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“Before the end of the year there will be a Federal Election.  Voting is not only a right, it is also a duty that we should undertake seriously with a view to the common good.

The Catholic Church calls each one of us to be active in public life.  It encourages us to vote wisely to promote the good of the whole community and of every group in it”, said Sandie Cornish, National Executive Officer of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC).

“To encourage people to think about social justice issues and the good of the whole community, the ACSJC has prepared an election leaflet.  It doesn’t try to tell people for whom to vote and it doesn’t endorse any political party.  The leaflet draws attention to three key social justice issues, points out some principles from Catholic Social Teaching that are relevant to judging the relative merit of different polices on the issues, and provides some questions that could be asked of candidates,” she continued.

“It is not easy to judge which parties and policies are the most consistent with Christian values, and Christians may legitimately disagree on such matters.  We must make sure that we approach our decision-making in an informed and responsible way.  It is important to start thinking about the election now, and to encourage all eligible members of the community to enroll to vote,” she concluded.