The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has released its Federal Election Guide 2016 in which key Catholic concerns are pointed out.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher states,
“A Catholic conscience is always informed by a profound respect for the dignity of the human person, from conception until natural death, and for the common good of the community. Values we cherish are at stake in this election, including our religious freedom, the meaning of marriage, our treatment of those fleeing war and persecution, the right of parents to educate their children in a way which respects their religious and moral beliefs, and the responsibility to respect the dignity and innocence of children in their school environment.”
In the Guide, a ‘Special Note’ is made in relation to the Senate elections: “Parties which strongly defend the dignity of the human person in relation to life, marriage, family and religious freedom include the Christian Democratic Party (CDP), Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Family First Party (FFP).