STATE ELECTION PRIORITIES 2021

Published 15/02/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on countries, communities and individuals across the world. In Western Australia, decisive leadership with a focus on public health and a fair measure of good fortune has meant that we have avoided the worst impacts of the pandemic. However, despite our relatively favourable position, there is no doubt that our community has been challenged by the pandemic with financial hardship, unemployment, underemployment, soaring rental prices, domestic violence, mental health, child protection and homelessness all emerging as prominent issues.

The JobKeeper and Coronavirus Supplement payments have had a protective impact on families by reducing poverty compared with pre-COVID-19 levels. In particular, the poverty rate for single-parent families more than halved from 20% to 8%.

Unfortunately, this support has now been significantly decreased and is likely to cease entirely in the coming months. The result will be a return to poverty for many families and children.

Going forward the Government needs more focus on supporting these families and children in poverty, as well as efforts and funding towards prevention and early intervention.

Child poverty remains the single biggest factor affecting early childhood development and we know that children who grow up in poverty are adversely affected not only in childhood through to adolescence but into adulthood.

It is estimated that 94,000 West Australian children live in poverty.

As a wealthy State and country this us unacceptable.

All children deserve a safe, healthy and happy childhood and we mustn’t lose sight of that.

Therefore it’s important that we take collective responsibility for the wellbeing of all children.

The Valuing Children Initiative calls upon political parties in Western Australia to prioritise children.

Our State Election Priorities 2021 document provides policy suggestions we believe are critical to improving the wellbeing of West Australian children. These include;

  • APPOINTING A MINISTER FOR CHILDREN
  • LEGISLATING THE USE OF MANDATORY CHILD IMPACT STATEMENTS
  • ENDING CHILD POVERTY IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
  • INCREASING SPEND ON PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION

Read & download our full STATE ELECTION PRIORITIES 2021 below.