Greens spokesperson for Children and Youth, and Justice, Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed the findings of the Punitive Not Protective: When the Mandatory Registration of Young People is not based on risk report, from the Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs.
Ms Xamon, who made a submission to the inquiry, said today’s report was timely and important – and she hoped the recommendations presented would lead to much needed reform of the Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004.
Greens spokesperson for Chid Protection Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Government to urgently top-up funding for Kids Helpline, since she revealed more than half of phone calls to and attempted web-chats with the essential counselling service went unanswered.
Ms Xamon said she was very concerned to learn through questions in Parliament that 58% of phone contacts and 58% of attempted web-chats were not answered in 2019-20 – with the phone call no-answer rate up 2% on the previous financial year.
Greens spokesperson for the Public Sector Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Government to provide clear direction to public sector organisations on how workers should perform their roles during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ms Xamon said she was concerned to learn many public sector workers were still being told to come into work, despite there being options to work from home.
Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services and Justice Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Government to stop issuing Warrants of Commitment (WOCs) and suspend Work and Development Order (WDO) requirements if needed to ensure no Western Australians are sent to prison for fine default during the COVID-19 crisis.
Ms Xamon said the Government must ensure fines were not compounded at this time – particularly as people following official advice to self-isolate may not be able to go out to attend WDO activities, or to deal with fines in person.
Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Government to ensure community managed mental health services are resourced to be able to meet expected increases in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
“This is of course a very troubling and worrying time for everyone, but particularly for people living with acute and ongoing mental health conditions,” Ms Xamon said.
“Self-isolation is clearly a risk factor for many vulnerable Western Australians.”