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The Salvation Army responds to Carbon Tax reform

11 April 2012

In light of recent media reports on The Salvation Army's concerns in relation to a carbon tax, The Salvation Army wishes to restate their National position, released in July 2011 on the introduction of a carbon tax.

The Salvation Army is a member of the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) in relation to our recycling activities.

The Salvation Army will continue to work with Government and other social service providers to ensure that the ability of charitable organisations is not negatively impacted by the introduction of the carbon tax on a broader scale as it relates to all service areas for the organisation, including emergency accommodation, drug & alcohol counselling, family services, etc.

Statement from July 2011

The Salvation Army acknowledges the efforts and intentions of the Federal Government to preserve the environment for future generations through the introduction of a carbon tax. For many years The Salvation Army has encouraged environmental responsibility in its operations and also encourages measures that assist our community in reducing our impact in the environment.

'Given the finite resources of the world and its expanding population, together with the impact of industrial and rural activities, development must take account of the need to preserve the earth ' an exercise in responsible stewardship,' said Major Andrew Craib, Media Relations Director for The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army also acknowledges the approach taken by the Government in the introduction of the carbon tax package in seeking a resolution that is equitable to all members of the community, including considering the impact of such measures on Australians who are experiencing severe financial strain.

'We cautiously welcome the assurances of the Government that the members of our community in the most need will be adequately supported as a consequence of the costs of living increases that will result from the flow on of the carbon tax,' said Major Craib.

"The Salvation Army appreciates the Government's intention to ensure that those providers of social services, like aged care, receive compensation for the increased operational costs,' he said.

'We seek to work with Government and other social service providers to ensure that the ability of such organisations will not be negatively impacted by the introduction of the carbon tax,' said Major Craib.

For more information please contact:

The Salvation Army, Australia Southern Territory
Territorial Communications & Fundraising Department, 95-99 Railway Road, Blackburn VIC 3130
T: 03 8878 2400
E: salvosaus@aus.salvationarmy.org