Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called on the Federal Department of Agriculture to urgently adopt its proposed reforms to the live sheep heat stress risk assessment model.
“These reforms have been put forward by an independent panel of exports and represents an important step in improving animal welfare until such time as this cruel trade can be brought to an end,” she said.
Hon Alison Xamon spoke today regarding the EPA’s recent decision to approve the Ocean Reef Marina development.
“I recognise that a marina project in this area has been highly anticipated by the community for a number of years,” she said, “however, we need to ensure that the very best environmental standards are applied.”
The Marina development will be taking place on Bush Forever Site 325 and in the Marmion Marine Park.
Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has expressed dismay about the progress made toward achieving the targets set out in the 10 year mental health and alcohol and other drug services plan following today’s release of updated service modelling for the Plan.
“While I am pleased to see the updated modelling finally released, the draft Plan Update 2018 confirms what I have been saying for a long time – we are falling way short of the targets needed to achieve a complete rebalancing of the system,” Ms Xamon said.
Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called for the further expansion of the Mental Health Police Co-Response Teams program – saying more needs to be done to support people living in the regions.
Ms Xamon said she was pleased the trial would expand into Perth’s southern and eastern areas, following successful initial trials in the north-west and south-east metropolitan areas in 2018.
But, she said, the expansion falls short of what is desperately needed.
The Government must invest in tackling the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) crisis in Western Australia, as an important part of addressing the devastatingly high rate of suicide in Aboriginal children, Greens spokesperson for Suicide Prevention Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said.
Speaking in Parliament, Ms Xamon said the Government lacked focus and urgency in its approach to FASD, particularly in light of the Coroner’s report into deaths of 13 children and young people in the Kimberley.