Greens spokesperson for Child Protection Hon Alison Xamon MLC has renewed her call for the establishment of an independent child advocacy service to better protect children from harm, to mark today's White Balloon Day.
Ms Xamon said child abuse was entirely preventable – and protecting children was a whole-of-community responsibility.
She said the latest figures from National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) showed more than 35,000 Australian children were abused or neglected in 2017.
Accidental drug-related deaths have more than doubled in Western Australia over the last 15 years, Greens spokesperson for Alcohol and Other Drugs Hon Alison Xamon MLC has told Parliament to mark International Overdose Awareness Day, which is today, with prescription drugs now the biggest killer.
Ms Xamon said the latest report from the Pennington Institute showed drugs were the cause of 23% of all accidental deaths in Australia in 2016 – more than double the number of deaths caused by car accidents.
The Government must provide better support for young people leaving out of home care to ensure their successful transition into adulthood, Greens spokesperson for Child Protection Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said, following the tabling in Parliament today of the Auditor General’s Young People Leaving Care report.
Ms Xamon said the Auditor General’s report found 65% of young people leaving care who were eligible for support were not getting it, placing them at greater risk of homelessness and unemployment.
The Government must provide funding certainty, to ensure the continued success of WA’s Men’s Sheds, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said.
Speaking in Parliament, Ms Xamon said the community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organisation was heading for a funding crisis, as it’s only source of State Government funding runs out in December.
She said originally the peak body had been funded by the Department of Health alone although its work is undertaken in conjunction with up to 9 different Government Departments.
Greens Member for North Metropolitan Region Hon Alison Xamon MLC has warned distrust in the State planning system will continue to grow, if infill targets are applied without full community engagement and sound strategic planning.
Ms Xamon said people in the City of Subiaco – as well as the City of Nedlands – were outraged at the heavy-handed way the WAPC has amended Local Planning Scheme consultation documents to greatly increase R-codes across substantial portions of their Cities.