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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: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/deficient-and-doomed-to-fail-experts-roast-threatened-species-plan-20180608-p4zkc3.html 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 https://dwembassy.com/ information centring on the environmental catastrophe developing in this cultural precinct is available here https://www.fixfreewayfiasco.org/

Kate Gane
217,919 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: office@premier.nsw.gov.au PHONE: 02 8574 5000 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gladysnsw/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/GladysB

The Project
190,339 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Andrews, Lily D'Ambrosio, Matthew Jackson, Matthew Kean

Australia's Heritage Brumbies 200 Years Living in our National Parks

SUPPORT THE  SURVIVAL OF  AUSTRALIA'S WILD LIVING BRUMBIES  This has  become a matter of International interest and significance. The eyes and ears of the world are supporting Australia's Brumbies, and we thank you. In New South Wales Brumbies are protected by NSW Legislation, yet they are sent to knackeries! WE DEMAND an immediate and independent count of all brumbies within the Alpine National Park BOTH sides of the border and the Barmah Forest Victoria.  There has been no population count undertaken in the Alpine National Park since the wildfires of 2019. Nobody knows how many Brumbies were killed during the wildfires or what population survives today. No action of any kind should be taken without knowing a population and current plans to cull and remove Brumbies is reckless and fixated on false and scientifically unproven claims of "damage" within the Parks. Both sides of the border. The Andrews Labor Government and the NSW Government, misled by extremist elements link false population numbers to alleged damage caused by Brumbies which is scientifically unproven, misleading and designed to desensitize the community to the destruction of Heritage brumby populations by incorrectly blaming brumbies for damage to native habitat  native species,  which is false. There is in fact no science  produced to evidence these extremist fake claims. Barmah national park numbers are also  in dispute as is the methodology used for population counts of Brumbies in the 3 key areas, mathematically and scientifically, numbers claimed are impossible. Brumby populations are self stabilising and numbers have changed over the 200 years of their presence to reflect seasonal and other changes for example bushfires and other natural events, like flooding and drought in Barmah Forest.  Destructive Elements at Play within Decision Makers Departments Destructive, extremist  elements within the bureaucracy of State Governments wish to destroy brumbies and in so doing try to expunge  the positive role Brumbies have played in the natural evolution and ecology of our National Parks, our social and cultural history, and this is unacceptable. These  destructive extremist and unelected elements must not be allowed to dictate or interfere in decision making processes concerning our cultural and social history, and most importantly the destruction of our Heritage Brumbies.  Bushfires of 2003 reportedly reduced Brumby populations in the  Alpine National Park by 41% according to a 2009 report to the Alpine National Park authority. The wildfires of 2019 were more ferocious than any previously seen bushfires. It  is reasonable to believe that brumby populations were more than halved in 2019, yet the Ministers,  misled by  extremist elements ignores the numerical facts and and lack of independent science and threaten to  take steps that will impact the sustainability of Heritage brumby populations. In New South Wales the destructive actions have been ongoing for some time despite public opposition and outcry. Locals to the Barmah area dispute Parks Victoria claims of 550 plus Brumbies living in the Barmah Forest,  and say it is more likely there are only 200 to 230  Brumbies that are living in the Forest. A Moratorium on current management plans. No action  of any kind concerning brumbies living in the Alpine National Park, Kosci National Park and the 3 key areas of Barmah, Bogong or Eastern Alps, including trapping rehoming or shooting, should be taking place and must be stopped immediately in New South Wales.  We demand  numbers counts. In Victoria we seek the enactment of Victorian Brumby Legislation and the appointment of a community advisory panel which shall make recommendations to the Minister on an  appropriate and suitable Management Plan for the 3 key Victorian areas. In New South Wales, we demand Minister Kean open the management plan for public consultation immediately. The Cultural and Heritage Value of Brumbies  Brumbies are an integral part of Australia’s social history and hold important cultural and heritage value for all Australians.  Today’s Brumbies 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. To date,  DNA sampling has established a DNA line individual to the Barmah Horses and Barmah National park with over 80 samples tested. 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. Sustainable Brumby Populations To ensure the survival of our Heritage Brumbies it is crucial that plans to exterminate  Brumbies be stopped. Extensive DNA testing  has been conducted on horses in NSW and Victoria, DNA testing has shown that Brumbies have a robust, healthy genetic makeup. With this in mind we must not forget the sheer cruelty of  the “Guy Fawkes massacre” and the more recent loss of Brumbies at Singleton Army Base when an entire blood line was wiped out in one day. These sorts of events must not be allowed to happen again. Brumbies contribute positively to the flora in areas where they live. They contribute to the ecological biodiversity and have done so well before National Parks came into being. The biodiversity of National Parks has  evolved over 200 years and populations of species inluding Brumbies cohabit successfully.  As large Herbivores Brumbies contribute in a positive way to the National Park floor which is unacknowledged by Parks Victoria or extremist elements that use Brumbies as "scapegoats" in their politicised attempts to remove Brumbies. The State Governments  ignore current and international independent science that leans toward the reintroduction of large herbivore to the natural environment because of  ecological benefits gained in areas where large herbivore had previously been removed.   Brumbies in fact forage on growth that reduces fire hazards, they spread and reintroduce seeds, their contribution is widely acknowledged by independent science.  The  presence of Brumbies is in fact complimentary to native species and Brumbies have lived symbiotically and successfully with native and other wildlife in our National Parks for nearly 200 years. There is in fact no direct evidence to prove  Brumbies cause  alleged negative impact on National Parks habitat and native species claimed by extremist political elements. Good Management requires Brumby populations be -   formally recognised for their direct links to original settler founding stock, and   their essential contribution to early settlement survival, and as army remounts, enshrined in Australia’s history, which in turn informs Australians today how they evolved to current generations, and inspire strong aesthetic values for films, poems, paintings, and tourism. acknowledged within a community management groups who ought work together with Parks  to identify the appropriate numbers for all National Parks address conservation concerns raised by all first nation groups of sacred sites within all National Parks. respected for their invaluable contribution in this country Too much of any population, animals or humans  can cause damage, and to date the Brumbies have been used as the easily seen target to "blame" and eradicate without independent scientific evidence that proves brumbies cause damage. Eradication of our Brumbies is socially and culturally irresponsible and potentially cruel. Any attempt to eradicate Brumbies ought be resisted, and in any event should be beyond the decision making input of any extremist political elements, keen to ignore the Heritage value of our Brumbies and the contribution they have made to Australia's cultural and social history. Brumbies and Tourism Brumbies perform  a significant tourist attraction for both the Alpine National Park region and  Barmah Forest/Wetlands, attracting tourists to alpine regions and Barmah Forest with many local horse and adventure activities and trail operators and local businesses dependent on Brumbies remaining in the wild in Alpine National Park including the Kosciuszko National Park and Barmah regions. 88% of Australians support Conservation The recent Lonegan survey found that 88% of Victorians would support efforts to preserve a  herd of Brumbies living in the wild.    82% of Victorians believe that Brumbies are an important part of Australia’s history worthy of preservation and that 84% of Victorians support  research into the  impact upon the environment by other wild animals, extreme weather events and humans. Flawed Research  Research thus far relied on by Governments does not fully assess ALL impacts, both positive and negative, and fails to differentiate impacts from other introduced species, reporting instead on Brumbies, yet reports relied on do not prove that Brumbies irrevocably damage the environment, and policies based on flawed research are a highly questionable drain on taxpayers’ money with significant and alarming potential for tragic loss of Australia’s Cultural heritage. In order to conserve our Brumbies it is vital that Brumby research accurately reflect the dynamics of Brumby populations and how they interact in the environment in  order to preserve and conserve  viable Brumby populations.  In Victoria The enactment of  Legislation to protect Victorian Brumbies,  the  “Victorian Brumby Heritage Act” (Vic)  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.” In New South Wales the Legislation must be upheld and the Minister must open the Management Plan to Public Consultation without any further delay. WE DEMAND recognition of Brumbies to our cultural and social history and as contributors to  the ecological biodiversity in  national parks.  WE DEMAND Heritage Brumby Legislation to protect Victorian Brumbies. We demand Minister Kean do his job and respect the Legislation that protects Heritage Brumbies. Marilyn Nuske/Ocean Legal/BRUMBY ACTION GROUP Photo Credit:  The Memory Keepers Pocket: Brumbies being readied for trapping Long Plains.

Ocean Legal
154,848 supporters
Petitioning Chris Bowen, Greg Hunt, Meegan Fitzharris, Steven Miles, Brad Hazard, Steven Wade, Jill Hennessy, Michael Ferguson, Sarah Lovell MLC, Janet Rice, Roger Cook, Scott Morrison, Ms Sharon Claydon MP, D...

“Praying the Gay Away” nearly killed me - outlaw ‘LGBTQA+ Conversion’ therapy now!

Trying to “Pray the Gay Away” nearly killed me. I’m not the only one. An investigation in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald revealed LGBTQ+ conversion ‘therapy’ has not disappeared in Australia, but has simply gone more underground. According to the article, even children have been subjected to LGBTQ+ conversion practices.I was only 16 when my own ‘conversion therapy’ began. I came out to a church leader who wanted me to be ‘cured’ and I began sessions with a counsellor aimed at changing my sexuality. At 17 my church introduced me to the leader of an actual program designed to turn me straight. Eventually, I was desperate enough to try it. Every week, members spoke about their ‘sins’ and we learned about the spiritual and experiential reasons that we had ‘turned gay’. I was so ashamed and guilt-ridden that I remained completely celibate for years. So-called ‘conversion therapy’ causes depression, self-loathing and even suicide. I prayed to God asking him to either heal me, or kill me. I was so depressed, I wanted to die. The trauma associated with that part of my life still affects me - how could it not? How is this legal? I don’t want to see a single kid harmed by “therapies” that tell them that something that is innate in them is evil or demonic or needs to be ‘healed’. Please, sign this petition calling for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Health Minister Greg Hunt to work with each state to protect the most vulnerable and outlaw LGBTQA+ conversion practices and their advocacy nationwide. It has no place in our medical profession and certainly not in the lives of minors. *UPDATE* This petition focuses on legislation/regulation to prevent LGBTQ+ conversion practices in formal or therapeutic settings (such as in counsellors offices). This is a good start, however to effectively curtail the LGBTQ+ Conversion movement, a much broader response is needed. After signing this petition, please read the recommendations in the survivor statement at www.SOGICEsurvivors.com.au

Chris Csabs
85,542 supporters
“Praying the Gay Away” nearly killed me - outlaw ‘LGBTQA+ Conversion’ therapy 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

2 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 - https://284532a540b00726ab7e-ff7c063c60e1f1cafc9413f00ac5293c.ssl.cf4.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/170123-Major-Shake-Up-Of-Victoria%E2%80%99s-Bail-System.pdf

4 years ago