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Planting a seed

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Come and enjoy a day learning and sharing together with others in a permaculture garden and strawbale house in Castlemaine. Develop a greater understanding of the principles of permaculture, how they connect with the Christian faith and gain some practical skills for living a simpler life.
When: Saturday 4 March
Where: 171 Duke St Castlemaine
Time: 9.30 - 4.30
Cost: $20 waged $10 unwaged
Transport: Car pool from Brunswick UCA, Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Food: BYO something vegan or vegetarian to share for lunch
More info: Cath James
To register: Contact Tim Budge: 0412 051 574 - Numbers are limited to 20 so make sure you get in early!

JIM Unit Resources and Work Areas Survey 2016-2017

Each year the Justice and International Mission Unit receives feedback from its supporters about how you would like to be resourced. Your thoughts help shape our work and makes the church's voice louder and more effective by focusing our efforts. The Unit is open to working on new issues if enough people wish to be resourced on them. For more info and a list of current issues, please click here.

JIM Convention 2017

Come along to this year's Justice and International Mission Unit Convention

Time to Build Bridges not Walls

Saturday 27 May
9.30am – 4.15pm
Centre for Theology and Ministry, 29 College Cres Parkville
$30/$20

Key note speaker: Joe Camilleri

Joseph Camilleri OAM is Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University, Melbourne and Executive Director of Alexandria Agenda, a new venture in ethical consulting. In 2005 he founded the La Trobe Centre for Dialogue. Under his leadership, the Centre quickly established a national and international reputation for research, training and policy development. He is an internationally acclaimed author, having written 20 books and over 100 book chapters and journal articles. His research has centred on: international political economy; religion and culture; security and peace studies; foreign policies of the great powers
and the Asia-Pacific region. Over the past 10 years Camilleri has convened some 20 major international dialogues and conferences, and appeared before several parliamentary and government inquiries, most recently the parliamentary inquiry into the Racial Discrimination Act.

Download a registration form here or email for more info.  

World Environment Day

World Environment Day is celebrated each year on the 5 June. This year's resource is now available. It contains reflections on the lectionary readings for June 5, liturgy and ideas for all age worship, stories from around the Uniting Church, theological reflections from Asian, Pacific Islands and Aboriginal perspectives. Download your free copy here.

Syrian Refugees Left in Limbo

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In September 2015, in the wake of outrage over the drowning of Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would take in 12,000 extra refugees fleeing conflict in Iraq and Syria.

 The Uniting Church in Australia and other Churches applauded the Government’s announcement to offer re-settlement to these refugees, recognising the devastating crisis happening in Syria.

 However, since that time very few refugees have actually been resettled in Australia.  The Uniting Church, along with other members of the Victorian Council of Churches, are concerned at the length of time taken to process and resettle the refugees from both Syria and Iraq.

We are encouraging people to write to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton MP, urging them to act on their promise to resettle 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees here in Australia as soon as possible!

 

Click here for more information and for the letter writing action, which includes dot points that you can make in your letter!

 

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Get Ready for the Election

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The 2016 Federal Election Kit is now available.

Want to run a candidates' debate at your church? The Uniting Justice Federal Election Kit has all the information you need to get things going. 

Click here to down load the entire kit and accompanying issue briefs.

 

 

Join us to make lives better

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Want to Make Lives Better?

In 2016 we launched a postcard campaign to ‘Make Lives Better’. Each of the postcards focuses on one of the services that makes people’s lives better such as housing, mental health programs, disability support and ending family violence. Instead of these services competing for limited funding, we are campaigning for more money overall by spending and less on the military and tax concessions for the wealthy.

Here’s our progress so far!

The Commonwealth Government announced on 15 September they will rein in some of the unfair superannuation tax concessions.

Individuals with superannuation balances of more than $1.6 million (only 1% of Australians) will now have some of their benefits removed. And 3.1 million Australians, including 1.9 million women, earning up to $37,000 a year will receive a superannuation rebate of $500 a year.

The changes will mean the Commonwealth Government will collect an extra $670 million over the next decade. We now need to ensure this money is spent on urgent needs like supporting people’s mental health.

Unfortunately, despite these reforms, the superannuation system remains very unfair. The wealthiest 20% of Australians, who arguably do not need government income support, will still recieve low tax rates provided through the superannuation system. The JIM Unit will continue to campaign for fairness in this area.

Thanks to all of you who have sent postcards to the Treasurer. Please keep sending cards or inviting others to send the postcards. 

Contact jim@victas.uca.org.au  or call (03) 9251 5286.

 

The Uniting Church tells Baiada to "clean up its act"

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Excerpt from the Sydney Morning Herald, October 19th 2015:

"Australia's biggest chicken supplier is facing allegations its contractors are exploiting foreign workers and using bogus business addresses, despite promising to improve standards months ago.

Fairfax Media has obtained signed statements from chicken processing workers who say they are asked to clock off after a full shift, for which they are paid an hourly rate. They are then asked to work extra hours and paid according to the number of chickens they bone.

The Uniting Church is demanding Baiada, "clean up its act" and use reputable labour hire companies after its investigation found the companies appear to be using bogus business addresses."

JIM Unit director Mark Zirnsak speaks about the allegations made against Baiada, Australia's largest chicken producer.

To watch the video and read the full story, click here.

To take action on this issue, sign our petition to end exploitation on Australian farms.

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