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More services for Trans kids needed to halt suicide rate: Greens

The Greens have today called for more investment in services for Trans children following disturbing research undertaken by the Telethon Kids Institute which found that 50% of Trans kids had attempted suicide at least once.
 
Greens spokesperson for Mental Health said the research made for sobering reading.
 
“On every measure for mental health and risk of suicide Trans children were identified at being at significant risk,” Ms Xamon said.
 

Funding for LGBTIQ+ mental health services fall short of need ahead of postal vote

The Greens have today criticised the Government’s “inadequate and half-hearted” commitment to funding specialist mental health services for the GBTIQ+ community on the lead up to the postal vote on Marriage Equality.

Spokesperson for Mental Health Hon. Alison Xamon MLC said while she was relieved the Government had recognised the need for increased mental health assistance ahead of the survey, today’s announcement fell well short of what was likely to be needed.

Budget fails to deliver certainty over future of NDIS

The Greens have today criticised the government for failing to provide certainty over the future of the NDIS in Western Australia, following the release of the State Budget yesterday.

Spokesperson for Disability Hon. Alison Xamon MLC said there was a high level of expectation in the community that the budget would have given some indication of the Government’s intention for the scheme.

Greens to introduce bill to end access to Ministers for cash

Media Statement
Wednesday 6 September 2017

The Greens will tomorrow introduce a bill to Parliament which aims to outlaw access to government Ministers for cash.

Spokesperson for Integrity in Government Hon. Alison Xamon MLC said the Electoral Amendment (Access to Ministers) Bill 2017 was designed to prevent promotion of functions, gatherings, meetings or events aimed at raising funds for a particular political party on the basis or suggestion that attendees would gain access to a Minister.

Review of Misuse of Drugs Act needed to ensure users not jailed for life

The Greens have today called for a review of the thresholds set out in the Schedules to the Misuse of Drugs Act, to ensure proposed life sentencing for meth traffickers does not unjustly target users.

Spokesperson for Health Alison Xamon MLC said the Greens had a tough approach to drug traffickers and dealers supported the proposed amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act because it targeted ‘Mr Bigs’ and addressed the drug supply.

“However, the Greens want to ensure there are not unintended consequences from the passage of this legislation,” Ms Xamon said.

All Australians should have access to Medicare

The Greens have called on the McGowan Government to urge the federal Health Minister to grant access to Medicare to men, women and children in Western Australian prisons.

Spokesperson for Health and Corrective Services Alison Xamon MLC said access to health services was a basic human right – and people in custody are entitled to receive the same level of access and quality of health care as the general population;

All Australians should have access to Medicare Alison Xamon MLC