That this General Synod given the decline in living, health and educational standards of the peoples of Melanesia and the increased conflict, crime and corruption acknowledges the challenges faced by the church and peoples in Melanesia; and commits itself to:
raising awareness within the Australian Anglican church through visits to and from our Melanesian brothers and sisters (including episcopal visits) and through articles in our church media;
encouraging members of our church to become volunteers in practical projects, development of policy & strengthening of governance through agencies such as ABM, Anglicord and Government Agencies; and
encouraging the Public Affairs Commission to continue its work in this area, in particular to assist in the development of a strategy of Anglican engagement with Melanesia.
Marian Free – 4 Oct 04