The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly has made a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia which is looking specifically at whether changes are needed to the Racial Discrimination Act. The Assembly does not believe that Sections 18C and 18D pose unreasonable restrictions on freedom of speech and should not be changed.
UnitingJustice Australia has written to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee about the proposed legislation for lifetime bans on visas for refugees who have arrived by boat since 19 July 2013. This ban serves no purpose and will separate families forever. It is in breach of Article 31 of the refugee Convention. It should not be passed.
UnitingJustice has made a submission responding to the Discussion Paper issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The submission focuses on the management, size and composition of the programme, and the need for a genuine regional protection framework.
UnitingJustice Australia has made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee about the conditions and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees at the regional processing centres in the Republic of Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
In the Statement to the Nation made by the Inaugural Assembly in 1977, the Uniting Church promised to "seek the correction of injustices wherever they occur", to "work for the eradication of poverty and racism within our society and beyond" and "oppose all forms of discrimination which infringe basic rights and freedoms".
UnitingJustice Australia has sent a Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade - Human Rights Sub-committee on Australian advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty.
UnitingJustice Australia is extremely concerned that a plebiscite on same-sex marriage in Australia will be socially divisive and even harmful. UnitingJustice recommends that a plebiscite not be held and that a decision on the matter be made by the Federal Parliament.