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Commission urges critical approach to election issues

Brisbane's Archdiocesan Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has urged Catholics to take an active interest in the forthcoming Federal election.

Commission Chair Rick Sheehan said that the pastoral statement on the Federal election issued by the Australian Bishops has given Catholics a solid foundation for analysing the state of public policy in Australia.

"The Justice and Peace Commission encourages Catholics to take every opportunity to be involved in activities that inform us and help us to analyse policies and issues from a gospel perspective," Mr Sheehan said.

"We are very supportive of the election activity of Catholic organisations such as the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and the Social Action Office of Queensland's religious congregations," he said.

The Commission has distributed Federal election material issued by the Australian Bishops and the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.

Meanwhile the Australian Political Ministry Network (PolMin) has officially launched its Federal Election Strategy.

National Coordinator Victoria Kearney yesterday advised that PolMin will be actively lobbying on a number of key issues including the following:

Higher Education and concerns relating to access and equity
Australia's role in supporting and participating in the role and work of the United Nations,
Water issues both urban and rural and
Asylum Seekers and refugees

As part of its election strategy, PolMin is lobbying candidates for a review of the Migration Act in order to improve regulations relating to the management of asylum seekers and refugees in this country, as well as "reduced commodification" of water, and increased access to higher education for disadvantaged groups and communities.

Commission Urges Catholics to Explore Election Issues Critically (Catholic Justice & Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane 23/7/04)
PolMin launches its 2004 Federal Election Strategy (Australian Political Ministry Network 22/7/04)

Bishops' election statement shirts key moral issues (Online Catholics 21/7/04)
Queensland religious orders launch Federal Election campaign (CathNews 16/7/04)
Bishops urge vote for the common good (CathNews 2/6/04)
Catholic Justice & Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane
Australian Political Ministry Network (PolMin)
Australia Votes: Federal Election 2004

23 Jul 2004