The facts on being MP and Lord Mayor

  • Clover Moore is not afraid of working hard for the Sydney community. She believes climate change is our greatest challenge and is not afraid of making tough decisions to take action. Under her leadership the City of Sydney is on track to reduce emissions by up to 70 per cent by 2030 - more than any other government in Australia.
  • Ms Moore has successfully managed to represent the people of Sydney both as MP and Lord Mayor since 2004, securing major wins for the community during her terms.
  • Ms Moore has this week been at the C40 cities climate summit. The summit was co-chaired by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former US President Bill Clinton with World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick as a keynote speaker.
  • The trip was unanimously endorsed in December 2010 by the Council before the new parliamentary dates were set.
  • Representatives of 45 cities took part including Melbourne, Athens, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Lima, Los Angeles, London, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Seoul and Warsaw.
  • Ms Moore delivered a speech at the Summit highlighting the world leading initiatives being undertaken in Sydney.
  • As part of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group the World Bank signed an agreement on behalf of delegates for technical and financial assistance for projects to minimise the effects of climate change. This means Sydney now has shared tools to measure and report on greenhouse gas emissions. The World Bank's climate investment funds totalled US$6.4 billion last year
  • Ms Moore has been in contact with staff at both her Council and Electorate Office every day, responding to issues and requests and providing daily updates on Twitter and FB.
  • Her Electorate Office advises that in the last 16 days of Parliament Ms Moore asked 28 written questions, spoken eight times in the House and submitted petitions every sitting day including the petition on Barangaroo which led to the Government ordering an independent review.
  • Far from being a 'double-dipping politician' she has donated her Lord Mayoral salary to charity since 2004, giving disadvantaged Sydneysiders close to one million dollars since that time. Some of the many charities that have received grants include:
    • Sydney Story Factory - to promote literacy among children by encouraging a love of words and stories;
    • St Vincent's Hospital - to establish, facilitate and support recovery and training in mental health and provide education for carers and the community about mental health issues;
    • The Wayside Chapel - to support programs for homeless people in Kings Cross;
    • The Foundation for Young Australians - to support young Aboriginal people studying law, criminal justice and related subjects; and
    • Bobby Goldsmith Foundation - to support projects helping people living with HIV and AIDS.
  • She is supported by the Sydney community - winning four elections over the past seven years as both Lord Mayor and State MP.
  • With the exception of North Paddington and small parts of Edgecliff and Woollahra, the state electorate of Sydney is contained within the Local Government area of Sydney.
  • There is considerable overlap and shared issues between her responsibilities as Lord Mayor and State MP - these include improving energy efficiency, congestion and transport, equality, protection of open space, homelessness, affordable housing, community safety particularly the impacts of late night violence and the economic prosperity of the CBD and surrounding areas.
  • Ms Moore devotes most days, evenings and weekends to serving and representing the people of Sydney.
  • She describes her role and workload as comparable to that of a Minister - however says the synergies are better:
  • "The people of Sydney are my electorate and my portfolio is the city. My role enables me to be more effective - advocating in Parliament for the Sydney community, championing their causes and often getting outcomes, while at the city we are implementing our long term plan, Sustainable Sydney 2030, building beautifully designed and sustainable community facilities, creating wonderful parks, providing innovative services and magic events. We have a sound financial position and are partnering with business, community groups and are developing partnerships with the state and federal governments. Holding down two roles, as parliamentarian and Lord Mayor, puts me in a unique position to actually get things done. There are many hard-working and talented people in the business world who simultaneously occupy numerous roles on the boards and committees of public and private entities and do a good job. Like them I have the energy and the passion to undertake many projects."
  • Her electorate office advises that last term she asked 471 written questions - most Government members asked none, with the total of questions from all 53 Government members only 489.
  • She introduced four Private Member's Bills - more than any backbencher, Labor, Liberal, National or Independent.
  • She spoke 150 times on issues ranging from global warming, electricity privatisation, carers, planning and development, animal welfare and food security. She submitted petitions on almost every sitting day.
  • Former Leader of the Opposition Peter Debnam has said: "The member for Sydney is a wonderful role model for all members. She is one of the hardest working members in this place. She has also demonstrated that one can influence policy and make a difference from outside the Government as long as one is persistent and undertakes thorough research over a number of years. She has certainly done that."
  • Ms Moore's strong community campaign encouraged the State Government to withdraw its plans to transfer Moore Park to the SCG.
  • Clover's advocacy about clustered liquor outlets achieved a two year freeze on new liquor licences in inner city hot spots.
  • Her Liquor Amendment (Small Bars and Restaurants) Bill was used by the Government to change the law to allow small bars in Sydney - an alternative to big beer barns and 40 small bars have since opened.
  • Clover's Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples) Bill passed enabling same-sex couples to adopt as a couple.
  • Her Freedom of Information (Open Government - Disclosure of Contracts) 2007 legislation made Government contracts with private companies open to public scrutiny.
  • Her Land Tax Legislation (Amendment) Bill pushed the Government to extend boarding house land tax exemptions to low income rental properties.
  • Her South East Forests Bill was used as the basis of subsequent legislation to protect forests.
  • Her Homosexual Anti-Vilification Bill made it illegal to incite hatred of lesbians and gay men.
  • Her Significant Personal Relationships Bill became a model for Tasmanian and Victorian legislation, and later for the City of Sydney's Relationships Register recognising same sex relationships.
  • She led the community campaign to stop the Government's 1989 plan to sell and redevelop the former Sydney Showgrounds and worked to save the QVB and restore public access to Woolloomooloo's Finger Wharf, the Bay, the Art Gallery, Domain and Botanic Gardens.

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