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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

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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Fines Amendment Bill 2017

(Contribution to Debate, 07 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I rise to make a brief contribution to the Fines Amendment Bill, which removes the requirement to suspend a driver licence or cancel motor vehicle registration as the first line of enforcement action for someone who has defaulted on their fines, and allows restitution debts to be enforced as fines.

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Committee on Community Services

(Committee's Report, 23 February 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

Transport disadvantage is a serious problem that can strengthen the already large divide between rich and poor. Without access to frequent, reliable, efficient and affordable transport options, people who are disadvantaged can’t access employment or education opportunities, or health and welfare services. They are unable to participate in social activities leading to isolation and poor wellbeing.

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Housing Affordability

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

The rapidly declining supply of affordable housing impacts on Sydney’s liveability, social diversity, functionality and economy, especially in the inner city where land values are escalating.

For purchasers, deposit-to-income ratio is the highest on record and principal repayments are rising rapidly against stagnant wages and have almost doubled since 1970, despite low interest rates. Shelter NSW identified that 54 per cent of lower income households with a mortgage are in housing stress. 

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

(Matter of Public Importance, 23 February 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

Tonight we speak in recognition of the significant contribution the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras makes to our City and our state and to welcome the festival and all it’s visitors on behalf of the New South Wales Parliament.

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Douglas Holmes

(Community Recognition Statement, 23 February 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I speak today to acknowledge and thank Douglas Holmes for his many years working to advance the interests of mental health consumers locally, statewide and nationally following his retirement as the St Vincents Hospital Mental Health Service Consumer Participation Coordinator. Many in the inner city – consumers and service providers – will miss Douglas, including my office.

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Motor Racing Legislation Amendment (Newcastle 500) Bill 2017

(Contribution to Debate, 21 February 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I will make a brief contribution to debate on the Motor Racing Legislation Amendment (Newcastle 500) Bill, which will facilitate the Supercar 500 race in Newcastle.

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Digital Technologies Curriculum

(Question Without Notice, 17 November 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

My question is directed to the Premier. Given that Deloitte, Jobs for NSW, Council for Economic Development Australia, and Information and Communications Technology educators have all stressed the importance to the State's economy of specifically skilling up students on digital technologies, when will the Government finally catch up with all other State and Territory governments and adopt the Federal Government's digital technologies curriculum?

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Prison Population and Recidivism – The Need For Positive Interventions

(Motion, 17 November 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

Our prisons’ historic population of 12,641 and growing incarceration rates of already overrepresented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women and people on remand are shameful and must be addressed.

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