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Petitioning Australian federal government

We call on PM Scott Morrison to meet immediately with emergency leaders #attnscottmorrison

Right now across Australia, widespread fires and extreme weather are endangering our people, homes and ecosystems. Nationwide, people’s feelings of fear and anxiety about the future of our country are reaching boiling point. It’s time to get PM Scott Morrison’s attention! Our message is clear: “Dear Prime Minister, we call on you to meet immediately with emergency leaders including Greg Mullins (former Fire & Rescue Chief)”. You can add your voice to this message by taking two simple steps: 1) Sign this petition and hit 'Share' 2) Use the hashtag #attnscottmorrison when you post images of the current fire emergencies across Australian states, along with the petition link. This is how you can tell your Prime Minister that you want him to meet with emergency experts to discuss firefighting resources, climate action and a national emergency summit!  We understand that the priority right now for many Australians is, and must be, to remain vigilant and safe. So this call out is for those of us who have capacity to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with affected communities.  As Hon. Jacinda Arden says, “we have to start moving beyond signs of hope, and deliver signs of action”.  Please sign and share today! #attnscottmorrison ----------------------------------- Suggested short Social Media post to accompany images of fire affected areas:  #attnscottmorrison Right now our country is burning. Our home is on fire and only action will put out the flames. As an Australian, I call on you @scottmorrisonmp to meet immediately with emergency leaders, including Greg Mullins. It’s time for leadership and action to keep Australia safe.   -------------------------------------   An additional note on donations made via   The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness and communicate a call to action, not to raise funds. As campaign organisers, we are not collecting funds donated through this portal. We appreciate your support to date and if you're eager to make a financial contribution to affected communities, we suggest that you donate directly to a cause via their website.Below are links to the organisations that we've prioritised throughout the campaign. Read on to find what you're most aligned with as an individual: - Donate to the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action    - Donate Blood to the Australian Red Cross - there is an urgent need due to the fires - Donate to the NSW & QLD fires at the Australia Red Cross - Donate to Koalas In Care - Donate to the Koala Hospital - Donate to the WIRES Emergency Fund - Become a Wildlife Carer  Additional Resources: - Read the Climate Council’s Bushfire Briefing Paper here - Stay up to date on the NSW Fires Near Me site & app and the QLD Rural Fire Service site - Find loved ones at Register.Find.Reunite  - You can talk to someone at any time at Lifeline on 13 11 14 - Resources for Teachers and Parents on how we can talk about emergencies with children and young people are up on the Australian Red Cross site here. A note on campaign privacy:  Your support and your privacy is invaluable to us. We will not share any names of supporters or signatories without your proactive consent and confirmation of your permission. On the campaign website, will share your name and that you have signed if you tick the box allowing them to do so. We welcome you to stand alongside us in putting your name to this call to action. We also are so grateful for the meaningful and personal words people have shared with us and the community within the Reasons For Signing section.    Thank you, we're hearing you...  

Clinton Topic
175,788 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews, Linda Reynolds, Alex hawke

Save my Carer and her family

How is it that a disability Carer for over eight years, one that has opened her heart to care for people in need and developed unbreakable bonds with her patients, is not good enough to be a permanent resident in Australia? How can the Department of Immigration not see how hard it is to find a carer? How can they not see how it will affect her patients who have various disabilities from Down-syndrome to psychiatric issues? Carers help their patients physically, emotionally and socially. Building trust and creating a family bond takes time - sometimes longer than the carer actually sticks around for. These patients have already had a tough life. They have already been disadvantaged. Life is already difficult. I would know because I am one of Ardina Schwartz' patients. If not for Ardina, I would not have coped during the recent lockdowns in Melbourne and also may not even be here today. I must give a huge thanks to Ardina for all the help and support, and the things that I have achieved with her help are beyond anything I could have ever imagined for myself.  Change is very difficult for me at the best of times, especially at this time, while in the process of moving from living with my parents to living independently. If Ardina were to leave, I would be more than devastated. It could take me back to when I was first diagnosed. Not only does this affect me personally, but my whole family as it has a ripple effect. Ardina and her family came to Australia legally over 14 years ago. Ardina has a married daughter and grandchildren, as well as a widowed sister who are permanent residents here in Australia. She has formed a very close bond with them. This family is well integrated into the Australian community. They know English perfectly, they pay their taxes, they volunteer, they’ve never relied on Centerlink, they love their jobs and are proud to have one. We need people like this in Australia. Australia wanted them here because they offered a skill. The department have now decided that her husband's skill is no longer needed, so see you later after 14 years. How is this fair? Where is the compassion? How about us, the disadvantaged sector of the community? How about having our needs met too.  If she were to be sent back, it would be devastating for all involved. Her clients, their families, as indicated above, it has a ripple effect. Ardina's immediate family would be greatly effected, as well. Please take the time to sign this petition for us. I honest to God don’t know what I’m going to do if she’s no longer here to support me. All her patients are devastated. Please I am begging for your support.

Cheryl Plaut
28,693 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison

Award Teddy Sheean the VC as Recommended by the Tribunal

In July 2019 the independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal unanimously recommended to the federal government the award of Australia's highest military honour to Tasmanian Teddy Sheean - the Victoria Cross, also known as the VC. This was the very first time in its history that the tribunal has recommended the award of a VC. But on 13 May 2020 the federal government decided not to accept the recommendation.  This is a travesty. Teddy Sheean is a hero and the government should accept the recommendation of its own panel of experts. Sheean was just 18 years old when he left his home in north-west Tasmania to join the Navy and fight in World War II. He died defending HMAS Armidale from Japanese warplanes off the coast of what is now known as East Timor, only one year after he enlisted. With the ship going down, the wounded young sailor strapped himself to an anti-aircraft cannon and fired at the attacking planes. He is credited with helping save 49 of his ship's crew before he went down with the ship. The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal was established to independently consider honours and awards outside of the Australian Defence Force. Its members include lawyers, historian and veterans. It is unacceptable and un-Australian that the government would ignore its own panel of experts and deny a young hero the recognition he deserves. Brigadier (retired) Kevin O'Brien, CSC 

Kevin O’Brien
24,376 supporters
Petitioning Linda Reynolds, Scott Morrison, Marise Payne

Gulf livestock 1 - Please bring them home!

Please bring our boys home!We are writing to you as the parents, parents in law, wife and family of Lukas Orda, one of the Australian nationals still missing after the sinking of Gulf Lifestock One on September 2. We also include William, the two New Zealand and the 36 men from the Phillipines in our plea. We as the family of Lukas including his parents Sabine and Ulrich Orda are devastated to hear that the search for the missing crew members was stopped last night. We appreciate all the help that DFAT and its staff members have done to support us and the other families. We are also greatly appreciative of the work and dedication of the Japan Coast Guard who risked their lives to save them. However, we cannot understand this decision in light of the following:The Australian Consular Emergency Centre advised us on September 7 that information supplied by the Philippines Consul-General (Osaka) from one of the survivors who was washed overboard (short version):When the engine of the ship failed in the storm the captain called all crew on the bridge in life vests to enter the lifeboats. Three crew could not reach the bridge and were washed overboard. When a big wave hit the ship and pushed it on the side the second survivor was washed off the bridge and lights went off. There is no further information. It is extremely concerning that given this above information that the search would be suspended as this provided evidence that people were unlikely to be trapped on the ship and could be still floating in the ocean awaiting rescue. I am also aware that a second typhoon has swept through the area after finding three crew members, however no one has provided any information to say that this would have changed outcomes for the remaining crew. Currently there has been no sightings of any other dead bodies of the remaining 40 crew, 4 life rafts and 1 lifeboat which still have not been found accounted for. I am under the belief that these vessels self-deploy in the event of a ship going down, so even if not all were freed (dependent upon the way the ship sunk), I ask youwhere are the remaining vessels?  Therefore, there is a strong possibility that at least some of the crew members including Lukas and William made it into a missing lifeboat or raft. Yes, a second Typhoon that passed through the search area would have displaced the vessels a relevant distance from the original search area, however we are a nation of people who always strive to succeed in many times overwhelming odds to eventually prevail.  Therefore, as parents we implore and you to assist us in getting this search resumed to provide some closure and answers to this tragedy that is affecting our own nationals, our ANZAC partners and Philippines nationals. We help so many other nations especially in our region and I am sure with some discussion we could enlist other nations including our own to continue the search after the Japanese Government has made such a tremendous effort to find our loved ones. We have set the bar high previously with our own searches for the missing Malaysian flight MH370 along with the successful rescue of other seafarers. We in this case do at least have relatively reliable information regarding the last known location of the vessel along with modern technology and satellite equipment to provide a high chance of a better outcome than MH370.

Tobias Orda
61,800 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Linda Reynolds, Richard Alder, David Littleproud, Trish Doyle MP, Jodi McKay MP

Australia’s C130’s to have Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) capability.

Help equip the heros as we are about to enter 2020. These fires started in August (still in our winter '19). So what are we going to do about it? I propose global best practice as the Fires around the earth are getting larger, as such we need to meet this brains and brawn. I hope with your signature we can effect change quickly! Please read on to understand more. Australia has a fleet of 12 Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules in the Australian Airforce. It is admirable that at moments notice our Defence Force is prepared to use these assets to the aid of persons both in our Region and Globally. America which is a similar size geographically has at least 8 of these planes in their Defence Force that has the ability to be quickly converted from standard Cargo Planes to a Large Air Tankers (LAT). This quick & temporary conversion allows this very useful aircraft to become a Fire Fighting Superweapon! It is done with an off the shelf product called MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighter System) or MAFFS II, which is the newer version. With theses fires still burning strong in NSW & QLD, & still strong in our minds from Victoria, I can only think how can we get all these levels of government to work together & develop this proactive National Defence resource?This capability upgrade to both the Royal Australian Air Force & Australian Defence Force more broadly, should be welcomed & the C-130’s have many other planes that could be tasked to cover their duties such as the C-17 & C27. These National Assets are based out of Richmond Airbase just outside of Sydney and less than two hours flight time from just about anywhere in the country, but can operate locally on very short notice and operate just about anywhere for refill of both water or retardant, even on narrow & unsealed runways and have been known to even do beach landings. It is time to acknowledge that States & Territories should have this capability to draw on, as these #Superfires need a larger response than just what each state has sat on standby for the year. NSW ownes one LAT (Large Air Tanker), which although very helpful to NSW, would be magnificent if backed up by x8 C130’s temporarily equipped with similar capabilities.It is time to reflect & defend Australians against this domestic super threat to homes, families, schools, property, business, livelihoods, community assets, volunteers & paid staff, pets, the Economy & environment just to name a few. The only recent operations for the C130 listed on the Airforce website include:• Op Queensland Flood Assist (2011);• Op Philippines Assist (2013); and• Op OKRA (2014), where C-130Js were used to airdrop humanitarian supplies to Iraqi civilians. Ready to sign? what is a MAFFS II? Its a device that neatly & quickly slides into the back of the C-130 Aircraft in around 60 minutes & turns it into a tool that can drop +13600L of water or retardant either in one go or with many smaller programmed drops, and the more advanced systems are going to be using GPS to precisely drop it like we would do with weapons, equipment or humanitarian aid. Unlike the gravity systems currently in use, MAFFS can also adjust the saturation from light but long loads to or heavier and shorter runs. Amazingly it’s capacity is around 27 times more than the small helicopters bucket payload of around 500L and it can refill in around 12minutes and re pressurises on the way back to the fire. These aircraft compound in efficiency, so 8 of these can effectively spread kilometres of retardant to take on these #SuperFires as done in California. As a nation we could proactively make a real difference to these effected communities & backup the staff & volunteers on the front lines. Whilst possibly changing real peoples lives in the future. This is a KNOWN DOMESTIC THREAT to Australians, that we cant defend against unless tooled appropriately & as we all know from these fires that they burn for months on end & #supercharge during weather events. I call on Scott Morrison (ScoMo) to make a generational change. That would only take Australia’s C-130 out of their normal standby for a minimal amount of time, whilst delivering better value to ordinary Australians. It would be life-changing for the bush & those metro people living on the every increasing fringe, by having this capability brought to the Australian People. It would help keep Highways & Roads open and the country moving, whilst protecting ordinary Australians. This would quickly supplement the State’s & Territory’s resources with not even a dent into the National budget. In the early stages of a Fire, helping everyone get & stay on top of the situation crucial. (ready to sign yet: one thing is certain, just as much as tax & changing Prime Ministers, is that every year we are relying more and more on volunteers, asking them to be away from their families & business’, longer at a cost to the economy both small and large business', to fight these fires, whilst our expensive Defence Force is there, fully funded, with crews and maintenance budgeted, yet possibly just on standby for the PM.Now just imagine a squad of +8 of these ADF assets, supporting ALL the States & Territories with being able to supplement their existing rental fleets & be rapidly transformed & deploy as Fire Fighting support aircraft. They can work together spreading lines of retardant effectively choking the fires and supporting the ground crews & Air Assets. Aside from accomplishing the mission in catastrophic or code red high wind conditions, there would have to be some sort of national pride out of this too. Everyone loves low flying planes. After the task is completed of course the planes could be very quickly returned back to their normal duties with pilots that have an enhanced skillset. Well it is to late for this season, the fires are too many and too big, the State Govt is already picking up the account after the NSW RFS Chief declared a localised State of Emergency known in NSW as a Section 44, which essentially opens up that Fire District/s to any and all assets from across the State with minimal budget restriction and it is backed by a 75/25 share split with the Federal Government. So the Federal Government is already contributing to these disasters, so that should make the cost analysis even easier to accomplish. So lastly Argentina, Brazil, Chile & Colombia as all using this in their fight to take on the Amazon & the USA are using it to take on their worst fires in years in California, so is it about time Australia gets back up to global best practice and stops relying on renting more and more aircraft every year? I need your help a❤️ gives much better Facebook presence than just a��and tagging one or two of your friends that do it to you helps spread the cause. Lets call on these people to work together:PM Scott Morrison (ScoMo) , Senator Linda Reynolds , Emergency Service Minister #DavidLittleproud, #RichardAlder from NAFC, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - QFES NSW RFS NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW Fire and Rescue NSW Bushfire Section, CFA (Country Fire Authority) MFB (Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade), SA Country Fire Service, Fire & Rescue Service of Western Australia, ACT Fire & Rescue ACT Rural Fire Service Tasmania Fire Service, NT Fire & Rescue 4Corners A Current Affair Q&A ABC News 9 News 10 News First 7NEWS Australia The Sydney Morning Herald The Age The Mercury News Herald Sun Brisbane Times Courier Mail InDaily Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party Pauline Hanson's Please Explain Liberal Party of Australia National Party of Australia Australian Labor Party The Australian Greens Katter's Australian Party Senator Jacqui Lambie

James Daniels
7,760 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Linda Reynolds, Marise Payne, Senator Penny Wong, Richard Marles, Senator Richard Di Natale, Christian Porter, Mark Dreyfus

Australia will not support a US led war in Iran

Australia should not participate in any United States led military action against Iran. Not only would a military action against Iran be costly, redirecting funds from our vital services, infrastructure and communities here in Australia, it will undoubtedly claim the lives of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen - all for a war that will not make us safer and paint us as a target for stateless terror threats. Current tensions are the direct result of provocations from the Trump administration, whose claims of a nuclear threat from Iran are baseless and run contrary to the routine audits of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who have found Iran compliant with the conditions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka The Iran Nuclear Deal) [1]. The deal (also signed by China, France, Germany & the EU) has been violated by the United States, who have implemented strangling economic sanctions on the nation and ignored recommendations from the United Nations International Court of Justice to cease [2]. Meanwhile, Iran and Australia have a significant two-way trading relationship, worth $A584 million in the last financial year. False narratives have baited Australia into disastrous, illegal wars such as Vietnam and Iraq in the past. Without an authorising resolution from the United Nations Security Council, any military action against Iran would also be illegal, and orders of magnitude more destructive. This petition demands that our representatives discuss the rising tensions between Iran and the United States in parliament, developing a strategy for de-escalation, and implores that we learn from our past mistakes in blindly supporting the US/Australian alliance at any cost. [1][2] Further reading:

Atlas Just
4,372 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Ken Wyatt, Barnaby Joyce, David Littleproud, Bridget McKenzie, Josh Frydenberg, Simon Birmingham, Sussan Ley, Marise Payne, Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Peter Dutton, Greg Hunt, Michaelia Cas...

No mandatory vaccines in Australia and no vaccine passports.

In Australia there is a bill in Parliament the No Domestic Covid Vaccine Passports Bill 2021.   If passed the bill will prohibit the Commonwealth, state and territory governments and other non-government entities from issuing domestic COVID-19 vaccine passports; and discrimination on the basis of whether a person has had a COVID 19 vaccination in the provision of goods, services and facilities; and in relation to employment, education, accommodation and sport.   New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Friday 20 August 2021 that childcare workers and disability support workers who live or work in the LGAs of concern must have their first vaccination dose by 30 August 2021. On 28 June 2021, the Australian Government announced that COVID-19 vaccinations would be made mandatory for residential aged care workers. All workers in aged care will be required to receive their first dose of the vaccine by September this year. Queensland has a public health order in place mandating vaccination for health service employees who are likely to encounter and treat people with COVID-19.   What this means is that any workers in a vaccine mandated industry, who choose not to be vaccinated and who are not medically exempt, will not be able to work and will lose their capacity to earn an income.   There is nothing in law that currently protects individuals against discrimination based on your vaccine status, it is not a protected attribute. Since COVID-19 is novel we need to ensure that the community are protected against this kind of discrimination.   People deserve to have the choice and retain individual sovereignty over their bodies and the medical treatment they receive without coercion. That is why this bill needs to be supported and we need Parliament to see where the community stands.   You can be fully vaccinated, unvaccinated, pro-vaccine, or anti-vaccine, and still sign this petition as it only regards to the mandate.

Priscilla Calabria
2,118 supporters