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  • 2.5 billion reasons to sit on a giant toilet

    Posted by Ben

    26 June, 2012

    You may have seen the image of Independent MP, Rob Oakeshott, on a giant toilet in the media lately. It did the rounds of the Sun-Herald, The Age, Crikey and Twitter. It was featured in a website launched by the National Party to attack Mr Oakeshott. We understand that the National Party intends to campaign hard against Mr Oakeshott in the seat of Lyne. Fair enough. That's what political opponents do. But we were disapppointed that the Nationals attack website badly misrepresented the photograph. Rob Oakeshott took his seat atop the novelty toilet in support of a campaign to provide decent sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don't have it. Diarrhoea is the second largest killer of children worldwide, and causes the deaths of more children under the age of five than measles, malaria and AIDS combined. Almost all of these deaths are caused by lack of access to – or poor quality – water, sanitation and hygiene. Surely this issue deserves the attention of our elected representatives. And rather than be ridiculed, they should be… read more

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  • Our daily bread

    Posted by Amanda

    12 December, 2011

    There was a good reason food was mentioned in the Lord’s Prayer – give us this day our daily bread - we do need to regularly remember that food is a blessing from God, to be appreciated. But our gratitude is being swamped by our wastefulness – too often we take food for granted. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in a recent report estimates that 1.3 billion tones of food is wasted every year – a staggering 33% of all food produced! My country of residence, the UK, throws away 8.3 million tonnes of food every year. That means the average family throws away over £50 (AU$76) a month in wasted food. It’s the same in the EU, the US, Australia and other countries where food has a strict Use-By date and where access to cheap food means we prepare too much and throw too much away. Food is also wasted in developing countries but for different reasons: things like poor packing and storage facilities and inadequate infrastructure. But Western economies remain the champions of food waste. The FAO Report stated, “We… read more

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  • Who are the 'Joneses'?

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    29 November, 2011

    Like so many of our friends and neighbours, we sometimes find ourselves comparing our lives to those of others. And most often, we look at those who make more and have more than we do. As the old adage says, we look to “the Joneses.” But who are the Joneses really? Consider this: If you make $43,500 a year, you’re in the top 12% of earners in the world.That’s right. The world. So maybe we should turn this whole Jones thing around. 88% of the world is comparing itself to you … and me. WE are “the Joneses” to 88% of people on this planet. And yet, where do we most often look for comparison? The other 11%! I’m not saying we should compare at all. We shouldn’t. Life is about much more than material things. But, just for a moment, let’s entertain this thought of keeping up with the proverbial family. •If you make more than $2 a day, you are the Joneses to 1.2 billion people. •If you have a warm bed to sleep in at night, you are the Joneses to the billions who are sleeping on cold,… read more

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  • Hope for Creation

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    2 November, 2011

    By Cath James, Environmental Project Officer at Justice & International Mission Recently I read that The Bureau of Meteorology recorded some of the highest temperatures on record for September. I was shocked. Not because it surprised me, but because I realised I had stopped thinking about the fact that our world is still warming and this will have all sorts of consequences for how we live our lives. I can’t cope with bad news all the time, none of us can. It is only natural that we develop some form of coping mechanism to deal with such a huge threat as climate change. Some people choose to discount the risk or choose to be sceptical, others go into denial. At times this has been my response. Sometimes I stop reading newspaper articles that will tell me about another report with further scientific evidence of human induced climate change, or about the impact on people in the Pacific who are struggling to grow food because their croplands are now salty with increased flooding and kingtides. Instead I have found myself thinking, ‘Surely if it was… read more

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