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Christians welcome Scott Morrison as PM, but will expect more of him
Micah Australia has today offered congratulations to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his party on the federal election results. “Now that Mr Morrison has been given such a clear mandate to lead, there will be many Christians and Christian organisations, Micah included, that will be looking to him for strong vision and policy on Australia being a more compassionate and generous nation.”Download PDF
There is good news on the horizon after another kick in the guts for aid
Tim Costello has today welcomed the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade first report for the inquiry into Australia’s aid program in the Indo-Pacific.
“After another devastating blow to the aid budget this week, there is finally some good news on the horizon.”Download PDF
Aid Program continues to be treated like an ‘ATM’ says Tim Costello
Despite delivering a budget surplus, the Coalition has chosen to keep aid at its least generous level.
“This is not surprising from a government who have lost sight of our nation’s role as a global neighbour and treated our aid program like an ATM.” said Tim Costello, Executive Director Micah Australia.Download PDF
Tim Costello asks 'When will our government believe we have enough to start being generous again?'
Tim Costello, Executive Director of Micah Australia today expressed concern about the lack of care for the world's poor, saying his expectation for the aid budget is it will continue to be kept at its lowest level ever in history.
"When the first budget surplus in over a decade is delivered tonight, sadly, I don’t think it will be good news for the poor.”Download PDF
Tim Costello welcomes strong vision for Aid outlined by ALP
Tim Costello, Micah Australia’s Executive Director, has welcomed Labor’s clear vision for Australian aid, as outlined by Senator Wong, including boosted funding to the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).Download PDF
Labor promise to lift foreign aid welcomed by Christians across Australia
Today’s announcement that a Labor government would put a stop to the years of cuts to the aid budget, has been welcomed by Christians across the nation as a good platform from which to start the rebuilding Australia’s aid program. “This is a welcomed step in the right direction, and one that the Christian community has been advocating on passionately and persistently this year,” said Tim Costello, Micah Australia’s Executive Director.Download PDF
Labor commitment of $500 million to UNHCR a welcome announcement for world’s most vulnerable
Micah Australia has today welcomed the announcement that a Labor Government would commit $500 million over five years to the work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “With an unprecedented 68.5 million displaced people around the world, this is a very welcome announcement and one that was advocated for by Micah delegates during our Voices for Justice Conference in Canberra two weeks ago,” said Tim Costello, Executive Director of Micah Australia.Download PDF
Voices for Justice 2018 kicks off with 200 Christians in Parliament
Over two hundred Australians from across the country will descend on Parliament House on Monday to share their concern for the world’s poor, oppressed, and displaced. Led by Tim Costello, 80 face-to-face meetings with the nation’s politicians will be held as a part of the Voices for Justice Conference, hosted by Micah Australia.Download PDF
Christian Women Leaders Unite in Historic Trip to Canberra
Women leaders from across the denominations of Australia’s churches and Christian organisations have come together for an historic visit to Canberra today. In addition to advocating for policies of justice, the cohort will meet with Senior Ministers and Members of Parliament from both political parties.Download PDF
Tim Costello calls Australian Christians to Canberra to advocate for the world’s poor at Voices for Justice 2018
Hundreds of Christians from across the nation will gather in Canberra from 1-4 December this year, for four powerful days of training, prayer, worship and political advocacy at Voices for Justice Conference.Download PDF
Australians still believe aid budget is almost 14 times more than what it is
Micah Australia today said Lowy Institute polling released this week shows Australians are comfortable with and actually expect, a much higher aid budget. The 2018 Lowy Institute Poll found that Australians on average think that 14% of the budget is spent on aid, while they say 10% should be spent on aid.Download PDF
We 'absolutely' agree Minister! Bishop shocks with aid admission
Micah Australia today welcomed the Minister for Foreign Affairs brief yet clear statement on Australian aid given yesterday. On Thursday while being interviewed at the Australian British Chamber of Commerce, when asked 'does Australia need a bigger aid budget?', Julie Bishop smiled and said 'absolutely'.
We can do more; A message from concerned young Australians as Australian aid falls to record low
Over 100 young adults from the advocacy group Micah Australia, tonight expressed their dismay over the government's lack of care for the world's poor as it was revealed in the budget that aid would fall to a record low.
Aid Advocacy group Micah Australia asks 'When will our government believe we have enough so we can start being generous again?'
Micah Australia today expressed concern about the lack of care for the world's poor, saying its expectation for the aid budget is it will continue to be at its lowest level ever in history. Matt Darvas, Campaign Director of Micah Australia said "When will our government believe we have enough so we can start being generous again?"
Join us at the table, we have plenty to share
A message from concerned young Australians on the week of the Federal Budget: As the nation wakes on the morning after the federal budget is delivered, young adults from the advocacy group, Micah Australia, will be hosting a banquet on the front lawns of Parliament House to call for a fairer deal for the world’s poor.Download PDF
Micah Australia is back in year crucial for the world’s poor
Micah Australia, a formidable movement of Australian Christians advocating God’s heart for the world’s poor, is back on the national scene with Tim Costello at its helm as Micah’s new Executive Director.
Prayers for Australia to become a just and generous nation
Over the coming week hundreds of Christians around the country will gather together in worship and prayer for Australia’s leaders, the nation and the world at Election Prayer and Worship Gatherings coordinated by Micah Australia.Download PDF
Greens commit to increase Australia's aid to 0.7% GNI by 2025
Micah Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian Greens of a policy to increase Australia’s overseas aid budget to 0.7% of GNI over the coming decade.Download PDF
Labor commits to reinstate $224 million cut from aid budget
21 May 2016
The Micah Australia coalition of churches and Christian agencies welcomes the Australian Labor Party’s commitment to reverse the scheduled $224 million aid cut in the 2016-2017 Federal Budget if it wins the Federal election.Download PDF
Australian aid cuts make us the least generous we've ever been
The Micah Australia coalition of churches and Christian agencies is deeply disappointed at the Government’s decision to proceed with the scheduled $224 million aid cut in the 2016-2017 Federal Budget.Download PDF
Australia's Christian Leaders Call on Treasurer to Stop the Clock on Aid Cuts
In an open letter to Treasurer Scott Morrison published in The Australian today, leaders of Australia’s 12 Christian denominations called on the Turnbull Government to “Stop the Clock” on the scheduled $224 million cut to the aid budget. Leaders voiced their concern that a failure to act now will see the aid budget fall to its lowest ever level in Australian history.Download PDF
Aid Advocates Urge Scott Morrison to Stop the Clock on Further Aid Cuts
Aid groups today called on the Turnbull Government to “Stop the Clock” and reverse a scheduled $224 million cut to the aid budget. The expected cut will reduce Australia’s aid budget to its lowest ever level, making Australia one of the least generous developed countries in the world.Download PDF
Small steps towards a better future
Micah Australia warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Deputy Opposition Leader, Tanya Plibersek, that a Labor government would restore $30 million of funding to Australian Aid non-government organisations and work to improve the transparency and poverty-focus of Australia’s aid program.Download PDF
Australian Christians unite in prayer vigils for justice with new Micah Australia movement
Hundreds of Christians from churches across the country have gathered in prayer vigils this week to pray for our nation’s leaders and Australia’s contribution to a world without extreme poverty. Almost 200 participants of Micah Australia’s annual Voices for Justice event (10-13 October) joined with Federal politicians and local Canberra Christians in a public candlelit prayer vigil on the lawns of Parliament House last night.Download PDF
Australian Christians to unite in prayer for justice
On Monday 12 October hundreds of Australian Christians from across the country and all parts of the Church will raise their voices in prayer for our nation’s leaders and Australia’s contribution to a world free from extreme poverty. As part of Micah Challenge’s annual Voices for Justice event (10-13 October), hundreds of participants will join Federal politicians and many others from churches in and around Canberra in a public night time prayer vigil on the lawns of Parliament House.Download PDF
Australia's aid budget slashed to lowest ever levels
The Micah Challenge coalition strongly condemns the savage cuts to Australia’s aid program confirmed in last night’s budget. The Government is implementing the largest ever cuts to aid in Australia’s history – including a $1 billion cut from the aid budget immediately, and a total of $3.7 billion being stripped from aid over the next three years. These cuts will take Australia’s aid to the lowest ever levels in our nation’s history.Download PDF