Media Release: Locals Struggle as Cost-of-living Crisis Worsens

Canning MP Andrew Hastie has slammed state and federal Labor governments for turning their backs on Canning as the cost-of-living crisis worsens.    

Recent media reports show that Mandurah is one of the least affordable regions to call home. 

“Our support services are buckling under the strain and are struggling to keep up with the overwhelming demand. 

“And communities nearby in Rockingham are seeing makeshift bushland ‘tent communities’ become a home of last resort for those who have nowhere else to go. 

“At the same time, we live in a state that boasts a massive budget surplus,” said Mr Hastie. 

“While we’re sitting on a supposed goldmine, our local citizens are struggling with day-to-day living costs.” 

In June this year, Canning MP Andrew Hastie, and Leader of the Opposition, Peter Dutton, held a cost-of-living forum hosted by Eastlake Church, Greenfields with community representatives. 

The forum was a stark reminder of the harrowing realities faced by some in our community, as attendees shared their personal stories: a single parent unable to find a home for her four children, a grandmother supporting 19 dependents under the one roof, and the support services that are being pushed beyond their capacity to provide crisis care. 

At the time Mr Hastie said “the Prime Minister needs to hear these stories and take responsibility for his economy-destroying policy failures—and take action to provide relief. 

“Anthony Albanese and Roger Cook need to stop sitting on their hands and provide cost-of-living relief now.”