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'Toilet Tour' around Australia starts

In the lead up to World Toilet Day on 19 November, WaterAid in Australia has teamed up with the global coalition Micah Challenge to visit at least 35 key electorates with a giant toilet.

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7 Aug 2012 | Australia

The Toilet Tour started in May, in Tamworth, a large regional town in New South Wales, and has since travelled through various smaller towns as well as several university campuses.

The aim is to encourage the Australian Government to do more to tackle the global sanitation crisis by increasing funding levels.

Olivia Greenwell, Campaign and Communications Officer, said: "In preparation for an election in 2013, we are targeting political electorates of likely WASH champions from all Australian political parties in an effort to keep the discussion on the agenda, whoever is in power."

Australia's commitment to WASH

Australia's budget allocations to sanitation have increased in recent years. However, the Government still only spends about 1% of the aid program on sanitation despite the fact that sanitation is one of the most off-track Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target.

In April 2012 Australia joined the Sanitation and Water (SWA) for All Partnership taking an important step to adding Australia's voice to the global solution to end the sanitation crisis.

WaterAid is calling for the Government to:

  1. Make a timetabled commitment to increase the foreign aid budget to 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2020
  2. Increase investment to water, sanitation and hygiene to $500 million annually by 2015
  3. Ensure at least half of this $500 million is directed to sanitation because more people live without decent sanitation than without safe water.