Greens spokesperson for Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today renewed her call for social work to be included in the health practitioner National Regulation and Accreditation Scheme.
“World Social Work Day 2019 provides an opportunity for us all to recognise the extraordinary and valuable work undertaken by social workers in our community every day.
This work is undertaken with some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and as such, it is appalling that there is currently no form of legal professional registration for social workers in Australia,” said Ms Xamon.
Today, the Greens call for the Premier to stand up for Western Australia’s future in his meetings with the oil and gas industry regarding the Environmental Protection Authorities’ recent technical guidelines on greenhouse gas emissions.
“This Government needs to ensure that it is thinking about the long term future of all Western Australians”, said Hon Alison Xamon.
“The recent EPA guidelines requiring that net direct emissions of the big polluters be offset should only be the start.”
Greens spokesperson for education Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called for investment in school bullying programs that specifically address the risk to vulnerable students, including Aboriginal students, those with disability, LGBTI students and those from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Speaking in Parliament in the lead up to National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on 15 March, Ms Xamon said that bullying can have lasting effects on children and their families, and can impact on mental health and wellbeing, physical health, school attendance and school achievement.
Greens spokesperson for Mental Health and Disability Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Attorney General to act on his promises to reform the heinous Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act as a matter of urgency, and to ensure that these reforms apply equally to people already being held under the Act.
“Ever since this Government was elected the Attorney General has been saying that the reform of this draconian legislation is a priority, yet 2 years have passed and we still have not seen a bill,” Ms Xamon said during a speech in Parliament last night.
On the eve of International Women’s Day Greens spokesperson for Industrial Relations and Women Hon Alison Xamon MLC is dismayed at the lack of progress towards reducing the gender pay gap in Western Australia.
The latest statistics show that the gender pay gap remains stable in Western Australia at around 22% while the national gap is at 14.6% down from 15.3% from the year before. Unfortunately this means that we retain our position as the state with the widest gender pay gap in the country.