Micah Challenge Australia Blog

 

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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  • A woman who epitomised the Micah challenge

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    3 July, 2012

    One of Micah Challenge's supporters, Anne Camac, reflects on the inspirational life of the late Lyn Lusi (co-founder of HEAL Africa) who knew what it meant to raise her voice for justice on behalf of the poor. "It was with great sadness that I have read of Lyn Lusi's death in March. Lyn was a co-founder of HEAL Africa - a partner ministry of CNEC Australia (now called World Share). Lyn dedicated her life to sharing and showing the love of Jesus to women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in particular to victims of sexual violence and abuse. Many Micah Challenge supporters will remember Lyn as one of our keynote speakers at Voices for Justice in 2009. Lyn talked with great compassion about the plight of women in DRC, where sexual violence is often used as a weapon of war. I remember her story of a woman grieving for her murdered husband, whose child also died whilst they were walking for days trying to get to safety. When some of the delegates at Voices for Justice were lamenting about how difficult it was to get our political leaders to… read more

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  • Getting one over on the taxman

    Posted by John

    28 June, 2012

    Each year at tax time we sit down at the kitchen table with our pile of papers, take a deep breath, puff out our chest, and then dive head first into an imaginary battle with the proverbial tax man. Perhaps we personify the taxman sitting across the table trying to bleed us for every dollar we’ve got. When the tax cheque arrives in the mail and it’s bigger than we thought it was going to be, we smile and indulge in a fair measure of self-congratulation at having ‘beaten the tax man’. This tax-time battle is a common experience, but many people aren’t aware that a similar battle is now also being played out on a mass scale on the global stage. The practice of tax dodging by multinational corporations and wealthy individuals is now extremely widespread across the globe and, sadly, also reasonably widely accepted. Some multinational corporations are investing significant sums of money in elaborate schemes to ‘beat the taxman’. On both the individual and the global scale, the rationale goes, ‘if I can beat the system… read more

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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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  • Follow the Leaders

    Posted by John

    21 June, 2012

    I regularly have conversations with people who are passionate about the cause of poverty reduction, yet feel disheartened that their friends, or even their churches, don’t seem to care enough (or in some cases don’t seem to care at all) about addressing the issue. This kind of apathy is undoubtedly one of the biggest obstacles we face in the fight to overcome poverty. It can make the strongest of us feel disheartened at times. But every now and then we’re encouraged by breakthroughs. Every now and then something pulls us out of the miry clay caused by apathy and inspires us to express our hope through action. This week’s open letters, sent from Australia’s church leaders to the leaders of both the government and the opposition, provide us with one of those moments of inspiration. The letters, signed by leaders of most of Australia’s Christian denominations, express deep disappointment at the broken promise from the government as it pushed out its timetable to increase aid to 0.5% of GNI beyond 2015. The leaders… read more

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