PREMIER Mark McGowan took time out of his schedule to sell copies of The Big Issue outside Elizabeth Quay train station this morning.
Mr McGowan was taking part in The Big Issue‘s annual CEO selling campaign.
The magazine launched in Australia in 1996 and provides a way for vendors who are doing it tough to make money.
They purchase copies of the magazine for $3.50 before selling them for $7.
Mr McGowan spent 30 minutes selling The Big Issue with local vendor Steve, who has been selling the magazine for 10 years.
The Premier urged West Australians to support the vendors, but said many people averted their eyes from sellers.
“Every Big Issue edition Steve sells, he gets to keep half the proceeds,” the Premier said.
“The vendors for The Big Issue are people who are doing the best in the circumstances they face.
“A lot of people when they walk past avert their eyes and try to get past as quickly as possible.
“I’d encourage everyone. if you see someone selling The Big Issue, show a little bit of support – it goes a long way to helping them.”
The Premier estimated about 10,000 West Australians were homeless, and said the state was doing the best it could to combat the problem.
“What we have is a whole range of services to try and deal with it,” he said.
“We have Homeswest, we have all the wrap-around services in our government agencies, but it’s a problem – it’s been a problem for a long time and we’re doing our best to fight it.”