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Meegan Fitzharris

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Petitioning Catherine King, Greg Hunt MP, Malcolm Turnbull, Meegan Fitzharris, Steven Miles, Brad Hazard, Steven Wade, Jill Hennessy, Michael Ferguson, Sarah Lovell MLC, Janet Rice, Roger Cook, Scott Morrison,...

“Praying the Gay Away” nearly killed me -- outlaw ‘Gay Conversion’ therapy

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 gay conversion therapy has not disappeared in Australia, but has simply gone more underground. According to the article, even children have been subjected to ex-gay therapy. 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. So-called ‘conversion therapy’ causes 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 kid harmed by “therapies” that tell 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 gay conversion therapy and it’s advocacy nationwide. It has no place in our medical profession and certainly not in the lives of minors. *UPDATE* This petition focuses on legislation/regulation to prevent ‘gay conversion’ being practised in formal or therapeutic settings (such as in counsellors offices). This is a good start, however to effectively curtail the SOCE/Gay Conversion movement, a much broader response is needed. After signing this petition, please read the recommendations in the survivor statement at

Chris Csabs
57,372 supporters
Petitioning Meegan Fitzharris


URGENT - CANBERRA/ACT KANGAROOS NEED YOUR HELP - Please sign this petition as individuals, and send to everyone else, if you have a website, please add this petition's link to it. VOTE OUT THE ACT GOVERNMENT VIOLENCE AND LIES IN THE NEXT ELECTIONS who ignore what the taxpayers and voters request abusing taxpayers money.  For Updates and demands of the government please click on this link: An article that makes a small mention to my dedicated work with the Kangaroos in the Canberra Times  One misquote in the article: the final Canberra Times Poll results were the majority of 56% opposing the killing, with only a small minority of 39% showing support to the government and TAMS/TCCS government dept, agreeing to the killing, 5% were unsure. Please click on this link to view final poll results: . This is an abuse of taxpayers money that cost over $200,000, and an abuse of the government and government department's positions, ignoring expert advice outside the government. Additional information given but not published:  I stated that I did support and applauded the activists excellent job in exposing the violent unlawful killing of the Kangaroos. Please check out and facebook for horrific photos of roo cruelty, this is the reality, and please follow us, and join us on twitter This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson's media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays. ANIMAL WELFARE - Please copy and paste or click on the links below, to kangaroo cruelty into your browser, to view the horror. Kangaroos are killed in an extremely inhumane manner. Legally kangaroos killed are required to be killed by a single shot to the brain. there are instances where kangaroos are not killed in this manner. As a result, the kangaroo is shot agonisingly in the jaw, neck or the body, flees in response and will suffer a prolonged and painful death. These joeys are killed often by shooters smashing them into the ground, against tow bars of cars or with a metal pipe or other blunt instrument. Alternatively, when not caught, an out of pouch joey will be left to fend for itself and will generally die of predation, starvation or dehydration.This is not to mention the stress suffered by kangaroos from hearing shots being fired and from being chased down by shooters. Please check out This link 'KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION' from animal liberation which wildlife warriors also have the same link to on youtube, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos shot but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows. so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59. Kangaroos don't need to be killed with this spray, that deters them: If Kangaroos are a problem for your crops, we have a environmentally friendly soil spray that harmonises the environment, so Roos no longer wish to be there. There is no smell, no poisonous substances and no harm done to any plant or animal. "It all in the vibe" This product can be applied with any other spray round. Contact us on 04091166269 (ref: online Canberra Times ad choices) This product cannot be over used, since vegetation/native flora is there for our native wildlife to consume. If over used the kangaroos will starve to death. No evidence to support that this cull was necessary. No documented evidence that supported this 2012 unlawful violent killing. No figures of population of roos. No evidence of documented damage. Please check out this link that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored. The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I've been saying all along. The kangaroo management plan is conjunctional, incompetent, and not based on any scientific facts. The only objects that are causing the destruction of grasslands, woodlands, threatened species and ecosystems are tams staff and their shooters, the cattle they put into all the nature reserves after killing all the kangaroos from 2011-2013  because the grass was too long, and the government that fails to listen to the experts, to end this unlawful violent, unnecessary killing that will drive our protected native Kangaroos to extinction.  Click on this link for more information: We require the government department Conservator/TAMS/TCCS or relevant Depts authority to deal with applications to kill protected native species, and to deal with applications for the native wildlife rehabilitation licence to be removed from Conservator/TAMS/TCCS or relevant Depts and handed over to Wildlife Carers Group. We require that the Eastern Grey Kangaroos, along with other persecuted macropods  and native wildlife to be placed on the VULNERABLE Endangered list, AUSTRALIA WIDE. We require changes in the legislations/Acts and policies in the ACT, and Australia wide, to ensure that all protected native wildlife are protected and not be allowed to be killed. Wildlife Carers Group Wildlife Rehabilitation Licence to include SPECIAL CONDITIONS. While as an Independent that means the Government can not interfere with us or me, we have our own licence that covers all of the terms and conditions below, the Government still has to be held accountable for their unlawful actions: 1.Full term rehabilitation for ALL sick, injured, orphaned native wildlife2.No records for TAMS/TCCS (have changed their name) or relevant Dept. – Privacy Act3.No Carers list for TAMS/TCCS- Privacy Act4.No Vets list for TAMS/TCCS or relevant Dept – Privacy Act5.I do all the inspections6.Open licence, does not expire or get cancelled unless I cancel it or leave Wildlife Carers Group, as per now formerly TAMS/TCCS original special conditions7.No interference by TAMS or relevant Dept or any dealings with TAMS/TCCS or Relevant Dept at all8.Rescue of all native wildlife9.Export Licence10.I’m appointed as advisor in all wildlife and animal welfare related matters to replace the RSPCA11.Wildlife Carers Group takes over all Wildlife Rehabilitation and Native Wildlife killing applications12.RSPCA unqualified waged staff and volunteers be terminated from their jobs who have been and are responsible for animal exploitation, running animal circus acts, unlawfully using seizing powers to steal pets and other animals to either unnecessarily kill or profit from them13.TAMS/TCCS or relevant Dept prevented from working with animals14.Remove all Conservator/TAMS/TCCS or relevant Dept conditions. 15. Remove all ag-gag type sections in the Nature Conservation Act. 16. Abolish the Eastern Grey Kangaroos  Controlled Native Species Management Plan. Public apology over the defamatory letters sent to all my carers, vets in 2008 and to anyone else these and other defamatory letters were sent out to referring to me and Wildlife Carers Group.  One defamatory lie was that I did not  comply with section 28, the other lie was that I hadn’t yet responded  to their renewal licence which they had NOT sent out to me.  I had to chase after them to get the renewal licence sent out to me; Public apology over defamation leading to and on10/8/12, and thereafter for the unlawful trespassing and theft of wildlife and my wildlife food etc taken against me; Public apology on 11/8/12 defamatory article in the Canberra Times;A HUGE COMPENSATION PAYOUT TO ME. I was repeatedly reminded by the ACT Government that we are an independent group. Independent – adj. 1. Not governed by a foreign power; self-governing. 2. Free from the control of another or others; self-reliant. Widllife Carers Group takes Legal action against the Conservator of Flora and Fauna, in the PRESIDENT'S REPORT: The violence towards our Kangaroos should never have been allowed to continue in 2013.  When you read the transcript you have to ask why ACAT did allow the violence to continue, and what action to take against ACAT.

8,320 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Barr, Meegan Fitzharris, Yvette Berry


This petition has been sponsored by Mr Michael Pettersson, Member for Yerrabi, A.C.T. This means that it will be tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly as early as May! To have your signature counted when the petition is tabled in the ACT legislative you must sign at this link: If you have signed the petition on, you will now need to go and re-sign the petition at In 2014, I spent 6 months in hosptial in Sydney away from my friends and family to get the life-saving treatment that I needed, and my experience is not uncommon! Currently, the number of people in Australia with an eating disorder at any given time is estimated to be approximately nine percent of the population;[1] of this, 64% are estimated to be female. Approximately 15% of women will experience an eating disorder at some point during their lifetime. As of March 2017, Canberra’s population was 409,100.[2] Using the above statistics, it can be estimated that, at any given time, 36,819 people in Canberra are suffering from an eating disorder. 23,564 of these people are female. 7364 people are likely to die. This shouldn’t be surprising considering eating disorders are the 3rd most common chronic illness, and the second most common cause of mental illness, in young women in Australia. “The mortality rate for people with eating disorders is the highest of all psychiatric illnesses and over 12 times that seen in people without eating disorders.”[3] This is due to both medical complications and increased risk of suicide; Anorexia Nervosa has the highest associated rate of suicide of any mental illness, including depression.[4] Under the current health care system, less than half (46%) of people diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa in Australia fully recover. It should be noted that these statistics do not account for the frequent under-reporting and under-treatment of eating disorders. Despite this, both the public and private health care systems for eating disorders in the ACT are considerably lacking. Currently there are no inpatient services for eating disorder treatment in Canberra,[5] and while there is a public outpatient support program, the wait to be seen by this team was an estimated 8 weeks/2 months (May 2017).  Consequently, many young people, disproportionately young women, around Canberra are not receiving necessary and life-saving health care treatment. The ACT Government expressed a commitment to promoting the recovery of people with a mental disorder or mental illness, in the Mental Health Care Act 2015 (ACT). If they are truly committed to this, it must include ALL people with a mental illness, including the young women of Canberra. As such, we urge the ACT Government to create a specialist eating disorder in-patient treatment centre in Canberra. [1][2] Census[3][4][5] Current list of inpatient services around Australia:

Molly Saunders
2,926 supporters
Petitioning Vicki Dunne, Meegan Fitzharris, Yvette Berry, Caroline Le Couteur

We need a Family Birth Centre in the ACT!

The time is right...we are calling for a Family Birth Centre to be built in the ACT! Birth centres offer continuity of maternity care which means childbearing women receive the majority of their care from a known registered midwife. Continuity of care has been shown to be the best model of care provision for women and their babies during labour and birth, regardless of risk. The statistics show that under this model of care there is a decrease in rates of intervention, premature birth, fetal mortality, stillbirth and neonatal admission to a special care nursery. Furthermore, women love it, reporting high levels of satisfaction with their care experience. Canberra women love continuity of care but because our two maternity care hospitals are bursting at the seams many women miss out on the kind of maternity care they want. Currently, an average of 12 women a month miss out on a place at Calvary Birth Centre, and more than 40 women a month go without the continuity care they desire at Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. Due to lack of adequate resources, Queanbeyan Hospital too has been forced to turn away women from the ACT who historically have sought out the hospital's low risk model. Canberra’s population is growing at an ever-increasing rate, and more babies are born each year. The pressure of our growing population will only worsen this shortfall in services. Please join us in our efforts to see a third birth centre built in the ACT so as to service the needs of the women and their families in our community!

Family Birth Centre for the ACT
2,677 supporters
Petitioning Meegan Fitzharris, Andrew Barr

Keep our kids safe! Stop the cutting of Canberra's School Bus Services.

The ACT Government is doing a major overhaul of the bus services in Canberra. From next year, most dedicated school bus services will no longer be running. This will force students as young as 5yrs to catch multiple public buses to and from school, and to have to go through the major bus interchanges to catch connecting buses. If these changes go ahead, many students who currently catch 1 school bus to get home will need to catch 3 public buses and go through an interchange to get home from school. The ACT Governments public consultation was not advertised well enough for the majority of Canberrans to be aware that there was a consultation going on at all. The consultation has now ended with much of the public not even realising these changes were being discussed. I’m sure that if the majority of parents with school children were aware these proposals were being discussed, there would have been many more people having their say on these proposed changes.  I am also very concerned on the validity and accuracy of the data used by the ACT Government to make the decisions to cut the school buses services. Many school bus services that the data said didn’t have many students using that service are actually running at near full capacity in actual reality. Many concerned parents will no longer feel comfortable letting thier young children catch the bus to and from school and will drive them instead. This will increase the traffic around school drop off and collection times which many people already know is a fraught time as it is. We would like to think we live in a safe city where every single person is wonderful and safe to be around. Sadly, this is not reality. We are calling on the ACT Government to reopen the public consultation on proposed school bus changes; Consult thoroughly with all major stakeholders of the school bus services, including school administrators, teachers, parents and students; Keep the safety of our children as a priority; and retain all current school bus services throughout 2019.  

Angel Concerned Parent
1,727 supporters
Petitioning Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Greg Hunt MP, Hon George Brandis, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, Hon Cameron Dick, Brad Hazzard, Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, Hon Roger H COOK, Michael Gunner, Honourable Jack ...

Make natural CBD a legal DIETARY supplement, removing it from the drug/poison schedules!

We the undersigned, fully support and agree that CBD derived from an industrial hemp strain of plant, should be lifted from the controlled substance list in all states of Australia and available to purchase and use as a dietary supplement. It is our right, under the constitution to use if we so choose to, an all natural, holistic and alternative supplement. We believe that, given the fact CBD Oil is approved for sale by other therapeutic product administrations in other first world countries around the world, the TGA's stand is almost entirely monetary based.It is driven by the medical profession and pharmaceutical industry's desire to be the only legal prescribers of this natural product. We are completely convinced of the positive benefits of CBD Oil. We believe that given it has no side-effects and so many benefits, that it should be the individuals right to choose what they use when searching alternative holistic products. The individuals choice to natural remedies is paramount when so many legitimate pharmaceuticals have horrendous side-effects and cause so much grief to so many, is quite reasonable in our opinion. What do you think? If you agree, please let us know!

Kimberley Mell
590 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews, Meegan Fitzharris, Roger Cook, Steven Miles, Michael Ferguson, James Merlino

Die with dignity! Legalise Euthanasia for all of Australia!

Death is always a difficult subject that nobody likes to think about but sadly it is inevitable for us all. If you've ever lost a loved one from a terminal illness such as Cancer or someone you know is currently suffering from this cruel and debilitating disease, then you'll understand why Euthanasia laws must change in Australia! The state of Victoria has recently passed the law for assisted dying, which comes into effect mid 2019. Euthenasia should be a choice for all Australians with terminal illnesses! A person doesn't deserve to suffer a long, drawn out and painful death. Their families don't deserve to stand by helplessly waiting for their loved one to finally have peace and their suffering come to an end. If death is inevitable due to a terminal illness, then people should be allowed to go gently, peacefully and with dignity. In this country, we treat animals with more compassion to prevent suffering than we do with the terminally ill people! There is nothing more painful and heartbreaking than watching a loved one suffer till their body finally gives up... Please help me and many other Australians who share these beliefs, to allow all states and territories in Australia to finally legalise Euthanasia. Let our voices be heard by signing and sharing this petition! Hopefully, our government will pay attention and we can help make a change for the better.Thank you!

Marina Sezso
64 supporters