- Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources
- Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources
Barnaby Joyce: dairy farmers are facing a daily struggle - please step in urgently
I am only 16 years old and have grown up on a dairy farm my entire life, but the massive cuts to milk prices - slashed by 10% and more - have had significant and horrible impact on finances and our lives. Not only have greedy corporates like Fonterra and Murray Goulburn cut the price they will pay us for milk - retrospectively cutting income means farmers will be left hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt! Putting profit before people and leaving thousands of families in the dirt. To ruin Australia's own home grown business is disgraceful. But this can be changed - Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce must step in to reverse these cuts and commit to a national review of the ridiculous pricing system leaving farmers in debt. It’s a tough life being a farmer, but we don't have to fight it alone - no one deserves to be stripped financially by the greed of others. There are many more families out there just like mine. So please - let's all unite and do something before it's too late. Please sign & share and let’s together tell Barnaby Joyce to review the milk pricing system - don’t let greedy corporates ruin Aussie dairy farmers!
PROTECT OUR WATER AND OUR FOOD BOWLS
BAN FRACKING & CSG UNCONDITIONALLY NATIONWIDE
Water and food security is being placed at risk here in Australia because governments continue to industrialise our agricultural land and allow the resources sector to pollute our surface and groundwater. It is time to demand action not just on climate change, as action to protect our food bowls is also urgently needed. We need a national food and water security policy. Fracking gas and CSG projects are the biggest threat to a sustainable Australia because these projects pollute all surrounding water sources, including aquifers, contaminate air quality, soil and compromise the ability of landowners to produce clean food, as does conventional gas on prime agriculture land. With over 50% of prime production land in the NT and 2% in WA equating to a land mass the size of Tasmania, approved for fracking, as well as, CSG projects being approved in Queensland and NSW, along with conventional gas wells being drilled in the middle of prime agricultural land in SA, our national food and water security is being placed at risk. One shale or tight gas well requires between 15 to 30 million litres of clean water over the life time of the well. With 100s and 1000s of wells being planned for Australia, we simply don't have that kind of water to spare in the direst inhabited continent on the planet. Well casing failure leads to water contamination, making water undrinkable and unsuitable for food production. We simply can't afford this industry our water is too precious because all wells fail eventually. A gas company in WA contaminated a water source with radiation and the recommended resolution from the gas company, was to feed the contaminated drinking water to livestock. This is livestock that would have entered our food chain. In Queensland CSG projects are compromising a farmer's ability to produce clean food for Australians because their water bores have either dried up or have been contaminated by nearby CSG projects. The UN Resolution 64/292....states, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognised the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights. The United Nations Charter defines democracy as “ a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives” Our request is also supported by the United Nations Human Rights International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. PART I Article 1 1. “All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”. PART III Article 21. 3. “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government”.
Use of money spent on fireworks to support our drought affected country
A petition to our government on banning the spending of tax dollars for fireworks. Please join me in signing the petition so we, as a collective can put our case forward to to help save our dying country and way of life. Dear Mr Prime Minister For so long now, many Australians have felt it right and just to abandon the senseless expense and use of fireworks at celebrations like New Years. Surely, we as a Country can continue to celebrate and enjoy such occasions without the fireworks? It is literally burning our money for 10 minutes of entertainment that is detrimental to our environment and ecosystems and traumatic for animals and let’s not forget our veterans who with loud bang are reminded of their war time. Please, consider the cost of millions of dollars in the fireworks and allocate this to our dry and suffering land and all of those affected by its suffering.
The hiring of specialist trained Gender Surgeons in each Australian State and Territory
To the honourable members of the Australian Parliament, I, Elizabeth Kazon, an Intersex Transgender Female, and my fellow LGBTQIA+ individuals, allies and supporters, call upon you to without delay hire surgeons within the Medicare public health system to perform sex reassignment surgeries, thus making these certified Life Saving Surgeries, affordable for all Transgender and Intersex Australians. Within Australia, Medicare pays a rebate for some Male to Female Sex Reassignment Surgeries and some Female to Male Sex Reassignment Surgeries, however as there isn’t the possibility to have these surgeries performed in the public health system, private surgeons have a virtual monopoly, making these necessary surgeries unaffordable for a majority of Transgender and Intersex individuals. Furthermore, advancements are being made in these surgeries, however there is no opportunity for the private surgeons to learn and use these new techniques as they are constantly backlogged with patients who have no alternatives. The approximate cost in Australia to have a Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty is $18’000 excluding aftercare, fights and accommodation. A new surgery, the Peritoneum Pull-Through Vaginoplasty has been pioneered and is being performed oversees for approximately $20’000-$40’000 USD. This cost is relatively affordable when compared to the $100’000+ payable to have Phalloplasty performed in Australia. These prices are unaffordable, and it should be offered within the public system. In addition, it is with great conviction that we also believe that breast enhancement, breast reduction, Buttocks enhancement and buttocks reduction should also be performed for those holding a valid Intersex or Transgender Diagnosis as such procedures have been proven to greatly improve Transgender and Intersex individuals’ mental health. We the undersigned call upon you, the Australian Parliament, to without delay, put pressure on the individual states and territories to hire and train 1 specialist surgeon per capital city in Australia plus at least 4 specialist nurses to assist them. These surgeons collectively should be proficient in the following new and older techniques to meet the needs of the Transgender and Intersex Individuals of Australia: · Peritoneum Pull-Through Vaginoplasty, · Sigmoid Colon Vaginoplasty, · Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty, · Facial Feminization Surgery, · Voice Feminization Surgery, · Tracheal Shave, · Breast and Buttock Augmentation, · Mastectomy, · Hysterectomy, · Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy, · Metoidplasty, · Phalloplasty. Yours with hope,
Fix it Now! Victoria's Great South Coast Deserves a Safer Princes Highway! Need $$ Now!!
The community of the Great South Coast is being urged to get behind the campaign to get the Victorian and federal governments to finally provide the funds required for urgently needed upgrades to the Princes Highway West, between Colac and Port Fairy. The ‘Fix It Now! The Great South Coast Deserves a Better Highway!’ campaign has been launched by the Princes Highway West Action Alliance (PHWAA) which has been lobbying for months to draw attention to the major arterial’s need for long overdue works. According to PHWAA spokesman Scott Cavanagh, with the federal election on May 18 now is the time to really push home the message that the Great South Coast community deserves better. “Our community has been incredibly patient, but enough is enough,” he says. “Ask anyone who travels the highway on a regular basis, and they’ll tell you just how frustrating and unsafe it is and how most people try and avoid using the Princes Highway at all if they can,” he says. Three priority projects have been identified as needing urgent upgrades, after an extensive review of the infrastructure works needed on Princes Highway West, between Colac and Port Fairy. The review was stage one of a total review of the 297km stretch of the key Victorian transport corridor between Colac and the South Australian border. Thirty-nine infrastructure upgrade projects were identified with three highlighted as key priority projects for urgent funding. Blue Church intersection west of Colac - $5 million Installation of overtaking lanes or ‘2 +1’ infrastructure from Colac to Camperdown - $21m Installation of overtaking lanes and duplication through Dennington on the Warrnambool to Port Fairy section of the highway - $60.8 m "We’ve done the research, identified priority projects and know the dollars that are required to get the work done,” says Mr Cavanagh. “Now we just need both state and federal governments to recognise that we do deserve better and commit to funding these long overdue upgrades.” I started this petition, because…The communities of Victoria's Great South Coast have been overlooked long enough. From Colac to Port Fairy, families and businesses deserve specific and targeted funding for the highway before more lives are lost and the cost to the local economy grows even larger. We urge you to support this petition to let both state and federal politicians know the Great South Coast deserves better and has had enough. It's time for action and guaranteed funding! And the time is now! www.facebook.com/PrincesHighwayWestActionAlliance