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Senator Richard Di Natale

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Petitioning Bill Shorten

Malcolm Turnbull: my ex invited men to rape me in my own home, introduce revenge porn laws

For four years I’ve lived in fear. I didn’t know that my ex was impersonating me online - inviting strangers to my home to ‘rape me’, ‘humiliate me’ and ‘torture me’. But Australia’s lack of revenge porn laws means this brutal act of cyber rape is not illegal. Over 50 strangers have appeared at my family home demanding sex - I still freeze with fear every time the doorbell rings. Images of me are online somewhere without my permission. Even the police admitted there was nothing they could do to help me - they can’t prevent or punish this behaviour unless it is a crime. Revenge porn is a modern day crime. Australian laws need to keep up with the speed with the online world to protect women across Australia - currently left powerless from these online attacks. The UK, USA, Canada and Japan have all introduced specific legislation to protect revenge porn victims - it’s time for Australia to urgently follow their lead. Please help share my story. Malcolm Turnbull must introduce revenge porn laws to protect Australian women from cyber rape

Robyn Night
48,574 supporters
Petitioning Malcolm Turnbull, Nick Xenophon, Senator Richard Di Natale, Bill Shorten, Senator Derryn Hinch, Jacqui Lambie, Christian Porter

Rape of people with disabilities in care must stop - it happened to me, please help

I call him the monster. I refuse to speak his name after he raped and tormented me. He targeted me for my disability — I have cerebral palsy, and I and other residents of Yooralla were raped and sexually assaulted by a Yooralla care worker in our shared accommodation house. My name is Jules. I use a wheelchair and need assistance with all of my personal care needs. It means I am very vulnerable when being cared for. The "monster" knew this. He sexually abused me in my own room, called me a slut and raped me on my bed. It’s disgusting how common this is — I've heard of many other victims with disabilities who’ve been sexually assaulted by staff in care homes, reports of abuse going unheard. That’s why I’m petitioning for a Royal Commission into the Abuse of People with a Disability, to expose the extent of abuse and achieve important reforms. At every opportunity the monster got when he was attending to my personal care requirements, such as showering me, taking me to the bathroom and lifting me into or out of bed in my hoist, he sexually abused me. He would cover my mouth so I could not call out for help on the occasions when other care workers were in the house. Imagine how helpless, vulnerable and betrayed I and the monster's other victims felt having to endure such abuse on almost a daily basis, and now knowing that Yooralla management were warned by other care workers that his conduct was unacceptable, and all they did was move him from house to house. I didn't ask for it. I didn't want it. I hate it. And I hate him for what he has done. He threatened to 'throw Lexby my pet cockatiel on the BBQ' and kill him and that he would kill me too, if I ever told anyone. I don't trust care homes anymore. Yooralla knew about the monster for years before he raped me – there were complaints made by other staff and reports of misconduct at other houses, and effectively Yooralla management did nothing to protect me and his other victims that cannot speak as well as I can and even were more vulnerable than I am. They failed us by allowing the “monster” to continue working unsupervised and alone with us. And they tried to silence me when I reported him. I'm fed up with these people who we rely on to protect us and for sweeping reports of abuse under the carpet to protect themselves and their own jobs. We are just as important as any other victim of crime and the problems with this system of abuse in disability care must be heard. The system needs to be fixed and fixed now. No more reports, no more lack of action. It is time the government does something to fix it and protect us from violence and abuse. I am using my voice to get a Royal Commission into the abuse of people like me with a disability in institutions. It is important now more than ever for me to speak out for future people who might be not able to speak or are too scared to speak out. It's a pretty horrendous thing to go through, and I feel very let down. Please sign my petition to support me.

Jules Anderson
37,808 supporters
Petitioning Malcolm Turnbull

Marriage Equality NOW

Marriage equality is possible in this parliament. Aussies have waited long enough, it’s time to stop the delay. Call on parliament to hold a free vote and pass marriage equality now!Around the country, LGBTI Aussies are denied the ability to marry the person the love, just because of who they are. Parliament could hold a free vote on this straightforward reform when it parliament next sits and it would pass. The only blocker is political will. Two thirds of Aussies, the majority of parliamentarians and the leaders of all major parties support marriage equality. But we haven’t won yet, it’ll take all of our voices to make it a reality. Everyone deserves a fair go for a life of love and commitment. Join the urgent call now to win marriage equality in this parliament and together we’ll build the national campaign needed to win!

The Equality Campaign
36,082 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison

Australia needs a sugar tax on soft drinks to help end the child obesity crisis

Hey everyone. I'm Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugar – and I'm asking for your help to get Australia tackling the urgent child obesity crisis by introducing a sugar tax.It's devastating that more than 1 in 4 of our kids are now overweight or obese. Our kids' health and education are suffering. Tooth decay, type 2 diabetes and impaired brain function are all caused by excessive sugar in drinks.Companies adding 15 teaspoons of sugar in a small soft drink is ridiculous. And dangerous. I know so many parents are trying to reduce sugar in their family's diets – but until soft drink companies are forced to act too, we're not going to fix the child obesity crisis. The funds raised from the tax can help subsidise healthier options and food education in schools.I quit sugar in January 2011 - initially as an experiment. My doctors advised it'd help my autoimmune disease. But it had such an impact on my energy, wellness and concentration, I just kept going. Imagine if those benefits were transferred to our kids. Misbehaviour would decrease. Grades would soar.Australia is lagging the world in acting on child obesity. The UK has just introduced a sugary drinks tax (France, Mexico, Denmark have too).I need your help today to sign & share this petition - on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - let's get it out there and make a difference! Tell Scott Morrison it's time for a sugar tax on soft drinks!

Sarah Wilson
18,846 supporters
Petitioning Bill Shorten

I know what it's like to be young and homeless. Young people need affordable housing

My name is Hayley and I’ve been in and out of homelessness since I was 14 years old.    I know people often wonder about how people become homeless, or how they stay homeless for such a long time. I’m here to tell you a bit about my story. When you’ve had such fractured relationships since childhood, it’s hard not to allow those relationships to negatively affect you as a person. Coming from really volatile environments, you get used to being treated badly and being manipulated. I had no idea what a healthy relationship looked like for the first 20 years of my life. I had never had a healthy relationship with anybody, especially myself. I walked around with a chip on my shoulder, I can admit that. So much shit had happened to me and I was sour. I acted out because there was so much going on inside of me. Once you get a house and start to seem settled, you’re never settled. When you are able to actually stop being hypervigilant after dealing with a lot of trauma, that’s honestly when you start feeling everything and that’s the point where I think people need the most support. That’s the point where you can crash. At first being in my own home was overwhelming, because it all hits you that you’re an adult and you have to take responsibility. The main thing that motivated me to move forwards in my life was thinking, “I’m not going to let what happened to me ruin the rest of my life.” That was my driver. I am not going to be scared because of my past. I’ve had a lot of support from my social worker and I’ve needed it. I want people to see people for who they are, not their stereotype. I want you to know who I am now. Proper housing means getting on with your life. We need more housing that’s affordable for people in my situation. A home gives you hope, stability, a sense of self and the chance to straighten up your life without having to move all the time. I want our government to commit to more public and community housing in Australia. Please help by signing my petition. Young people who become homeless really need housing they can afford, but also ongoing support so they can stay housed.

Hayley Van Summeren
18,255 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth McArthur (NSW Department of Primary Industries)

Against the spread of K5 calici virus and RHDV2 Rabbit Virus without proven Vaccines

A new strain of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) known as K5 is due for release in Australia starting 1st March 2017. I fully understand the problems faced by farmers by feral rabbits but deliberately introducing viruses can be dangerous. K5 is strain 08Q712 of the RHDVa subgroup - that is, of Chinese origin. It was imported from Korea, along with 37 other strains (many of which also happened to be strains of RHDVa) and another even deadlier virus RHDV2, for testing to assess which would be the most suitable. The fifth strain of RHDVa tested was decided on and hence called K5. Unfortunately, various strains of RHDVa have already escaped and caused outbreaks in Australia, and now RHDV2 is also here, spreading and killing thousands of domestic rabbits since we have no effective vaccine for it, and RHDV2 is not species specific. Please help stop this bio-logical warfare on our domestic rabbits. There are other ways to control feral rabbits including halting fertility etc. We need vaccines to be allowed into Australia or to be developed here that will help save what is left of our domestic rabbits. Thankyou for signing and sharing.

Maree Hamming
17,678 supporters
Petitioning Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Richard Di Natale, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce

Vote Home: let's end the housing crisis by 2025

Every night, more than 105,000 Australians don’t have a place to call home. That’s one in every 200 people. House prices and rents keep increasing faster than incomes and there are over 200,000 Australians on waiting lists for public and community housing. Yet despite this, current policy settings continue to favour tax breaks for investors over people owning homes. Cuts to affordable rental housing programs have made the situation even worse. Rapidly rising house prices and lack of affordable rental properties affects all of us. We need to urgently build a plan to a brighter future. That’s why this election we are building a movement of Australians who will ensure their vote this election is a Vote Home. A Vote Home is a vote for a national strategy to address housing affordability and a vote for political parties to commit to end the housing crisis by 2025. Will you join us? Sign this petition and let’s build this movement to end Australia’s housing crisis! Let's tell all our political leaders that to secure our vote this election, they need to commit to a national strategy to address housing affordability and homelessness. A Vote Home is a vote for a government committed to ending the housing crisis by 2025.

Vote Home
15,666 supporters
Petitioning Michael McCormack, Tim Hammond, Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Rod Sims, The Hon Yvette D'Arth, Senator Richard Di Natale, The Hon Mark Speakman, The Hon Martin Pakula, Senator George Brandis, The...

STOP CONSUMER RIP OFFS! WE NEED STRONGER CONSUMER LAWS AND ENFORCEMENT!

SICK OF BEING RIPPED OFF AND FOBBED OFF? SICK OF BEING SOLD CRAP THAT YOU CAN'T RETURN? THEN SIGN THE PETITION!Ashton Wood destroyed his Jeep (Destroy My Jeep). Teg Sethi spent thousands making a video about his lemon Jeep that went viral. Why? Because they couldn't get a refund for their severely defective vehicles. This is still happening today. Only stronger consumer laws will stop this travesty of justice.Imagine buying a product for $20,000, or $50,000 or even $80,000 or more and it has so many defects you either can't use it or it is unsafe. Then the supplier blames you for the defects or offers to fix it and just patches it up. Consumer Affairs says 'we can't force a supplier to give you a refund' even though the Australian Consumer Law says that is what you are entitled to. So you are now headed to court or you watch your expensive lemon rot in your back yard. You will lose a lot of money no matter what you do just because you had the bad luck to buy the wrong product. Is this fair? NO. Should this be stopped? YES. Do consumers need far better protections that don't require legal action? YES. Lets send a clear message to the Australian Government that consumers have had enough and want stronger protections that don't cost them money when they buy a defective product. We want all the recommendations from the Australian Consumer Law review implemented.The Australian Consumer Law took many years to draft and was finally passed by Parliament for implementation on 1 January 2011. After 5 years of operation it was subjected to a review to find out whether it was meeting its objectives. Sadly it wasn't and so after extensive consultation and reviews, recommendations have been made to strengthen consumer protections and enforcement.Today, 26 April 2017, John Rolfe reported that Michael McCormack, Minister responsible for 'consumer matters' has torpedoed two of the key recommendations in the final report into strengthening the Australian Consumer Law. These are the 30 day refund provision and the multiple minor defects make a major failure provision. These two new provisions in the law would go a long way to ensuring that consumers are protected against shonky suppliers and manufacturers and not have to spend time, energy and money in seeking redress through courts, especially for larger purchases such as lemon caravans and cars.Michael McCormack is both the Minister for 'consumer matters' and the Minister for Small Business. This is a clear conflict of interest when making decisions about consumer protection that may impact negatively on small businesses who choose not to abide by the ACL and are selling or manufacturing defective products. Supporting Small Business growth and development shouldn't come at the expense of consumer safety and protection.Consumers need to send a clear message to Mr McCormack that they are sick and tired of being fobbed off, of defective goods costing them money and not the supplier or manufacturer, and being forced to take costly and stressful legal action just to get a refund.  Please sign this petition to tell the Australian Government that consumers have had enough and demand better laws to protect them, especially for very expensive purchases that they make that may be the second most significant purchase in their lives after their home.

Tracy Leigh
13,938 supporters
Petitioning Nick Xenophon, Senator Richard Di Natale, Bill Shorten

Inquiry into ethics/practices of ASADA AFL WADA antidoping case against the 34 EFC players

We believe these players were denied:  The presumption of innocence  The right to an independent Hearing The right to remain silent The right to privacy and confidentiality  The right not to be tried twice for the same offence The right to be dealt with promptly and not subject to unnecessary delays The right for an appeal to be heard in an Australian Court We believe: None of the sporting or governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of these players have given the appearance of objectivity in the selection of evidence. None of the sporting or governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of players, perhaps with the exception of the AFL Tribunal, have given any regard to whether evidence could be regarded as expert or scientific. In fact, some supporting evidence needed to be discounted on the grounds of relevance. The sporting and governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of the players ran their own agenda in order to achieve a preconceived outcome.  As a result, the outcome that was reached contains numerous factual errors and is based on suppositions which in many cases are unsupported.     As a consequence of 1, 2, and 3, we believe the prosecution of the case was built on inexact proofs, indefinite testimony, and indirect inferences that do not reach the standard of ‘comfortable satisfaction' and therefore has no place in Australian sport. Innocent or guilty, we want the players to receive a fair go. That’s the Australian way. Therefore, this petition requests a Senate Inquiry in order to: Investigate and consider all the relevant facts so they are publically available.  To date, the evidence against the players has been based on taking ‘bits out that might compromise what we need’.  Investigate the role, motives and ethics of each sporting, government body and the media during the investigation and prosecution of the case.  Identify if any person or organization has breached an Australia law during the investigation and prosecution of the case; make sure everyone is held accountable for their actions; and if warranted, prosecute the offenders.   Investigate a mechanism for a review of this matter in Australia to ensure the players are given the opportunity to clear their names if they so wish.    Review and amend legislation and rules so any identified injustices can never happen to Australian sports people again.

Philip Nelson
8,502 supporters
Petitioning Senator Richard Di Natale, Alistair Coe, Bill Shorten, Meegan Fitzharris, Mick Gentleman, Josh Frydenberg, Elizabeth Lee, Andrew Barr, Caroline Lecouteur, Malcolm Turnbull

PRIME MINISTER/Chief/TAMS Ministers: STOP THE UNLAWFUL VIOLENT KILLING OF PROTECTED NATIVE KANGAROOS

URGENT - CANBERRA/ACT KANGAROOS NEED YOUR HELP - Please sign this petition as individuals, and send to everyone else, if you have a website, please add this petition's link to it. VOTE OUT THE ACT GOVERNMENT VIOLENCE AND LIES IN THE NEXT ELECTIONS who ignore what the taxpayers and voters request abusing taxpayers money.  For Updates and demands of the government please click on this link:  https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/wildlife-carers-group-news-21415-stop-the-violent-roo-kill-invite-to-book-launch-animal-justice-party-more/ A more recent article that makes a small mention to my dedicated work with the Kangaroos in the Canberra Times http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-city-of-animal-lovers-20120714-222rk.html  One misquote in the article: the final Canberra Times Poll results were the majority of 56% opposing the killing, with only a small minority of 39% showing support to the government and TAMS government dept, agreeing to the killing, 5% were unsure. Please click on this link to view final poll results: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/canberra-times-final-kangaroo-killing-poll-results-closed-25512/?preview=true&preview_id=748&preview_nonce=0370f2d679 . This is an abuse of taxpayers money that cost over $200,000, and an abuse of the government and government department's positions, ignoring expert advice outside the government. Additional information given but not published:  I stated that I did support and applauded the activists excellent job in exposing the violent unlawful killing of the Kangaroos. Please check out http://www.myspace.com/wcginc and facebook  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info for horrific photos of roo cruelty, this is the reality, and please follow us, and join us on twitter http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/?sn=l http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/protected-native-violent-kangaroo-killing-in-the-act-7-june-2012/ This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson's media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays. ANIMAL WELFARE - Please copy and paste or click on the links below, to kangaroo cruelty into your browser, to view the horror. Kangaroos are killed in an extremely inhumane manner. Legally kangaroos killed are required to be killed by a single shot to the brain. there are instances where kangaroos are not killed in this manner. As a result, the kangaroo is shot agonisingly in the jaw, neck or the body, flees in response and will suffer a prolonged and painful death. These joeys are killed often by shooters smashing them into the ground, against tow bars of cars or with a metal pipe or other blunt instrument. Alternatively, when not caught, an out of pouch joey will be left to fend for itself and will generally die of predation, starvation or dehydration.This is not to mention the stress suffered by kangaroos from hearing shots being fired and from being chased down by shooters. Please check out This link 'KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION' from animal liberation which wildlife warriors also have the same link to on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18MoxO9yJa8&feature=related that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos shot but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59. Kangaroos don't need to be killed with this spray, that deters them: If Kangaroos are a problem for your crops, we have a environmentally friendly soil spray that harmonises the environment, so Roos no longer wish to be there. There is no smell, no poisonous substances and no harm done to any plant or animal. "It all in the vibe" This product can be applied with any other spray round. Contact us on 04091166269 (ref: online Canberra Times ad choices) This product cannot be over used, since vegetation/native flora is there for our native wildlife to consume. If over used the kangaroos will starve to death. No evidence to support that this cull was necessary. No documented evidence that supported this 2012 unlawful violent killing. No figures of population of roos. No evidence of documented damage. Please check out this link that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored. The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I've been saying all along. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx The kangaroo management plan is conjunctional, incompetent, and not based on any scientific facts. The only objects that are causing the destruction of grasslands, woodlands, threatened species and ecosystems are tams staff and their shooters, the cattle they put into all the nature reserves after killing all the kangaroos from 2011-2013  because the grass was too long, and the government that fails to listen to the experts, to end this unlawful violent, unnecessary killing that will drive our protected native Kangaroos to extinction.  Click on this link for more information: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l We require the government department TAMS authority to deal with applications to kill protected native species, and to deal with applications for the native wildlife rehabilitation licence to be removed from TAMS, and handed over to Wildlife Carers Group. We require that the Eastern Grey Kangaroos, along with other persecuted macropods  and native wildlife to be placed on the VULNERABLE Endangered list, AUSTRALIA WIDE. We require changes in the legislations/Acts and policies in the ACT, and Australia wide, to ensure that all protected native wildlife are protected and not be allowed to be killed. Wildlife Carers Group Wildlife Rehabilitation Licence to include SPECIAL CONDITIONS: 1.Full term rehabilitation for ALL sick, injured, orphaned native wildlife2.No records for TAMS – Privacy Act3.No Carers list for TAMS – Privacy Act4.No Vets list for TAMS – Privacy Act5.I do all the inspections6.Open licence, does not expire or get cancelled unless I cancel it or leave Wildlife Carers Group, as per TAMS original special conditions7.No interference by TAMS or any dealings with TAMS at all8.Rescue of all native wildlife9.Export Licence10.I’m appointed as advisor in all wildlife and animal welfare related matters to replace the RSPCA11.Wildlife Carers Group takes over all Wildlife Rehabilitation and Native Wildlife killing applications12.RSPCA shut down with shelters taken over by Animal Liberation if they agree13.TAMS prevented from working with animals14.Remove all Conservator/TAMS conditions. Public apology over the defamatory letters sent to all my carers, vets in 2008 and to anyone else these and other defamatory letters were sent out to referring to me and Wildlife Carers Group.  One defamatory lie was that I did not  comply with section 28, the other lie was that I hadn’t yet responded  to their renewal licence which they had NOT sent out to me.  I had to chase after them to get the renewal licence sent out to me; Public apology over defamation leading to and on10/8/12, and thereafter for the unlawful trespassing and theft of wildlife and my wildlife food etc taken against me; Public apology on 11/8/12 defamatory article in the Canberra Times;A HUGE COMPENSATION PAYOUT TO ME. I was repeatedly reminded by the ACT Government that we are an independent group. Independent – adj. 1. Not governed by a foreign power; self-governing. 2. Free from the control of another or others; self-reliant. Widllife Carers Group takes Legal action against the Conservator of Flora and Fauna, in the PRESIDENT'S REPORT: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-antarctica-melbourne-aquarium-competition-ongoing-animal-cruelty-by-rspcamore-211212/?preview=true&preview_id=868&preview_nonce=c1ce95b73f http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/animal-justice-party-kangaroo-report-22513/ http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/autopsy-on-joey-tortured-to-death-by-authorised-tams-government-killing-4612/ The violence towards our Kangaroos should never have been allowed to continue in 2013.  When you read the transcript you have to ask why ACAT did allow the violence to continue, and what action to take against ACAT. http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/acat-transcript-on-roo-kill-decision-10713/

LADY NORA PRESTON
7,839 supporters
Break up the big banks now—pass Glass-Steagall!

It is time to overhaul our banking sector. Profits are obscene, competition has died and misconduct is rife. The Australian Greens were the first in Parliament to push a Royal Commission into the Banks and now we are just one vote away in the House of Representatives to establish one. All we need is one more Coalition MP to cross the floor and vote for the Greens legislation and we can make history. Tell your friends and family who live in coalition seats to contact their MP and urge them to stand with some of their National Party colleagues who are ready to cross the floor to join the Greens, Crossbench and Labor to establish a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into Banking and Financial Services.

6 months ago
Vote Home: let's end the housing crisis by 2025

Hi Everyone - I am proud of the work done by Senator Scott Ludlam and the Australian Greens to eliminate homelessness and address the housing crisis facing Australia. As petition signatories have noted, homelessness in Australia is a national tragedy. Every night, right here in one of the richest nations in the world, 105,000 Australians don’t have a place to call home. That’s one in every two hundred people. More than a quarter are children under 18. Seventy percent of young people who end up homeless are fleeing domestic violence or family breakdown. Instead of tackling this national disgrace head-on, the Abbott - Turnbull Government cut millions of dollars in funding for homelessness and housing affordability programs in their first budget. They’ve refused to adopt any target or commitment to reduce homelessness, abolished every affordable housing program in their first budget, and even axed peak bodies like Homelessness Australia and National Shelter. We have pledged to end homelessness and eliminate the massive public housing waiting lists within a decade, through the steps outlined in our roadmap. Commencing immediately, we have also pledged to doubling federal funding for homelessness services and to signing a new ten year National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness by investing an extra $827 million a year to provide ongoing security for this vital sector. We know that homelessness, affordable housing and our housing crisis demand a comprehensive response, and that’s what we’re providing. We will also ensure that power bills are reduced, that the rights of renters are strengthened, and that distortive, unfair tax breaks are removed from our system Read our full plan at http://greens.org.au/housing Our National Housing Roadmap We have an achievable plan that will ensure housing is within reach for everyone. • Reforming Negative Gearing – our proposal that negative gearing for future investments would end, with existing investments grandfathered. This would stop billions of dollars each year being used to unfairly subsidise property investors at the expense of housing affordability. Our plan to phase out Negative gearing would increase the revenue available to address the housing needs of all Australians, and would generate over $42 billion over ten years. • Capital Gains Tax Discount Reform - the current 50% discount on income earnt from investments should be removed to stop the structural unfairness in the tax system and benefits the wealthiest Australians. It would generate as much as $74 billion over the next decade, or $127 billion when combined with negative gearing reform. • Funding Homelessness Services - we are committed to doubling the federal funding for homelessness services at a cost of $507 million a year, and to signing a new ten year National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (at a cost of $320 million a year), to provide ongoing security for this vital sector. • Renters' Rights - this package will deliver a better deal for renters by introducing a new national minimum standard for private rental tenancies and a funding package to help landlords meet those standards. It was developed in response to our Rental Heath Survey. • Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 30% - This would equate to an increase of between $13-25 a week. • Renew Public and Community Housing - deliver clean power, lower electricity bills, and homes that are cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in, through a nationwide upgrade program for Australia's 421,000 public and community housing dwellings. • Our Public and Community Housing Supply Boost will end homelessness and cut housing waiting lists within a decade. • The Affordable Housing Finance Corporation is the Greens proposal for an innovative funding mechanism that will boost the supply of affordable housing. A vote for the Greens is a vote for the only party with the courage and vision to implement measures to ensure everyone who needs a home can afford one. Read our full plan at http://greens.org.au/housing Thanks to you all - Richard Di Natale & Scott Ludlam

1 year ago
I know what it's like to be young and homeless. Young people need affordable housing

Hi Everyone - I am proud of the work done by Senator Scott Ludlam and the Australian Greens to eliminate homelessness and address the housing crisis facing Australia. As petition signatories have noted, homelessness in Australia is a national tragedy. Every night, right here in one of the richest nations in the world, 105,000 Australians don’t have a place to call home. That’s one in every two hundred people. More than a quarter are children under 18. Seventy percent of young people who end up homeless are fleeing domestic violence or family breakdown. Instead of tackling this national disgrace head-on, the Abbott - Turnbull Government cut millions of dollars in funding for homelessness and housing affordability programs in their first budget. They’ve refused to adopt any target or commitment to reduce homelessness, abolished every affordable housing program in their first budget, and even axed peak bodies like Homelessness Australia and National Shelter. We have pledged to end homelessness and eliminate the massive public housing waiting lists within a decade, through the steps outlined in our roadmap. Commencing immediately, we have also pledged to doubling federal funding for homelessness services and to signing a new ten year National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness by investing an extra $827 million a year to provide ongoing security for this vital sector. We know that homelessness, affordable housing and our housing crisis demand a comprehensive response, and that’s what we’re providing. We will also ensure that power bills are reduced, that the rights of renters are strengthened, and that distortive, unfair tax breaks are removed from our system Read our full plan at http://greens.org.au/housing Our National Housing Roadmap We have an achievable plan that will ensure housing is within reach for everyone. • Reforming Negative Gearing – our proposal that negative gearing for future investments would end, with existing investments grandfathered. This would stop billions of dollars each year being used to unfairly subsidise property investors at the expense of housing affordability. Our plan to phase out Negative gearing would increase the revenue available to address the housing needs of all Australians, and would generate over $42 billion over ten years. • Capital Gains Tax Discount Reform - the current 50% discount on income earnt from investments should be removed to stop the structural unfairness in the tax system and benefits the wealthiest Australians. It would generate as much as $74 billion over the next decade, or $127 billion when combined with negative gearing reform. • Funding Homelessness Services - we are committed to doubling the federal funding for homelessness services at a cost of $507 million a year, and to signing a new ten year National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (at a cost of $320 million a year), to provide ongoing security for this vital sector. • Renters' Rights - this package will deliver a better deal for renters by introducing a new national minimum standard for private rental tenancies and a funding package to help landlords meet those standards. It was developed in response to our Rental Heath Survey. • Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 30% - This would equate to an increase of between $13-25 a week. • Renew Public and Community Housing - deliver clean power, lower electricity bills, and homes that are cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in, through a nationwide upgrade program for Australia's 421,000 public and community housing dwellings. • Our Public and Community Housing Supply Boost will end homelessness and cut housing waiting lists within a decade. • The Affordable Housing Finance Corporation is the Greens proposal for an innovative funding mechanism that will boost the supply of affordable housing. A vote for the Greens is a vote for the only party with the courage and vision to implement measures to ensure everyone who needs a home can afford one. Read our full plan at http://greens.org.au/housing Thanks to you all - Richard Di Natale & Scott Ludlam

1 year ago
Stop the government axing free dental care for kids

Thanks to you all for supporting Australia's dental health. The Greens fought for the introduction of Medicare funded dental care for children and I'm proud to say we will fight any move to end the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). The Greens were proud to be part of delivering Medicare-funded dental care for 3.4 million Australian children and now we want to expand the program so millions more can benefit, not cut it like the coalition has announced and as the Labor Party now appears to want to do. Our Denticare plan will $6.6 billion over the forward estimates to provide essential dental care to millions of Australians. The Greens will protect the Medicare-funded dental care for kids we established and expand over four years to cover full benefit income support recipients, seniors and concession card holders. Australia is at risk of an oral health crisis, with many Australians unable to afford treatment. And untreated dental disease can have serious consequences, including increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Leaving dental out of Medicare created an enormous gap in Australia's universal healthcare system. Going to the dentist should be just like going to the GP – and your health shouldn’t be determined by your bank balance. Our plan would help ensure that every Australian can get the dental care they need, when they need it. Find out more at http://greens.org.au/denticare Thanks Again, Richard Di Natale Leader of the Australian Greens

1 year ago
Keep pap smears and pathology services free!

Hi everyone, Thank you for all the work you have done defending Medicare, and our health services, from the Turnbull Government’s cuts. The Greens believe that health is an investment, not a cost. We have no greater resource as a nation than our health. The Greens have committed to reversing the Abbott-Turnbull government’s cuts to healthcare and hospitals, and we’ll reverse the freeze on Medicare indexation to provide greater access to all Australians to bulk billing. Patient access to the healthcare they need is the cornerstone Australia’s universal health system and the Government’s cut to the bulk billing incentive for pathology and imaging will mean more Australians are forced to pay to access essential pap smears, x-rays and blood tests, or go without them altogether. Your wealth should never determine your health, and the Greens will continue fight this senseless cut. More than simply reversing cuts, the Greens have a vision for a properly funded health system. That means legislating to commit the Commonwealth sharing the cost of hospitals with the states – an injection of over $4 billion dollars to 2020, and much more beyond. This will lock in a long-term funding formula to prevent reckless cuts in the future and stop cost-shifting between governments. If the Greens hold a balance of power on July 2nd we will make bringing dental care into Medicare a core negotiating priority. It was a huge disappointment to discover yesterday that the Labor Party intends to scrap medicare funded dental care for kids along with the Liberals. Oral health is a crucial part of our overall health, and it makes no sense to treat the mouth differently to any other party of the body. As a former doctor; ensuring that every Australian has access to affordable, accessible and universal healthcare is a core priority of mine and one of the key reasons why I decided to join the Greens back in 2000. Voting for the Greens on July 2nd means more than just ending the attack on our health care. It means investing in hospitals, preventative medicine, mental health and primary care. You can find out more about our priorities here: greens.org.au/healthcare Yours, Richard Di Natale Leader of the Australian Greens

1 year ago
Australia needs a sugar tax on soft drinks to help end the child obesity crisis

Hello All, I’m proud to be able to tell you that today the Greens have announced a new tax on sugary sweetened beverages to help tackle Australia’s obesity epidemic. We know that the community and health experts alike have serious concerns with our nation’s consumption of sugar, particular highly sweetened drinks. The reality is that we have a major health crisis on our hands, with over a quarter of Australian adults and children overweight or obese. 30% of the added sugar kids consume comes from sugary sweetened drinks, contributing to weight gain and a risk of diabetes. Sugary sweetened beverages are a major contributor to increasing rates of childhood obesity and if this trend continues our children may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. The Greens’ plan will introduce a 20 percent tax on sugary sweetened drinks which the evidence shows will reduce uptake by at least twelve percent, providing long term benefits by reducing chronic disease and achieving better health outcomes. Every cent of the expected $500 million per year raised by the tax on sugary sweetened drinks will be reinvested back into positive health initiatives for Australians. Over four years $2 billion could be raised by ensuring that sugary sweetened drink manufacturers contribute to the harms their product causes. This tax is part of a broader prevention strategy for obesity, including clear food labelling; restricting junk food advertising to children; and encouraging physical activity through active transport. You can find the full details about our policy on at http:///greens.org.au/sugar-tax Thanks for your commitment and interest in Australia’s health. Richard Di Natale Leader of the Australian Greens

1 year ago