Great way to help WA’s Lifeline crisis service that’s undrfunded by Govt – #mentalhealth #suicide prevention

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If you’re looking for some amazing and exclusive Christmas gifts, we might just have the answer for you!

In partnership with The West Australian and 720 ABC Perth, Lifeline WA has brought together a selection of exclusive gifts for family, friends or colleagues in our 12 Days of Christmas online auction.

Experiences range from the sporty through to the cultural and could see you sitting in the ABC commentary box at the WACA for the One Day International match, meeting the Jersey Boys backstage after a VIP show, training with the Perth Glory, getting a private tour of the Art Gallery of WA, meeting Eagles legend Glenn Frey before he performs with WASO and much more!

Hurry! The auction closes at midnight next Wednesday the 5th of December.

Click here to start bidding or click on any of the featured auction items below, with many more items available on the auction site.

If you would prefer to make a donation to Lifeline WA in lieu of giving a gift this festive season, please click here.

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For many of us, the Festive Season is a time of joy to be spent with family and friends. Yet, for some it is a time of loneliness, isolation and family or financial pressures – tragically, the busiest day of the year for Lifeline’s 13 11 14 crisis support line is Christmas Day. Assist Lifeline WA in supporting people in need by bidding on a selection of unique experiences for you, your family, friends or workplace.

All proceeds of our auction flow directly to Lifeline WA, and we aim to raise $25,000 to raise community awareness in how to recognise the signs that someone is in emotional crisis or thinking of suicide, as well as educate more voluntary Telephone Crisis Supporters to take calls over the particularly busy Christmas and New Year period. Lifeline WA’s commitment to the Western Australian community is that it will make every dollar you invest in Lifeline WA count towards helping people at risk.

It costs us an estimated $40 to answer each call to our 13 11 14 crisis support line, to which Western Australians will place around 55,000 calls this year. If you’d prefer to make a donation in lieu of gift-giving this year, you can do so here.

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W #Australia – Govt of the 1% stalls bill to give Parliament back to the people #wapol #auspol #ows #whyweoccupy

Lobbyist Bill stalled because of Liberal Party incompetence: Greens

30 November 2012

Claims by the Barnett Government that they were unable to meet their election promise to introduce Lobbyists Legislation because of the Greens is spurious nonsense, the Greens have stated today.

“When the Barnett Government took office one of their promises was that they would introduce legislation to regulate lobbyists activity within the first 100 days of Government,” said Greens Electoral Affairs spokesperson Alison Xamon.

“Yet not only did they completely fail, by years as it eventuated, to meet their own deadline of 100 days, but once the legislation did finally appear it was clear that the Barnett Government had no intention whatsoever of introducing an improved standard and increased transparency around lobbyist activity.

“What we did see was that the inadequate and weak legislation that was finally introduced was subject to weeks of criticism and proposed amendment within the Legislative Assembly, and for good reason as the legislation is rubbish.

“Then we saw the Premier sit on the legislation further, coincidentally around the same time that the Premier’s “Leaders Forum” was exposed. This was probably not surprising considering that the publicity surrounding this novel fundraising venture by the Liberal party raised serious questions about the appropriateness of being able to buy access to the Premier for the purposes of political fundraising.

“And when the Bill was finally introduced into the Legislative Council the Government continued to postpone debate on the Bill for months.

“It is absolutely the case that the Greens have proposed significant amendment to the legislation. The main changes would mean that ALL lobbyists would be covered, not just the select minority that the Government decided to focus on. The Bill as proposed is nothing but an attempted whitewash by the Barnett Government to pretend that they are doing something about community concern over lobbyist activity when in fact they were doing the exact opposite. If anything they were creating a worse regime than that currently in existence.

“So the Government has tried to hide their ineptitude by falsely blaming the Greens for the legislation not coming on, conveniently omitting the fact that they had also proposed a number of amendments to their own legislation thereby guaranteeing that the legislation could never be finalised before the election in any event.

“The Greens are not disappointed about that. As we have said, the legislation was a step in the wrong direction anyway. The West Australian public have a right to expect full transparency around all lobbyist dealings with Government.

“But the Barnett Government was clearly never going to do that. And now they have been exposed.

“Simply, if voters want to see action on the issue of integrity in Government then they shouldn’t be looking to either of the major parties for reform,” Ms Xamon concluded.

Hon Alison Xamon MLC

Member for the East Metropolitan Region

Office: 62 Eighth Ave Maylands WA 6051

Postal Address: PO Box 104 Maylands WA 6931

Phone: (08) 9272 1718

Fax: (08) 9272 1719

Portfolios: Water, Urban Bushland, Mental Health, Education, Training, Industrial Relations, Employment, Occupational Health & Safety, Disabilities, Women, Children & Youth, Public Service, Community Services, Electoral Affairs, Consumer Protection, Vet Affairs, Volunteering

#resources #environment – Woodside trying to wriggle out of responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions

Robin Chapple MLC

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region

MEDIA RELEASE

Woodside trying to wriggle out of responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions

29 November 2012

Greens WA spokesperson for Climate Change, Robin Chapple MLC, once again called upon Western Australians to oppose the James Price Point gas hub.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) announced on their website on Wednesday 28 November that Woodside had sent them plans to build gas refineries, port and other infrastructure at James Price Point.

Woodside has requested these plans be considered a ‘derived proposal’ claiming that the work comes under the ‘Strategic Assessment’ that the State Minister for the Environment, Bill Marmion, has recently approved.

If the EPA agree that the work can be considered a ‘derived proposal’ then no more environmental assessment will be required. Only seven days is provided for public comment on this request.

Minister Marmion has removed the emissions requirements from the Browse development proposal, claiming that to include them would not be complementary to the Federal carbon pricing mechanism. However one of the requirements of a ‘derived proposal’ is to “demonstrate best contemporary practice (as defined in EPA Guidance Statement No. 55) for all construction and operational impacts (for example atmospheric emissions, marine emissions and noise)”.

“The Browse LNG precinct has the capacity to add up to 41 MTPA CO2-e to Australia’s emissions profile, as much as 52 percent of WA’s total emissions, with no abatement plan, which would deem it non-compliant with the requirements for a ‘derived proposal’ by the EPA’s own standards, Robin Chapple said today.

“I call upon the Western Australian people to make a submission to the EPA within the next week informing our government that they will not accept this development under these conditions.”

For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 9486 8255

All the best

Robin Chapple MLC

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region

PO Box 94, West Perth WA 6872

41 Havelock Street, West Perth. WA 6005

Phone: Robin.Chapple | Freecall: 1800 138 610 | WEB: http://robinchapple.com/

Our office provides a facility for members of the public to ask their own Parliamentary Questions through my website at http://www.robinchapple.com/ask-question. Questions on Notice are preferred, instructions and templates are provided.

#auspol #nuclear – Labor-Liberal coalition refuses to study dangers of #uranium transport

Labor-Liberal coalition refuses to study dangers of uranium transport

Australian Greens nuclear policy spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. 29 November 2012.

Labor and the Coalition stood united today in their strenuous effort to completely ignore the dangers posed by uranium mining and transport.

Australian Greens nuclear policy spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the major parties “defied logic and decency” by refusing to support an inquiry into the uranium industry moved by the Greens in the Senate today.

“With no fewer than three states pushing for uranium mining we need an inquiry into the existing laws governing the industry; yet the major parties studiously keep their heads in the sand.

“You’d assume Labor and the Coalition would want to know if our regulations properly protect the public from radiation exposure from uranium oxide transport – but it appears that’s not the case.

“You’d assume Labor and the Coalition would have an interest in the preparedness of regional emergency contingency planning and training services – to ensure we are ready if there’s a uranium accident – but we now know they don’t.

“You’d assume Labor and the Coalition would be curious about the frequency and severity of transport and handling accidents involving uranium oxide – but they would prefer to hear no evil and see no evil.

“The history of uranium mining in Australia is long and sordid; littered with accidents, leaks, near misses, and scandals. With the Tory governments of Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland charging down this blind alley, we need an inquiry into this dangerous industry – but Labor and the Coalition would rather remain in blissful ignorance.”

Media contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

The motion:

That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2013:

The role, adequacy and effectiveness of government regulation of uranium oxide transport, including:

a. the mitigation of public radiation exposure from uranium oxide transport;

b. the evaluation of the frequency and severity of transport and handling accidents including the 27 December 2011 train derailment resulting in toxic copper concentrate flowing into the Edith River;

c. the process of issuing and auditing compliance with transport radiation management plans;

d. the resourcing and conduct of transport related aspects of nuclear actions referred under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC);

e. the preparedness and resourcing of regional emergency contingency planning, education and training services;

f. the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency Codes, including the Code of Practice for Safe Transport of Radioactive Material;

g. the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office regulation of the transportation of nuclear material and issuance and auditing of compliance with transport permits;

h. other relevant related matters.

Latest W #Australia #MentalHealth report also shows a system in crisis: Greens

Latest Mental Health report also shows a system in crisis: Greens

29 November 2012

The Council of Official Visitors latest report is further evidence of a mental health sector in crisis say the Greens.

Greens Mental Health spokesperson Alison Xamon pointed to commentary in the report, tabled late yesterday in Parliament which described a “a sense of heightened acuity and stress on hospital wards.”

“Following closely on the heels of the damning Stokes report which detailed a mental health system in deep crisis, follows the statutorily required Annual Report of the Council of Official Visitors which has reported a significant increase in the number of people seeking assistance for mental health issues. The report details a litany of concerns with the way both voluntary and involuntary inpatients are being treated,” Ms Xamon said.

Amongst the concerns are a failure of some mental health staff to follow policies designed to protect human rights, as well as specific provisions within the Mental Health Act which are designed to ensure that people are not involuntarily detained unnecessarily.

“The report also outlines that the workload of the Council of Official Visitors has increased significantly, with an increase in workload of 50% over the last 2 years alone.”

“Part of this can be explained by increases in population, but in any event it is absolutely clear that the number of necessary inpatient beds has in no way kept up with demand.

“This is resulting in voluntary wards being locked, patients being transferred to general wards overnight, overcrowded wards during the day, and people being shifted out of wards before they are ready.

“All of this runs counter to ensuring that our mental health wards are conducive to recovery and for that we should be very concerned.

“How many more damning reports do we need to see until the Government realises that it needs to do more than tinker with policy, but that it needs to back the sector up with real dollars, and soon, and not keep subjecting our hospitals to more and more ‘efficiency dividends’.”

In addition the report details concerns about the loss of certain powers in the proposed new Mental Health Bill.

“When the time finally comes to debate the new Mental Health Act it will be critical that we ensure the Council of Official Visitors, in its proposed restructure, retain all its existing powers. If anything, this latest report highlights just how essential this Council has become in protecting the human rights of those with mental illness,” Ms Xamon concluded.

Hon Alison Xamon MLC

Member for the East Metropolitan Region

Office: 62 Eighth Ave Maylands WA 6051

Postal Address: PO Box 104 Maylands WA 6931

Phone: (08) 9272 1718

Fax: (08) 9272 1719

Portfolios: Water, Urban Bushland, Mental Health, Education, Training, Industrial Relations, Employment, Occupational Health & Safety, Disabilities, Women, Children & Youth, Public Service, Community Services, Electoral Affairs, Consumer Protection, Vet Affairs, Volunteering

Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, and Canberra unite against #nuclear industry. #australia #auspol #Uranium

Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, and Canberra unite against nuclear industry

Australian Greens spokesperson for nuclear policy Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. 28 November 2012.

Demonstrations will be held in Perth, Adelaide, and Darwin today to mark the Annual General Meeting of the company pursuing Western Australia’s first uranium mine. In the Senate, the Australian Greens will move a motion calling on Environment Minister Tony Burke to stop the clock on the project.

Greens spokesperson for nuclear policy Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said Toro Energy’s Wiluna proposal united people across the country in opposition.

“This dangerous plan ignores the question of water supply for half the life of the mine, has virtually no provision for rehabilitation after the mine closes, and will expose a range of species to the risk of extinction.

“This plan also involves mining within a lake bed that floods periodically. The Western Australian Government has set a dangerously low standard for uranium mining.

“Australian uranium was in the four reactors of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan when the disaster began – and tens of thousands of people remain evacuated from their homes and their land 21 months on. It is time we got out of this industry.

“With the world uranium price plummeting by 65 per cent since its peak in 2007, this project makes no economic sense. The WA Government is placing our environment at huge risk for precious little prospective reward.”

The motion: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/motions/senate-motion-toro-energy-ltd

Media contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302