POLITICIANS AND COMMUNITY HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING TO DISCUSS POVERTY AND HARDSHIP IN THE ACT

6 October 2016

This Friday 7 October, political leaders of all three major parties will attend a ‘town hall’ style event to hear directly from community members on their concerns about poverty and hardship in the ACT.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA, Leader of the Opposition, Mr Jeremy Hanson MLA and Leader of the ACT Greens, Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA, will also speak at this special event to officially open Anti-Poverty Week in the ACT.

Leaders will also respond to key questions from Canberrans with lived experience of hardship.

Co-Chair of the ACT Anti-Poverty Week Committee and Chief Executive of Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT, Jeremy Halcrow said, “Anti-Poverty Week is an annual nation-wide event, providing an opportunity for members of the community to highlight issues of poverty and hardship, and to seek solutions for overcoming these issues.

“Given this is a Territory election year, we wanted to use this opportunity to connect vulnerable members of our community with our political leaders, to ensure their voice is heard.”

Co-Chair of the ACT Anti-Poverty Week Committee and Executive Director of YWCA Canberra, Frances Crimmins added, “In the election campaign so far, issues around social inclusion and poverty have been largely overlooked by the major parties.

“This event will address that gap in priorities, and give our community a chance to share their lived experiences and concerns about how those issues are being addressed through meaningful policy development.”

Approximately 100 guests are expected to attend the opening event, held on Friday 7 October from 11.30am, at Ainslie Arts Centre in Braddon.

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Frances Crimmins (YWCA Canberra) and Jeremy Halcrow (Anglicare, NSW South, NSW West and ACT) are available for interview.

Media contact: Joanna Le 0450 962 842.

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