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  • Facing politicians with clear eyes and full hearts

    Posted by Marissa

    13 March, 2014

    I still remember stepping wide-eyed and heart a-pounding into my first public meeting that I was required to speak at. There was a huge audience in front of me and I could just imagine how I would feel if I said the wrong thing or if I tripped up the stairs on the way to the microphone. I had been told by family and friends not to fear and just do my best, be confident and that I would do a great job. Somehow I made it through, even managing to crack a smile and a joke as I communicated my passion. “Wow,” I thought to myself, “they were really hooked!” I was eight and I was doing my public speaking project on wok cooking – one of my favourite jobs to help out with as a kid. I had successfully impressed the crowd with a sampling of my cooking and convinced everyone of the benefits of creating a scrumptious stir-fry. Fast-forward 12 or so years and I felt the same knot in my stomach as I stepped across the threshold onto the green carpet, escorted by a well-dressed young staffer as I headed into my first ever meeting with a… read more

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  • Gaining ground - but still a long way to go

    Posted by Mark

    11 March, 2014

    There has been some exciting progress being made on addressing global tax evasion. However, there is a lot more that still needs to happen and there is still a risk new global rules will be set that disadvantage developing countries and will restrict their ability to seriously tackle tax dodging by multinational corporations and wealthy individuals. At the meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers in Sydney on 22 and 23 February, the Finance Ministers and Treasurers again agreed “Profits should be taxed where economic activities deriving the profits are performed and where value is created.” They gave their full support for the G20/OECD Action Plan to address tax dodging. They committed to ensure that by the Brisbane G20 summit in November, they will start to deliver effective, practical and sustainable measures to counter tax dodging across all industries. They endorsed the OECD new global standard for countries and tax havens to exchange information with each other, a new tool for fighting the scourge of tax evasion. The Ministers and Treasurers stated… read more

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  • A Biblical Framework for Social Justice

    Posted by Jasmin

    5 March, 2014

    Jasmin Howorth was the Communications intern at Micah Challenge in 2013. During her year with us, she felt challenged to delve deeper into what ‘social justice’ meant on a personal and biblical level. The following framework is her reflection on all that she has learnt about social justice in her year with us, and how to practically apply biblical foundations of justice to our modern lives. Social Justice: a biblical framework After idolatry, God says more in the Bible about social justice than any other subject, with over 2,000 verses speaking to God’s heart for the poor. So, what does social justice mean in a biblical context? According to Tim Keller, the Hebrew word for “justice” is mishpat and at its most basic level means to treat people equitably. Over and over again throughout the Old Testament mishpat refers to taking up the cause of widows, orphans, immigrants and the poor. “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.” (Isaiah 1:17)… read more

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  • Australian aid does a lot of good

    Posted by Ben

    27 February, 2014

    AusAID's 2012–13 annual report (and its last stand-alone annual report since it was absorbed into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) was released late last week and there was lots to be happy about. Through our overseas aid program in 2012–13, we helped to: Vaccinate more than 2.7 million children against deadly diseases Provide safe water for an additional 2.2 million people Provide basic sanitation and increased knowledge of hygiene practices to around 1.9 million people Enrol an additional 1 million children in school Train 100,000 teachers and school officials Ensure more than 7 million poor women and men had access to social transfers (cash or food) Train 200,000 public servants, as well as more than 22,000 police and other law and order officials Support 27 countries to improve public financial management Provide 11.8 million people with life-saving assistance during conflict or crisis situations I would say that for less than 1.4% of the federal budget, and just 35 cents in every $100 of our nation's income, that… read more

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