Submission to Religious Freedom Review14 February 2018
The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly has published its submission to the Expert Panel, arguing for a careful balance between the right to practice religion and freedom from discrimination under the law.
Freedom of Religion10 March 2017
The Uniting Church in Australia has made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Human Rights Sub-Committee.
Inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia (RDA s18C)30 January 2017
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.
Inquiry in the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 201615 November 2016
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.
Submission on Australia's Humanitarian Programme 2016-201727 April 2016
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.
Inquiry into the Conditions and Treatment of Asylum Seekers on Manus and Nauru11 April 2016
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.
Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 201523 December 2015
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".
Australian Advocacy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty18 November 2015
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.
Religious Freedom Inquiry09 November 2015
The Uniting Church in Australia has made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission's Religious Freedom Roundtable.
The Matter of Marriage in Australia30 September 2015
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.