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Petitioning PM Julia Gillard

Australian Government: It's time for a Royal Commission into child abuse by the clergy including the Catholic Church.

My name is Pete.  When I was 8 years old I was sexually abused over a period of time by a member of the Catholic Church. I was an altar boy at a small parish in regional Victoria, and I was forced to commit acts that I did not understand or agree to. All I knew was that it was wrong, that it did not make me feel special like the priest said it would, that I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone, and that I was bad. It took me 22 years to tell anyone. It was only during a session with a psychologist during a particularly difficult time in my life that I dealt with what happened. I was a little boy when it happened and because of this abuse, I was rarely honest with anyone.  My father died not really knowing his own son.  I almost didn’t make it but I am here. I was able to navigate my way through the hurt and trouble. But I am one of the lucky ones. Dozens of others have taken their own lives, and those that survive have suffered incredible amounts of mental anguish.  Parliamentarians on both sides need to support a Royal Commission. Only then can every one of us who has been damaged, start to grow again. Please join me in signing on to this petition from high-profile Australians calling for justice for victims of clergy abuse: Dear Prime Minister,  The evidence of widespread sexual abuse of children by the clergy, including the Catholic Church, is now irrefutable. Notwithstanding the growing body of that evidence over many years, the perpetrators of such abuse continue to evade legal and moral responsibility for their criminal behaviour. Attempts by our police including those in both New South Wales and Victoria, to investigate these crimes have been hindered and frustrated by the offenders and those who support them. Under the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, Australia is required to take ‘all appropriate measures to protect the child from sexual abuse’. Until such time that this issue is thoroughly examined and addressed by a body with strong powers to compel relevant evidence to be provided to it, our nation can not claim to uphold its obligations to protect vulnerable children. Prime Minister, we call on you to take immediate action to establish a Royal Commission into this matter, with the aim of eliminating the scourge of child abuse by the clergy in this country and thereby protecting our children. -- Josh Bornstein, Catherine Deveny, Fr. Bob McGuire, Jane Caro, Michael Short, Sue Cato, Chrys Stevenson, Andrew Knight, and Pete Dillon.

Fr. Bob McGuire, Pete Dillon, Josh Bornstein, Catherine Deveny, Jane Caro, Michael Short, Sue Cato, Chrys Stevenson, Andrew Knight
18,432 supporters
Petitioning Senator Richard Di Natale, Alistair Coe, Bill Shorten, Meegan Fitzharris, Mick Gentleman, Josh Frydenberg, Elizabeth Lee, Andrew Barr, Caroline Lecouteur, Malcolm Turnbull

PRIME MINISTER/Chief/TAMS Ministers: STOP THE UNLAWFUL VIOLENT KILLING OF PROTECTED NATIVE KANGAROOS

URGENT - CANBERRA/ACT KANGAROOS NEED YOUR HELP - Please sign this petition as individuals, and send to everyone else, if you have a website, please add this petition's link to it. VOTE OUT THE ACT GOVERNMENT VIOLENCE AND LIES IN THE NEXT ELECTIONS who ignore what the taxpayers and voters request abusing taxpayers money.  For Updates and demands of the government please click on this link:  https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/wildlife-carers-group-news-21415-stop-the-violent-roo-kill-invite-to-book-launch-animal-justice-party-more/ A more recent article that makes a small mention to my dedicated work with the Kangaroos in the Canberra Times http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-city-of-animal-lovers-20120714-222rk.html  One misquote in the article: the final Canberra Times Poll results were the majority of 56% opposing the killing, with only a small minority of 39% showing support to the government and TAMS government dept, agreeing to the killing, 5% were unsure. Please click on this link to view final poll results: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/canberra-times-final-kangaroo-killing-poll-results-closed-25512/?preview=true&preview_id=748&preview_nonce=0370f2d679 . This is an abuse of taxpayers money that cost over $200,000, and an abuse of the government and government department's positions, ignoring expert advice outside the government. Additional information given but not published:  I stated that I did support and applauded the activists excellent job in exposing the violent unlawful killing of the Kangaroos. Please check out http://www.myspace.com/wcginc and facebook  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info for horrific photos of roo cruelty, this is the reality, and please follow us, and join us on twitter http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/?sn=l http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/protected-native-violent-kangaroo-killing-in-the-act-7-june-2012/ This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson's media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays. ANIMAL WELFARE - Please copy and paste or click on the links below, to kangaroo cruelty into your browser, to view the horror. Kangaroos are killed in an extremely inhumane manner. Legally kangaroos killed are required to be killed by a single shot to the brain. there are instances where kangaroos are not killed in this manner. As a result, the kangaroo is shot agonisingly in the jaw, neck or the body, flees in response and will suffer a prolonged and painful death. These joeys are killed often by shooters smashing them into the ground, against tow bars of cars or with a metal pipe or other blunt instrument. Alternatively, when not caught, an out of pouch joey will be left to fend for itself and will generally die of predation, starvation or dehydration.This is not to mention the stress suffered by kangaroos from hearing shots being fired and from being chased down by shooters. Please check out This link 'KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION' from animal liberation which wildlife warriors also have the same link to on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18MoxO9yJa8&feature=related that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos shot but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59. Kangaroos don't need to be killed with this spray, that deters them: If Kangaroos are a problem for your crops, we have a environmentally friendly soil spray that harmonises the environment, so Roos no longer wish to be there. There is no smell, no poisonous substances and no harm done to any plant or animal. "It all in the vibe" This product can be applied with any other spray round. Contact us on 04091166269 (ref: online Canberra Times ad choices) This product cannot be over used, since vegetation/native flora is there for our native wildlife to consume. If over used the kangaroos will starve to death. No evidence to support that this cull was necessary. No documented evidence that supported this 2012 unlawful violent killing. No figures of population of roos. No evidence of documented damage. Please check out this link that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored. The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I've been saying all along. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx The kangaroo management plan is conjunctional, incompetent, and not based on any scientific facts. The only objects that are causing the destruction of grasslands, woodlands, threatened species and ecosystems are tams staff and their shooters, the cattle they put into all the nature reserves after killing all the kangaroos from 2011-2013  because the grass was too long, and the government that fails to listen to the experts, to end this unlawful violent, unnecessary killing that will drive our protected native Kangaroos to extinction.  Click on this link for more information: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l We require the government department TAMS authority to deal with applications to kill protected native species, and to deal with applications for the native wildlife rehabilitation licence to be removed from TAMS, and handed over to Wildlife Carers Group. We require that the Eastern Grey Kangaroos, along with other persecuted macropods  and native wildlife to be placed on the VULNERABLE Endangered list, AUSTRALIA WIDE. We require changes in the legislations/Acts and policies in the ACT, and Australia wide, to ensure that all protected native wildlife are protected and not be allowed to be killed. Wildlife Carers Group Wildlife Rehabilitation Licence to include SPECIAL CONDITIONS: 1.Full term rehabilitation for ALL sick, injured, orphaned native wildlife2.No records for TAMS – Privacy Act3.No Carers list for TAMS – Privacy Act4.No Vets list for TAMS – Privacy Act5.I do all the inspections6.Open licence, does not expire or get cancelled unless I cancel it or leave Wildlife Carers Group, as per TAMS original special conditions7.No interference by TAMS or any dealings with TAMS at all8.Rescue of all native wildlife9.Export Licence10.I’m appointed as advisor in all wildlife and animal welfare related matters to replace the RSPCA11.Wildlife Carers Group takes over all Wildlife Rehabilitation and Native Wildlife killing applications12.RSPCA shut down with shelters taken over by Animal Liberation if they agree13.TAMS prevented from working with animals14.Remove all Conservator/TAMS conditions. Public apology over the defamatory letters sent to all my carers, vets in 2008 and to anyone else these and other defamatory letters were sent out to referring to me and Wildlife Carers Group.  One defamatory lie was that I did not  comply with section 28, the other lie was that I hadn’t yet responded  to their renewal licence which they had NOT sent out to me.  I had to chase after them to get the renewal licence sent out to me; Public apology over defamation leading to and on10/8/12, and thereafter for the unlawful trespassing and theft of wildlife and my wildlife food etc taken against me; Public apology on 11/8/12 defamatory article in the Canberra Times;A HUGE COMPENSATION PAYOUT TO ME. I was repeatedly reminded by the ACT Government that we are an independent group. Independent – adj. 1. Not governed by a foreign power; self-governing. 2. Free from the control of another or others; self-reliant. Widllife Carers Group takes Legal action against the Conservator of Flora and Fauna, in the PRESIDENT'S REPORT: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-antarctica-melbourne-aquarium-competition-ongoing-animal-cruelty-by-rspcamore-211212/?preview=true&preview_id=868&preview_nonce=c1ce95b73f http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/animal-justice-party-kangaroo-report-22513/ http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/autopsy-on-joey-tortured-to-death-by-authorised-tams-government-killing-4612/ The violence towards our Kangaroos should never have been allowed to continue in 2013.  When you read the transcript you have to ask why ACAT did allow the violence to continue, and what action to take against ACAT. http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/acat-transcript-on-roo-kill-decision-10713/

LADY NORA PRESTON
7,839 supporters
Petitioning Greg Hunt MP

Nationwide Cigarette Butt Ban and Recycling Program for Australia

Cigarette Butts have been the worlds biggest pollution problem in recent times with 4.5 Trillion butts littered each year globally and over 7 Billion butts littered in Australia. This has had devastating impacts to the environment and the health of wildlife, marine life and the human population. The major toxic and polluting component of the cigarette is the filter. Cigarette filters are made from hazardous and polluting chemicals and materials including Cadmium, Arsenic, Lead and Acetate Plastic. During and after use of a cigarette these harmful chemicals are released into the air, earth and waterways. The acetate plastic component of the filter remains intact for years before breaking down, and has been found in the stomaches of many birds and other wildlife who have mistaken it for food. These environmental and health impacts can be eliminated by making available smarter eco-sustainable tobacco products and recycling options to the smoking community. It would be great to implement a national ban on cigarette filters, forcing tobacco companies to design filter-less tobacco products to prevent any further cigarette butt pollution, and as a minimum implement a national recycling program for used cigarette butts.  It is a shame we do not currently have any of these..?? There have been cigarette butt recycling campaigns launched in the past by Terracycle in Australia which have had a very healthy impact on our environment while the program was operating. Terracycle have ceased the cigarette butt recycling campaign recently due to tobacco companies and the government failing to fund and support the recycling program.  The efforts of the Tobacco Companies and our Government in addressing post consumer pollution with cigarettes clearly have not been good enough and this is unacceptable.   Help us send a strong message and request to Parliament and Tobacco Companies to make a stronger commitment to our health and environment and implement a national cigarette butt ban, and/or at least re-implement and fund a nation-wide Cigarette Butt Recycling Program and Strategy for Australia.    

Matthew Smith
5,857 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Bill Shorten

Delay the Road Safety Remuneration Order & abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) has delivered the 2016 Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO) that is effective as of 4.15pm 7th April. The RSRO discriminates between small owner-drivers and larger transport companies with different rules for different people and businesses that put the money into the hands of large business. With this order in place it will impact not only 35,000 owner-drivers but also the industry and the Australian economy. Increasing prices of groceries, loss of trucking businesses and all of the peripheral business that rely on the industry. The mum’s and dad’s who have worked hard to set up businesses, put their own money (houses & families) on the line, employ others and pay people for services. These businesses operate all over Australia and are the lifeblood of many communities whether they be located rurally, regionally or in cities. The fate of the owner-driver now lies in your hands. Minister Cash will introduce a bill into parliament at the next sitting and we call on you to delay the 2016 RSRO until 1 January 2017 with the aim to ultimately have the RSRT abolished.

NatRoad Association
4,721 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Hon Bill Shorten MP, Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy, Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP, Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Tanya Plibersek, Richard Marles, Warren Truss, Hon Julie Bishop MP...

Stop the attack on Australians' citizenship! Scrap the [Un]Australian Citizenship Amendment Bill. Don’t trade our liberty for so-called 'security'.

Michael Lucy from The Monthly describes the situation succinctly: Legislation that will allow the government to effectively cancel the citizenship of dual passport-holders who have committed certain terrorism-related offences has returned to Parliament. This is a considerably revised form of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 that Tony Abbott proposed in May. Some of the quirkier parts of the bill – such as including vandalism of Commonwealth property among the offences that could lead to revocation of citizenship – have been removed, though it will still apply retrospectively, and can apply to people who have not been convicted of any crime. Labor has indicated that it will support the legislation. One important question still hasn’t really been answered: what’s the point? What does it achieve that existing legislation can’t? Will Australians fighting for Islamic State in Syria really be bothered by losing the right to the passports they have already burned? Are there people in Australia who haven’t been convicted of any offence that the government is planning to exile? And if we do start banishing people, where will they go? Is this anything more than a way of washing our hands of Australians we don’t want to deal with any more? On this issue, as with refugees, the government is pretending that shipping a problem offshore is the same as solving it. The law is also liable to set a bad precedent. A citizenship that can be cancelled is not really citizenship; it is a temporary privilege that can be demolished in a moment at the whim of a minister. No matter how great the crimes our citizens commit, they are still Australian. As the Bill’s explanatory memorandum notes, “Australian citizenship gives full and formal membership of the Australian community and is a common bond … uniting all Australians”. At the same time, it says “The Bill only applies to persons who are a national or citizen of a country other than Australia, that is, dual citizens”. Both of these can’t be true at once. Either all of us get equal treatment in the law, or dual nationals become literal second-class citizens. The Australian Citizenship Amendment Bill 2015 should be scrapped. It is time for us as a nation to face up to our real security problems and start solving them, rather than off-shoring them. Australia should rely on its courts to prosecute and punish criminal behaviour by terrorists.  Alice Hill Melbourne @backseatdriverz

Alice Hill
1,306 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Paul Howes

Royal Commission into the AWU

If you believe that Unions should be held to account for monies entrusted to them by thier members, that are then misappropriated? That said actions by persons involved need to held accountable & exposed fully? Is what we are witnessing now on a daily basis, cause for you to question Ms Gillard and Co's actions regarding her level of involvement in the AWU & AWU Workplace Reform Association? Twitter page #AWUSLUSHFUND Do you believe this union is beyond the law of the land and by association potential criminal activity needs to be properly investigated? Then the only instrument open to resolve the complex, systematic & long term activities of this Union is to call for and institute a Royal Commission to remove the stigma now inflicting the entire Union movement and broader political sphere in Australia. There are now to many questions, documents and evidential briefs in the public domain to continue to sweep this type alleged corruption under the carpet. If any ordinary person/company was to defraud anyone of many hundreds of thousands of dollars for their own personal purposes, your or they would be before the courts quicker than you could imagine. No matter the position or perceived positions of power should not be allowed to believe they are above the law. Conduct of this type needs to be exposed and persons involved be held accountable for their actions either by omission or commission. The appalling activities alone constitute an appalling breach of the various laws of Australia. We expect our leaders, whether it be in a Union or Company and or Government to act with honesty and integrity and when this is found to be wanting we must have these persons be accountable. Only a Royal Commission has the scope and powers to compel the truth to be brought forth to the Australian Citizenry, to whom these responsible parties are ultimately accountable to. This is a grass roots call for ordinary Australians to call for a Royal Commission and to send both sides of Parliament a clear message that you require something to be done, not just platitudes and worthless words. Australians expect and demand action. Demand a Royal Commission in the activities of The AWU.

J P
1,119 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Bill Shorten

Save QLD Working Women's Service after its axing by Campbell Newman

Campbell Newman's newly formed Queensland Government has announced it will no longer provide funding to the Queensland Working Women's Service (QWWS), despite QWWS being a valuable safety-net for working women for 18 years. This decision will result in the close of QWWS, leaving women in Queensland who are not union members with no one to turn to when they experience unfairness and discrimination at work. Women will no longer have access to this community organisation for information, advice or advocacy when they face unfair dismissal, discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace. Sign this petition to the federal government to step in and give women back this important safety-net!

Queensland Working Women's Service
1,077 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The hon. Bill Shorten MP

Grow a spine and some values

Grow a spine and some values Bill Shorten! The Abbott government will go down in history as the most destructive, inhumane, corrupt, dishonest and self serving. But it seems that the Shorten opposition will go down in history, doing next to nothing. Which is worse?  We need you to start doing your job! Politicians are supposed to serve the people, NOT big business. It’s no mystery - the less poverty, the more commerce. The most important investment we can make is in human resources, not our country's resources at the expense of the irreversible destruction of the environment. When the last tree is cut down, the last fish caught, the last lump of coal dug up, the last water source poisoned, we will finally realise we can not eat money! Bill Shorten, we need you to show some courage!Why do you continue to take such a morally reprehensible stance on asylum seekers? How can you sit there and let the Liberal government pass those ludicrously restrictive new domestic security laws? ASIO can now spy on the entire population of Australia with just a single warrant! That includes YOU Mr Shorten! This is the kind of legislation you expect to see somewhere like Iran or North Korea. #StopDataRetention You have also supported the Liberal government to join THE WAR ON TERROR. What will this achieve? What did the last WAR ON TERROR achieve? Joining the US in this latest war will just put us all in danger, cause massive destruction and countless deaths and make US arms manufacturers even richer. And now Hockey says he needs to cut the budget even more to pay for it! What destructive legislation will you rubber stamp next? Our greatest fear of Tony Abbott becoming Prime Minister……..has happened. The fact that you're doing such a pathetic job of combating this madman is disappointing and disillusioning. The thought of him serving a second term because of your lack of spine is unbearable!Bill Shorten, we need an inspiring leader! What we don't need is a wimp with a "small target policy", who only stands-up when the opinion polls say it's safe to do so. We need someone who will do what's right, not what's politically expedient. We need someone who can unite the nation with a brave and inspiring vision for the future!  Bill Shorten, we need you to become a true leader!

Marcus Thyer
510 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Tony Abbott, Bill Shorten

Tony Abbott - Stop the Government stealing people's bank accounts!

Your money should be safe in your bank account. The Government should not be able to take it. Let's get this Unclaimed Money Act rescinded so people are protected from desperate & greedy Governments. You should not be forced to transact to keep your money. If you believe your money is none of the Government's business - please sign this petition.

Margaret Franklin
100 supporters