At election times, familiar themes often dominate the political agenda: the economy, national security, infrastructure, to name a few. These are vital issues of governance. However, as these conversations take place, too often the needs of people on the fringes of society are overlooked.
There is clear evidence that Australians are looking for leadership on key issues of social justice and inclusion, and want a more compassionate society. Recent polls, for example, show robust support for immigration and multiculturalism; concrete action on climate change; raising the rate of Newstart; and access to family reunion for refugees.
Drawing on four decades of advocacy and action, Jesuit Social Services’ Federal Election Platform 2019 sets out our key priorities across a range of interconnected social policy areas, from ‘closing the gap’ to employment, youth justice, mental health and affordable housing.
Among a range of policy proposals, we are calling for the incoming Federal Government to: