- Premier of Victoria
- Premier of Victoria
Demand an End to Dog Experiments in Australia
According to the latest available statistics, over 11,000 dogs were used for research and teaching purposes in Australia in just one year.The limited information available on animals used for research does not specify what breeds of dogs are used, but published research papers indicate that greyhounds and beagles are often used - beagles because of their friendly, docile temperaments, and greyhounds because of their 'availability' when of no further use to the racing industry.Dogs are used in Australian laboratories for toxicity testing, infection inducement, aversive stimuli behavioural testing, and more. Humane Research Australia has also exposed the use of beagles for pharmaceutical drug testing, and the use of greyhounds in brain experiments, heart surgery experiments (where heart failure is induced to test blood pump devices, blood flow devices are tested, or circulatory death is induced to test heart preservation devices for transplantation), dental surgery experiments, terminal blood donation experiments, and others.Humane Research Australia is opposed to the use of all animals in research and teaching on both ethical and scientific grounds. The use of greyhounds however, is of particular concern when we consider they are discarded from another unethical and very cruel industry.Dogs are not simply laboratory 'tools' for researchers to use at their leisure. These experiments are unethical, unreliable, and unnecessary. Australian researchers should be utilising a battery of advanced human biology-based methods of research in order for results to be directly relevant to human health outcomes - not subjecting dogs to needless suffering and death.Join Humane Research Australia in urging Australian State and Territory Governments to immediately ban the use of dogs in experiments by signing the petition!
Daniel Andrews:Please let Louise stay in her home of 25 years don't put her on the street
I can't bear it. Our 60 year old neighbour will be removed from her home of 25 years - and is facing eviction onto the streets unless Premier Daniel Andrews intervenes this week. Louise Goode has been through hell - she was taken away from her much loved family and grew up in an orphanage, and now she suffers PTSD. Now, the social housing group CEHL are planning on evicting her in retaliation for defending her human rights and protecting others. It is ridiculous and heartbreaking. Louise is a beautiful caring woman. She is the heart and soul of our neighbourhood - attends our kids birthday parties, shares whatever she has with the community and is the first to help anyone and everyone. I'm so worried for her. The community are desperate for her to stay in her home. A decision is being made on March 7 so we need your help! Please Daniel Andrews, don't remove this beautiful woman from the only community family she's ever had. Please sign and share this petition with your friends and family so Louise can remain in her home
Paramedic bashers serve no jail, get off free!
Amanda Warren, 31, and Caris Underwood, 20, punched and kicked veteran paramedic Paul Judd as he and another paramedic; Chenaye Bently tried to treat a patient at suburban Reservoir in April 2016. They were both intoxicated after a day-long binge on bourbon, champagne and cannabis. Paul has still been unable to return to work after this incident and has had four operations on his foot to try and repair the horrific damaged caused by these two women. Victorian laws introduced in 2014 demand a mandatory minimum jail term of six months for anyone who intentionally injures an emergency worker, unless there are “special reasons”. Warren, 31, was jailed for eight months and Underwood, 21, received four months when the pair were sentenced in the Melbourne Magistrates Court. However, both these women have appealed their sentences and the judge decided that neither woman would serve any jail time. This is disgusting that the justice system can treat our paramedics like this, what has to happen for a sentence to be served. These women are still out living their lives with no care and a smirk on their face, whilst the paramedics are living in fear. “It is incomprehensible why anyone would assault an ambulance officer,” “These are not authority figures. These are helping figures. This was an assault lasting some duration ... that requires denunciation by the court." Please help by signing the petition to make it public that these women should be facing the consequences of the crime they have committed. A side note - Caris Underwood is not a citizen of Australia, she never applied for her citizenship after moving here as a young child
Rename the Margaret Court Arena the Evonne Goolagong Arena.
We think it is unsuitable for your arena to continue to be named in honour of someone who has been consistently outspoken about her opposition to equality, diversity and inclusion. Evonne Goolagong, who was Australian of the year in 1971, is also a great Australian tennis champion. She has a reputation for generosity and inclusiveness. She is a far more suitable candidate for the official name of your stadium. Please rename the Margaret Court Arena, the Evonne Goolagong Arena.
Protect People who Ride Bikes with Proactive Enforcement of Safe Passing Distance
Every day the lives of decent hard-working cyclists are being threatened by a small minority of reckless drivers. Cameron was fatally hit by a ute, leaving behind a wife and three children. Lauren was cut-off by a sedan that knocked her from the road to the footpath, all caught on CCTV footage. Adrian was cycling to work when a car came so close on a roundabout that he thought he was about to die. Anastasia was killed after being struck by a truck, she was 23 years old. Neil was enjoying a pleasant National Park ride when a Police car shocked him with a dangerous close pass, shortly after the passing distance law was brought into place. James was hospitalised for weeks with horrific injuries after being hit by a sports car, while on a popular cycling route. Marc and Tom took definitive evidence to the Police (video and ultrasonic distance measurement), but were fobbed off by a misinformed and uncaring system. There have been thousands of victims of dangerous close passes since the law was changed, but only a handful of fines have been issued. How would you feel after an unsafe pass from a ute or van, to take the video evidence to your local police station, and be told by the officer that they wont even make a record of your incident (let alone start an investigation)? Stunned, angry, victimised, ignored, alone... This has happened to hundreds of cyclists across Australia. All States and Territories are implementing safe passing distance laws for vehicles when overtaking cyclists (with the exception of Victoria). The purpose of these rules is to reduce injuries and deaths to bike riders. But in practice the burden of evidence and prosecution has fallen onto the victims of dangerous close passes... This is grossly unfair!! Lives are being unnecessarily lost, and serious injuries are being sustained, for as long as Safe Passing Distance goes unenforced. As a coalition of cyclists, groups and concerned citizens we are calling out this injustice... Sign for your mates, for your family, and for our children to have safer roads than we ride on today. We the undersigned call on Governments and Police to proactively enforce Minimum Passing Distance (MPD), as an essential measure for improving Road Safety in Australia. Amy Gillett Foundation Cycling Australia (CA) Bicycling Australia Bicycle Queensland (BQ) Bicycle NSW Australian Cycle Alliance (Cycle) We Ride Australia (Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation) Bicycles Network Australia (bicycles.net.au) Bicycle Network Safe Cycling Australia (SCA) Cycling New South Wales (Cycling NSW) City of Sydney and Lord Mayor Clover Moore Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club (DHBC) Inner West Bicycle Coalition (Ashfield Bicycle Group, Bike Leichhardt and Bike Marrickville) Inner West Cyclists BIKEast Bikes Botany Bay Bike North North Western Sydney Cycling Club Waratah Masters Cycling Club ARTcycle Newcastle Cycling Club Newcastle Cycleways Newcastle University Bike Users Group (NUBUG) Wild Horizons Cycling Victoria Hobsons Bay Bicycle User Group (HBBUG) Cycling Queensland Brisbane West BUG Cams Cycle Coaching WestCycle (Cycling Western Australia) Bike SA Cycling South Australia The Bicycle Institute of South Australia Aldinga Bike Kitchen Cycling Tasmania Hobart Bike Kitchen Pedal Power ACT Cycling Australian Capital Territory Cycling Northern Territory West Midlands Police have won multiple awards for their Operation Close Pass, which has decreased serious injuries and deaths to cyclists by one-fifth in the first year alone. Motorists observed making unsafe passes and other poor driving are pulled over, and either warned/educated/prosecuted. Police have also asked the public to submit video evidence, which has resulted in several hundred fines. Google "West Midlands Operation Close Pass" to see the impressive results of this cheap and effective Police action for yourself... This model is being rolled out by other Police in the UK, such as London, Hampshire and South Yorkshire... Two-thirds of the 50 American states are enforcing laws for a safe passing distance of at least 3 feet, with examples of proactive enforcement in Austin, Tampa and Memphis. After becoming visible, following the road rules, watching out for each other and riding defensively we still depend on motorists to give us space and respect on our roads... Just like speeding, mobile phone distractions and drink driving the Police should take a proactive approach to Minimum Passing Distance (MPD). These rules can't reverse an injury or death after the fact. They need to be proactively enforced. The safe passing distance rules require vehicles to give at least 1.0 metre of clearance to cyclists (up to speeds of 60 km/hour), and at least 1.5 metres clearance when overtaking in speed limit zones exceeding 60 km/hour. Motorists who do not comply with the law are liable for hundreds of dollars of fines and the loss of demerit points. Drivers are allowed to cross unbroken lines, and vehicles can go over flat traffic islands, in order to comply with the law. Add your voice in support of Road Safety… Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have your organisation added to this petition. Next steps: Share this petition with all of your friends, family and contacts... and ask for their support Write to your local MP and Ministers to push for proactive enforcement of Road Safety laws, including MPD Speak up for Road Safety, with your off-line and on-line networks... Take evidence of dangerous close passes to Police, and seek prosecution of the offending drivers (there are good resources from Bicycle NSW, Simply Cycling Training, road.cc and Bicycle Queensland to help you) https://bicyclensw.org.au/advocacy/mpd/ http://www.simplycyclingtraining.com/category/advocacy/cyclist-rights-enforcement/ https://road.cc/content/news/237916-what-do-if-you-capture-near-miss-or-close-pass-or-worse-camera-while-cycling https://bq.org.au/news/2018/05/new-accident-app-lifts-legal-protection-queensland-bike-riders/ #AMetreMatters #SeeThePerson #PassCyclistsSafely #StayWideroftheRider #IGiveAMetre #SlowDownPassWide #RideToSchool #OpClosePass
Vic Police: stop meeting of anti-woman group led by legal rape advocate Roosh Valizadeh.
On Saturday the 6th of Feburary the anti-woman, "neomasculine" online group "Return of the Kings" led by Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh who calls for rape to be legalised on private property has organised for public meet ups in cities around Australia including Melbourne, Victoria as well as in 43 countries world-wide. The Age has reported that "He has said women, transgender men and homosexual men were not invited." Given the issues Australia already faces regarding violence against woman, abuse and rape it is deeply concerning that these men are able to display such public and blatant hatred towards women. With 1 in 5 women raped in there lifetime it is vital that this group is unable to further encourage such abuses. These mens behaviour should be acknowledged as a hate crime and halted immediately. Supporting these hate groups is never okay. Violence against woman is never okay. Please sign this petition to notify the Victorian Police that we expect them to protect us from this harmful misogyny, further, that it should not be accepted in Australia. We ask for this event to be shut down. ********************************FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN THE UPDATE BELOW: Return of the Kings group leader Daryush Valizadeh has posted on his website that public meet ups were cancelled saying "I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6" before apologising to all members who are "let down" by his decision. Victory is ours!!
Save the WWI Heritage Building at 310 St Kilda Rd to help veterans.
The historic Repatriation Commission Outpatient Clinic at 310 St Kilda Road adjacent to the Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Arts Precinct is being prepared for sale by the Federal Government. The Australian National Veterans Arts Museum (ANVAM) has been lobbying the Commonwealth Government to enable them to act as trustees of the vacant building, which would come at no cost to the Government and the public. This building has a deep connection with the veteran community; opened in 1937, it has been central to rehabilitation of veterans from both World Wars, Korean and Vietnam Wars and has been vacant since 1995. ANVAM’s vision is to transform the classic art deco building into a veterans art museum and cultural centre dedicated to improving their health and wellbeing through art therapy programs. Making this a veterans community space will be a fitting tribute during the Centenary of WWI. ANVAM provides creative arts therapy programs and support to veterans and their families in line with world’s best practice to help heal the mental scars of war, ANVAM is funded through public donations.
Western Highway cheaper, safer, sooner: Go Northern!
Financial Support For Our Campaign Fighting Fund Can Be Made At Donate Here Moral support can be made at email@example.com Benefits of the Northern Option : Saves taxpayers a whopping $24-65 million dollars! Is a shorter, flatter route for drivers with less fog risk Is much faster to construct by avoiding 500,000m3 of earthworks Makes use of the existing infrastructure and carefully adds a parallel carriageway Avoids the construction of an extra bridge over a quiet side road in the path of the deviation Avoids large underground boulders and seepage areas Follows road-ecology's first rule to ‘avoid the fresh cut’ of the landscape Damages less roadside vegetation by up to 50% Protects endangered habitats and landscapes Has 75% less loss of large old trees; saves Victoria’s second largest Yellow Gum Adheres to the Mt Langi Ghiran Management Plan to protect heritage views Approving the Northern Option saves: Around 70 large old trees, including Victoria’s second largest Yellow Gum and 2 trees that are approximately 700 years old Habitat of the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth (31 hectares), the Bearded Dragon, the critically endangered Striped Legless Lizard, the rare Barking Owl, and the State listed Brush-tailed Phascogale Rare Spring ‘soak’ groundwater that maintains a large area of plants and trees Stop VicRoads from wasting taxpayer dollars and destroying our natural environment. We want VicRoads southern ‘Option 1’ checked against new information. A cheaper, less destructive route, the Northern Option has been overlooked. Richard Wynne and Luke Donnellan, we want accountability. How can this be in the public interest? About this Campaign VicRoads is planning to widen 12km of the Western Highway near Ararat, including a 5.7km deviation from the highway through hilly landscape. New data shows that using the existing route is much less destructive. VicRoads claim their procedures have been proper and thorough. We have contested this in court. The KORS case against the 2013 ‘Minister’s Assessment’ is pending in the Supreme Court. We cannot let them continue this expensive and destructive development while they continue to rely on a discredited Environmental Effects Statement. The consequence of continuing would be as major as the destruction of thousands of trees, many between 500 and 700 years old, in earlier stages of the project. Say NO to unnecessary destruction of our Country. Our local, centuries-old trees and precious wildlife are at risk of being uprooted and decimated by this construction. Possible Aboriginal heritage trees are also at risk of being destroyed forever. Applications to register these heritage trees have been lodged with Aboriginal Affairs Victoria. In light of the evidence, VicRoads have: Fallen short of the standards and intention of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) and Victoria’s Native Vegetation Management: a Framework for Action (2002) Not used the full scope available to reduce the impact of road design and building methods Not used taxpayers money carefully Please join us for social, cultural and environmental justice by adding your signature and sharing this petition to raise awareness. You can also find more information about the campaign at www.fixfreewayfiasco.org Together we can make a difference.
Ban all Poison Baiting for Dingoes a Cruel Death for any animal
Victoria wildfires wiped out many species of wildlife. The misguided destruction of surviving dingo populations by governments, as part of wildlife fire recovery programs, is likely to undermine ecosystem recovery in the medium to longer term and may lead to the local extinction of dingoes in some regions. In the aftermath of such extreme and widespread destruction, more caution then ever must be exercised in regard to non-target impacts of poisons. The use of poisons in these regions will impact non target species such as lizards, starving quoll, birds, earthworms, birds and other carnivorous animals and Victorian Dingoes. Spotted Tail Quoll are already listed as Threatened under EPBC Act and the Victorian Dingo is listed as Endangered under Victorian Legislation. Poison baiting whether aerial or ground is irresponsible and must be stopped. Aerial application of the cruel 1080 poison to kill dingoes (misleadingly referred to in government literature as 'wild dogs') is not an approved use of 1080 in Victoria. In 2011, under pressure from extreme elements within the farming lobby, a compliant Victorian Coalition Government obtained special permission from the Commonwealth under the EPBC Act to aerial bait with 1080 in 6 locations in Gippsland Victoria, with strict Controlling Provisions relating to Threatened Species and Communities pursuant to section 18 and 18A EPBC Act. Permission was initially sought for 1080 aerial baiting in 12 locations within Victoria to kill ‘wild dogs’, despite the dingo having been previously listed as a threatened native species by the Brumby Labor Government under Victorian legislation. However, because of concern over the potential for negative impact upon the Spotted-Tail Quoll, a federally listed threatened species, permission to aerial bait was granted for only six of the requested locations. Victoria’s Spotted-Tail Quoll population was regarded as fragmented and small. Even a small increase in mortalities, it was feared, may significantly run the risk of local extinctions of the species. The Andrews Labor Government must not continue aerial baiting or ground baiting across Victoria and particularly in the current 6 locations or any additional locations. The Victorian Labor Government must not perpetuate the environmentally reactionary policy of the earlier Coalition government.1080 poisoning is of limited benefit to farmers. In New South Wales the contraversial baiting has already commenced as part of a massive assault on the environment, with claims of protecting "stock" from predation. . Environmental Vandalism. Continued aerial baiting with 1080 would be environmentally irresponsible and has had only a very limited benefit to farmers in terms of reduction in stock loss from predation. The main beneficiary from continued aerial baiting would be the poison industry, which is now big business, and its sponsored advocates. Millions of public funds are wasted annually on lethal control of ‘wild dogs’, allegedly to protect farm stock. Yet, actual stock losses are extremely small. For instance, officially reported stock loss from ‘wild dog’ predation in 2016-17 for the whole of Victoria was 995, out of a total Victorian sheep flock of well over 13 million. Further, the locations aerially baited only account for a very small proportion of Victoria’s sheep flock. Unforeseen damaging effects of poison. It now appears likely that aerial baiting with 1080 adds to the extinction pressure upon the Spot Tailed Quoll arising from extensive ground-based 1080 and PAPP baiting foxes across eastern Victoria. The near complete disappearance of the once common Spot Tailed Quoll across Victoria has coincided with the adoption of extensive, ongoing fox baiting. A plausible hypothesis is that the widespread use of poison for fox control has resulted in much reduced fox numbers, which may in turn may have led to an increase in feral cat numbers and greater uninhibited predation by feral cats upon Spotted-Tail Quolls, particularly their young. Competition by cats with Spotted-Tail Quoll for prey may also have had an adverse impact on quoll populations. We oppose the use of poisons but the increased impact of aerial baiting is incorrigibly irresponsible and must not be allowed to continue and particularly at a time following the recent wildfires. We support the use of non-lethal measures and oppose the use of inhumane poison, which includes its intensive delivery through aerial baiting within Victoria, because it is reasonably foreseeable that Dingoes protected under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act Vic and the threatened species Spotted-Tail Quoll will continue to be destroyed as a consequence. The claimed benefits to farmers have been consistently exaggerated. Entrenched, antiquated attitudes towards Australian wildlife as “pests” to agriculture must be abandoned and farmers must learn to live responsibly within Victorian ecosystems. We must continue to lobby for the end of 1080 including opposing the delivery by the massive aerial baiting. We thank Gary for permission to use his photographs. Photo Credit: Gary Meredith. #BAN1080 #conservation #protectedspecies #FloraandFaunaGuaranteeAct
Ban the sale of platypus-killing enclosed yabby traps in Victoria
Enclosed yabby traps are certified platypus-killers Platypus are easily trapped inside enclosed yabby traps (such as opera house nets) after they enter attracted by the bait. Platypus are air breathing animals who, once trapped, are unable to resurface and soon drown. Every year numerous platypus die due to opera house nets and other models of enclosed yabby trap). Data on reported deaths in public waterways is collected by DELWP and the Australian Platypus Conservancy, however we do not currently know the full extent of platypus deaths on private land. The use or possession of opera house nets is prohibited in, on, or next to Victorian public waters. This ban, however, does not extend to privately owned bodies of water, such as dams or small streams on private land. Use of opera house nets on private land is still legal despite the well documented threat they pose to platypus. In addition, every year numerous opera house nets are illegally used and detected in public waterways, indicating many are unaware of the regulations. We argue the current regulations are not sufficient to prevent avoidable platypus deaths. We the undersigned call upon the Victorian Minister for Agriculture to implement the following. 1. The sale and use of enclosed yabby traps be prohibited in the State of Victoria under the Fisheries Act 1995. 2. The State Government consult with retailers and recreational fishing peak organisations to achieve this goal. 3. The State Government work with DELWP, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Melbourne Water and recreational fishing peak organisations to promote currently available platypus-safe alternatives to enclosed yabby traps. The platypus is one of the world’s most unique animals and found nowhere else in the world than South-Eastern Australia. It is an apex predator of our waterways and provides a broad range of social values - indigenous cultural heritage, iconic status for community engagement in conservation, and visitation revenue for Zoos Victoria. Our goal is to ensure that this truly unique animal remains here for the long term. Alternatives to opera house nets: A range of platypus-safe alternatives to opera house nets are currently on the market. Purchase price difference is very small ($1.00-$5.00 more per unit). More info here: http://delwp.vic.gov.au/fishing-and-hunting/recreational-fishing/recreational-fishing-guide/permitted-fishing-equipment/using-equipment-in-inland-waters