Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity Hon Alison Xamon MLC has welcomed the passing of legislation which will mean Western Australians changing gender will no longer be forced to divorce, but stresses there is still much to do to remove all legal barriers to true equality for the LGBTIQ+ community.
Ms Xamon said the Gender Reassignment Amendment Bill 2018, which passed the Legislative Council yesterday, brought WA into line with the rest of the country – and the Federal Marriage Act.
Greens spokesperson for Suicide Prevention Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Government to step up efforts to address the underlying causes of suicide, following the release today from the WA Coroner of yet another tragic report about Aboriginal suicide.
Ms Xamon said it was truly heartbreaking to read of the circumstances around the deaths of these 13 children and young people.
Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Government to ban gay conversion therapy in Western Australia immediately, following the announcement that the harmful practice will be banned in Victoria.
Ms Xamon said attempting to change or interfere with a person’s identity was an abuse of human rights.
Greens spokesperson for Child Protection Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called for justice for the Western Australian survivors of institutional child abuse who do not qualify for compensation under the National Redress Scheme because they did not suffer sexual abuse.
Backing the Make Redress Right Campaign, initiated by Tuart Place, Ms Xamon said applicants were significantly re-traumatised during the WA Redress Scheme when compensation levels were halved after people had applied.
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.