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The NSW/ACT Synod Uniting Social Justice Forum is working on three campaigns:

GIVE HOPE FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS
AFFORDABLE HOUSING
DRUG LAW REFORM

More on these campaigns can be found here

St Ninian’s Uniting Church Social Action group supports these campaigns as well as taking an interest in other issues as they arise.

Affordable Housing

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?

The 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 conducted
Table Talks  across the Synod to discuss how we as a church respond
to this issue. The talks were 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 Families 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.

Up to date information can be found here https://nswact.uca.org.au/social-justice/the-social-justice-forum/affordable-housing-campaign/

Break 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
GIVE
HOPE CAMPAIGN
END CHILD DETENTION

Contribution of a patch for the quilt which was 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.
November, 2013

 

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PAST ST. NINIAN’S SOCIAL JUSTICE SEMINARS/FORUMS

Living Options for Ageing Canberrans – Thursday 14th April, 2016, 10am – 2.30pm  Program here

Speakers: Tricia Hoad audio here   Donna Hollingsworth audio here  Graeme Barnes audio here

 Blindness and how it affects the vision impaired and those around them

Speaker Katie Brown from the ACT Blind Society – Tues 15th October,2013 5pm Invitation here

Forced Adoptions – Do Public Apologies Help? -held on Monday 10th September, 2012, 7.30pm  Invitation here 

The Church, The State, The Media – Who sets the Nation’s Social Justice Agenda?   – held on Saturday 30 August 2008

Speakers: Rev’d Elenie Poulos, Jack Waterford, Prof John Langmore, Prof John Warhurst

Caring or Carking it: Why we can and must build a more caring economy.

Fresh is Best – Community Gardens and Farmers’ Markets, Wednesday 25 August 2010.   
More information  & audio of the evening >>

Senior Years: Be Prepared, Wednesdays 8th and 15th June, 2011