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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
289,562 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
50,710 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
17,896 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
4,502 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
3,115 supporters
Petitioning Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Hon. Yvette D'Ath

TICA = Homelessness in Aus - Petition govt. for Royal Commission into TICA & Real Estates.

“TICA” = Homelessness to thousands of families, and thousands of people – TICA is the largest tenancy database in Aus. with 300 000 names and over 3 million records (Stats 2010), defames/blacklists people - with no court order necessary - and prevents them from obtaining accommodation.  It is the single leading cause creating homelessness in Australia… Petition our government to hold a Royal Commission into the businesses practices of TICA and Real estates! TICA is owned by Philip and Marina Nounnis who have made tens and millions of dollars, since 1992, from the grief being caused to thousands… The grief that can be lethal - even ‘just’ the threat of homelessness, can be lethal… People die because of homelessness (R.I.P. Shel) and people kill because of homelessness (R.I.P Rachael). The United Nation Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 25: “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing and housing…”. Not so, according to Mr Philip Nounnis… “tenants do not deserve the right to impose their habits on innocent landlords by claiming that housing is a human right….” (ABC interview 2010). Mr Nounnis also boasted of a “New product called virtual manager, which allows landlords and agents to see when a tenant applies for another property”. This database is not about managing a property one has already leased out. This is about TICA taking information from application forms and automatically notifying past Real estates. It’s a “virtual stalker”. Does this constitute the criminal act of ‘stalking’? As one of the media articles on his TICA website titled “stalking Tenants” suggests? In legal procedures and affidavits, Mr Nounnis swears this database is a “searches database”. But an exhibit of this database shows “more info” and “Delete” options – options that are not part of a “searches” database. Does Mr Philip Nounnis deposing only of a “searches” database, and omitting any mention of his “virtual manager” in court proceedings and affidavit - constitute perjury? TICA is storing personal information on its databases which we do not allow our Govt. to keep, let alone sell to whoever is willing to pay…TICA is an unregulated business, as are Real estates in general. Accommodation is the ONLY unregulated industry of services and products that are essential for human life. Despite Real Estates always receiving the highest number of consumer complaints - have you ever heard of an RE agent having his/her license revoked? Or suffering any penalty whatsoever from our courts? Any fines? Any Anything? And remember, Politicians and the Judiciary are not tenants of their own homes, but the Landlords of other peoples’…Is it in their best interests to assert Tenants Rights? A campaign to educate our Judiciary on the leading cause of homelessness in Aus. is not too great a request… We can be sure of the ignorance and apathy of those in their taxpayer-funded ivory towers when they make such comments, as the QCAT Adjudicator expressed his belief that a person cannot be prevented from leaving a property unless “someone handcuffs you to the property”, or a District Court Judge suggesting that the homelessness caused by defamation on the TICA website can be resolved through “public housing”, or the Supreme Court Judge advising the resolution of homelessness: “You normally don’t get that through a Court, you get that through renting a property”, and “Courts don’t normally order people to provide accommodation to other people”. The bias and stereotyping of Tenants are entrenched… And it begins with accepting disputes between Tenants and Landlords should be resolved in small claims courts, as they are currently, where REs are usually making claims for a few hundred dollars. A Tenant’s claim may be a matter of life and death. A tenant’s allegations may be of criminality including Fraud (leasing a property which is/becomes inhabitable or with non-functioning attributes), Trespassing (No entry notice or false entry notices), Extortion (making demands for monies not owed with threats, example - blacklisting on TICA to prevent one from obtaining accommodation if money not paid), to serious invasions of Privacy and more….We need a government body to examine complaints made against TICA and Real estates…Dividing these complaints between small claims courts, consumer, corruption or privacy commissions and others, not only is more expensive than one central body but also ‘waters down’ the mass of claims (and the mass is massive!!!). A govt. body with a govt. maintained register (similar to TICA but in reverse, sounds like Justice, Yes?). When too many complaints or serious or criminal complaints are received about TICA or a Real estate. The Govt. needs to investigate and prosecute, and start by cancelling business licenses. They have no right to deal with members of the public… PUNISHING ONE REAL ESTATE IS A WARNING TO ALL REAL ESTATES. Legislation making TICA inform people of entries which have been made in their name, and only charging the cost it takes to do such, not the $5.45 per minute current cost of the phone line, being the ONLY way a non-member can contact them. Or charging $55 for every year included in an email when one requests the history on the website… Making a profit from a person by selling them the personal information being stored about themselves, it is as wrong as it sounds…. We need to petition the government to make legislation that protects Tenants. Legislation that prevents a Real estate from making any Blacklisting on the TICA website whilst matters are before a court/tribunal (an accepted practice in our legal process already, except in tenancy disputes), legislation that prevents RE’s from blacklisting when a tenant is still in their property... NO-ONE SHOULD BE LEFT OUT(SIDE).

janine Daniell
817 supporters