MP revels in new job challenges

Earning the position in the fields of mental health, homelessness and social housing allows Ms Parke to become more involved in the issues that hold the most importance in her own electorate, as well as working to improve the national situation for disadvantaged people in these areas.

She said it was a privilege to have the Prime Minister offer her the position.

‘As a Parliamentary Secretary I work closely with the Minister for Housing, Mental Health, Ageing and Social Inclusion and I have some specific responsibilities in areas like the e-mental health information and services,’ she said.

‘Both these areas are a key part of Australia’s commitment to social justice and a fair go.

‘Full and healthy participation in Australian life requires health services that respond to the fact that one in three Australians will experience some form of mental health in their lifetime.

‘It is also the case that both mental health and housing fragility are important issues in Fremantle.’

Ms Parke said despite her new obligations, the Fremantle electorate would always be a priority.

‘It is an incredible privilege and honour to represent this special community and I am grateful for all the support and encouragement that I receive, as well as the constructive criticism,’ she said.

‘As a representative I have an opportunity to make a contribution to solving problems large and small and in Fremantle a lot of the work that I do is directed at helping the individuals, community organisations and local business.

‘I want to continue the Government’s historic reforms and investments in both housing and mental health and I look forward to the delivery of a few key e-mental health service platforms in the months ahead.’