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Petitioning Daniel Andrews

Protect sacred Djab Wurrung birthing trees from expansion of the Western Hwy by Vicroads.

Sacred Djab Wurrung birthing trees are due to be cut down by VicRoads any time now. Some of these trees are over 800 years old and have birthed more than 10,000 Djab Wurrung babies. A blockade and embassy to protect this sacred cultural heritage has been set up to stop the planned removal of 3000 trees, including 260 large old growth trees. These trees are irreplaceable, not only for the Djab Wuurung people, but also as important habitat for Australia's growing number of threatened species (please see attached article below). A road however, can be redirected. We ask that this impending destruction by MRPV/the Roads Corporation  be halted immediately, more appropriate respect for the concerns of the Djab Wuurung community be taken into consideration, and that the trees and the site are protected. Elders have asked that imagery of the sacred trees not be used online. I ask that this request be respected. EditI previously stated that these trees are important habitat for the endangered South Eastern Red Tailed Black Cockatoo. I have since been informed that these particular birds are the subject of a government funded project to protect remaining habitat around Casterton, where there is a colony of approximately 1500 birds roosting and nesting. However, habitat loss is of very serious concern for a growing number of Australian native wildlife. Australia is the world leader in biodiversity loss, with more than 1300 flora species and 450 fauna species currently threatened with extinction. Please see this article to learn more: Image: Funereal Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) illustrated by Elizabeth Gould (1804–1841) for John Gould’s (1804-1881) Birds of Australia Please go to the Djab Wurrung Embassy website for directions to camp information centring on the environmental catastrophe developing in this cultural precinct is available here

Kate Gane
217,788 supporters
Petitioning Gladys Berejiklian, Daniel Andrews, Mark McGowan

#BanTheBag in NSW, Victoria and WA

UPDATE: Thanks to your support, Victoria and Western Australia have announced that they will ban single-use plastic bags! Only NSW is yet to act - keep up the pressure! Encourage Premier Gladys Berejiklian today to #BanTheBag! The Project has teamed up with Clean Up Australia to call on NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, and WA Premier Mark McGowan to #BanTheBag. These three great Australians could see single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags banned across Australia, thanks to existing bans in South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, the ACT, and an impending ban in Queensland. Support for existing bans is overwhelming. In South Australia, 81% of the consumers strongly support the ban. As do 73% of Territorians, and 70% of Australians living in the ACT. Currently, Australians use an estimated four to six billion plastic bags each year. That’s 10 million bags every day. Every minute, we send 7,150 plastic bags to landfill. But 80 million plastic bags never make it to landfill, and instead end up in our litter stream, killing 100,000 birds and marine life every year. On average, it’s estimated we use a single-use plastic bag (like you’d find at Coles and Woolies) for just 12 minutes. And that same bag could take up to 1,000 years to break down. A plastic bag you use today will share this planet with your great great great great great great great great great great great great grandchildren. Many countries around the world, from China to Italy, Papua New Guinea to France, Taiwan to The Netherlands, have already banned plastic bags. But despite supporting in spirit, the banning of plastic bags, the Premiers of NSW, Victoria, and Western Australia are yet to lead on the issue. We want them to #BanTheBag so that Australia is not left behind as the rest of the world addresses this serious and avoidable environmental disaster. So who will lead the way. NSW, Victoria or Western Australia?  Who will ban the bag first? Gladys Berejiklian, Daniel Andrews or Mark McGowan? Whose name will our great great great great great great great great great great great great grandchildren read in their history books? Once you’ve signed, contact these great Australians directly and encourage them to lead the way and #BanTheBag! GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN NSW PREMIER EMAIL: PHONE: 02 8574 5000 FACEBOOK: TWITTER:

The Project
190,124 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Andrews, Lily D'Ambrosio, Matthew Jackson

Protect Brumbies from inhumane treatment and Support Introduction of Legislation

Australians hold long standing Traditional and Cultural  connections with Brumbies  Horses arrived in Australia on tall ships nearly 250 years ago, and were acknowledged and revered for their contribution to the establishment of colonies as workhorses. Brumbies hauled logs and were used in farming. Horses were realeased into bushlands and grazed with stock animals. Brumbies have lived symbiotically with native wildlife for over two centuries. Most Australians nowadays have a traditional connection with Brumbies. Brumbies are a recognised  iconic symbol, Brumbies are a part of our traditions and culture and are much loved by the Australian public.. Brumbies have been living successfully,  in harmony,  with Australian flora and fauna for two and a half centuries, since they were released into Australian bushlands, well before the declaration of National Parks.   Brumbies are revered and respected for their cultural and social values by the Australian public having featured in books, poems, film and artworks. Brumbies are descendants of remount stock that were sent to war with Australian soldiers.  Most Australians remember with pride the 2000 opening of the Sydney Olympics when Ammo, a beautiful proud Brumby led a parade of over 200 Brumbies that filled the stadium to resounding applause. Victorian Brumbies  are sadly  under threat of ground or aerial shooting and removing from Victorian  National Parks, the Alpine Park, which includes Bogong High Plains and Barmah National Park. There are current plans to aerial shoot up to 500 Brumbies in the Victorian Alpine Park. Parks Victoria Act does not mandate that Brumbies must be shot or removed.  Parks Victoria Act places an obligation on Parks Victoria to "control" introduced species and shooting is not a mandated outcome, nor is complete removal necessary. This Petition Opposes any Brumby being Shot.  This Petition supports wild-living Brumbies for all future generations in all National Parks of Victoria, where Brumbies have been living for two and a half centuries.  We advocate for the State of Victoria to support the introduction of a Bill for Legislation that will acknowledge the Heritage value of Victorian Brumbies and provide for the preservation and conservation of sustainable managed brumby populations in all 3 key areas of  Victoria, namely Bogong High Plains, the Eastern Alps and Barmah National Park. The Traditional Values. Brumbies are an integral part of Australia’s social history and hold important cultural and heritage value for all Australians. Brumbies from the Alpine Region are descendants of the same founding stock of Brumbies that were used during  World War 1.  Genetic sampling has been taking place since 2014 with Australian Brumbies being included in the World Wild Horse Data base, undertaken by the university of Texas with Dr Gus Cothran at the helm. The Australian Brumby is a much-loved iconic figure and has been immortalized in Elyne Mitchell’s Silver Brumby books, recorded in many poems, films, songs, internationally acclaimed artworks and folklore since colonization.  Brumbies contributed toward establishing the colonies in Australia. Extremist politicised groups must not intermingle in decisions concerning Australia's cultural  values, and Brumbies hold significant cultural and social value for all Australians.  VICTORIAN LEGISLATION We seek the introduction of a Bill for the enactment of  Legislation to protect Victorian Brumbies,  the  “Victorian Brumby Heritage Act” (Vic)"  which shall  “recognise the heritage value of sustainable wild horse populations within the Barmah, Alpine National Park and surrounding area of the Bogong High Plains, and to protect that heritage.” BRUMBY ACTION GROUP Photo Credit: Bogong Brumby Esther by Felicity Clay Photography    

Marilyn Nuske
183,351 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Andrews, Governor of Victoria, Scott Morrison, Micheal O'Brien

Daniel Andrews: Resign

Twitter: @DAndrews_Resign Daniel Andrews has failed this state. His mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic is a blight on Victoria. No other state is yet to see a second-wave but through Daniel Andrews' pathetic performance, Victoria is seeing a growing second wave of infection likely to trump the first wave in its growth and its aggression. Victoria is back where it started. Three months of long, tiresome, exhaustive progress has been for nothing.  The only reason we form governments is that through community collaboration and leadership we are stronger and safer together than when we are apart. Daniel Andrews has failed the most basic test of leadership: Keeping the community safe.  Victorians are angry. Victorians are frustrated. We need proper leadership, someone we can look to in these strange times for guidance, leadership, and hope. That person is not Daniel Andrews, he has proven that himself.  Someone must be held accountable for this failure of leadership. Democracy relies on having accountability in our government. Daniel Andrews has failed. Daniel Andrews must be held accountable, Daniel Andrews must resign. ____________________________________________________________________ With the recent momentum, I want to share people's experiences with how Daniel Andrews has mismanaged the state. If the health restrictions have cost you or a business you own money, I want to hear from you. If an inconsistency in the health directions has left you scratching your head, I want to hear from you. If you have been separated from your family because of the mishandling of the border, I want to hear from you.  If Daniel Andrew's mismanagement of the pandemic has impacted you, can you E-mail me your story so we can share it and get a better picture of the damage this man has done to the state. Please E-mail your story here:  

Christopher Jones
191,509 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Andrews, Richard Wynne MP, Lily D'Ambrosio MP, Martin Pakula MP, Greg Hunt MP, Sussan Ley MP, The Ross Trust

Say NO to a massive new quarry on Arthurs Seat.

Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula is sending an SOS.  Some of our last remaining pristine remnant bushland, which provides vital habitat and a biolink for our native animals, koalas, birds, small mammals and plants, is at risk of being destroyed by a massive new open pit quarry. The Ross Trust, who own and operate Hillview Quarries, has applied to bulldoze, blast and mine between two sections of the Arthurs Seat State Park.  If approved this monstrous quarry could see 93 acres of remnant bushland and native habitat bulldozed to open a 107 acre, 190 metre pit. The area they want to destroy is about the same size as Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. The size of the pit would be roughly the same as 21 MCGs. They intend on mining the area for 70 years.  They will cleave Arthurs Seat State Park in two, destroying the biolink for our koalas and other Australian animals. All to extract and crush granite that the State’s own research shows is more readily available elsewhere.  The mine will create dust, noise and truck traffic on an unprecedented scale. That’s unthinkable in a prized tourist region. It will also be about 800 metres from the boundary of a primary school and child care centre. Our children deserve much better. What makes this quarry untenable is that the Ross Trust is a philanthropic charity that has a mission to protect and preserve native flora and fauna. Destroying some of our last wild spaces on the Mornington Peninsula is fundamentally incompatible with the Trust’s own mission. Please - will you answer our SOS and help us #SaveArthursSeat By signing this petition, you will be sending a strong message to the Ross Trust that this new mega-quarry is unacceptable and that they should withdraw their application. You will also be telling our State and Federal politicians that the public will not stand for the destruction of Arthurs Seat. We are a grassroots community group up against a powerful and well-resourced mining developer. The only way we will win this fight is if we can demonstrate a groundswell of opposition to this massive new quarry. Please add your signature and share as widely as possible with family and friends. We will keep providing updates. For more information:    

Mark Fancett
93,528 supporters
“Praying the Gay Away” nearly killed me - outlaw ‘LGBTQA+ Conversion’ practices now!

Dear petitioners, I’m Dan Andrews, Premier of Victoria. I’m writing to personally let you know that, in an Australian first, the Victorian Government will introduce new legislation to make so-called ‘conversion therapy’ against the law. These activities claim to be able to change someone’s sexuality or gender identity. In truth, they’re a most personal form of torture. A cruelty that perpetuates the idea that LGBTI people are in some way broken. But let me be clear: Gay, bi and trans people don’t need to be ‘fixed’ – because there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them. I know that. You know that. And it’s about time our laws reflected that too. By prohibiting conversion therapy, we’ll drag this bigoted quackery from the dark ages and into the brightest of lights. 
 We’ll put an end to the suffering and help the healing begin. And we’ll send the clearest message of all: Here in Victoria, not only are you good enough – you’re worth celebrating. To Chris and every other survivor who has been subjected to this evil practice, thank you. Thank you for speaking out, and standing up. Thank you for your bravery, your resilience, and for never giving up. This belongs to you. In solidarity, Dan

3 years ago
No Bail For Repeat Violent Offenders

It’s our job to take the frustration, anger and the deep sadness that Victorians feel after the Bourke Street tragedy and to make sure that’s put into reform and change. It is very clear that our bail system needs a major shake-up and we are getting the best expert advice to make sure we get this right. The Andrews Labor Government has today announced that it will establish a Night Court for magistrates to hear bail requests over weekends and after hours as part of a major shake up of Victoria’s bail system, following the Bourke Street tragedy on Friday. Under the changes, the Government will ensure magistrates are available after hours to consider bail applications for people charged with violent offences where police oppose bail. This will mean more matters are heard by magistrates, rather than bail justices. The Government has already begun working with the Magistrates’ Court to implement a model for an after hours’ bail and remand court. The Government has also asked former Supreme Court Judge and Director of Public Prosecutions, Justice the Honourable Paul Coghlan, to provide urgent advice to the Government about additional changes to Victoria’s bail system that will best manage risk and maximise community safety. In providing this advice, Justice Coghlan will consider a range of matters, including: • How the necessary balance between protection of the community and the presumption of innocence should be best reflected in the Bail Act 1977 • The appropriateness of the current tests of exceptional circumstances, show cause and unacceptable risk • Whether additional offences should be added to show cause or exceptional circumstances categories • The way in which other relevant circumstances (for example, a history of prior offending or offences committed while on bail), are considered • The conduct of bail applications out of hours, including the role of bail justices The Labor Government has already taken steps to toughen bail laws, with amendments to the Bail Act 1977 reversing the presumption of bail for people who have been charged with serious offences and have convictions for failing to appear on bail in the past five years. The changes also doubled the sentence for people who fail to appear on bail and there is now a presumption against bail if the accused is charged with aggravated carjacking, home invasion or aggravated home invasion. Justice Coghlan will provide his advice on practical legislative reform by Monday, 3 April 2017, and on any other relevant matters by Monday, 1 May 2017. Click here to see the official Victorian State Government media release -

5 years ago