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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 2019, 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
408,664 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese

Ensure women's safety at Parliament House. Remove Christian Porter.

This year, when Brittany Higgins revealed her truth about allegedly being raped inside Parliament House, it prompted a national reckoning to confront the gendered violence crisis in Australia. A historic inquiry detailed the workplace sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, and now is the hard part for our political leaders to actually make change. Prime Minister Scott Morrison persists in his staunch support for Christian Porter who continues in a Cabinet Ministry role, despite a historic rape allegation against him. Now, a shocking revelation by Porter finds that part of his defamation legal fees to sue ABC were paid by donations from a source he claims not to know. The level of immunity these men in power have is staggering - that they think they can get away with accepting $1 million without knowing the source. As former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has noted, “it’s a shocking affront to transparency.” Christian Porter has shown, through one controversy after another, that he is unfit to be a Minister of the Crown. It is not okay for an Australian cabinet minister to undermine ministerial standards in this way. The Prime Minister’s “blind trust” on him is unacceptable. We are calling for Christian Porter to be removed from his ministerial position immediately.   ----------- Original version Within several months, we have had multiple male government ministers accused of chronic misogynistic statements and behaviour. We have seen the exploitation of female staffers, and we have heard about multiple alleged rapes.  Most recently, we have become aware of the tragic case of a woman who recently died from suicide after suffering for years with the trauma of a violent rape. She alleged that the perpetrator is a cabinet minister. It has been revealed that the minister she accused is Attorney-General Christian Porter.  He denies the accusation. The response of the PM and his government? - Denial, cover ups, deflection and victim-blaming (Peter Dutton called the Higgins case a "he said, she said" situation). - Scott Morrison said he questioned Christian Porter and received a vehement denial of the claims. He does not believe the Attorney-General needs to step down. We, the people of Australia do not believe that the Federal Parliament should be able to behave as a lawless bubble where women can be used and abused without consequences. We call for an independent, far-reaching inquiry into the culture in parliament and the public service which allows men to exploit women. These women risk their careers and health if they call for justice.  UPDATE - This will happen and be led by sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins. We call for the immediate suspension of the minister in question, pending an independent inquiry into the suitability of this person as a member of the government. We call on PM Scott Morrison to stop using language which trivialises rape and excuses the perpetrators. We ask that he commit to believing women. We ask that the government recognises the pain that misogyny and sexual assault causes, and respects and believes the victims Dr Kate Ahmad and Dr Anita Hutchison Lifeline: 13 11 14. 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit

Dr Kate Ahmad
116,095 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
76,737 supporters
Petitioning Stuart Roberts, Scott Morrison, Stuart Robert, Bill Shorten, Anthony Albanese

Stop NDIS from rolling out "Independent Assessments" of people with disabilities

My name is Sue and this is William, my son who relies on the NDIS to live an ordinary life in our community. As a mum and someone who has worked in the disability sector for years, I’m baffled by the government’s new announcement to standardise assessments of people with disabilities. This move puts our most vulnerable more at risk. I’m calling on Stuart Robert, Minister for Social Services and the NDIS, to stop this from being rolled out. The NDIA is introducing independent assessors to replace the input of health professionals when applying for the NDIS and for yearly reviews and any life changing events. Now, someone paid by the NDIA will “assess” the applicant’s disability in 1- 4 hours and use standard assessments to decide the funding they need. This is madness. Is this a conflict of interest? Where has choice and control gone? It takes years to build trust with one’s health provider. The close understanding this relationship helps foster cannot be replaced. I know from personal and professional experience, that everyday is different for people with disabilities and mental health issues. It is nearly impossible for anyone to understand every aspect of someone’s condition in under 4 hours! Trials were conducted in NSW but was only done on 513 persons. I was informed this was done in an area where it was hard to get allied health providers. No wonder it was successful. How can results from a trial with just 513 people be applied to 400,000 diverse people with disabilities across Australia?The new assessment will focus on capability, instead of disability. This goes against the principles of what the NDIS was meant to be. We all fought for years for a better system. Although not perfect, it is better than the old system we had before. In an attempt to standardise the NDIS, the government is mechanising this process, at the cost of adequate care. The outcomes of each assessment has far reaching, real impacts for people. We cannot have a one-size-fits-all policy. Please sign this petition to tell the Government that this is a backward step. Let’s unite together and stop this new policy from being implemented.  No need to donate any money we just want your support. We know people are struggling 

Sue Grier
51,893 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
51,000 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese

Tired Of Violence Against Women In Australia? Petition For Federal Royal Commission

Each year, hundreds of women are murdered by men, and thousands more experienced extreme violence from intimate partners. More than 60 women were murdered in 2018. Over 50 women were murdered from intimate partner violence in 2019. 56 were murdered in 2020.  This is a national emergency. Clearly what we’re doing right now isn’t working. We are women and men urgently calling on the Prime Minister to establish a Royal Commission into the prevention of violence against women. We need to find better solutions to one of the most urgent crises facing Australian women and the community as a whole. The Royal Commission would investigate: Current state and federal funding arrangements, The efficacy of frontline services like women’s refuges and community legal centres, The state of education programs in schools across the country, Whether the legal system is delivering justice for survivors, victims and their families, Whether bail laws and conditions are preventing violent criminals from re-offending The nature of media reporting of domestic violence and intimate partner murders of women From there, the commission would report their findings and recommend solutions. We can’t just accept that this death toll is inevitable. As a nation, we need to do better. Sign this petition if you want to see a stop to the ongoing violence towards women in Australia.  

Ali Saoirse
47,815 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

2 years ago