The Government must urgently address the issues set out in the Auditor General’s Report, which found serious failings in the Department of Communities’ response to vulnerable tenants, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said today.
Ms Xamon said the Auditor General’s report, released today, assesses the management of disruptive behaviour in public housing by the Department of Communities.
Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC is appalled by findings presented in the Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services latest report - The birth at Bandyup Women’s Prison in March 2018.
“The inspector has only released a summary of his report as the information contained in the full report was too sensitive and distressing to be publicly released, however even the summary is heart wrenching,” Ms Xamon said.
Greens spokesperson for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed the passage of amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act and the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act which aim to reduce barriers to victims of domestic violence seeking safe accommodation.
“These important amendments enable a domestic violence victim to change locks and to implement security measures without first seeking approval, and to leave a tenancy without facing the prospect of having to pay compensation to the lessor,” said Ms Xamon.
Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called for urgent action to address the mental health of FIFO workers following the latest report from the Mental Health Commission, which has found one third of FIFO workers experience high or very high levels of distress.
Ms Xamon said the report’s findings were deeply disturbing, with distress levels among this group of workers, double that of a benchmark group.
“The evidence is now undeniable – current practices in parts of the mining industry present an unacceptable risk to workers,” she said.
Greens spokesperson for Seniors and Ageing Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called for urgent and long overdue reform to the Retirement Villages Act, to ensure better protections for Western Australian seniors.
Speaking in Parliament, Ms Xamon said too many seniors had been subject to unfair practices including complicated contracts; mismanagement; discrepancies between the rights of village owners and residents; excessive fees, and inadequate or lengthy complaints resolution processes.