- Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
- Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
Please don’t stop the 9 girls studying at Rosemount from finishing their schooling.
The nine of us have all struggled for years to get back on track. Some have mental illnesses, others come from poor backgrounds – now, there’s funding cuts to the only education service that can help us. If it happens, it’d shatter my world. I won’t be able to graduate, and the arrangement means I’ll probably lose my house too. I’m one of nine young women trying to finish my HSC at Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth Service. They provide alternative education programs to students who suffer mental illness or disadvantage. We are a really diverse mix of young people but we have one thing in common: we’ve struggled for years, and now we just really want to finish school. Ending of the Rosemount service would mean going back to square one for the nine of us. I don't want that to happen. We've all worked so hard. I’m the eldest of 6 siblings. I couldn’t go to a regular school because I had to put every ounce of energy into helping my mum raise the other kids. Now - at Rosemount - I’m finally on track to graduate, so I’ve actually been able to secure a place to live. Some of my school mates are amazing. Like Taylor, who is a 17-yr old Aboriginal student, when she passed year 10 she became the most qualified person in her family. Now she's training to be a nurse and on track to do medicine! Or Grace, who is also 17 and battles crippling anxiety and depression but has fought her way back for months and is now a chance of doing nursing. When the funding stops, some of us will be just 6 months away from completing high school. It's not just about education – but all my counsellors are here too – everyone that supports me. I just want Tony Abbott or Mike Baird to give us a chance. It's a tiny amount of money, but means so much to us, it's our future. I'm asking them not to force us nine young women out of Rosemount and our last chance at achieving an education. Please sign this petition and help me save my education, my house, and my future. Sophia Mazzito
Help stop the mass poisoning of pets by vets
Imagine eating nothing but canned stew or kibble every day of your life without ever brushing your teeth. That’s the grim reality for the majority of pet dogs, cats and ferrets. In the film Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock ate McDonald’s meals three times a day for 30 days. He gained eleven kilos in weight (24 and a half pounds); his liver turned to fat; cholesterol shot up; and he doubled his risk of heart failure. Spurlock’s doctor had no difficulty making the connection. Morgan Spurlock was becoming seriously ill as a result of a constant junk food diet. The consequences for dogs, cats and ferrets fed canned and packaged junk food are the same or worse. See the mini-trial in the video above. Four previously healthy dogs suffered visible effects of vet-recommended Hill’s Science Diet in just eight days! Multi-national corporations Mars Inc, Nestlé and Colgate-Palmolive are the main junk pet food producers. Besides the cruelty, ill-health and suffering the economic costs run into the $billions. And this ruthless industry has pet owners poisoning their pets alive — thanks to the advice of their trusted local vet. Not that the local vets are entirely to blame. They’re brainwashed at vet school. Junk pet-food makers work secret deals with vet schools worldwide. In Australia, in an attempt to discover the junk pet-food deals, I am conducting Freedom of Information applications against the seven university vet schools. See www.rawmeatybones.com for written and video progress reports and how the companies pay for access to the vet students. On 17 September 2015 Sydney University Vet School is due to appear before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal to explain why it believes the public should be kept in the dark and that its deals with Royal Canin, a division of Mars Inc., and Hill’s, a division of Colgate-Palmolive, should remain secret. Please help the Minister for Education and Training understand how junk pet food grease lubricates the vet school brainwashing machine leading to massive pet ill health and cruelty. Please sign the petition and encourage all concerned pet owners to sign the petition. Pets, people and the wider environment need our help. Signed, Tom Lonsdale (Veterinarian)
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
Stand up - Protect Australian Steel Industry, return Arrium to it's legitimate owners
An unjust and disgraceful administration in Australia corporation history is in the making! We request that you get involved in this important matter with the qualifier that whatever happens with Arrium will be remembered for generations. Returning the company back to its shareholders is the only just decision rather than selling it off in pieces to non-vested parties only to create uncertainties to the workers and all other stakeholders. Arrium Steel (previously known as OneSteel) with local steelmaking heritage dated over 100 years ago, together with the Middleback Ranges iron ore mining, ports and distribution network are the strategic assets that empower Australia economy activities, collectively help building the nation and have provided employments to large numbers of workers with moderate skills, providing them with stable jobs and good benefits. The overall Australian steel industry employs 90,000 workers in 2014-15. Despite the manufacturing industry in Australia has declined from 30% of GDP in the 1960s to 6.8% of GDP in 2014, manufacturing products such as structural and reinforced steel continued to represent a core source of economic prosperity for Australia. Without these vital businesses, roads, rails, building construction and many infrastructure initiatives could not have been developed as they are today. It's a national imperative to keep the steel manufacturing industry strong, sustainable and in Australian hands. Arrium is the 4th lowest cost iron ore producer in the world + with its ports, rails, integrated steel manufacturing and world class distribution makes it a remarkable long term sustainable Australian business. Granted, it had a heavy debt burden albeit with the recent sale of Moly Cop this has now been rectified. As a reminder, liquidators only do one thing well “liquidate” with absolutely no consideration whatsoever for medium and/or long term legacy nor for any consideration to any other stakeholders other than their clients and their own fee generation situation. We simply are absolutely convinced that all stakeholders can be made 100% whole and Australia will be a better place afterwards when returned to shareholders than the current process conducted by a liquidator. It’s important for us to clarify to you what has changed since administration! 1) - Moly-Cop has now been sold for AUD 1.6 billion to reduce debt to a manageable level, 2) - Iron Ore Division Iron Ore prices have been more than doubled since its lows December last year and it is now trading at multi-years high at USD83, The announced washing plant technology improvement with loan supported by the federal government will add another $50 million per year over the next 5 years by improving the grade of iron ore mined, The expiration of higher rate shipping contracts in September 2016 will reduce the mining cost for around AUD 5 per ton. Which will add another AUD 50 million per year to the bottom-line, Partnership with CDE Mining to process and convert 17 million tons of low grade iron ore fines in waste dumps into saleable product, 3) - Steel Division Steel prices have surged over 50% since its lows, Anti-dumping policies Australian federal government announced few months ago will further support the recovery of steel prices over the longer term horizon, Potential deals with Oz-Mineral and others in the pipeline regarding the Whyalla port facilities, In addition to the fact that the company is now in very good shape, if the company continues to be liquidated the negative consequences include: All the unsecured creditors will only get back between 50 to 70 cents in a dollar of unsecured debts as reported, Shareholders including many employees will get nothing and the accumulated tax losses of the company will be lost forever, If the buyer is a foreign entity, the Arrium Australia steel and mining businesses will operate as subsidiaries of the foreign company. Foreign company generally has an appetite to maximize profits by shifting some parts of the business offshore including back office, customer services and technology causing more jobs losses in Australia. The purpose of voluntary administration is to attempt to turn an essentially insolvent company around to maximise its chances of continuing. This is now the best opportunity for all stakeholders putting their self-interest aside to work together to return the company back to its legitimate owners and to keep the national important assets in Australian hands. From Arrium Shareholders United (ASU) ASU Website: http://arrium-asu.wixsite.com/fight-for-justice ASU Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The hiring of specialist trained Gender Surgeons in each Australian State and Territory
To the honourable members of the Australian Parliament, I, Elizabeth Kazon, an Intersex Transgender Female, and my fellow LGBTQIA+ individuals, allies and supporters, call upon you to without delay hire surgeons within the Medicare public health system to perform sex reassignment surgeries, thus making these certified Life Saving Surgeries, affordable for all Transgender and Intersex Australians. Within Australia, Medicare pays a rebate for some Male to Female Sex Reassignment Surgeries and some Female to Male Sex Reassignment Surgeries, however as there isn’t the possibility to have these surgeries performed in the public health system, private surgeons have a virtual monopoly, making these necessary surgeries unaffordable for a majority of Transgender and Intersex individuals. Furthermore, advancements are being made in these surgeries, however there is no opportunity for the private surgeons to learn and use these new techniques as they are constantly backlogged with patients who have no alternatives. The approximate cost in Australia to have a Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty is $18’000 excluding aftercare, fights and accommodation. A new surgery, the Peritoneum Pull-Through Vaginoplasty has been pioneered and is being performed oversees for approximately $20’000-$40’000 USD. This cost is relatively affordable when compared to the $100’000+ payable to have Phalloplasty performed in Australia. These prices are unaffordable, and it should be offered within the public system. In addition, it is with great conviction that we also believe that breast enhancement, breast reduction, Buttocks enhancement and buttocks reduction should also be performed for those holding a valid Intersex or Transgender Diagnosis as such procedures have been proven to greatly improve Transgender and Intersex individuals’ mental health. We the undersigned call upon you, the Australian Parliament, to without delay, put pressure on the individual states and territories to hire and train 1 specialist surgeon per capital city in Australia plus at least 4 specialist nurses to assist them. These surgeons collectively should be proficient in the following new and older techniques to meet the needs of the Transgender and Intersex Individuals of Australia: · Peritoneum Pull-Through Vaginoplasty, · Sigmoid Colon Vaginoplasty, · Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty, · Facial Feminization Surgery, · Voice Feminization Surgery, · Tracheal Shave, · Breast and Buttock Augmentation, · Mastectomy, · Hysterectomy, · Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy, · Metoidplasty, · Phalloplasty. Yours with hope,
Charge Senator Fraser Anning for Assault on a Minor: & Remove Him from the Senate
Over a million people have signed an alternative petition demanding the removal of Senator Fraser Anning from the Australian parliament following his Islamaphobic comments in the wake of Friday's (15 March 2019) terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand; which directly targeted innocent Muslims in two inner-city mosques. Unfortunately, under the Australian Constitution, there are few mechanisms available for removing a sitting senator. Typically a senator can only be removed at the polls, if they have dual-citizenship, or if they commit a criminal offence - have been convicted and are awaiting sentencing (see Section 44 of the Australian Constitution). Anning was 'egged' by a 17 year old boy (protester) on the Saturday following the massacre during a press conference in Victoria, Australia. Annning retaliated and struck (physically assaulted) the 'minor' twice before the teen was pinned to the ground by Anning's supporters - goons. Anning's assault cannot be justified on self-defence grounds as the teen was moving away - and was quickly pinned to the ground. Anning's actions are criminal. Physical assault against a minor is a serious charge in all Australian states. While I am aware the Victorian Police are currently investigating this incident, like most people in power Anning is likely to walk away with nothing but a 'slap on the wrists.' Please sign this petition to pressure the Victorian police to convict/charge Senator Anning NOW - and thus render Anning ineligible to remain as a Queensland Senator in Australia's parliament. This is the best chance Australian's have to remove Anning - and the white supremacist views he espouses - from the Australian parliament as quickly as possible. As a tolerant and multicultural nation, it is our civic duty to send a message that there is no place for white supremacist and Islamophobic views on our streets, let alone from a representative in OUR government! Best, Mike. P.S. the 'decision makers' who will receive this petition are the Victorian Police force, PM Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten. P.P.S. I would like to sincerely thank the 'Muslims in New Zealand' Facebook page who allowed me to post this petition on their page.
Australia: Stop supplying military exports to countries committing genocide in Yemen!
‘Man-made’ humanitarian crisis. The Saudi-led war in Yemen which began in 2015, is being called the ‘world’s worst humanitarian crisis’ (International Rescue Committee). With over 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, 56,000 people killed and 11 million on the brink of starvation, this war has been catastrophic. According to Save the Children reports, 80,000 children under the age of 5 may have died from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) between April 2015 and October 2018. While the blockade is killing some through starvation, others are dying at the hands of Saudi airstrikes. Human rights groups such as Amnesty International have accused the Saudi led coalition for war crimes and for its use of ‘cluster munitions, lethal explosive weapons banned under international law’ (Amnesty International). It has been estimated that since 2015, the Saudi-led coalition has conducted ‘18,000 airstrikes, one-third of which have hit non-military targets’ (International Rescue Committee). Australia’s complicity Australia continues to support Saudi Arabia both diplomatically and militarily. According to the DFAT website, ‘Australia and Saudi Arabia enjoy a friendly relationship’ as well as being Australia’s ‘second largest trading partner in the Middle East region’ (DFAT). On a militarily perspective, the recent release of Internal Defence Department documents and parliamentary hearings reveal that ‘since the beginning of 2016, Canberra has granted at least 37 export permits for military-related items to the United Arab Emirates, and 20 to Saudi Arabia’ (ABC News). These weapons are going into the hands of people who are disproportionately killing innocent children, women and bombing hospitals, schools and homes. In addition, Australian mercenaries have been fighting alongside the Saudi coalition. Australian major-general Mike Hindmarsh was leading the UAE forces on the ground in Yemen, and countless other Australians are working with the Saudi-coalition under private military contractors (ABC News). What we are demanding? A halt of arms and military assistance to Saudi Arabia and members of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Reconsider Australian-Saudi relations Raise the Yemen crisis in Parliament Australia Director of HRW Elaine Pearson has said, “Australia should impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Saudi Arabia until Saudi Arabia not only curtails its unlawful airstrikes in Yemen but also credibly investigates alleged violations.” Diana Sayed, the crisis campaigner at Amnesty International Australia further stated, “Australia is obliged under the Arms Trade Treaty not to authorise weapons transfers to countries where there is an overriding risk these weapons could be used to commit or facilitate a serious violations of international human rights or humanitarian law. By transferring conventional arms to Saudi Arabia, Australia may indeed be in breach of the Arms Trade Treaty.” As one Yemeni child dies of starvation every 10 minutes, we are running out of time to make a difference (UNICEF). Countries like Germany, Norway and Belgium have already cut off arms supplies to Saudi Arabia because of human rights violations in Yemen (Washington Post). It’s time for Australia to do the same. Pledging certain amount of aid to Yemen, while continuing to profit off this war is not good enough. We need direct, strong and vocal statements which hold the invading forces in Yemen accountable. We need action from our government that doesn’t display hypocrisy but true concern for the circumstances of the dying Yemeni population. It is evidently known that the war in Yemen would end tomorrow if Western support was removed, therefore your support of these demands could greatly alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people. Let’s ensure that Australia stands on the right side of history!
Hon Tony Abbott MP, Federal Leader of the Opposition: Please confirm funding under Round 5 Phase 1 of the Trade Training Centres program.
Stop the supply of weapons to countries committing war crimes
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has led an alliance of Arab states on a bombing campaign in Yemen's north against the Houthi rebels that overthrew the government. Many other western countries -including Australia- have contributed to this attack on Yemen by supplying Saudi Arabia with arms. However, I believe we should follow in the footsteps of Holland and Spain, by withdrawing our supply of arms on the grounds of human rights. Australia knowingly supplying arms to a country that is perpetrating one of the worst humanitarian crises in the 21st century is morally wrong. Essentially, we are profiting from the death of the Yemeni people. Since when did money matter more than human suffering and lives? When did we choose to put profits before people? When did we choose to put money before morality? No amount of money can amount to the cost of one human life, let alone thousands. We supplied help to the Thai school boys who were trapped in a cave, so why aren’t we supplying help to the Yemeni children our weapons are striking down? On the 9th of August this year, 29 school children were killed by a Saudi Arabian air strike. The only thing Australia is supplying is weapons to kill more children. This number adds to the UN estimated death toll of more than 9,245 people who have been killed and 52,800 injured since March 2015. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has estimated that Saudi-led coalition air attacks caused almost two-thirds of reported civilian deaths. At least 5,558 of those killed, and 9,065 of those injured up to 14 December 2017 were civilians. There have been many more deaths since this time. According to the UN Human Rights Council, civilians have repeatedly been the victims of "unrelenting violations of international humanitarian law". 22.2 million people - need humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million people in acute need who require immediate assistance to survive - an increase of 1 million since June 2017. Australia needs to stop supplying weapons to countries like Saudi Arabia, who are committing war crimes, as it means we are complicit in the killing of innocent human beings.
Let's STOP the Bloody War in Yemen
This petition is addressed to the the Prime Minister, Hon. Scott Morrison, and the Minister for Defence, Hon. Christopher Pyne, to demand the end of weapon sales to countries involved in the war in Yemen; namely, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. We the people of Australia and the undersigned, want the war in Yemen to end and this is not possible if Australia keeps arming countries involved in this war. Some gruesome facts about the war: An estimated 85,000 children under 5 years of age have died of hunger and 1300 from injuries since the war began. Yemen is currently the world's largest humanitarian crisis, with some 8.4 million people in need of food daily. Nearly 3 million children under the age of 5, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are malnourished. Every 10 minutes a child under 5 years of age dies of a preventable disease. 2500 schools are either damaged or destroyed, with 25% of school children unable to go to school. Let's act to stop this madness now.