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!
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.
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."
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