- Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
- Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
Stop the prosecution of ATO whistleblower Richard Boyle
Richard Boyle is a former ATO staff member who is currently facing 161 years in jail for blowing the whistle on the ATO for its use of heavy handed tactics and revenue targets as motivation in its collection of debts. Before going public with this information he disclosed his concerns under the Public Interest Disclosure Act to the ATO where they were investigated and dismissed. He subsequently went public with this information which resulted in a investigation by Four Corners for ABC titled "Mongrel bunch of bastards". The issues he raised have since been reviewed by Treasury and the Inspector General of Taxation and resulted in changes to laws yet he is now on trial, having been charged with 66 offenses, though his actions were clearly performed for the public good. We call on Attorney-General Christian Porter to intervene in this matter and end the prosecution of Richard Boyle. Prosecuting this individual will greatly discourage any other potential whistle-blowers from coming forward and further erode public faith in our institutions. https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/mongrel-bunch-of-bastards/9635026https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-06/ato-whistleblower-faces-161-years-prison-possibility/10872350https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/10/coalition-orders-investigation-into-alleged-unethical-behaviour-at-tax-officehttps://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-04/afp-raids-four-corners-whistleblower/9617698https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/blowing-the-whistle-on-the-tax-office-s-cash-grab-20180404-p4z7rj.htmlhttps://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/ato-whistleblower-faces-six-life-sentences-roughly-the-same-as-ivan-milat-20190226-p510d2.html
Stop the Religious Discrimination Bill: the Coalition's "Handmaid's Tale"
The Morrison government has introduced a religious discrimination bill that will allow for blatant discrimination against our society's most vulnerable groups: -Women-Single Mums -LGBTIQ -People with a disability-Ethnically and religiously diverse populations ...all under the guise of religious freedom. This discrimination will occur in all elements of our public life including in:-Medical services-Schools-Offices -HospitalsHere are some examples of allowable behaviour under this bill:-CONTRACEPTION- Pharmacists and doctors may choose not to provide contraception, the morning after pill or the PEP pill on the basis of religious belief -ETHNICALLY DIVERSE- Someone of a minority faith may be told by a staff member that they are a “heathen destined for eternal damnation” (PIAC).-SINGLE MOTHERS- A single mother may be told by daycare staff that she is "sinful for denying her child a father" (PIAC)-LGBTIQ- Laws against programs promoting conversion therapy for the LGBTIQ population are overridden under this bill. Doctors and pharmacists may refuse to prescribe hormone treatments for gender transitions. -A student with a disability may be told by a teacher their disability is a trial imposed by God (PIAC)-A student at a religious school may be punished for deciding that they no longer believe in that religion-A woman may be told by a manager that women should submit to their husbands or that women should not be employed outside the home (PIAC)READ MORE- https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/14/religious-discrimination-bill-what-will-australians-be-allowed-to-say-and-do-if-it-passes?CMP=share_btn_tw&fbclid=IwAR2dPQ64TB3YFls5IX3E0GR2gu775_S-ydr7MWRd_acoj0S_4xDZ836ti9E Our way of life is under threat as a group of religious conservatives and fanatics threaten to persecute women and minority groups. This is not the way of a peaceful, harmonious and secular society. Act now, before Australia becomes Gilead.
The Family Law System gave convicted sex offender access to my little girl– now she’s dead
My teenage daughter committed suicide after the Family Law System allowed her father, a convicted child sex offender, access to her when she was just a child. The Family Court System failed my little girl. And they failed me, a protective mother, who in my attempt to protect my children from contact with their abusive father, faced being dismissed as a ‘hysterical woman’ and a ‘vindictive wife’. How can this happen? The legal system, designed to protect vulnerable children, is instead allowing them access to convicted sex offenders and exposing them to further assaults. The family law policy of wanting kids to have a “meaningful relationship with both parents” drove the decision making that would eventually lead to the death of my darling girl. I can’t describe the pain of losing her - it’s been 3 years since she died. She was just 17 and such a loving and caring daughter and friend. It makes me physically sick to imagine what she went through. In 2002, Abbey's father was charged with the sexual assault of her 8-year-old best friend and sent to jail for a pathetic two years. The abuse occurred at regular sleepovers. I’m desperate to fight for children and parents who’ve been grossly let down by the dysfunction of the Family Court System. The Court restricts children from doctor and counselling visits during legal proceedings, discounts their word against a parent's, views reports of sexual assault as vindictive and favours the most financially stable parent. It’s shameful and dangerous. My darling daughter had her whole life ahead of her, but by adding your name to this petition, we can bring about change for other kids. I am supporting Bravehearts call for a Royal Commission into the Family Law System of Australia to examine their damaging failings in protecting our children. It follows a report by Bravehearts which highlights the failings of the Family Law System. It’s called Abbey’s Project. This will be Abbey’s legacy.
Marise Payne, act now to #BringJamesRicketsonHome or my innocent father will die in jail
VICTORY! James Ricketson is now free, thanks in no small part to everyone who signed this petition. Dad wants to thank you all for your ongoing support, we couldn't have done it without you. Now, we hope that we can channel that incredible energy: we want to get impoverished Cambodian families out of the rubbish dumps they live in, and into homes. Visit Family by Family to learn how you can help. My Australian adopted dad, James Ricketson has the kindest heart - yet he’s holed up in a Cambodian prison without even having committed a crime. Unless the Australian government responds quickly, my innocent dad could die in jail. I’m petrified - every day matters now as he gets sicker. I’m so worried for dad’s rapidly deteriorating health - He is almost 70 frail and squashed in a tiny cell with 140 others. It’s so cramped, they have to take it in turns to lie down. Body lice are eating him alive. Dad is an Australian documentary maker/journalist. His only crime is kindness and using his award winning documentaries to portray the truth. The Cambodian government is holding him indefinitely without charge for the ridiculous and untrue accusation of espionage / spying as an Australian citizen - which carries 15 years. All he did was fly a drone over an opposition party rally, which isn’t even illegal. There is a new Foreign Minister – Marise Payne – who hasn’t made up her mind on James’ case yet. Dad was making a documentary about Australia’s abused street kids when he adopted me and loved me as his own daughter. He saved my life. He was one of the first men in my life to show me kindness but now the Australian government has turned their back on him.
Drop the charges against Bernard Collaery & Witness K
In 2004, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) bugged the East Timor Cabinet Office at Dili to obtain information that would allow Australia to gain an unfair advantage & the upper hand in negotiations with East Timor over the rich oil & gas fields in the Timor Gap. This was allegedly at the behest of then Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer. In 2012, the former senior ASIS intelligence officer who led the bugging operation (Witness K) revealed that the Australian Government had illegally accessed the top-secret cabinet discussions of the East Timorese Government & had exploited this information during negotiations of the Timor Sea Treaty, to the disadvantage of the people of East Timor. In June 2018 the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions filed criminal charges against Witness K & his lawyer, Bernard Collaery for essentially exposing the truth of Australia’s bad behaviour towards an ally & a newly independent country struggling to get its people out of poverty. As no national security interest was exposed by either Witness K or his lawyer, we ask that the Attorney-General of Australia, Christian Porter drop these unnecessary charges, which only lead Australia down the path towards a police state. [Picture credit: ABC News; Outrage credit: Four Corners]
Ban Abusive Dog Trainer - Jeff Gellman - Australia
Ban Abusive Dog Trainer Jeff Gellman - Australia We call on Peter Dutton, Minister for Home Affairs, asking he consider cancelling Mr Gellman's working VISA. We ask the Government to investigate why Australia is allowing dog trainer - Jeff Gellman - access to a Visa to Australia to be able to train dogs and their owners using abusive tools, cruelty and purposely cause fear and pain to the dogs he is training. In Australia, we recognise that animals are sentient beings as written in the animal welfare act 1999.An Act—(a) to reform the law relating to the welfare of animals and the prevention of their ill-treatment; and, in particular,— (i) to recognise that animals are sentient: (ii) to require owners of animals, and persons in charge of animals, to attend properly to the welfare of those animals: Therefore, we ask that you prevent Jeff Gellmans abuse of dogs and stop him being able to enter Australia to train using physical harm by hitting dogs on the head, using electronic shock collars - which he openly promotes and is asking participants to purchase for the seminar - as well as using other forms of cruelty to abuse dogs in the name of training. Jeff Gellman, owner of Solid K9 Training has been engaging in and teaching dog training techniques that are scientifically unproven and harmful to dogs - oftentimes using tools that are banned in many countries, including some parts of Australia such as electric shock collars and prong collars. He promotes "techniques" that includes hitting (Bonking) and kicking dogs as punishment. In a recent video, Jeff can be seen hitting a dog in the head, causing it to yelp. A clip can be found HERE: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=O6IRVWmVCX0&feature=youtu.be This is where we draw the line between what training is - and what abuse is. We, the people of Australia, call on Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations, The Hon Christian Porter, to investigate Solid K9 Training and these abusive practices including hitting, choking, shocking dogs. Our dog owners and dogs deserve better. They deserve humane and scientifically backed training approaches. We encourage the general public to think carefully about the welfare of their dog before attending this mans seminars. We encourage dog owners to seek help using modern science based rehabilitation via a qualified VET behaviourist rather than attend this abusive training.Animal welfare laws in Queensland:Animal welfare in Queensland is regulated and enforced to ensure animals are treated humanely.The Queensland Government's animal welfare program has 4 main aims:(i) promote the responsible care and use of animals(ii) provide standards for animal care and use that (iii) balance the welfare of animals and the interests of people whose livelihood depends on animals(iv) allow for the advancements in scientific knowledge and allow for changes in community expectations about practices involving animals We need to protect animals from unjustifiable, unnecessary or unreasonable painand ensure that the use of animals for scientific purposes is accountable, open and responsible.The Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 sets regulations for animal welfare standards. These regulations are the basis for the Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012.This guide covers laws that protect animals in Queensland and how these are enforced. Video: Solid K9 "trainer" Jeff Gellman, admits to & endorses animal abuse for 19 minutes https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=05k0Pdarcd8 This is a clear breach of the QLD animal welfare code - to protect animals from unjustifiable, unnecessary or unreasonable pain. His training methods are outdated, archaic and painfully abusive.If anyone signing wishes to write independently, please see the links below. Thank you. Hon Christian Porter: Christian.Porter.MP@aph.gov.au The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists:email@example.com Barbara Hodel - President Pet Professional Guild Austpresident@ppgaustralia.net.au Ms McMillan - local PM sitting member Mount Gravatt: Mansfield@parliament.qld.gov.au Much to our disappointment - Mount Gravett showgrounds are continuing to support this event: firstname.lastname@example.org Hon Mark Furner : email@example.com (hasre-directed us to the Department of Home Affairs to petition): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australian Immigration, stop Aiding and Abetting a wanted fugitive.
Minister David Coleman and Minister Alan Tudge, More than 33,000 Australians who are supporting me have signed this Petition for you to act.. My suffering has been ignored by Australian Immigration for 36 months while they protect and give a Safe Haven to a Wanted person who is hiding in Australia on a Visa from her crimes in the Philippines and who has had an INTERPOL Red Notice issued against her for 2 counts of trying to kill me (Attempted Murder) and 1 count of child Abuse. https://pro9.pnp.gov.ph/index.php/downloads/viewcategory/18-zamboanga-del-norte-wanted-persons-with-arrest-warrant?order=date&dir=asc&start=60 I am an Australian child and seeking Justice for two attempts on my life and the accused is a Filipino who is taking refuge in Australia on a Visa to hide from her crimes. The accused fled to Australia to avoid prosecution after having sex with a minor in the Philippines, and a Warrant for Child Abuse has been issued with two (2) more Warrants expected soon. "AUSTRALIAN MIGRATION ACT Section 501 (6) For the purposes of this section, a person does not pass the character test if: (d) in the event the person were allowed to enter or to remain in Australia, there is a risk that the person would; (i) engage in criminal conduct in Australia; or BOX TICKED AND CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS FILED AND THE PERPETRATOR HAS ADMITTED UNDER OATH TO COMMITTING SERIOUS CRIMES IN AUSTRALIA BETWEEN 2017 to PRESENT (ii) harass, molest, intimidate or stalk another person in Australia; or BOX TICKED AND CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS FILED AND THE PERPETRATOR HAS ADMITTED UNDER OATH TO COMMITTING SERIOUS CRIMES IN AUSTRALIA BETWEEN 2017 to PRESENT Immigration are fully aware and have evidence that she has been breaking numerous criminal laws in Australia while she has been given a Safe Haven, such as Stalking, Conspiring to Bring False Accusation, Extortion, messaging death threats, and Fraud and this is not "Good Character" Section 501 (6) For the purposes of this section, a person does not pass the character test if: (h) an Interpol notice in relation to the person, from which it is reasonable to infer that the person would present a risk to the Australian community or a segment of that community, is in force." BOX TICKED There is an INTERPOL Red Notice in force for MARIA KATHRINA KATHLEEN MALIGRO MOUNTNEY for two counts of Attempted Parricide (Murder of her daughter) and it has been in force since March 2017. https://www.interpol.int/en/How-we-work/Notices/View-Red-Notices MIGRATION REGULATIONS 1994- made under the Migration Act 1958 MIGRATION REGULATIONS 1994 - REG 1.23 (4) The alleged victim is taken to have suffered family violence, and the alleged perpetrator is taken to have committed family violence, if: BOX TICKED AND CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS FILED AND THE PERPETRATOR HAS ADMITTED UNDER OATH TO COMMITTING SERIOUS CRIMES IN AUSTRALIA BETWEEN 2017 to PRESENT (a) a court has made an order under a law of a State or Territory against the alleged perpetrator for the protection of the alleged victim from violence; and BOX TICKED ORDER ISSUED (b) the order was made after the court had given the alleged perpetrator an opportunity to be heard, or otherwise to make submissions to the court, in relation to the matter. BOX TICKED ORDER ISSUED Under the Australian Migration Regulations and Migration Act, the person that tried to kill me is a Perpetrator of Domestic Violence in Australia as well as there was a Domestic Violence Protection Order issued in Queensland in March 2015 with the perpetrator as the Respondent. BOX TICKED AND WANTED WITH WARRANTS FOR MY ATTEMPTED MURDER IN THE PHILIPPINES & PERMANENT PROTECTION ORDER UNTIL MY SISTER AND I TURN 18 Quote from Minister David Coleman 2019; "Wherever the offence occurred, whatever the sentence, Australia will have no tolerance for domestic violence perpetrators." Since the second attempt on my life I have suffered traumatic nightmares every night and I need Justice. These nightmares ceased when I returned to the Philippines as I thought I was finally going to get Justice. The nightmares have returned, and my sleepwalking, waking up in different places crying as somebody is chasing me with knives. Cancelling her Visa will force her to face her crimes in the Philippines, but Australian Immigration have not acted and are ignoring an INTERPOL International Red Notice and the Australian Migration Act, and are Aiding and Abetting. Besides the many Witnesses to the crimes that Australian Immigration have been sent through Diplomatic channels their Affidavits, Australian Immigration have her written admission that she Posted in Public last year on the Internet that she tried to kill me. I was abused on a near daily basis while living in Queensland, getting hit in the head, having my ears twisted until I was in a lot of pain, and had my things thrown around and damaged. Of course the Torture I experienced was ignored by the Queensland Police, not to upset the Narrative on Domestic Violence. I filed an Official Complaint with the Queensland Police, and they did not even contact the witnesses as they are Aiding the Perpetrator as they know she is on a Visa. All MONIQUE COLEMAN of Surfers Paradise Queensland Police did was ask the Perpetrator was it true, and of course she said no - case closed. Domestic Violence against a child not even investigated, and waiting for Commissioner Katarina Carroll to explain. What more do you need Mr Coleman as this is smelling rather fishy and seems she is being illegally protected. A favor for a friend perhaps? Queensland Police have her admission in an Affidavit she has been committing several serious crimes in Queensland. Minister Peter Dutton used his discretionary powers under the Australian Migration Act Section 501, to deport New Zealand teenager Caleb Maraku for hitting another teenager on the Gold Coast, yet an adult can hit a young child in the head and torture her in Australia, commit many other crimes in Australia, be wanted abroad for Attempted Murder of a child, have an INTERPOL Red Notice in force against her for Attempted Murder of a child, and be a Perpetrator of Domestic Violence in Australia under the Migration Act, and you take no action! Protecting someone to evade the law without a lawful excuse is Aiding and Abetting and Obstructing Justice, and makes the person an Accessory after the Fact to my Attempted Murder. You have no lawful excuse as you have her public written admission she tried to kill me You have the INTERPOL Red Notice that is in force You have a Domestic Violence Protection Order issued in Queensland You have a Domestic Violence Protection Order issued in Philippines that is in-force until I am 18 You not only have evidence, you have her admission in an Affidavit Sworn under Oath and filed in Court in Brisbane that she is Harassing and Stalking me while hiding in Australia from her crimes in the Philippines You have her admission in an Affidavit Sworn under Oath and filed in Court in Brisbane that she committed the crime of Child Stealing in Queensland You have her admission in an Affidavit Sworn under Oath and filed in Court in Brisbane that she has been committing Domestic Violence in the Philippines You have an Affidavit sent to DFA Sydney that contains statements that are manufactured by her, and you have evidence they are manufactured, which is a crime in N.S.W. In addition you have evidence her Visa Application was Fraudulent as she did not declare her crimes in the Philippines as required on the Application which is a serious Commonwealth Offense. In 2014 the Minister for Immigration was given Super Powers to personally Cancel Visa's under Character Grounds, and I request you use your powers and be compassionate with me like the Au Pairs so I can have Justice. Being discriminatory or having selective Justice, is no Justice at all. You need to have the same rules for all, not just against Kiwi's and bikies. I am waiting for you to show your compassion before I surrender and cut a little deeper. Name of Accused was withheld until she went onto this Petition and admitted it was her, and harassed us and committed further Domestic Violence and crimes!
Prevent domestic violence tragedies. Make coercive control illegal.
In light of the recent murder of Hannah Clarke and her three beautiful children by their father, we say enough is enough. It's time that the government makes a meaningful and immediate change by outlawing controlling behaviours that lead to violent tragedies. That's why I'm calling to make coercive control illegal. Coercive control is described as a wide range of controlling behaviours that one person commits against another person (usually a current or former intimate partner). These behaviours collectively strip the other person of their autonomy and sense of self-worth. This typically involves some or all of the following: physical violence, intimidation, degradation, isolation and regulation. Some coercive control behaviours are already illegal, but not enough are. Coercive control can take many forms, all of them doing harm and laying the foundation for further violence. For example, some offenders have: - threatened to expose private photographs of their partner or ex-partner-prevented their partner from ending the relationship by threatening to, or actually engaging in, self-harm- confiscated or destroyed their partner’s mobile phone-deleted all male contacts on their partner’s social media-threatened to or actually harmed their partner’s pets-demanded that their partner eat certain foods-demanded that their partner sleep on the floor-prohibited their partner from seeking or continuing employment-controlled their partner’s finances, with one giving his partner an allowance out of her own income-conducted regular inspections of their partner’s home or body for evidence of infidelity. For all the work that has been done to end family violence in recent years, it is surprising to note that most of the above behaviours – with the exception of actual or threatened physical violence and stalking – are not criminal. The only way these violent behaviours are at all illegal are when an individual has been issued an intervention or protection order - but what message does it send to victims if the abuse they suffer is only criminal if it violates a court order? We have seen the horrific reaction some violent partners have to an AVO. We need to get in early, and prevent things escalating to tragedy by making coercive control illegal. Coercive control is already illegal in the UK. Why not in Australia? How many more lives are to be taken for any change to occur? Please sign and share this petition to make a stand against all forms of violent behaviour. We need to do all we can to end family violence.
UGG IS AUSTRALIAN
UGG IS AUSTRALIAN Just like Fetta is Greek, Champaign is French, Ferrari is Italian By signing this petition we are asking the Australian Government to STAND UP for Australians and assist in fighting the case of Deckers v’s Australian Leather Pty Ltd Australian Leather should not be taking this on alone! Where is our mateship? Where is standing up for Australia? My name is Eddie Oygur. I started making Ugg boots 34 years ago, and this is my story. Since 1986, together with a team of dedicated staff, we’ve proudly made hundreds of thousands of pairs of Australian made Ugg boots – which we all know are sheepskin leather boots that are super comfortable and were created in Australia in the 1960’s from the surf scene here. They were a proudly Australian invention that found their way to other parts of the world by the later 1960’s, including the United States, where they were sold as ‘Ugg’ boots and became a hit in surfing communities across the US, from coast to coast. So, there is no doubt in my mind that ‘Ugg’ is an Australian term and creation, made by lots of local Aussie manufacturers, exported to the world. Then something very strange, and terrible, happened. In 1985, Brian Smith, an expatriate Australian, applied to trademark the word ‘Ugg’ in the US, claiming that the word was not a generic term. You can only trademark a name if it has not been commonly used before, and the evidence is that it was, which makes it very strange that a trademark was granted. In fact, there are claims that the trademark should never have been granted in the first place. But somehow the trademark was granted, and that meant that the owner of the trademark could prevent the term Ugg being used by anybody else around the world – except for Australia and New Zealand where the term Ugg was in common usage from the 1960’s. In 1995 the US multi-national Deckers Brands bought the ‘Ugg’ trademark and since then they have sold billions and billions of dollars of Ugg boots around the world, and have stopped anybody else using the term ‘Ugg’ – even though it is a name that I believe belongs to Australia. To add insult to injury Deckers sold their Ugg boots as being ‘Australian’, even though they were made in China and Vietnam! How is that fair? Then in 2016 things got really ugly for me. Thirteen pairs of Ugg boots (yes 13 pairs) and two pairs of socks were sold into the US in between 2011 and 2016 valued at about $2300, and as it turned out that four of those pairs of Ugg boots were bought by private investigators hired by Deckers! Then, without notice, Deckers sued me for alleging breaching their intellectual property. They initially sought to freeze my assets, confiscate my boots, and they took me to Court in the US in Chicago 14,867 kms away. Most people who have been sued by Deckers before have simply rolled over and done what Deckers has wanted them to do – basically accept without question that Deckers owns the trademark and that Ugg belongs to them around the world. I thought that was wrong. So, I fought back. I have spent everything I own, everything I have worked for in my entire life, to fight Deckers in the US Courts. Everything that belongs to me has gone into this fight – over $1 million spent in legal fees fighting this case. My case eventually went before a jury in Chicago in May of last year. I really did not stand a chance. Because of the way US laws are structured, the odds were stacked against me. The jury found that I had breached Deckers intellectual property and I was hit with a penalty of $US450,000 (about $A640,000). I have appealed against the decision as being wrong in law, and wrong on the facts, and my US lawyers have told me that I have got a good chance of winning on appeal. But Deckers continues to come at me, and they have got cost orders against me of $US2 million which means that all up they are now claiming $AUD 3.4 million. Through their Australian lawyers they have recently threatened to sue me for that. They gave a deadline to pay up the $AUD 3.4 million dollars by this week, or else they would take me to court in Australia to enforce the judgment – even though I am appealing the decision. In Australia, the other side normally waits until an appeal has been heard. Not here, not with Deckers, not with the US legal system. I have put everything I own into this case because I am a proud Australian that believes Ugg belongs in Australia, not just for me to use, but for every other Ugg bootmaker to be able to sell Australian made Ugg boots to the world. · Getting the name Ugg back to Australia could be a multi-billion-dollar export industry for dozens of Ugg boot makers · Create over 4,000 well paid jobs right here. · Tell Deckers Aussie battlers WILL NOT BE BULLIED by anyone. Please support UGG boots Fight Unfortunately, the Australian Government, which has a Fund to help cases such as this, decided previously that they didn’t want to help. Maybe they consider that their relationship with the US is too important to upset over a small battling Aussie company in this David v Goliath battle. I hope that is not what you think. Yours Sincerely, EDDIE OYGUR Founder & Managing Director of Australian Leather Pty Ltd
Help Stop Suicides - Legalise Cannabis Now
Give my veteran son access to legal and affordable cannabis, before I lose him to PTSD. In the war in Afghanistan, 41 Australian soldiers were killed fighting. But at least 419 Australian soldiers have committed suicide after coming home to Australia. My army veteran son, David, was nearly one of those statistics. Thankfully, we discovered a way to bring him back from the brink of his PTSD: homegrown cannabis with naturopathic supplements. But cannabis for this purpose is almost impossible to source legally, or affordably. That’s why we’re both calling for this safe, natural drug to be made legal. I’m a retired drug cop, probably the last person you’d expect to be fighting for cannabis legalisation. But I’ve seen how this natural drug has helped pull my son out of the darkest places. David did two tours in Afghanistan. Like so many veterans, when David came home he was broken by what he’d experienced. To deal with his crippling PTSD, he was put on hardcore pharmaceutical drugs. These treatments 'chemically lobotomise' our veterans and are known to increase the risk of depression and suicide, and they prevent talk therapy from working for our veterans. I saw this happen with David. Faced with the prospect of losing David forever, we turned to cannabis. The results were incredible. One day he woke and up and it was like something had flicked a switch. It took me 42 years to realise this, but cannabis is a medicine. Medicinal cannabis can help our veterans, but it is obscenely expensive at over $800 for only ten days treatment. The government simply will not pay for it despite repeated requests to the Department of Veterans Affairs. We’ve had to turn to the black market, just to keep my son alive. We need a bigger solution to this problem, because it isn’t just veterans who experience PTSD and could be helped with natural cannabis. Ordinary, homegrown cannabis is inexpensive and could be saving lives right now. In fact, homegrown safe cannabis is often more effective than the pharmaceutical version for treating PTSD, and my son is living proof of that. Prohibition of cannabis drives the illicit drug trade and allows organised crime to flourish. Also, research shows that the leading cause of drug deaths are opioids. The second leading cause are the “benzos”. It’s these drugs which are currently being given to our returned soldiers. It’s leading our veterans to develop debilitating addictions to these prescribed drugs, exacerbating depression and contributing to the suicide rate. Not a single death has ever been attributed to overdose of cannabis. Meanwhile, in over 33 US states, their veterans have unfettered access to medicinal cannabis, and it is treated as an essential service amid cov19. It's time our medical profession looked toward safe alternatives like cannabis. It’s time Prime Minister Scott Morrison acted to urgently stop this risk of suicide by our veterans. Let’s show Scott Morrison he can reduce the soldier suicides now, simply by legalising homegrown cannabis for use as a life-saving medicine. Our soldiers and others with PTSD deserve our help. Please, sign and share this petition and help this dad do all he can to support and care for his son.