- Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy
- Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy
“Praying the Gay Away” nearly killed me - outlaw ‘LGBTQA+ Conversion’ practices now!
Trying to “Pray the Gay Away” nearly killed me. I’m not the only one. An investigation in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald revealed LGBTQA+ conversion ‘therapy’ has not disappeared in Australia, but has simply gone more underground. According to the article, even children have been subjected to LGBTQA+ conversion practices.I was only 16 when my own ‘conversion therapy’ began. I came out to a church leader who wanted me to be ‘cured’ and I began sessions with a counsellor aimed at changing my sexuality. At 17 my church introduced me to the leader of an actual program designed to turn me straight. Eventually, I was desperate enough to try it. Every week, members spoke about their ‘sins’ and we learned about the spiritual and experiential reasons that we had ‘turned gay’. I was so ashamed and guilt-ridden that I remained completely celibate for years. LGBTQA+ conversion practices cause depression, self-loathing and even suicide. I prayed to God asking him to either heal me, or kill me. I was so depressed, I wanted to die. The trauma associated with that part of my life still affects me - how could it not? How is this legal? I don’t want to see a single person harmed by an ideology that tells them that something that is innate in them is evil or demonic or needs to be ‘healed’. Please, sign this petition calling for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Health Minister Greg Hunt to work with each state to protect the most vulnerable and outlaw LGBTQA+ conversion practices and their advocacy nationwide. It has no place in Australia and certainly not in the lives of minors. *UPDATE* This petition focuses on legislation/regulation to prevent LGBTQA+ conversion practices. This is a good start, however to effectively curtail the LGBTQA+ conversion movement, a much broader response is needed. After signing this petition, please read the recommendations in the survivor statement at www.SOGICEsurvivors.com.au
Trikafta Australia: The Cystic Fibrosis game changer. #YesToTrikafta
For many of us, good health is something we take for granted. But for Australians living with Cystic Fibrosis, this isn’t an option. Australians with Cystic Fibrosis need access to life-changing treatments … The community wants immediate access to this third-generation drug. While there is currently no cure for this condition, there is a drug – Trikafta – that has been shown to significantly improve lung function and quality of life for people with CF. The problem is that it costs $420,000 for a one-year supply. Putting Trikafta on the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme would change the lives of Australians living with Cystic Fibrosis by making it more affordable. For people with CF, this means another year of waking up each day and wondering what hurdle might lay ahead. Trikafta has already been life-changing for people who have been able to access it, with one woman saying that, “for the first time in my life, I feel like I can breathe when I wake up in the morning.” The CF community is relying on the Government and in particular the Health Minister to support our pleas for access and we expect him to do everything in his power to make this life extending drugs available in Australia as soon as possible. The Minister has listened to the CF community previously and we are grateful for his understanding and support. Australia has one of the best health systems in the world. Germany, USA, England, Denmark and Ireland have access to Vertex’s Trikafta and now it is Australia’s turn. We can’t tolerate a long drawn out PBAC and negotiations process again while people’s health is declining dramatically. When we work together to make noise, change will follow. #YesToTrikafta #GameChanger #LivesBeforeProfit #CFCantWait #AccessNowSavesLives
Silence is no option - Speak Up For Earth
The growing climate emergency means that we must ensure that climate concerns be given top priority during this Australian election. Australia needs to elect a government whose members recognise the reality of a changing climate and who can develop credible policies, plans and actions to address this emergency. The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea invites you to sign our petition and send an important message on climate action to the next Australian Government. * Please note, you will be given an option to donate a small sum to promote wider distribution of this petition through Change.org. To achieve this, the donation need only be a few dollars; however it is not compulsory. Thank you.
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.
MAKE MARK BUTLER RESIGN FROM THE GDOL
This petition is to ensure that Mark Butler resigns from the Georgia Department Of Labor. Mark has not committed to his position he was elected to. Since the COVID-19 pandemic he has more excuses to be out of the office than most. First his step father died and he couldn’t communicate or work and now his wife is sick and he can’t communicate or work. Since he so many family obligations, he should resign his position and let a more qualified person take reign. People have been waiting over 4 months for benefits and the phone lines at GDOL are stuck in a default mode so that clients can’t talk with representatives. All of this is a ploy to keep tax dollars. He needs to go ASAP.
PROTECT OUR WATER AND OUR FOOD BOWLS
BAN FRACKING & CSG UNCONDITIONALLY NATIONWIDE
Water and food security is being placed at risk here in Australia because governments continue to industrialise our agricultural land and allow the resources sector to pollute our surface and groundwater. It is time to demand action not just on climate change, as action to protect our food bowls is also urgently needed. We need a national food and water security policy. Fracking gas and CSG projects are the biggest threat to a sustainable Australia because these projects pollute all surrounding water sources, including aquifers, contaminate air quality, soil and compromise the ability of landowners to produce clean food, as does conventional gas on prime agriculture land. With over 50% of prime production land in the NT and 2% in WA equating to a land mass the size of Tasmania, approved for fracking, as well as, CSG projects being approved in Queensland and NSW, along with conventional gas wells being drilled in the middle of prime agricultural land in SA, our national food and water security is being placed at risk. One shale or tight gas well requires between 15 to 30 million litres of clean water over the life time of the well. With 100s and 1000s of wells being planned for Australia, we simply don't have that kind of water to spare in the direst inhabited continent on the planet. Well casing failure leads to water contamination, making water undrinkable and unsuitable for food production. We simply can't afford this industry our water is too precious because all wells fail eventually. A gas company in WA contaminated a water source with radiation and the recommended resolution from the gas company, was to feed the contaminated drinking water to livestock. This is livestock that would have entered our food chain. In Queensland CSG projects are compromising a farmer's ability to produce clean food for Australians because their water bores have either dried up or have been contaminated by nearby CSG projects. The UN Resolution 64/292....states, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognised the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights. The United Nations Charter defines democracy as “ a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives” Our request is also supported by the United Nations Human Rights International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. PART I Article 1 1. “All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”. PART III Article 21. 3. “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government”.
The hiring of specialist trained Gender Surgeons in each Australian State and Territory
To the honourable members of the Australian Parliament, I, Elizabeth Kazon, an Intersex Transgender Female, and my fellow LGBTQIA+ individuals, allies and supporters, call upon you to without delay hire surgeons within the Medicare public health system to perform sex reassignment surgeries, thus making these certified Life Saving Surgeries, affordable for all Transgender and Intersex Australians. Within Australia, Medicare pays a rebate for some Male to Female Sex Reassignment Surgeries and some Female to Male Sex Reassignment Surgeries, however as there isn’t the possibility to have these surgeries performed in the public health system, private surgeons have a virtual monopoly, making these necessary surgeries unaffordable for a majority of Transgender and Intersex individuals. Furthermore, advancements are being made in these surgeries, however there is no opportunity for the private surgeons to learn and use these new techniques as they are constantly backlogged with patients who have no alternatives. The approximate cost in Australia to have a Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty is $18’000 excluding aftercare, fights and accommodation. A new surgery, the Peritoneum Pull-Through Vaginoplasty has been pioneered and is being performed oversees for approximately $20’000-$40’000 USD. This cost is relatively affordable when compared to the $100’000+ payable to have Phalloplasty performed in Australia. These prices are unaffordable, and it should be offered within the public system. In addition, it is with great conviction that we also believe that breast enhancement, breast reduction, Buttocks enhancement and buttocks reduction should also be performed for those holding a valid Intersex or Transgender Diagnosis as such procedures have been proven to greatly improve Transgender and Intersex individuals’ mental health. We the undersigned call upon you, the Australian Parliament, to without delay, put pressure on the individual states and territories to hire and train 1 specialist surgeon per capital city in Australia plus at least 4 specialist nurses to assist them. These surgeons collectively should be proficient in the following new and older techniques to meet the needs of the Transgender and Intersex Individuals of Australia: · Peritoneum Pull-Through Vaginoplasty, · Sigmoid Colon Vaginoplasty, · Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty, · Facial Feminization Surgery, · Voice Feminization Surgery, · Tracheal Shave, · Breast and Buttock Augmentation, · Mastectomy, · Hysterectomy, · Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy, · Metoidplasty, · Phalloplasty. Yours with hope,
Make Georgia's Lost Wages Act More Accessible
Georgia was recently approved for the FEMA funds issued by President Trump on August 8th to supplement unemployment assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic. The grant, referred to as the Lost Wages Act, provides an extra $300 to unemployed workers effective August 24, with the only caveat being that only individuals receiving over $100 in weekly benefits qualify to receive funding from the Lost Wages Act. This limitation on who can receive funding has insidious consequences for the families that do not make the cut. Your weekly benefit determination is decided based on the wages you received whilst you were still employed. This means that the families and individuals who were underpaid while they were working, whose wages were insufficient even before the pandemic, are now being condemned to live on less than $400 a month. The people directly excluded from the Lost Wages Act are the people who need the funding the most. The way FEMA funds are distributed is left to the determination of the state government. That is why we are calling for Governor Brian Kemp and Labor Commissioner Mark Butler to remove the minimum benefit amount necessary to receive the extra $300 so that our most vulnerable populations receive the financial assistance they need and deserve.
Trikafta is the Cystic Fibrosis game changer drug and we need it on PBS
For many of us, good health is something we take for granted. But for Australians living with Cystic Fibrosis, this isn’t an option. Australians with CF need access to life-changing treatments … The community wants immediate access and early access to this third-generation drug. While there is currently no cure for this condition, there is a drug – Trikafta – that has been shown to significantly improve lung function and quality of life for people with CF. The problem is that it costs $420,000 for a one-year supply. Putting Trikafta on the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme would change the lives of Australians living with Cystic Fibrosis by making it more affordable. For people with CF, this means another year of waking up each day and wondering what hurdle might lay ahead. Trikafta has already been life-changing for people who have been able to access it, with one wom