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Mark Speakman

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Petitioning David Hurley, Mark Speakman

Micheal Guider, a pedophile and child killer freed. It should never have happened!

I was drugged, abused and photographed as a child by a man who was my babysitter. The monster that did this to me was charged with over 60 counts of child abuse related crimes against many victims. His name was Michael Guider.  While in prison for these crimes he admitted to and was convicted of the killing of Bondi schoolgirl Samantha Knight. Guider has never admitted to the location of Samantha's body, robbing her family of any sense of closure.  Now, Michael Guider has been released from prison and has walked free without having to reveal the location of Samantha's body. I think that's appalling.  In the news, and every time I open up my Facebook, I am constantly faced with headline that reads "pedophile released into community" along with a long and horrific list of their crimes against children!! Enough is enough! We will change one law at a time to ensure NO pedophile or child killer is released! That's why I am fighting to stop the release of child killers like Michael Guider who won't give the victims families closure by providing a body to lay to rest. I believe any child killer who is convicted, either of the murder or manslaughter of a child, should never be allowed freedom if they withhold the location of where they dumped the body of their victim.  I want to pass this law to honour Samantha Knight by calling it Knights Law. Let's keep child killers out of our community and behind bars where they belong. In the case of child killers, there should be no question. No body, no release. Please, sign my petition and share it widely. Thank you.  #knightslaw 

Chantelle Hamilton
205,996 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
67,620 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Mark Speakman

I was drugged & sexually abused by a convicted paedophile - don’t free monster on parole

I’ve stayed silent until now. I needed to rebuild my life. But I can’t sit back and let the monster who drugged and sexually assaulted me as a child be released on parole before completing his jail sentence, in a few short weeks. I was only 6 when a stranger gave me a bottle of Coca-Cola at my friends house. He was supposed to be our babysitter, it was supposed to be a fun filled weekend.  It turned out to be anything but, the next couple of days were a horrific nightmare, the whole time Guider had us he made sure we were drugged up enough to not put up a fight. Once drugged he would sexually assault us and photograph his disgusting actions. I was the last of Michael Guider’s 11 victims before he was thrown into jail - guilty of a disgusting 75 child sex crimes and the high profile death of Bondi schoolgirl Samantha Knight. I can’t bear the thought of another child's innocence taken away by this notorious paedophile killer. He’s still got two years of his 17 year sentence left - but he’ll be released on parole at the end of this month unless we fight back. I am fighting on behalf of all Michael Guider’s victims. I am petitioning the NSW Attorney General and the Parole Authority to urgently stop this man from being released until his sentence is complete. Guider’s shown no remorse for his victims - some of them are now dead, but I’m still here, and I am ready to fight.

Chantelle Hamilton
62,234 supporters
Petitioning NSW State Parole Authority

Keep Simon Monteiro, the man who attacked us, behind bars

Simon Monteiro, a man described in court as a dangerous and vindictive rapist, has provisionally been granted parole. We, as victims of Simon's and advocates of rape victims, are urgently petitioning in the interests of the safety of women everywhere. The parole system needs to be reformed. Dangerous offenders should not be released. Simon is serving a 12-year sentence for the violent rape of his girlfriend. He has previously been jailed for stalking and intimidating another partner, and for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and destroying property of another partner. He has been acquitted of other sexual and violent offences against women. He is in jail for raping his then-partner while holding a pair of scissors because she wanted to leave him. He smashed a pair of glasses on her face, pulled a clump of her hair out, threatened her with iron bars and told her he would "gut her dad like a fish" if she ever went to the police. In custody, prison staff and psychologists have described him as being "belligerent, agitated, self entitled, abusive", demanding and refusing to accept responsibility for his actions. On August 17, the State Parole Authority signalled an intention to grant him parole. The final decision will be made after a public hearing on October 6. We are calling for a reform of the parole system to ensure that offenders who are not truly reformed and continue to pose a risk to the community are not released, even if their sentence is up. We call for the safety of victims and future victims to be paramount. We implore the State Parole Authority, the NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman, the NSW Corrective Services Minister David Elliott and the NSW Commissioner Peter Severin to ensure Simon is not released. He is manipulative, vindictive and dangerous. Far too many women have been sexually assaulted and their lives put at risk by dangerous men released on parole. We fear Simon's release may result in the same outcome.

Victims of Simon
46,182 supporters
Petitioning Mark Speakman, Michael McCormack, Tim Hammond, Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Rod Sims, The Hon Yvette D'Arth, Senator Richard Di Natale, The Hon Mark Speakman, The Hon Martin Pakula, Senator Geor...

STOP CONSUMER RIP OFFS! WE NEED STRONGER CONSUMER LAWS AND ENFORCEMENT!

SICK OF BEING RIPPED OFF AND FOBBED OFF? SICK OF BEING SOLD CRAP THAT YOU CAN'T RETURN? THEN SIGN THE PETITION!Ashton Wood destroyed his Jeep (Destroy My Jeep). Teg Sethi spent thousands making a video about his lemon Jeep that went viral. Why? Because they couldn't get a refund for their severely defective vehicles. This is still happening today. Only stronger consumer laws will stop this travesty of justice.Imagine buying a product for $20,000, or $50,000 or even $80,000 or more and it has so many defects you either can't use it or it is unsafe. Then the supplier blames you for the defects or offers to fix it and just patches it up. Consumer Affairs says 'we can't force a supplier to give you a refund' even though the Australian Consumer Law says that is what you are entitled to. So you are now headed to court or you watch your expensive lemon rot in your back yard. You will lose a lot of money no matter what you do just because you had the bad luck to buy the wrong product. Is this fair? NO. Should this be stopped? YES. Do consumers need far better protections that don't require legal action? YES. Lets send a clear message to the Australian Government that consumers have had enough and want stronger protections that don't cost them money when they buy a defective product. We want all the recommendations from the Australian Consumer Law review implemented.The Australian Consumer Law took many years to draft and was finally passed by Parliament for implementation on 1 January 2011. After 5 years of operation it was subjected to a review to find out whether it was meeting its objectives. Sadly it wasn't and so after extensive consultation and reviews, recommendations have been made to strengthen consumer protections and enforcement.Today, 26 April 2017, John Rolfe reported that Michael McCormack, Minister responsible for 'consumer matters' has torpedoed two of the key recommendations in the final report into strengthening the Australian Consumer Law. These are the 30 day refund provision and the multiple minor defects make a major failure provision. These two new provisions in the law would go a long way to ensuring that consumers are protected against shonky suppliers and manufacturers and not have to spend time, energy and money in seeking redress through courts, especially for larger purchases such as lemon caravans and cars.Michael McCormack is both the Minister for 'consumer matters' and the Minister for Small Business. This is a clear conflict of interest when making decisions about consumer protection that may impact negatively on small businesses who choose not to abide by the ACL and are selling or manufacturing defective products. Supporting Small Business growth and development shouldn't come at the expense of consumer safety and protection.Consumers need to send a clear message to Mr McCormack that they are sick and tired of being fobbed off, of defective goods costing them money and not the supplier or manufacturer, and being forced to take costly and stressful legal action just to get a refund.  Please sign this petition to tell the Australian Government that consumers have had enough and demand better laws to protect them, especially for very expensive purchases that they make that may be the second most significant purchase in their lives after their home.

Tracy Leigh
15,510 supporters
Petitioning Mark Speakman

Force the NSW government to take animal cruelty seriously

We need to band together to request the ODPP to give consideration to appealing the sentence handed down in the Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 25 October to Kimberly Thi-My Atwell, for two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals. Further information is available on the RSPCA NSW Facebook page - although please be warned, it does contain a distressing image. Ms Atwell deliberately abandoned her two pets, Ruby and Benji, to a horrific fate. She confined the dogs in a small room for over two weeks with no food or water – there was no possible outcome other than the dogs dying a slow and agonising death. Ruby was just a puppy, not yet six months old - and Benji was just two and a half years old. These dogs loved and trusted her, and yet she betrayed them in the worst way. Ms Atwell has shown no remorse for her actions – indeed, upon interview she characterised the dogs as ‘easily replaceable’, which indicates the callous disregard she has for animals and demonstrates the extremely limited insight she has into her offending. There is no reassurance that she will not do the same thing again. Ms Atwell was fined $144 and ordered to complete 80 hours of community service. I do not consider the ban from owning animals for five years should be considered part of her sentence, as this should appropriately be characterised as a community protection measure rather than a penalty. Even with the two counts of which Ms Atwell was found guilty (two counts under section 5), the difference between the maximum penalty available (two years imprisonment, 200 penalty units equating to $22,000, or both) and the penalty she was given is significant. The penalty in no way reflects the seriousness of the crime, and falls well short of community expectations. I would be most grateful if you could please sign this petition, to request the Attorney-General to give consideration to seeking leave to appeal the sentence on the grounds that it was manifestly inadequate. Benji and Ruby suffered a fate no animal should be put through, and it’s so important to make sure we as a community do all we can to demonstrate that this is unacceptable.

Animal Advocate
11,501 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, MP, Hon. Robert Stokes, MP, Hon. Pru Goward, MP, Mr. Mark Speakman, Mr. Glen Brookes, Mr. Matt Kean, Mr Brad Hazzard, Mr Jai Rowell

Let our elderly neighbour stay in her home

Mrs Mary Vo, a mother, grandmother, widow, former refugee and our beautiful neighbour, is being evicted from her home through no fault of her own. The NSW State Government overturned it's plans last year and decided to sell her little home and all other public housing in Millers Point. The decision runs contrary to financial and urban planning advice as well as the government's own policy of allowing elderly to age in place. Given there is no reason to sell immediately, Mrs Vo pleads for them to wait until she has lived out her remaining few years. We need your help to let her stay where she belongs. Mrs Vo was born in Saigon, South Vietnam, just before the outbreak of World War II. In 1975 she was working as the secretary of the Vietnamese Radio Broadcasting station for 'The Voice of Freedom' and 'The Voice of the Mother of Vietnam’ but escaped the communist regime by boat, survived a shipwreck and then waited a year in a Thai refugee camp before coming to Australia in 1987. After raising four children, Mrs Vo is now 76 and has heart, gout, asthma and other health conditions to manage as well as impaired mobility. In the last few years she lost her husband to cancer and had seven major operations but family and Church remain the centre of her life. Mrs Vo relies on the community around her but still actively contributes, caring for her grandson, welcoming and cooking for fellow parishioners and tending her plants. Mrs Vo's home is only a short distance away so she is able to slowly walk to mass each Sunday. Mrs Vo often says, 'thank you very much Australia Government and Australians' for the 'freedom for life'. A survivor of significant trauma and loss, she was always cheerful. Now she is often in tears. Not surprisingly, given the government’s social impact study warned that forced relocation of elderly people would result in death and higher incidences of morbidity, the toll on her mental and physical health has been terrible. Mrs Vo understands that the Government can sell her home and she is scared of the repercussions of asking. Given that there is no reason to sell her home immediately, and the process promises very poor outcomes including the need for additional and significant health, medical and social services if she is evicted, we urgently request that Premier Baird give Mrs Vo, a resilient but vulnerable elderly woman, clemency from eviction. Premier Baird please show you are able to respond to the needs of real individuals rather than rolling on with a blanket decision that may be OK for some but life threatening for elderly or otherwise vulnerable people like Mrs Vo. Grant her the right to age peacefully in her own home, where she can be supported by the community that knows and values her, and where she can continue to contribute. Please sign to help keep Mrs Vo in our community. Displacing people like Mrs Vo negatively impacts on an entire community. It could happen anywhere. With thanks Kelli HaynesMillers Point Here are petitions to save more Millers Point residents Save Myra from eviction Save Flo from eviction Save Sydney's heritage workers flats Follow the story to save the people of Millers Point at: millerspointcommunity.com.au    

Kelli Haynes
5,172 supporters
Petitioning NSW Attorney General, Mark Speakman, Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence, Pru Goward

Save and expand the Women's Family Law Support Service

An essential domestic violence support service located at the Sydney Family Court is due to be lost through failure to secure ongoing government funding, despite only costing $120,000 a year. The service was originally established by the women’s refuge movement and provides a safe room in the court and a counselling and referral service for many women. It is distinct from Legal Aid support services (such as the FASS) in being operated exclusively for and by women and is guided by a feminist framework. “They should have this in every court” concluded an evaluation of the Women’s Family Law Court Support Service (WFLCSS) conducted by Dr Lesley Laing of the University of Sydney and launched by Professor Rosalind Croucher of the Australian Law Reform Commission in 2011. Sadly, the government is currently refusing to commit to funding the service, let alone facilitate its expansion to other courts. This is despite the current community concern about the prevalence of domestic violence in the context of family law proceedings.” Sruti Sinha, Coordinator of WFLCSS states: “We have strong support from the Judges and Family Court staff, legal practitioners and many testimonials from the women we assist. More women than ever are accessing the service. But without funding we cannot continue to offer our support.”

Anna Kerr
3,214 supporters
A female nurse took a photo of my naked body while I slept - and it's completely legal

Dear Brieana, From today, the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) has new criminal offences punishing intimate image abuse. It is now a crime in NSW to record, distribute, or threaten to record or distribute, an intimate image without the consent of the person depicted. I want to acknowledge your work advocating for this reform and for attending Parliament House in support of the Bill. What happened to you was wrong and caused you significant harm. I hope that these new offences will deter others from engaging in similar conduct and that today’s reform, together with the knowledge of your contribution towards them, will help to heal some of the hurt you have suffered. Kind regards, Mark Speakman Attorney General

2 years ago