New Zealand: Salvation Army head urges politics of compassion FWD

Tom Boland (
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 21:22:12 -0700 (PDT)
FWD  The Press [New Zealand] - Local News - April 14, 1999


Christchurch's Salvation Army leader has attacked politicians and condemned

Division commander Major Campbell Roberts says that in the last 15 years
economic policies have encouraged New Zealanders to think of themselves and
their own comfort rather than other people, and particularly those in need.

Major Roberts said yesterday that some politicians who berated people
without jobs were the same people who introduced policies resulting in
massive redundancies.

He said the Salvation Army was encouraging people to take account of the
plight of the poor, unemployed, and homeless "as they consider the various
policies offered by political parties in election year."

Major Roberts's staff have been urged to "keep the public informed about
the plight of those unemployed, homeless, and the growth in food-bank

The New Zealand public were likely to be offered policies and election
manifestos that encouraged people to think about themselves, tax cuts,
harsher law-and-order policies, and the "presenting of vulnerable New
Zealanders as the enemy of the taxpayer".

"Emphasis needs to go on valuing people and the social health of the
community, not just on economic progress," he said.


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