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Senator Richard Di Natale

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Petitioning Bill Shorten

My ex invited men to rape me in my own home -- urgently make revenge porn a crime

For four years I’ve lived in fear. My ex was impersonating me online, inviting strangers to my family home to ‘rape, humiliate and torture’ me — it’s been hell. But right now, Malcolm Turnbull is still refusing to make ‘revenge porn’ a crime. He's instead proposing perpetrators of this hate just pay a mere fine. The new laws could be voted on within days. Senators, experts and lawyers are all saying this needs to be criminalised to be effective. Please sign my urgent petition telling Malcolm Turnbull to make this cyber rape a crime and not let women suffer like I have in this hell. These dangerous people need to be in jail. 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 - police can’t prevent or punish this behaviour unless it is a crime. It’s not good enough that Malcolm Turnbull refuses to make this a criminal act, instead saying these perpetrators of cyber rape only deserve a fine. Women are being left powerless. 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. Malcolm Turnbull — don’t allow perpetrators of revenge porn to get away with a fine and leave victims suffering. Make revenge porn a crime.

Robyn Night
61,126 supporters
Petitioning Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Richard Di Natale, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce, Christian Porter, Katy Gallagher, Scott Ludlam

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
46,959 supporters
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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
42,015 supporters
Petitioning RACGP , AMA , TGA, NSW Health, NSW Government, Greg Hunt MP, Senator Richard Di Natale, Catherine King, Alexander white, Pauline Hanson

Doctors petition to stop unnecessary suffering & make cannabis affordable & accessible

Cannabis has been used by humanity for thousands of years and was prohibited only 80 years ago. Between 1841 and 1937 cannabis was prescribed by doctors and made by pharmacists for the treatment of multiple medical conditions. Doctors were against cannabis prohibition and the AMA president Dr William Woodward stated in 1937 that banning this plant would stagnate medicinal use and scientific research. The current cannabis prescribing process in Australia is so riddled with red tape that I am confident to say on practical level it is still illegal to prescribe it. This system is insulting to doctors, especially GP's and cruel to patients. Sadly, patients are forced to turn to the black market to obtain their medicine. This is wrong, they should be guided by doctors. However, how can we help them if we are practically unable to prescribe it? We can’t ignore it anymore. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves and embrace this ancient medicine with no reported deaths when overdosed. It is our responsibility to support our patients in their choices of treatment and guide them accordingly. Therefore, I am appealing to my fellow doctors to embrace this important medicine. The medicinal properties of cannabis can be optimised and the side effects minimised when used in a proper clinical setting. It would also allow us to conduct n=1 studies, which might be appropriate in the case of this plant due to its uniqueness and difficulty with standardising. I am urging the RACGP to change its current undecided position and support proper legalisation and streamlining of the prescribing process as well as ongoing education. Unfortunately, our current attitudes support the black market. It is time to let go of fear, dogma and prejudice. It is time to embrace cannabis as an important therapeutic agent and listen to our patients, their stories of pain, suffering, healing and hope. Prohibition and red tape is not the answer, awareness and knowledge are. Please, sign the petition to stop unnecessary suffering and make medicinal cannabis affordable, accessible and easy to prescribe!

Dr Teresa Towpik
41,740 supporters
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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
36,094 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, US department of commerce, Census Bureau, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Dana Rohrabacher, Seth Moulton, Jim McGovern, Jim Cost...

Remove sub-Asian boxes on Census Form 2020! Stop racist anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy!

Dear fellow Americans for justice, brothers and sisters against racism, The glaringly racist legacy of sub-Asian boxes on the Census form was started in 1870, after the Burlingame Treaty of 1868, which eventually led to the infamous, racist, and inhumane Chinese Exclusion Act spanning from 1882 to 1943, which among other terrible abominations, banned U.S. residents of Chinese descent from having children or getting married; their family members in Asia were forbidden from entry to U.S. and reuniting as families. The Census form has no "Asian/Asian American" category. In its place are a group of boxes signifying foreign nationalities in Asia as if Asian Americans were all “perpetual foreigners.” It intrusively identified and collected data on which U.S. residents were of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese...descent. While the Chinese Exclusion Act ended in 1943, did these racist, humiliating, dehumanizing sub-Asian boxes get removed from the Census form? No, they were kept on the Census form by the U.S. government even until today, and if we don't fight back and boycott the Census form with sub-Asian boxes, it will stay on the 2020 Census form and beyond, prolonging a racist American legacy, a shame to all Americans. This legacy treats Americans of Asian descent as perpetual foreigners, and collects intrusive personal ancestral origin data used in many kinds of racial discrimination and persecution. In one example, the U.S. government used information from the Census Bureau to identify native born Americans of Japanese descent and sent them to Internment Camps during the World War II. There were also discriminatory laws against Americans of various Asian descent, such as Filipino. Such horrendous trampling of humanity will happen again unless you and I act now to boycott a 2020 Census form with sub-Asian boxes. We demand these sub-Asian boxes be removed and replaced with one description--"Asian/Asian American." Injustice to one human being is injustice to all human kind. If we don't stop this racist and anti-immigrant legacy, its “logic” and mentality will be repeated in current and future policy-making. Let's keep fighting against racism and improve the human condition step by step. Please join the good fight to make this historically significant change happen for now and forever, by signing this petition and sharing it on social media and by email, word of mouth. Power to the people! Fighting on, Americans against racism and anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy

Swan Lee
30,009 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
20,952 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth McArthur (NSW Department of Primary Industries), Nick Xenophon, Senator Richard Di Natale, Hon.Barnaby Joyce Mp, Senator Richard Di Natale, Dr Andreas Glanznig, Dr Tony Pople, Dr Tarnya C...

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  WAS released on the. 1st March 2017.  While we  understand the problems faced by farmers by feral rabbits  we feel that deliberately introducing viruses can be dangerous. K5 is strain 08Q712 of the RHDVa subgroup - that is, of Chinese origin. It was imported  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 had spread and is 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.    Thankyou for signing and sharing.

Maree Hamming
18,468 supporters
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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
15,765 supporters
Petitioning Mark Speakman, 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 Geor...

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
15,148 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.

1 year 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years ago