The Salvation Army’s Policy Statements 2016

The Salvation Army’s official Policy Statements for 2016-2017 can be found here. These are the statements which clearly set out the Army’s recommendations for government on various social issues.

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,…

Some thoughts on voting

Some thoughts on voting by Matt Cairns The question of ‘how an Australian Christian should vote’ this coming election does not have one easy straightforward answer, as not all Australian Christians think alike. Additionally, it is highly possible that there will not be one party that completely fulfils your voting wish-list, as all parties will have…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

Election Issue – Innovation

Innovation Innovation involves coming up with new ways of doing things to ensure that the processes and ideas developed by our major industries maintain effectiveness and efficiency in their operation. Innovation helps our society to continually grow and improve. It also allows space for ingenuity and creativity. We urge you to prayerfully consider your important vote this…

Election Issue – Marriage

Marriage An outcome of the July 2 election will be the sudden rise of same-sex marriage to the top of the political agenda. Such are the expressed intentions of the major parties. The Salvation Army’s Positional Statement on Marriage can be found here. The Salvation Army recognises that not all people today would agree with…

Election Issue – Mental Health

Mental Health The prevalence of mental health issues in Australia has significant social and economic effects on the whole of society. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it is estimated that almost half of Australians will experience a mental illness at some point in time in their lives and suicide is currently the leading cause…

Election Issue – Overseas Aid

Overseas Aid Almost half of the world’s population survives on less than AUD$2 a day, and about 20% live on less than AUD$1 a day. Meanwhile, in Australia the average weekly earnings in November 2015 was $1,145.70 which equals just over $160 per day. As a wealthier nation, we are therefore in a position to be…

Election Issue – Poverty and Disadvantage

Poverty and Disadvantage Despite our national wealth, thousands of Australians still struggle every day to meet their basic daily needs. The Australian Government provides welfare and partners with many organisations such as The Salvation Army in doing this. We urge you to prayerfully consider your important vote this election. The Salvation Army’s Policy Statement on ‘Poverty…

Election Issue – People Seeking Refuge & Asylum

People Seeking Refuge & Asylum The Salvation Army’s 2016-2017 Policy Statement addresses the issue of people seeking refuge and asylum, stating that “The Salvation Army is concerned by the fact that individuals and particularly children seeking refuge and asylum in Australia are still held in detention, and calls on the Australian Government to respond to…

Election Issue – Sports Betting

Sports Betting Australians lose more money on gambling per person than any other nation in the world. In 2013 that amount was more than $18 billion dollars. We have seen that within the area of sports betting, the numbers of Australians betting on sport results has sky-rocketed. 1 in 7 Australians bet on sports related…

Election Issue – Tax Avoidance

Tax Avoidance Tax is an essential tool to ending inequality through its ability to transform the economy. Tax revenues collected by governments in Australia are key to providing public services such as healthcare, education and transport infrastructure for everyone. We all rely on the public services funded by tax. Yet tax dodging by some big businesses…

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