Catholic organisations have congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party for winning the federal election and have urged the new government to put tackling poverty and fixing the aged care crisis at the top of its to-do list.
Catholic Social Services Australia said “Australia’s most underprivileged and disadvantaged have something to look forward to” with the election of the new government.
“With the election of Anthony Albanese as PM, the millions of Australians that understand what it is like to struggle, day in and day out, to put food on the table, to make sure their kids get a good education, to live safely in a house they can call a home now have a national leader with the very same lived experiences,” CSSA chair Francis Sullivan said.
“Prime Minister Albanese comes to the job of leading the country, not down a path signposted by privilege and entitlement but with an understanding and a full appreciation of the opportunities and responsibilities a fair, just and compassionate government can offer all its citizens.
“Today must be the start of a new beginning for the aged and infirmed, the single mothers, the poor and isolated, the underpaid and the over-worked, the disabled and the dispossessed.”
Catholic Health Australia urged the Albanese Government to prioritise addressing the workforce crisis in health and aged care, reform the health insurance sector and make a greater commitment to palliative care.
“There is always a long list of pressing issues that confront any incoming government but delivering quality compassionate care to our elderly must be right at the top,” CHA chief executive Pat Garcia said.
“CHA stands ready to work with an Albanese government to deliver on its pledge for more and better skilled and better paid aged care workers.”