Wednesday 6 September 2017
The Greens will tomorrow introduce a bill to Parliament which aims to outlaw access to government Ministers for cash.
Spokesperson for Integrity in Government Hon. Alison Xamon MLC said the Electoral Amendment (Access to Ministers) Bill 2017 was designed to prevent promotion of functions, gatherings, meetings or events aimed at raising funds for a particular political party on the basis or suggestion that attendees would gain access to a Minister.
The Greens have today called for a review of the thresholds set out in the Schedules to the Misuse of Drugs Act, to ensure proposed life sentencing for meth traffickers does not unjustly target users.
Spokesperson for Health Alison Xamon MLC said the Greens had a tough approach to drug traffickers and dealers supported the proposed amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act because it targeted ‘Mr Bigs’ and addressed the drug supply.
“However, the Greens want to ensure there are not unintended consequences from the passage of this legislation,” Ms Xamon said.
The Greens have today criticised the Government’s “inadequate and half-hearted” commitment to funding specialist mental health services for the GBTIQ+ community on the lead up to the postal vote on Marriage Equality.
Spokesperson for Mental Health Hon. Alison Xamon MLC said while she was relieved the Government had recognised the need for increased mental health assistance ahead of the survey, today’s announcement fell well short of what was likely to be needed.
The Greens have today criticised the government for failing to provide certainty over the future of the NDIS in Western Australia, following the release of the State Budget yesterday.
Spokesperson for Disability Hon. Alison Xamon MLC said there was a high level of expectation in the community that the budget would have given some indication of the Government’s intention for the scheme.