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  • Queensland Minister for Education, Minister for Tourism and Major Events

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Free Ahed Tamimi

My name is Nasri Akil from Toronto, Canada. I started this campaign to support" Ahed Tamimi", her mother "Mariam", her cousin "Nur" and the other kids detained by the evil hands of the Zionists of the fake state of Israel. In a desperate hope to get enough signature to put pressure on decision makers to do something about the constant twisted detention of Palestinian kids. In turn this will expose the evil of the zionists and pressure the international community. I would like to mention here that this petition has nothing to do with race or religion or ethnicity. It's pure right against wrong. Zionism is not Judaism. Judaism is a religion not a race. Many Jews are not Zionists. Most Zionists are not Jews. Many Zionists hate Jews. Opposition to Israel is NOT anti-Semitism. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested ( kidnapped actually ) by Israeli forces in the middle of the night. Since she was a young child, she has been active in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s theft of her family’s land in occupied Nabi Saleh. But as Tamimi stands against Israeli occupation, she underscores: whenever a people face oppression, we must show solidarity. Israeli soldiers shot Ahed Tamimi's relative in the head, leaving the teenage boy in a coma, and then invaded her family home. She demanded that the occupying Israeli soldiers leave her property immediately, shouting "don't touch me" and "leave!" Now she's in Israeli military detention, where 75% of Palestinian children report assault. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children she could be humiliated and abused if we don't get her out fast. She has become another child statistic of the countless other children detained illegally in Israel. Her court date is December 25th, 2017. She was taken into question at the Moscobiyeh prison, notorious for it's dungeon cell, torture tactics fully utilized on children, and extensive harassment. She was put in isolation, left in an icy cell, without proper food. In fives days she was moved three times. Why? To exhaust and break her.  When her mother arrived to be there with her, she too was arrested.  We demand that Ahed and all Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now.  The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment and detention of Palestinian children. Enough is enough.  Ahed Tamimi represent all the innocent kids in the Isareli detention and represent the Palestinians struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 1967, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age. AHED TAMIMI will go to trial on Christmas Day for slapping an Israeli soldier, illegally trespassing on her property, the day after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the face. In December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a protest in the village when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. One year later, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Rashadi Tamimi in the village. One wonders why the "slap" is the Crime? I decided to do something about it and start with what I can. So that's why I am here asking you to help me help Ahed, her family and all the other kids. I also started a fund raising campaign on "GoFundMe" hoping to raise enough money to hire as many legal advisors to support Ahed and the others legaly in the court and get some justice. I mean enough is enough...I can't sleep I can't eat and these kids are experiencing all of that twist. Someone must do something. This is not right. This is not humanity. We cannot make this acceptable by doing nothing.  I earnestly ask that at the very least, we make some noise in support of Ahed Tamimi and the other children that are held prisoners with no charge, no defense, all in violation of international laws.   She is one, but we are many. It takes a united front to add pressure, to induce accountability and hopefully give freedom to the oppressed, weak and innocent.  To Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. As a wise man ounce said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" Sign. Support. Make Noise. Add Pressure. Be Human.  what if Ahed was your daughter, sister or just a friend? What would you do?

Nasri Akil
68,482 supporters
Petitioning Kate Jones

Save the Early Childhood Development Program

Bella was diagnosed as autistic when she was 4 years old. She suffered with extreme anxiety and had a severe speech delay. She had been attending our local daycare for the past 2 years, and once we had started process of getting her diagnosed she was able to attend our local ECDP (Early Childhood Development Program). The difference was immense - but the program now faces closure. There were some educators at Bella's daycare centre who were amazing. But they didn't have the resources, equipment, or specialist training to be able to help her fulfil her potential. They were given funding to hire an inclusion support person, but again they didn't have the skills or knowledge to help her, and were only there for her one on one for about an hour a day. More often than not I would arrive at pickup time to find my sensory seeking child sitting alone outside eating mud. She even got lost one day - no one realising until we arrived to collect her. She was picked on by the other kids, and none of the parents seemed interested in befriending me - I was the parent of the ‘naughty, weird kid’ after all. The ECDP could not have been more different. Attached to the local special school, It was a free service and she was to attend for 2 mornings a week. There was a clear focus on preparation for school, as well as lots of practical support with her speech delay and high sensory needs. We had just one year left before she started school, and she needed to be able to do basic, obvious things like keep her shoes on in the classroom, not hold her comfort toys in her hands every minute, not eat all the non-food items she could get her hands on (sand, mud, paper, glue, paint, crayons and anything metal), and actually be able to sit still on a chair for more than 10 seconds. She needed to know how to communicate and interact with other children, that her name was Bella, be able to actually write her name – all things that most children take for granted by the time they reach school age. Bella also attended speech and occupational therapy, but this was in a one on one setting with her therapist. At ECDP she was in a classroom with other children, and a teacher and aide who gave her the direction she needed. She had to put her bag and lunchbox away when she arrived, and pack them up again at the end of the day. She had work time, playtime and food time – she learned to go by their schedule and rules and not her own. This was an eye opener for us. Having spent the first 4 years of her life doing pretty much everything for her, we started to see that she could be independent. She could pack and carry her own bag, she could put her own shoes on. She could follow instructions and compete tasks (even if it was really hard to start off with). When she was very small we just thought she was a very difficult child. Then when she was diagnosed we thought she simply couldn’t and wouldn’t be able to do any of these things, because she was autistic. The ECDP taught us that there was so much more to her than the autism. That the diagnosis did not mean that she couldn’t learn and grow just like any other child. We increased our expectations of her and boy did she deliver. We have our ups and downs, and her progress can be slow (at times seemingly non existent) – but if it wasn’t for her amazing teacher and all the aides that were determined not to give up on her when she was just 4, I doubt she would be in the place she is now. We were very lucky – her beautiful teacher saw something in Bella that only a few people see. It can be very easy to write her off on a bad day, to put her in the ‘too hard’ basket. But underneath it all she is an intelligent, smart girl with so much potential, something that I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t see until her ECDP teacher showed me. Now let’s consider what her transition to school would have been like without that foundation year at the ECDP. Without all the support and knowledge that her teacher was able to share with her new school. It hasn’t always been an easy transition, but she has come a very long way from the little girl who couldn’t talk, who would sit in the corner of the playground eating sand, who couldn’t sit at a desk or hold a pen. And we owe all of that to the time she spent at the ECDP. If they get closed down, the Department of Education is failing all those children like Bella who deserve a fair start to their education.

Karen Watts
31,515 supporters
Petitioning Ms Jacquita Miller, Mr Simon Birmingham, Ms Tracy Davis, Mr Luke Howarth, Malcolm Turnbull, Kate Jones

We need Safe Schools Program in Aspley State High- Stop bullying because of sexuality!

I'm a mother of two young boys who went to primary school with Tyrone Unsworth, and my eldest son starting at Aspley High next year. I was horrified when I was told of Tyrone's death; a young boy with the world at his feet. Tyrone was at the age where he should be discovering himself in a safe and accepting environment. Instead he took his own life after years of torment from bullies because of his sexuality. With programs like Safe School we can save others like Tyrone Unswroth. Safe Schools is a national program funded by the Australian Government. By creating safe and supportive school environments, we can reduce homophobic and transphobic bullying and discrimination in schools. As a part of the Aspley High family, I can't standby and watch another LGBTI child be bullied, self harm or commit suicide. I feel that our kids need this at Aspley High. Please sign and share my petition, no more bullying in our school because of sexuality.   Some Media Reports Mother Leads Charge To Introduce Safe Schools I was horrified when I heard mother at tyrone unsworths school calls for anti-bullying prog news safe-schools petition for Aspley State High School Reaches 20,000 sign the petition to bring safe schools to aspley high

Joelene Roulstone
29,862 supporters
Petitioning Mark Jamieson, Jason O’Pray, Mark Furner, Kate Jones, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Dan Purdie, Tim Dwyer

Stop Sunshine Coast Council dumping toxic chemicals (PFAS) into the ocean October 2019

Sunshine Coast Council announced on the 28th of August 2019 that a pipeline will be built from the Sunshine Coast airport with its outlet 400m offshore from Mudjimba beach, to dispose of airport pond water contaminated with PFAS. This is set to occur mid October 2019 with 8 mega litres of contaminated waste water to be pumped and disposed per day, over a period of 20 days.  PFAS is a proven carcinogenic, which has caused cluster cancers in populated community areas exposed to the chemical. PFAS is a non-degradable, bioaccumulative chemical, which poses a great threat to our marine environment and human health as it is introduced into our food chain.  The risk to local beach goers, surfers and divers is unknown and the area at risk is also unknown as currents spread the chemical through Sunshine Coast waters.   It should be noted that Council have other options to dispose of PFAS in a safer but more expensive way. Time and money seem to be the highest priority for council as they try to meet deadlines for the development of the international airport.  We, the undersigned respectfully petition Sunshine Coast Council to stop the release of ponded water contained on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project Site to the Maroochy River immediately and to stop the release of ponded water to the Ocean via the new pipeline. We do not want the pipeline to be used for release of any contaminatedor ponded water from the airport. We request that further research and investigation is undertaken and alternative solutions are pursued. There is worldwide concern about PFAS, being bio-accumulative and toxic and international debate to phase out the use of PFAS due to unacceptable risk to human health and the environment. The residents of the Sunshine Coast implore you to find another solution and to consider the short term and long term ramifications to our tourism, fishing, waterways, environment and ultimately the health risks to the residents of the Sunshine Coast.    

Joel Saunders
15,694 supporters
Petitioning QLD education

Education dept need to stamp down on schools that protect bullies and discriminate victims

Currently in Qld schools, there are many cases of children being bullied beyond belief, one child even was put into surgery, to have her gastrostomy button fixed after it was dislodged by blunt force, and the bully’s punishment was to stay off the jumping castle. Principals are also discriminating against the victims. This girl chased her bully, never touched her, never caught her, just chased her after months and months of torment, and she was suspended, however 10 other girls who chased this victim, exactly as she did, were never punished.  Another school in Queensland, the principal discriminates against kids whose parents don’t let them walk over them without questioning. And yet another Qld school also punishes the victim for informing the teachers or principals, and again if they stand up for themselves, with lack of protection. Some parents of the children being bullied, have even been brushed off, due to the bully having a hard home life. Now forgive me if I’m wrong, but we can’t go to work and take our personal life out at work, so why should other innocent children be on the receiving end. The school also has a duty of care to report bad Home lives to the appropriate channels, and if they are just letting kids bully and torment other children just because they have a bad home life, it’s not teaching them how to channel whatever it is they are struggling with, the right way.  And these are only a few schools, all in different towns. Now while I won’t name each school, something must be done to protect the children! There are also cases of children who are slightly different to what is classed as “normal”, that are being targeted by both other students and teachers, with nothing being done to help these children. Our children are our future!! These principals and teachers have a duty of care towards every child whilst at their school. And while some are fair, some are not. The so called anti bulling program does nothing. There needs to be more done. This isn’t good enough. Society is so concerned with more and more children developing anxiety, and depression, yet are not doing anything to protect every child during school hours from being bullied. There needs to be harsher penalties for those doing the bullying, and an investigation into the principals and teachers that actually defend the bullies.  So make the Education department and Minister for education, do something to protect ALL children! 

Nikita Stehbens
3,780 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Jon Tester, New, New York Times, Kate Jones, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), International Animal Rescue, Animal Planet, Animal lovers and wildlife rescuers, An...

Put an end to puppy mills

I am writing to request that Congress pushes for comprehensive federal legislation preventing “puppy mills” from operating and imposing stiff fines on any person or company found to be operating a puppy mill.  Right now, some states have laws prohibiting puppy mills outright or regulating this industry, but many states do not have any legislation at all and the laws (in those states that have them) are not consistent as between the states. Comprehensive legislation, at the federal level, will impose uniform standards by which these puppy mills can be judged.  This legislation will also allow the federal government to step in and prosecute violators, which will carry greater weight and penalties than just having the individual states pursue these claims. Federal legislation is needed because puppy mills are extremely horrific places. Animals are often forced to walk around in feces, urine or standing water filled with parasites and contaminants. The dogs are crammed into cages too small for them, without adequate food and water.  These animals don’t receive proper veterinary care.  The Humane Society of the United States' website details the types of horrid conditions and abuses these breeding dogs are forced to endure.  Many puppy mill owners have been repeatedly cited and some of them even have USDA violations for a number of years in a row.  One can only imagine the pain and suffering these helpless animals have experienced at the hands of the puppy mill operators! These puppy mills supply dogs to pet stores.  When people buy their dogs from pet stores, it allows these puppy mills to not only continue operating, but gives them profits to expand their operations.  It is a vicious cycle, where the revenue generated from the dogs bred at puppy mills and sold in pet stores are almost immediately funneled back to the puppy mills.  All in the name of greed and profit! People must step in and force Congress to address this issue and the masses are the only ones that have the power to make Congress act!  I realize Congress has many, many pressing problems and issues that are likely more important and urgent than stopping puppy mills. But no animal should have to endure a lifetime of being crammed into a small cage, being constantly bred with no time to recover between litters and never having a loving home and family.  Thus, I am asking Congress to please make passing federal legislation against puppy mills a priority.  

Erin Erasmus
979 supporters
Petitioning Honourable Kate Jones Education Minister

A Fast And Fair Resolution For Tracey Brose

Our community is in turmoil; we have lost our Tamborine Mountain State High School (TMSHS) Principal Tracey Brose who has been suspended without notice or explanation to our school community. Repeated attempts by the Parents and Citizens’ Association President over the past 3 weeks to get clarification from the Queensland Education Department (DET) on if or when Tracey will return her role have failed.  Tracey has served the Tamborine Mountain Community for 16 years and her leadership as principal has formed the bedrock for the quality of our young people who leave high school well educated, disciplined and ready to enter the next phase of their lives.  Many of our students, teachers and families are suffering from uncertainty, distraction, fear and anxiety. The effect on student and teacher morale is likely to flow into poorer education results, the longer this is left unresolved.  We now have an acting principal until further notice, who can also start making changes that undermine the values, beliefs and high standards of education and discipline our schools reputation and results have been built upon. DET have now broken several assurances made by phone, email and text over the past 3 weeks, back-tracked on a commitment to communicate to our community and have actively blocked P&C attempts to send a newsletter update to parents. We don't believe they are being honest, transparent or fair with the way they are handling this process. Vote for change, sign the petition to help us force decisive action from the Education Minister; The Honourable Kate Jones. The outcomes we are seeking from the Minister; 1.     To expedite the resolution of the outstanding issues that relate to Tracey Brose’s suspension (on 22nd February) and complete the investigation by 11th April 2016. 2.     That an independent legal counsel (to be approved by both parties) be appointed to oversee the process and ensure a fair and impartial outcome is achieved. 3.     That the cost of this counsel is to be paid for by EQ.  4.     If at resolution of the outstanding issues, it is found that Tracey Brose is suitable to continue in her role as School Principal, that she immediately be reinstated to her current role at Tamborine Mountain State High School.  5.     That until this matter is resolved, the Acting Principal be directed to maintain the status quo in regard to;  a.     Expenditure programs, b.     The annual Responsible Behaviour Management Plan c.      The schools established and proven values, rules and standards.   David Hows President /Parent Tamborine Mountain State High School Parents and Citizens’ Association 

TMSHS P and C Association
596 supporters
Save the Early Childhood Development Program

There has been a lot of discussion over the last few weeks about the future of our Early Childhood Development Programs. Families have raised concerns with me about care for their children under the new model for early years under the NDIS. I know ECDPs do an incredible job in helping prepare children with disability for life at school. I want to reassure Queensland families that children will continue to receive support ECDPs until they transition to school or to new providers under the NDIS. Under the Federal Government’s NDIS, children with disability will attend their local kindy and receive NDIS funded support to meet their early intervention needs. However, if families feel they want to continue under the current system and not move to the NDIS system, I encourage them to lobby their federal members to retain the funding. Video:

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