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Make your voice heard this election

Make your voice heard this election

11 April 2019

The Salvation Army has launched a new website to help equip voters engage with local candidates over key issues before the 18 May election.

By Scott Simpson

The Salvation Army has launched a new web page that is designed to equip voters to engage with their local candidates ahead of the Federal Election.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, earlier today to ask that Parliament be dissolved, with Australians to go to the polls on 18 May.

The web page, created by The Salvation Army Policy and Advocacy team, can be accessed at

It provides information on five key issues on which the Policy and Advocacy team believes politicians can take immediate action to reduce disadvantage in Australia. They are: poverty; housing and homelessness; family violence; alcohol and other drugs; and employment.

“The Salvation Army will never tell people how they should vote,” said Jennifer Kirkaldy, the Army’s General Manager of Policy and Advocacy.

“Instead, we ask that before you vote, you get in contact with your local candidates. Ask them what they are going to do about disadvantage and inequality in Australia if they are elected.

“Not only does asking questions help people make up their minds, it also lets our future leaders know that these issues matter; that a fair and just society matters.”

The Policy and Advocacy team is interested in the response you get from your local candidates, and has provided a form on the website that can be used to provide feedback. This information will help the team be more strategic in how it advocates for Australia’s most vulnerable people.

“Together, we can let every candidate seeking federal office in 2019 know that they need to take action on the issues that matter most to us as Salvos, as we support those who are experiencing hardship and injustice,” said Jennifer.




  1. I do not think it is reasonable to assume there is ‘a Salvo’ way to think or vote. By far the most important aspects to be supporting are those which help people find meaning and transformation from their plights through and because of, others acting in the power of, Jesus who himself was the greatest game changer of all time.

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