The following response to an Editorial in The Australian Financial Review was sent, but not published.
Sunday’s AFR editorial (‘Carbon concern is not moral’, 5 July 2015) claims that churches have abandoned pastoral care, sacraments and care of the poor because we are divesting from fossil fuels.
Letter to Cross Bench Senators, Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities Bill 201522 June 2015
UnitingJustice has written to all crossbench Senators urging them to vote against the "Use of Force" Bill. This Bill seeks to give permission for increased use of force against asylum seekers in immigration detention centres without proper definition of "reasonable force". Such use of force is likely to increase the already significant risk to the mental, emotional and physical safety and security of asylum seekers rather than decrease it.
The Uniting Church in Australia welcomes Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si (Canticle of the Sun) and will be praying for Australian leadership on climate change.
Open letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs re Bid for Election to the United Nations Human Rights Commission17 June 2015
UnitingJustice Australia is one of the signatories to a letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, seeking the Department's consideration for voluntary pledges and/or commitments to the UN General Assembly in support of Australia's bid for election to the Human Rights Council in 2018.
On 20 May 2015, the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly, as a member of the Australian Religious Response on Climate Change, wrote the Leader of the Opposition urging the Labor Party to support the adoption of robust commitments to limit carbon emissions at the Australian Labor Party National Conference.
On 20 May 2015, the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly, as a member of the Australian Religious Response on Climate Change, wrote to the Prime Minister stating our concern about the targets Australia has accepted for the reduction of carbon emissions.
UnitingJustice Australia has joined Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Human Rights Law Centre, Reprieve Australia, Australians Detained Abroad, NSW Council for Civil Liberties and Civil Liberties Australia to launch a new Australian blueprint to end the death penalty.
The Uniting Church in Australia has expressed overall disappointment at the 2015-16 Federal Budget, singling out measures that will add to the suffering of the most vulnerable in Australia and abroad.
On 7 April UnitingJustice Australia sent a letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs,The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, urging the Government to reconsider its position on nuclear weapons.
We stressed that nuclear weapons are inherently illegal and are an obstacle to the building of peace. On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Japan, now is the time for real progress on nuclear disarmament. There is increasing worldwide understanding of the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. We called upon the Government to endorse the Vienna Conference Pledge and to engage in negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.