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UnitingCare Queensland launches research on mining boom impact

UnitingCare Queensland has launched a report on preliminary research conducted into the social impacts of the mining and gas boom on its workforce and services in Gladstone, the Bowen Basin and the Surat Basin. The research was undertaken in response to concerns expressed by staff and through them, clients and patients. Although only preliminary research, the report makes compelling reading ...

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Legislation will ban non-profit gag clauses from Commonwealth contracts

Senator Penny Wong, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate and Minister for Finance and Deregulation, has released details of new legislation aimed at safeguarding the right of the not-for-profit sector to advocate in the interests of the community. Senator Wong addressed representatives from Queensland non-profit community service providers at a forum on 4 March hosted by UnitingCare Queensland. ...

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Church seeks end to disastrous effects of mining

The Synod of News South Wales and the ACT has called on the New South Wales Government to act to protect farming land, water resources and conservation areas from mining. The Synod said the Government should amend the NSW Strategic Regional Land Use Plan so that it identifies and protects from coal mining and coal seam gas exploration and mining: ...

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Church gets behind right-to-work campaign

Uniting Church justice and research staff have added their voices to the call for work rights for asylum seekers living in the community. Mardi Lumsden reports. Uniting Church staff have joined organisations across Australia in support of the Right to Work campaign launched by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in March. The campaign seeks to address the lack of work ...

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes disability legislation

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the passage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) through Federal Parliament on March 21, and has called on the states and territories to fund their share of the scheme. National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the NDIS promises to provide tailored support to meet the individual needs and aspirations of people with disability and, critically, ...

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WA Synod calls for new approach to boat arrivals

The Western Australian Synod of the Uniting Church has reacted to the recent drowning deaths of asylum seekers off Christmas Island with calls for a new government approach to the issue. Moderator Rev Ron Larkin said that it is time to recognise that our deterrence regime will not work. "If people are denied family reunion, then more women and children ...

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Uniting in support of work rights for asylum seekers

Uniting Church justice staff from across Australia have today joined dozens of organisations and thousands of people in calling for work rights for asylum seekers living in the community. Senior Uniting Church spokespeople said they are proud to support the Right to Work campaign. "The right to work is a fundamental human right for all – especially the most vulnerable. ...

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Making music for the next generation

It's part of our church traditions, but will it be part of our future? Journey reports on songwrite, the first national gathering of worship songwriters in the life of the Uniting Church. Thirty songwriters, musicians, mentors and coaches from across Australia came together for songwrite at Kippax Uniting Church, Canberra over the weekend of 15 – 17 February. They gathered ...

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Christians to campaign for action on global poverty

In the lead up to the federal election on 14 September, the Micah Challenge coalition has launched a national campaign to accelerate Australia's contribution to halving world poverty by 2015. Finish the Race will mobilise Christian churches, organisations and individuals across the country in a united appeal to Australian politicians to prioritise the commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goals ...

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