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Luke Donnellan

  • Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

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Petitioning Luke Donnellan

Hit and Run drivers should lose their Licence automatically.

In October 2017 our son Tyler was taken from us by the actions of a Hit and Run driver whilst he was out riding his bike with a friend. Thankfully the driver was caught, but was just as quickly let out on bail with no conditions. Most astonishingly, he did not have his licence suspended until the outcome of his court case, as there is currently no legislation in place to allow this.  Overall, a person can be ten feet from pulling into their driveway and be pulled over. If they have been speeding excessively or had a few too many drinks they automatically lose their licence after miraculously making it home safely. This is a good thing, BUT, you can kill someone with your car, drive off and leave your innocent victims broken, dead or dying body laying by the side of the road and you get to walk away, live your life, have a child, celebrate birthdays and Christmases for up to, or over, a year whilst the courts process the case. The amount of Hit and Runs over the last few years has increased and the penalty needs to increase with it. It is a cowards crime and the victims families deserve to see that the law takes it seriously from the very first day. The drivers are entitled to bail but they have lost the right to drive a car when they have shown so little respect for others lives. Its hard enough that we have to live without our beautiful son but our pain is so much worse when we see the Driver nonchalantly living his life in our small town, whilst we have lost so much.  Please, change the legislation in honour of Tyler Dean and all the other innocent victims of Hit and Run drivers. For the ones who lived, and the beautiful angels who didn't. Thank you

Jeynelle Dean
33,697 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Andrews, Luke Donnellan, Anthony Albanese, Scott Morrison, Senator Andrew Wilkie, Patrick Rex, Rachael Sanderson, Di Farmer, Simone McGurk, Gareth Ward, Steven Marshall, Annastacia Palaszcuk...

No more abuse and deaths of children. Time for a royal commission into Child Protection.

Delaying a royal commission into the incompetency and corruption of Child Protection and the Children's Court due to COV19 is rubbish. Time for a National Royal Commission into the corrupt and incompetency of  Child Protection & Children's Court is long, long overdue. In years to come a Prime Minister will stand in parliament and issue a national apology to all the children forced by child protection and children's courts  into mandated  "reunification". The national redress scheme will far outweigh any seen in history. It will involve hundreds of thousands of children and their families across every state and territory across Australia. Introduced internationally 20 years ago, like sheep Australian MPs and Bureaucrats made reunification mandatory yet had no knowledge of any short, medium or long term effects. Now 2 decades later academia is swamped with research detailing the catastrophic negative effects of mandated reunification on children. No more suicides, deaths,  abuse and re-traumatisation of vulnerable children in the Child Protection and Children's Court System. A royal commission is long overdue. A child dies every fortnight and four out of five of these children are known to Child Protection. Hundreds of thousands more are re-traumatised over and over again. The time has come to rewrite  legislation mandating child protection workers to 'family reunification' with biological parents at all costs. Legislation that omits the rights of children and their grandcarers, aunties, uncles and all other immediate family members. Legislation that has resulted in child deaths, suicides and the ongoing trauma of vulnerable children. The government has proven itself to be the worst of parents. One easy step for the government to end the corruption and toxicity in Child Protection is to simply cease its functionsand pass it over to the not for profit sector & under new legislation. There are many reasons for the lack of grandcarers, kinship and foster carers. Since commencing this petition it is evident that the broken system in Victoria equates to most other states and territories in Australia. Grandcarers in many states and territories recieve no financial support at all, yet extended family care is a far more beneficial outcome for children as opposed to statutory care. Grandcarers, foster and kinship carers have all the responsibilities and yet, no rights. This quite often includes the right to be a representative in Children's Court's proceedings. Carer costs far outweigh any payments they might recieve (If they recieve anything at all). It's time for Grandcarers, Kinship, Foster  carers, family GPs, school principals and welfare officers to be heard. It is time for urgent change! Added to the current mess, all states and territories in Australia operate differently. The care of vulnerable and traumatised children & the support carers recieve, should not be a matter of the luck of where you reside. If you're a child with a disability in the child protection system, your future is bleak with support to potential foster carers minimal if anything and specialist disability group homes considered "institutions".  Foster, Kinship and Grandcarers are often denied access to be part of children court hearings to detail their concerns or recommendations. If you do not agree to the reunification regardless of the gravity of your concerns you are automatically denied being a party to proceedings. This act alone should be illegal not legal as has been  the case for decades. A judge not a magistrate should be able to decide what is the best and healthiest environment for a child and not be forced into mandated reunification. The system should not be set up for what is easiest for child protection workers and magistrates. Denying grandcarers, kinship carers, foster carers, school principals, school welfare officers, GPs and neighbors a voice to deal with the child's reunification as fast and easily as possible has led to a highly toxic and corrupt child protection system that is more concerned  about meeting targets than a child's best interest. The system is wrong, outdated, corrupt, broken, dangerous and in need of a major overhaul. Being  left with no support once a child turns 18 and legislation that is fixated at 'family reunification' at all costs must change. Family reunification if it's in the child's best interest is one thing. “Family reunification" because there are no other options or the cheapest & easiest solution is not! By the time we are hearing stories of child protection practitioners and their team leaders accepting cash from biological parents to write a positive report on their behalf its time for a major overhaul and criminal charges of bureaucrats involved. Your effort will help protect the most vulnerable, our children. Together, let's create a child protection and court system that works! 

Sonia B
7,873 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Andrews, James Merlino, Jenny Mikakos, Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Luke Donnellan, Tim Richardson, Harriet Shing, Sam Hibbins, Cindy McLeish, Bernie Finn, Tim Bull, Samantha Ratnam, Brett Sutton, Cor...

Urgent need for special schools to be afforded equal health rights as mainstream schools

As special needs educators, we have always instilled in our students that they have a voice and have the same rights as others in their community.  When Covid-19 hit Melbourne, Victoria in a bigger and stronger wave than the first, and stage 3 restrictions were reinstated, we watched the press conference headed by the HON Daniel Andrews, announcing the changes to term three schooling. Our expectation was that specialist settings would not be treated any differently to other educators and students in Melbourne, Victoria. To our disbelief, this was not the case. The HON Daniel Andrews announced that while mainstream students prep- 10 would be given a one week holiday extension, and staff would return for five days of pupil free planning days, before a possible return to remote learning, special education settings would return to school as normal.  All teachers regardless of their setting, teach to achieve equity through education. The health and safety of our students is paramount to them achieving this, as is the health and safety of the staff entrusted to deliver this education.   This decision to return special education students to school regardless of Covid-19 and regardless of their right to a safe education, will have a detrimental effect on students who are already vulnerable in so many ways.  We ask that you sign this petition to let the HON Daniel Andrews, James Merlino, Meredith Peace and any other bystander know, that the lives of students living with a disability matter, that their health and safety matters, and that so do that of the staff who support them. We ask that they protect us in the same way they are willing to protect mainstream staff and students, therefore, keeping them home in the first week of term 3, 2020. We also ask that any health and safety decisions made about mainstream students in the future, also be afforded to special needs students. Please sign to show your support for the health rights of special needs students in Melbourne.  

Concerned Special Education Staff Melbourne Victoria
6,130 supporters
Petitioning State road safety and transport ministers, Luke Donnellan, Duncan Gay, Rene Hidding, Peter Malinauskas, Hon. Liza Harvey MLA, Meegan Fitzharris, Michael Gunner, Liz Harvey

Cyclist passing rule endangers motorcyclists

Road rules that require motorists to give cyclists room when they pass and allow them to cross solid white lines and painted traffic islands are endangering motorcyclists’ lives. While the rule stipulates that they can only cross unbroken lines if it is safe to do so, it seems to embolden drivers to cross the lines even when motorcycles are approaching. It is well documented that drivers don’t often see motorcycles or at least don’t look for them or see them as a threat. Drivers wouldn’t cross white lines to pass a cyclist if a truck or other vehicle was approaching, but they seem willing to do so when a motorcycle is approaching. We understand that the 1m and/or 1.5m passing gap around cyclists is designed to protect a vulnerable road user group. However, the safety of one road user group should never be achieved at the expense or risk of other road user groups; in this case, motorcyclists and scooter riders. The rule should be changed to prevent drivers crossing any unbroken painted lines, or at least, signs allowing motorists to pass cyclists should include a warning to look out for motorcyclists. For more details on a particular crash leaving a woman permanently disabled, read this article:
2,306 supporters
Petitioning VicRoads , Luke Donnellan, Cr Kris Pavlidis, Danielle Green MP, Lily D’Ambrosio, The Hon. Richard Wynne MP

Save Mernda's 200+ year old landmark River Red Gum, don't chop it down

HANDS OFF OUR TREE, VICROADS It has come to our attention that the one remaining River Red Gum near the corner of Plenty and Bridge Inn Roads is destined to be removed by VicRoads as part of Stage 2 of the VicRoads Plenty Road Upgrade. Surely through a different engineering approach, VicRoads can incorporate this tree into their design for the intersection, and still retain this tree, as well as achieving their traffic management targets. Still reeling from the destruction of the 300 + year old gum tree which stood on the opposite corner (Cockerell's corner), VicRoads intend to take another historical landmark River Red Gum in Mernda. The thought of losing another tree is too much to bare. This landmark has stood in Mernda since before European settlement came to Australia, is a perfectly healthy tree, and was significant both to the early Pioneers as well as a landmark to current day residents. River Red Gums in this area have been subjects of famous art works over time, including such renowned artists as Sir Arthur Streeton and John Borrack, and are an important part of our cultural heritage.  It has withstood the threat of bushfires, the many years of drought, and even the great flood of 1878. From the early travellers on horseback on their way to the goldfields at Beechworth in the 1850's, to the families going on a Sunday picnic at Kinglake or Yan Yean Reservoir during the 1960's and 70's, or even the many thousands of commuters traveling along Plenty Road on their way to work, this tree has seen it all. Because of it's location and for no other reason it just happens to be a hindrance to VicRoads and stands as an obstacle to their plans to upgrade Plenty Road, and their solution to that.......CUT IT DOWN.!!!! And to add salt to the wound, the Whittlesea Council River Red Gum Tree Protection Policy, which is intended to protect every RIVER RED GUM seems not to apply to this tree. Furthermore the Council on their own webpage state, "River Red Gum trees are an important part of our local landscape, and have significant heritage and environmental values. Many of these trees are estimated at being between 200 to 500 years old and provide shelter and food for a range of native animals. All proposals to remove River Red Gum trees must be reported to a Council meeting for a decision." How can you help ? Sign & Share this Petition Send an email of objection to :- VicRoadsPlenty Road Upgradeemail: Luke DonnellanMinister for Roads and Road Safetyemail: Cr Kris Pavlidis (Mayor)City of Whittleseaemail: Lily D’AmbrosioMinister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Minister for Suburban lily.d’ Danielle Green MPMember for Yan Yeanemail: The Hon. Richard Wynne MPMinister for PlanningEmail:    

Lost Mernda
1,123 supporters
Petitioning Luke Donnellan

Build the Calder Bike Path

“We’ll build the paths to get the bikes off the road and out of the traffic, making life easier for cyclists and motorists alike.” - Daniel Andrews MP.Currently there is NO SAFE ROUTE for Sunbury and Macedon Ranges residents to get to and from Melbourne by Bike. The main corridor used by commuter and recreational cyclists involves a portion of the Calder Fwy between Organ Pipes Rd and Kings Rd. VicRoads has seen fit to erect several signs on both sides of the freeway indicating cyclists should use the freeway shoulder, however at the Calder Park Drive exit the shoulder ceases to exist.  The space is instead used for a high speed slip lane.  What then for cyclists heading north?  You're on your own apparently, just dice it out for a couple of hundred metres with high speed freeway traffic.  For one commuter cyclist recently it meant a trip to hospital with a concussion and several broken bones after being hit from behind by a car, followed by months off work for recovery. How long until the unthinkable happens and lives are ruined as a result? For a small investment a path can be built on the North side of the freeway, completely eliminating this dangerous bike-car interaction. This needs to happen sooner rather than later. Luke Donnellan: For these people who are trying to do the right thing by leaving the car at home and riding to work instead - Give them a safe option.Detailed proposal can be found here:Proposal PDF

Andrew Smeal
993 supporters
Provide affordable payment arrangements for all Victorian motorists in renewing their vehicle registrations. Provide installment options of 3, 6 or 12 months for all vehicle owners (regardless of concession status).

Balancing the family budget is hard enough without having to worry about big annual payments. Today I'm proud to announce flexible car registration options to ease cost of living pressures for millions of Victorians. From 1 January 2018 you'll be able to chose between three month, six month and yearly rego options. By introducing shorter term payments, we’re giving people a chance to spread the cost of owning a car out over the whole year. A lot of work has had to be done to pave the way for this change, and I want to thank VicRoads and the TAC for making this possible. Our government will continue to take action where we can to support Victorian families and reduce their cost of living.

3 years ago