Key Election Issues

Samaritans CEO

On Saturday July 2 we will vote in the federal election. Part of Samaritans key work is around advocacy. In fact, our mission statement says “we seek to provide unconditional support to people in their needs and to promote social and economic policies”.

As we approach the election I have engaged with media, government and other stakeholders to raise awareness of what we believe to be key election issues;

  • affordable and secure housing,
  • secure work,
  • adequate income,
  • enabled by tax reform.

Having a secure and suitable home is a significant factor in ensuring the health, wellbeing and inclusion of individuals and their families in our community. Affordable and appropriate housing does not only provide a physical structure to house its occupants, it also provides the foundation for individuals to participate meaningfully in education, employment and the life of their community.

A campaign promoting affordable housing that is of interest this election is Vote Home, organised by a national alliance of housing, homelessness and welfare peak bodies. This has formed to ensure housing affordability and homelessness are tier one election issues. The alliance asks all Australians to stand up for change by signing the Vote Home petition calling for a national strategy to end the housing crisis by 2025. Get involved here.

I believe investment in young people is also key. You can read about putting youth on the agenda in my previous blog, here.

This election, as always, Samaritans always hopes to see policies and budgets that make genuine attempts to make a difference to assist vulnerable people.

Samaritans is a charity that assists thousands of people in need throughout Newcastle & the Hunter. Find out how Samaritans can help you here