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The Church, the State, the Media
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Fri 17th & Sat 18th June, 2016
9am - 1pm
|One of the
issues presently being discussed at St Ninian's Social Action meetings is
What is the issue?
The provision of secure and affordable
housing is a basic human right. It is essential to our wellbeing and
quality of life as human beings. In NSW and the ACT we are facing a
housing crisis and the effects of this are felt across the social spectrum
but the most severe consequences fall on low income and disadvantaged
households. Without stable housing, it is difficult to care for your
family, gain employment or remain engaged with education or training. Some
quick facts about housing in NSW and the ACT:
- More than one million people on low
incomes are in housing stress, defined as having to spend more than
30% of income on housing costs.
- There are 55,000 eligible households
on a waiting list for public housing, with a 10-year waiting list in
some areas of NSW.
- From 2000 – 2010 house prices
increased by 147% while incomes increased by only 57%.
What is the Uniting Church doing about it?
Uniting Church Synod of NSW ACT Social Justice Forum identifies
affordable housing as a critical social justice issue. It has joined with
Sydney Alliance in a campaign calling on the NSW Government to take action
on affordable housing.
In the initial stages of the Uniting
Affordable Housing campaign, representatives of the Forum are conducting
Table Talks conducted across the Synod to discuss how we as a church respond
to this issue. The talks are designed to gather a broad range of stories and
experiences of housing stress, and to generate ideas for local action,
service development and advocacy.
In March 2014 UnitingCare Children, Young
People and Familes contributed a submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry
into Social Housing, Affordable Housing and has developed a policy paper to
provide background to the housing affordability crisis in NSW. You can view
these in the links section below.
How can I support the campaign?
1. Sign up to receive updates about
housing affordability through the Social Justice Forum
2. Follow the action on Facebook and
Twitter, and share with your networks to help spread the word.
3. If you are interested in hosting a
Table Talk on housing and homelessness in your congregation or would like
more information please email: email@example.com
or call Gabe Kavanagh on 0477 717 170.
THE SILENCE ON REFUGEES
Christian Churches join
with the Canberra Refugee Action Committee campaign to bring about a
just and humane policy towards asylum seekers and refugees. A
public forum - Refugees: What would Jesus do? What should we
do? was held on 25 February and brought together speakers from the
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, The Uniting Church, The
Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, the Canberra Baptist
Church and the Refugee Action Committee. The ACCC was overflowing with
concerned people. We are all asked to add our voice calling for
justice and compassion for refugees and asylum seekers
Link to Refugee Action Committee
Link to UnitingJustice
Uniting Church Assembly media release here
END CHILD DETENTION
Contribution of a patch for the
quilt to be made up and presented to Federal Parliament as part of the
GIVE HOPE campaign of the Uniting Church Synod of NSW, ACT UnitingCare
NSW, ACT and Uniting Justice. This patch was designed by members of
St Ninian's Social Action Group and drawn and painted by Beth Roberts.
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