Author Archives: Bruce Mullan

Coal seam gas: It’s a fracking worry

Leichhardt Patrol minister Rev Graham Slaughter.

As coal seam gas mining spreads across rural Queensland, landholders are feeling the stress.  Bruce Mullan reports. A third generation farmer from the Darling Downs looks across the land his grandfather cleared of brigalow scrub in 1908 to see his precious intensive grazing acres cut by roads, pipelines, open trenches and coal seam gas (GSG) mining development. The Chinchilla farmer, ...

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Uniting Church rejects Race Discrimination Act amendments

George Brandis Marcia Langton Tony Jones

The Uniting Church in Australia has submitted comments to the Attorney General’s Department on the Exposure Draft of the proposed legislation to amend the Race Discrimination Act. The Church strongly believes that the proposed Bill should be rejected in its entirety and the submission says the current legislation provides proper protection under law against racial discrimination and the case for ...

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UN finds Coleman v Australia case a violation of human rights

Townsville Queensland view over cdb

In 1998 Patrick Coleman made a speech in Townsville’s pedestrian mall without a permit, in breach of a local government by-law. He was fined and subsequently detained by police for 5 days for non-payment of the fine. The UN Human Rights Committee found that his speech was on subjects of public interest (human rights, land rights and mining) and his ...

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Uniting Church condemns South Sudan violence

photo by Retlaw Snellac on Flickr

The Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia strongly condemns the recent violence in South Sudan. Children were among the dozens of internally displaced persons attacked by gunmen on 17 April while sheltering at a UN site in the central South Sudanese town of Bor, capital of strife-torn Jonglei state. In recent months thousands of people are believed to ...

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Exploring the male psyche

Man in Depression

Australian men were significantly more likely to have problems with drugs, alcohol and violence. They make up 90 per cent of prison populations and account for almost 80 per cent of suicides. University of NSW Associate Professor Judy Proudfoot said Aussie men are doing it tough. “While we know a lot about what is going wrong, we don’t know much ...

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Downs Presbytery calls for moratorium on CSG exploration

Coal seam gas processing facility Rosalind Park, NSW.

The Downs Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia has called for a moratorium of six months on further issue of any Coal Seam Gas (CSG) exploration permits and production licences. The Presbytery which covers the Darling Downs and South West Queensland region wants the moratorium so governments, communities, scientists, environmentalists, and the CSG industry can take stock of the ...

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Five errors to drop from your Easter sermon

Christ Before Pilate

Two US writers over at Christianity Today have identified five errors preachers should drop from their Easter sermons. Authors Andreas Köstenberger, senior research professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary North Carolina and Justin Taylor, senior vice president and publisher for books at Crossway suggest if you want to help people see Holy Week with fresh eyes, ...

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PNG Council of Churches condemns Asylum Seekers detention

Tents at the Manus Island regional processing facility

Fr.Denny Guka, the president of the PNG Council of Churches has said they cannot be silent on the issue of the Manus Island Detention Centre. “We are a compassionate people motivated by Christian faith, who are deeply concerned about those who need protection and security. But to allow asylum seekers against their will into our country, and imprisoning people who have ...

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Fighting corruption at Brisbane’s G20

Grace is a victim of corruption

Exposed is a global coalition of individuals, organisations and churches committed to shining a light on corrupt practices systems which affect us all, but particularly the poorest, sabotaging essential public service provision. They are asking the leaders of the world’s most powerful economic nations, the G20, to take practical steps that promote greater transparency in the financial affairs of business, ...

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Uniting Church Congregation condemns Galilee Basin proposal

Rev Dr David Ferguson

In a letter to the Queensland Premier the Clermont Congregation of the Uniting Church has condemned the proposal to establish the “Galilee Basin State Development Area”. This act of regulation would essentially set the area apart for the specific purpose of transporting coal from the proposed Galilee Basin mines to the coast with all other land uses allowed only if ...

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