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  • Lobbying MPs in Canberra

    Posted by Micah

    16 November, 2010

    This week Caritas Australia's Campaigns Coordinator Alex Engel travelled to Canberra with members of the Micah Challenge coalition to lobby newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) about issues of global poverty and the Millennium Development Goals. In short, the message was to increase both the quantity and quality of Australia's aid program. Throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, the group met with over 30 different MPs from variety of different political parties to discuss key issues, including healthcare, climate change and improved governance of the aid budget. Alex attended nine of these meetings, including one with an advisor to the Prime Minister Julia Gilliard."The meetings were extremely positive and we found most of the MPs were very receptive to our message," said Alex. "Trips like these are really at the heart of Caritas' work - that is, bringing the voice and needs of the poor to those that have the power to influence change." Caritas has been engaged with Micah Challenge network since 2007, in particular with the annual Voice for Justice lobbying… read more

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  • Voices for Justice 2010 - stories of hope and prophetic engagement

    Posted by Micah

    30 June, 2010

    Reflections on Voices for Justice 2010 from John Mark Ministries The events of last week in Canberra were life-changing, and I'm not talking about that dramatic night when the Government brought down its own Prime Minister. I am talking about the annual Micah Challenge Voices for Justice conference. I first went to this event in 2008 and I said then that it was the best conference I have ever been to, as it was a perfect combination of learning and teaching, and then putting it all into practice. So it was with much excitement that about 320 of us made our way to the nation's capital to lobby our nation's leaders on behalf of millions who have no voice. The main asks of Voices for Justice this year were for the Australian Government to increase its overseas aid giving to 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015, and to increase action on climate change. The Government has already committed to spending 0.5% of GNI on aid by 2015. This is a commendable move, but it is not enough to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which Australia, along… read more

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  • Voices for Justice 2010 - A powerful experience

    Posted by Matthew

    21 June, 2010

    Voices for Justice 2010 participant , Matt Anslow, reflects on his time in Canberra Here I am, third day in. I didn't get to blog last night, as I went straight to bed after sessions finished... The reason for such laziness was so that I could get up at 5:30 to get to Parliament House on time for a session with PM Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. More about that later. Yesterday was a great day (once again). I did some sessions on Climate Change and Political Policy Making, which were both incredibly helpful. At night we ran a public service of repentance out the front of Parliament House, hearing from Roshan Mendis (our international guest from Sri Lanka) and others about the needs in our world and the need for a personal response in the way we live our lives individually and collectively. It was a powerful experience to stand with 300 others Christians who care about justice, kindness and the political process. Click here to read more of Matt's blog post. read more

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  • Being a nag for the poor

    Posted by Micah

    21 June, 2010

    Voices for Justice 2010 participate Nils von Kalm reflects on his time in Canberra This morning the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition spoke at what was quite literally our signature event - signing the Micah Call - a statement pledging to support the aims of Micah Challenge - something that 112,000 other Australians have signed. When Mr. Abbott spoke, he mentioned that we are nags and that people in power need nags like us to keep them accountable. One of the things that has jumped out at me at this event is that our times of worship - when we're singing - are so much more meaningful in the context of what we are ultimately here for. Over the last 2 days we have spent a bit of time singing songs of praise to God for who He is - a God of justice, mercy, and compassion. And it meant so much more than just words, as we were here in the nation's capital to put into practice the words of the prophet Micah - to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). The worship was not just a feel-good session of empty praise. I'm so glad to be… read more

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