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Catholic Health says Medicare Gold 'tips the scales'

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has released its final analysis of the health and aged care measures put forward by both major parties in the 2004 election campaign, concluding that Labor's Medicare Gold best supports major concerns.

CHA CEO Francis Sullivan admitted that the health debate during the election campaign has been confusing and blurred, with both parties excelling in particular aspects of the health debate. But he said the distinctive issue to stand out in improving a major social issue has been Medicare Gold.

"Medicare Gold is addressing a major brewing social concern," he said. "It should be supported because it aims to improve the dignity and self worth of elderly Australians."

Catholic Health has released a comprehensive analysis of various Party responses to health objectives, available for download from its website (see links below).

Meanwhile the Catholics lobby group PolMin (the Australian Political Ministry Network) has reasserted the protection of water as a major election issue that has been overshadowed by other issues and, to a large extent, neglected by the major parties.

Coordinator Victoria Kearney said: "After a detailed policy analysis both major parties still reflect an economic position on water as a resource, rather than part of our environmental security, which needs to protected for the common good."

Ms Kearney said water should not be seen as economic commodity for profit or compensation alone.

"Decreased government jurisdictional barriers, national incentives for water use and reuse technology, and education and change in agricultural practices needs to be a stronger focus in policy development," she said. "This is still not seen as the main focus, whereas water trading and economic management of water remain as the policy focus of the Coalition."

PolMin includes representatives from religious congregations and other Catholic bodies on its board, and aims to give input to public policy from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching.

Medicare Gold Tips the Scales (Catholic Health Australia 6/10/04)
Vote for the common good - Protect water (Australian Political Ministry Network 6/10/04)

Catholic Health Australia 2004 Election Analysis
Catholic Health Australia
Voting for the Common Good 2004: Following a review of party policy positions on polmin federal election agenda the following is provided as a guide for your voting decision (Australian Political Ministry Network 6/10/04)
Australian Political Ministry Network (PolMin)
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Paul Kelly: Media can't handle truth (The Australian 6/10/04)
Janet Albrechtsen: Meddlesome priest unwise (The Australian 6/10/04)
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Bishop Urges Voters to Support Social Justice: "The Price Must Be Right" (Australian Catholic Social Justice Council 5/10/04)
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)
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)
US Catholic voters urged to consider respect for human life, dignity (Catholic News Service 5/10/04)

7 Oct 2004