Candidate for Mount Lawley
Matt Roberts is The Greens (WA) Candidate for Mount Lawley in the 2017 WA election.
I was born in South Africa and moved to Australia when I was ten-years old. Not long after coming to Australia, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and died after an 18-month battle with the disease. Without the health system to support us as new immigrants to this country, I'm not sure what we would have done. We had a lot of wonderful support from friends and family, but the ordeal of watching someone that you love die is only compounded by putting an extra financial burden on those left behind.
I believe that a strong public health system should always be there to ensure that wealthy people don't get better care than people who have less through no choice of their own. Your healthcare should not be dependent on your income.
I have lived in and around the Mount Lawley area for most of my adult life. I have been fortunate enough to work at the ECU Mount Lawley campus and as a disability support worker in Dianella. Further to these jobs, I have worked in various roles since finishing school, from crèche work to warehouse work, to being a casual labourer. I currently work as a sessional tutor at a couple of universities. This different experience has meant that I am aware of what is happening in the workforce across a range of jobs.
I appreciate that Mount Lawley is a large and diverse electorate. There are people who send their children to the top private schools in Perth, and people who are struggling to find work in the post-boom economy. Mixed in across the electorate are people from many different cultural backgrounds. If you want an electorate that shows the diversity in our state, Mount Lawley is it. I want to be a member of parliament that represents all the people in the Mount Lawley electorate. It's a great place to live and work.
I know that we're living in a time where people almost have no choice but to go to university or TAFE to try and get a job. I enjoy getting to interact with students and find myself working to re-engage them with learning after they've come through various school systems. The fundamental flaws of the education system are not addressed by the major parties. They are more interested in appearing to meet abstract targets than really looking at any proper reform. It's another place where the growing divides in our society are very clear and it's a place where I would work hard to get some real reform. I believe that greater equality in all areas across our society benefit everyone.
As an adult, I have studied the history of my birthplace and I'm aware that deliberate separation and purposeful blame on the vulnerable members of society does not lead to any real happiness or benefits for anyone. Eventually you have to pay the cost when you keep a status quo that claims it's all for a fair go, but never delivers. Both Major parties keep talking about jobs, but there is no transition to the innovative technologies we are going to need in the coming years. Climate change is having a significant impact on our state already, and the people in the Mount Lawley electorate are not isolated from it. I'm sick of promises being made to this electorate when nothing gets delivered.
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