Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 12 hansard (14 October) . . Page.. 4507..
Bill, as amended, agreed to.
At 6 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the motion for the adjournment of the Assembly was put and negatived.
MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (6.00): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) supports the aims of Anti-Poverty Week, commencing 11 and concluding 17 October 2009, which strive to:
(a) strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and
(b) encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments;
(a) that this week highlights the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged people and the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship; and
(b) that as a consequence of the recent global economic crisis greater numbers of families and individuals are relying upon assistance from community organisations which provide services to those most vulnerable and in need; and
(3) calls on the Government to:
(a) commit to quarantining community organisations, which provide assistance to people in poverty, from efficiency dividend measures in the 2010-2011 Budget; and
(b) include a poverty impact analysis as part of the triple bottom line framework that is currently being developed by government.
I bring this motion to the Assembly today to focus the attention of members and the wider community on the aims of Anti-Poverty Week, which commenced last Sunday, the 11th, and will conclude this Saturday, 17 October. The main aims of this significant week are to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
Individuals and groups are encouraged to help reduce poverty by organising activities during the week or joining in activities organised by others. There are nationwide events organised, such as the "7even day—change a habit, change a life"challenge,