Media Releases

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the Coalition’s decision to cut the Income Support Bonus, should it form government after the Federal election in September, will deliver a significant blow to low income Australians including people on Newstart, Youth Allowance and Parenting payments.

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds has welcomed modest measures in tonight’s budget that begin to redistribute existing revenue and scale back wasteful tax concessions, paving the way to fund important reforms.

Australia spends more on subsidies to the booming mining industry than it would cost to increase the Newstart Allowance by $50 per week, a new analysis by The Australia Institute reveals.

The Uniting Church community will have a stronger voice on the things that matter following the launch of a new website today that encourages citizens to get active on important social issues. 

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the passage of the Government’s historic National Disability Insurance Scheme through the Parliament this week and calls on the states and territories to fund their share of the scheme. 

Two of the largest organisations representing non-government agencies in Australia are calling on politicians across Commonwealth, state and territory governments to implement the recommendations contained in the Senate Community Affairs Committee’s report on action on the social determinants of health.

UnitingCare Australia supports long the awaited aged care legislation tabled in the Federal Parliament today and encourages all parties and Independents to also get behind the bills.

UnitingCare Australia is celebrating today as the Federal Government strengthens its commitment to a genuine partnership with the not for profit sector through legislation to be introduced when Parliament sits again in March.

UnitingCare Australia said the appointment today of the first National Children’s Commissioner is a significant step towards a brighter future for some of Australia’s most vulnerable children. 

Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce chair, Rev Tim Costello said today that $1 maximum bets on poker machines are the next logical step in efforts to curb problem gambling in Australia.