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Petitioning Marise Payne, Scott Morrison, Mr Karim A. A. Khan, Mr James Stewart

Free Julian Assange, before it's too late. Sign to STOP the USA Extradition

This is a global petition to Free Julian Assange and to stop the legal precedent being established of a USA Extradition for a non USA journalist that exposed USA war crimes. Everyone from any nation can sign this petition, the legal precedent outcome of this case will directly affect every citizen of the world. This petition is the largest petition in history to have been presented to the International Criminal Court (The Hague). This is also the largest petition in history to have been successfully Tabled (accepted into Parliament) in both houses of the Australian Parliament. On December 10, 2021 (World Human Right Day), the High Court in London ruled against the interests of International Human Rights and ruled in favour of the USA Government to Extradite Julian Assange for 175 years of torture. Effectively reversing our victory on January 4, 2021 in the District Court not to extradite Julian Assange. This petition invites everybody from every nation to sign and join this critically important campaign to Free Julian Assange and return him to the love of his family. Further, this petition will drive to prosecute the alleged complicit "public officers" of the UK, Sweden, Ecuador and Australia that allegedly together manifested a situation that deliberately and by design subjected Julian Assange to psychological torture. The process of delivery of psychological torture to Julian Assange continued even though public statements by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture determined that Julian Assange was being subjected to cruel and degrading treatment that resulted in case of verified psychological torture as determined by implementation of the Internationally recognised Istanbul Protocol by a team of medical experts. On August 10, 2021 we delivered this petition at 619,900+ signatures to the International Criminal Court's (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan.  Together with the 570,000+ signatories petitioning of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on January 15, 2021. We resubmitted because the Chief Prosecutor had changed since our first submission. This petition represents the largest petition ever presented to the ICC since it's inception. This petition has delivered a request for escalation of request of petition notices (Ref. Doc. Aug. 5, 2020 Notice 1 & Aug. 27, 2020 Notice 2) to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. (Scroll down to see the script copy of this document pasted at the foot of welcome page). Verified instances of psychological/mental torture is determined by the International Criminal Court (ICC), as constituting a "crime against humanity". We the signatories consider it of international significance, because we allege that state sponsored psychological torture has been administered to Mr Julian Assange and continued in spite of official determination and notification by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.   Julian Assange is a journalist that published whistle-blower sourced evidence that revealed systemic governmental criminality including clear and obvious war crimes. The deliberate targeting of persons known and identified as providing first aid to the wounded and then ordering their slaughter is an undeniable war crime. https://youtu.be/UaqY12VHFv4 To then subject the journalist that revealed those war crimes to psychological torture is a crime against humanity. We allege that the psychological torturing of Julian Assange is being delivered by public officers of ratified nations to the 1997 Rome Convention to the ICC. If we allow Julian Assange (multi-awarded journalist) who is not a USA citizen and who was not in the USA when he published news to be extradited to the USA to face 175 years imprisonment and possible execution, then we no longer live in a democratic society. To allow Julian Assange to be extradited for his publishing in the public interest would place every woman, child and man in western society under USA extraterritorial authoritarian rule. History proves that this always leads to the next brutal dictatorship which will assassinate, execute or permanently silence any person that publishes evidence that exposes the “authorities” criminality.    Feb. 10, 2020 this petition was Tabled in the House of Representatives (Lower House) of the Australian Parliament, by Andrew Wilkie MP (Independent) https://andrewwilkie.org/massive-petition-to-free-julian-assange-tabled-in-australian-parliament-today/ https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1226749989738573825?s=20 Together with the Tabling in the Australian Senate (Upper House) of the Australian Parliament by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson (Greens) on November 12, 2019.https://twitter.com/SenatorSurfer/status/1194524951044227072?s=20 It is considered unprecedented to have a petition now covering the entire Australian Parliament as it has been individually Tabled in both houses of the Australian parliament. We are a massive force now and exercising that people power to the MAXIMUM. We demand direct senior Ministerial intervention to stop the torturing of Julian Assange and to prevent a continuation of this travesty and clear perversion of legal process. We demand Julian Assange be immediately freed. See and hear the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Barnaby (LNP) Joyce making a speech in the Australian Parliament that he supports our campaign to free Julian Assange.https://youtu.be/QTALkXUTXig December 14, 2021 Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Mr Barnaby Joyce (LNP) reconfirmed his support for our campaign to Free Julian Assange and Stop the USA Extradition precedent being establish that will destroy Australian Sovereignty. https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/barnaby-joyce-julian-assange/ Hear Julian Hill MP (Labor) Feb. 26, 2020 "BRING JULIAN ASSANGE HOME. You may like him, dislike him, agree with him or not - that doesn't matter.Julian Assange is an Australian, entitled to protection by his government from the death penalty and torture."   https://www.facebook.com/JulianHillMP/videos/183902039583861/ See George Christensen MP (LNP) on Feb. 7, 2020 on Assange in the Australian Parliament.  https://www.facebook.com/gchristensenmp/videos/306278656995310/ Bridget Archer MP (LNP), "Liberal MPs support calls for Australian government to seek Julian Assange’s return".   https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/dec/14/liberal-mps-support-calls-for-australian-government-to-seek-julian-assanges-return Rebekha Sharkie MP + Rex Partick Senator + Stirling Griff Senator (Centre Alliance Party) all are members or supporers of the "Bring Assange Home Parliamentary Group) Jason Falinski MP (LNP)  "Liberal MPs support calls for Australian government to seek Julian Assange’s return".  https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/dec/14/liberal-mps-support-calls-for-australian-government-to-seek-julian-assanges-return This petition is now represents the Largest petitioning of the International Criminal Court  (The Hague) in history. This petition is the largest in any form to have been tabled in both houses of the Australian Parliament (since 1901).  and represents a huge level of support from around the world and continues to grow. We are getting stronger every minute of every day. Please Join us. Headline from the Australian Parliament's official website: “A petition is basically a request for action. The right to petition Federal Parliament has been one of the rights of citizens since federation, and it is the ONLY way an individual can directly place grievances before the Parliament.”  https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Petitions The Petitioner and on behalf of Signatories is now exercising that right. By carefully following these petitioned demands legitimate grievances will be resolved. This petition demands: No USA Extradition of Julian Assange. With immediate affect Julian Assange to walk out of prison and torture.  Freedom for Julian Assange The Australian government is hereby instructed that they are to facilitate the granting of freedom to Julian Assange so that he may walk out of torture and be free to go wherever he wishes.  The Morrison government is instructed to follow Liberal Party policy procedure where in extenuating circumstances the Prime Minister will intervene and make high level representations to their Ministerial counterparts in jurisdictions where an Australian’s human rights are being violated. This standard procedure was witnessed in the intervention by the then LNP Prime Minister John Howard after Barnaby Joyce’s raising of the matter concerning “Habeas Corpus” in relation to David Hicks. The same occurred with the LNP Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull intervening at the March 2018 ASEAN meeting when he and his team raised the matter of James Ricketson with Hun Sen of Cambodia (Ricketson had been detained on “Espionage” charges). So to be clear it is standard practice and procedure that an Australian LNP Prime Minister directly intervenes in situations of exceptional circumstance as was the case with David Hicks, James Ricketson and is the case with Julian Assange. Why shouldn’t Julian Assange receive the same level of involvement by the Prime Minister and or Foreign Minister as others have received in similar situations. “Julian Assange has suffered enough. It's time to end this geopolitical madness. The man's an Australian. He's not an American. He wasn't in the US when he spoke out about war crimes. Put simply, he must be allowed to return to Australia.” Andrew Wilkie MP & Co Chair of the “Bring Assange Home” Australian parliamentary group. https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1184253581660016640?s=20 On 28 January 2020: “News from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe –Comprising 324 parliamentarians from the 47 countries of the Council of Europe https://twitter.com/CoE , speaking for 830 million Europeans The @CoE Assembly, in a resolution on media freedom, declares that the detention and prosecution of @wikileaks founder Julian #Assange "sets a dangerous precedent for journalists" and calls for his prompt release”. The full resolution: http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-en.asp?fileid=28508&lang=en On February 8 2020. Listen to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel and Degrading Treatment, who extensively investigated the Assange case states that the evidence against Julian Assange has been "Fabricated" https://youtu.be/f9KRxF9oVxQ Julian Assange is an Australian Citizen and as such it is the fundamental responsibility of the Australian Government to protect and ensure his human rights are not violated and to this end the Australian Government has failed. It can also be stated that the Australian Government to date has been silently complicit in the psychological torture of Mr Julian Assange. Julian Assange is an Australian citizen and journalist who is currently a political prisoner in London. He is facing extradition to the USA to face 175 years imprisonment and possible execution for publishing news material that was in the public interest. The information contained in his publications were not sourced by him, but rather were delivered to him by whistleblowers. Whistleblower sourced information is the usual occupational practice of an investigative journalist in a functioning democracy. This case highlights clear human rights abuses of Julian Assange, serious perversions of justice and a direct attack on the very fabric of democracy across western democracies. Further, in light of the concerning deterioration of Julian Assange’s state of health and with Covid19 already causing the death of other prisoners in Belmarsh (HMP) Prison, politicians who may be perceived as “somewhat” responsible should seriously consider how citizens would react if Julian Assange was to die in prison or be viewed shuffling in shackles in an orange fashioned Guantanamo torture jumpsuit. Responsible politicians would be best advised to deal with this matter via this legal and peaceful petitioned action and this petition provides that platform for praise and endorsement. We support responsible politicians doing the right thing and winning political points from 92% of Australians as per (60 Minutes Australia) polling that want the Australian Government to intervene and Bring Assange Home. Yes 92% is across the political spectrum. We agree nobody is above the law. As Jeremy Hunt MP wished we will “stand together to make it an international taboo, of the highest order to murder, arrest or detain journalists just for doing their job”. (Jeremy Hunt April 6, 2019). https://twitter.com/FCDOGovUK/status/1114199640625295361?s=20 You can read more about this campaign in the updates below. Please, sign and share this petition. Thank you. Phillip Adams The Petitioner ======================================== Read more detail below on this petition's Submission of the largest ever petitioning of the International Criminal Court. 619,000 signatory strong petition delivered to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court's  (The Hague). On August 10, 2021 as well as on January 15 , 2021 to request an escalation of preliminary investigation request, with reference to Notice 1 Aug. 5, 2020 and Notice 2, August 27, 2020. We resubmitted to the ICC because the Chief Prosecutor changed around June/July, 2021. ----------------------- Petition Delivery: International Criminal Court, The Hague 619,900 signatories August 10, 2021 Petition To:     Chief Prosecutor Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan                                                             International Criminal Court: The Hague                                                                       Petition To:     Deputy Prosecutor Mr James Stewart                                                                           International Criminal Court: The Hague Dear Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, We deliver this 619,900-signature petition in accordance with International Criminal Court (ICC) protocols to request that the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) immediately escalate to a preliminary investigation into alleged crimes against humanity by Public Officers of ratified nations to the 1997 Rome Convention. Mr Julian Assange (Former Editor in Chief of Wikileaks) published evidence of war crimes and we allege that as a direct consequence of his publishing in the public interest that some Public Officers of the United Kingdom, Ecuador, Sweden, and Australia have been subjected Mr Julian Assange to cruel and degrading treatment amounting to psychological torture which is a crime against humanity as per ICC classification. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture made public statement on May 31, 2019 (appendix. 1)  that “Mr Assange has been exposed to various forms of cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment that cumulatively have the same effect as psychological torture”. We allege that some Public Officers of the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden and Ecuador have worked together to deliver cruel and degrading treatment amounting to psychological torture in breach of international law. Signatories to this 619,900 strong petition as well as the UN Special Rapporteur and countless others from around the world have repeatedly raised this serious matter with responsible Public Officers in accordance with due process. We have adhered to peaceful activism and have followed the spirit and ethos of the institution of the International Criminal Court and to date we have only witnessed a continuation of the cruel and degrading treatment amounting to psychological torture that now instruct falls under the jurisdiction of the ICC. We now call on the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as per administrative protocols to escalate requests for preliminary investigation pertained in this petition submission together with Petition Submission January 15, 2021, Petition Notice documents 1 delivered to the OTP on August 5, 2020, Petition and Notice 2 delivered to the OTP on August 27, 2020. (See Appendix A, 7 & 8). To torture a publisher for exposing war crimes is a crime against humanity. The International Criminal Court was formed as a peaceful legal pathway to investigate and prosecute international crimes that it has been notified of and which are being perpetrated despite repeated notification over an extended period of time. We now call on the Chief Prosecutor to investigate the actions of Public Officers that have and are continuing to perpetuate psychological torture on a publisher/journalist/Australian Citizen who published evidence of war crimes. Yours Sincerely Phillip Adams Australian Citizen and Petitioner https://www.change.org/Free-Julian-Assange-before-its-too-late Appendix Appendix A: https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/28367219 Appendix 1: United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel and Degrading Treatment Reference: https://youtu.be/ErW1taJEPrs Appendix 2: Preamble to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Reference: https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/ “Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,… “ “Article 5: of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human RightsNo one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Appendix 3: Reference: https://www.change.org/Free-Julian-Assange-before-its-too-late Appendix 4: Reference Petition Notice 37, 38, 39, 40, 41  https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/25396955 Appendix 5: Petition Official Tabling in the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Australia and accepted into official Australian Parliamentary Hansard https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1226749989738573825?s=20 Appendix 6: Petition Official Tabling in the Senate of the Parliament of Australia and accepted into official Australian Parliamentary Hansard https://twitter.com/SenatorSurfer/status/1194524951044227072?s=20 Appendix 7: Petition Notice 1. Delivered to the OTP of the ICC August 5, 2020 https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/27599933 Appendix 8: Petition Notice 2 Delivered to the OTP of the ICC August 27, 2020 https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/27448320 -------Below this line is a copy of the January 15, 20221 submission--- Petition Delivery: Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague 570,000 signatories as at January 15, 2021 Petition To:     Chief Prosecutor Ms Fatou Bensouda                                                                       International Criminal Court: The Hague                               Petition To:     Deputy Prosecutor Mr James Stewart                                                                       International Criminal Court: The Hague Dear Ms Fatou Bensouda, This petition document includes 570,000 signatures from citizens around the world and in accordance with International Criminal Court (ICC) protocols we now deliver to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the ICC a request for escalation of preliminary investigation into an alleged crime against humanity by mental/psychological torture of Mr Julian Assange.  Mr Julian Assange published evidence of war crimes and then was and has continued to be subjected to cruel and degrading treatment amounting to psychological torture as punishment for his publishing in the public interest. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture made public statement on May 31, 2019 (appendix. 1)  that “Mr Assange has been exposed to various forms of cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment that cumulatively have the same effect as psychological torture”. We allege that some public officers of the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden and Ecuador have worked together to deliver cruel and degrading treatment amounting to psychological torture in breach of international law. Signatories of this 570,000 strong petition, the UN Special Rapporteur and many others from around the world have repeatedly raised this matter in accordance with due process and by peaceful means and to date we have not seen a meaningful investigation into and prevention of this alleged international crime that falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. We now call on the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as per administrative protocols to escalate requests for preliminary investigation pertained in Petition Notice documents 1 delivered to the OTP on August 5, 2020 Petition Notice 2 delivered to the OTP on August 27, 2020. (See Appendix 7 & 8) Yours Sincerely Phillip Adams Australian Citizen and Petitioner https://www.change.org/Free-Julian-Assange-before-its-too-late   Appendix Appendix 1: United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel and Degrading Treatment Reference: https://youtu.be/ErW1taJEPrs Appendix 2: Preamble to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Reference: https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/ “Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,… “ “Article 5: of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human RightsNo one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Appendix 3: Reference: https://www.change.org/Free-Julian-Assange-before-its-too-late Appendix 4: Reference Petition Notice 37, 38, 39, 40, 41  https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/25396955 Appendix 5: Petition Official Tabling in the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Australia and accepted into official Australian Parliamentary Hansard https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1226749989738573825?s=20 Appendix 6: Petition Official Tabling in the Senate of the Parliament of Australia and accepted into official Australian Parliamentary Hansard https://twitter.com/SenatorSurfer/status/1194524951044227072?s=20 Appendix 7: Petition Notice 1. Delivered to the OTP of the ICC August 5, 2020 https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/27599933 Appendix 8: Petition Notice 2 Delivered to the OTP of the ICC August 27, 2020 https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/27448320

Phillip Adams
688,397 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Karen Andrews, Alex Hawke

Bring Priya and her beautiful family back home to Biloela, Queensland

As many of you will know, when detention guards stopped QLD-born Tharni going to hospital for nine days, a national outcry forced Scott Morrison’s Ministers to release our Biloela family from a Christmas Island detention centre and re-unite them on the mainland. But by excluding four-year-old Tharni from the temporary visas granted to her mum, dad and sister, Minister Alex Hawke is stopping this much-loved family coming safely home to Biloela, where they are welcome, wanted and needed. When the visas run out, politicians could put this family back in detention - or even force them to war-torn Sri Lanka, where Tamil people suffer terrible atrocities. In the years since the guards snatched Priya, Nades and their QLD-born girls from their Biloela home at dawn, the whole world has changed. The global pandemic means rural towns like Biloela are crying out for hard workers like Nades as never before. A Tribunal with the same status to the UK High Court has thrown out a flawed report the Australian Government relied on to deny the terrible dangers Tamil people like Priya, Nades, Kopi and Tharni face in Sri Lanka. And Australians of all beliefs and backgrounds have come together for this family in a way I never imagined when I started this petition over three and a half years ago. But one thing hasn’t changed. All that’s needed to bring this beautiful family safely #hometobilo is the stroke of a single politician’s pen. Read on for the full story. ************************************ Priya, Nades and their beautiful little daughters are valuable members of the close-knit rural community of Biloela, in Central Queensland. They have lived here for over three years and are a caring, hardworking family.One day, this peaceful family were going about their early morning routine. Nades was getting ready to go to his job at the local meatworks and Priya was warming a bottle for the baby.At 5am, their home was stormed by armed police and Border Force officers. Their seven month old baby and two and a half year old daughters were ripped from their beds. Priya and Nades were told they were being taken to a Melbourne detention centre and given ten minutes to pack up their lives.Priya and Nades were put into separate vans, driven to Gladstone Airport and flown to a detention centre in Melbourne. Border Force officers told them that if they didn’t sign “voluntary” deportation documents, they would be denied access to a phone, separated and forced back to Sri Lanka.They begged to be returned to Biloela. But after two days of pressure, they gave in and signed the documents.This beautiful, gentle family is now being held in a single room by three armed guards.Priya and Nades were settled in Biloela after fleeing torture and suffering in Sri Lanka. Despite the advice of human rights organisations on the ground, our current Government has decided that Sri Lanka is now safe. This is why they are trying to force Priya, Nades and their two beautiful young children back to Sri Lanka.The life awaiting this family in Sri Lanka is uncertain. In a country that represses Tamil people, and where child brides and child sex trafficking exist, the future of Priya, Nades and their two beautiful daughters is grim.Our community is not ready to let this family go. They love living and contributing to our society. We want them here. Mr Morrison, please return this family to Biloela, their home, where they are wanted and welcome.

Angela Fredericks
591,489 supporters
Petitioning Greg Hunt MP, Scott Morrison, Senator Richard Di Natale, Chris Bowen

Decriminalise the use of medicinal cannabis for people with terminal cancer like my son.

The 24th February 2019 marked 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.  When it was passed, they called it 'Dan's Law'. After years of campaigning, backed by this Change.org petition which at the time was signed by over 250,000 people, I was so proud. Dan wasn't beside me, but he was with me. But now I'm angry and bitterly disappointed. Why? Because the medicinal cannabis system kickstarted by Dan's Law is a mess. Rather than making things easier, the legislative changes of 2016 which were supposed to make cannabis and cannabis products available to sick Australians have barely improved matters at all. Only around 2000 people have been able to legally access medicinal cannabis. Patients still struggle to obtain such medicines legally while a huge black market has developed servicing hundreds of thousands of people.   The products supplied by this illicit market are of course of unknown quality and safety, completely illegal and are being used without medical supervision, placing thousands of sick people in harm’s way. But it gets even worse. A knock-on of the 2016 Dan's Law legislation has been that medicinal cannabis and other cannabis products fall into a state of permanent ‘regulatory limbo’. They are – quite literally ‘approved unapproved medicines’. And the TGA, which approves new medicines in Australia, is simply ill-prepared to assess medicinal cannabis. Dan’s Law was put in place to legalise the cultivation of medicinal cannabis in Australia. But was it all for nothing? That's why I'm therefore re-starting this petition and asking for your help to fix the medicinal cannabis mess.  Please, sign and share this petition and help me honour my son's life and hard work. What we have now is an insult to his memory, and leaves hundreds of thousands of chronically and terminally ill Australians in unnecessary pain.  #FixDansLaw 

Lucy Haslam
428,951 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Darren Chester, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Darren Chester, Shayne Neumann

A Royal Commission into the Veteran suicide rate in Australia

This is my much-loved son, David. David loved his 20-year career in the Royal Australian Navy. On February 1 2019, my David took his own life after a crippling battle with Post-Traumatic Stress injury. He desperately wanted to stay alive, but David was failed by a broken system that is seeing more than one veteran a week take their own life. More than one death a week. That’s why I am calling for an urgent Royal Commission into veteran suicide rates. This petition is about the systemic failures the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), who had numerous opportunities to save my son and they failed. David was just one of too many veterans losing their battle with PTSD. This failure has created a whole new warzone for our veterans, one they can’t come home from. The people at ADF and DVA want to help, but their hands are tied by protocols and procedures. They are bogged down in paperwork and do nothing for the well-being of those that seek their help. Since WWI, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters and families and friends have been asking for a Royal Commission into the systemic failures that result in the suicide of our veterans. I don't want to be the mother that fights for a Royal Commission and I don't want to be the mother that has lost her child, but in their own words: my hands are tied. I will not stop until we see action by our Government. I owe it not only to my amazing son, David but to all veterans and their families. This is a national tragedy, and something needs to be done about it. I call on the Australian Government to establish a Royal Commission with wide terms of reference to examine and make recommendations regarding the Australian Veteran suicide rate and what can be done in practical terms to address this tragic situation. If you agree that this is a national crisis that needs to end - please, sign and share this petition. Julie-Ann Finney, proud mother of Dave Stafford Finney. If you or someone you know needs help, please phone Lifeline on 131 114, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. This petition was originally started by Phil Essam.

Julie-Ann Finney
408,780 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Richard Colbeck

Mandate skilled aged care staff to resident ratios. Stop the neglect.

This is my darling mum, Phyllis, she had dementia and died in March 2012. Her aged care facility did not care about her.   Food is a very important part of care, and often the only thing residents have to look forward to, for many it's the focus of their day. The facility served food that she and others found unpalatable and inedible, cheap junk food, hot food often served cold AND badly cooked to boot!  At times she’d go without anything from midday till 8am the next day - that’s 20 hours without food. And she would have starved if I hadn’t intervened, Mum feared complaining because she’d be told off like a child and once was slapped by a staff member.  When I complained, the aged care facility threatened me with an intervention order and ten years jail for stalking. And when I spoke out about THAT, people got in touch sharing horror stories of neglect and abuse and thanked me for speaking out – the common thread was shortage of staff and inadequate basic care leading to neglect. Many of the elderly and their families won’t complain for fear of retribution. This is when I realised the lack of staff ratios was a huge problem. With no mandated staff / resident ratios in aged care facilities across Australia, our elders are at risk of abuse and neglect. What I see is a system that needs changing. Over-worked staff are stressed and undervalued. In many aged care homes, one staff member can care for 20 or more residents with residents waiting for long periods to receive the care they urgently need by overstretched carers and nurses who feel that they can never get the job done. Scott Morrison, if you really care about elderly Australians mandate staff/resident ratios for all aged care facilities across Australia, to protect our elders, to keep them safe, respected and valued.

Jane Seaholme
375,180 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, Justin Trudeau, Jacinda Ardern, Boris Johnson, Scott Morrison

Justice for Farmers of India

ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਵਿਰੋਧ ਸਥਾਨਾਂ 'ਤੇ ਕੰਮ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਸੰਗਠਨ ਨੂੰ ਸਿੱਧੇ ਤੌਰ' ਤੇ ਦਾਨ ਦਿਓ Many of you know that Farmers of India have been doing peaceful protest against the three farmers bills implemented  and two ordinances pending by the  Government of India. The farmers protest has been stopped with barricades, in some places there have been 3-5 layers of barricades including 15 feet trenches dug on the National highway,their vehicles damaged, tear gas thrown at them to prevent them from reaching Delhi. Water cannons have been used. They are being treated in the most inhumane way possible. Their human rights and democratic rights are being violated. Their source of income is being forcefully given to industrialists. For the last two months farmers were protesting in their own States,but did not receive any positive results. In this it is not only farmers from State of Punjab but also from others States including but not limited to Haryana,Rajasthan,U.P. Many of us in Canada belong to these farming families yet we feel helpless sitting thousands of miles away. We need the assistance of our governments to help our farming brothers and sisters get their rights, and to be treated with dignity and respect. If these laws are not changed many farmers will go further into poverty and suicide rate will further increase. This affects each and everyone of us as many of us are end users of products such rice,lentils,wheat,spices produced by these farmers. PLEASE NOTE DONATIONS MADE THROUGH CHANGE.ORG DO NOT GO TO FARMERS,SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE DONATIONS THAT GO DIRECTLY TO THE INDIAN FARMERS  THEY SHOULD BE MADE TO AN ORGANIZATION ALREADY VOLUNTEERING ON THE GROUND AT THE PROTEST SITES.  ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਵਿਰੋਧ ਸਥਾਨਾਂ 'ਤੇ ਕੰਮ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਸੰਗਠਨ ਨੂੰ ਸਿੱਧੇ ਤੌਰ' ਤੇ ਦਾਨ ਦਿਓ  

gina Takhar
281,806 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison

Australia: Declare a climate emergency

I’m calling on the Prime Minister Scott Morrison to immediately declare a climate emergency.  More than 60 per cent of Australians agree with the sentiment that "Global warming is a serious and pressing problem. We should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant cost". Even those who voted for the Liberal or Nationals identify climate change as a major concern. Now, I am deeply afraid that our government is more influenced by large polluting companies and by short term financial gain, than by the virtually unanimous advice of scientists who advise that we must act now to mitigate climate destruction.   We have been given 12 years to drastically reduce emissions, lest our world warm to the point where humans face an existential threat.  We cannot wait until the next election. Scott Morrison, I say to you as the PM: you must represent all Australians, and you have a responsibility to those who are too young to vote and to those yet to be born. You must act on the will of the majority of Australians. Those who implore you to act on climate change, on pollution, on environmental destruction. I am calling on you to respect the will of the people and embrace climate action. Adani must not go ahead.  We must oppose the opening of more coal mines. We must not let our land be bought and spoiled by billionaire mining giants who lack any environmental responsibility. We must enact a plan to switch to renewables with a realistic goal of 50-100% by 2030. We request that you declare a climate emergency.  This would demonstrate a concrete commitment, a willingness to stand together and fight to prevent the largest threat of our times. We implore you to listen to us, your Australian constituents and request a meeting at your earliest availability.  We believe in finding common ground and in working towards sensible, ethical bipartisan solutions. Please, sign and share this petition and send a strong message the newly elected PM: Save us from a climate crisis, before it’s too late. Declare a climate emergency, today. 

Dr Kate Ahmad
284,774 supporters
Petitioning Bill Shorten, Scott Morrison, Sussan Ley

Ban the Ivory Trade in Australia

As a wildlife photographer, I've had intimate encounters with African elephants and have known all too well the story behind some of the pictures I've taken. Thirty-five thousand elephants are poached every year for the ivory trade. With less than 415,000 elephants left, if this rate of killing continues, it’s expected that they will disappear from our planet within a generation. The two largest ivory markets in the world, U.S. and China, have within the last couple of years banned their trades in a bid to save the African elephant from extinction. Hong Kong, the third largest market, is set to do so by 2021; the U.K. have also recently enacted a domestic trade ban. They’re all clear signs of the political will to protect elephants from extinction, and some of these bans are the best moves that the world could have hoped for. In Australia, however, an unregulated ivory market in Australia continues to thrive, which contributes to the mass poaching in Africa to satisfy the demand for ivory in Asia. Elephants are being lost at a rate of 8% per year due mostly to poaching. We need to end Australia’s trade- especially as it is contributes to the illegal wildlife trade- and implement a ban on domestic markets urgently, as per the recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement. Australia needs to act promptly on implementing a ban of the domestic ivory and horn market so that we can protect the elephant and ensure they will live on- and send a message to the world that we simply cannot let elephants head towards extinction on our watch.

Bee Elle
273,858 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Boris Johnson

Free Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert

On 24th August 2018 dual British-Australian national Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert boarded a flight from her home in Melbourne, Australia bound for Iran and the city of Qom to participate in a university programme on Islam for foreign academics. Dr Moore-Gilbert is a lecturer and researcher in Middle East Politics at the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute.  Three weeks after her arrival, on or around 14th September 2018, as she was about to board her flight home she was arrested by the intelligence arm of the Revolutionary Guard and thrown into Tehran's notorious Evin Prison. Imprisoned and isolated from contact with the outside world for the next nine months - much of it spent in solitary confinement in a cell just 2m x 3m with no bed, no window and the lights turned on 24 hours every day-  she was eventually charged and convicted, without any real evidence, on spurious charges of espionage and sentenced to 10 years in prison. As part of Iran's pattern of holding foreign nationals hostage for political or financial gain, Dr Moore-Gilbert has been held captive by a brutal paramilitary organisation that acts above the law and is answerable to no-one but Iran's supreme leader. Since her unjust conviction she has continued to suffer in isolation, denied contact with her family, permitted very few visits from consular officials and deprived of her most basic rights. She has no immediate prospect of being released into the general prison population, even though this is dictated by Iranian law once a conviction (however unjust) is secured. A recent appeal against her sentence failed after her captors attempted to coerce her into spying for Iran. Meanwhile her mental and physical health continues to deteriorate with every day that passes. Unable to eat most of the prison food due to allergies, deprived of the funds to allow her a suitable diet, personal items and medication she suffers intolerable conditions, simply for doing her job.  The Government of Australia has to date failed to secure her release or ensure that even her most basic human rights are catered for. The British Government has simply left it to their Australian counterparts to sort out. We ask that the Governments of Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson work together to urgently relieve the ongoing cruelty and hardship suffered by Dr Moore-Gilbert and secure her speedy release. At the very least we ask that they urgently work to ensure that Dr Moore-Gilbert is granted her full legal rights and is transferred immediately from isolation and solitary confinement. Her health and well-being depend on you. Thank you

Phil Swaine
253,430 supporters