- Prime Minister of Australia
- Prime Minister of Australia
Decriminalise the use of medicinal cannabis for people with terminal cancer like my son.
UPDATE: The 24th February 2019 marks the fourth anniversary of the death from bowel cancer of my beautiful 25-year-old son Dan Haslam - and is the third anniversary of the legislative changes we believed would make medicinal cannabis available to all sick Australians who needed it. Called 'Dan's Law', I was once so proud of something I thought we'd achieved through our campaign and via our petition on Change.org which received over 250,000 signatures, but now I'm angry and bitterly disappointed. Dan’s Law was put in place to legalise the cultivation of medicinal cannabis in Australia. But was it all for nothing? I'm therefore re-starting this petition and asking for your help to fix the medicinal cannabis mess. ****************************** Our 24 year old son has a terminal cancer diagnosis. He is receiving great benefit from using medical cannabis to manage his nausea, vomiting and poor appetite. He is also using cannabis oil in a bid to halt the progression of his disease. We can see the changes in him and fully believe that cannabis is absolutely the right path for him to go down as conventional treatments have failed him. The adoption of the 5 recommendations of the NSW Parliament Legislative General Purpose Standing Committee No. 4: The use of cannabis for medical purposes, is essential to Daniel and the thousands of terminally ill and debilitated Australians who would benefit from the use of Medicinal Cannabis. These patients and their carers (just like us) are being forced to break the law to obtain and to use cannabis, mostly without medical supervision because they are fearful to expose themselves. The medical evidence is available and opinions worldwide are changing based on this evidence, yet the NSW Government is still sitting on its hands and demonstrating a complete lack of compassion with its disregard for these recommendations. Adoption of these recommendations will afford the terminally ill and chronic pain suffers the right to choose a treatment which is beneficial to them, whilst being protected from arrest and prosecution under the current NSW legislation. Our son cannot afford to wait for the government to step up. We need help now!
We need government rebates for the new FreeStyle Libre Glucose Monitor
The New Abbott FreeStyle Libre, (and similar) is a game changer for people with diabetes. This device will save the lives of people with diabetes as well as their sight and limbs. Not to mention the millions (or billions) of dollars it will save in future hospital bills, social services and the social cost of having people with diabetes going blind and losing their limbs. However, the device currently costs the user about $50 per week ($2600 per year). The Abbott FreeStyle Libre is not currently subsidised by the Australian Government, and this means that it is not affordable to thousands of Australians who could benefit from the device. The Abbott FreeStyle libre continually monitors the Blood Glucose Levels of people with diabetes. Helping them better manage their diabetes and prevent some of the horrible effects of this condition. Please sign this petition and help get this device and any other similar device more affordable for people with diabetes. Diabetes is not a lifestyle choice; people with diabetes don’t choose diabetes. Its handed to us on a platter and we need to deal with it the best we can. This device (and similar) will help us do that. So if you are only going to sign one petition today, please pick this one as it could help save a life. I have no affiliation with the "Abbott" company and this petition is not a promotion for them or their products. I am a person with type 1 diabetes who wants this device available for all Australians no matter what their income. This petition is supported by Diabetes Australia
Strip Cardinal George Pell of his Order of Australia.
As a child, I sang at St Pats at Christmas and would still head there in times of turmoil. My Uncle sandblasted the Cathedral’s distinctive bluestone clean, none of us knowing what was what had happened inside during Cardinal Pell’s rule. But now we do - George Pell is guilty of sexual abuse. In addition to whatever sentence the judge hands down, I believe Cardinal Pell should be stripped of his Companion of the Order of Australia medal. There must come a time when we protect the abused and not the abusers. Part of that must be removing abusers’ power and prestige, like removing an honour Pell does not (and arguably never has) deserved. In 2005, John Howard gave Pell this power and prestige by awarding him honours for his service to the Catholic Church and supporting “matters of an ethical and spiritual nature, to education and social justice”. There is no honour, ethics, spirituality, education or social justice in sexually abusing minors. Do we want to live in a country where a convicted sexual abuser, one who oversaw a system that denied countless sex abuse victims justice, can retain one of the country’s highest honours? Pell does no honour to the people of Australia. It’s time we removed his Companion of the Order of Australia. Let’s stand with survivors of sexual abuse and fight to remove power and accolades from their abusers. Please, sign this petition, share it with others. Lifeline: 13 11 14 1800 Respect: 1800 737 732 Bravehearts: 1800 272 831
Show you care about our Aussie Farmers in Drought...
DID YOU EAT TODAY? I HOPE YOU THANKED A FARMER... Did you know that Australia is in the middle of its worst drought ever? Our farmers are crippling under the strain and we need to do more to support them. I see so many community groups joining force to supply donated goods to keep our farmers going but I want to see more from our government. I understand it's a national problem and it's far and wide, you can't make it rain but our farming community is the backbone to our country. Right now in some states we have a subsidy for the cost of transporting donated fodder however that is expecting a very proud farmer to ask for help. We all know that our farmers are the most proud people in our country and asking for help is not in their nature. I know that we would get more help to our farmers if we could have farmers buy supplies and our government subsidise the transport. Drought doesn't just have an impact on the livestock, it also impacts the mental health of our farmers, their families and the surrounding community. With stock feed reducing across the country, transport costs are fast becoming the biggest issue impacting farmers trying to stay afloat. The ask: That we, the public of Australia sign this petition to show you support our Aussie Farmers in Drought and ask our government to do more to support them. Tell our government that we need a NATIONAL DISASTER FUND created to help support our country in crisis because right now our farmers need our help. Let's also get a transport subsidy setup so that farmers don't need to just rely on donations but they can also get purchased stock feed delivered to them and not pay full freight. It's time we provide support to our own, we can't make it rain but we can help a mate in need. That is the Australian Way...
Free Julian Assange, before it's too late. Sign to STOP the USA Extradition
Julian Assange has been forcibly removed from political asylum and has been arrested. He is no longer in the Ecuadorian Embassy and instead is in British police custody. Julian Assange now faces the prospect of extradition to the USA for publishing facts delivered to him as a journalist and those facts revealed systemic government corruption and war crimes. These were the exact issues he required protection from and why he accepted Ecuadorian political asylum. Julian Assange is an Australian Citizen who had been "arbitrarily" detained for over 8 years and more recently had endured over 1 year of torture in the form of continuous solitary confinement. Deprived of sunlight, contact with the outside world and proper healthcare. The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner on Feb. 5, 2016 determined that Julian Assange's arbitrary detention "should be brought to an end". Julian Assange is an awarded and respected international journalist who has never incorrectly published any news. We respectfully request the Prime Minister and/or the Foreign Minister of the Australian Government intervene and ensure Julian Assange's freedom of safe passage and return to his home Australia or any other location that Julian Assange requests to travel to. We further respectfully request that the Australian Government where influence can be made with friendly nations, that the Australian Government ensure that no extradition order is effected on Julian Assange from the USA that may otherwise impinge on his ongoing freedom of passage and existence. You can read more about this campaign in the updates below. Please, sign and share this petition. Thank you.
The Family Law System gave convicted sex offender access to my little girl– now she’s dead
My teenage daughter committed suicide after the Family Law System allowed her father, a convicted child sex offender, access to her when she was just a child. The Family Court System failed my little girl. And they failed me, a protective mother, who in my attempt to protect my children from contact with their abusive father, faced being dismissed as a ‘hysterical woman’ and a ‘vindictive wife’. How can this happen? The legal system, designed to protect vulnerable children, is instead allowing them access to convicted sex offenders and exposing them to further assaults. The family law policy of wanting kids to have a “meaningful relationship with both parents” drove the decision making that would eventually lead to the death of my darling girl. I can’t describe the pain of losing her - it’s been 3 years since she died. She was just 17 and such a loving and caring daughter and friend. It makes me physically sick to imagine what she went through. In 2002, Abbey's father was charged with the sexual assault of her 8-year-old best friend and sent to jail for a pathetic two years. The abuse occurred at regular sleepovers. I’m desperate to fight for children and parents who’ve been grossly let down by the dysfunction of the Family Court System. The Court restricts children from doctor and counselling visits during legal proceedings, discounts their word against a parent's, views reports of sexual assault as vindictive and favours the most financially stable parent. It’s shameful and dangerous. My darling daughter had her whole life ahead of her, but by adding your name to this petition, we can bring about change for other kids. I am supporting Bravehearts call for a Royal Commission into the Family Law System of Australia to examine their damaging failings in protecting our children. It follows a report by Bravehearts which highlights the failings of the Family Law System. It’s called Abbey’s Project. This will be Abbey’s legacy.
Marise Payne, act now to #BringJamesRicketsonHome or my innocent father will die in jail
VICTORY! James Ricketson is now free, thanks in no small part to everyone who signed this petition. Dad wants to thank you all for your ongoing support, we couldn't have done it without you. Now, we hope that we can channel that incredible energy: we want to get impoverished Cambodian families out of the rubbish dumps they live in, and into homes. Visit Family by Family to learn how you can help. My Australian adopted dad, James Ricketson has the kindest heart - yet he’s holed up in a Cambodian prison without even having committed a crime. Unless the Australian government responds quickly, my innocent dad could die in jail. I’m petrified - every day matters now as he gets sicker. I’m so worried for dad’s rapidly deteriorating health - He is almost 70 frail and squashed in a tiny cell with 140 others. It’s so cramped, they have to take it in turns to lie down. Body lice are eating him alive. Dad is an Australian documentary maker/journalist. His only crime is kindness and using his award winning documentaries to portray the truth. The Cambodian government is holding him indefinitely without charge for the ridiculous and untrue accusation of espionage / spying as an Australian citizen - which carries 15 years. All he did was fly a drone over an opposition party rally, which isn’t even illegal. There is a new Foreign Minister – Marise Payne – who hasn’t made up her mind on James’ case yet. Dad was making a documentary about Australia’s abused street kids when he adopted me and loved me as his own daughter. He saved my life. He was one of the first men in my life to show me kindness but now the Australian government has turned their back on him.
BAN PUPPY FARMS IN AUSTRALIA
Puppy farms are inhumane, industrial-based breeding facilities, where female dogs are treated as nothing more than breeding machines. Every year thousands of puppies are exposed to the hideous conditions of puppy farms. They watch their brothers and sisters die around them from lack of nutrition or disease, the survivors are to be sent off to pet stores or sold online. Around 45,000 dogs are sold every year from puppy farms, many of which have developed chronic conditions and have severe behavioural issues. Unfortunately most puppies are so destroyed by puppy farms, that owners can find it too hard to care for them, and are therefore sent to the pound and most likely 'put down'. Even though the RSPCA is fighting to bring down puppy farms they are still... completely legal; as long as the owner meets the minimum care requirements; a dog needs to be able to stand up and walk around, at maximum a female dog can be kept in a cage for 23 hours. But there is no requirement for health care... and definitely no requirement for love. Resources: www.animalsaustralia.org/feautures/puppy-factory-problem.php ataac.org/facts/18-animals-wa-exploit/219-puppy-farming https://rspca.org.au/campaingns/puppy-farms https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-puppy-mills https://petsaustralia.org/the-big-issues/puppy-farms https://greens.org.au/initiatius/vic/abolish-puppy-farms madonnaofthemills.com/puppy-mills
Australian Emu killer should get maximum penalty
Most of us have seen this man and his proud video footage pop up in our feeds over the last week with what can only be described as a harsh, cruel and callous rampage on at least a dozen of our own protected wild native birds. Leaving them little chance at survival and all while laughing and enjoying himself. The common belief, is that our legal system is going to let us down again and we would like the government of Australia use this man as an example for other cruel hearted humans out there, who think this kind of behaviour is any kind of OK. We insist that this man be handed maximum penalty for *at least* 1 of the 12 native birds he butchered with his ute that day especially considering the sadistic enjoyment of his slaughter. Our justice system can not let Jacob MacDonald get away with his crimes by giving the man a slap on the wrist. ANIMAL CRUELTY STOPS HERE!
The Murray Darling Basin Plan
The Murray Darling Basin Plan will cost Australian Taxpayers $13 billion. In one hundreds years of record taking there have never been recorded fish kills like the ones we are seeing now. Not only are we seeing fish deaths in the Darling of global significance, but since the 2009 and the introduction of the 2007 Water Act there have been 4 hypoxic blackwater events in the Edward/Wakool system, which spread into the Murray and Murrumbidgee systems killing hundreds of thousands of native fish. Currently poor water management and policy is causing horrific fish deaths along the Darling, it is also causing river bank erosion and slumping in the Murray system due to the unsustainable high flows been pushed through. The flooding of forests along the Murray in order to get water to South Australia in the middle of a drought highlights the flawed assumptions used to model the Murray Darling Basin Plan. The significant flooding has resulted in the deaths of many animals, including natives because flooding has depleted food supplies. Government and large corporations have been complicit in dividing communities and have failed rural communities and family farmers who have the capacity to ensure the environment is sustainably managed for the next generation. Environment and agricultural policy must go hand in hand, one does not need to be in competition with the other. As a nation we need to respond, the management of our most precious resource is embarrassing, irresponsible and lacks transparency. Please sign and share this petition and encourage others to insist that our national leaders call those responsible for water management to account. We call on all governments to put politics aside and start governing for the whole Basin by treating rural communities, family farms and the environment with respect and on an equal footing.