The official Conference program will begin by guiding the national dialogue on priority housing and homelessness issues. The first Plenary will see local MP Gerald McCarthy set the scene in a Northern Territory context, followed by a politically-informed address by media expert Patricia Karvelas and a video speech from Hon Michael Sukkar MP, Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Housing, to help give national-level context to the Conference. Luke Howarth, Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness, and Community Services, has confirmed that he will also join the plenary to deliver the Federal Government’s keynote address in person.
Mr Howarth was born in Brisbane and raised in Bracken Ridge Queensland, where he built a career owning and operating small businesses. He was first elected as the Federal Member for Petrie in 2013, and has been returned as the member for two consecutive terms. He has fought for local programs and infrastructure in Petrie. He is passionate about the chaplaincy program, helping small businesses get ahead and securing the country’s defence force and security agencies.
Since joining Parliament, Mr Howarth has served on a number of Parliamentary Committees including the Joint Standing Committee for the National Broadband Network as well as House of Representative Standing Committee’s for Publications, Communications and the Arts, and Environment and Energy.
Mr Howarth was recently appointed as the Coalition’s first ever Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness, and Community Services and is committed to working with all levels of government, community organisations and the private sector.
At the National Housing Conference, Minister Howarth will deliver the Federal Government’s keynote address in the opening plenary session on Wednesday 28 August.