AUSTRALIA’S bishops have urged Catholics to consider the common good when casting their votes in the upcoming federal election.
A statement by the bishops raises several key issues for people to consider as they weigh things up in the election.
“In making this contribution, we draw upon a rich religious tradition and upon the Church’s long experience as a major provider of healthcare, education and social services in Australia,” the bishops’ statement said.
“We encourage Catholics to look beyond their own individual needs and apply a different test at the ballot box – the test of the common good.
“Implicit in seeking the common good is the desire to serve the poor, the marginalised, the sick and the forgotten in our society.”
The bishops released the statement on August 7, but with Prime Minister John Howard calling a November 24 poll, their focus on key issues becomes of vital concern to the entire Australian community.
And NetAct has launched its federal election 2007 Kit, titled Voting for our values.
NetAct is a broad coalition of Catholic social justice, education and welfare agencies and interested individuals and meets regularly in Sydney.
The kit can be downloaded at www.scan.org.au/netact.html.