Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2005
Activities during the Week
Anti-Poverty Week began in 2002 with four activities. In 2003 there were about 30 and in 2004 about 80.
We know of about 125 activities during the Week in 2005, which is an increase of more than 50%. Undoubtedly there were some others of which we are unaware.
Activities in 2005 included:
- workshops, seminars, forums, conferences, church services and rallies
- orations, addresses, lectures, debates and TV commercials
- breakfasts, lunches, dinners, sausage sizzles, golf days and quiz nights
- cooking displays, fashion parades, mural painting and garage sales
- awards, films, exhibitions and stalls.
Launches and openings during the Week included a directory, booklet, survey report, health charter, guide, information pack and several new welfare services.
Further details of the activities are available at www.antipovertyweek.org.au.
Activities were held in each State and Territory except, so far as we know, the Northern Territory. About 60% took place in or near the centre of a capital city, 15% in an outer suburb and 25% in a regional city or country town.
Venues for activities included
- Parliament Houses, town halls and government offices
- hospitals, welfare agencies, church halls and community centres
- universities, TAFEs, schools and libraries
- museums, galleries, theatres and cinemas
- gold clubs, yacht squadrons and restaurants
- shopping centres, markets and business offices
- street malls, parks and footpaths
More than 300 people spoke at activities during the Week and at least another 5,000 other people participated in them.
- the Governor of NSW (Prof Marie Bashir)
- Archbishops Phillip Aspinall and Barry Hickey
- Ministers Jay Weatherill, Jane Lomax-Smith and Stephanie Key (S.A.)
- Sir William Deane and Sir Gus Nossal
- Sharan Burrow, Tim Costello, Saul Eslake and Kevin Rudd MP
They also included many other people from fields such as social welfare, churches, health, education, housing, business, economics and law.
At least 250 organisations convened, sponsored or provided a speaker for an event. They included welfare agencies, religious groups, unions, schools, TAFEs, universities, businesses, hospitals, pensioner groups, housing organisations, journalists, local councils, government departments and others. Representatives of hundreds more organisations attended at least one event.
We know of more than 250 media references to activities undertaken as part of the Week. Approximately 70% of these were in radio or television outlets, about half of which were in commercial outlets. Of the newspaper articles, about half were at least 300 words in length.
About 60% of electronic and 65% of print references were in media outlets outside the centres of capital cities, involving outlets based in about 50 regional cities and towns.