- NSW Opposition Leader
- NSW Opposition Leader
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. http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-woman-gang-raped/story-e6freuzi-1111116132723 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.
Don’t exploit people with life-threatening illnesses
I am a long term patient at the Sydney Children's Hospital, over my time at the hospital my family has spent thousands on parking at the rate of 28$ for 2 1/2 hours (less then the average treatment time). This parking rate appears to be unregulated and costs the most vulnerable in society thousands to receive healthcare that is supposedly "free". The money that is made for the most part goes straight to private companies so the money doesn't even help the hospital. In fact this is more expensive then Bondi Beach Parking, Domestic Airport parking, commercial parking and many valet services. Many families simply can not afford to be late for life saving treatment and can not find time to look for free parking in an extremely populated urban area situated right next to a university. Despite this parking fees have gone up over the last 5 years at a ridiculous rate which is forcing families to pay thousands and suffer the consequences. Please sign and share this petition to get hospital parking rates dramatically reduced, so families can once again go to hospital without worrying about the crippling price of parking. For contact please email email@example.com
End soft sentencing for child abuse and domestic violence
End the judicial system's sympathetic attitudes and questionable soft sentencing of child abuse, child sexual abuse and domestic violence perpetrators. In the most recent Australian case, Matthew Lee Williamson was given just nine years for the murdering Kyhesha-Lee his three year old daughter. He could be out on parole in just seven years. "Your treatment of your daughter was occasionally loving but mostly cruel and callous,” Justice Atkinson said. “You should have put her welfare above all else.” Kyhesha-Lee HAD MEDICALLY VERIFIED SEXUAL ABUSE INJURIES IDENTIFIED AT HER AUTOPSY… and her short life was characterised by repeated violence and sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is not loving and not the behaviour of anyone who should have access to children, even if the children are their own. Matthew’s behaviour towards his daughter was abhorrent and Judges must be called to account and dismissed for their soft sentencing on all forms of child abuse and domestic violence. One punch legislation has a mandatory minimum sentence for violent assaults fuelled by drugs and alcohol of eight years, with a max. of 25 years. Legislation must be changed to address the overwhelming levels of violence in homes and towards children. Kyhesha-Lee was delivered one fatal punch. One fatal punch from her own father, along with a life of sexual abuse. Violence to children, especially by the their parents or family members is not okay. Legislative changes must be brought in to protect and address the epidemic crisis of domestic, child and sexual violence in our country. Innocent children and vulnerable people deserve our support as a community. Perpetrators need to know the community is outraged and will no longer tolerate domestic violence. Send the message loud and clear to politicians, violence against children and vulnerable people is not okay. Our judicial system is not reflective of community attitudes. Swift legislative change is demanded by your constituents to correct the judicial system in criminal AND family courts to ensure every officer, judge and member of the legal system recognise that child abuse, child sexual abuse and domestic violence are fundamental breaches of humanity that should be taken seriously and punished harshly. Your action is required now.
Stop the state government wasting our money on new stadiums
The state government has decided to spend up to $2.5 billion of your taxpayer money on knocking down and rebuilding two stadiums that are under 30 years of age, without any business case, cost benefit analysis or compelling reason to do so. This decision must be scrutinised. It doesn’t pass the pub test. Gladys Berejiklian has caved to some very powerful special interests who sit on the SCG trust including Alan Jones and Barry O’Farrell and has not made this decision in the public interest. We the people of NSW call on this deal to be stopped, and at the very least a full business case to be presented in order to justify this use of our money. There are so many other worthy causes that this money could be committed to, like much needed hospitals and schools, fixing some of our horrible traffic problems, or building a train line to the new badgerys creek airport. Please take a moment to sign and share with your friends
NSW Government - Stop the Slaughter of the Snowy Mountains 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.
Stop clear-felling in Bellingen's Tarkeeth State Forest
NO CLEARFELLING IN THE TARKEETH FOREST! WRONG METHOD WRONG PLACE! 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
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.
Public hospital nurses need to park their cars to care for their patients
NSW nurses and midwives are essential workers ,working on call, rotating rosters and long unreasonable hours which do not compliment public transport timetables and scheduals. NSW nurses are not covered by employer journey to and from work insurance so heavily rely on driving a car to and from work which provides safety and insurance coverage in the event of an accident or mishap. Nurses reliance on private transport,depends on the availability safe , secure hospital parking facilities as a necessity for their workplace health and safety. Currently nurses are paying exorbitant fees which rise annually for a carspace at their workplace.The lack of parking spaces available to nurses sees them unable to find parking ,parking off hospital site ,walking long distances alone ,missing trains or unable to catch public transport and stranded at deserted train stations,which increases their risk as victims to crime ,violence and assaults. Nurses and Midwives need to feel safe. We need your help to care for nurses and midwives of NSW by ensuring the Liberal government care about Nurses safety .Please support this petition for mandatory onsite safe and secure parking spaces for all employed public hospital nurses and midwives.
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.
Protect the headwaters of the Kalang river now
Sign this petition to create a Nature Reserve over Oakes and Roses Creek State Forests, protecting the head waters and tributaries of three important NSW rivers; the Kalang, Bellinger and Nambucca. Creating a wildlife corridor between Baalijin and Juugawaarri Nature Reserves and Gumbaynggirr National Park, ensuring biodiversity and clean water in the rivers for the families downstream. Recently residents of the Bellingen Shire community were notified that Logging is to commence in the headwaters of the Kalang River, Roses Creek State Forest Compartments 138-140 in May 2017, and Oakes State Forest Compartments 141-144, in January 2018 (more compartments adjacent were announced simultaneously after enquiry by concerned residents to Forestry Corporation NSW) These mature native forests provide a safety and buffer zone to old growth trees and rain forested areas at the head waters of the Kalang River and its tributaries, filtration to the river system, as well as habitat for a myriad of threatened and endangered flora and fauna such as Porsonsia dorigoensis, Koalas, Brush tailed phascogale, Rufous scrub bird, Glossy black cockatoo, Giant spiky crayfish, Giant barred frog, Sphagnum frog and many more. Logging in this steep fragile environment with a high annual rainfall will inevitably, as it has historically, result in heavy run off and sedimentation of the pristine Roses Creek and the Kalang River. This increased turbidity and associated sedimentation reduces water flows through siltation and smothers aquatic flora and fauna. It is detrimental to aquatic crustaceans, invertebrates, eels and fish including the larvae and crayfish that platypus feed on in the Kalang River system. Environment groups, community members, businesses and the residents of the Kalang valley, some of whom rely on the river’s clean water for drinking, cooking and the watering of organic crops and stock are united in their goal to have these areas so vital to preserving a healthy water supply protected from an inevitable damage. In 1992 a Department of Land and Water Conservation (DLWC) report found the Forestry Commission and its contractors had repeatedly breached soil-erosion control guidelines, creating several major landslips on Catbird Road in Oakes State Forest. DLWC estimated that over 88,000 tonnes of soil had been mobilised towards the headwaters of the Bellinger River near Mt Killiekrankie on the NSW Mid North Coast. In places, whole sections of land and vegetation moved en masse as the foundation rocks sheared. The river's tributary creeks downslope of roadworks and logging operations were choked with spoil and rubble six feet deep in places. Downstream the creeks ran red with sediments. Evidence of this is still visible today. There is not necessarily any more protection from Forestry Corporation NSW breaches with modern equipment, as in February 2015 the community was horrified by a botched logging operation at Tuckers Nob followed by a high rainfall event which saw serious erosion again on a large scale resulting in 180,000 tonnes of soil being dumped into the Never Never River Catchment (Bellingen Shire) for which Forestry Corporation was fined a mere $15,000. The public has lost faith in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor and regulate continual and serious breaches by FC NSW. The steep terrain and tone of the proposed logging operation in Oakes and Roses Creek SF, is again setting the scene for another possible mass erosion event. The Chairperson of the Bellingen Environment Centre (BEC) Ashley Love commented that, “Since the recent changes by the NSW Government to the Biodiversity laws including Land Clearing, Forestry Corporation is now able to log on steeper slopes, and buffer zones to fourth order streams have now been halved to get to the big, old trees so vital to our threatened species. Extensive forests of big trees are the seed banks for making rain and we need greater protection for our waterways, not less.” The proposed logging by Forestry Corporation in the Headwaters of the Kalang River (Rose’s Creek State Forest Compartments 138-140 and Oakes State Forest Cpts 141-144) is inconsistent with the protection and conservation of forest values, water quality, water quantity, guaranteed biodiversity and carbon storage required by the Bellingen community. We therefore call on the NSW Government to create a Nature Reserve over Oakes and Roses Creek State Forests to protect the head waters and tributaries of the Kalang, Bellinger and Nambucca rivers in perpetuity.