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Anglicare Australia declares its election priorities

Anglicare Australia has a message of 'leave no one behind' for the 2016 election campaign.

By Mark Brolly

June 2 2016Anglicare Australia says its priorities for the 2 July Federal Election campaign are to promote affordable and secure housing, secure work, adequate income and tax reform to enable these priorities to be enacted.

In an action plan produced for its members and partners on its planned activity and public engagement during the campaign, Anglicare noted the “very clear” guidelines published by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission in April about allowable political and advocacy activity of registered charities, including during election periods, and declared: “We are clear that we are non-partisan and interested in the issues, not the political parties.”

“We are also interested in creating opportunities for the voices of the people that use our members’ services to be heard during the election campaign, and indeed of increasing the visibility of people on the margins,” it said. “We will retain the language of ‘leave no one behind’ as an organising message during this time.”

The action plan said Anglicare Australia was involved in collaborative campaigns with other agencies, including the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and a number of church bodies, on housing, aged care, youth and family, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and civil society, including the treatment of Mr Duncan Storrar, the Geelong man with a disability and on a low income who was vilified by sections of the media after he asked a question on the ABC TV program Q&A last month about tax inequality between the rich and the poor.

For details, see http://www.anglicare.asn.au/our-work/federal-election-2016  and Civil Society Statement of Concern: The Media and Mr Duncan Storrar.