This week I was forced out of Parliament by legislation introduced by Premier Barry O'Farrell and passed with the support for the Shooters and Fishers Party and Fred Nile's group.
This transparent, manipulative grab for power is a slap in the face to the people of Sydney who chose me to be their representative less than two years ago.
For 24 years I have represented the Bligh/Sydney electorate and I'm proud of what I've been able to achieve with the support of the community - anti-vilification laws, protecting irreplaceable heritage items like the finger wharf at Woolloomooloo, defending the public space Governor Macquarie established for the people of our state, legalising same-sex adoption and standing up for issues that the major parties want to ignore.
Thank you to everyone who was able to join me at Parliament yesterday for my farewell address. It meant so much to see so many familiar faces sharing the occasion with me.
The Liberal/National Coalition already controls 69 out of 93 seats in the Parliament. It's vital that Sydney stays Independent and continues to be represented by someone who will champion to our needs and interests not another backbencher who votes in line with party directions.
That is why I have endorsed Alex Greenwich, who I believe will work hard for the Sydney community.
Alex is a resident of Potts Point, has run a small business in Sydney for 10 years and a community activist.
He's someone who won't be afraid to take up the fights the major political parties will want to ignore and I strongly urge you to get behind his election campaign and help keep Sydney Independent.
(Photo: Alex and I at the NSW Parliament this week for my final speech)
This week I was honoured to be sworn in for a new term as Lord Mayor of Sydney. We are doing incredibly important work at the City and I'm looking forward to continuing to implement our progressive policies.
I will be joined on Council by Clover Moore Independent Team members Robert Kok, Robyn Kemmis, John Mant and Jenny Green.
Also joining the Council will be Irene Doutney (Greens), Linda Scott (ALP), Angela Vithoulkas (Living Sydney) and Edward Mandla and Christine Forster (Lib).
I hope you have a great weekend!
- My final speech to the NSW Parliament
- Welcome to our new Council
- Kings Cross plans need to go further
- City coming alive for Art & About
- ACON's Honour Awards
- Event Alert