Perth's homeless have lashed out at Western Australia opposition leader Liza Harvey after she labelled the capital city 'grotty' and filled with 'meth zombies'.
The men and women sleeping rough in the city said Ms Harvey's description of a decaying CBD was exaggerated and insulting.
Dozens of homeless people dotted the area when Daily Mail Australia investigated on Tuesday, but nothing like the scale of cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.
Perth's homeless (Gary Kachel pictured) have lashed out at Western Australia opposition leader Liza Harvey after she labelled the capital city 'grotty' and filled with 'meth zombies'
Ms Harvey (pictured) targeted her capital city as 'grotty' and 'dirty' filled with 'meth zombies'
Some appeared to be drunk, high, or suffering from mental illness - one woman even asked 'what you looking at, c**t?' to a passerby.
But others were just desperate, hoping for a little change to buy some food.
Gary Kachel, begging on Hay Street in the CBD, said Ms Harvey's comments were 'over the top'.
'There are some homeless junkies but not all of us are like that,' he told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.
'She's judging homeless people but look at me, put yourself in my position and see how you like it. See how tough it is.'
Mr Kachel said Australia's high cost of living, not drug abuse, forced many people onto the streets.
Dozens of homeless people dotted the area, but nothing like the scale of cities such as Sydney and Melbourne
Peter Collins (pictured), an out-of-work truck driver, said the drug addicts were more of a threat to him than to families going shopping
'I have a lot of good friends on the street and they can't help it - the cost of rent, the cost of living, cost of groceries,' he said.
'Her saying that is not fair,' said the forklift driver who moved from Queensland but hasn't found a job.
'There's no work in Perth.'
Peter Collins, an out-of-work truck driver, said the drug addicts were more of a threat to him than to families going shopping.
'There are a few junkies but not me. I drink a bit but never drugs. They're much more a problem for us than anyone else,' he said.
'I get a lot of stuff stolen by them. The other day I went to sleep for ten minutes and half my stuff was gone.'
Liberal leader Ms Harvey told The West Australian the Perth of 2019 bears little resemblance to the city she remembers
Shane Plasvic, who's teeth have rotted away, was a miner left out of work when the boom went bust. 'It's unfair to say we're all meth heads as there's only a few,' he said
Mr Collins said he was on the street because he got kicked out of homes when his friends were making too much noise.
He is now homeless waiting for a public