Tim Clifford grew up in country WA and has lived in Perth for 14 years. Coming from a single parent household where money was always tight, he saw the absolute importance of a strong social safety net, of good public education and of an accessible health care system that ensures help is available for anyone who needs it.
Tim's mother juggled work with the huge responsibility of raising four children - without a safety net, they would have fallen into poverty and missed out on the opportunities for education, careers and engagement in the community. This is a reality faced by too many children and families in Australia today.
Western Australia is a wonderful place to call home, but like anywhere, it is faced with its own set of challenges. Tim spent six years working on a series of fly-in, fly-out rosters, and is now seeing the after effects of the mining boom on workers and the economy. He has contended with WA’s rental market and the struggle to move into home ownership amidst a housing shortage and inflated prices.
Tim represented the people living in the East Metropolitan region as a Member of the Legislative Council from 2017-2021. In early 2020 Tim tabled the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Bill 2020 which called for net zero emissions in WA by 2040. Tim was not successful in being re-elected at the 2021 State Election.