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Firestorm engulfs Tasmanian village

As the nation reels from one of the worst fire seasons in years, Nigel Tapp reports on the aftermath of the bushfire which almost annihilated a Tasmanian community. Before January, not many Queenslanders would have heard of the tiny southern Tasmanian town of Dunalley. But over 24 hours on 4 January Australians witnessed horrifying images of a ferocious firestorm which ...

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Haire receives new Australia Day honour

Rev Dr James Haire AM, former President of the Uniting Church in Australia (2000-2003) has received the Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2013 Honours List. He was recognised for eminent service to the community through international leadership in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, the promotion of religious reconciliation, inclusion and peace, and as a theologian. ...

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New climate action kit launched

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) has launched an online Climate Action Kit. "ARRCC has a vision of more and more Christian communities taking concrete steps to help care for creation," says ARRCC President Thea Ormerod. "Globally, humanity must find ways of living in harmony with the environment rather than simply exploiting it. Business-as-usual is no longer an option. ...

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Royal commission into child sex abuse off to a good start

UNITINGCARE Australia has welcomed the release today of the terms of reference and names of the commissioners who will lead the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Speaking shortly after the Federal Government's announcement, UnitingCare Australia National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the broad expertise of the six commissioners should ensure a professional and ...

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Prayers for those in bushfire emergencies

THE President of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev Professor Andrew Dutney has extended prayers for those experiencing hardship and loss in bushfires across the country. "Our prayers and condolences go out for those who have lost homes, including several Uniting Aged care staff in Tasmania," said Rev Prof. Dutney. "We mourn your losses with you and share your grief ...

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Christmas Bowl helps refugees head home safely

KAMALA and her husband fled war-torn Sri Lanka with nothing but the clothes on their backs. After five years in a refugee camp in Tamil Nadu, southern India, during which their daughter was born, they have returned home. Support from churches around Australia for the Christmas Bowl has helped this family and many like them to survive, and is assisting ...

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Valuing all Australians

IN which country can a child expect to wait more than two years for a wheelchair? Australia. As Australia moves towards developing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), UnitingCare Community is urging advocates to find the courage to question the assumptions that underpin the NDIS as a reform. Valmae Rose, UnitingCare Community NDIS readiness project manager, says people should ask ...

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Treatment of asylum seekers hits all-time low as public debate sinks even lower

THE Uniting Church in Australia has condemned the Federal Government for the disgraceful treatment of asylum seekers on Nauru outlined in today's report by Amnesty International. "Amnesty's report on the conditions on Nauru should turn the stomach of all compassionate Australians," said National Director of UnitingJustice, Rev. Elenie Poulos. "The cruel and degrading conditions which Amnesty describes are totally unacceptable ...

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