Reflecting the World Day of Social Justice

Posted 20 February 2014 9:17am

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) is calling on the Federal Government to ensure that spending cuts in the Federal Budget are not delivered at the expense of poor and disadvantaged people in Australia. 

The recent Pre-Budget and Commission of Audit submissions as put forwarded by CSSA have strongly impressed upon Federal Government and the Commission of Audit that when faced with the challenge of balancing a budget in deficit, measures to return a surplus should ensure the needs of poor and disadvantaged people should be met as the highest priority. 

“Today is the United Nations (UN) sanctioned World Day of Social Justice and it is a timely reminder for the Government to reflect and uphold the principles of social justice by supporting the human dignity, equality and participation of all people,” said Acting Executive Director, Mrs Jackie Brady. 

“From within our own membership base, it is clear that we are seeing an increase in the demand for social support services,” said Mrs Brady.  “It is important that in this time of economic and fiscal restraint that support for those people who are most vulnerable remains the utmost priority.”   

“Today is all about the pursuit of social justice and the Government has a key responsibility to contribute, through their social and economic policy, to the realisation of this goal,” said Mrs Brady. “CSSA believes that it is the role of the Government to provide an adequate safety net.”

 “The UN’s Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization speaks of a need to guarantee fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.  CSSA will remain vigilant in advocating for a fair and balanced policy response that does not further disadvantage the people who are currently living at the margins of society,” said Mrs Brady.  

Download a copy of CSSA’s Pre-Budget and Commission of Audit submissions by clicking here. 

CONTACT: SAM EDWARDS – 02 6285 1366 / 0450 760 511 

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