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Q'land Election: Catholic Social Action Office pushes Water Policy


The Catholic Social Action Office in Queensland says water and water management needs to be a major consideration for voters in the lead up to the State election.

Following is the full text of the media release:

Social Action Office says "Water is the other election issue for Queensland"

The Social Action Office in Brisbane urges all candidates and Queensland voters to cast their vote on a range of issues raised during the short sharp election campaign.

As we go from drought to flood, Project Officer for Social Action Water Circle stated today "that water and water management needs to be a major consideration for voters in the lead up the state election."

Ms Kearney, Water Circle Project Officer for the Social Action Office, said that "Effective Water management in Queensland will protect the future health and survival of the Murray Darling Basin. As Queenslanders we need to accept responsibility, and stand in solidarity with communities along the river in the southern states on this issue.

The Social Action Office (SAO) urges "To do otherwise would be in contradiction to the Catholic Social teaching principle of the protection of the common good" Ms Kearney said today.

SAO asks that any future Queensland government fully support the need for effective cross boundary management of water resources. The Social Action Office is asking for an elected Queensland government which support the development of a National Water Initiative federally, and one that supports integrated natural resource management and land use planning at a state level.

The Social Action office would only support a candidate which views "Water as a resource to share and not a market driven commodity by which to gain profit" Victoria Kearney stated.

SAO calls on all catholic voter to uphold the Catholic Social Teaching principle of the common good , and to respect all water as a gift of creation, which needs to be respected and protected for all species including human communities which rely on it for survival.", Ms Victoria Kearney, SAO's spokesperson said today.

The Social Action Office is a Brisbane based independent not-for-profit organisation committed to bringing about systemic change through the influencing of public policy for the common good in accordance with the principles of Catholic social teaching.


SOURCE – FULL STORY:
SAO/PolMIN – Social Action Office says "Water is the other election issue for Queensland"



21 Jan 2004