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The Micah Challenge blog is a space for discussion and debate about the issues of global poverty, faith, advocacy and justice and the Millennium Development Goals. This blog aims to provoke thought and challenge you to learn more about the issues discussed. We welcome your comments.

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  • Day 3 Voices For Justice - Entering Parliament

    Posted by Micah

    18 September, 2012

    Day 3 – Voices For Justice Caption Phil Chan with other Voices For Justice participants We’re finally here and there’s a hive of activity at Parliament House! After a morning prayer session on the front lawns, we’ve been busy today meeting with politicians, attending panel discussions and question time, which was unsurprisingly rumbustious. Our lobby group had an extremely encouraging meeting with the Hon Laura Smyth MP, the federal member for La Trobe in Victoria. We were blown away by her overwhelming support for the MDGs and passion in helping the poor. I was particularly surprised at how friendly and frank she was during our discussion, sharing her experiences in the Asia-Pacific, where she saw poverty first-hand, and her activism on social justice before entering politics. She was genuinely interested in what we had to say. She said it was important to cultivate community support on our policy asks, such as raising awareness on the importance of aid for sanitation and hygiene, and to suggest cuts in other parts of the budget… read more

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  • $22 Billion for World's Justice?

    Posted by Scott

    10 September, 2012

    How would you like to raise $22 billion for anti-poverty programs around the world? That's not $22 million but $22 billion. Sounds impossible right? Well maybe not. Back in September 2000 world leaders, including Australia's Prime Minister, gathered in Geneva and declared that the new millennium would be one in which we would forge a new world. “We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected. We are committed to making the right to development a reality for everyone and to freeing the entire human race from want.” Inspiring words, but such words have been spoken many times before. Would these be yet another empty promise? Perhaps not, because this time the world's leaders put measurable targets against their pledge. They set 2015 as the date by which eight millennium development goals would be achieved and set targets against each goal - the proportion of people living on a dollar a day… read more

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  • How do you solve a problem like Maria?

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    4 September, 2012

    I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks until Voices For Justice 2012! I have been to the past five Voices for Justice but I think this year’s is crucial. I sense there has been a change in attitudes over the past few years. Everyone is more concerned about their own future and is less generous towards others. I want to be part of the voices saying we can and should look after more than just me and my kin. I want to be part of God’s plan to care for the poor and marginalised in our world. Over the years I have met so many inspiring people – both speakers and other “voices.” At Voices For Justice 2009 I met a lady called Maria. I learnt so much from spending the four days of Voices with her. Maria was born in the developing world, in a country with a corrupt government. She was amazed at our Parliament House and our system of government and could not believe that we could just walk in, watch what was happening and actually meet with our local politicians. Meeting her certainly made me realise how privileged we are… read more

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  • Overcoming your politicophobia

    Posted by Ben

    15 August, 2012

    Have you ever thought of visiting your politician, but have never had the courage or the time? Or have you ever wondered if meeting with a politician is really effective? Or perhaps you're a seasoned electorate campaigner who is sick of the sight of your politician and wondering if you can even stomach another visit? This blog post is for you. Yes, all of you. It's time to take courage, renew commitment, and plan your visit with a politician because it is, beyond doubt, one of the most effective forms of campaigning action that we can take. If we're serious about influencing Australia's commitment to tackling poverty and global challenges like climate change, then it's a step more of us need to take. The cause of tackling dehumanising poverty needs more voices raised. You can be sure that well-paid lobbyists are constantly raising the concerns of their corporate clients with politicians. These politicians desperately need to hear from passionate community advocates also, people who "raise their voice on behalf of the voiceless, who defend… read more

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