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Greens welcome expungement process for historical homosexual offences: Not before time!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity Hon Alison Xamon MLC has welcomed today's apology from the Government to men convicted historically convicted of homosexual offences - saying it is long overdue and an important step forward. 

"The Greens have always stood for equal rights for LGBTI+ people – freedom of sexuality is a fundamental human right," Ms Xamon said. 

"This is a move that the Greens have called for, for a long time.  

"It’s about time that WA follows the lead of other states in starting the expungement process." 

Shortfall in training budget may lead to skills shortages

Thursday, October 19, 2017

WA is facing the very real prospect of a significant shortfall in its training budget, it has been revealed during Budget Estimates.

Greens spokesperson for Training Hon Alison Xamon MLC said the Government admitted during Estimates there was continued uncertainty over the level of Federal funding WA would receive and that this creates a funding hole which the State Government will struggle to fill.

Ms Xamon said that this created the very real risk of contributing to a future skills shortage.

Urgent action needed to improve mental wellbeing for FIFO workers

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called on the Government to urgently implement a number of the recommendations made as part of a Parliamentary Inquiry two years ago into FIFO work and its impact on mental health.  

Ms Xamon said the recommendations have also been subject to further work by a Government committee including industry, unions and mental health groups which has been developing a response.

She said many of the 30 recommendations had been widely acknowledged as requiring urgent implementation.

WA children should not be imprisoned over lack of accommodation

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Children should not be imprisoned at Banksia Hill Detention Centre because they do not have suitable homes to go to, Greens spokesperson for Child Protection Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said today.

Hon Xamon revealed through Questions in Parliament that on 9 October, there were three children being held at Banksia Hill Detention Centre who qualified to be released on bail.

The Government admitted the children remained there because no suitable accommodation was available.

WA children failed by mental health system - Report

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called for urgent action to address failings in the WA Mental Health System identified by the Mental Health Advocacy Service in its 2016-2017 Annual Report.     

The Report, tabled in Parliament today, identifies a range of alarming issues with treatment received by children in the WA mental health system.

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