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Bishop slams 'Price is Right' election campaign


Australian Catholic Social Justice Council chair Bishop Christopher Saunders has expressed disappointment at the Federal Election campaign's consistent appeals to voters' self-interest.

Bishop Saunders issued a statement yesterday underlining the need for Australians to remember the demands of social justice as they vote in Saturday's election.

In line with the pre-election statement issued by the Australian Bishops, Bishop Saunders urged voters to consider issues related to justice and fairness before casting their votes.

"It is disappointing to note the extent to which the current election campaign has featured appeals to voters' self-interest", he said. "The bidding war offering huge cash prizes at times looks like some bizarre 'The Price is Right' type game show.

"Not enough has been said about the needs of the poorer and more disadvantaged members of society," he said. "Poverty has to be an election issue."

"At the same time, I am pleased by proposals from both sides of politics aimed at greater fairness in key areas like education, health, family life and the environment.

"I note with regret that little has been said during the election campaign about overseas aid, an area where Australia falls well below the UN's recommended level for affluent countries.

"I hope that electors will ignore appeals to greed and will favour candidates with a genuine commitment to the common good."

SOURCE
Bishop Urges Voters to Support Social Justice: "The Price Must Be Right" (Australian Catholic Social Justice Council 5/10/04)

LINKS
Having Faith in our Democracy: Building a Better Australia (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 27/8/04)
Bishop Christopher A. Saunders
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council
Bishop attacks sham economic prosperity statistics (CathNews 30/4/04)
Catholic Welfare's final election plea for disadvantaged (CathNews 5/10/04)
Paul Kelly: Media can't handle truth (The Australian 6/10/04)
Janet Albrechtsen: Meddlesome priest unwise (The Australian 6/10/04)
Meet the Candidates in Latrobe Victoria (Catholic Welfare Australia 24/9/04)
Catholic Welfare says ALP Tax Policy "goes some way" towards poverty fix (CathNews 8/9/04)
Labor's Tax Policy goes some way to addressing structural poverty in this country (Catholic Welfare Australia 7/9/04)
Tax relief for all Australian taxpayers & A better Family Payments system (ALP Tax Policy text download)
ALP's billions for battlers (The Mercury 8/9/04)
Unions back ALP tax plans (Sydney Morning Herald/AAP 7/9/04)
Some gains but some pain for jobless families (Brotherhood of St Laurence 7/9/04)
Tax Plan Needs More Work (Council of Social Services of NSW 7/9/04)

Poverty emerging as major election issue (CathNews 30/8/04)
Poverty emerges as political issue (Society of St Vincent de Paul 27/8/04)
A Fair Deal for All - NetAct Releases Pre-Election Kit 2004 (NetAct 30/8/04)
Red tape ties up help for homeless (The Advertiser 30/8/04)
Sisters of Charity Advocacy Network (to download NetAct Election Kit)
Poverty emerges as political issue (No More Poverty coalition 27/8/04)
Pax Christi [USA] says voting for common good involves many issues (Catholic News Service 1/10/04)



6 Oct 2004