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Ms Sharon Claydon MP

  • Federal Member for Newcastle

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Petitioning Scott Morrison, Isaac Butterfield, Ms Sharon Claydon MP

Isaac Butterfield to be a Member of the Australian Parliament #ButtsForPM

Isaac Butterfield, critically acclaimed Comedian and YouTube star, has expressed his strong opinion on many important issues. Many, where he is right, although he has very little authority to do something about it. Today I ask you, even if you aren't a fan of the Buttsmarn, to sign this important petition, so that Australia can get out of this crazy left-wing agenda and politically correct world, and stick to common sense, something which the Buttsmarn excels at. If you care about Australia, please sign this petition. Together, we need to get this legend elected into the House of Representatives with Butterfield becoming an MP of an electorate. Isaac has responded to this petition in a few of his videos, which I am very thankful for, but we need him to carefully consider running for Parliament. Together, as the Butterfield Army, we can make this happen. If he does become a Member of Parliament, he is a step closer to the one thing everyone wants. #ButtsForPM Please, sign this petition, and if you do, please share it. Australia DEPENDS on it. Use the hashtag #ButtsForPM, we can do this!! Don't forget to follow our official Social Media accounts on Twitter (@buttsforpm) and Instagram (@buttsmarnfanpage)! Posting daily news and updates about this petition, and plenty of great Isaac Butterfield memes! 

#buttsforpm -- Butterfield for Prime Minister
34,203 supporters
Petitioning Greg Hunt MP, Brad Hazzard MP, Tanya Davies MP, Gladys Berejiklian MP, Luke Foley MP, ​Michael DiRienzo, Marcia Fogarty, Catherine King MP, Sharon Claydon MP, Timothy Carson MP, Luke Folley MP

Increase Mental Health Support for Patients with Cystic Fibrosis to Meet Standards of Care

THERE IS NO HEALTH WITHOUT MENTAL HEALTH My name is Morgan Gollan, and I am a patient of the John Hunter Cystic Fibrosis Adult Specialist Centre. Currently we have a social worker 2 days a week, and no psychologist. Within the last few years there has been a high turnover and long periods without a social worker at all so it would seem the current model of funding isn't working for whatever reason. The current situation does not address continuity of care, nor does it form the basis for a young child/adult with CF to form a trusting relationship with a health professional. Personally the last 6 months have been difficult after being diagnosed with depression and loosing one of my best friends to Cystic Fibrosis. The need for the social worker and psychologist was imperative to my health, my journey and helping me. I'm so grateful for the help I received and the experience highlighted to me the value and importance of these health professionals in CF care. They should be an essential team member that every patient can access not just at crisis point. We should be proactive about mental and psychosocial health not reactive.  As a patient I think our voice is important and often reflects needs of a community well. And as such I feel, along with many others, that the needs of more then 200 adults and kids with Cystic Fibrosis in terms of their mental, psychosocial health and general wellbeing are not being met, in fact are being ignored by the local area health service. We can be doing better. On any Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Centre team, 1 FTE social worker and 1 FTE psychologist for every 75-150 patients should be appointed, to meet the Cystic Fibrosis Standards of Care, Australia 2008.  These positions are vital to ensure a standard level of care for all patients with Cystic Fibrosis and I would welcome the NSW Ministry for Health to address the issue of funding for a permanent social worker and psychologist for the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at John Hunter Hospital. To address why the mental and psychosocial health of 119 chronically ill patients doesn't matter.  Additionally I would like to ensure that all patients with Cystic Fibrosis across Australia have access to the appropriate care on their team regardless of the clinic they attend. To ensure the proper funding for social workers and psychologists in order to achieve continuity of care, better patient outcomes and mental and emotional wellbeing.  If there is no change then what will the ministry say:  * To the Newly diagnosed family accepting a life long, life limiting illness and the daunting nature of this. * To the patients and families navigating preschool, school, university and having to advocate for them/ themselves * To the patients being discriminated against at work due to illness and disability * To the patients struggling to access NDIS/centrelink * To the patients struggling to afford medication/food and living week to week * To the patients just struggling * To the child who just lost their first CF friend. And they realise they could be next. They realise their own mortality. * The family that looses someone with CF * The patient in palliative care as a young adult * The patient told they are ineligible for transplant. That they will die. * The patient who doesn't want a transplant * The family/carer/partner having to go to work while their loved one lives out their last days/weeks waiting for a transplant because they centrelink won't grant them carers allowance despite needing 24 hour care. This shouldn't happen and social workers can often influence the centrelink process. Patients should be surrounded by loved ones during this time not a centrelink battle. * The patient who would rather drive off a highway into oncoming traffic or jump of a cliff then face another day with CF * The patient who just can't handle the physical/mental/emotional pain of CF anymore * The patient who sees death as a better alternative then fighting CF * The patient who feels consumed by CF and doesn't know a way out * The patient who can't have children * The patient who looses their wife/husband/partner/friends/ because they can't deal with CF One in five Australians experience mental health concerns at some point in their lives. In Patients with a chronic, life threatening condition such as Cystic Fibrosis rates of anxiety and depression have shown to increase by 25% in adolescents compared to the normal population and 35% in carers. This highlights how essential it is for both paediatric and adult patients to have access to a multi disciplinary team that includes a social worker and psychologist in order to achieve optimum health in the long term.  As a patient living with the complexity of Cystic Fibrosis I can only ask you to help by signing this petition to help increase funding of these services for patients. As I know first hand the benefits of being able to access these health professionals.  Thank you  Morgan Gollan   

Morgan Gollan
5,916 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Gladys Berejiklian, Ms Sharon Claydon MP

Extend the Job Keeper Allowance to Visa Holders during this Covid-19 Crisis

This petition is asking for the Government to extend the recently announced Job Keeper Allowance to ALL workers on Visas here in Australia, not just Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Residents. Unfortunately, the Government’s $130 billion JobKeeper payment package does not apply to people on temporary visas, such as bridging visas, temporary partner visas and skilled working visas, who face either losing their income, or have already lost their income, as a result of measures put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. This package should also provide some certainty to temporary visa holders working in this country, regardless of their visa status. These people are in the same situation as their co-workers in Australian workplaces and this package should provide support to them too. I think most Australians would agree that for these people who have worked here for many years to be left destitute without any other safety net is completely unfair. My story: My partner is currently on a temporary 820 Partner Visa, and will not be eligible to apply for his 801 Permanent Partner Visa until the end of this year. He has been in Australia since 2017, paying his taxes and setting up his life here in Australia. His life is here now, with me, and we are expecting our first child in June. He does not have the option to simply leave Australia in this crisis. Like many others, our family is facing extreme difficulties with Covid 19. But unlike many other families, we cannot access the support that other people are able to during these times. I am about to commence unpaid maternity leave, and his full time permanent job will likely be stood down soon without him meeting the eligibility for the Job Keeper Allowance. He is also not entitled to access any other type of government support. How am I supposed to support myself, him and a newborn baby, in these very challenging circumstances? The Government has extended this payment to NZ citizens - please also consider people in the process of becoming residents/citizens, like my partner on an 820 Visa. Please also consider all the other people on other types of temporary, work and student visa’s, who are also paying their taxes and setting up their lives here in Australia. It is Un-Australian to leave these people with no way to access emergency funds during this crisis, and to not offer the same support (ie the Job Keeper Allowance). These people also have families in Australia. They have rent to pay, mouths to feed and bills to pay. We cannot simply disregard these people, and expect that they can all just “pack up and go back to their own countries” during this crisis. Without meeting the eligibility for this Job Keeper Allowance, my partner will watch his colleagues who are Australian/NZ Citizens and Residents retain their roles, while he will likely be stood down from his permanent position. He cannot then go and get the Job Seeker Allowance, as again, he is not eligible. And in this environment, it’s very unlikely he will be able to simply go out and find another job. So he is left with no income, a newborn baby on the way in 3 months and a family to support. There are SO many other people in similar circumstances right now, and we need your help! Please sign this petition, and share widely, because people like myself need your support right now.  

Jessica Reynolds
5,493 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Ken Wyatt, Barnaby Joyce, David Littleproud, Bridget McKenzie, Josh Frydenberg, Simon Birmingham, Sussan Ley, Marise Payne, Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Peter Dutton, Greg Hunt, Michaelia Cas...

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.

Priscilla Calabria
2,120 supporters
Petitioning Tony Abbott MP, Anthony Albanese MP, Mr John Alexander OAM MP, Dr Anne Aly MP, Karen Andrews MP, Kevin Andrews MP, Adam Bandt MP, Julia Banks MP, Sharon bird mp, Julie Bishop MP, Chris Bowen MP, An...

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, 

Lizzy K
939 supporters