Submission to Religious Freedom Review14 February 2018
The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly has published its submission to the Expert Panel, arguing for a careful balance between the right to practice religion and freedom from discrimination under the law.
Freedom of Religion10 March 2017
The Uniting Church in Australia has made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Human Rights Sub-Committee.
Inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia (RDA s18C)30 January 2017
The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly has made a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia which is looking specifically at whether changes are needed to the Racial Discrimination Act. The Assembly does not believe that Sections 18C and 18D pose unreasonable restrictions on freedom of speech and should not be changed.
Australian Advocacy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty18 November 2015
UnitingJustice Australia has sent a Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade - Human Rights Sub-committee on Australian advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty.
Religious Freedom Inquiry09 November 2015
The Uniting Church in Australia has made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission's Religious Freedom Roundtable.
The Matter of Marriage in Australia30 September 2015
UnitingJustice Australia is extremely concerned that a plebiscite on same-sex marriage in Australia will be socially divisive and even harmful. UnitingJustice recommends that a plebiscite not be held and that a decision on the matter be made by the Federal Parliament.
Rights and Responsibilities: Submission to the Human Rights Comissioner's Consultation18 November 2014
UnitingJustice has made a submission to the Human Rights Commissioner's Consultation into Rights and Responsibilities. This submission highglights the restrictions that current legislation places on the human rights and freedoms of vulnerable groups in Australia, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, refugees and asylum seekers and adherents of religions other than Christianity.
The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly has submitted comments to the Attorney General’s Department on the Exposure Draft of the proposed legislation to amend the Racial Discrimination Act. The Church strongly believes that the proposed Bill should be rejected in its entirety.
Exceptions in the Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill25 June 2013
In light of the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013, UnitingJustice wrote to the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General expressing its support for the removal of exceptions for religious organisations.
Human Rights & Anti-Discrimination Bill 201214 January 2013
UnitingJustice welcomes the release of the Exposure Draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 and its commitment to key international human rights treaties to which Australia is a signatory. UnitingJustice reccomends the bill be passed, but has also proposed improvements.