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Both major parties fall short on social policy commitments

NATIONAL DIRECTOR of UnitingCare Australia Susan Helyar said today social policies announced by both the ALP and the Coalition during this election campaign amount largely to punitive, short-term measures that will encourage prejudice in many people, but will do little to address the intergenerational cycle of poverty and disadvantage experienced by some Australians. The campaign has predictably been fought on economic ...

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Aid Workers in Pakistan Urge Australians -Time is Running Out!

ACT FOR Peace’s partners responding to the floods in Pakistan welcome the Australian Government’s $25 million increase to the response effort though insist the need is much greater and time is running out. Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, is asking the Australian public to support the response as a matter ...

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Coalition’s Job Commitment Bonus not the answer

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Susan Helyar, has responded to the Coalition’s Job Commitment Bonus election announcement, saying that “today’s announcement by the Coalition will do little to address long-term unemployment.” “While we are encouraged that the Coalition is prepared to move on long-term unemployment I’m afraid they have missed the mark,” Ms Helyar said. “If you were to examine this ...

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Stepping up to the challenge

AN ESTIMATED one in four Queenslanders live in some kind of poverty according to the Queensland Council of Social Services. Every day Wesley Mission Brisbane (WMB) helps over 3000 people. WMB Executive Director Geoff Batkin said their annual fundraiser Footloose Friday, this year held on Friday 20 August, was about supporting people in need. “The work WMB does helps people ...

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Generosity astonishes in Zimbabwe

IN RECENT months Zimbabwe has only hit Australian news headlines for the politics of cricket or conflict, but Mr Astonishment Mapurisa has arrived in this country with good news of an effective long-term partnership between UnitingWorld and a number of projects near Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. For five years Mr Mapurisa has served as the Director of the Matthew Rusike Children’s ...

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Peace call for Palestine

DURING ITS seventh triennial Forum, held in July, the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) announced it will continue to add its voice to the call for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine and condemning all acts of terrorism. Uniting Church minister and NCCA General Secretary Rev Tara Curlewis said the NCCA asks member churches and the wider ...

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New expo to promote healthy ageing in the Indigenous community

HEALTHY AGEING will be promoted to Brisbane’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on Tuesday, August 17, as part of an inaugural expo held during Seniors Week. The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Ageing Well Expo aims to increase awareness about aged care services and improve access to health providers for Indigenous people and their carers. Blue Care Indigenous Coordinator ...

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2010 Federal Election; a decent life for every person

IN THIS Federal election campaign, UnitingCare Australia is calling on the three major parties to deliver commitments that will contribute to a decent live for every person living in Australia. UnitingCare Australia’s Key Social Policy Priorities for the 2010 Federal Election includes measures that will address cost of living pressures on low income households; improve the care of older Australians; ...

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Act for Peace Assists Flood Ravaged People of Pakistan

ACT FOR Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, is responding immediately to assist the flood ravaged people of Pakistan with emergency assistance as the death toll soars beyond 1,100 and disease outbreaks emerge. Mr. Alistair Gee, Executive Director of Act for Peace, said, “Our partners on the ground are already distributing food packages, shelter, ...

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Action needed on child protection standards

Uniting Care Australia has welcomed the draft child protection standards welcome but said an independent national children’s commissioner is still needed. Susan Helyar, National Director of Uniting Care Australia said the 34,000 children in out of home care in Australia will be better off once the draft national child protection standards released by the Federal Government today are implemented. Ms ...

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