The lives we can save…by reversing cuts to aid

 

If you saw a child drowning you’d save her, right? What if that child was out of sight – at risk because of poverty?

Peter Singer, author and philosopher, famously asked:

Can we really believe that we are living a good life, an ethically decent life if we don’t do anything serious to help reduce poverty around the world and help save the lives of children or adults who are likely to die if we don’t increase the amount of aid we are giving?”

What questions do you want to ask Peter about our moral obligation to give? Submit your question by emailing info@results.org.au by March 27.

17,000 kids are still “drowning” every day. Can we afford to just walk by?
In December 2014, Treasurer Joe Hockey announced $3.7 billion would be cut from Australian Aid over the next 3 years. This cut, along with $7.6 billion in cuts announced since September 2013, means Australia’s spending on programs that help remove the barriers of poverty and enable people to live lives of dignity will drop by over $11 billion – the largest cuts in history.

Reversing cuts will allow Australian aid to continue saving lives. We can encourage the public and parliamentarians to be champions for aid.
Recently a delegation of RESULTS staff and volunteers met with 30 parliamentarians and their staff at Parliament House in Canberra. Every parliamentarian agreed to take an action in support of Australian aid and the programs it supports – including vaccines, TB research, education and nutrition.
But plenty of parliamentarians either don’t know about the extent of the cuts to aid, or have not heard from their community members who oppose the cuts. They need to hear from YOU.  Read more…

TAKE ACTION NOW

Approach the editor of your local newspaper and ask them to publish your Op-Ed.
1.    Listen to the Op-Ed Workshop on 21/22 March at 3pm AEDT on the usual teleconference line
2.    Write the Op-Ed using the draft text available
3.    Pitch the Op-Ed to a newspaper editor.
4.    Unsuccessful? Turn your Op-Ed into a letter to the editor and submit to a newspaper.

Click to join the campaign for #AustralianAid

Information

Fact & Action Sheet March 2015

10 Reasons Australian Aid Shouldn’t Be Cut

Fact & Action Call

Prof Peter Singer, Philosopher and Author

Tools and Resources

Op-Ed Workshop Handout

Op-Ed Template

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