Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed the Government’s commitment to establishing a Custody Notification Service (CNS), but stresses there is still much work to do to reduce the horrendous rate of Aboriginal incarceration in Western Australia.
Ms Xamon said the introduction of the CNS by mid-year was an important step in supporting Aboriginal prisoners and preventing further deaths in custody, but action was still urgently needed on other issues including reducing the rate of imprisonment for fine default.
Urgent action is needed to reform the state’s youth justice system, Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon has said, following revelations of the impact restrictive practices are having on the rehabilitation of young people in Banksia Hill Detention Centre.
Ms Xamon said it was absolutely unacceptable that a young person currently detained at Banksia Hill had been kept isolated from important programs and services since May last year.
Greens spokesperson for Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has renewed her call to the Government to invest urgently in research into causes and possible treatments for ME/CFS.
Ms Xamon said myalgic enecpohalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) was a complex illness that affects most body systems, but particularly the nervous, immune, cardiac, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.
She said it affected between 0.4 and one per cent of the Australian population.
“In Western Australia, that works out to be between 10,000 and 26,000 people,” Ms Xamon said.
The WA Budget misses an opportunity to reduce imprisonment rates and to use savings for more prevention, diversion and in-prison programs, Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said today.
Ms Xamon said no funding had been allocated to address the serious issues at Banksia Hill Detention Centre through establishing alternative accommodation for girls and young children, as promised by the Minister last year.
Greens spokesperson for Suicide Prevention Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Government to ensure it pays close attention to the increasing issue of suicide in older Australians, in the development of its next suicide prevention strategy.
Ms Xamon said she had become increasingly concerned about older-adult suicide, which often occurred in situations of loneliness and isolation.
She said anecdotal evidence also suggested older Australians were dying by suicide because felt pressure from their families or were being subjected to abuse and neglect.