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Shortfall in training budget may lead to skills shortages

Thursday, October 19, 2017

WA is facing the very real prospect of a significant shortfall in its training budget, it has been revealed during Budget Estimates.

Greens spokesperson for Training Hon Alison Xamon MLC said the Government admitted during Estimates there was continued uncertainty over the level of Federal funding WA would receive and that this creates a funding hole which the State Government will struggle to fill.

Ms Xamon said that this created the very real risk of contributing to a future skills shortage.

Urgent action needed to improve mental wellbeing for FIFO workers

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called on the Government to urgently implement a number of the recommendations made as part of a Parliamentary Inquiry two years ago into FIFO work and its impact on mental health.  

Ms Xamon said the recommendations have also been subject to further work by a Government committee including industry, unions and mental health groups which has been developing a response.

She said many of the 30 recommendations had been widely acknowledged as requiring urgent implementation.

WA children should not be imprisoned over lack of accommodation

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Children should not be imprisoned at Banksia Hill Detention Centre because they do not have suitable homes to go to, Greens spokesperson for Child Protection Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said today.

Hon Xamon revealed through Questions in Parliament that on 9 October, there were three children being held at Banksia Hill Detention Centre who qualified to be released on bail.

The Government admitted the children remained there because no suitable accommodation was available.

WA children failed by mental health system - Report

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called for urgent action to address failings in the WA Mental Health System identified by the Mental Health Advocacy Service in its 2016-2017 Annual Report.     

The Report, tabled in Parliament today, identifies a range of alarming issues with treatment received by children in the WA mental health system.

Mental illness and suicide among seniors to be explored as part of Select Committee into Elder Abuse

Friday, September 15, 2017

Greens spokesperson for Seniors and Ageing Hon Alison Xamon today welcomed the establishment of a Parliamentary Select Committee into the issue of Elder Abuse.  The motion to establish the Committee, initiated by Hon Nick Goiran, received unanimous support from the Legislative Council.

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