Nuclear-powered submarines not a path to peace
A statement from the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly on the AUKUS agreement
March 20, 2023
The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) Assembly expresses its grave concerns with recently announced details of the $368 billion AUKUS security agreement and the plan by Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.
“Reliance on weapons for peace and security can never achieve a just and lasting peace."
“In the Uniting Church, we believe Jesus is our peace and so we are committed to being a peace-making community. True security and peace come from seeking to build relationships of trust and understanding, not through bigger military spending,” said Uniting Church in Australia President Rev Sharon Hollis.
The UCA has since its inception called on Australia to be guided by concern for the entire human race rather than self-interest, and as such has regularly called for actions which prioritise peace. In its 2003 Statement Uniting for Peace, the Uniting Church declared “reliance on weapons for peace and security can never achieve a just and lasting peace”.
“What we recognised then is also true now. Security cannot be achieved through armament. When security relies on fear of the enemy, we will never see the world reconciled,” said Rev Hollis.
“The huge cost of the AUKUS submarines will put further pressure on a budget already in structural deficit.”
“Spending on the AUKUS agreement, including the purchase and building of the AUKUS submarines, must not come at the expense of spending on overseas aid, action on the environment, education, health and social security and welfare — things we believe build long term peace and security.”
The UCA further expresses concern that the acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines amplifies the risk of the proliferation of nuclear weapons and further degradation of the environment. It is unclear whether this venture will result in the creation of nuclear facilities in Australia, or where nuclear material from the submarines will be disposed at such times as they reach end-of-life.
“We have long opposed nuclear weapons and join the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in calling on the Government to immediately sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”
The Uniting Church further echoes the World Council of Churches in denouncing the military industrial complex which profits from the economics of war and violence and the proliferation and export of weapons.
“As followers of Jesus, we will continue to work and pray for peace and invest in relationships and programs that build peace through justice and community development,” said Rev Hollis.
Yarn for Yes
There is a lot of information out there and many declarations going on about the Voice right now. There is a lot of diversity amongst First Peoples and Second Peoples across all political divides…Subscribe to our newsletterIf you want to get the latest news from the Uniting Church in Australia then subscribe to our…
2023 Budget response
Welcome support for most vulnerableFederal Budget Response 2023-24The Uniting Church in Australia welcomes the clear commitment in the Federal Budget to deliver support to those who are most vulnerable in our community, while noting some measures fall short of what is needed.“We are thankful for the priority given by the Albanese Government to address cost-of-living…
email your MP to raise the rate
Raise the Rate for GoodAsk your MP to the raise the rate of JobSeeker in the federal budgetThis morning UnitingCare Australia joined over 30 organisations in Parliament House to call for an increase to the rate of JobSeeker in the Federal Budget. An open letter to the Prime Minister gained over 300 signatures from community…
Remembering the Armenian Genocide
April 24 marks the 108th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. The Uniting Church in Australia formally acknowledged the Armenian Genocide at its 14th Assembly meeting in 2015. We share this prayer from Uniting Church Pastor Levon Kardashian who is the grandson of a survivor. Subscribe to our newsletterIf you want to get the latest news…
Together, Yes Become a host for a conversation about what it means to enshrine an Indigenous Voice in our constitution. The upcoming referendum is a historic opportunity for Australians to acknowledge and honour First Nations people in this land and to walk together as a nation toward a better future. Uniting Church people have an…
AUKUS Action Join the Ban
AUKUS Action: Join the ban!Join ICAN Australia in urging the Government to sign onto the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsWith a significant shift in Australia’s defence policy under the AUKUS agreement, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Australia is urging the Albanese Government to honour its commitment to sign the UN…
Walk for justice on Palm Sunday 2023
Walk for justice for refugees on Palm SundayOn Palm Sunday, as Christians remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and the celebration of God’s kingdom drawing near, people from all walks of life will call for justice and dignity for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia.Join in the Palm Sunday National Day of Action for justice…
Nuclear-powered submarines not a path to peaceA statement from the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly on the AUKUS agreementThe Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) Assembly expresses its grave concerns with recently announced details of the $368 billion AUKUS security agreement and the plan by Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.“Reliance on weapons for peace and security…