Greens spokesperson for Gambling Hon Alison Xamon MLC has welcomed this morning’s announcement of an impending Royal Commission into the suitability of Crown to hold WA’s only casino licence – and called on the major parties to get rid of dirty money received in donations from the gambling giant.
Ms Xamon said it was about time Crown was thoroughly investigated and, in the meantime, the WA Government had a responsibility to distance itself from ethically unsound businesses, operating poorly and lacking in transparency.
Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has extended her full support to mental health workers stopping work today at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital today, in protest of inadequate Election commitments from the WA Government to improve mental health service provision for children and young people.
Ms Xamon reiterated her concerns that the Government continued to focus spending on costly hospital care, failing to invest in prevention, early intervention and community managed services which stop people from reaching crisis point.
Greens Homelessness spokesperson Alison Xamon MLC has welcomed the call from the City of Fremantle for an inquiry into last month’s tent city in Fremantle’s Pioneer Park.
”We should absolutely be looking into what caused the tent city in Pioneer Park,” Ms Xamon said. “Given the greater resources of WA Parliament and that public housing and homelessness services are the state’s responsibility, I am in complete support of an independent Parliamentary inquiry into the tent cities that have popped up across WA.”
Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has welcomed today’s announcement from the McGowan Government that it will invest a further $360 million in the WA mental health system – but expressed concern at the continued lack of spending on prevention, early intervention and the community managed mental health services.
Ms Xamon said any funding boost for the sector was absolutely needed as it was widely acknowledged that the WA mental health system is in crisis.
The Greens say that proper regulation of the gambling industry requires a ban on the industry donating to political parties.
Western Australian Greens spokesperson on Gambling Alison Xamon said:
“Since 2012-13, more than half of all money donated by Crown to political parties in Australia has come to parties in WA.
“Crown has spent nearly $800,000 in WA alone, with WA Labor raking in $312,430 and the WA Liberals taking $437,509.