22 November 2018
By Matt Johnston
JUST $1. That's what a new charity raising money for homeless services will ask voters to drop into collection tins when they file into polling booths this weekend.
The Aussie Dollar Drop, created by radio personality and comedian Matt Tilley, will run on Saturday and expand to the federal election next year if successful.
"We don't want your sausage money - just the change, $1 for every Victorian who votes could take us into the millions," he said. In a rare display of bipartisanship, the ALP and Liberal Party have pledged to match all voter donations dollar for dollar with a taxpayer-funded top-up.
"For people who lament that voting only encourages politicians, we reckon this is a simple way to bring about immediate change to the lives of the homeless," Tilley said. The project, which is being supported by NAB and has actor Hamish Blake as an ambassador, will raise money for the Salvos, Big Issue, Melbourne City Mission and McAuley Community Services for Women.
Tilley said increasing homelessness - and the fact one in every 200 Australians slept homeless on any given night - forced him to act.
Housing Minister Martin Foley and Opposition families spokeswoman Georgie Crozier put rivalries aside for the cause yesterday. "It's a great initiative by great people where every little bit will help," Ms Crozier said.
Mr Foley said: "We all have a role in ending homelessness, that's why we will get behind Aussie Dollar Drop - where Victorians once again come together to support other Victorians."
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