The Government must address significant backlogs in dental care for the state’s prisoners to improve prisoner and public health, and reduce instances of re-offending, Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said today.
Speaking in Parliament, Ms Xamon said inadequate dental care, with long waiting lists and high rates of prisoner complaints had been a consistent theme of Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services (OICS) reports since the office’s establishment in 2006.
The Annual Report of the Melaleuca Remand and Integration Facility (Melaleuca Women’s Prison) reveals concerning details about the management of the privately operated prison, Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said.
Ms Xamon said that, according to the Report, Sodexo’s overall performance operating the maximum security facility was “unsatisfactory”, while custodial staff training and operational readiness continued to be “less than satisfactory”.
Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Government to address the immediate issue of religious exemptions as well as commit to a comprehensive response to address discrimination in Western Australia, after the Equal Opportunity Commission’s Annual Report revealed concerning drops in the Commission’s ability to undertake its important work.
Greens spokesperson for Alcohol and Other Drugs Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed the bipartisan support of the Legislative Council for her motion to set up a Select Committee to examine alternative approaches to reducing the harm caused by illicit drugs.
Ms Xamon said the Select Committee would inquire into other Australian state jurisdictions and international approaches to reducing harm to the community caused by drug use – including Portugal’s much heralded approach.
Greens spokesperson for Industrial Relations Hon Alison Xamon MLC today welcomed the release of the report of the Australian Parliament’s Senate Inquiry into the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia.
“I am especially heartened to see that the committee’s recommendations support my long fought campaign for the need for industrial manslaughter laws in WA, she said.