The Uniting Church today expressed its disappointment at the Government's handling of its counter-terrorism, Welfare to Work and workplace relations changes.
Uniting Church President, Rev Dr Dean Drayton has responded to criticism of his participation in the Workplace Relations debate by Senator Santo Santoro by reminding him that Uniting Church has always been on the side of justice and equity particularly for the poor and the marginalised.
"Domestic and sexual violence devastates the lives of women in Australia and in countries around the world. White Ribbon Day provides a unique opportunity for all of us to show that we believe violence against women is unacceptable and that we stand with those women who have suffered physical, sexual and psychological abuse." Rev Dr Dean Drayton, Uniting Church President.
The Federal Government's anti-terror legislation puts Australia on a dangerous path according to the Uniting Church President, the Reverend Dr Dean Drayton.
"We are concerned the Government has failed to allow adequate time for public discussion and debate about the proposed laws. It is unacceptable that the community is being told to accept measures that radically curtail civil liberties without widespread and substantial consultation."
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.
The Uniting Church urges all Australians to reflect on the horrors of nuclear weapons and calls on our political leaders to commit to total nuclear disarmament as the world remembers the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima this weekend.
The Uniting Church today expressed its gratitude to Petro Georgiou, Judi Moylan, Bruce Baird and Russell Broadbent for their courage and persistence, and their unfailing commitment to improving the lives of some of Australia's most vulnerable people.