The Uniting Church in Australia has welcomed an announcement by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection that some children in detention will be released into the community, and asked for reassurances on the conditions of their care.
The Uniting Church in Australia has today strongly condemned the continuing and systematic abuse of asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by boat and those being held indefinitely in unsuitable offshore detention centres.
Rev. Elenie Poulos, National Director, UnitingJustice Australia was one of the participants at a high-level roundtable at Parliament House, Canberra on 11 July to discuss the options for a more humane long-term framework for Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies, including the need to take account of the global context when thinking about Australian responses, a genuine regional plan focussed on protection not deterrence and work rights for asylum seekers in the community.
The Uniting Church in Australia has signed an open letter to the Attorney General, the Hon. George Brandis, calling on him to abandon the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. Over 120 organisations have written to express their concern that the proposed changes are unnecessary and would undermine current protections against racial discrimination.
The Uniting Church in Australia has called for immediate action from state, territory and federal governments, after revelations that at least 30 Aboriginal Australians are being held in indefinite detention without trial or conviction.
The Uniting Church in Australia has written to the Australian Government to offer sanctuary for all children without parents currently held on Christmas Island.
On Tuesday 18 March 2014, hundreds of Uniting Church in Australia members from across the country will gather on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra.
On the sixth anniversary of the historic national apology to the First Peoples, Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney has prepared this reflection on what the apology means for achieving justice for all Australians.