Monthly Mail February 2017


News and Notes February 2017

Perth Theological Hall Commencement Service

2017 Women’s Weekend Away flyer

Ecumenical and Inter-faith 2017 Awards flyer

Summer Spirit 2017 brochure and registration

First Third’s KCO NOW 2017 flyer

Good Samaritan Industries’ Newsletter

UnitingCare West News

About FACE – for more information contact Janine McDonald, First Third Officer at the Uniting Church WA, on 9260 9800 or email

Uniting Church WA Election Resources

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

Investment in people and productivity is the key to prosperity

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said that next week’s Federal Budget should focus on investing in people and productivity to ensure the future prosperity of the nation.

“The Budget offers an opportunity to invest in our nation’s most valuable resource – its people,” said Lin.

“A strong focus on education and skills development, along with support for those transitioning from school to work, will ensure that Australia’s young people are able to find and keep decent jobs. Continue reading

Commission of Audit: time to consider our nation’s priorities

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said that yesterday’s Commission of Audit report set out a raft of recommendations that challenge the way we think about the role of government and our expectations of it.

“While the report contains more than enough recommendations for cutting, transferring, privatising and scaling back to concern most sectors of the community, the recommendations do not equate to government decisions, as the Finance Minister made clear yesterday,” Lin said. Continue reading

Australia can deliver tax reform and an equitable safety net


Strengthening the revenue base is a vital step in ensuring Australia has the capacity to fund the services and improved living standards the community wants and expects, UnitingCare National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said today.

“We are a fair and decent society. We can align economic growth, fiscal discipline and equitable public policy. We can operate above day-to-day politics and think strategically, for the common good,” Lin said. 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