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Call for New Government, However Comprised, to Act for a Fairer World

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
8 Jul 2016

Caritas is calling on the next government to uphold the human rights of First Australians.

While the final result of the 2 July election is yet to be determined, Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church's international aid and development agency, is asking Catholics to encourage our next government - whichever form it may take - to govern towards a fairer world.

As Australia waits to find out the final make-up of our 45th Parliament, one thing remains clear and unchanged - that no matter who our next Federal Government will be, Australians want a fairer world.

Caritas is urging Catholics to speak up loud and clear, for an Australia that acts with compassion and fairness for the most vulnerable and marginalised in the world, through its "Fairer World" campaign.  The aid agency is calling on all Australians to join the 'Fairer World' action online at www.caritas.org.au/fairerworld.

The action calls for Australians to send a message to the next Prime Minister asking for fairer policies.  Specifically, it asks for the country's next leader to:

  • Uphold the human rights of First Australians by ensuring their partnership in decisions which affect them;
  • Rebuild our contribution to international aid and development to 2012 levels by the end of this term of government; and
  • Strengthen our climate change targets, establishing a plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and providing our fair share of funding to help communities affected by climate change.

One of the changes leading to a "fairer world" is a reinstatement of foreign aid

"Already thousands of people have spoken up through our "Fairer World" action. They want policies that restore Australian aid, strengthen our climate change targets and uphold the human rights of our First Australians," Caritas Australia CEO, Paul O'Callaghan said.

"This is about asking our next Federal Government to remember that Australia has a proud history of addressing poverty in our region and globally. We're asking our new Prime Minister, whoever that is, to bring Australia back to this role and restore Australia's official aid program."

"Most Australians believe that as one of the world's wealthiest countries, we should be more active in promoting the dignity of people who are experiencing great hardship."

Pope Francis has been a champion of individuals and organisations taking action to hold political leaders to account.
He recently said; "Society, through non-governmental organisations and intermediate groups, must put pressure on governments to develop more rigorous regulations, procedures and controls." [Laudato Si', 179].

Take action at www.caritas.org.au/fairerworld or request Fairer World postcards by emailing act@caritas.org.au or calling 1800 024 413.