Media releases

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Don’t mix childcare and pokies

For immediate release – 21 October 2014 Gambling venues are unsuitable for childcare and aged care, and the prospect of tax concessions should not be the motivation for ClubsNSW to provide such services, the President of the NSW Council of Churches, the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford, said today. NSW Premier Mike Baird last week signed … Continue reading

Grand finals don’t need bet and booze ads

For immediate release 2 October 2014 “High levels of advertising for gambling and alcohol are out of place during Grand Final week in our great sporting codes and stronger state regulation is needed to help address binge drinking and alcohol-related violence,” the President of the NSW Council of Churches, the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford, said … Continue reading

Council welcomes federal support for school chaplains

For immediate release 4 September 2014 The NSW Council of Churches welcomes the Abbott Government’s new proposal to fund school chaplaincy after a High Court decision in June ruled that the Commonwealth lacked executive power to fund the National School Chaplaincy Program. Under the new arrangement, States and Territories will be eligible to receive the … Continue reading

Kill the pain, not the patient

For immediate release 26 August 2014 Kill the pain, not the patient The NSW Council of Churches opposes a bill currently before the Senate seeking to legalise euthanasia. “The NSW Council of Churches had a detailed policy on euthanasia and assisted suicide, and the Council endorsed stronger measures to support palliative care for people diagnosed … Continue reading

Report signals the way forward on gambling reform

15 August 2014 – for immediate release Thirty months after the President of the NSW Council of Churches called on the O’Farrell Government to investigate the social impact of the gambling industry in NSW, a Legislative Council Inquiry has tabled its report on the matter. “We welcome the release of this significant report as an … Continue reading

Regional voices need to be heard

Pastors and other church leaders in regional NSW have expressed concern over social issues impacting their communities and are looking for political solutions that reflect their beliefs and values. The President of the NSW Council of Churches, the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford, recently returned to Sydney from visits to New England and the Riverina where … Continue reading

Church leaders call for support of Christians in Iraq

For immediate release – 31 July 2014 Senior leaders of the NSW Council of Churches have issued strong calls for action by the Australian government and the international community to address severe human rights abuse of Christians in Iraq. Persecution by members of the militant Islamist group ISIS against Christians has escalated in recent days, especially … Continue reading

Strong community support for school chaplains

For immediate release – 27 June 2014 On June 19 the High Court of Australia ruled that federal government laws permitting the funding of the National School Chaplaincy Program were unconstitutional.  The Court found that chaplaincy services did not fall under the Commonwealth’s power to make laws that provide “benefit to students.” Within hours of … Continue reading

Palcohol the next challenge

NSW Council of Churches MEDIA RELEASE     For immediate release – 12 May 2014 There is a proper concern that powdered alcohol may soon be coming to a liquor store near you after a U.S. federal alcohol regulatory agency recently approved the product for sale. Palcohol, a fine white powder, is easily transported in the … Continue reading

Gambling ads take over televised sport

For immediate release – 30 April 2014 If you’re someone who loves their televised sport and you’re sick and tired of the creep of gambling advertising in the game, you’re not alone. Researchers from La Trobe University have found that footy fans are exposed to more than five minutes of broadcast gambling advertising on average … Continue reading