2016 Federal Election Issues – Introduction

A Federal Election has been called and will take place on 2nd July. Part of engaging with the world around us is engaging with what is going on in government. As followers of Christ who care about what He wants for this world, we must engage with decisions being made that affect the way we,…

2016 Election Issue – Aged Care

Aged Care As Australia’s population continues to age, the care of older persons becomes an increasingly important issue. It is estimated that by 2025, 17% of the population will be aged 65 years or over (4.9 million people) and 2.2% (621,000) over the age of 85. Currently, there is limited access to Aged Care services for those…

2016 Election Issue – Alcohol & Other Drugs

Alcohol & Other Drugs Alcohol has always been a significant part of Australian culture, and the impact of this normalisation is a strong one.  “Around 5 million Australians said they experienced an alcohol related incident in 2013 (according to the 2013 National Household Drug Survey), and one in 12 people (8%) have experienced alcohol related…

2016 Election Issue – Defence

Defence The way in which a government funds and manages the defence of its nation is an important issue to consider when voting. ‘Defence’ includes considerations such as international security, conflict and conflict resolution – both international and national, military forces, elements of foreign policy and spending on defence capabilities. We urge you to prayerfully…

2016 Election Issue – The Economy

The Economy The economy is an important election issue for Australian voters. The functioning of the economy affects our lives on a daily basis in the way that we work, eat, spend money and live. We urge you to prayerfully consider your important vote this election. The policies of the main parties which pertain to the economy are listed…

2016 Election Issue – Education

Education Education is a powerful tool by which people can lift themselves out of poverty. A lack of education often leads to exclusion from social, economic, and community benefits. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 calls for “inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. We urge you to prayerfully consider…

2016 Election Issue – Employment

Employment Australia’s unemployment rate has reduced from 6.2% to 5.8% in 2016. It is important to note, however, that this figure does not tell us much about the unemployed population. Unemployment and underemployment continue to disproportionately affect groups such as young people, mature aged workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with a…

2016 Election Issue – Climate change and the environment

Climate Change and the environment The Environment, and in particular Climate Change, is one area which sees different political parties holding varying stances. The changes that the world is experiencing due to Climate Change have the greatest effect on the world’s most vulnerable people. The Salvation Army’s Positional Statement on the Environment can be found here. We urge…

2016 Election Issue – Family & Domestic Violence

Family & Domestic Violence Family and Domestic Violence affects people in all spheres of society. “One in eleven people have been subject to violence by a partner since the age of 15” [1], and every week, one woman dies in Australia as a result of family violence[2]. Over recent years, there has been a significant increase in the…

2016 Election Issue – Healthcare

Healthcare Equity in access to healthcare services is an important element of a healthy society. Barriers to healthcare include discrimination, social isolation, costs and excessive waiting times. These issues are particularly experienced by minority groups such as people with a disability or mental health condition, non-English speaking migrants and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Access to…

2016 Election Issue – Homelessness

Homelessness It is hard to believe that in 2016 in Australia, more than 100,000 people find themselves homeless every night, and one-quarter of those are aged 18 and under. The reasons someone finds themselves homeless can be varied and complex, including mental health issues, fleeing domestic violence, experiencing financial difficulties, family breakdown and many more….

2016 Election Issue – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to experience disadvantage and marginalisation within Australia. The 2016 ‘Closing the Gap’ report shows that four out of the six target areas have fallen behind. Another area of concern is the disproportionate rate of incarceration of Indigenous people, which is 13 times higher than…