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Uniting Church in Australia Assembly - News

The Australian Government has failed the Australian people with its decision to delay any further work on an emissions trading scheme, says the President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev. Alistair Macrae.

“The Australian community gave this Government a mandate for strong action on climate change when we elected them in 2007. As a Government they have failed us and the Prime Minister has failed to provide the moral leadership the community expected of him,” Rev. Macrae said.

The Uniting Church has today voiced its disappointment at the Federal Government’s refusal to proceed with the development of a Human Rights Act for Australia.

“The Government’s response to recommendations from the National Human Rights Consultation, released today by the Federal Attorney General, is a lacklustre attempt to lift Australia’s commitment to human rights to a reasonable level,” said Rev. Elenie Poulos, National Director of UnitingJustice Australia, the Church’s national justice and advocacy unit.

The Uniting Church in Australia has condemned the Australian Government’s decision to house Afghan and Sri Lankan asylum seekers in the old Curtin detention centre.

Rev. Alistair Macrae, President of the Uniting Church said, “The decision to re-open Curtin detention facility is of grave concern. Detaining people indefinitely in the middle of the desert is inconsistent with a humane approach to the treatment of asylum seekers.

“Curtin is an entirely inappropriate and shameful place to be housing already vulnerable and traumatised people.”

Thursday, 15 April 2010

"Bigs wigs"

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev. Alistair Macrae recently visited KCO (KUCA Camp Out) in South Australia. KCO is an overnight camp for kids 7-12 years of age. It is a major feature of the Uniting Church SA event calendar, attracting several thousand campers.

UnitingJustice Australia has joined more than 50 diverse environmental, community and faith groups in a letter to the Prime Minister calling on the Australian Government to act on carbon pollution and climate change before the next election and get started with an immediate price on carbon.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Subscription to emails

Recently the Assembly has made some changes to the way we distribute emails for Assembly Update and The Transit Lounge. We have received reports that since that change, some individuals are no longer receiving these emails. It was important that the Assembly make some changes to our email distribution system to meet anti-spamming laws and it appears some email addresses may have not survived the confirmation process.

UnitingCare Australia is inviting expressions of interest from Uniting Church congregations, agencies or other interested groups to be part of local forums to consider future energy affordability questions. We are particularly interested in the energy affordability perspectives of rural consumers, small business, aged households and services as well as low income citizens. UnitingCare Australia is concerned that rising energy prices are likely to be a major factor leading to increased financial hardship for large numbers of Australian households over the coming years.

President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev. Alistair Macrae has condemned the announcement today by Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and Immigration Minister Chris Evans that Australia has suspended the processing of all protection applications from Sri Lankan and Afghan asylum seekers. Rev. Macrae said, “the Government has broken its promises to uphold the rights of asylum seekers by returning to what is in essence a form of indefinite, mandatory detention.