In a letter to parishioners attending Mass on the weekend, Archbishop Wilson said the election was shaping up to be “one of the most extraordinary” in the State’s history as a result of the different political forces at play, in particular the influence of minority parties and Independents.
“When faced with the possibility of significant change, it is vital that we go back to our core values and beliefs,” he said.
“We need to delve deeply into our own minds and hearts to discern what – and who – the State needs at this time in history. What legacy will we leave our children? Who do we trust to uphold our Christian values? These are some of the questions we need to ask ourselves.
“Whichever way we vote, our decision should be based on the conviction that the people we elect have a responsibility to respond to the needs of everyone in the community as they develop and implement policies relating to education, health, disability services, aged care and social welfare.
“We need to look carefully at how the candidates have demonstrated their credibility in terms of reaching out to those on the margins and their ability to tackle the big challenges such as lack of affordable housing, unemployment and rising utility costs.
“Similarly, we also need to consider their track record in acting truthfully and responsibly as well as their views on important moral issues such as euthanasia, human trafficking and the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.”
View the full letter here.