A budget that challenges the most vulnerable


The national council of the Uniting Church in Australia has urged the Federal Government to maintain the closest possible scrutiny on how Australia’s most vulnerable are affected by the tough changes in the 2014 Federal Budget.

“The Federal Budget lays out an extensive range of program cuts and structural changes,” said President of the Uniting Church Assembly, Rev Prof Andrew Dutney. Continue reading

Budget heavy lifting done by families, pensioners and young people


UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said that this year’s Federal Budget falls short of its own ambition to provide equality of opportunity for all Australians.

“The burden of this budget falls overwhelmingly on families, pensioners and young people.

“Cuts to family payments, income support and pensions are four times the size of the temporary levy on high income earners,” Lin said. “Many of these cuts are permanent, while the high income levy runs for only three years. Continue reading

Rare medal for aged care provider


Juniper, one of Western Australia’s leading providers of residential and home aged care services, has achieved the State’s highest accolade for workplace health and safety.

Receiving Worksafe’s Platinum Award today in Balcatta, Juniper Chief Executive Vaughan Harding said the accomplishment reflected the organisation’s commitment to provide quality care for more than 4,000 people throughout Perth and regional WA. Continue reading

Symbols of faith


A Breaking of the Ties service was held for Rev Dr Alison Longworth on Wednesday 19 February at Juniper’s Chrystal Halliday Day Centre.

Alison had been in placement as an aged care chaplain since 2005, with this year, marking her 20th anniversary of her ordination as a minister of the Word. After a period of long service leave, she will retire in March. Continue reading

Calling all Australian Inland Mission Nurses


Frontier Services’ founder, Rev John Flynn once said that without women in the outback there would be no outback. Flynn knew women were civilisers, they sweetened life in a harsh environment, they were a kind word and gesture and carers and healers.

He knew well, how tough the Australian Inland Mission nurses had it in the isolated clinics he set up across the Outback. Continue reading

UnitingCare: Australians are ready and willing to pay tax for social services


The findings of a recent ANUpoll on public priorities for Government spending are welcome, and are particularly timely in the lead up to the May budget, UnitingCare Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds says.

“Australians want to see increased Government spending on social services, the ANUpoll shows. And we’re prepared to put our money where our mouth is. People don’t want tax cuts at the expense of social services,” Lin said. Continue reading

Uniting for Change Website Launch Invitation

This is your opportunity to be involved in the advocacy work of the Uniting Church and our Agencies.

Next Friday 19 April there is a very exciting opportunity for you to see a demonstration of the Uniting for Change website. You will hear about the aims and objectives of the website and find out more about Social Advocacy & the resources Uniting for Change will provide, to help your congregation/organisation achieve its advocacy goals.

See UnitingforChange Launch Invitation

Please RSVP to Wendy Hendry on wendy.hendry@wa.uca.org.au. We would love to see you there.