Media releases

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Churches call for alcohol and gambling reform

  Media release – 2 October 2015 NSW Premier Mike Baird announced recently that he opposes alcohol advertising appearing on the uniform of Australia’s cricket team. “Mr Baird has said that more should be done to address alcohol-fuelled violence, and he certainly seems to get things done,” NSW Council of Churches Public Affairs Director, the … Continue reading

Shift gambling focus to harm minimisation

For immediate release – 10 June 2015 The NSW Council of Churches has expressed grave disappointment at a decision by the Baird Government to amend the state’s gambling regulations. Deputy Premier Troy Grant recently approved a raft of changes to poker machine rules including an increase in the threshold below which poker machine winnings can be … Continue reading

Churches defend traditional meaning of marriage

For immediate release – 29 May 2015 The NSW Council of Churches has restated its view that the Australian Parliament should define marriage as the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life. “Christians are guided by the teaching of the Bible, which never condones … Continue reading

Church concern as NSW government bets both ways

For immediate release – 1 May 2015 The President of the NSW Council of Churches has welcomed the Baird Government’s response to a recent Legislative Council inquiry into the impact of gambling, but says the government’s proposed reforms do not go far enough in addressing public health concerns. Council President, the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford, … Continue reading

Churches urge voters to support ethical policies

For immediate release – 24 March 2015 As the 2015 NSW election campaign draws to a close, the NSW Council of Churches has urged voters to be aware of so-called forgotten issues and to consider the moral implications of party policies as they go to the polls. “The policy platform of each political party, as well … Continue reading

TV code of conduct poses danger to children

The President of the NSW Council of Churches has voiced concern that proposed changes to the free-to-air TV code of practice would be harmful to children and would most likely lead to a significant increase in alcohol and gambling advertising during prime time family viewing. Council President, the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford, said the changes … Continue reading

Child abuse linked to alcohol consumption

MEDIA RELEASE – for immediate release 24 Feb 2015 The NSW Council of Churches has backed calls by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education for governments to embrace a broad public health approach to alcohol abuse in response to the release of a damning report on the impact of alcohol on children. The report, … Continue reading

Churches condemn massacre of Coptic Christians

The NSW Council of Churches has strongly condemned the reported massacre of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Sunday. “As Christians we stand in solidarity with our Coptic brothers and sisters at this time of deep suffering and loss. The NSW Council of Churches lends its … Continue reading

Don’t scratch NSW lottery moratorium

MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release, 28 January 2015 The NSW Council of Churches has urged state politicians to extend a moratorium restricting the sale of lottery tickets to newsagents and convenience stores. “Regardless of who governs NSW after March 28, in the interests of harm minimisation and public health, the sale of lottery tickets should not … Continue reading

Church concern over pokies lease plan

For immediate release – 25 Nov 2014 The NSW Council of Churches has called on NSW Premier Mike Baird to respond to community concerns over a proposal to allow registered clubs to lease their poker machines to other venues. Under current laws, registered clubs may only sell their poker machine entitlements to other clubs. Industry … Continue reading