House debates

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Statements by Members

Pearce Electorate: Homelessness

1:39 pm

Photo of Tracey RobertsTracey Roberts (Pearce, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise to speak about the dedication of groups, including Rotary, in supporting communities in need. Yesterday, I attended the launch of a photographic exhibition presented by the Rotary Club of Perth called Eye Contact, which showcased the photos of Perth photographer Phil England. These touching and at times confronting large-scale portraits capture not only the faces of homeless Australians but their dreams, hopes and fears. The exhibition is a conversation starter and an advocacy campaign, encouraging measures and policies to end homelessness. I applaud the tireless work of my local clubs, the Mindarie and Wanneroo Rotary clubs, who also volunteer on Christmas Day to host the Wanneroo Christmas Day lunch for those who are on their own on Christmas Day. Equally so, the Joondalup Wanneroo Ending Homelessness Group is a collaboration between the two local governments. JWEHG is something I was pleased to help establish many years ago during my time serving the community at a local government level. I am proud to be a member of Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Now as part of the Albanese Labor government, I am so very pleased that we care for Australians and are working to fix the housing crisis. This is through a package of legislation that will deliver the single-biggest investment in affordable and social housing in more than a decade. It includes a commitment of 30,000 new social and affordable— (Time expired)