Australia was one of the 189 member states of the United Nations that signed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 to halve world poverty by 2015.

Last year, the government diverted $375 million away from its foreign aid commitment in order to pay for the cost of detaining, processing and providing for onshore asylum seekers, and will likely try to divert more aid when it announces another "tough budget" on 14 May.

ACL has continually lobbied for government to reach the target as outlined by the MDGs, and advocates strongly for Australia's willingness to be generous to the poor by helping developing nations implement poverty-reducing strategies. In the lead up to this year's federal election, ACL will be urging the major political parties to recommit to the MDGs.

Micah Challenge has launched a campaign in the lead up to the May budget announcement, with the message: "Don't Divert Aid." This is designed to place pressure on the government to stop the diversion of overseas aid money.

Join with Micah Challenge in speaking out against the poverty and injustice, and encouraging our leaders to keep their commitment to reducing world poverty.

You can do this by contacting the offices of the Prime Minister and the Treasurer to tell them that Australian aid should be used to support poverty reduction and sustainable development overseas, and that you support the Government's commitment to increase aid to 0.5% of Gross National Income by 2016, but you do not want to see more aid funds diverted away from our overseas aid partners to meet the costs of detaining, processing and supporting asylum seekers:

  • Call Prime Minister Julia Gillard's office on (02) 6277 7700

  • Call Treasurer Wayne Swan’s office on (02) 6277 7340 or email [email protected]

Visit the Micah Challenge campaign page to find out more about how you can support.