Open letter from ACFID to Prime Minister: Don't Cut Aid
Below is an email from ACFID - please consider supporting this campaign to keep our commitment to overseas aid in the Budget:
Please find attached ACFID’s Media Release and Open Letter to the Prime Minister, which were released publicly yesterday.
The letter carries the weight of our sector, as well as many prominent Australians, business and religious leaders; from The Wiggles, to Geoffrey Rush and Hugh Jackman, to Missy Higgins, to powerful Executives and the President of the ACTU, to prominent church leaders, we are making our united voice heard.
Stories on the Open Letter appeared in both the SMH and The Age, and the full Open Letter appears on both their websites, see: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/famous-faces-sign-up-in-the-battle-for-overseas-aid-20120501-1xx8t.html. ACFID Executive Committee members have appeared on Breakfast TV and radio to spread the word about our Open Letter as well. The ACFID Executive Committee met yesterday with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bob Carr.
Now, we need you and your supporters to spread the word!
- Send a link to your supporters to a page on the Make Poverty History website where they can add their name to this important letter, and tweet the Prime Minister and Treasurer as well: http://ow.ly/aCqYa
- Consider tweeting and inviting your supporters to tweet about our Open Letter. ACFID has drafted a range of suggested tweets for you to use below – be creative! All the tweets link directly to the full PDF of our Open Letter to the PM, and please make sure you use the hash tag #dontcutaid, as it has already been ‘trending’ in Australia.
- Upload the Open Letter to your own website!
Suggested tweets (you can copy & paste these directly in to twitter):
What do @RealHughJackman, a Masterchef, The Wiggles & the CEO of Mac Bank have in common? http://bit.ly/K1DFNn @JuliaGillard #dontcutaid
Like Geoffrey Rush & @RealHughJackman, I support Australian aid #dontcutaid @JuliaGillard http://bit.ly/K1DFNn
Don’t wiggle out of our aid promise, @itsWiggleTime #dontcutaid @JuliaGillard http://bit.ly/K1DFNn
Archbishops and @JimmyBarnes agree: #dontcutaid @JuliaGillard http://bit.ly/K1DFNn
Today @missyhiggins, @ClareBowditch & Katie Noonan are all singing the same tune: #dontcutaid @JuliaGillard http://bit.ly/K1DFNn
With @RealHughJackman & Geoffrey Rush, I’m acting to support aid: @JuliaGillard http://bit.ly/K1DFNn #dontcutaid
Aid is no hot potato @itsWiggleTime! @JuliaGillard http://bit.ly/K1DFNn #dontcutaid
What’s brought Malcolm Fraser and Kristina Keneally together: support for aid! @JuliaGillard http://bit.ly/K1DFNn #dontcutaid
Judges, Lawyers, Bishops and Bankers are united against poverty: #dontcutaid @JuliaGillard http://bit.ly/K1DFNn
Let’s dig deep to support aid, like @JamieDurieTweet! @JuliaGillard http://bit.ly/K1DFNn #dontcutaid