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Friday, 25 July 2003

Uniting Church calls for an integrated approach to address poverty

In Canberra today, the Uniting Church called for a national Anti-Poverty Agreement. “Poverty is not just about a lack of income,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, the National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

“It is about lacking the means to live.”

"Australians think a ‘fair go for all’ is important. But sadly this is not the reality in our country. Poverty affects one in nine Australians including hundreds of thousands of children.”

"We urge the Government to take seriously its obligations to build a fair and inclusive Australia,” said Rev. Elenie Poulos, National Director of Uniting Justice.

 “We need a coordinated federal and state strategy, based on targets that can be evaluated, that addresses the causes and symptoms of poverty.”

" Only such an integrated approach will help to end the suffering of Australia’s most disadvantaged people and build a just and peaceful society.”


 Media Contacts:
Lin Hatfield Dodds National Director UnitingCare Australia ph: 0408 402 222
Rev. Elenie Poulos National Director UnitingJustice Australia ph: 0417 431 853