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.
The Uniting Church in Australia is one of more than 100 Australian organisations calling for an immediate moratorium on transfers to immigration detention facilities on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
Australia's Human Rights Score Card - Joint NGO Submission on behalf of the Australian NGO Coalition01 April 2015
UnitingJustice Australia was one of nearly 200 organisations outlining their concern on Australia’s steadily deteriorating human rights performance. It will be presented to the United Nation’s peak human rights body in the lead up to a major review of Australia that takes place every four years.
On Wednesday 4 March 2015, UnitingJustice Australia sent a letter to all Federal Members and Senators endorsing the recommendations from the Australian Human Rights Commission's The Forgotten Children report.
Rev Elenie Poulos, National Director, UnitingJustice Australia has been included in Who Speaks for and Protects the Public Interest in Australia?, a book of essays by notable Australians launched in Canberra on 26 February.
Elenie’s essay discusses how the values of a decent society must influence policy decisions made in the public interest.
“The concerns of groups and individuals who are marginalised in society, who struggle to be seen let alone have their voices heard, are exactly those we must listen to if we are truly interested in policy reform in the public interest. It is only by allowing ourselves to be confronted by those who suffer as a result of the way things are, that we will understand what truly is in the public interest. For the values of neoliberalism do not serve the wellbeing of our societies. They promote inequity, breed isolation and fracture social cohesion.”
For further information, or to order a copy of Who Speaks for and Protects the Public Interest in Australia? go to the Australia21 website
The Uniting Church has joined with over 200 organisations to express dismay at the significant harm and abuse suffered by children in immigration detention and to call upon the Government to introduce legislation that prevents children from being detained, ends the offshore processing of asylum seekers, and refers allegations of child abuse to a Royal Commission.
The Uniting Church in Australia is calling for the immediate release of all children and their families from Australian-run immigration detention centres, after the publication today of a shocking report by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).