Greens spokesperson for Alcohol and Other Drugs Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed new Government funding to target the supply of meth into WA, but stresses the new money must not be at the expense of other services which are working in the fight against meth.
Ms Xamon said the Meth Helpline, for example, had undergone crippling cuts in the months before this latest funding announcement.
She said people were crying out for help to deal with meth and its devastating effects, but were not always able to access it.
Organisations delivering services to victims of family and domestic violence (FDV) must be guaranteed long-term funding, Greens spokesperson for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said.
Speaking in Parliament ahead of the 28th Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March, Ms Xamon said FDV was a complex issue with many causes and sustainable funding was crucial to preventing it.
Greens spokesperson for Industrial Relations Hon Alison Xamon MLC and spokesperson for Police Hon Tim Clifford MLC have today welcomed Government reforms for the medical retirement process for WA police officers.
Ms Xamon said she was pleased officers deemed medically unfit would no longer be retired under Section 8 of the Police Act – the same mechanism used to retire officers found to be corrupt or ethically unfit for service.
Greens spokesperson for Disability Hon Alison Xamon MLC has welcomed a commitment from the Government that it will develop a State Disability Plan, but says it is vital people with lived experience be involved throughout the design and implementation process.
Ms Xamon said she was pleased calls from the Disability sector for a long-term plan had been answered, particularly in light of worrying trends relating to inclusion for people with disability in WA.
“People with a disability continue to be excluded from infrastructure and services,” Ms Xamon said.
The Government must address significant backlogs in dental care for the state’s prisoners to improve prisoner and public health, and reduce instances of re-offending, Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said today.
Speaking in Parliament, Ms Xamon said inadequate dental care, with long waiting lists and high rates of prisoner complaints had been a consistent theme of Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services (OICS) reports since the office’s establishment in 2006.