Current Letter Writing Actions

Backpacker Exploitation

A government review of Australia’s Migration system has recommended changes to visas to help curb power imbalances leading to exploitation of those on working holiday-maker/backpacker visas. Evidence reveals cause for concern the within current the system, which is rife with wage theft and sexual harassment. Help us to change the system.

Closing Exploitation Loopholes Bill

The Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 introduced by the Labor Government has to potential to shake up regulation around wage theft and gig economy work, and these reforms are needed. Unsurprisingly, big business is fighting this with every figure of their being. Help justice win, rather than corporate profits.

Disability Royal Commission Reforms

The now completed Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability contains recommendations to give people with disabilities power of choice, and to create a better regulatory structure. Now is the time implement those changes, including creating a Minister for Disability Inclusion responsible for developing and overseeing a disability inclusion strategy and implementing policies and programs. Let us work together to make the system better.

Forced Labour and IUU in Seafood Imports

Modern slavery remains a significant global problem. It persists in the seafood industry, particularly on some fishing vessels that catch seafood for importation into Australia. Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) seafood production and fishing is a crucial contributor to global overfishing. IUU fishing has also been associated with tax evasion, drug trafficking, arms trafficking on the same vessels and money laundering. Australia can do more to address IUU, you can write to encourage parliament to do just that.

Gaza war

The war in Gaza is not a war between Israelis and Palestinians. Instead, it is a conflict between those on both sides who believe a future can be built on mass murder and bloodshed and those who believe that meaningful peace can only be achieved through negotiation and the renouncing of violence. Help urge that the Australian Government do all it can to see an end to the killing and to support the protection of non-combatants on both sides of the war. The Australian Government should seek to align itself with people who are seeking a just and lasting peace.

Current Postcard Actions

Myanmar Front
Myanmar Back

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Curtail the Myanmar Junta

Help us urge the Australian Government to apply additional sanctions in line with other allied countries to cut the flow of revenue to the Myanmar junta, and curb their attempts to suppress democracy and human rights.

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BACKNaziideology

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Nazi Ideology

Nazi ideology was responsible for the murders of tens of millions of people, targeted for their race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, political beliefs or gender identity. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation has stated that the use of Nazi symbols in Australia plays a significant role among nationalist and racist violent extremist groups. Help support the proposed ban and ask for appropriate measures are taken to stem nationalism and racist violent extremist.

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Myanmar Imports Funding Violence

The Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) is responsible for timber exports from Myanmar on behalf of the military junta, which provides the regime with a critical economic resource. Show your concern by asking MTE to be added to Australia’s sanctions list to condemn ongoing violent and lethal attacks against the people of Myanmar by the Military government.

Ongoing Postcard Actions

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Postcard BACK

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Online Abuse

Online sexual abuse is a global issue. In the Philippines alone, 20% of internet-using children aged 12-17 years of age we victims of sexual exploitation in 2022. Abusers are located in places like Australia, and more can be done here to protect children everywhere. Help protect children by calling for reforms that make it easier to report and eliminate abuse material.

Resource Highlights

  • Theological Response to Family Violence

    Through theological reflection, this resource helps explore how the Christian faith can and should challenge cultural assumptions around domestic violence, while at the same time being humble enough to admit its contribution to oppression.

  • My Picture Matters

    AiLECS researchers are asking persons aged 18 and above to contribute photographs of themselves as children through the My Picture Matters crowdsourcing campaign. These pictures will be used to train AI models to recognise the presence of children in ‘safe’ situations, to help identify ‘unsafe’ situations, and potentially flag child sexual exploitation material.

  • Getting off gas for households

    Eliminating the use of gas at home will play a role in future decarbonising efforts. This resource offers information on how to go about it.

  • Healthy food flyer

    Vegkit.com offers some great tips on how to eat healthier for a better planet by reducing your greenhouse gas emissions associated with what we eat.

  • Sheet on draft Synod proposals 2023

    The JIM Cluster often bring social justice proposals to meeting of Synod for discernment. Currently, two proposals are being seek endorsement: 1. Secure Work, and 2. Ethical Procurement and Investment.

  • Feedback on issues survey

    Each year we invite our supporters to tell us which issues they most want us to campaign with them on towards just outcomes. This is what we were told.

  • Lent Event

    UnitingWorld’s 2023 Lent Event is now available. 40 days of prayer, simplicity and generosity. Visit the website to access the prayer guide, Lent Event Challenge and the ability to donate to help fight poverty and injustice in partner communities.

  • WWF infographic food waste

    WWF have prepared an infographic to help tackle food waste.

  • Reducing emissions through what you eat

    We can help combat greenhouse gas emission through what we eat. This document is the rationale behind this argument.

  • Reducing emissions through reducing food waste

    Tips on reducing Food waste.

  • Reducing Emissions from our diet

    Information on reducing emission from our diet prepared by the Uniting Church Synod of NSW and ACT.

  • Reduce meat brochure from ARRCC

    ARCC pamphlet on eating less meat as a way to alleviating climate change.

  • The Sin of Social Injustice Resource for Word Day of Social Justice

    26 February 2023 world Day of Social Justice reflection by the Synod of WA.

The Uniting Church in Australia is committed to acting justly and compassionately in the world. We believe that our participation in God’s mission calls us toward the transformation that God desires for us all, marked by reconciliation, love, justice, peace, abundance and flourishing for all people and the whole earth. In Our Vision for a Just Australia, the Uniting Church in Australia has articulated its vision for a just, compassionate and inclusive nation in this updated 2021 statement and resource.

Previous Resource Highlights

  • Survey on JIM Cluster Issues for 2023

    The JIM Clusters asks our supporters annually to give us feedback on the issues that matter the most. Please fill out this survey to help inform us what issues you would like resourcing on.

  • JIM Calendar 2023

    The 2023 JIM Calendar is now available.

  • Australia reMADE Report on Public Good

    Connection. Care. Contribution. Three things that are the core of Australia reMADE finding in its report on what we want out of the Public Good in Australia.

  • Building the Uniting Church Refugee and People Seeking Asylum Network

    The JIM Cluster is building a network of people working with refugees and people seeking asylum across Victoria and Tasmania in the Uniting Church.

  • Uniting Church Methodology in the Public Sphere

    This document details how the JIM Cluster operates in the public sphere through its relationships with the media and social justice advocacy. Click to learn more about how the JIM cluster operates in pursuit of its work.

  • JIM Report to Synod

    The Justice and International Mission (JIM) Cluster prepares a report on its activity for each meeting of the Uniting Church in Vic/Tas Synod. This document is that report made available to our supporters.

  • Federal Election Resources 2022

    Based on the Uniting Church Assembly Resource ‘Our Vision for a Just Australia’, a resource for the upcoming federal election has been created to assist as you consider your vote. It also links to further information, and discussion points to being a conversation with your local candidate.

  • Democracy, Justice, and Allegiance: Some Theological Thoughts

    Rev Dr Sean Winter, Pilgrim College, shares his thoughts on the church’s relationship with Democracy, and considers Christian engagement with the political sphere. Prepared in response to the 2021 JIM Convention.

  • GreenPower for Congregations

    A resource for Congregations and individuals looking for more information about GreenPower, while offering a pathway to compare how energy retailers generate renewable energy.

  • Assessing Disinformation

    The Christian faith is fundamentally concerned with questions of truth. In this new age of disinformation and ‘subjective’ truths, this resource offers to help sort through the noise and identify disinformation more easily.

  • Mentoring Refugees – Can you Assist?

    Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia (CRSA) are looking for volunteers to take part in their Group Mentorship Program for refugees in Melbourne. This resource will tell you how.

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