- Minister for Water and Drought
- Minister for Water and Drought
Ban Live Export!
I started this petition because I have seen a lot of evidence involving incredibly cruelty to livestock that leave Australian Soil. If we do not speak up and take action these horrendous acts will continue. The latest pictures I have seen involve cows being hit numerous times on the head with a sledgehammer. I have seen video footage of cows and sheep having their throat cut without being sedated before the slaughter. The look in the eyes of these animals is heartbreaking and WE need to make sure there is NO live export and animals that are to be slaughtered are sedated prior to the kill. I'm not going to post videos or pictures, because believe me they are something NO one should ever have to see. So PLEASE sign this petition, I'm not asking a lot, it will take 3-5 minutes of your time, THANK YOU.
Ban Live Exports from Australia
Senator Hinch has been campaigning for 35 years to try to end live exports from Australia. In 1981 he took a petition with 30,000 signatures to Canberra, calling for such action, but it fell on deaf ears. The recent 60 Minutes exposé, following on from 4 Corners some years ago, shows that this cruelty still goes on, despite what the industry spokesmen are trying to tell you. We, the undersigned, call on the Federal Parliament to phase in a ban, over three years, on live exports of all animals from Australia and immediately ban market expansion, especially in Asia and the Middle East.
Show you care about our Aussie Farmers in Drought...
DID YOU EAT TODAY? I HOPE YOU THANKED A FARMER... Did you know that Australia is in the middle of its worst drought ever? Our farmers are crippling under the strain and we need to do more to support them. I see so many community groups joining force to supply donated goods to keep our farmers going but I want to see more from our government. I understand it's a national problem and it's far and wide, you can't make it rain but our farming community is the backbone to our country. Right now in some states we have a subsidy for the cost of transporting donated fodder however that is expecting a very proud farmer to ask for help. We all know that our farmers are the most proud people in our country and asking for help is not in their nature. I know that we would get more help to our farmers if we could have farmers buy supplies and our government subsidise the transport. Drought doesn't just have an impact on the livestock, it also impacts the mental health of our farmers, their families and the surrounding community. With stock feed reducing across the country, transport costs are fast becoming the biggest issue impacting farmers trying to stay afloat. The ask: That we, the public of Australia sign this petition to show you support our Aussie Farmers in Drought and ask our government to do more to support them. Tell our government that we need a NATIONAL DISASTER FUND created to help support our country in crisis because right now our farmers need our help. Let's also get a transport subsidy setup so that farmers don't need to just rely on donations but they can also get purchased stock feed delivered to them and not pay full freight. It's time we provide support to our own, we can't make it rain but we can help a mate in need. That is the Australian Way...
The Murray Darling Basin Plan
The Murray Darling Basin Plan will cost Australian Taxpayers $13 billion. In one hundreds years of record taking there have never been recorded fish kills like the ones we are seeing now. Not only are we seeing fish deaths in the Darling of global significance, but since the 2009 and the introduction of the 2007 Water Act there have been 4 hypoxic blackwater events in the Edward/Wakool system, which spread into the Murray and Murrumbidgee systems killing hundreds of thousands of native fish. Currently poor water management and policy is causing horrific fish deaths along the Darling, it is also causing river bank erosion and slumping in the Murray system due to the unsustainable high flows been pushed through. The flooding of forests along the Murray in order to get water to South Australia in the middle of a drought highlights the flawed assumptions used to model the Murray Darling Basin Plan. The significant flooding has resulted in the deaths of many animals, including natives because flooding has depleted food supplies. Government and large corporations have been complicit in dividing communities and have failed rural communities and family farmers who have the capacity to ensure the environment is sustainably managed for the next generation. Environment and agricultural policy must go hand in hand, one does not need to be in competition with the other. As a nation we need to respond, the management of our most precious resource is embarrassing, irresponsible and lacks transparency. Please sign and share this petition and encourage others to insist that our national leaders call those responsible for water management to account. We call on all governments to put politics aside and start governing for the whole Basin by treating rural communities, family farms and the environment with respect and on an equal footing.
Long-term plan for farming and climate change
My name is Jody Brown and I'm a grazier from Longreach in Central West QLD. I’m responsible for roughly 2000 ewes and their lambs, 550 cows and their calves, plus about 80 maiden heifers and 20 horses. There are many small challenges we face every day as graziers: a cow with calving issues, a busted water pipe, or a bull that’s jumped out of his paddock. But by far, the biggest challenge we face in the long term is damage to our climate. Climate change has already warmed the planet one degree and makes droughts like our current one longer and hotter. Our region is now in its 6th consecutive year of drought, and it’s not an isolated incident. We have been dealing with ongoing droughts of increasing severity and duration for the better part of the last two decades. That's why, along with thousands of other farmers, I’m part of Farmers for Climate Action. We’re calling for a national plan on farming and climate change. We have already seen some progress on this at the last meeting of state and federal agriculture Ministers. Now it's time to prioritise, implement and fund it. This plan will guide our federal and state governments through what they need to do to reduce emissions and help farmers manage the changes that are already predicted in a warming world. We need a plan to manage what we can't avoid, and avoid what we can't manage. The national plan on farming and climate change should include: Comprehensive research on the direct and indirect risks climate change poses to Australian agri-food systems, including risks to primary production, biosecurity, food processing, food safety, farmer health, key infrastructure, equity, animal welfare, export markets, and farm inputs; Short-, medium-, and long-term targets for adapting Aussie farming to climate change including a ‘just transition’ for regions that will no longer be viable for agriculture; Support for farmers to transition to ‘climate-smart’ agricultural practices that build resilience and reduce emissions, including funding for research, development, education, training and extension in this area; A long-term plan to promote clean energy in farming communities, including community-owned renewables projects that can provide sustainable, alternative income for farmers during drought; A strong commitment to reduce emissions across all sectors of the economy, in a way that maximises benefits to farmers and rural communities, and investigating all options for supporting farmers to capture and maintain carbon in our soils and vegetation; A commitment to stopping new coal and gas mines. Fossil fuel mines use water that we as farmers desperately need, and make climate change worse. Climate change is not a future problem. This drought is not business as usual. For farmers, climate change is here now. And our politicians need a long-term plan to deal with it, for the sake of Aussie food and farming.
Restrict the use of glyphosate in public spaces in Australia
You might have seen a recent episode of Four Corners, The Monsanto Papers. It exposed the tactics that global chemical corporation Monsanto use to protect its billion-dollar business and its product, the weed killer, Roundup, and its primary ingredient, glyphosate. I was diagnosed with cancer just before my 30th birthday, and at age 31. Four beautiful, bright young women I knew growing up have tragically lost their lives to cancer in the past five years. I don’t want anyone to unnecessarily what these women and their families have been through, or what I have been through. So I’m calling on the Australian Government to take immediate action and restrict the use of glyphosate in public spaces in Australia. In 2015 glyphosate was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) because of its strong association with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is also on a list of known carcinogens in the state of California. In August 2018, a US jury ordered Monsanto to pay Dewayne Johnson – a man dying of cancer - $289 million because it’s Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease. Nine thousand people in America are now suing Monsanto with claims that Roundup contributed to their cancer. Glyphosate has been found by IARC to linger in water, air and food long after it has been sprayed. Here in Australia, there are around 500 products containing glyphosate registered for use in Australia including Roundup, the most commonly used weed killer in Australia and used by local councils around Australia. This means that children, other people, and their pets who visit parks and gardens around Australia are exposed to this probable carcinogen. Currently, there are no regulations or checks in place and there is no way for the Australian public to know if their local council is using it according to label directions, nor how it is used or if it is present in the food we buy. Belgium, Malta, The Netherlands and Argentina have banned or restricted the use of glyphosate. In Argentina, 30,000 doctors demanded the prohibition of glyphosate because it is associated with cancer, birth defects, skin diseases, respiratory illnesses and neurological disease. In November 2017 Emmanuel Macron announced France will issue an outright ban within the next three years. Australia must now join growing international action to ban or restrict the use of glyphosate. I’m calling on the Federal Government to develop a consistent set of national guidelines, restrictions and regulations on how glyphosate is used until a viable alternative is found. Can you help me send a message to Canberra? The need to protect the Australian public from associated health risks is urgent. Australians deserve peace of mind that measures are being taken to ensure the areas in which our pets and children play are safe. It’s time to get serious about addressing the causes of cancer. The Australian Government must act immediately and restrict the use of glyphosate in public spaces in Australia.
Your help is needed to drive fair milk pricing profits back to Aussie dairy farmers
The dairy industry has hit crisis point as a result of soaring operational costs, crippling drought and ongoing challenges to achieve fair milk prices. The retail giants are profiting from milk production to the detriment of dairy farmers, leaving many farmers struggling to feed their stock and keep their farms profitable. Imagine the stress, knowing that the majority of the profit you work so hard and tirelessly is not going back into your business. The economy as a whole suffers when our farms and farmers suffer. Relentless cost-cutting by some of the big supermarket chains will wipe-out the Australian dairy industry unless we do something. If things continue, traditional dairy farms will disappear. The economy of milk production, especially on medium to smaller farms has become unsustainable as this cost-cutting continues to have negative impacts. Did You Know? The number of Australian dairy farms has fallen by almost three quarters since 1979/80 from 21,994 to 5,789 in mid-2017. You can see the impact of unfair farmgate pricing and continually rising operating costs has had on Australian Dairy. Dairy farming is Australia’s 3rd largest rural industry, which generates $3.7b in farmgate production with only a fraction of this going to farmers. In Australia approximately 42,000 people are employed in the Dairy Industry It's up to us to do something if we want to enjoy fresh milk in our fridges! We need to campaign hard against retailers dictating the price of milk. This is difficult and your support, by signing this petition will assist in getting our farmers' voices heard and make Australian dairy farms viable and sustainable for generations to come. We want to tirelessly lobby consumers, processors, retailers and government to gain recognition for the Australian life blood of the land, our Aussie farmers. Click Here to Read a heart felt story from a Dairy Farmer's Daughter Click Here to listen to the Alan Jones Interview of a Struggling 4th generation Dairy Farming family in the NSW Southern Highlands. Please sign and share this petition so we can achieve maximum exposure, awareness and the opportunity to drive a change.
Protect our vegetable seed supply from toxic fungicide treatments becoming mandatory .
The hole in our food security is about to get a lot bigger, our seed supply is under threat! You may not be aware that over 98% of Australia’s vegetable seed is imported. Australia has virtually no vegetable seed industry of its own, which leaves us very exposed to the future and our ability to quickly adapt to the changing and variable climate. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources through the Biosecurity Import Conditions System (BICON) is changing the import rules in a way that is only visible to ‘stakeholders’. This process is invisible to the wider Australian community. On the surface it appears to accept submissions but it has no accountability to explain why it makes the final choices it does. I believe that as a result of these changes, we are at risk of losing something very precious, our vegetable biodiversity and with it, our future food security. The general focus of the quarantine revisions taking place is to make Australia ‘safe’ from possible pests and diseases. This is clearly a worthwhile thing to be doing, it is the way it is being done that may lead down a road that many of us find very undesirable. Last November-December the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources reviewed the Cucurbits (Pumpkins, Squash, Watermelon, Rockmelon, Zucchini, Cucumber), the result was greatly increased testing and therefore increased costs but the real problem was the requirement for a mandatory systemic fungicide treatment on all rockmelon and honeydew seed. This means that other than hybrid seed imported by Monsanto and other multinational seed companies that heirloom open-pollinated melon seeds are no longer being imported. Australia now has all the cultivars that we will probably ever have in the country. Those that are not being saved and sold commercially will gradually disappear over time. Why? Because all Australian-owned small seed businesses pack seed either by hand or using small machinery. This puts the fungicide dust in close proximity to the people handling it daily. This is a completely unacceptable risk to the health of these workers. Now it is the Brassicas turn and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has already suggested it intends to impose besides a range of tests, a mandatory systemic fungicide treatment on all Brassica seed including Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Mizuna, Radish, Rocket, Tatsoi and Turnip (Mustard and Cress need testing but no mandatory treatment). Read here for info http://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/risk-analysis/plant/brassicaceous-crop-seeds The first impact on any organic seed supplier, is that they won’t be able to maintain an organic seed supply to growers, or even maintain their organic certification. Seed suppliers are asking Australian Certified Organic (ACO) to confirm what the impact on the organic growers will be. There is no doubt these changes will massively reduce the range of open pollinated, pesticide-free seed. In the last decade or so we have seen a vastly increased number of school gardens, community gardens, farmer’s markets, young people getting into farming and growing. An inspiring food revolution with a richness of interesting greens, heirloom and ethnic vegetables has also been taking place. These regulatory changes will impact all of this positive change and possibly send family-owned seed companies to the wall, leaving our food supply wholly in the hands of just 2 or 3 massive international seed companies. It will greatly increase the cost of seed for seedling growers and small acre farmers. Home gardeners will be left with a greatly reduced range of choices. Action is needed · The deadline for submissions needs to be extended, as so few people who will be impacted by this change are even aware of it. A change of this magnitude should have involved publicity in nation-wide newspapers to alert the community. · An organically acceptable fungicide treatment for seed is needed as an alternative to the mandatory systemic fungicide treatment. This would allow organic growers and organic seed companies to maintain their organic accreditation, protecting the valuable, expanding organic industry in Australia. The deadline for submissions on these proposed changes is the 19th of April 2018. Make your submission here, no matter how long or short it will help. https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/brassicaceous-crop-seeds
Tougher punishments for animal cruelty
There is currently no national law governing animal cruelty punishments. Each state handles it differently and has different punishments. The punishments are never enough. People are getting away with doing heinous things to animals and getting nothing but a slap on the wrist. This country needs to step up and start protecting the innocent animals lives. Why should punishments for hurting animals be different to hurting people? Animals feel pain the same way we do. Enough is enough. Australia needs to have national laws that every single state must adhere to and they must be tough. People need to be adequalty punished for their crimes against animals. We feel sick every time an animal cruelty case is shown in the news, and everyone always comments about how the punishment is basically non existent, but there’s never anything we can do about it. Now there is. Please sign and share this petition so that we can get this acknowledged by the government. It is time we took action.
KANGAROOS IN AUSTRALIA NEED SAVING
4 Large Species of Kangaroos in Australia desperately need your help. Millions of Kangaroos each year are being slaughtered across Australia by the Commercial “Harvest” for export trade, not to mention animals that are killed by Farmers who shoot them when they come onto their properties, road kill, predation, disease from coming in contact with domestic animals, farm animals and humans, and illegal poaching. Councils across the country are being granted permits to kill more of these stronger gene animals who have made it through a really tough drought only to be shot for trying to find food and water in the country towns. People in Australia are so intolerant of their native animals that even the town parks (which are CROWN LAND) and the very place where the animals should be living had man not built structures there, is not being tolerated where animals are found to be grazing. These animals truly need your help. Of the 60 species of Macropods Australia HAD, 29 species are now threatened and 11 are extinct. The Commercial Harvest causes monumental destruction within these species with the cruelty alone which happens EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Pouch Joeys are pulled out of the pouch by their legs and their tiny heads smashed up against a truck wheel or other hard object to kill them or they are clubbed to death, crushing their skulls and the smaller in pouch young are decapitated with a knife normally whilst still on their mothers teat. Approximately 855,000 ‘at foot’ joeys who are still dependant on their mum for milk, flee when their mother is shot, and these babies are left to die of starvation,stress & predation. It is estimated that an additional 300,000 'in pouch' joeys die as well. This equates to almost 11,000,000 joeys killed by this Industry over a 10yr period. The RSPCA considers decapitation & clubbing of baby joeys to be an inhumane method of euthanasia – but no-one is stopping this practice. The breeding & social structure of these species are also completely destroyed. Kangaroos have strong family bonds and are a SLOW breeding marsupial despite the myth they can double their population in 1 year. A female Kangaroo will breed for only 8 years of her life and twins are very rare despite incorrect information being reported otherwise. Of these 8 joeys only 2 will reach adulthood, the other 6 are lost to drought, floods, predation, victims of road accidents, or the Commercial Harvest. The Commercial Harvest are taking animals as small as 13Kg carcass weight in Qld and 12Kg carcass weight in NSW. These animals would have only just been weaned from their mother and still need to grow out for another 12months or more before they too can breed themselves. The long term survival of Kangaroos is GRIM and action needs to be taken now to save them. Kangaroos are NOT farmed but instead shooters kill whole wild populations, emptying rural landscapes. The Industry targets the largest animals, decimating the number of the biggest & strongest Kangaroos who ought to be breeding stock for strong healthy populations and this is causing the very real risk of affecting the Gene Pool. Killing such high numbers of females can lead to population declines according to a population model published in Kangaroo Keepers edited by H J Lavery. And in some States where 97% of males are being taken, this also unbalances the species considerably as well. There is nothing about the Commercial Harvest which is sound practice. The ‘Go Green’ push to eat Kangaroo in Australia by the Australian Government and other interested parties is a scientific sham. Eating Kangaroo meat is not sustainable. Scientists at UTS found that to feed each Australian just 1 small portion of meat, 22 million Kangaroos would need to be killed each year. That would mean the total population would need to be 175 million to support this off-take (Dr Dan Ramp 2010).This is more than 5 times the 30yr average population of 27 million to provide 1 serving per week to Australians. The total population of Kangaroos has been declining with populations dropping to quasi-extinction levels of less than 5 animals per square kilometre over large areas. The Commercial Harvest of Kangaroos is the largest land-based wildlife slaughter & massacre on earth and continues despite falling numbers. Eating Kangaroo meat causes Diseases to both humans and animals. Because the meat needs to be cooked rare, or it is too tough to eat, this cooking method does not kill off many parasites, protozoa & bacteria. Diseases readily causing poisoning are Salmonella, E Coli, & Toxoplasmosis. These diseases can result in foetal death or birth defects in pregnant women & leave other diners critically ill in hospital or even death. Pets who are consuming Kangaroo are being poisoned by dangerous levels of preservatives in commercial pet food and can leave dogs & cats with brain damage, Veterinarians have warned. Some pet food suppliers treat products with high levels of Sulphur dioxide to preserve the meat and to disguise signs of putrification. Dr Anne Fawcett of University of Sydney Faculty of Vet Science treated a thiamine deficient cat fed exclusively on supermarket bought Kangaroo meat. The food was tested and sulfur dioxide concentrations were found to be double that allowed for human consumption. Sulphur dioxide is known to cause thiamine deficiency in humans & animals. Canada & Russia have banned importing Kangaroo meat and California has recently denied the resumption of importing Kangaroo products. The European Union is currently considering banning the importation of all Kangaroo products. Australia has the worst record of extinction of any country already having exterminated 40% of its wildlife in just 220yrs. To add to this disturbing situation is the amount of Damage Mitigation Permits which are issued by the Department of Environment & Heritage Protection & National Parks & Wildlife Services across Australia each year. These Departments are supposed to be protecting these PROTECTED SPECIES, but instead they are signing their death certificates with the stroke of a pen. Councils, Land Owners & Military Bases to name a few are given permits to kill THOUSANDS more of these animals, all because Australians have become completely intolerant and greedy wanting to take up all of the land these animals live on, and not share and/or find other non-lethal means to work with these animals. Kangaroos are an extremely important part of the Environment. They are soft on the ground not causing erosion like livestock do, and eating 1/5 of what a sheep will eat and 1/60 of what a cow eats. The Dry Sheep Equivalent (DSE) is 0.2 (Grigg 2002, Olsen & Low 2006). Many studies have been done on the DSE and Professor Grigg commented that kangaroos could be a little as 0.15. Livestock consume as much as 98.4% of pasture across Australia. Kangaroos rely on a wide range of plants as their diet and grass makes up only a small part of this diet. The Total Grazing Pressure (TGP) indicates that kangaroos attributite to only 1.6% of pasture which is share with other herbivores eg rabbits, deer, goats etc. Wildlife Carers across Australia are fighting a losing battle trying to save Orphaned & Injured joeys to return to the wild, only to read on the news or internet, that yet another Permit has been granted to kill a few more thousand Kangaroos. Please help us STOP THIS SENSELESS BEHAVIOUR and hold the Australian Government responsible for allowing millions of these animals to continue to die each year. No country should have an Industry that profits from the death of their Native Wildlife. Demand this practice stops. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION and call for the Australian Government to place a moratorium on the Shooting of Kangaroos for the Commercial Harvest. Kangaroo numbers are declining across Australia and action needs to be taken NOW. Thank-you for your help and support.