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Inadequate child protection, alcohol and drug services mean young people detained for longer

Monday, August 6, 2018

Greens spokesperson for Corrective Service and Youth Hon Alison Xamon MLC has revealed through questions in Parliament that young people are being unnecessarily detained at Banksia Hill Detention Centre because there are no places for them in the drug and alcohol programs that they need.

Ms Xamon pushed the Government to reveal that at 15 June two young people found to be eligible for release into a drug and alcohol program were still in prison because rehabilitation beds were not available.

Lack of funding for telephone counselling services place vulnerable Western Australians at further risk

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Greens spokesperson for Children and Youth Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Federal Government to urgently top-up funding for the Kids Helpline, since she revealed more than half of calls made to the essential telephone counselling service went unanswered. 

Ms Xamon said she was very concerned to learn through questions in Parliament that 56 per cent of calls made to the Kids Helpline in 2017 did not go through.

Government must reverse its decision to cut funding to Meth Helpline

Monday, July 9, 2018

Greens spokesperson for Alcohol and Other Drugs Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called on the Government to reverse its decision to cut funding to the Meth Helpline.

Ms Xamon said the cut backs, which have already led to the scaling back of counselling shifts from 75 to 65 per fortnight, would make it more difficult for people to access the support they need.

She said there needed to be more investment in the vital service, not less.  

Greens welcome GST top-up for WA

Friday, July 6, 2018

Greens Member for North Metropolitan Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed progress towards reforming the GST distribution.

Ms Xamon said WA had missed out for too long, with additional funding increasingly tied to projects the community neither wants nor needs, or which are not critical priorities, such as Roe 8.

She said it was unacceptable that to date, the only increase in funding coming to WA had been in the form of grants tied to particular projects.

"WA is in desperate need of income that can be spent on essential services within the state," Ms Xamon said.

Greens to introduce bill to prevent private religious schools from legal discrimination against LGBTIQ students, teachers and parents

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Diversity Hon Alison Xamon MLC will today introduce legislation to amend the the Equal Opportunities Act 1984 (WA) prevent private religious schools from legally discriminating against employees, students and their families on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Ms Xamon said repealing the discriminatory section of the Act, Section 73, is a natural progression after the recent passage of marriage equality legislation, coupled with progress towards expunging historical homosexual convictions.

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