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Federal Government 2018-19 Pre-Budget Submission

The Federal Budget is a clear demonstration of our priorities as a nation.  We acknowledge that tough choices need to be made to bring the budget back to surplus over the medium term.  Nonetheless, making the right investments in disadvantaged children and families will yield strong social and economic returns over the longer term.

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Education Opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Submission

Save the Children’s goal is for all children in Australia to be ready for school and enter primary education well prepared for the transition from early childhood. But some children are starting school better set up for success than others. In Australia, Aboriginal children are more than twice as likely (42 per cent) to be developmentally vulnerable than non-Aboriginal children (20.8 per cent) upon starting school, meaning they are more likely to fall behind before even getting a fair start. In our recent Educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students submission, we highlight the changes needed to close the gap in early childhood education and development, and ensure no child is left behind.

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This briefing describes eight humanitarian policy challenges that Save the Children wants to see addressed at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. First, and as our top priority, we see the Summit as an opportunity to secure a better situation for forcibly displaced children. Second, we describe seven other humanitarian policy challenges we believe to be critical to secure a better situation for all children in all types of humanitarian crises: child protection education child participation social inclusion localisation cash transfers and social protection humanitarian financing. We outline the commitments that we will make at the Summit. And we put forward recommendations for stakeholders attending the Summit. See also our briefing A New Deal for Every Forcibly Displaced Child for more detail on our policy and recommendations on forcibly displaced children.

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A New Deal for Every Forcibly Displaced Child

This briefing presents four areas of commitment for forcibly displaced children that Save the Children is calling for at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit and beyond: - Guarantee an education for every displaced child - Ensure protection for all displaced children - Offer long-term solutions to protracted displacement - Uphold existing rules and standards.

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Did the Humanitarian Response to the Nepal Earthquake Ensure No One was Left Behind? A Case Study on the Experience of Marginalised Groups in Humanitarian Action

In April and May 2015, two large-scale earthquakes struck Nepal, killing almost 9,000 people, damaging over half a million houses and displacing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. Natural hazards are indiscriminate: earthquakes have no regard for social hierarchy, gender, age, disability, religion, ethnicity, or caste. But the impacts of natural hazards – and the humanitarian response to them – can easily discriminate against the very people who are most in need. When a disaster hits, vulnerable and marginalised groups have fewer and more fragile livelihoods options, less access to social and economic resources, less ability to influence the relief effort, and face more barriers accessing assistance – often without the political voice that would enable them to advocate for those barriers to be addressed. Unless these challenges are purposefully addressed as part of the relief effort, humanitarian crises can exacerbate and entrench social disadvantage, with the risk that already marginalised people will be left even further behind. This report uses the response to the Nepal earthquake as a case study through which to examine this risk.

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Humanitarian Intake Submission

Save the Children recognises that Australia has one of the most generous voluntary resettlement programs in the world both in per capita terms and overall numbers. But the growing number of people fleeing conflict and persecution around the world means that every country needs to step up and do more to provide protection to those seeking safety. In this submission on Australia’s Humanitarian Programme, we propose concrete measures to ensure Australia shows regional and global leadership to help provide safe haven to more of the many people right in our region who are desperately seeking protection, family reunification and an opportunity at a life free from persecution.

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Uncertain Futures

As the conflict in Syria edges towards its sixth year, and the battle against the Islamic State (IS) continues, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian youths have been forced to flee from their homes and are living in camps or in host communities in Iraq. Our Uncertain Futures report reveals that the experience of conflict and displacement has had a devastating impact on these youths.

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2016 Federal Budget Submission

In our 2015-2016 budget submission we make the case for investing in highly disadvantaged children and their families wherever they may live – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, refugee and asylum seeker children, children living in poverty in Australia and our region, and those facing humanitarian crises overseas. Our submission identifies where the Australian Government should maintain existing funding to ensure continued resource on ongoing issues facing children, such as tackling family violence; where funding should be increased to better address an urgent or growing issue, such as increasing the intake of refugees, restoring the aid budget, or scaling up funding for early childhood education in Australia and investing in approaches to reduce over incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Because we recognise that any increase in spending requires trade-offs, we have proposed concrete savings measures to offset additional spending and even return millions to the budget bottom line.

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Child-centred Adaptation: Realising Children's Rights in a Changing Climate

This Children in a Changing Climate coalition report argues that children should be a focus of efforts to address climate change and play an active part in the decisions that shape their present and future. In developing countries, climate change is projected to exacerbate the top 5 causes of death for children under 5. Children are the least responsible for creating climate change but will bear the brunt of its impacts. The report calls on governments to commit to 6 priority actions in the implementation of their climate change commitments and highlights child-centred case studies on tackling climate change from across the world.

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Climate Change Position Paper

Children represent 30 percent of the world’s population and are one of the groups most vulnerable to the harmful effects of climate change. At its core, climate change is an issue of equity, both within the current generation and across generations. Climate change affects children in poor and vulnerable communities now, and its impact will only grow over time – further affecting today's children and irrevocably altering the world future generations will inherit. Save the Children is calling for increased investments in child-centred climate change adaptation programming in the Asia-Pacific, through a restoration of the aid budget to $5 billion per year; and a continued scale up of Australia’s contributions to the Green Climate Fund by $350 million per year – independent of the overseas aid budget.

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