The Greens have today renewed their call for the McGowan Government’s Leaders’ Forum to be made unlawful following revelations that a Chinese property developer has joined the Forum.
Greens spokesperson for Integrity of Government, Hon Alison Xamon MLC, said that the Government’s lack of integrity was clearly evident in the fact that a private meeting with the Premier and Cabinet members could be bought by Leaders’ Forum members for $25,000, or a table at a dinner hosted by Government Minsters for $4,000; money which goes directly to ALP coffers.
The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services, released last night, has revealed WA has the country’s second highest imprisonment rate after NT, and the highest imprisonment rate of Aboriginals.
Ms Xamon labelled the statistics “shameful”.
“Instead of locking more Aboriginal people up, at exorbitant cost to the community, the Minister should be focussing on ways to keep people out of prison and to rehabilitate those who come before the justice system,” said Ms Xamon.
Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called on the Government to urgently overhaul the State’s youth justice system, following the release of a damning report from the Productivity Commission which shows WA has the worst rate of youth re-offending in the country.
Ms Xamon said the report released this week, which showed 54.8% of young of 10 to 16-year-olds were returned to sentenced supervision, was appalling but not surprising.
Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called on the Government to take urgent action to investigate the serious allegations of mistreatment and potential torture of teenagers held in Banksia Hill Detention Centre.
Ms Xamon said that unfortunately while today’s news is heartbreaking it is not surprising. Only last year the chief inspector released a damning report into the Banksia Hill Detention Centre detailing fundamental failings in the operation of the facility.
Greens spokesperson for Education Hon Alison Xamon MLC has welcomed the announcement from the Premier Mark McGowan that the Government will reverse its decision to close Schools of the Air (SOTA) and revoke a number of other ill thought out cuts to Education, but stresses the Government must now rethink the way it does business.
Ms Xamon said while she shared in the relief of the community which had shown so much outrage over the decisions, today’s backflip must be the last time the Government is forced to back-pedal because of poor decision making on their part.