Australia’s Catholic Bishops have issued a statement urging Catholics to consider the common good when casting their vote in the Federal Election to be held later this year. The statement, approved by the nation’s 42 Bishops, raises a number of key issues for people to consider as they weigh things up in the approach to the election. ‘In making this contribution, we draw upon a rich religious tradition and upon the Church’s long experience as a major provider of healthcare, education and social services in Australia,’ the Bishops’ statement says. ‘We encourage Catholics to look beyond their own individual needs and apply a different test at the ballot box ‘“ the test of the common good. ‘Catholic tradition holds that the common good is underpinned by the promotion and protection of human dignity. Implicit in seeking the common good is the desire to serve the poor, the marginalised, the sick and the forgotten in our society.’ To see the full statement please click on the following link: http://www.acbc.catholic.org.au/documents/20070806518.pdf or visit www.acbc.catholic.org.au.