Past campaigns

Caritas Australia works to overcome poverty, hunger, oppression and injustices in our world. Find out about some of our past campaigns:

Women walking by a bay in Bangladesh

 A Fairer World for allA Fairer World for all

Ahead of the Federal election in July 2016, thousands of people signed a letter to ‘whoever will become the next Prime Minister”, calling for fairer policies on aid, climate change and for First Australians.

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Food for allFood for all

'Food For all' is the first international campaign involving the entire Caritas Internationalis confederation, advocating for governments and the international community to ensure and implement the right to food. This campaign is advocating for structural changes which includes food sovereignty (i.e. defending local communities’ rights), while also demanding changes in government policies and regulations.

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Walk as oneWalk as One

There are 370 million Indigenous Peoples in the world today, spread across over 90 countries around the world, and make up 5% of the world's population. And yet, Indigenous Peoples constitute 15% of the world's poor.

Walk As One urged us to walk in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and to take action for a more just world.

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146_DRC_FearlessVoicesAct for justice in the DRC

After more than a century of exploitation, and two decades of war, women and girls remain the targets of deliberate, systematic and brutal attacks by soldiers, militia and civilians alike in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Help respond to the humanitarian tragedy in the DRC.

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A Just ClimateA Just Climate

Caritas Australia supporters took action for A Just Climate in 2011 and 2012 to ensure that the world's poor are heard in national and international debate about how to address the challenges of climate change. Supporters hosted events, engaged with local politicians, or took personal action to reduce their ecological footprint. A petition with over 1500 signatures calling for more action to help developing countries deal with climate change was presented to Climate Change Minister Greg Combet in September 2011.

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Movement to End PovertyMovement to End Poverty

The Movement to End Poverty was a joint action of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge Coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can end extreme poverty. The campaign called for the Australian Government to contribute 70 cents in every $100 of Australia's national income by 2020, as a step towards fulfilling the bipartisan promise to give 50 cents in every $100 by 2016.

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Miners in the Democratic Republic of CongoPublish what you pay

Publish What You Pay (PWYP) is a global network of civil society organisations united in their call for oil, gas and mining revenues to improve the lives of ordinary citizens in resource-rich countries. PWYP undertakes public campaigns and policy advocacy to achieve disclosure of information about extractive industry revenues and contracts.

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Finish the RaceFinish the Race

In the lead up to the federal election in 2013, and with the 2015 goal line for the  Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaching, Australia had an opportunity to save and improve the lives of millions of the world's poorest people. Our supporters called on the Australian Government to finish what we started when we committed to achieving the MDGs.

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Stop debt vultures logoStop Debt Vultures

Vulture funds are private investment firms that prey on the world’s poorest countries. These commercial bankers circle developing countries on the lookout for debts that a country is struggling to repay. Then they swoop down, purchase the debt on the secondary market for a cheap price, and sue the poor country to recover the full value of the debt – plus interest, penalties and legal fees.

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A Card that Counts

In this digital age, when petitions can gather signatures from across the globe in seconds, a handwritten note still has enormous political power. Take the time to write and send a card to your local Member of Parliament, asking them to stand for a generous and effective contribution to ending extreme poverty.

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Oscar Romero
Aspire not to have more, but to be more.These words of Oscar Romero inspire Caritas Australia’s campaigns. Archbishop Romero was a Caritas partner in El Salvador who lived Catholic Social Teaching without compromise and paid the ultimate price.