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Proposed legislation poses risk to Queensland farmers

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Strong concerns have been expressed about some of the provisions in the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 put to state parliament by Hon Andrew Cripps Minister for Natural Resources and Mines on 5 June. The Bill proposes to replace five existing pieces of legislation (which govern the energy and resources sector) with a single, common resource Act ...

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Volunteers share the chaplaincy load

Queensland Synod chaplaincy educator Lynne Gibson works with Cert IV Pastoral Care students online and in the classroom

May is the month of Chaplaincy Sunday and National Volunteer Week. Ashley Goetze speaks with two Uniting Church volunteer chaplains about their sector’s needs. Health care, aged care, education, police and emergency services, defence, tourism, human services and sport and recreation are the seven formal sectors of chaplaincy found within the Uniting Church. Need and calling draw out volunteer chaplains ...

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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 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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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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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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Uniting Church joins the call for protection of racial vilification laws

George Brandis Marcia Langton Tony Jones

The Queensland Synod is one of 165 signatories on a letter urging the Attorney General George Brandis not to repeal the racial vilification provisions in the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. The particular concern is around the proposed abolition of Section 18c which makes it unlawful for a person to do or say something (other than in private) that is reasonably ...

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UnitingCare is closing the gap

Map of Australia featuring Aborignal flag

While Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are living 10-17 years less than other Australians UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross talked about the commitment of the organisation to engage constructively in actions that help “Close the Gap”. On National Close the Gap Day which focuses on the gap in life expectancy education, incarceration rates, family well-being and health between Aboriginal ...

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Thanking a colourful General Secretary

Andrew williams, Shirley Coulson, Robert Packer and Terrance Corkin at Shirley's farewell celebration.

The Uniting Church Queensland Synod expresses its gratitude to Dr Shirley Coulson. Mardi Lumsden reports. Uniting Church members from all over the country joined Dr Shirley Coulson for a moving service of the closure of her ministry as Queensland Synod General Secretary on 31 January. Attendees included Assembly General Secretary Rev Terrence Corkin and Synod of NSW/ACT General Secretary Rev ...

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Young and the restless: Queensland’s youth justice reform

Arrested teenager with handcuffs

Life is about to get tougher for young Queenslanders in trouble with the law. Dianne Jensen reports. “Tough on crime” has a reassuring ring to the outraged householder who discovers a smashed car window or graffiti on their freshly painted wall. It’s time these kids faced up to the consequences of their behaviour, right? The Queensland Government is currently considering legislation ...

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