WA Greens Member for East Metropolitan Region Alison Xamon has welcomed the recent decision of the Mining Warden to refuse three licences for mining exploration in State Forests and farms in the South West near Manjimup and Bridgetown.
The decision was timely as it coincided with the beginning of debate in Parliament of the Greens’ Mining (Community Protection) Amendment Bill in State Parliament.
WA Greens Member for East Metropolitan Region Alison Xamon has condemned the State Government for its failure to provide adequate school psychology services in the East Metro Region.
Ms Xamon referred to new data that showed school psychologist staffing levels were significantly below that recommended in several schools across her electorate.
Alison Xamon MLC, Greens (WA) spokesperson for women and industrial relations, today welcomed Fair Work Australia’s (FWA) decision on the Social and Community Services sector equal remuneration case.
“FWA’s decision will help to address the economic disadvantage experienced by women in the community and social services sector”, said Ms Xamon.
Last year Fair Work Australia found that gender is an important factor in the difference in pay between workers in the SACS industry and those in comparable jobs in state and local government.
Today in Parliament the Liberal, National and Labor parties combined to defeat a motion calling for a moratorium on the controversial gas extraction technique known as fracking.
The motion, introduced by Greens WA spokesperson on Water Alison Xamon, called for a moratorium on the emerging industry until a comprehensive and transparent regulatory framework could be developed.
“It is highly concerning that this motion has been dismissed by Parliament,” Ms Xamon said.
The State Budget has failed to address the vulnerable in our community, and is very concerning in its failure to address the State’s growing gap between the haves and the have-nots, according to Greens WA MLC Alison Xamon.
Speaking today in Parliament, Ms Xamon said many were benefiting from the mining boom – but many more Western Australians were not.
This week is Refugee Week and WA Greens Spokesperson for Children and Education Alison Xamon has today called for the State Government to step up and ensure school-aged asylum-seeker children receive an education.
“Once these children are released into community detention in WA they face a series of challenges to get an education,” Ms Xamon said.
“Children in community detention cannot enrol in a government school and must wait until their immigration status is resolved or a non-government organisation can help them.
“It is a situation that is extremely troubling.
Training programs provided by the Department of Corrective Services to young people in detention are blocking their chances of future employment and rehabilitation, said WA Greens Spokesperson for Training and Youth Alison Xamon.Last night in Parliament Ms Xamon spoke up to support the rights of children to leave their juvenile offending in the past.“The training offered to young people in detention or on remand has a serious flaw in that it c
WA Greens Spokesperson for Water Alison Xamon is outraged at the behaviour of Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore who has interfered in a community consultation process over the controversial practice of fracking.The decision of the Minister was revealed in Parliament yesterday following questions by Ms Xamon as to whether the Minister had directed the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) to withdraw its involvement in community
The Greens have expressed concern about today’s announcement of an increase of only 3.4 per cent for some of Western Australia’s most poorly paid workers.The WA Industrial Relations Commission this afternoon announced its decision following the State Wage Case. While unions had asked for an increase of 7 per cent, the State Government had requested a CPI-only increase of 2.5 per cent, and industry had requested even l
Children with severe disabilities have been left out of Government planning in the transition to compulsory pre-primary schooling starting next year.
In response to questions asked in Parliament, Greens spokesperson for Education and Disabilities Alison Xamon has discovered that pre-primary places in Education Support Centres had not been considered in the transition planning.
The Greens have called upon Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney to explain why 15 people who have been identified through Redress as having committed abuse against children are still able to work with children unhindered.
Greens Member for East Metropolitan Region Alison Xamon has welcomed a $500,000 grant for the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Rescue Centre in Martin.
“I am delighted that Kaarakin has received this money from the Federal Biodiversity Fund’s first round of grants,” Ms Xamon said.
Today in Parliament the Greens moved a Bill to ensure that planning schemes can override mining tenements meaning that Perth Hills residents will have protection from mining activities.
Greens MLC, Giz Watson, today introduced a bill to amend the Mining Act 1978.
Tonight in Parliament the Greens expressed their deep concerns about the Barnett Government’s Leaders Forum following revelations in the West Australian of its existence and the way it is operating, and called on the Government to bring on its Lobbyist legislation as a matter of priority.
Today Parliament will finally begin debate on a motion demanding that the Government place a moratorium on all unconventional gas exploration and mining in Western Australia, including hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’.
Alison Xamon MLC, Greens spokesperson for Water, who has moved the Motion said the moratorium was necessary to ensure there was time to put a comprehensive regulatory framework in place to ensure proper management of the emerging and largely under regulated industry.
The EPA’s announcement yesterday that it has approved the Toro Energy uranium mine in Wiluna, has exposed a long litany of failures in Western Australia’s regulatory, political and legislative systems, says WA Greens spokesperson for Water Alison Xamon.
Ms Xamon’s motion, calling for legislation to ensure world’s best practice for any future uranium mine, is currently being debated in the Upper House.
``The system has failed the people of Western Australia,” Ms Xamon said.
Following Monday’s announcement that the EPA has approved uranium mining in Wiluna, a closer examination of the EPA’s 109-page report proves depressing reading, says WA Green Spokesperson for Water, Alison Xamon.
“The EPA’s report is a bleak litany of backside-covering, fancy footwork and caveats,” Ms Xamon said.
People with mental illness must be helped to take better care of their physical health, according to WA Greens Member for East Metropolitan Region Alison Xamon.On May 16 Ms Xamon spoke on dental health at the Physical Health Expo in Maylands, which was raising awareness of the urgent physical health crisis experienced by people with mental illness.“I was pleased to be invited to speak at this local event which raised awareness of an imp
The Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Alison Xamon has welcomed today’s announcement that the State Government will establish a pilot Mental Health Court but has warned that it will need to be expanded considerably if the pilot is found to be successful, and that the Government will need to reverse contrary laws such as mandatory sentencing.
In 2010 Ms Xamon presented a Motion to Parliament calling for the urgent establishment of a Mental Health Court. In 2011 the Motion was finally debated and received unanimous support from the Legislative Council.
Today in Parliament, WA Greens spokesperson for Water Alison Xamon will call upon the State Government to ensure that any future uranium mine in WA operates under ‘world’s best practice’ legislation and to also indicate what exactly that would look like.
The State Government has repeatedly promised to deliver “world’s best practice” regulation of Western Australia’s future uranium mining industry.