Tuesday, 06 August 2013 11:09

Good social policy is good economics, and good politics

UnitingCare Australia has called on all political parties to commit to a just and fair society, National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said today, launching UnitingCare Australia’s Election Statement 2013.

“We can build a strong social-economic framework that supports people’s participation in education, training, employment and community life,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said. “Good social policy is good economics, and good politics.”

“Australia’s economy is relatively robust, which means the nation can afford to provide quality services and supports for all Australians, including the most vulnerable.” 

“We believe that every person has the right to access a decent standard of living, and are committed to building a society where people can participate in the world of work and the community as fully as they wish and are able, supported by access to quality social services.”

“As a community, we need to reduce barriers facing people who are at risk and experiencing social and financial disadvantage. We can ease cost of living pressures on low income households; improve the care of older Australians; build a better life for vulnerable children, young people and families; and welcome and support those seeking our help to flee war and persecution.”

UnitingCare Australia is the largest provider of social services in Australia. The network employs 35,000 staff who provide services to more than 2 million people each year in 1,300 sites in every state and territory across remote, regional and urban Australia areas. These efforts are supported by the work of 24,000 volunteers.

“We have more sites than McDonalds, and our agencies employ as many people as Australia Post. Our agencies work at the coalface of some of the most marginalised communities in the country.” 

“The lived experience of Australia’s most vulnerable people, and those who strive to give them a better life, demonstrates that well-targeted, long-term measures can turn around the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage in which too many people have been trapped.”

“Australia is at a crossroads and we urge all would-be politicians to campaign for a decent society, for all. By investing in the things that matter we can build a stable and sustainable society underpinned by equality of opportunity for individuals, households, communities and peoples.”

“First step – make sure you’re enrolled to vote! Rolls close this Monday,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.