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Middle ground lost in refugee debate

WITH THE refugee ‘issue’ in Australia, it seems like you can only be ‘bleeding heart’ pro or a ‘get lost, we’re full’ against – or so most media outlets, bumper stickers and political powers would have us believe. Three Australians keen to invest in a more constructive dialogue are Darren Hassan, Brad Chilcott and Benson Saulo. They have found their ...

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Uniting Church calls for a revaluation of thinking on asylum seekers

THE UNITING Church in Australia has welcomed the High Court decision that held invalid the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship’s declaration of Malaysia as a safe country for the transfer of asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia. President of the Uniting Church, Rev. Alistair Macrae said, “The Uniting Church has been opposed to the arrangement with Malaysia which treated ...

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Christian Television Australia announces $25,000 program prize

CHRISTIAN TELEVISION Australia (CTA) today announced details of their Program Development Prize with $25,000 available to produce an Easter TV Special for free-­‐to-­‐air television. “Whilst CTA no longer produces weekly programs for the Seven, Nine and TEN Networks, we are able to provide them with Christmas and Easter Specials,” said CEO, Martin Johnson. “In association with Christian Media Australia (CMA) ...

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In Australia, Christian leaders support asylum seekers

AUSTRALIA’S CHRISTIAN leaders are praising a court injunction to prevent asylum seekers being deported as part of the federal government’s ‘Malaysian solution’ to people trafficking. One Melbourne church has offered to care for 13 unaccompanied children. The government wants to trade 800 asylum seekers who arrived by boat for 4,000 confirmed refugees in Malaysia. The first of the 4,000 refugees ...

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Productivity commission report a welcome start for disability care and support

UNITINGCARE AUSTRALIA welcomes the release today of the Productivity Commission’s final report into disability care and support and the Prime Minister’s endorsement of a National Disability Insurance Scheme. Commenting shortly after the release of the report National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said: “Together with the aged care announcement earlier this week, these reforms signal that the Federal Government is stepping ...

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Today is a good day to stop building prisons and start building communities

The Uniting Church in Western Australia, along with other church and community partners, is calling on the people of Western Australia to think again about crime and justice. “Today, International Prisoner Justice Day, is a good day to stop and re-think the way we approach the issues of crime, prisons, prisoners and justice,” said Uniting Church in Western Australia Moderator, ...

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes prime minister’s commitment to aged care reform

UnitingCare Australia welcomes comments by the Prime Minister today confirming the Government’s commitment to overhauling Australia’s aged care system. National Director Lin Hatfield-Dodds said: “The Prime Minister’s comments come ahead of Monday’s release of the Productivity Commission’s final report into aged care. The report will recommend how to fix the aged care system so it works for older people and ...

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Australian churches gambling taskforce historic meeting

HEADS OF major Australian Churches and leaders of their social services met in Canberra today to voice their support for the Government’s mandatory pre commitment reforms. Chair of the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce, Tim Costello said mandatory pre commitment for high intensity electronic gaming machines will help problem gamblers who want to help themselves by putting consumer protection measures in ...

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Micah Challenge welcomes Aid Review focus on effective aid and poverty reduction

Micah Challenge Australia has commended the findings of the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness, announced today. A particularly encouraging aspect of today’s announcement is the headline affirmation that “The fundamental purpose of Australian aid is to help people overcome poverty.” “This is good and right” said Micah Challenge National Coordinator, John Beckett. ‘Both the review and the government’s response have ...

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