Alison Xamon

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Alison Xamon
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Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council
In office
22 May 2017 21 May 2021
Preceded by Giz Watson
Constituency North Metropolitan Region
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council
In office
22 May 2009 21 May 2013
Preceded byFirst Greens member
Succeeded by Tim Clifford
Constituency East Metropolitan Region
Personal details
Born (1969-06-08) 8 June 1969 (age 52)
Mundaring, Western Australia
Political party Greens Western Australia
Residence Perth, Western Australia [1]
Alma mater Murdoch University (BA, LLB)
Website alisonxamon.org.au

Alison Marie Xamon (born 8 June 1969) is an Australian Greens politician who served two separate terms in the Western Australian Legislative Council. [2]

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Early life

Xamon was born in Mundaring, Western Australia

Xamon studied law and arts at Murdoch University, where she served as Education Vice President and then Guild President for the Murdoch University Student Guild.

After university, Xamon worked in the union movement for various white- and blue-collar unions, including the Australian Nurses Federation, the State School Teachers' Union of Western Australia, and the Communications, Electricians and Plumbers Union. In her time in the union movement, Alison worked as an Organizer, Industrial Officer, Women's Officer, and Equal Opportunity specialist. [3]

She then went on to work as a lawyer, with an interest in both public interest law and the right for people to access justice. She also sat on numerous boards within the community law and social justice sectors.

From 2007 to 2008 Xamon, was the National Convenor of the Australian Greens.

Political career

She was elected to parliament at the 2008 state election as a Greens member of the Western Australian Legislative Council representing East Metropolitan Region. [4] Xamon introduced six private members bills during her term in parliament. [5]

At the March 2013 Western Australian election, she was not re-elected. [6]

Post-parliament, Xamon worked as an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. She was elected as the President of the WA Association for Mental Health, [7] the Vice-Chair of Community Mental Health Australia, [8] and the Board of Mental Health Australia. [9]

Xamon was also appointed to the WA Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention, [10] and as the inaugural Co-Lead of the Department of Health Statewide Mental Health Network. [11]

Xamon was re-elected to the Legislative Council representing the North Metropolitan Region at the 2017 election. Her term began on 22 May 2017. [12] She was defeated in 2021.

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References

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