2016 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…

2016 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…

2016 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…

2016 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…

2016 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…

2016 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…

2016 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…

2016 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…