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Greens move to abolish ticket voting in WA

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Greens spokesperson for Electoral Affairs Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today introduced legislation to amend the Electoral Act 1907 (WA) to abolish ticket voting and replace it with optional preferential voting both above and below the line.

“Simply put, this Bill will see control of preferences taken out of the hands of parties and returned to the voter where it belongs,” Ms Xamon said.

Greens support call for professional registration on World Social Work Day 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Greens spokesperson for Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today renewed her call for social work to be included in the health practitioner National Regulation and Accreditation Scheme.

“World Social Work Day 2019 provides an opportunity for us all to recognise the extraordinary and valuable work undertaken by social workers in our community every day.

This work is undertaken with some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and as such, it is appalling that there is currently no form of legal professional registration for social workers in Australia,” said Ms Xamon.

Greens call for transparency in Premier’s meetings with oil and gas industry

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Today, the Greens call for the Premier to stand up for Western Australia’s future in his meetings with the oil and gas industry regarding the Environmental Protection Authorities’ recent technical guidelines on greenhouse gas emissions.

“This Government needs to ensure that it is thinking about the long term future of all Western Australians”, said Hon Alison Xamon.

“The recent EPA guidelines requiring that net direct emissions of the big polluters be offset should only be the start.”

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School bullying programs must address risk to vulnerable students

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Greens spokesperson for education Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called for investment in school bullying programs that specifically address the risk to vulnerable students, including Aboriginal students, those with disability, LGBTI students and those from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Speaking in Parliament in the lead up to National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on 15 March, Ms Xamon said that bullying can have lasting effects on children and their families, and can impact on mental health and wellbeing, physical health, school attendance and school achievement.

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Justice for WA’s mentally impaired is long overdue: Greens

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Greens spokesperson for Mental Health and Disability Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Attorney General to act on his promises to reform the heinous Criminal  Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act as a matter of urgency, and to ensure that these reforms apply equally to people already being held under the Act.

“Ever since this Government was elected the Attorney General has been saying that the reform of this draconian legislation is a priority, yet 2 years have passed and we still have not seen a bill,” Ms Xamon said during a speech in Parliament last night.