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Integrity, security and wellbeing key to Australia's future

Aug 28, 2013, 00:00 AM by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia produced a postcard that asked clients across the country what is important to them in this election, and what changes did they want to see for their nation.

“Security was the top issue for those who filled in the postcard,” Anglicare Australia Executive Director, Kasy Chambers said today. “This ranges from housing, employment and food security to crime and safety.

“And a close second pre-election concern is political integrity, with just over half the responses calling for leaders who are honest and transparent, and who have the best interest of the nation in mind.

“Social wellbeing into the future is also high on the list of our most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community, focusing on social justice and equality for everyone.”

Twenty-five Anglicare network organisations across Australia participated in the postcard campaign, designed to capture the voices of the vulnerable and make sure they are heard in the lead up to the election. As a network, Anglicare supports more than 500,000 of the most marginalised every year.

“Postcard participants raised immediate concerns over various issues that may affect their livelihood, such as economic, housing and employment security, as well as health and social wellbeing,” Ms Chambers said.

“Housing issues - homeless people (recognising couch surfing people more).”

“Flats for the homeless. Less rent for old aged pensioners.”

“More jobs created because it gives the young ones opportunities”.

“Security related issues of concern for Australia’s future included housing, health, employment, education and economic security,” Ms Chambers said.

“Affordable university and affordable housing to all Australian citizens.”

“Giving more jobs to people who haven’t had much experience or helping them with the experience!”

“Better health and hospital services: better handling of the asylum seekers’ problem.”

“Improve health system., Improve drug courts systems. Improve welfare and education systems.”

“The notion of democracy suggests that everybody’s opinion counts. In practice, only a small number of voters determine the outcome of elections, and only a limited set of issues and policies become central to the election debate,” Ms Chambers said.

“Obviously some of the issues that emerged are to do with the circumstances of the participants. Housing and income concerns, for example, or reflect the current debate around cost of living and boat arrivals.

“But one of the messages of this project is that people on the margins share the same aspirations for Australia as the rest of us: health, education and opportunity for all.”