 September 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)

The Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill makes a number of amendments to laws surrounding public health following the statutory review of the Public Health Act 2010.

My contribution will focus on changes to the state’s response to sexually transmitted infections on which the bill takes both forward and regressive steps.

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Bays Precinct Development

(Private Member's Statement, 12 September 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament) 

The Bays Precinct will undergo massive transformation to bring thousands of new residents, workers and visitors to the region. Tonight I call for a consultative, transparent and coordinated planning process to ensure the redevelopment is environmentally and socially sustainable.

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National Disability Insurance Scheme

(Question Without Notice, 12 September 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament) 

My question is to the Minister for Disability Services:                     

Noting that the NDIS Linkages and Capacity Building is not yet operating, is underfunded and has gaps in who it covers: 

What will you do to ensure that independent information and advocacy services continue to receive NSW government funding and support after June 2018?

See Minister for Disability Services' response HERE

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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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