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Petitioning Darren Chester, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Darren Chester, Shayne Neumann

A Royal Commission into the Veteran suicide rate in Australia

This is my much-loved son, David. David loved his 20-year career in the Royal Australian Navy. On February 1 this year, my David took his own life after a crippling battle with Post-Traumatic Stress injury. He desperately wanted to stay alive, but David was failed by a broken system that is seeing more than one veteran a week take their own life. More than one death a week. That’s why I am calling for an urgent Royal Commission into veteran suicide rates. This petition is about the systemic failures the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), who had numerous opportunities to save my son and they failed. David was just one of too many veterans losing their battle with PTSD. This failure has created a whole new warzone for our veterans, one they can’t come home from. The people at ADF and DVA want to help, but their hands are tied by protocols and procedures. They are bogged down in paperwork and do nothing for the well-being of those that seek their help. Since WWI, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters and families and friends have been asking for a Royal Commission into the systemic failures that result in the suicide of our veterans. I don't want to be the mother that fights for a Royal Commission and I don't want to be the mother that has lost her child, but in their own words: my hands are tied. I will not stop until we see action by our Government. I owe it not only to my amazing son, David but to all veterans and their families. This is a national tragedy, and something needs to be done about it. I call on the Australian Government to establish a Royal Commission with wide terms of reference to examine and make recommendations regarding the Australian Veteran suicide rate and what can be done in practical terms to address this tragic situation. If you agree that this is a national crisis that needs to end - please, sign and share this petition. Julie-Ann Finney, proud mother of Dave Stafford Finney. If you or someone you know needs help, please phone Lifeline on 131 114, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. This petition was originally started by Phil Essam.

Julie-Ann Finney
268,295 supporters
Petitioning Tanya Plibersek, Senator Penny Wong, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese

Remove Senator Hanson from the Family Law Inquiry

Senator Pauline Hanson is so fundamentally compromised, that she should immediately recuse herself or be removed from the inquiry. The dealings of her own son with the Family Court and DV orders, and her using them as motivation to push for an inquiry, mean that there is clear apprehended bias on her part. She has also put her bias on Parliamentary record, making demonstrably untrue claims under Parliamentary privilege. It should be noted that her son pleaded guilty to breaching a DV order. She has shown that she will be unable to participate in this inquiry in a fair or impartial manner. In any judicial or investigatory role, such a conflict of interest would be untenable. It is clear that Senator Hanson is too emotionally and personally invested in Family Court procedures and ought not have any role in a Family Court Inquiry. No-one knows why the Coalition and its One Nation allies are wanting to waste taxpayer money on yet another inquiry, while the sixty recommendations of previous high-level inquiries remain unaddressed. “The Australian Law Reform Commission report, Family Law for the Future: An Inquiry into the Family Law System, was tabled in Parliament today by the Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter MP.  The ALRC has made 60 recommendations for reform.” The Coalition and Senator Hanson’s sexism and biases have brought them together to ignore the recommendations of the recent Inquiry. They have both failed to prioritise the implementation of the recommendations in the report and instead have opted to waste tax payer’s money trying to get the answers they want to hear, not the answers provided by the experts. Decisions made by government should always be evidenced based. Decisions to hold inquiries should never be based on conveniently anonymous, generalised anecdotes which is all Senator Hanson has proffered. Senator Hanson has provided no evidence to support her assertions. As a developed, progressive nation, we expect our politicians to be informed by data and research, not biases and prejudices.  Senator Hanson’s appointment is a slap in the face to every woman who has struggled to:- protect children during a fraught divorce process;- have their experiences of rape, assault, violence and abuse believed, taken seriously or acted upon;- be paid appropriate child support, or have arrears pursued Pauline Hanson’s family law inquiry will be a victim-blaming and shaming farce that vilifies single mums and domestic violence survivors. The Prime Minister must turf her now.   

Sherele Moody
75,908 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Michael Sukkar, Stephen Jones, Senator Richard Di Natale, Jacqui Lambie, Andrew Wilkie, Rex Patrick, Michael McCormack, Barnaby Joyce, Tim Wilson

Stop Scott Morrison from banning cash to trap Australians in banks!

Scott Morrison’s Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019 is a fraudulent assault on the freedoms of Australians. Banning cash transactions over $10,000 will not end the tax evasion and money laundering of the “black economy”, but will strip individuals of their right to privacy in financial affairs, and trap them in private banks, unable to escape policies such as “bail-in” and negative interest rates. It is outrageous that this cash ban is a recommendation of one of the big four global accounting firms, KPMG, which wrote the 2017 Black Economy Taskforce report and is already lobbying for the limit to be reduced to $2,000. KPMG and its fellow big four firms are complicit in the overwhelming majority of tax evasion and money laundering, which is perpetrated by their clients in multinational banks and corporations, not by individuals using cash. If this cash ban is enacted, the government clearly intends more restrictions, as the law has been drafted so that the exemptions to the ban, such as for withdrawing cash from a bank, can be removed by the Minister at any time. The private banks already impose unreasonable restrictions on the ability of Australians to access their own cash. We the undersigned call on Parliament to: respect the right of Australians to use cash for privacy and as an alternative to the banks; scrap this bill and the cash ban policy; and crack down on the real black economy by going after multinational banks and corporations, the big four accounting firms, and the tax havens.

Robert Barwick
21,007 supporters
Petitioning Nick Xenophon, Senator Richard Di Natale, Richard Colbeck, Christian Porter, Anthony Albanese

Inquiry into ethics/practices of ASADA AFL WADA antidoping case against the 34 EFC players

We believe these players were denied:  The presumption of innocence  The right to an independent Hearing The right to remain silent The right to privacy and confidentiality  The right not to be tried twice for the same offence The right to be dealt with promptly and not subject to unnecessary delays The right for an appeal to be heard in an Australian Court We believe: None of the sporting or governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of these players have given the appearance of objectivity in the selection of evidence. None of the sporting or governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of players, perhaps with the exception of the AFL Tribunal, have given any regard to whether evidence could be regarded as expert or scientific. In fact, some supporting evidence needed to be discounted on the grounds of relevance. The sporting and governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of the players ran their own agenda in order to achieve a preconceived outcome.  As a result, the outcome that was reached contains numerous factual errors and is based on suppositions which in many cases are unsupported.     As a consequence of 1, 2, and 3, we believe the prosecution of the case was built on inexact proofs, indefinite testimony, and indirect inferences that do not reach the standard of ‘comfortable satisfaction' and therefore has no place in Australian sport. Innocent or guilty, we want the players to receive a fair go. That’s the Australian way. Therefore, this petition requests a Senate Inquiry in order to: Investigate and consider all the relevant facts so they are publically available.  To date, the evidence against the players has been based on taking ‘bits out that might compromise what we need’.  Investigate the role, motives and ethics of each sporting, government body and the media during the investigation and prosecution of the case.  Identify if any person or organization has breached an Australia law during the investigation and prosecution of the case; make sure everyone is held accountable for their actions; and if warranted, prosecute the offenders.   Investigate a mechanism for a review of this matter in Australia to ensure the players are given the opportunity to clear their names if they so wish.    Review and amend legislation and rules so any identified injustices can never happen to Australian sports people again.

Philip Nelson
13,510 supporters
Petitioning Anthony Albanese, Ken Wyatt, Hon Dave Kelly, Hon Alannah MacTiernan, Hon Terry Redman, Hon Diane Evers, Hon Stephen Dawson, Hon Mark McGowan, Hon Mick Murray, Hon Paul Papalia, Director , Manjimup ...

Don't Dam the Donnelly River - STOP the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme

The Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme has received commitments from State and Federal governments for $60 million to fund the development of an unnecessary and environmentally destructive dam and irrigation pipeline system in the South West of Western Australia - its effectively another Murray Darling Basin. The Scheme is a proposal to: build a concrete weir on the Donnelly River in West Manjimup construct a 15 gigalitre (that’s 15,000,000,000 litres) storage dam, which will require the destruction of 160 hectares of forest, with associated flora and fauna and disruption of users of the Bibbulmun track. Water will be pumped from the Donnelly weir to this storage dam. install power supply towers, pumping stations and 253 km of pipeline to redistribute 9 gigalitres of water per year to between 60 and 70 users in Manjimup-Pemberton region. do all of this with a massive tax-payer subsidy of $60,000,000. (That’s 6 taxpayer dollars for every $1 contributed by the proposed users of this water.) deprive smaller agricultural and horticultural producers in West Manjimup of access to water for larger-scale farming activities in the same area. These smaller farmers are all self-supply producers who use water with minimal environmental impact, and at no cost to the taxpayer. While this scheme purports to increase the availability of food production land in the region, in fact all it would achieve is the relocation of food production. The river will be dammed for a pipeline which benefits just a handful of wealthy farmers in one area, while depriving other food producers in the Donnelly catchment of the right to build their own dams – all at the cost of $60,000,000 of taxpayer funds and irreparable environmental damage. Food producers in West-Manjimup supply their own water through dams they have built on their land as part of crop planning. In an area of high rainfall, with significant further food production capacity within the catchment, there is absolutely no need for a dam on a river, or a pipeline that will cause irreparable environmental destruction. This scheme is neither economically, nor environmentally justifiable. We want to STOP the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme. We want politicians and the tax-paying public know that the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme is NOT supported by the majority of people in the region. Please help us by signing this petition and letting politicians know we don’t want another Murray Darling Basin.

Bianca Vallentine
4,469 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Linda Reynolds, Marise Payne, Senator Penny Wong, Richard Marles, Senator Richard Di Natale, Christian Porter, Mark Dreyfus

Australia will not support a US led war in Iran

Australia should not participate in any United States led military action against Iran. Not only would a military action against Iran be costly, redirecting funds from our vital services, infrastructure and communities here in Australia, it will undoubtedly claim the lives of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen - all for a war that will not make us safer and paint us as a target for stateless terror threats. Current tensions are the direct result of provocations from the Trump administration, whose claims of a nuclear threat from Iran are baseless and run contrary to the routine audits of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who have found Iran compliant with the conditions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka The Iran Nuclear Deal) [1]. The deal (also signed by China, France, Germany & the EU) has been violated by the United States, who have implemented strangling economic sanctions on the nation and ignored recommendations from the United Nations International Court of Justice to cease [2]. Meanwhile, Iran and Australia have a significant two-way trading relationship, worth $A584 million in the last financial year. False narratives have baited Australia into disastrous, illegal wars such as Vietnam and Iraq in the past. Without an authorising resolution from the United Nations Security Council, any military action against Iran would also be illegal, and orders of magnitude more destructive. This petition demands that our representatives discuss the rising tensions between Iran and the United States in parliament, developing a strategy for de-escalation, and implores that we learn from our past mistakes in blindly supporting the US/Australian alliance at any cost. [1][2] Further reading:

Lachlan Evans
3,951 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Andrews, Luke Donnellan, Anthony Albanese, Scott Morrison, Senator Andrew Wilkie, Patrick Rex, Rachael Sanderson, Di Farmer, Simone McGurk, Gareth Ward, Steven Marshall, Annastacia Palaszcuk...

Australia's Greatest Shame - child suicides, deaths and abuse in Child Protection.

No more suicides, deaths and abuse of vulnerable and traumatised children in the Child Protection System. An overhaul is long overdue. The time has come to rewrite  legislation mandating child protection workers to 'family reunification' at all costs. Legislation that omits grandcarers, aunties, uncles and other immediate family members. Legislation that has resulted in child deaths, suicides and the ongoing trauma of vulnerable children. The government has proven itself to be the worst of parents.  There are many reasons for the lack of grandcarers, kinship and foster carers. Since commencing this petition it is evident that the broken system in Victoria equates to most other states and territories in Australia. Will one lead the way or do we need yet another Royal Commission? Grandcarers in many states and territories recieve no financial support at all, yet extended family care is a far more beneficial outcome for children as opposed to statutory care. Grandcarers, foster and kinship carers have all the responsibilities and yet, no rights. This quite often includes the right to be a representative in Children's Court's proceedings. Carer costs far outweigh any payments they might recieve (If they recieve anything at all). It's time for Grandcarers, Kinship  & Foster  carers to be heard. It is time for urgent change! Added to the current mess, all states and territories in Australia operate differently. The care of vulnerable and traumatised children & the support carers recieve, should not be a matter of the luck of where you reside. If you're a child with a disability in the child protection system, your future is bleak with support to potential foster carers minimal if anything and specialist disability group homes considered "institutions".  Foster, Kinship and Grandcarers are often not approved to be part of children court hearings to detail their concerns or recommendations. The system is wrong, outdated and in need of a major overhaul. Being  left with no support once a child turns 18 and legislation that is fixated at 'family reunification' at all costs must change. Family reunification if it's in the child's best interest is one thing. “Family reunification" because there are no other options or the cheapest solution is not! Please help and be part of this petition. Your effort will help protect the most vulnerable, our children. Together, let's create a child protection and foster carer system that works! 

Sonia Berton
3,636 supporters
Petitioning Geoff Culbert, Ken Kanofski, Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Hon Linda Burney MP, Hon David Coleman MP, Hon Michael McCormack MP, John Fullerton

Save the Alexandra Canal Cycleway

What is the Alexandra Canal cycleway? The Alexandra Canal cycleway is a calm, safe and protected shared path cycleway that connects Tempe and the southern suburbs, to Sydney's CBD and eastern suburbs.  It is a much-loved facility, frequently used by many local Sydney Airport staff and commuters to get to work every day, as well as recreational users of all ages. What is happening to the Alexandra Canal cycleway? Video: The State Government (RMS) Sydney Gateway motorway project was designed to connect the Airport terminals to the Sydney Ports, and will require the space to the north of Sydney Airport. Due to Sydney Airport airspace height restrictions, the project plans to remove the existing shared cycling and walking connection along the Alexandra Canal adjacent to Airport Drive. Amongst the many known benefits of active travel, decreasing congestion is important, as the City of Sydney writes in 'Growing Sydney’s congestion-busting bike network'.  A protected, separated cycling network is important to reduce and minimise disruption to motor traffic, improve safety for all and free up space for truck freight movements. There is some provision for the replacement and installation of equivalent cycling and walking infrastructure as part of these road projects.  However, from history, we know when projects run over budget, walking and cycling facilities are often the first to be removed from the plans. It is also important that safe access is provided for the community during the construction period. What do we want? The surrounding cycling and walking advocacy groups have joined together and agreed on 3 important asks for people cycling in the community: A cycling and walking route along Alexandra Canal from Tempe Reserve to Coward St (equivalent to the existing facility, if not improved) during and after construction. A cycling and walking route linking the Alexandra Canal pathway with the Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal and Bayside Council’s proposed Eastern cycling network (Wentworth Ave, Mill Pond greenway, Foreshore Drive). A bicycle route linking the Alexandra Canal pathway to Sydenham Station and to Sydney Park. Who is responsible? Asks 1-3: We call upon our state representatives to urge the State Government (RMS) to support and provide these important, vital active travel connections for our community. Ask 2: We call upon our federal representatives to urge the Federal Government to assist Sydney Airport Corporation Limited - SACL in negotiating and providing the land to assist the State Government in achieving these connections. What action is required? In addition to signing and sharing this petition, we urge all supporters to write letters to their state and federal representatives (and upcoming election candidates), outlining these 3 asks, and expressing what this cycling and walking facility means to you. Who is behind this campaign? BIKEast Bike Marrickville The Orbital ArtCycle Sydney Green Ring Bikes Botany Bay St George Bicycle Users Group Bicycle NSW BIKESydney Georges River Active Transport (GRAT) Sutherland Shire Environment Centre WalkSydney

3,241 supporters
A Royal Commission into the Veteran suicide rate in Australia

Hi everyone, Last Thursday, it was my honour to meet Julie-Ann Finney – and to hear about her beautiful son, David. Her story is heartbreaking. It’s also heartbreakingly common. Between 2007 and 2017, 415 Defence personnel took their own lives. And the question we’ve got to ask ourselves is – why? What are we missing? Where are we failing? I don’t have all the answers. But I know we need to find them. And that’s why Labor supports a royal commission into veteran suicide. A royal commission is the most powerful form of inquiry we have. It will ask the hard questions. It will find the hard truths. It will show us the way forward. And we must. For David, and all those we’ve lost. For Julie-Ann, and every other family left behind. And for our country – so we can face this national shame head-on, and do something about it. Thank you for joining this movement. Thank you for supporting Julie-Ann and all our remarkable Defence families. Labor stands with you. Albo

4 days ago