8 ways that 400 young people can stop a Government in its tracks
When you pile 400 passionate Australians aged between 16-26 onto busses from every capital city destined for Parliament House, it turns out you can achieve a lot.
1. Travelling throughout regional and rural Australia, ambassadors for Oaktree, Australia’s largest youth-led anti-poverty organisation, took the streets by storm campaigning on the issue of ending extreme poverty.
2. Road-trippers held events with local communities to inspire each other to use our voices to speak for the world’s poor.
3. Oaktree organised some pretty quirky media stunts - like a Zumba flash mob in Hobart’s Salamanca Square, and a human formation of an hourglass in Albury to symbolise the halfway mark on ending poverty. Yesterday, we all came together on the lawns of Parliament House to spell out the words ‘End Poverty’.
4. Armed with chalk and posters we took to the streets to spread the message that 700 million people have been lifted out of extreme poverty in the last twenty years.
5. We gathered the voices of over 8000 Australians and took them to our leaders in over 100 meetings with MPs.
6. After The Australian published an article claiming rumours had been spreading through the Coalition about further cuts to the foreign aid budget to fund military actions in the Middle East, we rapidly mobilised to demand a commitment from the Coalition that they will not put foreign aid on the chopping block again. The result: Julie Bishop claiming she would fight any attempt to make further cuts to the aid budget.
7. Oaktree ambassadors mass-tweeted Greens Senator Scott Ludlam asking him to join our celebration party at the end of a long day of campaigning. He made a guerrilla appearance to applaud our efforts and spur us on in our fight to end poverty.
8. Oaktree’s End Poverty Campaign proves that young Australians can be incredibly powerful in the political process, and that they will not stop keeping our governments accountable until we see the end of extreme poverty. We can, and we will, end extreme poverty within our lifetimes.