Greens spokesperson for Alcohol and Other Drugs Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called on the Government to reverse its decision to cut funding to the Meth Helpline.
Ms Xamon said the cut backs, which have already led to the scaling back of counselling shifts from 75 to 65 per fortnight, would make it more difficult for people to access the support they need.
She said there needed to be more investment in the vital service, not less.
Greens Member for North Metropolitan Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed progress towards reforming the GST distribution.
Ms Xamon said WA had missed out for too long, with additional funding increasingly tied to projects the community neither wants nor needs, or which are not critical priorities, such as Roe 8.
She said it was unacceptable that to date, the only increase in funding coming to WA had been in the form of grants tied to particular projects.
"WA is in desperate need of income that can be spent on essential services within the state," Ms Xamon said.
Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Diversity Hon Alison Xamon MLC will today introduce legislation to amend the the Equal Opportunities Act 1984 (WA) prevent private religious schools from legally discriminating against employees, students and their families on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Ms Xamon said repealing the discriminatory section of the Act, Section 73, is a natural progression after the recent passage of marriage equality legislation, coupled with progress towards expunging historical homosexual convictions.
Greens spokesperson for Child Protection Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today urged the State Government to ensure processes are easily accessible, prompt and transparent, following the Premier’s commitment to signing up to the Commonwealth Redress Scheme and formal apology to WA survivors of child sexual abuse.
Ms Xamon said while she was pleased Western Australia had led the way by issuing a formal apology, it was crucial that the mistakes made in the operation of the WA Redress Scheme were not repeated.
The Government has not allocated any money for additional forensic mental health beds, nor does it have a plan to meet the desperate need for more, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC today revealed through Estimates questions today.
Ms Xamon said the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-25 identified that, in 2014, the number of forensic inpatient beds was less than half what it should be in order to meet demand.
She said the plan identifies a need for 92 beds by 2025.