The Productivity Commission’s Report on Vocational Training and Education paints a pretty bleak picture of the training sector in Western Australia, Greens (WA) spokesperson for Training Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said today.
“Enrolments are falling, funding is falling and we are at best, middle of the pack in outcomes achieved for our students,” Ms Xamon said.
“The Report graphically shows the steady reductions in State Funding for training that have occurred over the last few years.
The Greens have today renewed their call for the McGowan Government’s Leaders’ Forum to be made unlawful following revelations that a Chinese property developer has joined the Forum.
Greens spokesperson for Integrity of Government, Hon Alison Xamon MLC, said that the Government’s lack of integrity was clearly evident in the fact that a private meeting with the Premier and Cabinet members could be bought by Leaders’ Forum members for $25,000, or a table at a dinner hosted by Government Minsters for $4,000; money which goes directly to ALP coffers.
The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services, released last night, has revealed WA has the country’s second highest imprisonment rate after NT, and the highest imprisonment rate of Aboriginals.
Ms Xamon labelled the statistics “shameful”.
“Instead of locking more Aboriginal people up, at exorbitant cost to the community, the Minister should be focussing on ways to keep people out of prison and to rehabilitate those who come before the justice system,” said Ms Xamon.
Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called on the Government to urgently overhaul the State’s youth justice system, following the release of a damning report from the Productivity Commission which shows WA has the worst rate of youth re-offending in the country.
Ms Xamon said the report released this week, which showed 54.8% of young of 10 to 16-year-olds were returned to sentenced supervision, was appalling but not surprising.
Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called on the Government to take urgent action to investigate the serious allegations of mistreatment and potential torture of teenagers held in Banksia Hill Detention Centre.
Ms Xamon said that unfortunately while today’s news is heartbreaking it is not surprising. Only last year the chief inspector released a damning report into the Banksia Hill Detention Centre detailing fundamental failings in the operation of the facility.