Minister Payne comes to grips with ‘The Big Issue’

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Last week our Minister, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, took to Sydney streets selling magazines.

No, the Minister hasn’t fallen on hard times, it was all for a very good cause.
Minister Payne was one of 50 corporate and government leaders in Sydney participating in The Big Issue magazine’s International Vendor Week.
The Big Issue is a fortnightly, independent magazine sold on the streets by homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. The Big Issue vendors keep half the money from their sales.
Minister Payne and the other participants showed their support for magazine’s global challenge by dedicating half an hour of their time to sell The Big Issue alongside the paper’s vendors.
The aim of the challenge was to put $100,000 into vendors’ pockets. It is estimated more than 33,000 magazines would need to be sold to achieve the target.
Wearing a Big Issue high-visibility vest, The Minister took to the task with gusto, engaging with passers-by and selling her papers.
After her 30 minutes, Minister Payne was many papers lighter and the cause was a step closer to its target.
Selling The Big Issue not only provides an opportunity for people to earn an income, but more importantly, an opportunity to build confidence and capacity to help themselves.
The people regularly selling the magazine on our city streets come from a range of backgrounds.
Big Issue vendors are often impacted by mental illness, homelessness, long-term unemployment, intellectual and physical disability as well as drug and alcohol dependency.
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