Alex's Update Issue 33
Rainbow Rights Forum, Surry Hills Police, Shooting Goes Ahead, Stopping Discrimination in Schools and Fridge Buyback
Lord Mayor Clover Moore is holding a Rainbow Rights Forum tomorrow night to help decide how best to symbolise the long campaign for equality for LGBTI communities. I support a permanent symbol to celebrate our heritage and replace the City of Sydney’s wonderful rainbow crossing, read my letter HERE. I encourage you to attend the forum. Details available HERE.
I congratulate Surry Hills Police Commander Supt Tony Crandell for his action to rebuild positive relationships between police and the local GLBTI community through a new consultative committee to identify concerns and agree on action. Follow up from Mardi Gras complaints waits the outcome of court cases.
Shooting in 12 national parks is going ahead on “trial” despite massive opposition, community safety risks and no evidence of any conservation value. Calling it a “Supplementary Pest Control Program” does not stop it being a cruel blood sport. Information HERE. While the discredited Game Council will be abolished and shooting in state forests suspended until October, it is unclear how the Department of Primary Industries will better regulate shooting.
I’m developing a private members bill that would remove exemptions that allow private schools to expel students because of their sex, sexuality or if they have a disability. School is a vital part of developing wellbeing in adulthood and should not be a place where children and young people are at risk of discrimination. Further information HERE.
There are opportunities and risks with the proposed Central to Eveleigh Corridor proposal from UrbanGrowth NSW. It could result in more open space, pedestrian and cycle links across railway lines, schools, childcare and affordable housing; but this is only possible with proper planning that aims for more than developers’ plans to make money. Information available HERE.
Have a great week
Alex Greenwich MP
Independent Member for Sydney
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