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.
The Uniting Church in Australia has called for immediate action from state, territory and federal governments, after revelations that at least 30 Aboriginal Australians are being held in indefinite detention without trial or conviction.
The Uniting Church in Australia has written to the Australian Government to offer sanctuary for all children without parents currently held on Christmas Island.
On Tuesday 18 March 2014, hundreds of Uniting Church in Australia members from across the country will gather on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra.
The Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia has written to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to seek intervention in the planned deportation of a Hazara man.
UnitingJustice Australia is deeply concerned for the safety of asylum seekers given the current crisis in the Nauruan legal system.