Greens spokesperson for Disability Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has welcomed today’s announcement of funding for systemic disability advocacy in Western Australia during the transition phase to the NDIS, but cautioned that interim funding does not remove the need for ongoing systemic advocacy services in this state.
The proposed Ocean Reef Marina development runs the risk of having a potentially disastrous impact on abalone stocks north of the site, Greens MLC for North Metro Alison Xamon has told Parliament.
Ms Xamon said representatives of the commercial abalone fishing industry had approached her with concerns about the future of the reef
She said the threat to abalone stocks added to her existing concerns about the potential for negative impacts of the development on Bush Forever sites and portions of the Class A marine reserve.
Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has congratulated the Government on the successful trial of the police and mental health co-response team initiative – but says there is still a way to go to fix the multiple gaps that still exist within the mental health system.
Ms Xamon said the current and previous Governments were to be commended for implementing the first trial of its kind in Australia – following a staggering sixfold increase in police call-outs to incidents involving mental health in just 10 years.
Elder abuse is a growing concern – and one that will continue to grow as the population ages, Greens spokesperson for Seniors and Ageing Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said today, following the tabling of the final report of the Parliamentary Select Committee into Elder Abuse.
Ms Xamon, who took the role of deputy chair during the 12 month inquiry, said financial abuse was often not recognised as a form of elder abuse.
She said she hoped the report’s findings would help people to understand the range of behaviours that constituted abuse.
Greens spokesperson for Suicide Prevention Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Government to ensure it provides funding certainty for the WA suicide prevention services, in light of a worrying lack of provisions allocated to the sector in the 2018-19 State Budget.
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, Ms Xamon expressed concerns about the lack of funds put aside for prevention services beyond 2019.