Greens spokesperson for Alcohol and Other Drugs Hon Alison Xamon MLC has expressed her dismay at the Government for its wholly inadequate response to the recommendations set out in the Help Not Handcuffs report – the result of a 13-month Parliamentary inquiry into alternative approaches to reducing illicit drug use and its effects on the community.
The Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2020 today passed both houses of Parliament.
The Bill provided some long overdue planning reform, but also created a new streamlined approvals process for large developments that sits outside of regular planning law.
Among a number of other concerns, this Bill allows the Minister for Planning to direct another government agency to do things that would otherwise be illegal.
Hon Tim Clifford, Greens Spokesperson for Planning:
Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services and Justice Hon Alison Xamon MLC is today pleased to support long-overdue reform to fines enforcement laws, which will, among other changes to the law, make imprisonment for fine default an absolute last resort.
Ms Xamon said she had advocated for many years for an overhaul of the fines enforcement system, not least because it formed a key recommendation in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 30 years ago.
Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity and Justice Hon Alison Xamon MLC has urged the Government to develop a better response to LGBTIQ prejudice-related crime, following revelations WA Police do NOT track this kind of data.
Ms Xamon said she was dismayed to learn through questions in Parliament that police still did not track instances of hate crime directed at the LGBTIQ community – a decade after it was identified as a significant gap.
Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has expressed her deep concern about the alleged “body-slam” of a prisoner at Bandyup Women’s Prison over the weekend, which fellow prisoners claim left an Aboriginal woman in a critical condition.
Ms Xamon said she intended to question the Government about the incident, following reports the woman was “’body slammed’ on Saturday and that she was taken to hospital.