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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
290,303 supporters
Petitioning Jay Weatherill

Jay Weatherill: help us save our son's foot - don't reject us from the patient travel scheme so Joshua can get treatment

My 8 year old son Joshua has a rare disease called Arteriovenous malformation – with his doctors saying his foot may need to be amputated without specialist interstate treatment. But now the SA Government have rejected us access to the patient travel scheme. I was totally shocked when they told me why. They're saying travelling to Melbourne for the only treatment that could save my son's foot is "seeking a second opinion". It means they won't allow us into the patient transport access scheme, the only way we're going to be able to afford to get him to the hospital treatment every three months. I just can't understand it. Amputating my 8 year old son's foot is unacceptable to us. It's a last resort. Specialists are saying they can save it, just the doctors in Adelaide don't offer the treatment.  It's as if they see saving my son's foot is a luxury. For lots of other conditions patients are given support to travel and get the treatment they need. Our problem is that we can't afford all this interstate travel without this support – we desperately need access to the scheme if we're going to save Joshua's foot. We are begging you Mr Weatherill, please reverse your decision to deny the patient transport access scheme for our family, and allow us to get our son treatment. I thought we lived in a country that had accessible healthcare for all. Instead it seems the SA Government is saying if you have a rare condition like my son's, you're on your own.  I think that's wrong. We just want to do everything we can to help our son. Please sign my petition asking Premier Weatherill to help us save our son's foot.

Kate Turner
93,195 supporters
Petitioning Jay Weatherill


Naomi Clarke is 44 years old and the powers that be would rather see her go to a nursing home full time, leaving behind her husband, dogs and home, rather than assist her to stay at home! Naomi, who has kyphoscoliosis and spinal cord injury, spent the last thirty 39 years of her life relying on nobody. She was indepedant despite her disability and led a full life including paying tax in her full time jobs. In 2010 Naomi was diagnosed with COPD, which has totally changed her life. Her husband gave up his work as an electronic engineer to become Naomi's full time carer. She relies on oxygen and a VPAP machine to keep her from going into respiratory failure. Currently DisabilitySA are refusing to fund Naomi's required additional care. In their eyes she is recieving the maximum allowance of hours for care. This sixty hours equates to Naomi safely sleeping seven nights a week. She requires 24/7 one to one support to ensure her safety and health. Her health condition means she becomes dangerously sleepy and oxygen deprived and her life becomes at risk. During the night a VPAP machine forces life saving oxygen into her lungs. Naomi's physical ability alone means she can not put this machine on unassisted, let alone the carbon dioxide poisoning that occurs during sleep, renders her unable to safely maintain her own health and medication. Naomi's husband Paul is providing support however has had to return to work after caring for Naomi for the past 3 years fulltime being at least FIFTEEN AND A HALF HOURS A DAY care straight without relief or respite. DisabilitySA are now saying the only option for Naomi is to go into a nursing home full time and/or supported accommodation or stay at home with NO support as this would become her choice....(what sort of choice is that?). She is married and young. But above all else the nursing home costs far more per day and DisabiltySA themselves have admitted that no nursing home or group accommodation is equipped to deal with her level of support!! If nothing else, and human compassion cannot prevail, then surely money speaks louder. A nursing home is far more costly per day compared to a support worker at $234 per day makes more economic sense. If you can not agree with the inhumanity of splitting up a family, think where you would like your tax dollars spent. You can help by signing this petition to KEEP NAOMI AT HOME, in the hope that the Government will keep this family together rather than encourage an early death. Thank you! From the team of LOVE. Please also leave a message for the Premier asking him not to force Naomi into an aged-care home on Twitter or Facebook if you have it:

Paul Clarke
62,403 supporters
Petitioning Dennis Hood, John Rau, Jay Weatherill

Libby's Law: Support Anti-Bullying Legislation in SA

When the most inconceivable of devastations impacts your family you are posed with a very confronting question … fight or flight? The Bell family have chosen to fight. On Monday, August 28 2017 13 year old Libby Bell returned home from a normal day at school, walked into her bedroom at her family home in Seaford, South Australia, and ended her young, precious life. It was not a decision based on spontaneity, or a knee jerk reaction to a bad day, it was the very resolute consequence of years of relentless and cruel bullying by her peers. Bullying that transcended various platforms – from social media – Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, instances at school, attacks to and from school, while she was mucking around with her friends – it was everywhere. But why? What could Libby have done that was so bad, so unforgiveable, that warranted constant mental torment? The answer is nothing. Libby didn’t deserve this. She didn’t deserve to be turned inside out and subjected to mental anguish that is beyond the realms of possibility for most. But she was. No matter what, her parents couldn’t help her. The police, the school? Those avenues that are supposed to be beacons of safety and support? They did nothing. The system failed Libby Bell. As a family, the Bells are broken. But they are nowhere near yet defeated. They will rally, they will fight, and they will bring their daughter’s life to justice. They will campaign for a change. Please help support Libby’s Law – what we hope will be the introduction of anti-bullying legislation in South Australia that will help provide children, teens, anyone with more accessible avenues of support and communication, what will give defined reprimand, repercussions and rehabilitation for bullies to show them that this is not acceptable – and that every life matters. If only Libby could see the impact that she had on those around her, and the love that so many people had for her. But she won’t. It is up to us to show that her death was not in vain.

Millie Thomas
48,554 supporters
Petitioning Luke Foley, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Michael Keenan, Michaelia Cash, Alan Tudge, Jenny Macklin, Linda Burney, Clare O'Neil, Terri Butler, Derryn Hinch, Gladys Berejiklian, Luke Foley, Daniel...

End soft sentencing for child abuse and domestic violence

End the judicial system's sympathetic attitudes and questionable soft sentencing of child abuse, child sexual abuse and domestic violence perpetrators. In the most recent Australian case, Matthew Lee Williamson was given just nine years for the murdering Kyhesha-Lee his three year old daughter. He could be out on parole in just seven years.  "Your treatment of your daughter was occasionally loving but mostly cruel and callous,” Justice Atkinson said. “You should have put her welfare above all else.” Kyhesha-Lee HAD MEDICALLY VERIFIED SEXUAL ABUSE INJURIES IDENTIFIED AT HER AUTOPSY…  and her short life was characterised by repeated violence and sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is not loving and not the behaviour of anyone who should have access to children, even if the children are their own. Matthew’s behaviour towards his daughter was abhorrent and Judges must be called to account and dismissed for their soft sentencing on all forms of child abuse and domestic violence.  One punch legislation has a mandatory minimum sentence for violent assaults fuelled by drugs and alcohol of eight years, with a max. of 25 years. Legislation must be changed to address the overwhelming levels of violence in homes and towards children. Kyhesha-Lee was delivered one fatal punch. One fatal punch from her own father, along with a life of sexual abuse. Violence to children, especially by the their parents or family members is not okay.  Legislative changes must be brought in to protect and address the epidemic crisis of domestic, child and sexual violence in our country.  Innocent children and vulnerable people deserve our support as a community. Perpetrators need to know the community is outraged and will no longer tolerate domestic violence.  Send the message loud and clear to politicians, violence against children and vulnerable people is not okay. Our judicial system is not reflective of community attitudes.  Swift legislative change is demanded by your constituents to correct the judicial system in criminal AND family courts to ensure every officer, judge and member of the legal system recognise that child abuse, child sexual abuse and domestic violence are fundamental breaches of humanity that should be taken seriously and punished harshly. Your action is required now.

Jane A
47,950 supporters
Petitioning Jay Weatherill

Jay Weatherill: please don't stop us grieving our foster child – we're parents like anyone else

I was foster parent and guardian to Finn, my beautiful little 3-month old nephew. But when he passed away from kidney complications three weeks ago – we were suddenly told we had no right to have anything to do with his funeral or be acknowledged on the death certificate.  We're devastated by losing Finn. He was so young. Now this cruel bureaucratic rule means we were being shut out of mourning for him. We were not to know the coroner's finding or even have a say in the funeral or even to view the child.  To make it even worse – I am not allowed on the death certificate, but it will get posted out to me because I was his foster mum?! It's just wrong and I don't want any other foster parent to have to go through this nightmare. Finn was my brother's child. There were circumstances that meant he just couldn't look after a newborn – so my husband and I adopted Finn and were to be his legal guardians until he was an adult. Any biological parents should of course get a say, but we loved and cared for little Finn and were the only parents he knew.  We just want some basic recognition and respect – like any parent would expect.  I'm not just fighting this for me. We're trying to move on and heal now from losing Finn, but this is a rule that excludes all foster parents from mourning when a child passes. It's not right, and I think Premier Jay Weatherill needs to ensure this is fixed so foster parents aren't treated like they didn't exist if a child they've supported and adopted dies. Foster parents should be able to have a say and not be shut out when a child they loved and supported passes.Please help me. 

Monica Perrett
41,807 supporters
Petitioning Jay Weatherill

End Discrimination : Legalise Adoption for Same Sex Couples In South Australia

I live in South Australia with my family. I am a dad and I am gay. This petition is important to me, my family, and many other same sex-couples, singles, gay and lesbian foster carers and those in second parent relationships who want to become recognised families, through adoption, but are living in South Australia. My husband and I have been together for 14 years, we are in a committed partnership. We adopted our sons who are aged 6 and 4 years, in the UK between the years 2011-2013.  Same sex adoption in the UK was legalised according to the Adoption and Children Act of 2002 - entered into force in 2005. We feel blessed to now be living in South Australia, one of the most beautiful parts of the world, but saddened by the fact that our family is not recognised, not valued, and not equal in the eyes of the law, simply because we are a same sex couple. Saddened that there are many children, at this very moment, that need love, stability and a chance at a better future, and the families that could adopt them and give these very things are tied up in red tape, or excluded because of their sexuality, or status as a same sex couple. Firstly, the process of adoption across Australia is one that requires radical reforms (Adoption Act 1988, Adoption Regulations, 2004)  to make it easier for individuals and couples regardless of sexual orientation to navigate and evidence robustly their suitability to meet a vulnerable child’s needs. We want same-sex couples, individuals and same sex stepparents in South Australia to be included within these reforms.  Secondly, the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia, Tasmania New South Wales, and Victoria have changed their approach and given same sex couples, LGBT individuals and same sex stepparents the lawful right to have their suitability assessed to be adoptive parents. In July 2009 the NSW Law and Justice Committee decided that the Adoption Act 2000 should be amended to allow same-sex couples the right to adopt. Committee chair Christine Robertson said,  "The committee has concluded that reform to allow same-sex couples to adopt will help to ensure that the best interests of children are met by our adoption laws and all recommendations were implemented in 2010”. Additionally, in 2011 a year long enquiry in South Australia, undertaken by the Social Development Committee into same-sex parenting recommended changes to existing South Australian laws to remove discrimination against same-sex parents wanting to adopt. So why in 2016 has nothing changed in South Australia ?  Our family is proof that adopted children’s best interests are served by the presence of capable individuals, or couples, regardless of their sexuality.  We have had nothing but positive re-enforcement from all the people we have met in South Australia. They praise us for being bold, for providing a safe, loving and happy environment for our sons, in order that they may develop to their full potential. So why is it that other same sex couples are not afforded this right in South Australia ?  We worry, often, about the future, and how it is that we will come to explain to our children that the State, the community they live in and contribute to, defines their family as lesser,unrecognised, dismissed in the eyes of the law. Finally, we should all agree that in this day and age children should be  taught about equality, given techniques to avoid discrimination and the confidence to help others understand where their own prejudice is drawn from.  Please sign this petition, so that someone, somewhere will see the need to bring about this change in South Australia. Shaun, Blue, Joshi and Dylan x *** The South Australian Adoption Law Reform Committee closed for submissions on the 30th May 2015 - we look forward to the publication of the report which will be delivered to the Child and Education Minister on the 30th September 2015. Any enquiries regarding the review process please email  Email:

Shaun DG
27,678 supporters
Petitioning Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce, Steven Ciobo, Shane Rattenbury, Andrew Wilke, Jay Weatherill, Leon Bignell

Stop Transportation of Livestock in Extreme Weather

Live export and transportation of livestock are prevalent and growing in our society. I ask for those signing this petition to firstly consider how they can personally change the lives of other species themselves, before asking others to take the same action. Consider how you can positively impact lives, then ask others to do the same. This petition has been sparked after a particular incident in Adelaide. On a 41 degree day, two livestock trucks had driven past me on main roads, followed by a sickening stench. This is the stench of death, the stench of deprivation of water, of the lack of any rights and of inhumane treatment. Animals, particularly sheep, had died during the transportation, despite the Department of Agriculture having guidelines which hold the transporter responsible for moving livestock under "harsh weather circumstances". Guidelines are incredibly easy to slip through though, when they aren't defined or concise. These guidelines do not give advice for what appropriate weather conditions for transport should be, and leave that decision to the responsibility of those in care for these animals. I call on our government to reconsider their animal welfare schemes, to carefully consider how their schemes show evidence of loopholes, and to start giving animals legitimate rights. I ask if you sign this, that you support the end of live export, of transportation of animals and of slaughter of animals. This petition is predominantly focused on stopping the transportation of livestock under stressful weather circumstances, however this petition does not support or accept any methods of animal exploitation or abuse, including the consumption of meat and animal bi-products. I beg our government to place strict regulations on all companies responsible for the transportation of livestock, in ensuring that no livestock are to be moved over a certain degree of heat or under extreme cold temperatures and storms. This is a bare minimum for the rights these animals truly deserve.

Jackie Korcz
24,439 supporters
Petitioning Jay Weatherill, South Australian Labor party, Malcolm Turnbull

Build a Battery Storage System in South Australia and Solve the State's Energy Crisis!

Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of electric car giant Tesla, has thrown down a challenge to the South Australian and federal governments, saying he can solve the state’s energy woes by building a 100-300 megawatt battery storage system. Grid scale battery storage would prevent the power shortages that have been causing SA's blackouts, help to even out price spikes, and improve reliability across the network. Musk himself is so confident he can deliver this, he's even promised to get it done within 100 days – or he’ll give it away for free. The federal government is obsessed with coal projects and has been blaming renewable technologies for SA's power problems. Let's show our political leaders there's real public interest in an environmentally friendly solution - we can make this happen!  

Paul Dawson
19,789 supporters
Petitioning Jay Weatherill

Premier Jay Weatherill of South Australia: Tell Sister State, Chungcheongnam-do Province, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Premier Jay Weatherill of South Australia: Tell Sister State, Chungcheongnam-do Province, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Chungcheongnam-do Province of South Korea became a sister state with South Australia, Australia in 1999. This, despite the fact that Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea is responsible for a horrendous dog and cat meat trade. In South Korea, home to global companies such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK, and POSCO, an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry, and the profound indifference of the majority of South Koreans who do nothing to stop this. One of the provinces that supports the illegal mass breeding and brutal slaughter of dogs for human consumption is Chungcheongnam-do. Have you ever wondered what Hell is like? Click HERE to watch undercover videos from an auction market that trades dogs for meat in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do. There are no words to describe the daily horror of this “Hell On Earth.” And there are so many dog meat markets, farms and slaughterhouses like these all around Chungcheongnam-do. Countless dog farms and slaughterhouses are scattered throughout Chungcheongnam-do and they truly are hell on earth for the defenseless dogs suffering there. Man’s best friend exists for their entire lives in squalid, feces encrusted raised wire cages in utter misery only to be slaughtered in the most horrific of ways – by electrocution, a hammer blow to the neck, being hung or beaten, bleeding to death from a slashed throat, being burned to death from a blowtorch, or thrown into a vat of boiling water while still alive. Cheonan, Gongju, Hongseong, Nonsan, Yaesan, Gyeryong, Taean, Geumsan, Dangjin; and on goes the list of cities in Chungcheongnam-do where these terrible atrocities are perpetrated. There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: Please inform Chungcheongnam-do Province Governor Hee-Jung Ahn that citizens of South Australia and their friends insist that they issue an official document mandating that the following existing laws be enforced: Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act, Article 2, Item 1 which governs the raising, slaughter and disposal of livestock and the processing, distribution and inspection of livestock products, does not categorize dogs as livestock that can be processed as food.  Therefore this makes the dog meat industry technically illegal. Food Sanitation Act, Article 7, Clause 1, Korean Food Standards Codex specified by the Food and Drug Administration, does not include dogs in the list of raw materials that can be processed and cooked as food, therefore making raising and slaughtering dogs for consumption illegal. Animal Protection Act: ARTICLE 3. BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR PROTECTION OF ANIMALS Each person shall endeavor to observe the following principles in raising, caring for, or protecting an animal: 1. Each person shall ensure that an animal maintains its natural behavior and original physical shape to live an ordinary life; 2. Each person shall ensure that an animal does not suffer from thirst, hunger, or malnutrition; Each person shall ensure that an animal is free to express normal behavior without experiencing discomfort; 4. Each person shall ensure that an animal is free from pain, injury, and disease; 5. Each person shall ensure that an animal is free from fear and distress. ARTICLE 8. PROHIBITION OF ANIMAL ABUSE ① No one shall commit the following acts toward animals: 1. Act of killing by brutal methods, such as hanging 2. Act of Killing in public or in another animal’s presence ③ No one shall commit the following acts toward abandoned or abused animals: 1. Act of capture and sell or kill. 2. Act of trade or purchase knowing that the animals are abandoned or abused. ARTICLE 9. ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION ① Anyone transporting an animal that has been selected by decree from the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries must make an effort to abide by the following: 1. Ensure that the animals are properly fed, watered and drive carefully so that animals are not shocked or harmed from sudden departures or stops. 2. The vehicle used for transportation must be built to prevent any harm during transportation and to minimize any pain due to poor ventilation or sudden changes in temperature, etc. 4. Avoid any possible injuries while moving an animal and minimize any pain or discomfort, such as sudden changes in body temperature or difficulty in breathing. ARTICLE 46. PUNISHMENT ① Anyone who violates Article 8, Clause 1 through 3 shall be punished with up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD). Ministry of Environment's Conservation of Water Quality and Ecosystem Act,  Article 15 Clause 1 Item 2 and Article 78 Item 3, the act of discharging excrement, livestock waste water, animal carcass, waste materials or sludge into public water is punishable by up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD). Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses are only authorized to slaughter animals they are registered to handle. No slaughterhouse is registered to slaughter dogs because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law. We believe these demands are in line with the goal of sister provinces to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. International and Korean media coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Chungcheongnam-do Province, South Korea’s image and severely tarnished your state’s sister state relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested. Thank you for taking swift action! PS: Click here to find more ways to contact Premier Jay Weatherill. It's very quick and simple.

14,553 supporters
Stop allowing “gay panic” as an excuse for murder in Australia

The so called ‘gay panic’ defence is an outdated and offensive notion. I’m committed to its abolition, that’s why last year I asked the South Australian Law Reform Institute to review all South Australian laws and regulations to identify ways to remove discrimination against the LGBTIQ community. One of the issues that the Law Reform Institute will be providing advice on is how to abolish the 'gay panic' aspect of provocation in South Australian law. Some of the recommendations from the Law Reform Institute have been received by the Government and one Bill has already been introduced into Parliament. The Government is expecting further recommendations from the Law Reform Institute shortly and will be taking action on the recommendations as a matter of priority. My Government is working hard to ensure that no South Australians are discriminated against and everyone enjoys the same rights.

2 years ago