Oct 15, 2008

Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 15 2008

The 12th-18th of October is Anti-Poverty week and activities are taking place in Parliament House and around Australia.

On Tuesday , Anthony met with a group of Grayndler residents representing the Micah Challenge, and viewed the Create to Advocate 08 Art Exhibition which opened this week in Parliament House.

The exhibition was initiated by Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge Australia, and included a painting by Casey North, a local student from Camperdown.

“I’d like to congratulate Casey and all those who took part in the exhibition,” said Anthony Albanese.

Anthony also joined other politicians in signing a canvas called ‘The House of Partnership’ by artist Nell Potter , which combines an image of Parliament House with images of Global Poverty.

Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge, represent over 50 major international aid and development agencies, church groups, schools and community groups, and are working together in support of the Millennium Development Goals to halve global poverty by 2015 .

“It’s great to see such a fantastic event occurring in Parliament House. It’s an important issue and raising awareness is crucial to achieving results.”

“It is always rewarding to meet people from our area who care about and who work to help those in need,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Rudd Labor Government’s commitment to international development assistance is significant.

The Rudd Labor Government is determined to increase overseas aid with the goal of providing 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income by 2015-16.

The 2008-09 Budget lays the foundation for implementing the Government’s commitment to increase Australian development assistance with an estimated $3.7 billion in funds.

This is an increase of 9 per cent on the 2007-08 aid budget estimate and  the largest ever budget investment by an Australian Government in poverty reduction and sustainable development.

“I am proud the Government is stepping up to the plate on global development assistance, supporting the generous donations that so many Australians already make,” said Anthony Albanese.

Some significant programs include:

  •  Close to $1 billion for PNG and the Pacific to support improved basic services and contribute to broad-based more equitable growth.
  •  An estimated $462 million for Indonesia to support economic and legal reform and improved access to basic services.
  •  Increased assistance to $116 million for Africa to support progress towards the Millennium Goals and targeted humanitarian assistance.
  •  Increased assistance to $96.3 million for East Timor as it continues to transition to self-reliance..

The Rudd Labor Government is increasing engagement with important United Nations and other expert multilateral partners.

The Government has committed $200 million over four years to a United Nations Partnership for the Millennium Development Goals, working with seven key UN agencies to increase child literacy, improve maternal and child health and further empower women.

“The Government is taking strong action on Australia’s commitment to tackling Global Poverty,” said Anthony Albanese.