The justice lens on taxation policy in Australia

Brendan Long, Jon Campbell, Carolyn Kelshaw

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Abstract

Christian social services providers have a unique perspective to offer social policy reform in Australia. They deliver numerous and diverse services to those in need from a praxis of Christian mission, encountering Christ in the poor each day. The task is difficult and the experience of seeking to address social disadvantage evokes a judgement that many of the problems encountered by those in need of assistance are so deeply entrenched that they require national policy responses. Baptist Care Australia (BCA) is one of these national organisations of Christian social services. Central to its mission is an approach to social policy through a justice lens. As a Christian provider of social services the organisation understands itself as being led, in its purposes and core values, by Christ's Sermon on the Mount as shown in the Gospel of Matthew. This sermon and its context offer a challenge to reflect communally and constructively on - and critique - the current power structures in our society. BCA disputes conventional assumptions about wealth and influence. It inverts the usual human hierarchy of privilege. It outlines an ethical framework arising from a way of following Christ that motivates speech and action to address both the needs of the individual and the structural causes behind that need.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-106
Number of pages13
JournalSt Mark's Review
Issue number235
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2016

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