The NSW Legislative Assembly has passed a motion introduced by Alex Greenwich, The Member for Sydney, to welcome openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson to NSW.
Mr Greenwich said:
“I am proud that the NSW Parliament was able to put politics aside at the end of a robust debate to welcome such a prominent and influential individual to NSW”
A number of MPs used the motion as an opportunity to place on the record their views on marriage equality:
“Some speakers struggled to reconcile their personal beliefs with the notion of equality. However, I was encouraged by the number of speakers in support of equality for same sex couples and the voices speaking in support of tolerance and acceptance.” Mr Greenwich said.
Mr Greenwich highlighted that various Christian denominations, the Union of Progressive Judaism, The Premier, Leader of the Opposition, and prominent Australian Christians including Kevin Rudd, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Rugby Star David Pocock all support marriage equality.
For more information contact Alex Greenwich on 9360 3053.
This Issue: Local Government Forum, Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill, Policing Potts Point, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and Bishop Gene Robinson
Hear from Lord Mayor Clover Moore and other inner city Mayors at the Wentworth Courier’s Global City Community Forum on Monday 27 May 6.30pm at Sydney Boys High School about the proposed amalgamation of seven Councils into one huge body. Register at http://pages.e.newsdigitalmedia.com.au/competitions/?p=957_NEWSLOCAL%20Global%20City%20Forum
With the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill to be debated in the Upper House on Thursday, it is essential that you urgently ask members to support the bill. Debate so far is not promising. You can contact members http://bit.ly/XWqIL6
Cancer impacts people across the community and I’m hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in my Electorate Office at 11am Friday to raise funds and awareness. Call Leanne in my office to RSVP or find another morning tea to attend www.biggestmorningtea.com.au/GetInvolved/Findamorningtea/tabid/55/Default.aspx Read more…
This Issue: Protecting Local Government, Metro Strategy, Oxford St, Potts Point Policing, Benevolent Society 200 Years & New Citizens
In Parliament I opposed the Local Government Amendment (Early Intervention) Bill, which gives the State Government sweeping powers to give orders to and sack councils it claims are “underperforming”. With two separate local government reviews under way, I moved to defer debate until their completion but did not get government support.
I worked with other MPs to require notice before councils are sacked or given an order, and to remove provisions to make councils accountable to the Minister. The Greens may move my other amendments in the Upper House to stop councils being suspended without the opportunity to comply with a performance improvement order and to add guidelines for new ministerial powers in the regulations. Read more…
This Issue: Nurse Ratio Campaign, Planning White Paper, Sydney Heritage Fleet, @Vibewire, Welfare Rights Centre
I’m supporting the nurse ratio campaign, which aims to ensure patient safety and care by limiting the number of patients for whom each nurse is responsible. I’m concerned that the massive health budget cuts will impact on people needing health care. To find out how you can support the campaign go to http://www.morenurses.org
The Government’s planning review White Paper will change the rules for development across NSW, and threatens your ability to have a say about what happens in your community. Learn what it means at the Environment Defenders Office workshop on Tuesday 14 May. Details at www.edo.org.au/edonsw/site/events.php Read more…
This Issue: 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.