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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. On January 4, 2021 this petitioned campaign helped secure a "Stop to the USA Extradition". Together with many individuals and teams around the world we are now on a pathway to Free Julian Assange. Unfortunately however, as of January 11, 2021 the entities that perpetrated the war crimes that Julian Assange's publications revealed have indicated they will appeal the decision to STOP the USA Extradition of Julian Assange from the U.K. to the USA to be torture for a further 175 years. This petition invites everybody from every nation to sign and join this critically important campaign to Free Julian Assange. We helped Stop the USA Extradition now we focus 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. 570,000+ signatories petitioned the International Criminal Court (ICC) on January 15, 2021. This was 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 state sponsored psychological 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 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 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 and 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 George Christensen MP on Feb. 7, 2020 on Assange in the Australian Parliament. https://www.facebook.com/gchristensenmp/videos/306278656995310/ This petition is now the Largest 'E' Petition ever successfully tabled in the Australian Parliament and is now the 3rd largest petition overall to be successfully tabled in the history 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 on at least on bail. Freedom for Julian Assange The Australian government is hereby instructed that they are to facilitate the providing of a bail application via consular presentations on behalf of Julian Assange so that he may walk out of torture regardless. These instructions come from signatory John Shipton (Julian’s father Dec. 18, 2019). If Julian Assange is not absolutely allowed to walk out as a free man, then bail must be allowed, for his wellbeing as he has done nothing wrong. Get bail organised Now. 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. 570,000 signatory strong petition delivered to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court's (The Hague). 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. 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
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
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.
Close Schools/Colleges/Universities down for an appropriate amount of time amidst COVID19.
Close Schools/Colleges/Universities down for an appropriate amount of time amidst COVID19.We would like the government to at least consider closing schools/colleges/universities down in the coming weeks or as soon as possible, in addition to taking necessary actions to prevent further spread.More detailsWe would like the Government or Parliament to enforce this action due to the growing fear among parents and students that attend school. The ability to focus or concentrate is affected in addition to the growing fears of the Corona-virus. In our view, the government and health officials around the world are more "reactive" rather than "proactive". This will result in more spread as time is given for the virus to do so. We hope to come to an agreement as soon as possible in a timely manner.
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.
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.
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
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
Australian Healthcare Workers demand safe Personal Protective Equipment for COVID-19
Healthcare workers' lives are at risk as they work around the clock to protect the community during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. We are healthcare workers being handed personal protective equipment (PPE) that isn’t fully protecting us, as supplies run dangerously low. We’re calling on all Australians to stand with hardworking healthcare workers. We need sufficient supplies of adequate PPE and we need it now, before the system collapses. Please, read our open letter, sign and share this petition and help protect the healthcare workers who are protecting us all. ****************************** To The Honorable Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia; The Honorable Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Health; The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. The COVID-19 pandemic is here in Australia and we are simply ignoring the difficult lessons learned by our colleagues in Italy, China, and elsewhere. Australia is facing a significant shortage of N95/P2 respirators with the coronavirus pandemic building momentum around the world, and our southern hemisphere winter fast approaching. We know there are supply chain issues. The health minister admitted it in Parliament. We need to start manufacturing PPE here in Australia and stop relying on overseas manufacturers. We are in a war and this calls for wartime measures. The global economic downturn triggered by the virus has left thousands of Australians without work. We have the people-power, the tenacity, and the sense of mateship and community to do what we can and must for our fellow Australians. The Australian Government needs to mobilise this new workforce and redirect the manufacturing industry to the production of personal protective equipment for our own medical stockpiles and to trade with our international partners. Whether we are nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists, doctors, anaesthetic technicians, or other allied health, we are the frontline. We are the most equipped with the skills and expertise to care for the ill and fight further spread of the virus. If we become sick ourselves, we are of no benefit to patients and instead become vectors ourselves. The Honorable Prime Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Industry, heed our pleas. We are at the precipice of a months-long battle against a virus that has taken a stronghold over the world. Redirect resources, take the unpopular but necessary emergency measures, and help us fight for the 25 million Australians whose lives depend on it. Yours truly, The Healthcare Workers of Australia Elements of this petition were modelled off an open letter, adapted from a US Change.org petition by Dr. Milla Kviatkovsky.