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Mothers’ Union urges members to use vote

13 March 2015

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MEMBERS of the Mothers' Union have been urged to vote in the forthcoming election in a new political pamphlet released by the society.

The booklet Get Involved: General Election 2015 quotes from the House of Bishops' pastoral letter (News, 20 February). It encourages its members to use their vote to build the common good. "This is . . . a call to our members to pray and reflect on the issues, for the candidates, and for the type of society we wish to create for future generations," it says.

The Mothers' Union argues that Jesus left his followers with a mandate to bring God's Kingdom to earth, and part of this necessitates engaging with the political process, which has the power to enact change. "As we prepare to cast our vote this May, let us do so with discernment, motivated by our faith and love for our neighbour."

Besides exhorting its members to vote, the booklet also explains how Parliament and elections work, and gives information on registering to vote, and how to stand as a candidate or organise a hustings.

It also asks members to question candidates on the issues on which the MU is campaigning, such as gender-based violence, more flexible parental leave, and the sexualisation of childhood.

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