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  • Encouragement gained from Voices for Justice

    Posted by Joel

    27 June, 2014

    If you've never been and you're planning to go to Australia this time of year, make sure you take an umbrella and something warm to wear. The place is not about beaches and heat waves all the year around. Whatever Australians say about constitutional freedom from Britain, the weather in Canberra (the political HQ of the Australian people), seemed planned to make me feel like I was home again. But that's just me getting my own back. My three days with Voices For Justice, the annual training ground for political lobbying run by Micah Challenge Australia, was a massive adrenalin boost. Over 200 individuals from almost every state in the country spent four days in the capital challenging their politicians on global tax dodging which amounts to the loss of over US$160 billion from the poorest people in the world every year. Those who attended came from a wide spectrum of ages, churches and cultures. And the marvel of it, was that the vast majority of these lobbyists had no prior experience in advocacy before they came to Voices For Justice. Tax… read more

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  • Voices for Justice 2014 Final Day

    Posted by Benton

    24 June, 2014

    Day 4 started in complete contrast. The early morning weather in Canberra was comparable to a Siberia winter….and raining, but the mood inside was vibrant as 220 Christians once again entered Parliament House to speak up for the poor, the vulnerable and the forgotten. The day started with two media events where Joel Edwards and Dereje Alemayehu spoke with passion about the global Shine the Light campaign. What an incredible movement where an open letter asking governments around the world to act on Tax Dodging and Corruption for the sake of the poor has been signed by over 80 global church leaders that represent a rough constituency of 1 billion people! I was inspired by Joel’s exhortation to us and to the global church to dream of a world put to rights and then get on with the hard yards of participating in God’s mission to finish what was started in and through Jesus. Joel also shared a quote from Tom Wright’s Simply Christian which I think is particularly pertinent to our time at Voices for Justice and demonstrates what that… read more

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  • Voices for Justice 2014 Day 3

    Posted by Benton

    23 June, 2014

    Well I’m sitting here typing this in the middle of Queens Terrace Cafe in Parliament House and the buzz from Voices for Justice participants is infectious and so exciting! It’s actually hard to hear yourself above it all! I think all 220 Christians here at Voices for Justice feel the immense privilege it is to be able to speak truth to our nation’s leaders so that, as Joel Edwards spoke to us about last night, we may join in God’s mission in this world of proclaiming good news to the poor and setting the oppressed free. And as Tom Wright would say, the good news of Jesus and his resurrection is that God’s mission is not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonise earth with the life of heaven. For me, Voices for Justice puts flesh and blood on this idea. At Voices, when we engage with our politicians we are all seeking to respond to these critical questions: who is being oppressed or treated unfairly, and am I standing with them as Jesus would? And as Dereje Alemayehu stressed to us, tax justice isn’t… read more

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  • Voices for Justice 2014 Day 2

    Posted by Benton

    22 June, 2014

    One of the really wonderful things about Voices for Justice is not just the diverse collection of voices but also that those who work in developing countries are front and centre of the gathering. Day 2 started with an invigorating panel discussion with Dereje Alemayehu (Chair, Tax Justice Network - Africa), Tagolyn Kabekabe (Pacific Facilitator, Anglican Alliance), and John Beckett aka JB (National Director, Micah Challenge Australia). Dereje spoke to us about tax justice and explained with great clarity the reasons why tackling tax dodging is so important and why the G20 in Brisbane this year is such an immense opportunity to affect change for the global poor. He also shared that for every dollar entering Africa, there are currently three dollars leaving Africa – such is the magnitude of this issue and the magnitude of harm being done to poverty reduction. Tagolyn spoke to us about the impacts of climate change in the Pacific and the current slow pace of action to reduce emissions and commit resources to climate change adaptation. This is a topic… read more

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