House debates

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Statements by Members

Hasluck Electorate: Coffee with Ken

1:46 pm

Photo of Ken WyattKen Wyatt (Hasluck, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise today to speak about my upcoming round of Coffee with Ken meetings for Hasluck residents at local coffee shops throughout the region from Monday 13 October to Thursday 16 October. I buy them a cuppa and discuss the issues that affect their lives.

Photo of Ed HusicEd Husic (Chifley, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Treasurer) Share this | | Hansard source

Where's my invitation?

Photo of Ken WyattKen Wyatt (Hasluck, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Coffee with Ken provides an opportunity for members of the Hasluck community to sit in a familiar environment and chat with me about personal, local and national concerns. I have found many residents are more comfortable discussing important matters in a face-to-face conversation. I believe it is of the utmost importance to know the people I represent and understand the challenges they face every day.

Since the first Coffee with Ken in 2011, I have met hundreds of members of the Hasluck community who have inspired, encouraged and challenged me. I have also been able to connect with the owners and staff of the coffee shops who keep me up to date with the many and varied issues facing small business. Thanks to all the coffee shops for their generous hospitality.

Residents across Hasluck can call my office to find out where their nearest Coffee with Ken is and come down to join me for a coffee. It is my shout and my time, and it is a way I can connect with people that is enjoyable. I am quite happy for the members opposite to join me one day in my electorate for a coffee.