Greens Member for North Metropolitan Region Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said she is stunned by the Environmental Protection Authority’s decision not to reject a wave park proposed for a conservation area on the banks of the Swan River.
Ms Xamon said given the proposed development is located almost entirely within Bush Forever Site 331 on land that has been earmarked for 20 years for rehabilitation to protect and enhance the adjacent estuary, she would expect a firm ‘no’ from the EPA to any large development on this site.
Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed the Government’s commitment to establishing a Custody Notification Service (CNS), but stresses there is still much work to do to reduce the horrendous rate of Aboriginal incarceration in Western Australia.
Ms Xamon said the introduction of the CNS by mid-year was an important step in supporting Aboriginal prisoners and preventing further deaths in custody, but action was still urgently needed on other issues including reducing the rate of imprisonment for fine default.
Urgent action is needed to reform the state’s youth justice system, Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon has said, following revelations of the impact restrictive practices are having on the rehabilitation of young people in Banksia Hill Detention Centre.
Ms Xamon said it was absolutely unacceptable that a young person currently detained at Banksia Hill had been kept isolated from important programs and services since May last year.
Greens spokesperson for Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has renewed her call to the Government to invest urgently in research into causes and possible treatments for ME/CFS.
Ms Xamon said myalgic enecpohalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) was a complex illness that affects most body systems, but particularly the nervous, immune, cardiac, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.
She said it affected between 0.4 and one per cent of the Australian population.
“In Western Australia, that works out to be between 10,000 and 26,000 people,” Ms Xamon said.
The WA Budget misses an opportunity to reduce imprisonment rates and to use savings for more prevention, diversion and in-prison programs, Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said today.
Ms Xamon said no funding had been allocated to address the serious issues at Banksia Hill Detention Centre through establishing alternative accommodation for girls and young children, as promised by the Minister last year.