Coalition’s chance to keep its promise to the world’s poor
On May 8, 2012 the Gillard Government broke its promise to increase the aid program to 0.5% of GNI by 2015. Here is your chance to urge the Coalition to stand firm on its own commitment to the worlds poorest people. This commitment has the potential to save the 250,000 lives currently at risk from the Governments announcement to now delay future aid increases.
Contact the MPs below and tell them you want the Coalition to re-state this commitment publically and soon!
Tony Abbott (Leader of the Opposition) on 02 6277 4022
Julie Bishop (Shadow Minster for Foreign Affairs) on 02 6277 2102
Joe Hockey (Shadow Treasurer) on 02 6277 4854
Also contact your own MP or Senator from your State:
If Labour – express your bitter disappointment at the Budget announcement; if Coaltion then urge them to keep the 0.5% commitment; if Independant or Green – their voice and vote is also important!
Read our media release Coalition challenged to keep its commitment to the world’s poor
Ensuring Australia keeps its aid promise
Whispers have been growing stronger that the commitment of the government to reach 0.5% of GNI by
2015-16 is under threat. This is due to the tightening of the Federal Budget and a review of expenditure options in the lead up to the release of the budget on May 8. Lifting aid to 0.5% of GNI will bring Australia equal to the average effort of other donor countries and will make a life and death difference to hundreds and thousands of children and adults.
There’s less then a week to go until the budget is handed down and pressure is mounting on the Labor government not to cut aid.
It’s great to see organisations and influential people across the country prioritising our commitment to the poor. There can be no doubt the government has heard us all.
If you haven’t taken this months action and written a letter to the editor there’s still time (this month’s Fact & Action Sheet). Otherwise have a look at some of the amazing work being done by RESULTS members and our partners in the war on poverty.
View a full-page ad (where RESULTS is a signatory), which appeared on Page 4 in The Australian on May 4, and urges the Gillard Government not to cut Australia’s overseas aid.
Let’s keep the pressure on!
Education for All?
The achievement of Education for All is imperative to the achievement of the MDG’s, but more importantly, is a powerful force for poverty reduction and empowers people to control their own lives. RESULTS International (Australia) has undertaken research to evaluate the success of ‘Education for All’ for three development organisations, AusAID, the World Bank and The Asian Development Bank in three of our neighbours, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and The Philippines. The research specifically focused on access to education for girls and children with disabilities, and how policies have translated into ‘on the ground’ action and results. RESULTS’ report finds that although all three organisations recognise the importance of access to education for girls and children with disabilities, a gap remains between strategy, policy, and ‘on-the-ground’ results. Particularly alarmingly, 98% of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school. This, and similar figures indicate that there is a great deal of work to be in improving access to quality education in our region.
RESULTS Pre-Budget Submission for 2012-2013 Budget
RESULTS International (Australia) made a submission to the government for the 2012-2013 budget, detailing recommendations in relation to the international aid budget.
Read RESULTS budget submission HERE
In June 2011 Australia made a bold and generous pledge of $200 million over 3 years to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations. This will enable 7 million children to be immunised against life threatening and preventable diseases. RESULTS advocacy efforts played a significant role in this outcome.
Read RESULTS media release HERE
Australia’s Global Role in Child Survival, Sydney 23 March 2012
A forum hosted by RESULTS and the University of Sydney
Keynote speaker is Seth Berkley, CEO at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI Alliance). This half-day forum aims to build community, civil society, academic and political support for Australian efforts to ensure the health and survival of the world’s children.
More details HERE
2012 World TB Day Saturday 24 March.
Watch this space for our activities for this important day….
DID YOU KNOW…?
Tuberculosis has been around since the days of the Egyptian mummies.
Despite being totally preventable, treatable and curable, this disease is killing 1.7 million people around the world every year.
That’s one death every twenty seconds.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is the largest single funder of TB programs globally.
READ the Together We Can Stop TB! card for 2011 HERE.
READ more on the breakthrough technology that has slashed the time it takes to diagnose TB HERE.
READ RESULTS’ media release for World TB Day 2011 HERE.
Women & TB
Did you know that TB is the third leading infectious killer of women globally?
Read ACTION’s report into Women and Tuberculosis: Taking a Look at a Neglected Issue HERE.
TAKE ACTION to see Australia increase its support for The Global Fund HERE!
On Monday, March 21, 2011 a motion and speeches were made in the House of Representatives on tuberculosis.
These speeches and motions were largely inspired by the RESULTS lobbying team that visited Canberra earlier in the month.
READ the House of Representatives Motion on World Tuberculosis Day (Monday, March 21, 2011) HERE.
Below is an excerpt from an email from a secretary at the Office of Senator Helen Kroger to RESULTS’ National Manager Maree Nutt:
“I think your campaign is making an impact in Parliament.
“I know that Senator Kroger will be wearing her badge tomorrow and I expect other parliamentary colleagues will as well.”
To date (March 24) RESULTS’ World TB Day Campaign has included: meetings, letters, Motions in the House and Senate, World TB Day Cards and Badges, and media.
2011 marked one of the most effective and comprehensive World TB Day campaign for some time.
1. Parliamentary Speeches and Motions
i) Motion in the House of Representatives moved by the Hon. Laurie Ferguson and spoken to by five other MPs
ii) Motion in the Senate moved by Sen. Louise Pratt (WA) and passed
iii) Senate speech by Sen. Carol Brown (TAS)
iv) Senate speech by Sen. Catrina Bilyk (TAS)
Read some of the speeches HERE.
2. World TB postcard and badge sent to all MPs and Senators
3. RESULTS featured in World TB Day film produced by Eli Lilly Australia and sent to all MPs and Senators
4. Media generated by RESULTS: