Support for Adelaide Vicar General's new Govt role

A political analyst has backed the South Australian Government's decision to elevate the Adelaide archdiocese Vicar-General, Msgr David Cappo, to Commissioner for Social Inclusion.

According to the ABC, the Opposition has criticised Monsignor David Cappo's appointment as a sign the Government has failed to deal adequately with mental health issues.

But Adelaide University political analyst Dr Clem McIntyre says that the appointment is merely ceremonial.

"David Cappo's already head of the Social Inclusion Board but this new appointment says that it's something the Government is taking seriously," he said. "It's clearly a message that it wants to get across to the community that this is a real area of reform."

The title of commissioner means the Monsignor will be paid, have an office and staff and more formalised powers.

Premier Mike Rann has told Parliament the commissioner will work closely with Mental Health Minister Gail Gago.

"The major advances made over the past four years in the areas such as reducing rough sleeping and improving school retention attest to the commitment to this Government and of the dedication of Monsignor Cappo," Mr Rann said.

"He's not been afraid to challenge the Government and the community of South Australia on the hard issues."

Msgr Cappo, who wrote the document governing the Australian Church's response to the sexual abuse crisis, was also appointed in 2005 to the South Australian Cabinet's executive committee.

Analyst supports Cappo appointment (ABC News 29/4/06)
Cappo appointed Social Inclusion Commissioner (ABC 28/4/06)

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2 May 2006