The Greens are celebrating International Women’s Day today with a commitment to continue to speak out for the most vulnerable women in WA.
Greens spokesperson on women’s issues Alison Xamon MLC said the Greens would continue to provide a voice for women and in particular marginalised or vulnerable women including the elderly, those living with disability or mental health issues, Aboriginal women, single mothers and those who experience domestic violence.
Western Australia’s TAFE sector is poised on the edge of substantial changes that have the potential to make this State’s vocational education and training (VET) unrecognisable from the robust institution it has been in the past.
Greens (WA) spokesperson for training Alison Xamon MLC says that looming for the start of 2014 is the promise of a wholesale change to the way training is funded in Western Australia.
As the Midland Health Campus starts to take physical shape, questions remain unanswered about the range of reproductive services that will be offered - or not offered – under the new private management structure, says Greens East Metro MLC Alison Xamon.
The Greens (WA) today launched their Transparent and Open Government Action Plan which will provide a robust framework to enhance public confidence in government decision making.
Greens WA spokesperson for Electoral Affairs Alison Xamon MLC said that through the creation of a rigorous regulatory regime for lobbyists, the Greens would ensure the activity of all lobbyists, not just third party lobbyists, was appropriately regulated.
“Government integrity, accountability and transparency are vital to a healthy democracy,” Ms Xamon said.
Potentially hundreds of people are having their quality of life destroyed by the State Government’s failure to adequately fund a support scheme for people with incontinence.
“Incontinence is not something people like to talk about but is it a common problem and for people who live with this every day, it can ruin their quality of life,” Greens spokesperson for Disability Alison Xamon said.
“The necessary incontinence products can cost up to $40 or more per week, which is quite clearly an impossible expense for people on low or fixed incomes to afford.
Greens (WA) Water Spokesperson Alison Xamon MLC today released an action plan for reversing the decline of the Swan and Canning rivers due to excessive build-up of nutrients.
"Perth's urban drain network is a major source of the excessive loads of nitrogen and phosphorous entering the Swan-Canning rivers," Ms Xamon said.
"For too long, responsibility for the drains has been a grey area with the main arterial network owned by Water Corporation, and the much larger local drain network managed by local governments.
A proposed expansion of the Maralla Road sand mine in Bullsbrook has residents deeply concerned, says Greens Member for East Metropolitan Alison Xamon.
Operations at the mine were halted in September on the cusp of action being taken by the City of Swan to enforce traffic conditions.
Residents on Warbrook Rd had reported up to 142 truck movements per day, well over the approved 40 per day prior to operations at the sand mine ceasing.
Greens (WA) East Metro MP Alison Xamon has called for funding to be extended for Armadale’s youth basketball competition Ignite Basketball which has been a resounding success since its launch in June last year.
“The program’s funding is due to end this June, putting at risk one of the area’s most successful youth diversionary programs,” Ms Xamon said.
The Greens today supported a call from the WA Farmers Federation which has called for farmers to be given a right to veto fracking on their agricultural land.
Greens WA spokesperson for Water, Alison Xamon said the farmers’ voices against fracking were a welcome addition to the discussion.
Ms Xamon said the Greens had a long-standing policy supporting the right of landowners to veto mining on their property, and had in fact introduced exactly such legislation, which had not received the support of other parties.
While the State Government continues to dither on the Perth-Darwin Highway, traffic problems along Great Northern Highway in Bullsbrook have created a danger zone, says East Metro Greens MP Alison Xamon.
“Just today I heard from yet another constituent who is concerned about the traffic and planning failures in Bullsbrook,” Ms Xamon said.
“The heavy traffic through the centre of the village is causing a dangerous problem for residents.
“Even popping down to the shops for some milk can be an alarming experience.
The State Government’s unreasonable conditions on funding are to blame for the disappointing loss of the Mundaring Truffle Festival, said Greens East Metro MP Alison Xamon.
Ms Xamon spoke out after it emerged that the Government’s event body, Eventscorp, had insisted on onerous liability conditions under the proposed sponsorship deal.
“The Truffle Festival is one of the regional highlights of the year and a wonderful showcase for our local food and wine producers,” Ms Xamon said.
People with serious mental illness are being failed by WA’s criminal justice system, says Greens (WA) Spokesperson for Mental Health Alison Xamon.
“They are being failed because successive State governments have not invested in the necessary facilities and services and in much-needed law reform,” Ms Xamon said. “People with serious mental illness are among the most vulnerable people in our community.
“In 2011, the Government’s own Mental Health Commission noted the lack of services available, saying:
A preliminary assessment of likely greenhouse gas emissions if a shale gas industry expands in WA is grounds alone to oppose the industry outright, the WA Greens say.
“Even if just a fifth of WA’s estimated shale and tight gas resource is developed, the life cycle of the greenhouse gas emissions would be enormous – equivalent to nine times Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions currently,” Greens MLC Alison Xamon said.
For four years the Bullsbrook Town Site and Rural Strategy (BTSRS) has been sitting in the WAPC offices gathering dust while ad hoc planning decisions on the ground in Bullsbrook threaten to permanently damage the town’s unique character, says WA Greens Member for East Metro Alison Xamon.
“My constituents in Bullsbrook welcomed the City of Swan’s endorsement of the BTSRS which resulted from a broad community consultation and engagement process,” Ms Xamon said.
Greens Member for East Metro Alison Xamon has indicated that she will be calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry into the controversial Hanson’s Quarry at Red Hill which has applied for a further extension of its operations.Ms Xamon made the call as the community waits on a final decision on the expansion from the West Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).
The Greens have called for a clear commitment from the WA Liberal, National and Labor parties to address the pay equity gap in Western Australia following the release of the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The Greens (WA) this week revealed their plans for improving bike routes in Perth's eastern suburbs - part of a comprehensive vision for cycling in Perth that has been welcomed by cycling organisations.
A new Department of Water report has confirmed warnings made repeatedly by the Greens that too much groundwater is being drawn from the Gnangara Mound.
“The Department of Water is obliged to report triennially to the Environmental Protection Authority on its management of environmental criteria on Gnangara Mound and as I feared, the report shows that the Department’s compliance with those environmental criteria has deteriorated over the past three years, largely due to over-abstraction,” Greens Water Spokesperson Alison Xamon MLC said.