Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

PM says bushfire brothers are a charity case

 

Peter and Dave are twins. They are 68 years old. They have lived together their whole life. In the Black Summer bushfires they lost their home.
 
Last year, when they applied for a HomeBuilder grant they were rejected by the Morrison Government because they are not “a couple”.
 
And now, to add insult to injury, the Government has told them to go and ask a charity for help to rebuild their home.
 
We wrote to the Government on behalf of Peter and David asking them to have a heart and provide them with the grant.
 
The Minister for Housing Michael Sukkar has now written back.
 
In the letter not only does he reject Peter and David’s request he tells them:
 
“there is a range of other assistance available to people affected by the fires, including grants provided by the Red Cross…”
 
This is a classic example of a government that just doesn’t get it.
 
This isn’t about charity.  It’s about fairness.
 
If anyone deserves help to rebuild their home its brothers like Peter and David who lost their home in the fire and have lived together their whole life.
 
Instead of telling Peter and David they should go and see a charity they should just give them the grant. 
 
This could be fixed right now with a stroke of a pen.
 
The fact that they won’t shows how heartless they really are.
 
THURSDAY, 25 MARCH 2021
 
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