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WA political figures gather in Subiaco to debate Australia’s efforts in fighting global poverty

WA political figures gather in Subiaco to debate Australia’s efforts in fighting global poverty

Leading West Australian political figures Julie Bishop, Scott Ludlam and Louise Pratt will take part in a political forum in Subiaco on Tuesday July 2 to debate whether Australia is doing enough to help fight global poverty.

Ms Bishop, the deputy leader of the federal opposition and shadow minister for foreign affairs, will join with Labor Senator Ms Pratt and Greens Senator Mr Ludlam to discuss the question: “Does Australia do its fair share to end extreme poverty?”

The Subiaco forum, convened by the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions, is one of 50 similar events occurring nationwide in the lead-up to the federal election aimed at encouraging all political parties to increase Australia’s contribution to overseas aid.

Oxfam Australia chief executive and Make Poverty History co-chair Dr Helen Szoke, who will also take part in the Subiaco forum, said the event would highlight the importance of Australia increasing its investment in tackling extreme poverty.

“Australian aid has helped to save lives and improve opportunities for some of the world’s poorest people, but with one in eight people still going hungry every day, much more needs to be done,” Dr Szoke said.

“We urge Australia’s political leaders to make sure Australia’s overseas aid program continues to grow, so that we can help more kids go to school, more women get the care they need to deliver healthy babies, and more communities access clean drinking water.”

Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge are calling for all political parties to commit 0.5 per cent of national income to overseas aid by 2016, on the path to a 0.7 per cent commitment by 2020. Currently Australia gives around 0.37 per cent of national income to overseas aid.

Where: Subiaco Church of Christ, 260 Bagot Rd, Subiaco.
When: Tuesday 2 July, 7pm for 7.30pm start, finishing at 9pm
Media contacts: Oxfam Australia media coordinator Chee Chee Leung on 0412 560 584

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