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Government must ensure funding certainty for crucially important Men’s Sheds

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Government must provide funding certainty, to ensure the continued success of WA’s Men’s Sheds, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said.

Speaking in Parliament, Ms Xamon said the community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organisation was heading for a funding crisis, as it’s only source of State Government funding runs out in December.

She said originally the peak body had been funded by the Department of Health alone although its work is undertaken in conjunction with up to 9 different Government Departments.

Infill planning for Subiaco must meet community expectations: Greens

Monday, August 20, 2018

Greens Member for North Metropolitan Region Hon Alison Xamon MLC has warned distrust in the State planning system will continue to grow, if infill targets are applied without full community engagement and sound strategic planning.

Ms Xamon said people in the City of Subiaco – as well as the City of Nedlands – were outraged at the heavy-handed way the WAPC has amended Local Planning Scheme consultation documents to greatly increase R-codes across substantial portions of their Cities. 

Review of Young Offenders Act long overdue, urgently needed

Monday, August 20, 2018

Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has urged the Government to urgently undertake a review of the Young Offenders Act 1994 (WA), following the release of a report which found young people had been confined to cells at Banksia Hill Detention Centre in contravention of international conventions.

Banksia Hill: Corrective Services Minister should hang his head in shame

Friday, August 17, 2018

Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today slammed the call by the Corrective Services Minister for Amnesty International to apologise over its concerns about Banksia Hill Detention Centre.

Ms Xamon said the lack of evidence available to the Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services (OICS) for its investigation – the result of poor record-keeping at Banksia Hill – reflected an appalling lack of transparency and accountability of the Government when dealing with our most vulnerable children and young people.

Inadequate mental health services in prisons fail WA prisoners

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A lack of psychologists and mental health nurses in Western Australian prisons means the system is failing to adequately address prisoners’ health needs and some of the root causes of offending, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health and Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said.

Ms Xamon said almost half of prison entrants had a mental health issue.[1]

Despite this, she said, there were now fewer psychologists per prisoner in WA prisons than there were in 2014-15.