Alex's Update Issue 272

Monday 9 July 2018

Absurd Stadium Proposal, Expensive Electricity, Sexual Assault Survivors, ICAN Nuclear Weapons, Rough Edges Xmas, NAIDOC in the City & Red Cross Choir


Help stop more damage to Moore Park, worse traffic and parking congestion and the loss of important architecture. I urge you to make a submission to the Department of Planning to oppose the absurd proposal to demolish and rebuild the Sydney Football Stadium before this Wednesday 11 July. My submission: HERE.

Information and submission link: HERE.


I’ve been calling for help with ever-increasing electricity costs, and in response to my latest questions in Parliament the Minister for Energy and Utilities referred to new budget measures that increase rebates by 20 per cent and a ‘One-Click Energy Switch’ where Service NSW officers will help people find better deals and change retailers to be piloted before going statewide. He also referred to schemes to replace old appliances and install LED lights: HERE. My questions: HERE.

CHOICE has a website where you can find the cheapest plans based on your electricity use: HERE. The Green Electricity Guide finds the best renewable energy providers: HERE.

I’ve asked the minister for action to repay massive overcharging following the Australian Energy Regulator report showing electricity suppliers got $1 billion more revenue than allowed: HERE. The costs of coal fired power are increasing along with environmental impacts and it is a pity the budget did not take the opportunity to start transitioning our energy to a cleaner, more efficient, sustainable supply.


I’m pleased that the government new sexual assault strategy includes priority social housing for survivors of childhood sexual assault, which was introduced in response to my advocacy after I heard terrible stories of abuse from constituents. I congratulate the government on developing a strategy that responds to recommendations from the Royal Commission for action on prevention, early intervention, education and support. My question in Parliament: HERE and the strategy: HERE.


I’ve joined other MPs to support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with the aim to prevent catastrophic nuclear war HERE.   


Support Rough Edges service for vulnerable people at Christmas in July 7.30pm Friday 13 July at St John’s Community Hall 120 Darlinghurst Road: HERE Congratulations to the Darlo Darlings Facebook Group for this amazing support.


NAIDOC Week is 8-15 July and a great celebration of Indigenous culture, survival and resilience, and this year focusses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait women leaders. For local events celebrating the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation: see HERE or join the protest walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in support of a permanent Aboriginal flag flying on the bridge Saturday 14 July 10:45 am at the Tarpeian Lawn Botanic Garden: HERE


Craig Hella Johnson conducts 300 voice choirs from USA, China and Australia in a free Gala Concert at the Sydney Opera House 7.30pm Tuesday 17 July, with donations to support the Red Cross: HERE.