A group of Blue Mountains residents has called for Australia to return to being a more generous nation towards our neighbours.
Twenty Blue Mountains residents have spent four days in Canberra meeting parliamentarians and showing their support for Australian aid.
The group held several face-to-face appointments with a range of politicians and their staff as part of the Micah Australia’s Voices for Justice gathering from December 1 to 4.
All together around 200 people travelled from around Australia, all wanting to see action taken to create a better, fairer world for all.
“As an Australian Mum, I support programs to improve child and maternal health and see more kids enrolled in school,” said one of the participants, Springwood resident, Ann Adams-Karlik.
In 2017 alone, through Australian aid, 3 million children were vaccinated against deadly diseases, 1 million children were enrolled in school and safe water was provided to more than 2 million people.
However Australian aid is at a historic low of just 0.23 per cent (23 cents out of every $100) of our gross national income. Organisers of the Micah Australia event, along with all participants from the Mountains, are calling for Australia to return to being a more generous nation towards our neighbours.
Several local residents met with Macquarie MP Susan Templeman, who voiced her support for an increase in Australia’s aid giving.
For further information, see: www.micahaustralia.org