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Queensland religious orders launch Federal Election campaign


The Social Action Office (SAO) of the Leaders of Catholic Religious Orders in Queensland yesterday began its push to get voters to consider the "common good" when participating in this year's Federal Election.

"The SAO strongly urges all people, especially religious and Catholics in general, to base their election decisions on moral and ethical values, rather than simply on economic and political ones," said SAO director Josephite Sr Annette Arnold.

The campaign highlights values that support the principles of the common good of all, which the SAO believes are being eroded in today's society.

While the Prime Minister is yet to announce date for the Federal Election, many observers have suggested that political parties have been in "campaign mode" since last December's election of Mark Latham as leader of the Labor Opposition.

SAO is encouraging Catholics to go to its website and sign up to its campaign. The 'register your interest' form includes an option for the registrant to volunteer to campaign in his or her own electorate on behalf of the SAO campaign.

Sr Arnold said SAO is seeking to ensure that the campaign is out to stress the "cornerstone tenants of Catholic Social Teaching", which specify that everyone has "relatively easy access to what they need to live a fully human life - that is, to achieve their potential as human beings".

"The SAO believes that government has a specific role in the pursuit of the Common Good and therefore sees an election campaign as a very significant time to talk to all candidates about the fact that a large minority of people do not have easy access to what they need to live a fully human life," she said.

SOURCE
Launch of SAO 2004 Federal Election Campaign: Vote For The Common Good (Social Action Office of the Leaders of Catholic Religious Orders in Queensland 15/7/04)

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Social Action Office, Leaders of Catholic Religious Orders in Queensland | Federal Election Campaign


16 Jul 2004