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Shine the Light' on tax dodging and corruption
· May 01, 2014 10:00 AM
Micah Challenge has recently launched a campaign to expose tax dodging and corruption which is robbing poor nations of vital resources for development.
The vast amount of money developing countries lose as a result of these practices could be better spent providing essential services such as healthcare, education and water to millions of people facing poverty around the world.
Micah Challenge is encouraging people to get on board with this campaign by uploading a 'shine the light selfie' to its campaign website and sending it to their politician to raise awareness of the issue and promote change.
To find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved, visit the official website at
MR: ACL disappointed by federal government decision to slash foreign aid
· December 19, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby says it’s disappointed the federal government has cut foreign aid again, the second time this year.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr has admitted the government plans to remove at least $375 million from Australia’s poverty-focused aid program to house and feed asylum-seekers in Australia.
ACL’s Chief of Staff Nick Overton said Australia’s commitment to overseas development programs should not be jeopardised by the government’s need to support refugees and asylum seekers within the country.
“The government certainly has an obligation to fulfil its commitment to asylum- seekers and refugees in Australia but to do this at the expense of poverty-stricken communities overseas is unfair,” he said.
He said it’s the second time this year the government has not followed through on its commitment to foreign aid.
“In May the government announced it would delay increasing aid spending to 0.5 per cent of GNI by 2015,” he said.
“Australia’s current commitment stands at 0.35 per cent of GNI – well short of what is needed to eradicate poverty and help developing nations implement poverty-reducing policies,” he said.
Australia was one of the 189 member states of the United Nations that had signed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 to halve world poverty by 2015.
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