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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  • Senior church leaders meet Federal politicians - a lot of love in the room!

    Posted by John

    24 June, 2011

    5.45 am yesterday I pulled myself out of bed and ventured out into a dark and bleak Canberra morning. For the first time, Micah Challenge were pulling together a significant group of denominational leaders in Parliament House for a day of lobby meetings with Federal Politicians. Love wasn't a word that was on my mind. Any who have tried will know that bringing churches together to do things is not always easy - let alone adding Federal politicians into the mix. But God was gracious. A group including senior representatives of the Anglican, Baptist, Vineyard, Australian Christian Churches, Salvation Army, Churches of Christ and Uniting churches had 32 meetings with MPs and Senators in one day. There was an open door for our collective voice to be heard. The day started with a Parliamentary breakfast where we presented the creative petitions that many of you sent to Kevin Rudd as part of our Mothers Day midwife crisis campaign. Mr Rudd accepted and acknowledged them. He spoke well - as he usually does on this issue - indicating that health indeed should be a… read more

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  • Our crucial task

    Posted by Joel

    23 May, 2011

    I have just returned from three days meetings in Malaysia with some of our Micah Challenge National Coordinators from across the world. It's been both moving and encouraging to hear the stories of commitment and determination which flow so easily in settings like these. One National Coodinator told us how important it was for them to spend limited resources to travel to Malaysia, simply because their recent involvement with the campaign was crucial to their nation. Another Coordinator spends alternate weeks between his home and his office hundreds of miles away in order to stay involved in the campaign without uprooting his family and derailing his wife's profession... And we also heard about the struggles of campaigns: limited cash and capacity to do a big job; the potential for feeling alone; the uphill climb to convince churches that God takes advocacy for the poor really seriously; and the challenges of reminding governments of their promises. 

But I will particularly remember the creative icebreaker that happened on the first morning we met.… read more

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  • Malaysian refugees: the reality behind the so-called solution

    Posted by John

    20 May, 2011

    Last week our government announced a new refugee deal with the Malaysian government. It wasn't by design that just two days later I found myself spending the day with a group of Chin refugees in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I had planned to visit this community weeks before. As it turned out, my timing was perfect. The Chin are a people group in Burma, majority Christian, who face significant religious and cultural persecution. They are treated like aliens in their own land, living in fear of violence, forced labour and in some cases even death. As a result, many of them resort to doing business with the people smugglers that we hear so much about in our nation, so that they can make their way into either India or Malaysia, with the hope of registering with the UNHCR and hopefully being resettled to a third country. Two or three years after fleeing their own land, some of the fortunate ones end up as resettled refugees on our shores and living in our cities. Some remain in limbo for many more years than that. The story is not that alarming, until you start to dig into… read more

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  • Kevin Rudd says thanks!

    Posted by Tabitha

    13 May, 2011

    "The wider movement we call Micah Challenge and Make Poverty History has brought aid from the outskirts of the political agenda to centre stage," said Kevin Rudd at this morning's thank you breakfast. He also credited the movement for mobilising wide public support of the Millennium Development Goals and for "etching the issue deeply into the souls of Australians". Despite the incredible short notice, more than a hundred passionate aid braved Sydney's record cold snap to turn out this morning for the thank you breaky. The Minister wanted to meet with campaigners to congratulate us on our work in helping secure aid in the Federal Budget. The Government moved to 'quarantine' aid from cuts in this year's 'tough budget', announced on Tuesday night. In thanking campaigners, Mr. Rudd also urged those present to keep up the work of "hassling politicians" on both sides of politics. "The work you've done - big tick. The work you'll do in the future - even more important" he said. "Keep it up!" The Opposition also came out in support of the MDGs yesterday,… read more

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