A delegation of leading community and welfare groups, including the St Vincent de Paul Society and Catholic Social Services, has arrived in Canberra, Australia, to urge the Federal Parliament to include them in the decision making process in the response to the reconstruction of devastated communities in Queensland following the recent floods and Cyclone Yasi. They are calling on the Federal Government to focus on cutting costs in the national Budget, such as removing tax breaks and concessions that unfairly benefit higher income earners instead of cutting essential programs and services.
- How does one determine what is essential?
- When all objectives can not be met what principles of Catholic Social Teaching come into play?
- Is Australia the only country dealing with this dilemma?
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