Luke Howarth

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Luke Howarth

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Howarth visiting Woody Point Pharmacy in the electorate of Petrie
Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services
Assumed office
29 May 2019
Member of Parliament
for Petrie
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded byYvette D'Ath
Personal details
Born (1972-06-06) 6 June 1972 (age 48)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLNP
OccupationSmall Businessman

Luke Ronald Howarth (born 6 June 1972) is an Australian politician who has been a member of the House of Representatives since the 2013 federal election, representing the Division of Petrie. He is a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland, and sits with the Liberal Party in federal parliament.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Howarth was born in Brisbane, Queensland in 1972, to Ron and Denise Howarth, and grew up in Bracken Ridge. Howarth has one sister.[2][3]

He married his wife Louise in 1999, and they have three sons.[2]

Howarth joined the LNP when he was 19 years old.[2]

Career[edit]

After leaving school, Howarth's first job was working at Barry Bull's Toombul Music.[2] He worked at Sony Australia as a sales rep from 1993 to 2001.[4] In 2002, Howarth joined his family's pest control business, alongside his mother, father, and wife.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 2004, Howarth ran in the Queensland state election in the electoral district of Sandgate against the incumbent Labor MP Gordon Nuttall, however was unsuccessful.[2][5]

At the 2013 federal election Howarth narrowly won the seat of Petrie with a 0.5% margin, defeating the sitting ALP member, Yvette D'Ath, who had held the seat since the 2007 federal election.[6] He was reelected at the 2016 federal election, with an increased 1.6% margin. In line with other Liberal National Party candidates in Queensland, there was a significant swing in the 2019 election, increasing the margin to 8.4%.[7][8]

In August 2018, Howarth played a key role in the leadership spill which removed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull from his position.[9]

In October 2018, Howarth's mother, Denise, was granted access to the computer and e-mail address of his electoral office.[10] She used this access to send anti-abortion material to at least one constituent. The communications sent from the electorate office claimed that there will be no independent counselling before terminations and that staff would be obligated to "act against their conscience".[11]

In July 2019, Howarth spoke to ABC Radio National in his newly appointed role as the Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services. Howarth announced he wanted to "put a positive spin on [homelessness][12]". He claimed that homelessness had reduced in the area of rough sleeping over the past 15 years from 8,926 people in 2001 to 8,200 people in 2016 despite a 20% increase in the population. However, this claim has mixed verdicts, as the figures disguise a sharp rebound in the number of rough sleepers over the most recent five-year period, where the 2011 census put the number of rough sleepers at 6,810 (a rate of 3.2 people per 10,000 of population) and risen by 20% to 8,200 (a rate of 3.5 per 10,000) by 2016.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Luke Howarth Candidate for Petrie". Liberal Party of Australia. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Moore, Tony (25 October 2013). "Luke, not Clive, Queensland's newest conservative MP". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  3. ^ "ParlInfo - GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S SPEECH : Address-in-Reply". parlinfo.aph.gov.au. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  4. ^ corporateName=Commonwealth Parliament; address=Parliament House, Canberra. "Hon Luke Howarth MP". www.aph.gov.au. Retrieved 16 July 2019.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Sandgate - 2004 - Election Archive - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". www.abc.net.au. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Petrie - Australia Votes | Federal Election 2013 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC News. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Electorate: Petrie". Australia Votes. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Petrie (Key Seat) - Federal Election 2019 Electorate, Candidates, Results | Australia Votes - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC News. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  9. ^ Koziol, Michael (14 April 2019). "The battle for Petrie: Labor smells blood, but One Nation could be kingmakers". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  10. ^ "This Liberal Politician Is Letting His Mum Send Out Anti-Abortion Propaganda From His Office". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  11. ^ "We Need To Talk About The Abortion Myth Male Politicians Keep Perpetuating". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  12. ^ Henriques-Gomes, Luke (9 July 2019). "Community housing minister Luke Howarth wants a 'positive spin' on homelessness". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Minister for Housing Luke Howarth wants a 'positive spin' on homelessness". www.msn.com. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  14. ^ Check, RMIT ABC Fact (15 July 2019). "Why Luke Howarth's claims on homelessness in Australia get mixed verdicts". ABC News. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Yvette D'Ath
Member for Petrie
2013–present
Incumbent