21 July 2017
ALP inequality focus should include global inequality
The Campaign for Australian Aid welcomes the Australian Labor Party’s renewed focused on inequality and is calling on the party to focus on global inequality, as well as inequality in Australia.
“The arguments Bill Shorten has outlined around inequality are sound and apply equally to global inequality and inequality in Australia,” said the Director for the Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne.
“We agree with Bill Shorten, inequality does kill hope,” Mr Milne added.
The Campaign for Australian Aid is calling for an inequality agenda that includes:
- Tackling climate change by reducing carbon emissions and banning new coal mines. Climate change will hit people living in the poorest parts of the world first and hardest through drought, food shortages and increased natural disasters.
- Ensuring big corporates in Australia pay their fair share of taxes and Australian corporates operating overseas pay their fair share of taxes and pay working people a fair wage so that schools and hospitals are not robbed of much needed funding.
- Legislating an overseas aid budget of 0.7% of Gross National Income so that Australia is contributing our fair share to global challenges such as the famine in South Sudan and emerging famine in Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria that is being described as the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, as well as longer-term sustainable development.
“Australians care about tackling inequality and poverty here in Australia and globally and we can do both,” Mr Milne said.
“No one in Australia or in our world should live in poverty when we have the resources to ensure everyone can thrive.”
If you’d like to arrange an interview or photo opportunity with Mr Milne, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133 or email: [email protected]
About Campaign for Australian Aid
The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Australia coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups.