AUSTRALIANS are receiving a tirade of incentives to vote for one party or another in the federal election on October 9.
These incentives tend to be aimed at the hip pockets of voters, appealing to self-interest rather than more altruistic goals.
So it might be worth reflecting on what Australia’s Catholic bishops said when they issued a statement about four months ago called ‘Having Faith in our Democracy: Building a Better Australia’.
‘Within a democratic process where expediency or party politics can at times obscure key principles and issues, we want to encourage people to consider their vote in the light not only of their personal interests, but of wider concerns as well.’
Whoever we vote for, personal benefits should not have precedence over the common good of the country.
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