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Leaders scan new landscape

Leaders scan new landscape

By Paul Dobbyn

SHOCKWAVES are continuing from last weekend’s election outcome and leaders of Church bodies are evaluating where their organisations stand in Queensland’s radically changed political landscape.

Opinions came as the likelihood increased the Australian Labor Party would take government in its own right, or form government with the support of one of the minor parties or an independent.

Leaders of Queensland Catholic Education Commission, the St Vincent de Paul Society and Centacare all expressed the hope the election outcome could be finalised as soon as possible.

QCEC executive director Mike Byrne said a swift outcome would mean “we can quickly move on with the business of ensuring Catholic schools are delivering the best education possible for the one in five Queensland children attending them”.

St Vincent de Paul Society state president John Forrest said which ever side of politics won the contest “it is our fervent hope that our government leaders remember the disadvantaged, the socially isolated and the marginalised in our communities”.

Centacare executive director Peter Selwood said “we are very keen to work with any government to deliver much-needed social service, care and support programs across south-east Queensland”.

Mr Byrne (pictured) said QCEC had worked closely with all sides of politics in the lead-up to the election.

“I thank our political leaders for their willingness to listen and engage with us,” he said.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the many principals, teachers, parents and friends who advocated strongly for Catholic schools in their local electorates.”

Mr Byrne said “it is pleasing that both major parties have committed to ensuring that state funding for Catholic schools keeps pace with the rising costs of education”.

“This is vital to help keep pressure off school fees,” he said.

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Queensland “has successfully delivered a range of emergency and disaster relief, accommodation and other programs and services often in partnership or with the support of both the Labor and LNP during their terms”, Mr Forrest said.

“The rising costs of living and lack of jobs are just some of the issues people in our community are facing.”

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