Call to All Parties
The Salvation Army is one of the largest national providers of welfare services and, having operated in Australia for over 130 years, has an extensive history of working with the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in our communities.
With an annual operating budget of approximately $600 million, The Salvation Army Australia provides over 1,000 social programs and activities through a network of social support services, community centres and churches across the country.
Through this work, The Salvation Army sees the human face of poverty and disadvantage on a daily basis. Increasingly, that face is represented by children, young families, single parents, marginalised older people, asylum seekers and refugees and those struggling with addictions and poor mental health.
The Salvation Army sees the 2013 Federal Election as an opportunity to renew our efforts and commitment to helping those at greatest risk of poverty and disadvantage, homelessness, unemployment and disengagement. This can be achieved through strengthening the social safety net, creating new pathways out of disadvantage and providing greater opportunities for low income households to meet their social, economic and spiritual potential.
The Salvation Army's greatest areas of concern in this election are:
- Poverty reduction
- Drug and alcohol services
- Housing and homelessness
- Family violence
- Asylum seekers and refugees
- Aged care
- Employment opportunities
- Gambling issues
- Human trafficking and slavery
We ask all political parties to consider the following statements and the plight of the disadvantaged as history may well judge our country according to its treatment of the poorest and most vulnerable.