The Uniting Church in Australia is today calling on the Government to commit to a significant increase in Australia’s refugee intake as a response to the crisis in Syria.
“While we welcome the Federal Government’s commitment to increase our refugee intake from Syria, the scale of this crisis requires a much greater response,” said Uniting Church President Mr Stuart McMillan.
Shining a light in dark places – Senate Committee recommendations to address corporate tax avoidance welcomed17 August 2015
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 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.
Letter to Cross Bench Senators, Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities Bill 201522 June 2015
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.
Open letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs re Bid for Election to the United Nations Human Rights Commission17 June 2015
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.