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World Humanitarian Day

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MEDIA ALERT – PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Monday 19 August 2013

What: Handover of a petition signed by more than 74,725 people to the Minister for International Development, Melissa Parke, on World Humanitarian Day. Music will be performed by African acapella and dance group, Tendera.
Where: The Moores Building, 46 Henry Street, Fremantle
When: Monday 19 August at 6.30pm

74,000 Strong Movement to End Poverty petition to be handed to Minister for International Development Melissa Parke

Today on World Humanitarian Day (Monday 19 August), the Make Poverty History coalition is asking for people to come along and show their support for ending world poverty.

In Fremantle tonight, Oxfam Australia’s Board Chair, Dr Jane Hutchison, will hand over the Movement to End Poverty petition, signed by 74,725 people, to the Minister for International Development, Melissa Parke.

Oxfam Australia Campaign Coordinator (WA) Paddy Cullen said the petition handover was the highlight of more than 40 forums nationwide in the lead-up to the federal election, aimed at encouraging all political parties to increase Australia’s contribution to overseas aid.

“Since 1990, international aid has helped almost halve the number of children around the world who die by their fifth birthday,” Mr Cullen said.

“This election, we are asking our nation’s leaders to lift their aid commitment in line with the United Nations recommendation of investing 0.7 per cent of gross national income in overseas aid by 2020. The first step is for the major parties to deliver their promise of reaching 0.5 per cent of national income for overseas aid by 2016.

“Australia currently gives half the United Nations recommendation, and recent cuts to promised increases have been disappointing. This is the Fremantle community’s chance to come out and ask their elected member, Melissa Parke, to persuade her party to keep its promise to increase Australia’s investment in fighting global poverty.”

Media contact: Oxfam Australia Campaign Coordinator (WA) Paddy Cullen 0431 925 494

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