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Kelly O'Dwyer

  • Former Minister for Revenue and Financial Services and former Minister for Women

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Petitioning Kelly O'Dwyer

Kelly O'Dwyer: don’t allow paedophiles to avoid paying victims compensation

The ex-Bega Cheese CEO, Maurice Van Ryn, sexually assaulted my children over a number of years. This predator was sentenced to 18 years jail — but now he may successfully avoid paying compensation to his 9 victims. My children need constant psychological care to heal the wounds caused by this man. And all his victims need to be able to access ongoing, specialist support. But the former multi-millionaire CEO is using an absurd law that means he can avoid paying victims compensation from money sitting in his self-managed superannuation account. Under current Australian Superannuation Legislation, a person cannot be forced to draw down upon their superannuation. Even if a court orders Van Ryn to compensate his victims, he can legally refuse to use his superannuation to do so. It means he’s able to protect his fortune while leaving his victims to suffer further without compensation. Surely those who wrote the Superannuation Act and the politicians that voted on it never expected it be used as a mechanism for paedophiles to hide their money and avoid compensating their victims? These laws can be changed to deal with such injustices; in recent years laws were changed to give access to superannuation in divorce settlements. We need your help. My children and other victims of this predator need on-going care and compensation — I’m asking Kelly O’Dwyer to change the law so the rights of child sexual offenders aren’t put ahead of their victims. Please sign and share our petition today to help get justice for our families. Thank you. Ken (pseudonym required due to court non-publication orders)Father of Van Ryn Victims

Ken Steele
21,130 supporters
Petitioning Australian Medical Board

Dr who advocates for the rape and murder of women to have his medical licence revoked!

Dr Christopher Kwan Chen Lee, a practising Doctor in Australia is on record as having made the following statements in an online chat room: "Some women deserve to be raped, and that supercillious little bitch fits the bill in every way" "She needs to be abandoned in India and repeatedly raped in order for her to wake up her idea" "If my marriage fell apart, it would not end in divorce. It would end in murder." "I can easily condemn your mother for a whore" Dr Lee also accessed a patient's medical records on 21 occasions 'without consent or clinical need' Dr Lee was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Tasmanian Health Practitioners Tribunal last week but only received a 6-week suspension (holiday?) as a result. Dr Lee was employed by the Tasmanian Health Service at the time but is now an emergency registrar at Box Hill Hospital in Victoria. As the CEO of the North and North West Tasmania Sexual Assault Support Service, Laurel House, I find these comments from a registered Doctor to be outrageous and unacceptable, and I feel compelled to challenge Dr Lee's right to practice medicine in Australia. Australian Doctors are bound by the AMA Principles of Medical Ethics which can be summarised simply as 'do no harm' ( Nonmaleficence). The harm Dr Lee is suggesting in the above messages gives us some clear insight into the way he feels about and treats women. Make no mistake, domestic and sexual violence is now a national crisis. On average, a woman is killed by her partner every week in Australia however as I write this, there have been two deaths this week already because those partners, just like Dr Lee,  consider murdering their partner more appropriate than getting divorced. Fresh in my mind from yesterday, a Perth man was charged with not only the death of his wife but also of his three young daughters and his mother in law. As a Nation, we seem to be more alarmed by shark attacks than we do the violent death of a woman. I wonder if this is because we have become so desensitised due to the frequency of events, or, is it because a shark attack could happen to anyone and suddenly the whole population is potentially affected? Or, maybe, the cold hard unacceptable truth is, we simply do not value the life of a woman? Dr Lee certainly does not and for this reason, I seek assistance with this petition to have Dr Lee's Australian medical licence revoked.  

Justine Brooks
5,996 supporters
Petitioning Kelly O'Dwyer

Help us help Will Cookesley

Most of you who are reading this will be aware of the hardships Will has faced in the last 22 months, that's 691 days.  Our story is long. It began on 01.01.2016 when a 27-year-old fit, healthy, ambitious, hardworking, happy, successful bloke had a tragic accident. He fell from a balcony of over 4 metres in height directly on to his head. He suffered a diffuse, axonal, severe traumatic brain injury. He required immediate surgery to release the swelling of his brain, where they remove the skull. And at the same time, they attempted to repair the numerous facial and head fractures which took over 8 hours. At the end of the surgery, they gave him a 50/50 chance of survival. He spent 3 weeks in ICU in a coma of which he remained in a vegetative state for 9 months on the neurological ward at the Alfred Hospital. 9 months of hell. 9 months of surgeries, infections, admissions to the ICU, spasticity casting on his legs, arms and fingers for contractures, many many invasive procedures and operations to try and save his life. Followed by 10 months of tireless, painful, arduous therapy at the Acquired Brain Injury Unit at the Caulfield Hospital, and most recently, relentless, continuous, and progressive rehab in the Transitional Living Service that is affiliated with the Caulfield Hospital. Now, as if he hasn't gone through enough we face one of our biggest battles yet.  The Australian Government is in the process of changing their disability funding from The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). But due to the enormity of the transition, they are rolling it out in stages for different councils. Stonnington Council has not yet rolled out to the NDIS. Residents in the Stonnington Council, who were not already funded through the DHHS and have since suffered an injury or illness that has resulted in permanent disability, WILL NOT BE FUNDED until after April 2018. After April 2018, those waiting for funds will wait months to be given a care plan meeting date. Then after the meeting date, a care plan meeting will then take time to process, funds will be then be allocated and we will then wait for the funds to be cleared. This could take us until late 2018. 12 months of waiting.  Our battle? Will is waiting for discharge from his current accommodation at the Transitional Living Service into the community. But we have no access to funding for his next step. As we all know Will has made such incredible progress living in this type of supported accommodation and it has been recommended by all of his Doctors and Allied Health Professionals that Will must progress on to similar support in order for his recovery and rehabilitation to continue.  In order to get funding prior to the NDIS rolling out late next year, you can apply to the DHHS for Disability Support Register to fund will in advance. But, as you can imagine, this in itself is a long and arduous procedure so, therefore, we need our local MP Kelly O'Dwyer to advocate for Will and contact any necessary party involved in the DSR and DHHS so that we can get funding for Will.  WHY WE NEED FUNDING? - ACCOMMODATIONCurrently, Will has no funding for any accommodation for people with disabilities. He cannot return to his apartment as there is no rental assistance to pay his mortgage (as he cannot work) and there is no funding to fund attendant carers to care for him in that environment. It is highly recommended that patients like Will don't return to their parent's house after brain injuries as it inhibits rehab progression and it also makes future accommodation funding requests harder to get (Specialist Disability Accommodation, SDA) - CARE We have no access to care funding whatsoever. The only option is that Mum; Jane, becomes FULL TIME carer with no assistance. - THERAPYWill will have no access to any therapy funding in order to participate in physio, OT, speech therapy, neuropsych, hydrotherapy, etc all necessary at this critical stage in his recovery WHAT CAN YOU DO? You can sign this petition!!! You can contact Kelly O'Dwyer on behalf of our family.OrYou could put us in contact with anyone you may know within our Local Council or anyone you may know in the DHHS WHY? So that Kelly O'Dwyer and the DHHS can see the rally of support behind Will and advocate on behalf of him to grant him DSR funding through the DHHS whilst we wait for the NDIS roll out. Will and the Cookesley's have not tirelessly faught for over 691 days, 22 months, to end up at our critical stage in recovery, like this. If you are in the position to donate financially please visit our GoFundMe page we have set up for Will. Please also note that by donating directly to it is not a donation to Will. It is a donation to to promote our petition to wider communities. If you would like to donate directly to Will please use the link above. Many thanks.  

Luci Cookesley
5,648 supporters
Petitioning Kelly O'Dwyer, Scott Morrison

Make the specific act of Domestic Violence a criminal offence in every state of Australia

The specific act of Domestic Violence is NOT a criminal offence in any state of Australia.... I bet you are thinking “no, that can’t possibly be right” .... but as of this moment in time, there is not one person sitting in any jail in Australia convicted of committing the crime of domestic violence..... because they can’t be, as it is not a crime in our country. With 1 women being murdered every 5 days in Australia in acts of violence - the reality of these crimes is most victims know the perpetrator. It is in most cases a current or ex partner. The problem is not going away, it’s escalting -  and why wouldnt  it? In the USA and UK the act of domestic violence is a crime with emotional, psychological, financial and social abuse and coercive behaviour (such as convincing a partner to commit suicide) is a crime . In Australia, the Australian Law Reform Connittee and the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence both say it’s “too hard to define” this abuse to make it a crime.... well 330 million people in the USA defined it and another 65 million in the UK managed to define it too. If Australia can legislate to include domestic violence leave in employment law, and if the government can legislate to make accessing superannuation possible for domestic violence victims also, then its been defined. There is no excuse.  What message does it send when we as a country have more of a penalty for catching a fish that is too small than we have for terrorising, abusing and destroying your own family or loved ones life? Someone that was trusted taking advantage of someone else’s vulnerability? It says we don’t give a damn. Violence is violence - it should not matter who the victim is to the perpetrator, why should one act of violence have police take action and arrest and the courts convict while another gets pushed into family court?! What has Violence got to do with family? Nothing - Violence is violence. Assault is a crime. Sexual assault is a crime. But what comes before these with Domestic Violence? .... Psychological, emotional,  financial and social abuse nearly always comes before physical abuse and without any law recognising this pattern of behaviour women (and some men) are trapped ....... unable to go as there is no way to stop the unrelenting torment that often traumatises them to the point they don’t feel they can leave. It’s the curliest abuse of all.  I DO NOT WANT TO COUNT THE NUMBER OF DEAD WOMEN EACH WEEK, bracing for the next and the next, we as a county can not accept that.  I don’t want a 1800 number to talk about it  I don’t want free counselling so I can think about It I don’t want leave from work so I can deal with it  I don’t want a restraining order so I can try and live with it  I don’t want to access my superannuation early so I can pay for it I don’t  want a shelter so I can hide from it; and; I don’t want breakfasts with ribbons to pretend I’m doing something about it. I WANT A LAW TO STOP IT, THE FIRST TIME , BEFORE I NEED ANY OF THE ABOVE THINGS.  If people are charged and convicted of this crime, victimscan then access victims of crime compensation, like all other crimes allow for and doesn’t require the victim to take out loans or use up retirement savings to rebuild their lives.  It will be a cold day in hell before my 5 year old daughter grows up and gets asked to sign an employment agreement that gives her ten days paid DV leave, right next to maternity and bereavement leave - are we saying as a country we are going to accept DV occurs just like birth and death?! No! ....... it’s not supposed to be this way .... it’s not the lucky country until we are all lucky and equal and we are not, as women are being killed and lives are being destroyed and it’s not a “relationship issue” or “lovers tiff” and it’s nothing to do what to family and everything to do with control and hurt and abuse .......  MAKE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  A CRIMINAL OFFENCE IN EVERY STATE OF AUSTRALIA AS A MATTER OF URGENCY......  Nothing else has worked - this is working in the UK and USA ..... one life saved is worth it ........  Prime Minister, we the people of Australia are no longer asking you, we are telling you that we want immediate action taken on acts of violence against women and that starts with making the specific act of domestic violence a crime in every state and territory in Australia as a matter of urgency.  Info:  Domestic Violence is rates a mention in the Commonwealth Family Law Act .....  ..... then it’s up to the States to legislate and make laws .... and if anyone can make sense of them you’ll be the only one as they make NO SENSE and are totally ineffective: In the UK and USA the specific act of Domestic Violence is a crime.  The USA has the “violence against women act” In the UK coercive and controlling behaviour (emotional and psychological abuse) is also now a crime: Coercive or controlling behaviour offence:  A coercive or controlling behaviour offence came into force in December 2015. It carries a maximum 5 years’ imprisonment, a fine or both. Victims who experience coercive and controlling behaviour that stops short of serious physical violence, but amounts to extreme psychological and emotional abuse, can bring their perpetrators to justice. The offence closes a gap in the law around patterns of controlling or coercive behaviour that occurs during a relationship between intimate partners, former partners who still live together or family members”

Linda Howard
3,562 supporters
Petitioning Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Hon Bill Shorten MP, Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy, Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP, Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Tanya Plibersek, Richard Marles, Warren Truss, Hon Julie Bishop MP...

Stop the attack on Australians' citizenship! Scrap the [Un]Australian Citizenship Amendment Bill. Don’t trade our liberty for so-called 'security'.

Michael Lucy from The Monthly describes the situation succinctly: Legislation that will allow the government to effectively cancel the citizenship of dual passport-holders who have committed certain terrorism-related offences has returned to Parliament. This is a considerably revised form of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 that Tony Abbott proposed in May. Some of the quirkier parts of the bill – such as including vandalism of Commonwealth property among the offences that could lead to revocation of citizenship – have been removed, though it will still apply retrospectively, and can apply to people who have not been convicted of any crime. Labor has indicated that it will support the legislation. One important question still hasn’t really been answered: what’s the point? What does it achieve that existing legislation can’t? Will Australians fighting for Islamic State in Syria really be bothered by losing the right to the passports they have already burned? Are there people in Australia who haven’t been convicted of any offence that the government is planning to exile? And if we do start banishing people, where will they go? Is this anything more than a way of washing our hands of Australians we don’t want to deal with any more? On this issue, as with refugees, the government is pretending that shipping a problem offshore is the same as solving it. The law is also liable to set a bad precedent. A citizenship that can be cancelled is not really citizenship; it is a temporary privilege that can be demolished in a moment at the whim of a minister. No matter how great the crimes our citizens commit, they are still Australian. As the Bill’s explanatory memorandum notes, “Australian citizenship gives full and formal membership of the Australian community and is a common bond … uniting all Australians”. At the same time, it says “The Bill only applies to persons who are a national or citizen of a country other than Australia, that is, dual citizens”. Both of these can’t be true at once. Either all of us get equal treatment in the law, or dual nationals become literal second-class citizens. The Australian Citizenship Amendment Bill 2015 should be scrapped. It is time for us as a nation to face up to our real security problems and start solving them, rather than off-shoring them. Australia should rely on its courts to prosecute and punish criminal behaviour by terrorists.  Alice Hill Melbourne @backseatdriverz

Alice Hill
1,283 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Michael Keenan, Kelly O'Dwyer, Josh Frydenberg, Michael McCormack

Give the Child Support Agency 'teeth' to force fathers to support their children

Unpaid, part-paid and late-paid child support, together with child support avoidance through income minimisation and the non-lodgement of tax returns, are all significant factors in the financial stress of many families headed by single parents. Many parents who care for children full-time are living in poverty or under considerable financial stress while their former partners - who are not meeting their child support responsibilities - are living a comfortable lifestyle with little or no child-caring responsibility. These issues are heightened where children have costly health or disability issues which add significantly to the average cost of supporting children. This is a gendered form of economic abuse, with families headed by women more at risk of financial strain due to child support non-compliance. For many, this economic abuse is a continuation of family violence. I call on the Federal Government to: 1.  Support women and children subject to economic abuse; 2.  Give the Child Support Agency adequate tools to pursue parents who do not support their children; 3.  Ensure other federal agencies such as Centrelink, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Taxation Office must assist the Agency; and 4.  Make the required legislative changes to achieve these goals. Let's start with an amendment to the Corporations Act disqualifying company directors who owe child supports debts from holding the office of director.  After all, why should a director who cannot manage his own finances be permitted to manage a company's affairs? Why do I care?  Because I am one of many women caring for and financially supporting children (including two with disabilities) without regular and adequate support from my ex-husband, with the Agency powerless to take meaningful action against him. We do not need another inquiry - WE NEED ACTION NOW!

Emma Mackey
1,292 supporters
Petitioning Bill Maher, Motorola, Hillary Clinton, Joseph R. Biden, Carolyn Maloney, Adrian Smith, Ministerio de la Presidencia y para las Administraciones Territoriales, Mercado Libre Solidario, Kelly O'Dwyer...

Ayuda para pagar una operación a la cadera por artrosis y 4 prótesis a Marisol

Mi señora, Marisol Río, necesita operarse la cadera y colocarse 4 prótesis producto de la artrosis que padece. Ella quiere recuperar su salud física, pero la salud pública no la ha tomado en consideración y está fuera de cobertura. Somos una familia con 2 hijos y queremos estar bien de salud para poder luchar por ellos, para que sean mejores personas y ayuden a quienes lo requieran. Ante esto, estamos optando por la salud privada, pero se rechazó todo tipo de cobertura, por lo que tendremos que, como familia, pagar el costo total de la operación que asciende a $8.700.000, dinero que lamentablemente no tenemos.  Estoy dispuesto a todo para conseguir el dinero porque el dolor es tan grande que hay noches y días que se la pasa llorando de dolor. De lograr el objetivo tendremos una vida digna para seguir trabajando y luchando por nuestros hijos. Firma y comparte para que el Ministerio de Salud y las autoridades puedan ayudarnos a acceder a la operación. También, si quieres puedes ayudarnos a juntar el dinero para la operación. Estaremos muy agradecidos de que puedan apoyar a mi señora Marisol y a nuestra familia. Mi cuenta rut del Banco Estado es 22914034, rut es 22.914.034-5 y nombre Nicolás Vásquez Sarmiento

Nikolas Vasquez
1,070 supporters
Kelly O'Dwyer: don’t allow paedophiles to avoid paying victims compensation

GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW RULES FOR EARLY RELEASE OF SUPERANNUATION, INCLUDING VICTIMS OF CRIME COMPENSATION The Turnbull Government has announced that Treasury will review the current rules governing early release of superannuation on grounds of severe financial hardship and compassionate grounds. It will also review whether, and the circumstances in which, superannuation assets should be available to pay compensation or restitution to victims of crime. The Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, said the rules governing early release of superannuation have not changed substantially since 1997. “The superannuation system has come a long way since then. It is time to review the current arrangements as they relate to severe financial hardship and compassionate grounds to ensure they remain fit for purpose,” Minister O’Dwyer said. “This review is one of a range of measures the Government is progressing to ensure that the rules governing superannuation serve the interests of consumers.” An issues paper will be released before the end of this year and the review will make recommendations to Government early in 2018. Terms of Reference for a review of the provisions governing the early release of superannuation benefits Treasury will review whether the current rules governing the early release of superannuation benefits on compassionate grounds and in cases of severe financial hardship (regulations 6.19A and 6.01 of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994, respectively) remain fit for purpose. In making recommendations, it will consider whether these rules appropriately balance the need to: • Preserve superannuation benefits to meet the objective of providing income in retirement to substitute or supplement the Age Pension; • Ensure that superannuation is available for current consumption in certain, limited cases of genuine hardship or where warranted for compassionate reasons; and • Ensure the rules can be administered fairly and effectively. The review will also consider and make recommendations on whether a perpetrator’s superannuation should be accessible to pay compensation or restitution to a victim of crime; and, if so, the circumstances in which this may be appropriate. The review will not examine other general conditions of release for superannuation. Treasury will report to the Government in March 2018.

4 years ago
Stop the Backpacker Tax

We have listened to you. The Turnbull Government will be undertaking a comprehensive review of seasonal workers, including working holiday maker visa holders. We have also announced that under a re-elected Turnbull Government we will defer the start of the changes to treat all working holiday makers as non-residents for tax purposes from July 1 for six months, pending the outcome of the review process. We recognise that working holiday makers are an important source of labour, and the review of working holiday makers will ensure our labour supply is adequate and Australia remains competitive globally. Following feedback from you and industry experts, the review will consider agricultural and seasonal labour needs, overseas wages and taxes, and opportunities in agriculture and tourism. In contrast Labor has said that they will implement the changes if they are elected, as outlined in the Shadow Treasurer’s speech at the National Press Club last year. For full details of the Turnbull Government’s announcement, including the terms of reference, please follow the link: Kind regards, Kelly

6 years ago