Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2006
Activities during the Week
Anti-Poverty Week began in 2002 with four activities. In 2003 there were about 30, in 2004 about 80 and in 2005 about 125.
We know of about 220 activities during the Week in 2006, which is an increase of more than 75% from the previous year. Undoubtedly there were many others of which we are unaware. Activities included one or more of the following:
- workshop, seminar, forum, conference
- school project, training session
- church service, walk, rally, tent city
- oration, address, lecture, debate
- breakfast, morning tea, lunch, dinner, sausage sizzle
- basketball, soccer, sports day, cooking display, fashion parade
- award, film, concert, exhibition, quiz, comedy night
- stall, gift-making, collection, meal service
Launches and openings during the Week included reports, booklets, books, a campaign, savings plan and new welfare services.
Further details of activities are available at www.antipovertyweek.org.au.
Activities were held in each State and Territory. About 60% took place in or near the centre of a capital city, 20% in an outer suburb and 20% in a regional city or country town.
Venues for activities included
- Parliament House, town hall, government office
- hospital, health centre, welfare agency, community centre
- church, church hall
- university, TAFE, school, conservatorium, library
- concert hall, gallery, arts centre, ampitheatre, cinema
- lifesaving club, basketball court, sports ground, bowling club, rowing club
- cafe, bar, nightclub, hotel, restaurant
- shopping centre, market, bank, hairdressing salon, business office
- street, mall, car park, square, footpath
More than 500 people spoke at activities during the Week and at least 7,000 other people participated in them. They also included many other people from fields such as social welfare, churches, health, education, housing, business, economics and law.
Prominent participants included:
- the Governors of NSW (Prof Marie Bashir) and Queensland (Hon Quentin Bryce)
- the Premiers of NSW (Hon Morris Iemma) and WA (Hon Alan Carpenter)
- Bishop John McIntyre, Mons. David Cappo and Rev. Dr David Pitman
- State Ministers John Brumby, Ron Hulls, Jay Weatherill, Nick Xenophon and Rory McEwen
- Sharan Burrow, Fr Peter Norden, Carmen Lawrence, Jeff McMullen, Andrew Johnson, Jan Stirling and Tony Nicholson
- Profs Bettina Cass, Mark Peel, Peter Saunders, Barbara Pocock, Jim Ife and Sue Richardson
At least 400 organisations convened, sponsored or provided a speaker for an event. They included welfare agencies, community centres, service clubs, aid organisations, religious groups, unions, schools, TAFEs, universities, businesses, hospitals, youth groups, housing organisations, media outlets, sporting groups, local councils and government departments. Representatives of hundreds of other organisations attended at least one event.
We know of about 360 media references to activities undertaken as part of the Week. About 230 were in radio or television outlets, most of which were commercial outlets. About 130 were newspaper articles, including about 30 which were more than 300 words in length.
About 35% of electronic and 50% of print references were in media outlets outside the centres of capital cities, including outlets based in about 60 regional cities and towns.
The Week was loosely coordinated through a National Facilitating Group with an honorary National Chair in Sydney and a part-time National Coordinator based initially in Adelaide and then in Sydney. The national patrons were Rev. Tim Costello and Ms Janet Holmes a Court.
Each State and the ACT had two co-chairs. They were the heads of the following organisations:
Benevolent Society of NSW; Verry Street (Vic); Brotherhood of St Laurence; Centacare (WA); National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect; Queensland Council of Social Service; Salvation Army (Tas); Southern Junction Community Services (SA); St Vincent de Paul (SA); Tasmanian Council of Social Service; UnitingCare (Qld and WA); Welfare Rights Centre (NSW).
The main financial supporter of the Week was the Scully Fund, complemented by generous donations from Anglicare Australia, Catholic Welfare Australia, Mission Australia and World Vision Australia. Major in-kind support was provided by UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide, which handled finances at the national level.
Total expenditure at the national level was approximately $40,000. About 60% of this amount was for the National Coordinator's wages, with the remainder being mainly for printing, the website and media monitoring.
Most individual activities at State, Territory and local level were funded by the organisers or by donations obtained directly by them.