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Launch of Catholic Social Justice Series Paper written by Fr Bruce Duncan CSsR

His Eminence, Cardinal Edward Cassidy AC will launch Fr Bruce Duncan’s paper, Ending Hunger: How far can we go, tomorrow, Wednesday 15 June at 10.30 am, the Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall, cnr. Swanston and Collins Streets, Melbourne.

This authoritative paper by Bruce Duncan has been commissioned by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. It reveals how, for the first time in history, the world has the resources and know-how to banish world poverty. The author documents the challenges facing wealthy nations to live up to their “Millennium Development Goals” of halving world poverty by 2015.

Rich countries need to double their aid if they are to meet the goals of lifting 500 million people out of dire poverty, 250 million out of hunger and saving 30 million children. All it takes is a fraction of the unprecedented prosperity of developed nations to make poverty history.

The generous response of governments and individuals to victims of the tsunami tragedy demonstrates a worldwide shift in attitudes to poverty. It shows that rich nations like Australia have the backing and the capacity to help their neighbours in distress.

Fr Duncan says, “Australia can draw on our significant resources in skill and personnel, including in AusAID and the development agencies, to play a leading role, with Britain and within the multilateral framework of the United Nations, to defeat humanity’s ancient enemies of hunger and insufferable poverty.”

Fr Bruce Duncan will be available for interviews following the launch of “Ending Hunger”. For Media Inquiries contact: Margaret Rice: 0417 284 831