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UnitingJustice Australia calls on banks to give back to the community

UnitingJustice Australia has joined a growing international movement calling for the introduction of a tiny tax on financial transactions – the Robin Hood Tax. This week, UnitingJustice Australia, along with Jubilee Australia, World Vision Australia, Oxfam Australia and Greenpeace Australia Pacific are among over a dozen local organisations to announce their support for the Robin Hood Tax. The Robin Hood ...

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Congress say “Tuckey and Abbott stuck in the Dark Ages”

The Indigenous arm of the Uniting Church in Australia has today labeled the comments made by Tony Abbott and Wilson Tuckey concerning acknowledgement of Indigenous traditional owners of land as nothing more than an opposition desperate to maintain its relevancy. National UAICC Administrator Rev Shayne Blackman and UAICC Chairperson Rev Ken Sumner said the venomous and archaic comments were deeply ...

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Uniting Church condemns shameful Opposition comments

President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev. Alistair Macrae has condemned the recent comments by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and other Opposition members concerning the acknowledgement of traditional Indigenous ownership of land as ignorant and destructive. Tony Abbott has criticised Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his Ministers as engaging in “tokenism” and unnecessary political correctness when they acknowledge traditional ...

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Blue Care a key partner in $28M research project

Blue Care staff will again be at the forefront of evidenced-based, best practice research as a key partner in an eight-year, $28 million wound management research project. Blue Care Executive Director Stephen Muggleton highlighted the project during the Australian Wound Management Association’s national awareness campaign, Wound Awareness Week, which ran from 15 to 28 March. Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science ...

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Australian churches ‘curry’ support to halt attacks on Indians

Church leaders have taken to eating curry meals to support campaigns to overcome violence and racism against Indian students living in Australia. "Vindaloo against Violence" was a recent event where Australians were invited to have a curry lunch or dinner on 24 February as an act of appreciation and peace between local citizens and the Indian student community. The Rev. ...

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Partner Church in Fiji Braces for Cyclone Tomas

UnitingWorld has heard from the Pacific Conference of Churches, Fiji, as the country braces for what is predicted to be the worst cyclone to have hit the South Pacific nation in recent history. A nation wide curfew was in place yesterday, but has now been lifted temporarily in order to allow residents time to prepare their homes and families and ...

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UnitingCare Queensland Centre for Social Justice launches Scan of Disadvantage in Queensland 2010

UnitingCare Queensland has released a report which lays the foundations to address entrenched disadvantage in Queensland. The report shows the continuing “locational” nature of disadvantage and calls for place-based partnerships across community, government and business as a critical response. The 2010 report updates a previous 2006 version. The report, which uses 2006 Census data and the ABS SEIFA Index of ...

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Lifeline teams to hit the ground in Charleville and Roma

Unable to gain immediate access to Roma and Charleville districts due to flooded roads, Lifeline Community Recovery teams will be on the ground tomorrow to provide direct support to those affected. The Lifeline Community Recovery program is specifically designed to support individuals and communities affected by disasters or events. Community Recovery Manager Richard Johnson said hundreds of homes have been ...

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Faith-based groups grow as part of New Zealand left politics

New Zealand politics has taken on an unexpected religious flavour since the left wing of the political divide adopted faith-based groups into their normally secular structures. Whilst New Zealand has a number of longstanding faith-based political parties, they have been seen as representing the right wing of the political spectrum. The development of affiliated religious subgroups within the Labour Party ...

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Church leaders voice concerns for wellbeing of asylum seekers on Christmas Island

President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev Alistair Macrae and Anglican Archbishop of Perth, the Most Rev Roger Herft have voiced concerns for the wellbeing of asylum seekers on Christmas Island following a recent visit. A delegation of church leaders visited Christmas Island last week to see first-hand the conditions under which asylum seekers are detained, and to meet ...

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