House debates

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Statements by Members

Safer Communities Fund

1:54 pm

Photo of Madeleine KingMadeleine King (Brand, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Trade) Share this | | Hansard source

If ever the people of Rockingham and Kwinana needed any more proof that the Liberal Party and this government do not care about them, here it is, reported in my local paper, The Sound Telegraphsadly blocked by Facebook today as well: 'Almost half a million in funding was slashed from the city of Rockingham's safer communities grant application after the Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, redirected hundreds of thousands in funding to marginal electorates.'

An opposition member: 'VolderRort' strikes again!

The 'VolderRort' grant system strikes again! And here we have it. The city of Rockingham was eligible for over $900,000, yet what happened is the Minister for Home Affairs decided to take $500,000 out of the safer communities program that was meant to install CCTV cameras across the Rockingham area. The two projects that missed out because of this 'VolderRort' grant system were the beautiful and iconic Palm Beach Jetty—many people fish there and children play there in the evening, the morning and all times of day. Why don't they deserve the safety of CCTV projects in favour of marginal Liberal seats to save their jobs? The Larkhill Sporting Complex, in Port Kennedy, also had cameras taken away. Why do these sporting clubs not deserve safety? This Liberal government is only in it for itself; it doesn't care about the people of Rockingham and Kwinana. (Time expired)