Alex's Update - Issue 22
ANZAC Day, High School Options, Companion Animals, Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill Forum, Support the Welfare Rights Centre
On ANZAC Day I joined community remembrance ceremonies, including Ultimo’s Mustard Seed Uniting Church commemoration and the Lord Mayor’s reception for the Under 16s, who enlisted to fight at the age of 14 or 15. These events are a stark reminder of the horror and loss of war.
The high school campaign continues, and I asked the Minister for Education to open up Year 7 at Sydney Boys High School to more local students under existing rules that apply for Year 8 and 9. See the Central Courier report HERE.
The Companion Animals Taskforce has released proposals they say will reduce the number of cats and dogs impounded and killed, and promote responsible pet ownership. The report recommends licensing of breeders with enforceable standards, annual registration for cats and dogs, and mandatory point of sale information. While the report also recommends removing barriers to pets in retirement villages and apartments, it states that these fall outside the Taskforce’s jurisdiction. My rescue dog Max could have been one of the 60,000 cats and dogs killed each year after being abandoned.
I encourage you to comment by 10 May at www.dlg.nsw.gov.au.
The forum on the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill is planned for Monday 13 May at 6pm in the Auditorium at Paddington RSL, 220 Oxford Street. RSVP HERE or call my office to make a booking.
ACTION ALERT: Join me at the Friday rally in support of funding for the Welfare Rights Centre, which helps low income people get the pensions and benefits to which they are entitled. Details are HERE.
Have a great week
Alex Greenwich MP
Independent Member for Sydney
PS. Thanks to the Woollahra History and Heritage Society, you can visit historic Strickland House on Sunday 5 May. Short talks and guided walks include the campaign for public access to our foreshores. Information available HERE.