Western Australia’s human services sector, represented by the WA Peaks Forum, officially launched its state election campaign on Wednesday 21 December, 2016. The key focus for the campaign is on addressing the high level inequality in WA and the detrimental impact it is having on people’s wellbeing.

The WA Peaks Forum is the collective voice of the human services across Western Australia and consists of 29 peak bodies. Its membership represents organisations and individuals who provide services to address community and human need, as well as those who are themselves experiencing hardship and marginalisation.

“With the end of the mining boom, more Western Australians are feeling the pinch and seeking support from overstretched  community service sector ” said Louise Giolitto, CEO of WACOSS.

“The people who the boom left behind are now being joined with those struggling with life after the

boom.Without stronger action and programs that address inequality and disadvantage, things will only get worse.”

“At this state election, we are calling on all political parties to take action on poverty and homelessness, to create a fairer and smarter justice system, to support children and young people, to provide healthier communities and to tackle the scourge of family and domestic violence,” said Ross Wortham, CEO of the Youth Affairs Council of WA.

“Across the world, we have seen the political consequences of people being left behind. But it isn’t too late,” said Rod Astbury of Western Australian Association for Mental Health. “WA is at a fork in the road. We can choose to have a fairer future.”

“Inequality and disadvantage is the root cause of many of the social problems experienced within our community,” said Helen Creed, Executive Director of the Community Legal Centres Association of WA. “Without stronger action and investment in community services they will become entrenched in WA.”

“in these tight economic times it is more important than ever that government has its spending priorities right,” concluded Glenda Kickett, co-chair of Social Reinvestment WA.

The WA Peaks Forum election campaign website can be found here: http://bit.ly/stateelection2017

The next major campaign event will be the WACOSS New Year’s Sector Breakfast, featuring the Hon Colin Barnett and the Hon Mark McGowan.

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