Thank you Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Housing.
Minister, as you know, my office is currently assisting a single mother and her three young children find safe and secure housing after they escaped horrific domestic violence.
For 14 months they have been shunted from one form of emergency accommodation to another, with no sense of stability or security. They currently live in a caravan park cabin.
This nomadic and unsettled lifestyle, understandably, has affected the children’s development and severely impacted the mother’s emotional and mental health.
It broke my heart to hear her say, “I wish I’d stayed in the relationship and put up with the beatings because at least my children would have a roof over their heads.”
Minister, this young mother has, at every turn, done everything asked of her by the Department.
Now her three little children face another Christmas without a permanent house they can call home.
Minister, do you agree that our society must as a priority protect survivors of domestic violence?
What will you do to provide safe, appropriate, long-term accommodation for this desperate family?
Because at this stage it looks like those precious children will be spending their second Christmas in emergency accommodation.