The Movement to End Poverty is a joint action of the Make Poverty History and Micah coalitions for all Australians who believe we can end extreme poverty.
What we are calling for:
“Since 1990, aid has helped to reduce extreme poverty, including almost halving the number of children around the world who die before their fifth birthday – 14,000 fewer children dying every single day.
Let’s help make poverty history by giving our fair share of aid – just 70 cents in every $100 of Australia’s national income by 2020.
As a step towards contributing our fair share, the Government must keep its promise to increase aid to 50 cents in every $100 dollars of national income by 2016 and the Opposition must match this commitment.”
The Movement to End Poverty petition is aimed at showing the mass public support within Australia for fair, sustainable international development.
Make Poverty History are joining with other organisation to collect signatures and show the federal government that contributing a fair amount to sustainable human development is something many Australians support.
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The Australian Government must deliver by 2016 on the bipartisan commitment to invest 0.5% of our nation's income in overseas aid. The Government should maintain a trajectory of increased aid beyond 2016 to reach 0.7% by 2020.
We must ensure that aid goes to the most vulnerable and poorest communities. For example, the world has enough food for all - yet, one in eight people on our planet go to bed hungry each night. We need to create a world where everyone has enough to eat always.
We must support nations to tackle tax evasion by increasing transparency and improving tax collection. The developing world is estimated to lose millions of dollars each year, largely due to multinational corporations failing to pay their share of tax. We need to support poor communities to adapt to the impacts of global warming.
Think we’re talking a lot of money here? Our fair share of contributing to tackling global poverty is just 70c in every $100 of our nation’s wealth. Have a look at how some other countries are achieving this global agreement on overseas aid spending:
1.02% / GNI
0.7% / GNI
0.4% / GNI
0.37% / GNI
Australia has one of the leading economies in the world. According to the International Monetary Fund, we have the seventh highest income per person. Furthermore, our level of debt is by far the lowest of any major developed country.
Despite our wealth, our government’s spending on overseas aid is relatively low compared with other developed countries who give aid. Currently our aid budget ranks 13th out of 23 developed countries.
We can afford to do better to help provide lifesaving support such as health, education and clean water to the world’s poor. Although we are financially well placed to provide aid, currently the Australian Government gives just 37 cents in every $100 hundred dollars of national income.
Overseas aid transforms lives. Since 1990 maternal death rates have nearly halved and the number of children dying each year has fallen by 42% – that is a drop of 5 million children’s deaths each year. As a result of aid these improvements have been made on every continent and in almost every country.
Australia can afford to help the world’s poor and has a moral obligation to do so!