NGOs: Clear path to a referendum held no later than 2016 is needed, racial non-discrimination must stay17 October 2014
The Uniting Church in Australia joined with ANTaR, Oxfam Australia, Fred Hollows Foundation, ACOSS, Reconciliation Australia and the ACTU calling for a renewed sense of urgency to move towards a referendum to recognise the First Australians in our Constitution.
More than 60 organisations have come together to write to the Attorney General encouraging the Australian Government to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).
The Uniting Church in Australia has welcomed an announcement by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection that some children in detention will be released into the community, and asked for reassurances on the conditions of their care.
The Uniting Church in Australia has today strongly condemned the continuing and systematic abuse of asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by boat and those being held indefinitely in unsuitable offshore detention centres.
Rev. Elenie Poulos, National Director, UnitingJustice Australia was one of the participants at a high-level roundtable at Parliament House, Canberra on 11 July to discuss the options for a more humane long-term framework for Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies, including the need to take account of the global context when thinking about Australian responses, a genuine regional plan focussed on protection not deterrence and work rights for asylum seekers in the community.
The Uniting Church in Australia has signed an open letter to the Attorney General, the Hon. George Brandis, calling on him to abandon the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. Over 120 organisations have written to express their concern that the proposed changes are unnecessary and would undermine current protections against racial discrimination.
The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly has submitted comments to the Attorney General’s Department on the Exposure Draft of the proposed legislation to amend the racial Discrimination Act. The Church strongly believes that the proposed Bill should be rejected in its entirety.