Friday, August 31, 2007

Australia Fair

Dear All,

The media response to the launch of the Australia Fair report, A fair go for all Australians: International Comparisons 2007 has been extensive. The Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Treasurer and Minister Brough have all had to respond to the findings of the report in the media today.

There has been coverage in most major papers across the country and radio and television interviews. The online coverage includes: The Australian, The Age, SMH, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Western Australian, and Bigpond. The News Limited sites (Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph and all had at least one link to a Sky News video which is a 2 minute story on the report and poverty in Australia.

Here is the link to the article:,23599,22332336-5007133,00.html which has the story and a great video clip to the report.

Today would be a good day to email your networks and get them signed onto the Australia Fair – to that end I set out below the text that has been sent to the existing Australia Fair supporters.

New Australia Fair report shows Australia is slipping behind

If 1 in 10 Australians are living below the poverty line, is Australia Fair?

You may have seen reports of the new Australia Fair report in the news today, which you can read on The report tracks poverty between 1994 and 2004 and finds that the number of Australians living below the poverty line has grown over that time.

The report also looks at how Australia’s performance compares with other rich countries.

It’s not fair that Australians are struggling with essentials such as high housing and dental care costs.

Have you sent the email on dental funding yet? It’s not too late to send it now.

Take a few steps to help make Australia fair for all.
Step 1: Log onto to have your say.
Step 2: Get your friends to get onto Australia Fair’s website.
Step 3: You can tell decision makers and the media about a fair go for all Australians.

Many thanks to those of you who assisted in the report.

Andrew Johnson
Executive Director
Australian Council of Social ServiceTel: 02 9310 4844
Fax: 02 9310 4822

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