Rev. Alistair Macrae, President of the National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia, has today called on Uniting Church people to consider their vote carefully and prayerfully this Saturday.
Rev. Macrae said “In an election campaign dominated by sound bites and negative campaigning, I urge Uniting Church people to resist thinking small and instead, think big. This is a time for us to reflect deeply on the kind of Australia we want to be. We need to ask ourselves how the policies outlined by each of the parties and candidates speak to the core social values of the gospel: justice, peace, compassion and hope."
At the recent National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) triennial forum, the Churches affirmed the Australian Governments right and responsiblity to ensure legitimate border protection but also expressed grave concern over the treatment of asylum seekers.
The Uniting Church in Australia believes that there is little reason to be anxious about boat arrivals and more reason to be anxious about the continuing use of traumatised people to score political points in an election year.
The Uniting Church in Australia has congratulated Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Ms Julia Gillard.
The use of asylum seekers for political point-scoring has now reached a new low. Leaders of the Uniting Church in Australia are horrified by the most recent remarks and policy announcement by the Opposition.
The Uniting Church in Australia has warned that Tony Abbott's denial of Australia's discriminatory past promotes a disturbing and socially divisive doctrine which could erode historical facts of national importance.