Thursday, 9 August 2018
Suits for Salvos
Mr GEPP (Northern Victoria) (10:01:11) — As has been mentioned by a number of members this morning, it is Homelessness Week, and it behoves us all to do something if we possibly can, not only this week but every day that we get up, to help those that are perhaps doing it tough and are less fortunate. In that spirit, yesterday I was pleased to co‑host an event with Major Brendan Nottle from the Salvation Army called Suits for Salvos. We sent out a call to all of the male parliamentarians in this place asking if anybody had any spare suits for the people who are doing it tough — the men that are doing it tough — here in Melbourne perhaps when they might need some clothing to go to a job interview. They may well have got a job and they could use some additional clothing, or they may have a presentation in a court of law.
I am pleased to report to the house that we gathered some two dozen suits from parliamentarians across both chambers, and I want to express my gratitude to those people but also to the many people who advise that they also have current arrangements in their local communities where they are donating those clothes. I hope that this becomes an annual thing that Spring Street can do to make a small but I think an important contribution to those people who are doing it tough in our society.
The PRESIDENT — Mr Gepp, can I just inquire, if members still had an opportunity to provide a suit, could they coordinate through you?
Mr GEPP — Yes, President. There is actually a suit rack down in the common area in the new accommodation out the back.
The PRESIDENT — I hardly ever go there.
Mr GEPP — Certainly that rack will be there for a while, but if anyone wants to donate a suit, then I am happy to take it and pass it on to Brendan and the Salvation Army.