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The Uniting Church is renewing its call for the immediate closure of the Nauru detention centre after another damning report into the centre’s operations.

The Tax Justice Network Australia (TJN-Aus) has welcomed the recommendations of the interim report of the Senate Economics Committee inquiry into corporate tax avoidance. UnitingJustice Australia is a member organisation of the Tax Justice Network.

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has expressed disappointment at the low greenhouse gas emissions reduction target announced by the Federal Government today.

The national and state councils of the Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress stand as one with AFL player and former Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, who has been subjected to unacceptable racist booing at AFL games.

The following response to an Editorial in The Australian Financial Review was sent, but not published.

Sunday’s AFR editorial (‘Carbon concern is not moral’, 5 July 2015) claims that churches have abandoned pastoral care, sacraments and care of the poor because we are divesting from fossil fuels.

UnitingJustice has written to all crossbench Senators urging them to vote against the "Use of Force" Bill. This Bill seeks to give permission for increased use of force against asylum seekers in immigration detention centres without proper definition of "reasonable force". Such use of force is likely to increase the already significant risk to the mental, emotional and physical safety and security of asylum seekers rather than decrease it.

 

The Uniting Church in Australia welcomes Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si (Canticle of the Sun) and will be praying for Australian leadership on climate change.

UnitingJustice Australia is one of the signatories to a letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, seeking the Department's consideration for voluntary pledges and/or commitments to the UN General Assembly in support of Australia's bid for election to the Human Rights Council in 2018. 

The Uniting Church in Australia is calling on Australians to “take five” for refugees during Refugee Week which begins on Sunday 14 June.

On 20 May 2015, the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly, as a member of the Australian Religious Response on Climate Change, wrote the Leader of the Opposition urging the Labor Party to support the adoption of robust commitments to limit carbon emissions at the Australian Labor Party National Conference.