The Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia welcomes the following statement by Australian church leaders on the passing of the asylum seeker legislation.
The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly expressed deep disappointment at the recent passing of the Migration Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012. Particular concern was raised about children, including unaccompanied minors, being stripped of their rights under both Australian and international law with the included amendments to the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946.
Today's passage of the asylum seeker legislation through the Federal Parliament is a dismaying and distressing occurrence in our national life.
The Uniting Church has written to Senators regarding its concern about recent amendments to migration legislation. These amendments encourage the warehousing of refugees in under resourced neighbouring countries, and put asylum seekers at greater risk.
The Uniting Church in Australia has expressed its disappointment in the recommendations of the Houston Committee and called for a new beginning in the national debate on asylum seekers.
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. The Thirteenth Assembly has, as you know, been meeting over this past week in Adelaide.
Over the last few months, thousands of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians have raised their voices in opposition to the discriminatory aspects of the 'Stronger Futures' legislation.