2023 is our 21st year of acting on poverty. A range of major reports will be released as well as State, Territory and Federal events during Anti-Poverty Week 15-21 October. Check back for more information on the Week itself.
Support for the Voice in our Constitution
Anti-Poverty Week accepts the invitation to walk with our First Nations brothers and sisters in seeking a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution. Long overdue, it’s simply the right thing to do. It’s also the smart thing to do, as we can’t work together to tackle their poverty without their voice.
As Catherine Liddle, CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s peak, SNAICC, has said “When you look at all the investigations …as a result of the despair that we see in our communities, they all point to poverty – and that poverty absolutely is rooted in a lack of self-determination.”
Call to End Child Poverty
In Anti-Poverty Week 2022 we called on all our Parliamentarians to commit to halve child poverty by 2030. This means we can meet our international commitments to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals).
In 2023 we are calling for all our Parliamentarians to legislate to #EndChildPoverty. The Valuing Children Initiative has now endorsed this approach – see here for more and a link to the Valuing Children Initiative petition calling for a child poverty reduction act. You can see more about what other countries have done here.
See also our:
- Submission to the Early Years Strategy Discussion Paper, May 2023.
- Independents support restoring Parenting Payment to single mums, March 2023
- Measuring Child Wellbeing Matters – Treasury Submission, March 2023.
- Submission and testimony to the Senate Inquiry into the Extent and Nature of Poverty in Australia, February 2023.
- Media Briefing Still Too Much Child Poverty in the Lucky Country, October 2022.
See also Media Coverage for Opinion Pieces and other articles in 2023 and 2022.