A coalition of Australian organisations has today called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to end the Government’s silence over the Panama Papers and to commit to taking action on tax dodging by wealthy individuals and corporations.

Anti-Poverty Week

12 October 2015

Inequality and the power of imagining a different world

Rev. Elenie Poulos

Inequality is a growing problem in Australia. The gap between the rich and the poor is widening and it’s happening quickly. The latest report on inequality from the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), A Nation Divided, shows that the richest 10% of Australians hold 45% of all wealth (income plus property, shares, superannuation etc.) while the bottom 40% hold only 5% of the wealth. To take another perspective, a person in the richest 20% has 70 times as much wealth as someone in the poorest 20%. Between 2004 and 2012, the wealth of the richest 20% of Australians increased by 28% while the wealth of the poorest increased by only 3%.

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.

UnitingJustice Australia has today welcomed the call of Greens leader, Senator Christine Milne, for an overhaul of our economic system in her address yesterday to the Press Club.

UnitingJustice Australia has joined a growing international movement calling for the introduction of a tiny tax on financial transactions – the Robin Hood Tax.

The justice agency of the Uniting Church's National Assembly, UnitingJustice Australia, today welcomed the report Women and WorkChoices: Impacts on the Low Pay Sector, which was launched in Parliament House this afternoon.

The Uniting Church today welcomed the first wage decision of the Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC).

Fair Pay Commission

14 October 2005

The President of the Uniting Church, the Reverend Dr. Dean Drayton today cautioned against the apparent religious politicisation surrounding the appointment of the Chair of the new Fair Pay Commission.

The President of the Uniting Church, the Reverend Dr. Dean Drayton today responded to claims by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry that the Churches were ignoring jobless Australians.

Uniting Church leaders today condemned the Government's proposed industrial relations reforms and the limited safeguards announced yesterday which do little to protect the rights and conditions of Australia's most vulnerable workers.

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