Hon Alison Xamon MLC, Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services, has today renewed her call on the McGowan Government to get serious about addressing prison numbers as recent questions in Parliament revealed sexual assaults in WA prisons have increased almost threefold in the last 12 months.
Ms Xamon said that the increase, from eight sexual assaults in 2017-18 to 21 already this financial year, painted a very worrying picture of life inside our correctional facilities.
Hon Alison Xamon MLC, Greens spokesperson for youth justice, has expressed dismay as answers to questions in parliament reveal young people in Banksia Hill Detention Centre are locked in their cells for on average nearly 15 hours day.
Greens spokesperson for children and youth, Hon Alison Xamon MLC, has renewed her call for the Government to increase funding for the Kids Helpline as answers to questions in Parliament yesterday revealed two out of three calls to the helpline from Western Australian children and young people went unanswered in 2018.
Ms Xamon said that more than half of the attempts made by children and young people to contact the counselling service using web chat last year were also unsuccessful.
Yesterday, the Legislative Council voted against a range of political donations transparency measures.
Hon Alison Xamon, the Greens WA spokesperson for Electoral Affairs called on the Legislative Council to support banning foreign donations, introducing real time reporting of donations and fixing the inconsistencies across jurisdictions.
“I was disappointed, but not surprised to see the major parties choose to back away from telling the public who is giving them money and when.”
Greens spokesperson for Industrial Relations and Worker Safety Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed the release of the final report of the Ministerial Review of the State’s Industrial Relations System in tandem with the Government’s response, but says even more must be done to improve conditions for workers.
“Prioritising vulnerable workers through measures to address workplace bullying, increasing penalties for breaches of employment laws and strengthening of industrial inspector powers are long overdue,” said Ms Xamon.