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Protesting the protest laws
23rd Feb 2016
Protesting the protest laws

The Barnett Government’s draconian anti-protest laws drew hundreds of members of the community, unions and dozens of community organisations to the steps of Parliament today. State Labor MP for Fremantle Simone McGurk joined them alongside Labor Leader Mark McGowan,who vowed to scrap the laws if WA Labor wins Government. Simone also caught up with the Conservation Council’s Piers Verstegen, …

Funding for the Freo Street doctor under threat
20th Jan 2016
Funding for the Freo Street doctor under threat

The Barnett Liberals must continue funding for the Freo Street Doctor, a mobile street medical facility that is accessed by the homeless and at risk clients. The service has been operating since 2002, and currently runs eight clinics a week in Fremantle and Cockburn communities. Last year the mobile medical facility saw 1,400 clients. The …

Coroner’s report is evidence that Liberal health cuts put patients at risk
19th Jan 2016
Coroner’s report is evidence that Liberal health cuts put patients at risk

A coroner’s report into a spate of tragic suicides of patients treated at the Alma Street Centre at Fremantle Hospital is proof that Barnett Government cutbacks are putting patients at risk. The report examined the suicides of five patients between March 2011 and March 2012. State Labor Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said the report …

Beat the Liberals’ Christmas Grinch
15th Dec 2015
Beat the Liberals’ Christmas Grinch

I am the WA Shadow Minister for Community Services. Recently I was shocked and disgusted to learn the Liberal State Government have ripped $50 from West Australian grandparent carers. This $50 Christmas gift card previously went to grandparent carers, who look after their grandchildren full-time. $50 is a small amount that can make a huge …

Simone ‘grows’ a mo for charity
17th Nov 2015
Simone ‘grows’ a mo for charity

A recent ‘addition’ to one of Simone McGurk’s seat ads on the Cappuccino Strip has prompted the State Labor MP for Fremantle to get behind Movember. “Raising funds, but also awareness to support men experiencing depression is so important,” Ms McGurk said. “Earlier this year my nephew took his own life, so if Movember can help prevent one …

Liberals on different planet as Freo gets travel nod
30th Oct 2015
Liberals on different planet as Freo gets travel nod

The State Liberal Government must be living on a different planet if it wants to take credit for a major travel guide’s nod to Fremantle. State Labor Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, welcomed the news that the Port City had been included in the top 10 travel destinations worldwide for 2016, but said it wasn’t …

Financial counsellors still hit with funding cut
17th Sep 2015
Financial counsellors still hit with funding cut

The Barnett Liberal Government is still cutting financial counselling services, leaving the increasing number of people in need without assistance. Shadow Minister for Community Services Simone McGurk said the announcement by the Government today was appalling given it was halving the amount of funding provided to financial counselling services. This means there will be fewer counsellors …

Words alone are not enough to tackle family violence
7th Sep 2015
Words alone are not enough to tackle family violence

The State Government is correct to finally start focusing on family and domestic violence, but it will fail if it doesn’t follow words with action. WA Labor’s Shadow Community Services, Women’s and Children’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk says more resources are needed if the government is really serious about tackling the problem. Western Australia currently …

More women in WA Parliament under WA Labor’s rule changes
2nd Sep 2015
More women in WA Parliament under WA Labor’s rule changes

There will be more women in WA Parliament thanks to rule changes adopted this WA Labor State Conference over the weekend. The conference adopted the affirmative action rule changes agreed to at the recent national conference of the ALP, which mean by 2021, 45 per cent of WA candidates for winnable seats will be women. …