On the last weekend of March 2019, the Blind Citizens Australia Convention was held in Hobart, over 100 delegates attended in person, with another 115 from six countries tuning in via the live stream.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a roadmap for global development efforts to 2030 and beyond for developed and developing countries to ensure the peace, protection and poverty eradication around the world.
The 2018/19 Federal Budget provides a significant investment in the lives of older Australians through the More Choices for a Longer Life package. With roughly an additional $5 billion dollar investment in Aged Care over the next four years this certainly constitutes a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to protect older Australians.
Sadly, Australia’s overseas aid program is being driven by principles of economic development, increased trade and enhanced security for the Australian population and the Indo-Pacific, but is failing to address systemic drivers of poverty in developing nations.