Elections are for the 'common good' - put democracy to action
Posted 27 Apr 2019 11:00AM
Dear Members and Friends
As the 2019 Federal Election nears, CCJP asks you to join us in an action to bring to those who wish to be our representatives in Parliament the concerns we have for the future of our nation.
At a time when the main message coming from and to our current leaders is “What’s in it for me?” we in CCJP believe it is time ordinary citizens speak up for a vision of our nation that looks for the common good beyond individualism and self-interest.
It is both our democratic right and responsibility to do so.
The plan is as follows:
1. Click on to the website . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candidates_of_the_2019_Australian_federal_election
or, alternatively, Google Candidates for the 2019 Federal election.
This Wikipedia site will show you all the candidates in every Australian electorate and the Parties to which they belong.
2. Find your electorate and the people who are standing for the election.
3. Send the attached template letter, or a similar one of your choice to each of them and request a response from them to you.
4. If a response is forthcoming we would appreciate your sending a copy of it to us at CCJP for our records.
You will notice that our questions are quite specific in order to avoid the candidates giving the usual vague responses when asked about policies.
To find the contact information for the candidates you can usually Google their names including Federal election and it should give you an address or email.
Thank you in anticipation of you taking the time to engage in the democratic process for the 2019 Federal election. Pre-polling may have started but we are yet to hear from candidates and parties on key justice issues.
As Pope Francis said on the World Day of Peace, January 2019:
"One thing is certain: good politics is at the service of peace.
It respects and promotes fundamental human rights, which are at the same time mutual obligations, enabling a bond of trust and gratitude to be forged between present and future generations."
Yours in justice and peace
Anne Lane PBVM and the CCJP Working Party