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Petitioning Premier Mike Baird, Brad Hazzard MP - Attorney General, Brad Hazzard MP, Luke Foley

Attorney General: I was gang raped when I was 20 and you've delayed compensation 6 years – please don't make me suffer any longer

This is very hard for me to talk about. I was gang raped in 2008 by three men. I was 20 years old. They took turns raping me on the banks of a river – then dumped me at a servo. The men went to jail. But it plunged my life into a living hell. The nightmares and flashbacks still terrify me.  I've paid through the nose for psychological help to recover. But because the government still hasn't paid my victims of crime compensation – 6 years since being raped – it's meant I've been in debt and had to borrow money from friends and family just to get help.  They've been "processing" it since I was raped in 2008. And now to add insult to injury – I've found out the government have changed the rules on me while I waited. They've now refused to pay my application as they'd promised after I was raped.  In 2013 they retrospectively changed the legislation to cut the amount of compensation and support for gang rape victims like me. Even though I was raped back in 2008, spent years submitting documents and done everything they've asked for, now they've cut the support they'd promised by over half. I don't understand why they're doing this to me. I can't fully move on because the government won't finalise my case. Now I just want this to all be over, to have closure on this and be able to get the ongoing help I need to recover.  I was too terrified to be named in the news reports at the time, but this is the story about me from 2008. In it the police say they were worried about the "seriousness and impact" this attack would have; doctors agreed – but the government refuse to listen.  I can't even describe how horrific being gang-raped was - it will haunt me forever, but what's even worse is the toll it's taken on my life - I'm broke, I've had to pay huge amounts of money to get treatment. If I can't get support, then they will have not only made me suffer personally, but also have put me in a position impossible to work my way out of. I'm not the only person this is happening to, but I am probably the first to speak up about it.  Please help me convince the Attorney General to pay the victims of crime support they promised after men viciously gang raped me in 2008.

Katrina Keshishian
133,324 supporters
Petitioning Mark Speakman

Labor Party (NSW, ACT & VIC) - Stop the Slaughter of the High Country Brumbies!

I’m sure I don’t need to highlight the national symbolism of the Australian Brumby in particular those the roam the high country and have done for over 180 years they were immortalised in The Man From Snowy River, they helped us to build (and defend) the nation we call home, they carried us through wars and are the last symbolism of freedom in Australia. However, there are a minority in this country with extreme views that they should be eradicated from the Kosciusko National Park (KNP) by all means necessary including helicopter culling these groups are headed mainly by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and are supported by the ALP, the Greens, the Colong Foundation, the ANU, Fenner School and the Wilderness society and various national parks associations (ACT, NSW and VIC). I don’t need to remind you of the (very justified) public outcry of the events in 2000 in the Guy Fawkes National Park, when the NPWS under the Australian Labour Party (ALP) at the time butchered 600+ horses (and at the behest of the Colong Foundation in particular whose patrons have been and are Neville Wran and Bob Carr). Sickening footage of this event can be located easily on the internet, showing horses with their teeth blown out, mares shot dead while foaling and other horses with bullet riddle bodies, it was nothing less than a massacre and an event of international embarrassment and disgrace at the time when Australia had just again immortalised the Man From Snowy River and the Brumbies to an international audience at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. These wild horses are now an essential part of the ecosystem of the high country, they are not predators and have little to no negative environmental impacts as opposed to the wild dog and pig populations of which seem to get little attention from the NPWS. They have become a massive tourist attraction for those from the city and internationally that watched movies such as the Man from Snowy River and read books such as the silver brumby series when they were kids. We hold Banjo Patterson in the highest regard in this country for his literary work and skills in putting into poetry the world he lived in and the places he saw. It’s a shame we don’t hold such places and iconic symbols in the same regard to protect the culture of European Australia, as I fear in years to come all that the great achievements of the settlers of this country and the horses that took them there will be completely forgotten and a way of life reduced to another poem in a library or a video on “youtube” to show the next generation what it was once like.  Please help stop this disastrous program and allow the brumbies to live, it’s now our turn to protect them, as they carried on their backs 3 generations of proud Australians during 3 different wars and built this nation we love, don’t allow them to be sent to slaughter because of some extreme left green views, stand up for what is Australian and the brumby is certainly that, before we lose the little things we have left that tie us to those that were here before us.  

Richard Roberts
67,552 supporters
Petitioning Melinda Pavey MP, Troy Grant MP, Jonathan O’Dea MP, Ms Jodi McKay, Luke Foley

Introduce a road rule requiring drivers to slow to 40km/h when passing accident sites.

 In February 2012 a young woman and the tow truck operator who came to her aid were killed in an horrific accident. 23-year-old Sarah Frazer’s car broke down near Mittagong, on the New South Wales Southern Highlands and required to be towed. Both Sarah and the tow truck operator that came to her aid were killed when they were hit by a passing vehicle.  A Road Safety Group ( ) was started by Sarah Frazer’s father and he presented a Petition to NSW Parliament in May of 2012 with exactly 23,000 signatures calling for a change to the National Road Rules which included the need to introduce the “Move Over and Slow Down” law.  Slow down laws have since been introduced, and are in force in Victoria and Western Australia in which motorists must slow to 40km/h and are already in place in South Australia where motorists must slow down to 25km/h. And now Queensland are looking at introducing it too. In the US and Canada there are 59 States and Provinces that have similar laws already in place and operating to protect emergency services and the general public. 6 years later and the NSW Government has still not provided this protection here in this state.  Emergency workers in NSW such as Ambulance Paramedics, Police, Fire and Rescue, the RFS and SES as well as drivers and/or victims of accidents and innocent bystanders of roadside emergencies in NSW do not have protection of a law as it is in these other states! A law needs to be introduced in NSW that requires motorists when they are travelling on any NSW road and are approaching emergency vehicles that are stopped, either on the road or at the roadside, attending an emergency with their warning lights activated to slow to at least 40km/h, if safe to do so. And, if it is a multi-lane road and it is safe to do so, motorists must move across to any adjacent lanes to provide a safety buffer until they have passed the emergency situation. This protection should also be afforded to recovery vehicles such as tow trucks and roadside assistance vehicles for broken down vehicles such as the NRMA if these vehicles are fitted with emergency warning lights. Due to the lack of action by the NSW Government I have started this petition that has been supported, at last count, by nearly 26,286 people! Even though a petition created on a site such as is not recognised by NSW Parliament my intention is to raise public awareness and highlight the fact that for nearly 6 years NSW has failed to not only act but to at least keep up with other states of Australia and the rest of the world.  I have written to the Minister for Roads, the Honourable Melinda Pavey, MP, The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Honourable Troy Grant, MP and even the Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian urging them to take action and introduce legislation before another tragedy occurs. NSW needs to take action now as we are putting lives at risk every day. I ask that the people of NSW to demand that the Minister for Roads, the Honourable Melinda Pavey, MP  follows the example already set in Victoria, WA and SA and introduce this legislation to the NSW Parliament. I am hoping that you will see the seriousness of this issue for what it is and share my frustration that after nearly 6 years our emergency service workers are still being put at risk daily, in what is already an inherently dangerous job. And not just our emergency services workers but, as was shown in 2012, two innocent people caught in a dangerous location that were killed in a situation that should never have occurred.  PLEASE, show your support and help me to get this legislation introduced into NSW by signing this petition. Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you would like further information or you can join us on our Facebook Group here: Kind Regards,Michael Mills 

Michael Mills
26,987 supporters
Petitioning Mike Baird, Luke Foley, Niall Blair, Mick Veitch, Adam Searle, Penny Sharpe, Mark Speakman

Stop clear-felling in Bellingen's Tarkeeth State Forest

LOCATION Bellingen is surrounded by thousands of hectares of beautiful rich and diverse forests and three main rivers: the Kalang, the Bellinger and the Never Never. These rivers meet the sea at Urunga. Local residents rely on the quality of this water for their lifestyles and livelihoods, including: tourism, irrigation for local farms (cropping, dairy, livestock, oyster farms). 
THREATENED SPECIESThese forests are home to a rich and diverse range of flora and fauna including wildlife on the threatened species list such as: Koala, Quoll, Giant Barred Frog, Powerful Owl, Sooty Owl, Black Necked Stork (Jabiru), Glossy Black Cockatoo, Red-tailed Cockatoo, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Rose Crowned Fruit Dove and Superb Fruit Dove. 
INDIGENOUS SIGNIFICANCE Tarkeeth Forest contains areas of significant indigenous culture of the Gumbaynggirr people – the traditional landowners, who have identified scar trees, artefacts and sacred sites, and stand to lose this precious history if this forest is destroyed. 
FORESTRY CORPORATION'S METHODSForestry Corporation has commenced a five year operation in Tarkeeth Forest. Their method involves extensive clearfelling using massive machine harvesters, to be followed by the burning of the remains in windrows and widespread spraying using a cocktail of herbicides. 
PLANTATION HISTORYThis forest is registered as a ‘plantation’ however over the forty eight years since planting took place, the Flooded Gum crop has failed to flourish due to the rigorous grow back of the native species, and now has a rich and diverse lower story of native trees that supports threatened wildlife. The plantations in Bellingen were originally owned by Australian Paper Mills (APM), who planted the Flooded Gum trees for paper production. The land was acquired by the Crown and dedicated as State forest in 1984, and is now managed by Forestry Corporation which came into being on 1 January 2013, when Forests NSW was corporatised. There was no community consultation about the land management practices they were going to use for their business. Forestry Corporation has a twenty year exemption that prevents it from being sued by anyone for any wrong doing.
Forestry Corporation is currently harvesting Blackbutt, which they claim was planted by APM, however APM planted Flooded Gum for use in paper production. Why did they lie about this in their plantation plan? 
NO PROFITS!Forestry Corporation has admitted there will be no profits made from this harvest. Flooded Gum is unsuitable for construction purposes, and as such will be sold off to make pallets and to offshore pulp markets. 
FORESTRY'S UNSUSTAINABLE METHODSForestry Corporation’s methodology and practises are unsustainable and unsafe for our community and environment. The Tarkeeth plantations are situated on steep slopes, too close to our main waterways and farms. Our region has a very high rainfall and is subject to severe flooding. Clearfelling is a complete desecration of our forest, everything is destroyed in the process ­– unlike selective logging. The fallout of this methodology is three fold; there is enormous destruction of native flora and lower under-story natives trees and shrubs, loss of vital habitat for threatened wildlife and birds, and exposure of thousands of tonnes of top soil which could potentially wash into our river system when heavy rains come, as was the case last year in the Never Never River, which resulted in an environmental disaster for our river system and a $15,000 fine from the EPA.
Forestry Corporation claims to use sustainable methods (however this term only refers to the fact they will replant the clearfelled area with seedlings for the next harvest). It does not refer to methodology. Forestry Corporation plans to apply a chemical cocktail including Glyphosate and Metsulfurin, and two accelerants, Liaise and Pulse Penetrant, to manage weeds over several applications. Several of these chemicals have been banned in Europe, and no one has done any research anywhere in the world to determine the impact of using these chemicals in their proposed combination. Forestry Corporation plans to use synthetic fertilisers with each replant. Our steep slopes and high rainfall make this a recipe for disaster, as these chemicals will move off site and wash into our main two waterways. Contamination of our waterways and impact on our threatened native wildlife is a serious concern for our community. 
BETRAYAL OF COMMUNITY CONSULTATION Forestry Corporation has betrayed our community consultation process, and has rejected all of the concerns and requests put forward. The community asked for no clearfelling, to use selective logging methods to preserve the delicate ecosystem. They requested bigger buffer zones for our waterways, and additional wildlife corridors to protect habitat for threatened native wildlife. They asked for buffer zones to protect neighbouring families from clearfelling. They asked for no chemicals to manage weeds, knowing that if they replanted the Blackbutt crop promptly after harvesting, chemicals would not be needed. Blackbutt is the dominant tree in the Tarkeeth plantations. It is extremely fast growing and does not require fertiliser.All of these requests were denied. Clear felling itself, creates a weed problem, adding to the non-sustainable chemical dependent monoculture plantations that are currently being managed. ETHICAL PLANTATIONS Our community understands and supports the need for responsibly managed plantations as a means of protecting our native forests, and being able to provide for our own timber needs here in Australia. We support sustainable selective harvesting to provide a permanent supply of quality timber to local mills and small businesses, to support and create local jobs. However, we do not believe that Forestry Corporation is engaging in best practise. They are operating within the state-wide minimum standards. This is not good enough for our community or environment, and particularly on the steep slopes these plantations are situated on. Privately owned plantations require far greater scrutiny and conditions then our governments forestry corporation...why should there be two standards? Why does Forestry Corporation not have to provide an environmental Impact assessment nor a threatened species assessment for their plantations? Whilst everyone else has to? 
Whilst Forestry Corporation refuses to listen to our community and adopt more ethical standards for its plantations, we are asking our government to put a stop to all plantations in Bellingen (Gladstone, Kalang, Newry, Tuckers Nob and Tarkeeth) and to relocate this business to a safer, more suitable location. 
A BETTER FUTURE FOR BELLINGEN The Bellingen community wants these forests preserved and to be used for our thriving tourism industry – a mainstay of our local economy. We believe there will be far more consistent jobs and income via soft eco-tourism from walking trails, hiking, camping and adventure sports. We believe that the community stands to benefit far more from the sustainable management and preservation of these forests than from timber plantations. 
STOP DESTROYING OUR HOMEWe are asking our government for a complete stop to clearfelling in Bellingen. The aggressive nature of this methodology, along with the use of chemicals, is too destructive for our threatened native wildlife, waterways and community’s health. Our community wants a full enquiry and assessment in consultation with our key stakeholders, to develop more sustainable and ethical methodologies to be adopted if business is to continue in this region.
Concerned citizens of Bellingen

Susan Weil
15,379 supporters
Petitioning Luke Foley, Bill Shorten, Gladys Berejiklian, Matt Thistlethwaite, Michael Feneley, Andrew Constance, Darren Chester, Scott Morrison, Melinda Pavey, Dominic Perrottet, Anthony Roberts

Cruise ships don’t belong in Botany Bay

We move to petition that no part of Botany Bay is developed or redeveloped to become a cruise ship terminal. Botany Bay is a place of natural beauty, steeped in history with so many generations having used and lived off the bay for centuries. The region is dotted with smaller bays, beaches and coves, and is used by thousands of Sydneysiders all year round for swimming, fishing and enjoying the natural beauty of the Australian coast. Today, Botany Bay and its array of beautiful beaches is under threat from further heavy shipping.  The Federal Government is not willing to accommodate cruise ships at Garden Island, and as a result Molineux Point and Yarra Bay have now been earmarked as two locations to be redeveloped for the purpose of creating a new cruise ship terminal. This would devastate numerous pristine beaches within Botany Bay, destroy the aquatic environment, create traffic chaos on the roads surrounding the proposed sites, and reduce property values in the area. The infrastructure surrounding the proposed sites at Botany Bay is not currently up to standard to meet the current needs of the area. The addition of a cruise terminal would only worsen an already difficult situation. No trains, poor quality and overcrowded roads, poor bus services and no room for insfrastructure growth...this is a recipe for a community disaster. The community within the south-eastern suburbs of Sydney are very proud of their history, and the natural beauty within the local area. We enjoy our beaches, and keep them clean and pristine for all to enjoy. Let’s not lose any more of our history and natural beauty by building cruise ship terminals at Molineux Point and Yarra Bay. Join our group on Facebook, “Save the Bay Coalition”, or follow on Instagram!

Chris Cafarelli
5,701 supporters
Petitioning Ann Sudmalis MP

Save the Heart of Huskisson, Jervis Bay, NSW

Please sign our urgent appeal to bring the centre of Huskisson's unique coastal block with it's iconic outlook into public ownership before it's sold and built on. Jervis Bay is internationally famous for its unspoilt natural beauty, and the view of the creek and beach from the main street is a heart stopper and a major drawcard for the whole region. But now the block is going up for sale by tender* on the 1st December, and a buyer could potentially develop a three storey (11 metre) building in this spot - so we must act now! We urgently need your support to ask Shoalhaven City Council, State and Federal Government to take all action available and help find the funds to preserve Huskisson's signature scenic appeal.  We ask you to join us in requesting that the land pictured be brought into public ownership and made into a community park or town square for the continued enjoyment of Jervis Bay's visitors and residents for generations to come. We will be collating public opinion and ideas about how you imagine this space in the future to inform this campaign. Please be polite and respectful in your email.   Please follow our Facebook campaign, join the conversation on Twitter, and then share pics with the #savetheheartofhuskisson on Instagram Come along to offer support and have your say at our community meeting 6pm, December 4th at Huskisson Community Centre, Dent Street, Huskisson   Thank you from the Heart of Huskisson Campaign Group (a collaboration between Huskisson Woollamia Community Voice, Jervis Bay Tourism and Huskisson Chamber of Commerce) *The land is owned by The Huskisson RSL, now called Club Jervis Bay and we acknowledge their right to fair market value. 

Heart of Huskisson Campaign Group
5,121 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Constance MP, Gladys Berejiklian, Luke Foley, Felicity Wilson, Ian Mutton

Save our Lady Northcott and Lady Herron ferries

We are lovers of these graceful ferries, the ride is exhilarating, comfortable and fun. There is plenty of room to enjoy the harbour from inside or on the deck. As famous Sydney artist Peter Kingston says when they pull up at the wharf there is a beautiful "Whoosh". Many of the rope throwers, captains, regular commuters, tourists and crew love these ferries and we must save them for the Sydney community. Be quick sign this petition to save them as we may only have weeks before they are lost. We have been reliably informed that the State Government intends to remove from service the remaining two Lady Class ferries (Lady Northcott and Lady Herron) . The first of those to be axed is the Lady Northcott. The Lady Nortcott has been missing from her regular run the past few weeks  and she will not be returning to her scheduled run this week. We must put the State Government on notice that we do not want these iconic reminders of the glory of harbour transport to be removed from service. The Lady Class ferries are not only timeless reminders of the joys of travelling across our famous harbour, but there are distinct practical reasons why they should be retained. They have large capacities (550 for Lady Herron and 700 for Lady Northcott) that make them ideal for the morning and evening commutes. They also have the unique ability to be operated from both ends such that they are more efficient than newer vessels when arriving at and departing from wharves. The Lady Class ferries also have plenty of outdoor space that make them appealing to commuters on tourist-friendly routes such as Taronga Zoo and Vivid. Sydney Ferries pays to charter additional vessels from private operators to ensure regular service for commuters. As taxpayers, how can we reconcile those payments with the decision to remove the Lady Class ferries from service? We must let the State Government know that we have a stake in our transport options. Vessels of equivalent class but much older are travelling in the public transport industry around the world and are a big tourist attraction as well as carrying locals to and from work. Hong Kong has the Star Ferry company that is historic as well as the Staten Island ferry company in the US. If you are a regular ferry commuter and wish to avoid being placed in a new and more modern salt-encrusted "sardine tin" at peak times then please sign the petition below. Even if you are not a regular commuter, but can recognise the value in saving two 40 year-old icons of our harbour then please sign the petition below. Before they are lost forever, let us work together to continue to enjoy the harbour from these ferries and savour the “whoosh” as they arrive at our wharves. Things to know about your Ferries before they are gone forever. Lady Vessels have the unique ability to be operated from both ends so it is excellent for berthing and turn around times. They can move 550 (Lady Herron) and 700 (Lady Northcott) passengers, on busy Taronga Zoo services, this includes sometimes up to 80 prams as well as wheelchairs. They can travel up river as far as Meadowbank Wharf and the Lady Northcott can back up the Manly service when the Manly Ferry breaks down. They have huge potential for festive times chartering, New Years Eve parade of lights, Cockatoo Island events and Vivid. They have been servicing the harbour for approximately 40 years. They are part of our harbour and our history.Daily commuters love these ferries and have expressed that they want to travel on them for many years to come.

Save Our Ladies (SOL)
3,510 supporters