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John Quigley

  • Western Australia Shadow Attorney General

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Petitioning John Quigley

Do Not Release Dante Arthurs

On the 26th of June 2006, Dante Arthurs changed forever the life of a wonderful Perth family and shocked the close knit community of the Mater Christi School and Parish in Yangebup. The murder of Sofia Rodriguez sent shockwaves across this country. She was only 8 years old. This year she would have turned 21 and would be enjoying her life and family. But she is not! That was brutally and deliberately taken from her. The 26th of June 2018, also marks 1 specific event. It marks 365 days until Dante Arthurs will be eligible for release back into our community. He was sentenced to Life Imprisonment (which was only 20 years), with a non-parole period of just 13 years! Over the next 12 months, the Western Australian Attorney General John Quigley will receive a statutory report from the Western Australian Prisons Review Board on the status of Dante Arthurs and the recommendation for his release. The public of Western Australia do not want this person sneaking out of prison under the radar, after closed meetings and after documents are secretly signed. Upon sentencing in 2007, then Attorney General Michael Mischin assured the Western Australia public that, 'it would be unlikely he would be released on parole'. However, we have a new Government now and assurances rarely mean anything in office, especially 13 years later. Dante Arthurs must not be released and I hope I can count on your signature to support this petition.

Paul Litherland
122,695 supporters
Petitioning City of Vincent, City of Perth, Patrick Gorman, Michael Mischin, Mark McGowan, Mike Nahan, Department of Racing Gaming and Liquor WA, John Carey, John Quigley

Turn Rapture Nightclub into a Homeless Shelter or Women's Refuge

When a young woman recently contacted the Owner/Manager of the Rapture Night Club after suspecting she was the victim of drink spiking, she received a horrendously poor response, as detailed in the images. We live in 2019, a time when violence against women, including sexual assault, is at epidemic proportions. To create change, we have to stand up for women and give them respect. Misogyny, victim blaming and shaming cannot go unnoticed and it cannot be tolerated. With recent social media scrutiny of Rapture Nightclub's extremely poor response to reports of drink spiking within their venue, further investigation has found the club's owner, Neil Scott, to also publicly shame homeless people on his personal Facebook page. This blatant lack of respect for individuals experiencing disadvantage and for the safety of women is unacceptable. The role of being an owner of a licensed venue should be to demonstrate respect for customers and the community and to ensure a safe environment, at the top of their priorities. We believe that this venue has failed to represent the values or the interests of the people of Perth. We are asking for this venue to be closed down and turned into either a shelter for the homeless or a Women's refuge. We also seek for the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor WA to revoke Mr Scott's rights to own, manage or serve alcohol in or at any venue in Western Australia.

Trent Young
24,078 supporters
Petitioning John Quigley

Keep Anthony Lauritsen (my cousin) behind Bars, He Murdered His Own Grandma! Link above is the interview I did with 7 news!  Do you want a Monster living next door to you? I am sure as Hell I don’t want him ever to be released! Please help keep the Monster Anthony Lauritsen (my cousin) behind bars, we don’t want him in our community, do you want him in your neighbourhood? This man brutally murdered my grandma, and they think he is now ready for release, what a joke! I want him in jail for the remainder of his life, he took the life of his own grandma, and I believe he should never be released, I need your help to show the powers to be that this is not something that should be taken lightly! You can’t rehabilitate evil!  This horrible crime has affected so many people not just our family members but our friends and the service men and women and everyone involved along with the bystanders, the primary school (Calista) as the principle found him in the car park and our family friends that cleaned the house in the aftermath, it’s not a thing we as a family like to relive but unfortunately we have to, My dad (Johnnyboy) is back in Hollywood as it affects him really bad so his is in the best place with all the support and medical help he needs, it has shattered our hearts! I just don’t want any other family to have to go through this ever it’s just totally horrible, and I think if a crime like this is committed the victims should have more rights and the criminal so be held responsible for the remainder of their life, conditions to parole in this case need to be addressed, as its not like he has any family support! So it’s unbelievable that he should even be able to be involved in the rehabilitation process, this is why we need to have our voice heard �

Helene Farrell
1,103 supporters
Petitioning John Quigley, chris dawson, Hon Francis Logan, stephen clarke, Lynne Ridgeway, Meg Marshall, Christine White, Kim Christian Beazley, Dr Adam Tomison

It's time the West Australian police take violence against women and children seriously.

 I have experienced some of the most neglectful, lazy, inept police responses to violence inflicted upon myself, a mother and my four children. I live in Perth. This is a link to a video I made that I believe explains a lot. It's only a few minutes long and unfortunately this is the closest my children and I will get to justice and any acknowledgement of the seriousness of our suffering.  I want the Australian people and in particular West Australian people to be aware of this. My children have been denied a voice by the police and left scared, wondering why the police won't protect us. This violent dangerous man is free to carry on.  What you are listening to in the video  is not illegal according to the West Australian Police. What you are seeing isn’t worth pursuing when the only witnesses are a mother and her four children. Please save any criticism you may have, if like the WA police, you find this behaviour acceptable. I am not from Western Australia and I find this to be incredible.  I haven’t shared the physical harm we suffered when we foolishly got in the way of his fists. Fingers crossed he doesn’t end up teaching your kids (yes, he’s a teacher) or someone you know doesn’t become his next victim.    

Katie Youdan
391 supporters
Petitioning Christian Porter, Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Mark Dreyfus, Kristina Keneally, Mark McGowan, Francis Michael Logan, John Quigley, John Barilaro, Trish Doyle, David Elliott, Jodi...

Deliberately starting bushfires should be classified as a terrorist act

With the amount of bushfires our country faces each year, and the number that are deliberately lit, we feel that these acts should be treated with the severity they deserve.  Just as a terrorist attack does, these cowardly attacks do the following: 1. Incite fear in large populations. 2. Cause death and destruction. 3. Threatens the population (not limited to humans, think of livestock, native fauna and beloved pets). Whilst not exactly defined as terrorism in the traditional senses, these acts cause such devastation, that we feel that the penalties and resources invested in finding and prosecuting these low lifes, should be on par with extremist groups. ‘While each definition is a bit different, they do have constant themes. These themes include involving premeditation terrorist acts which are motivated by some political or social agenda, terrorists generally target non-combatants or civilians and are generally sub-national or clandestine groups. The configuration of terrorist groups is generally dependent on one's environment, relationship with the state, motivation and/or goals.’ preparing this petition, we have referenced the below article, and acknowledge that the only obvious difference between an Act of Terror, and Bushfire Arson, is the lack of religious or political motivation. With the stakes so high, and every criminals motivation being their own, we fail to see how the political, religious or ideological motivations differ from that of an arsonist. The attribution of electronic or cyber attacks seems to be a moot point in this instance. Quotes from the article above: Definition of terrorism in Australian law5.5 Terrorism in Commonwealth law is defined as an act or threat that is intended to: advance a political, ideological or religious cause; andcoerce or intimidate an Australian or foreign government or the public (or section of the public ), including foreign public.The conduct falls within the definition if it:causes serious physical harm to a person or serious damage to property;causes death or endangers a persons life;creates a serious risk to the health and safety to the public (or section of the public), orseriously interferes, disrupts or destroys:an electronic information, telecommunications or financial system; or an electronic system used for the delivery of essential government services, used for or by an essential public utility, or transport system. /End Quote. The Australian Public are sick of watching with despair. Whilst we do not expect to fix this issue overnight, we hope that this will make would be arsonists think twice. Even if the terms terrorism or act of terror are not used, we ask for similar judicial treatment and consideration as such an offence. Thank you for your time.  

Ian Wall
269 supporters
Reformation of Parole laws in Australia

Thank you for making your voice heard on this important issue of parole reform for those serving life for mass murder or serial killing. Kate Moir, the surviving victim of the serial killers – David and Catherine Birnie, came to see Mr McGowan, the Opposition leader and myself, Shadow Attorney-General to explain that every three years when Catherine Birnie comes up for parole she is forced to relive the most horrific night of her life all over again. WA Labor is pleased to take a new policy to this election. Labor’s policy is to amend the Sentencing Administration Act which governs parole and provide that an AG during their time of service can issue a notice to the Prisoners Review Board ordering them not to conduct a parole hearing for a mass murderer or a serial killer. As there is no intention of ever releasing these people to parole – because for these prisoners life should mean life as a Labor AG I would have no hesitation in directing the Prisoners Review Board not to consider Catherine Birnie in 2019 and thereby save Kate Moir from the trauma of having to relive the whole experience. For mass murderers, those who murder two or more people on the same day or serial killers, those who murder two or more people on different days. There should be a hard and fast rule LIFE MEANS LIFE and under a WA Labor Government that will be the rule. John Quigley MLA Member for Butler, Shadow Attorney General

3 years ago