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Disturbance at Hakea yet more evidence that Minister must act now to reduce prison coronavirus risk

Friday, March 27, 2020

Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has reiterated her call to the Government to consider releasing low-risk prisoners from WA prisons, in a bid to save lives as the COVID-19 crisis worsens.

Ms Xamon said the Minister was effectively sentencing some prisoners to death by refusing to consider some early releases – infection spread-reduction measures which are already underway in New South Wales.

TAFE learning must urgently move online to ensure training continues during COVID-19 crisis

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Greens spokesperson for Training and TAFE Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called on the Government to move TAFE teaching online, and to start working on how best to transition the practical based teaching and assessments, In order to protect students and staff from COVID-19– and to ensure TAFE students are not disadvantaged as the pandemic crisis continues. 

Greens call for reduction in prison population to reduce spread of coronavirus

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Greens spokesperson for Health and Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has urged the Government to ensure measures for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and detention centres are included in the suite of COVID-19 related legislation to go before Parliament next week.

Hon Xamon said the Government had alerted Parliamentarians to a suite of legal reforms relating to coronavirus which would be introduced next week - but as yet the full detail has not been made available.

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WA legal system must adapt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 without undermining justice  

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Greens spokesperson for Justice Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called for stricter measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in WA courts, while preserving access to justice for the most disadvantaged Western Australians.

"Many courts in the eastern states have put a halt on personal appearances unless there are exceptional circumstances," said Hon Xamon. 

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Individuals working with vulnerable clients must have immediate access to PPE

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Greens spokesperson for Community Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Government to ensure that community workers caring for vulnerable people have immediate access to personal protective equipment (PPE) as the country grapples with the coronavirus crisis.

Hon Xamon said she was very concerned at reports that employees providing essential personal care supports to seniors and people with disability were not being given access to masks, gloves and other PPE.

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