Aus­tralia aid share on their bucket list

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

A GROUP of more than 40 peo­ple drew in­ter­ested looks when they marched through the streets of Perth on Fri­day car­ry­ing buck­ets of wa­ter on their heads.

The Ox­fam-led march aimed to raise aware­ness about the need for Aus­tralia to of­fer more aid, with the marchers fill­ing their buck­ets in For­rest Place be­fore mak­ing their way to the of­fice of Fed­eral Fi­nance Min­is­ter Mathias Cor­mann and de­liv­er­ing a pe­ti­tion.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt, him­self a for­mer Ox­fam aid worker, was one of those who made the march.

Ox­fam WA cam­paign co-or­di­na­tor Paddy Cullen said more than 80,000 peo­ple had signed up to the cam­paign call­ing for Aus­tralia to in­crease aid to 70c in ev­ery $100 of gross na­tional in­come.

“We walked in sol­i­dar­ity with mil­lions of girls who have to spend many hours a day col­lect­ing wa­ter, which pre­vents them from at­tend­ing school, gain­ing paid em­ploy­ment and par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­mu­nity life,” he said.

“Aus­tralia’s aid con­tri­bu­tion has helped halve global poverty in the last 25 years in­clud­ing sup­ply­ing wa­ter to close to three mil­lion peo­ple each year. It de­fies be­lief that we would cut our aid and put so many lives at risk.”

Fre­man­tle mayor Brad Pet­titt joins marchers with their buck­ets.

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