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Hon. Yvette D'Ath

  • Queensland Attorney General

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Petitioning Jay Weatherill

Stop allowing “gay panic” as an excuse for murder in Australia

I’m a Catholic Priest and 8 years ago a man called Wayne Ruks was bashed to death in my Maryborough churchyard (300kms north of Brisbane). Unbelievably, his killer's convictions were downgraded to manslaughter, and in the trial the circumstances surrounding the bashing referred to  issues that can be described as “gay panic.”  It’s disgusting - this law, under the common law interpretation of the partial defence of Provocation, is still valid in both QLD and South Australia. In these two Australian states, if someone who you think is gay makes a pass at you, the sheer panic you could feel is partial justification for murder. I’ve made it my mission to see this revolting law abolished - it belongs in the dark ages. I have no words to describe how offensive, harmful and dangerous it is that two of our governments uphold that a person can be panicked enough by gay people to justify murder. The common law can really be only over-ridden in this respect by explicit legal ammendments to the Code of Criminal law covering murder and the partial defence of Provocation. Gay panic will continue to be a part of the law of these states until expressly excluded.  I am also concerned that even when cases are not formally and specifically pleading the 'gay panic' defense, the mere bringing in of suggestions that the victim made a non-violent homosexual advance, (whether true or not), poisons the waters and taps into deep-seated homophobia and bigotry and ought not be brought up at all in any way in the hearing of a jury. The victim is not on trial here.    That’s why I am calling on the Queensland and South Australia to eliminate this "gay panic" law as a partial defence for murder. Please sign and share my petition.

Rev. Fr. Paul Kelly. Catholic Priest
290,065 supporters
Petitioning Yvette D'Ath, Hon. Yvette D'Ath

Seek to see the Deportation of Caleb Maraku for cowardly one punching a unsuspecting teen

We the community seek to see the deportation of Caleb Maraku as his actions have caused more harm than good in the State of Queensland, Australia. He not only had cowardly punched a unsuspecting teen in an unprovoked attack but had also disregarded the fact that he was already suspended from Surfers Paradise when the attack took place. He is known for trying to enter a Gold Coast “gang” that was known as the bandidos and had placed himself in a “gang” LBK also known as lazy but krazy while in high school. He has threatened many people with his partner many times including someone I know close, they wanted to bash a child while the child was only 6 months old, also a ex of his that he thought was carrying his child, he had threatened to bring harm to the ex partner and the child that was unborn at the time the threat had been placed. This shows that he truely doesn’t care who he hurts and that he enjoys the fear he places in people’s lives, he has bragged several times about other people he has brought harm too including a person of aboriginal when he first moved to Gold Coast. 12 months probation? More like 12 more months for him to bring harm to another.  If we can get enough signatures supporting this we are one step closer to seeing a better Australia in the near future with one less deliquinte uncontrolable person here. We need the courts to review the decision that was made by the judge and appeal for a new trial to seek justice. One punch CAN KILL. Is it really worth risking the law abiding citizens of Australia for this type of person. If this was your own child that had been cowardly punched for sticking up for members of the public that were harassed by other fellow members of the public, would you be OK with the person responsible walking free allowed to hold his child while you’re waiting for your child in emergency intensive care unit praying that they’ll pull through just so you can hold them again and maybe for the last time. No. Do the right thing. Speak up if somethings not right. 

Australian Citizen
50,719 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Yvette D'Ath, Mrs Deb Frecklington

Tougher laws for juvenile offenders.

The people of Townsville and other North Queensland communities have had enough of being held hostage in our own homes by gangs of juvenile offenders that have no respect for the law or property of law abiding citizens. Repeat juvenile offenders are fronting court and being let back out on our streets by inadequate laws that allow them to repeatedly terrorise the community. The current Labour Government continues to take a soft approach on juvenile crime and ignore the rights of the citizens who live in these communities. Their latest announcement of supervised bail houses to be established in 7 communities across the state is another example of their arrogance and how out of touch they are with the people they were elected to represent. There was no community consultation and Ms D'Ath has wrongly assumed that we would all be happy and not feel threatened by the establishment of this facility in our town.  Our city currently has stolen cars, (one stolen at knife point) terrorising our streets, ramming other road users and running other vehicles off the road and police are powerless to stop the madness because the current laws don't allow them to use force to do so. As law abiding citizens we should be able to defend our family and our property without fear of prosecution.   We want to feel safe on our streets and in our own homes. It is clear that the soft approach isn't working and that harsher penalties are needed. This government must start protecting the rights of the community as a whole and stop protecting and enabling juvenile criminals to repeatedly reoffend. We demand that tougher juvenile crime laws are enacted and that our police are given more powers to apprehend them.             

Wendy Ambrose
17,940 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Yvette D'Ath, Yvette D'Ath

Reopen Case against Kerry Findlay, The man who drowned a Queensland Family Dog

A queensland man Kerry Findlay has avoided jail time over the sickening murder by drowning of a Queensland family dog. The dogs name was Thunder, he was only 18 months old. His excuse for this was because it injured and killed a chicken of his, but his attack was not warranted nor was it humane, it was in a complete fit of rage. This man needs to be locked up and taught a lesson just like all other animal abusers.  The prosecution sentenced him to 6 months jail, but he was somehow given IMMEADIATE parole. This man has shown absolutely no remorse, he even went as far as to make a smart ass comment almost as if the situation has not impacted him in the slightest whilst leaving the courthouse. Please I implore you to take action, watch the video and sign this petition to ensure justice is served. This man deserves no sympathy, he only deserves to see the inside of a jail cell.      

Joel Donatelli
4,953 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Yvette D'Ath

QLD Reinstate Youth Breach of Bail as an "OFFENCE"

Reinstate youth ‘Breach of bail’ as an offence in order to support greater foundation of police as a law enforcement authority. There is nothing to a troubled youth more diminishing of a police officer’s authority than a police officer knocking on a screen door, being able to see the subject of an intended arrest for breaching bail and having no power of entry through youth breach of bail not being a prescribed offence. This at times can result in unwelcomed gestures from the subject, i.e. raising of a middle finger or at times exacerbated by parents that may exhibit anti-police or anti-authority traits.

Steven Isles
4,491 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Yvette D'Ath, Malcolm Turnbull

QLD Justice System Fails Peta Butler

Peta Butler was just 16 years old when her Mother Therese facilitated her rape by her boyfriend Thommo. Therese took Peta on a road trip to Toowoomba. Took her to a motel and gave her four Vodka Cruisers to drink before handing her over to Thommo to rape and have unprotected sex with her. Peta didn’t think anyone would believe her and after starting her own family Peta built up the courage to report the matter to Police. Police investigated her complaint and although Thommo has never been found to date Peta’s mother was charged with the offence. Peta now fears for her life and that of her children and partner after her Mother yelled to her partner “take out my f****ing daughter” A Current Affair ran the story in March 2018 and asked for public help to locate Thommo. A sketch of Thommo was provided with several possible email addresses. Let’s hope he is found soon as we do not want to see a repeat of this case. We now need your help. As October fast approaches and Therese is due for release when need to encourage the Attorney General to appeal this case and extend the sentence. Four years paroled after 12 months is inadequate for such an offence. Australian children who are victims of pain, torture, neglect, malnutrition, emotionally or sexually abused or subject to violence for several minutes, hours or days should automatically have their abuser sentenced to Murder Charges. These charges should be automatic when there is sufficient evidence to prosecute. No child should be left feeling their life was worthless. We need justice for every child. Peta needs our help to protect her and her children from the one person who should have loved and protected her for eternity. By signing this petition we are urging the Attorney General to appeal this case as a matter of urgency and set a precedent to protect our children. This Mother has not been sentenced accordingly for the crime she allowed to take place on her own child. Every victim and their family should be given right of review when justice has not been adequate. To see interview on ACA go to      

Maree Macdonald
3,289 supporters
Petitioning Annastacia Palaszczuk, Snap Fitness Australia, Hon. Yvette D'Ath

Stop deaths at 24/7 gyms

A few weeks ago, my wonderful dad died on the floor of the a Snap Fitness gym, helpless and alone. He was extremely fit - he’d trained since he was 16. He lay on the ground, his foot still stuck in the rowing machine, found by two other members an hour later. By this time it was too late. How was this allowed to occur? There’s no legislation making it mandatory for fitness facilities or gyms to have defibrillators. Even if there was, in this case and many others, it wouldn’t have made the slightest difference. There were no staff present at this 24/7 gym. In order to save lives, competent staff, trained in first aid and CPR, must be present at all times within every gym Australia-wide. Regardless of whether they trade 24/7 or not this is an absolute necessity. Eight deaths have happened since 2012 in Queensland gyms alone. Last year, a 15 year-old boy was pinned by the neck whilst using weight equipment and passed away. He’d been trapped for 30 minutes before a fellow member entered the gym and found him. Trained staff need to be present at all times. Automatic defibrillators must also be installed in every fitness centre. Help me save lives.

Asha Wyles
2,183 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Yvette D'Ath

Jail coward puncher Caleb Maraku

Sentences need to be brought into line with community expectations. The Sentencing Judge in this case has endangered all Queenslanders by releasing this criminal. This man has shown no remorse and laughed at the Judge and our courts. He coward punched, and the victim is not only lucky to be alive, but miraculously avoided serious injury.     We need harsher sentencing to eliminate this kind of behaviour & Protect our children from this sort of violence. Changes are needed from the Queensland Parliament, and they need to start NOW! 

peter pagani
1,160 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Yvette D'Ath, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Jackie Trad

Call to Queensland government: compensate domestic violence victim immediately

A Queensland woman, whose identity has been suppressed, has been in hiding since a senior constable in the police service, Neil Punchard, deliberately leaked her address details to her violent former partner. She is now seeking compensation from the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, where she is representing herself. Constable Punchard remains in his job. The Queensland government is fighting the case with its own lawyers, despite the facts of the case not being in dispute, and that Punchard has refused to answer questions before the tribunal, exercising his legal right not to incriminate himself. Very simply, a government led by a female Premier, Deputy Premier and Attorney-General should not further victimise an already traumatised woman in this way. This petition calls upon the Queensland government to fully compensate the woman at the centre of this case, at the capped rate of $100,000, for this dreadful and deliberate breach of her and her children's safety, and for the pain and suffering that she has endured. Additionally, it calls on the Queensland government to immediate sack and press charges against Constable Punchard. You can read more about the case here:

Andrew Stafford
896 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Yvette D'Ath

Justice for Sharron Phillips

I am fighting for justice for my sister Sharron Phillips . After 31 years her suspected murder remains unsolved. I am requesting a inquest into my sisters dissappearce which has been denied me 3 times. I have also been denied under the right to information laws to simply read my parents statements 5 times . I am requesting a inquest as it came to my attention several years ago that my father had claimed to be interstate at the time of my sisters disappearance and that he was a interstate truck driver , I know he in fact had been receiving a disability pension and this claim was untrue . I had never been questioned about my fathers alabi and believe because of this basic lack of police work that it is the reason now that the police are refusing to investigate this new information and I am being denied access to my parents statements and a coroners inquest . A basic check of Centrelink records would confirm my claims . Instead of admitting mistakes made in the past the Queensland police and the attorney general have denied me The ability to find the truth about what happened to my beautiful little sister and denying Justice for Sharron.

Donna Justice
821 supporters