Alannah & Madeline Foundation
Australian Gun Safety Alliance
Contact Name Janet Harris, Philanthropy Manager Email email@example.com Address Level 1, 256 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne Vic 3205 Phone Number 03 9697 0644
Charity website https://www.amf.org.au DGR Registration Link https://abr.business.gov.au/ABN/View?abn=96514115810 ACNC Page Link https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity/8f593acd2edf9c9b6a5973d5e16e1c1a
Overview of Organisation The Alannah & Madeline Foundation was set up in memory of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, who were tragically killed with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania, on 28 April 1996.
Launched in 1997, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation is now one of Australia’s most respected children’s charities and is dedicated to protecting children from violence and its devastating impact. We care for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence; reduce the incidence of bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks; and advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children.
Our mission is to safeguard our children’s future together.
Describe the project that requires funding: Since 2016 there has been an increased effort by firearm lobby groups to water down Australia's National Firearms Agreement (NFA) which was put in place after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996. The Alannah & Madeline Foundation, established after this tragedy in 1997, became increasingly concerned by this effort and formed a coalition of concerned individuals and like-minded organisations to publicly hold all governments to account for compliance with the NFA and to provide a balanced voice in the public debate.
This coalition formed the Australian Gun Safety Alliance (AGSA) and has successfully engaged with national organisations from the medical, primary health, public health, children's charities, education, emergency services, faith-based and family violence sectors.
AGSA aims to ensure a balanced debate in support of firearm safety and to raise public awareness about this important issue affecting community safety.
When AGSA started in 2018 not a single jurisdiction was engaging with gun safety advocates about firearm policy. Today, AGSA has formal or informal communication and consultation channels with nearly all jurisdictions and has recently been appointed to Commonwealth and Queensland consultation forums.
With increased consultation from AGSA comes increased scrutiny on legislation, committees, amendments and firearm policy in all jurisdictions. Also, there are three State and Territory elections planned in 2020 which will need careful observation.
Project: Legislation and Policy Review and Analysis
Since the increased jurisdiction engagement and the subsequent generation of correspondence, consultations and submissions, AGSA now requires additional resources to monitor and respond to proposed policies, amendments and legislation that come before Parliaments around the country.
To be fully effective, AGSA requires additional staff that will work specifically to review and analyse legislation and policy across jurisdictions and provide support to the AGSA Convenor to disseminate relevant information.
There are now over 20 elected politicians around Australia that have platforms to water down the National Firearms Agreement and Private Member Bills and Amendments are currently being considered that will change the NFA to the detriment of community safety.
Finally, there are three State and Territory elections in 2020 which, based on the last three years, will have an increased visibility of candidates from parties sympathetic to the firearm industry. The firearm community is also expected to fund election campaigns.
Please describe any collaboration you have had with other organisations in relation to this project: Below is a list of the current membership of the Australian Gun Safety Alliance:
Alannah & Madeline Foundation
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
Australasian Injury Prevention Network
Australian Childcare Alliance
Australian Childhood Foundation
Australian Education Union
Australian Health Promotion Association
Centre for Armed Violence Reduction
Centre for Innovative Justice
College of Intensive Care Medicine
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
Finance Sector Union
Gun Control Australia
Medics for Gun Control
No to Violence
Police Federation of Australia
Public Health Association of Australia
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society
Australia Uniting (Vic & Tas)
This diverse range of organisations brings great strength to the voice of AGSA and has led to rapid engagement with jurisdictions at all levels.
Funds requested from Pool of Dreams sub-fund: The AGSA project is seeking funding in 2020 for $140,000 to deliver a comprehensive, targeted and effective campaign. A critical part of that includes the Legislation and Policy Review and Analysis Project described above. Funding of $50,000 will make it possible to successfully deliver this component of the AGSA project for 2020.
Other sources of funding The Alannah & Madeline Foundation acts as the secretariat for AGSA and provides in-kind corporate and office support.
The Australian Community Foundation and the Cubit Family Foundation supported this project in 2017 to 2019.
When would this project be expected to start? While the work of AGSA is ongoing, the Legislation and Policy Review and Analysis Project would start 1 February 2020
When would you anticipate this project to be completed? This phase of the Legislation and Policy Review and Analysis Project would be completed by 31 December 2020. It is hoped that the work during 2020 would put systems and processes in place in order to sustain the analysis after 2020.