WA drug harm inquiry recommends health focus instead of criminal penalties

A parliamentary inquiry has called for a stronger health focus instead of criminal penalties to reduce harm from illicit drugs, to increase support for drug addicted Western Australians. The inquiry has recommended a shift from a criminal justice approach, with inquiry the parliamentary select committee stating that users should be able to receive support “rather…

KidsHelpline struggling to meet call demands

As a nationally promoted outlet for kids seeking a listening ear and encouraging advice, Kids Helpline is struggling to keep up with the sheer volume of calls. While over 31,000 calls were made to Kids Helpline last year, more than half of those calls were dropped… the most dropped calls recorded since 2012. Other calls…

Greens Welcome Inquiry Recommendations for Industrial Manslaughter Laws

The WA Greens have welcomed senate inquiry recommendations into workplace deaths, claiming industrial manslaughter laws are needed in WA. Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Alison Xamon said workplace deaths are  preventable, after an report into industrial deaths found a new national offence of industrial manslaughter should be created. “I am especially heartened to see that the…

Greens Call For Equal Opportunity Act Amendment and Resourcing to Combat Discrimination: Xamon

The WA Greens claim immediate changes need to be made to the Equal Opportunity Act, following a report revealing a fall in the Equal Opportunity Commission’s ability address discrimination issues. Greens Sexuality and Gender Identity spokesperson Alison Xamon said the government needed to address religious exemptions and promise to address discrimination especially for LGBTIQ people…

More Support Needed For Youth Leaving Care: Greens

The WA Greens are calling for more support for young people leaving care, following a report revealing more than half of young people leaving care are not receiving help. Greens Child Protection spokesperson Alison Xamon claims young people leaving care were at greater risk of homelessness and unemployment, with the report ‘Young People Leaving Care’…

More Support Required for Special Needs Students in School Violence: Xamon

Concerns have been raised for the needs of special needs students involved in school fights, following increasing levels of children with disabilities involved in schoolyard violence. WA Greens education and disability spokesperson Alison Xamon has called for more support, claiming more understanding was needed for special needs students, amid State Government plans to increase suspensions…

Kids Helpline funding needed to satisfy increased demand

The Federal Government is being called on to urgently top-up funding for Kids Helpline. The nation-wide counselling service providing a listening ear for children and young people in need, is unable to keep up with an increased demand of calls. It’s reported that more than half of calls made went unanswered, hence the Government being…

Aboriginal Youth Suicide “Epidemic” Leads To Appeal For Imrpoved Support

An Indigenous activist has called for more support services for aboriginal people, following a spate of indigenous youth suicides over the past year. Ngalla Maya founder Mervyn Eades wants an indigenous appropriate drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, with drug addiction particularly from crystal methamphetamine or ice use a major contributing factor. “In the past eight…