Fed­eral heavy­weights pay lo­cal visit

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

SOUTH PERTH FED­ERAL Min­is­ter for So­cial Ser­vices Scott Mor­ri­son at­tended a so­cial ser­vices fo­rum at the City of Bel­mont on July 16.

Is­sues for dis­cus­sion in­cluded so­cial se­cu­rity pay­ments, the new child­care pack­age, aged care, men­tal health is­sues and so­cial and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

At­ten­dees in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the cities of Bel­mont, Can­ning, Vic­to­ria Park and South Perth, and Bel­mont MLA Glenys God­frey.

Mr Mor­ri­son thanked Mem­ber for Swan Steve Irons for the op­por­tu­nity to hear first-hand from Swan stake­hold­ers and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“It was great to meet lo­cals and dis­cuss these im­por­tant is­sues,” he said.

“The fed­eral gov­ern­ment sup­ports peo­ple most in need of as­sis­tance.”

On the same night, East Metropoli­tan MLC Sa­man­tha Rowe and La­bor Sen­a­tor Sue Lines wel­comed Fed­eral op­po­si­tion trea- sury spokesman Chris Bowen, who out­lined La­bor’s bud­get con­cerns and im­pacts on lo­cal house­holds.

“It was fan­tas­tic to have Chris Bowen in Bel­mont to hear about fed­eral bud­get con­cerns di­rectly from lo­cal peo­ple,” Ms Rowe said.

“My of­fice has been in­un­dated with com­plaints from con- stituents strug­gling to bal­ance their house­hold bud­gets in the face of in­creas­ing costs of liv­ing.”

Ms Lines said she wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity to host these town hall fo­rums.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to be able to speak to peo­ple one on one and hear what they think,” she said.”

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