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Anti-Poverty Week starts 17 October

In Australia today 2.65 million adults and children struggle to survive on income payments that are well below the poverty line, that’s over one in 10 Australians – including 940,000 children (1 in 5) who are growing up in the poorest families.  Many are at risk of homelessness due to a shortage of affordable housing.

An additional 1.9 million adults are facing the loss of COVID Disaster payments and risk falling into poverty if they are forced to rely on inadequate JobSeeker payments as low as $45 a day.

It’s not right in a wealthy country like Australia, especially in light of our achievement last year when the Federal Government’s Coronavirus Supplement reduced poverty for so many.

This Anti-Poverty Week (17-23 October) we are calling on our governments to unlock poverty for millions of Australians by raising income support above the poverty line and investing in social housing

You can take action now:  Petition the Treasurer for significant government investment in social housing and an increase in income support, by $65 a day and 50% increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

What’s happening this Anti-Poverty Week:

Sunday 17 October

Monday 18 October

Tuesday 19 October

Wednesday 20 October

Thursday 21 October

Monday 25 October (tbc)

Key State/Territory highlights include:

Australian Capital Territory – the National Carillion and Telstra Tower will be lit up to end poverty plus there will be numerous community events including a Youth Art Competition.

New South WalesPink Hi Vis campaign calling for investment in social infrastructure with Mayors and NGO leaders and other community events.  See report Rebuilding for Women’s Economic Security – Investing in Social Housing in NSW published 19 October.

Northern Territory – Poverty briefings for NT Senator and NT Minister for Families plus Anti-Poverty Week sausage sizzle in Palmerston (and hopefully Alice Springs) where children and families can access information and services.

Queensland – Brisbane lighting up to end poverty: Brisbane City Hall, King George Square ground lights, Victoria and Story Bridges plus large Anti-Poverty Week banners in prominent locations and APW branded chalk stencils produced by Street Fighter Media (street and local artists) creatively placed across Brisbane city from 17-23 October. Community BBQ to launch APW QLD and Kinship Care Forum.

South Australia – large Anti-Poverty Week electronic sign on the SA Power Metro Building; SA lighting up to end poverty Unley Town Hall and City of Port Lincoln Foreshore.  Release of new report by SA Children’s Commissioner, Spotlight on the True Cost of Going to School and Social & Economic Barriers to Housing in SA forum, see results of Survey SA young people conducted by SA Children’s Commissioner being released at this event. The SA Anti-Poverty Network will ensure there is a presence on the steps of SA Parliament House each day during APW highlighting the housing crisis.  They will also host an online discussion on a recent survey they’ve conducted on housing costs.

Tasmania – key council buildings and monuments in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport will be lit up to end poverty and the Hobart offices of the Salvation Army will display a prominent APW sign.  Launch with Hobart City Council and multiple community events.

Victoria – new research report on impact of withdrawal of COVID-19 income and tenancy benefits published by UnitingVic.Tas and Swinburne University Centre for Social Impact.

West Australia – new report released at event Investing in WA’s Future: Reducing Poverty and Improving Child Wellbeing.

For more info, see our Calendar or contact APW Executive Director Toni Wren ed@antipovertyweek.org.au.