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Catholic Welfare in stunt to alert politicians to needs of poor

Australia's largest fridge magnet was delivered to Parliament House in Canberra yesterday, in order to convey a call for Parliament to adopt a strategy to reduce poverty in Australia.

Opposition Spokesperson on Family and Community Services Wayne Swan MP and Independent Tony Windsor agreed to receive the magnets. The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Key Patterson was also invited to receive one of the three magnets.

"The message on the magnet was: 'Urgent!! For Parliament Must adopt strategy to reduce poverty, especially for kids (in all States and Territories)'" said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

The presentation took place at the Ministerial Door to Parliament House at at 8:30 am yesterday. Catholic Welfare Australia (CWA) representatives were accompanied by their counterparts from Anglicare Australia, UnitingCare Australia, and other community service agencies.

CWA National Director Toby O'Connor said that after a decade of record economic growth, the free market in Australia has failed the 2.4 million Australians who live below the poverty line.

"We need a national strategy to reduce poverty and we are calling on the Government and Opposition parties to adopt such a strategy," he said.

Fridge Magnet conveys call to Parliament for action on poverty (Catholic Welfare Australia)

Catholic Welfare Australia

6 Nov 2003