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 |
|Assumed office |
7 September 2013
|Preceded by||Yvette D'Ath|
|Born||6 June 1972|
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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.
Early life and education
He married his wife Louise in 1999, and they have three sons.
Howarth joined the LNP when he was 19 years old.
After leaving school, Howarth's first job was working at Barry Bull's Toombul Music. He worked at Sony Australia as a sales rep from 1993 to 2001. In 2002, Howarth joined his family's pest control business, alongside his mother, father, and wife.
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. 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%.
In October 2018, Howarth's mother, Denise, was granted access to the computer and e-mail address of his electoral office. 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".
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]". 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.
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|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Petrie