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Firm Yes, Fair No

The release of the Government’s Welfare to Work reforms today are a let down for Australia’s most disadvantaged jobseekers who will be pushed into the labour market with little or no meaningful support from the Government. UnitingCare Australia National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds, said the Government had squandered a real opportunity to reform Australia’s welfare system and support those jobseekers ...

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Indigenous Education Funding Crisis

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) of the Uniting Church, is warning of a further decline in national Indigenous education in light of recent survey findings by Australian Education Union (AEU). The (AEU) survey shows a marked reduction in direct Commonwealth Indigenous education funding of nearly $2 million dollars to 561 schools since changes were made in the ...

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Emailing for justice and equity

Uniting Church members are invited to join a national movement that aims to make a difference for low income and disadvantaged Australians. Through a new national website, church members will be able to quickly and easily send their concerns about a range of issues to their local MPs and Senators with just a few clicks of a mouse. UnitingCare National ...

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UCA offers education for East Timorese

Mr Andrew Johnson from the Office of Social Responsibility and Justice praised the work that is being done through the scholarship fund when he personally visited students in poor families in East Timor. The Uniting Church provides over 200 scholarships to pay fees for senior high schools students, university students, and young men and women for trades education. “During the ...

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Pastoral Care Week acknowledges hospital chaplains

 The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital are highlighting chaplaincy services for patients as part of Pastoral Care Awareness Week from 2-10 October 2005. Chaplaincy services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital offer a comprehensive service across a range of faith groups. The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital has 35 Chaplains available across 12 different faith groups. When patients are ...

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St George decomissioned

Soldiers from Kokoda Barracks, in Cunugra Queensland, farewelled the St George chapel in August. As one drives past the St George Chapel, hidden amongst the trees, one would mistake it for either an old class room or an office, that is if it wasn’t for the two small crosses at either end of the roof. A crumbling footpath leads you ...

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11th Assembly theme looks out

President-elect, Rev Gregor Henderson has set the theme for the 11th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia which will be held in Brisbane in July 2006. “God’s Word, God’s World, is more than a letterhead and a logo – it’s a statement that will guide and shape the work of the Uniting Church over the coming three years,” said ...

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Outback Links mobile skills with needs

These days there are people of all ages travelling around Australia on holidays. Many of them want an experience different to the standard tourist run or packaged tour. Lots of travellers like to stop awhile and get to know locals, preferably off the beaten track (ie off the bitumen) and maybe even give a helping hand in exchange for a ...

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God offers a radical new economic agenda

Kathryn Tanner set out to convince people of just one thing when she delivered the Rollie Busch lecture in Brisbane in August. Dr Tanner is convinced that Christianity has the potential to offer a whole new vision of economic life; one opposed to the inhumanities of the present global economic system and offering direction in trying times, a practical path ...

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New ways and old ways to worship – all wrapped up in one

A new set of worship resources will be released in the Uniting Church on October 1, which give local congregations scope to develop worship relevant to their own setting. Uniting in Worship 2 is a departure from Uniting in Worship because many of the resources will be found on the CD-ROM rather than in the book.  The new package, devised ...

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