Premier calls shanty invite a stunt

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Homeless camp, East Rockingham.
Camera IconHomeless camp, East Rockingham. Credit: The West Australian

The Premier has shut down an invitation from a Liberal MP to attend a shanty town for the homeless in his electorate, saying he was “not interested in stunts”.

Carine MP Tony Krsticevic questioned Mark McGowan about why he had not yet visited the camp in East Rockingham, but the Premier rebuked a “bipartisan invitation” to visit the camp.

“I am not interested in stunts,” he said.

Labelling the Premier’s comments as inconsiderate, Mr Krsticevic said the comments were a “disrespectful statement to a serious issue”. “I couldn’t believe an MP, irrelevant of his position, wouldn’t go down and meet people in his own electorate and wouldn’t go to the effort of speaking to these people,” he said.

“These are people’s lives we are talking about.”

A spokesman from the Premier’s office said no further comments would be made on the statement in Parliament, but that work was continuing to assist the people living in the bush.

Mr McGowan has previously said he had no plans to visit the bush camp, because services, including the Department of Communities, were working on the ground.

The State Government is currently undertaking a 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness to tackle the issue.

However Mr Krsticevic said action was needed urgently, rather than further delays.

“Plans won’t do anything,” he said.

“We need resolutions now.”

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