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Senator Richard Di Natale

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Petitioning Health Minister Sussan Ley

Keep pap smears and pathology services free!

To Health Minister Sussan Ley, We demand pap smears and pathology services remain free of charge. It is disgusting that your government is cutting bulk billing incentives for pap smears, MRI's, urine/blood tests, X-rays and ultrasounds. According to the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia president Michael Harrison, the cuts will force patients to pay at least $30 for a pap smear, urine or blood test. The Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association claims people could pay up to $173 for an MRI scan. These cuts are unfair to the average Australian, but will especially hurt women. Free and accessible pathology tests are key to ensuring early detection of cervical cancer, STI's, UTI's and pregnancy. Late detection will lead to MORE cost to the taxpayer in the long run. These essential services are a backbone of our world class healthcare system. This is yet another attack by a Liberal government on Australia's already cash-starved Medicare system. Sussan Ley, stop trying to distance yourself from the inevitable outcome - by your cutting subsidies for practitioners and pathology companies, they’re forced to charge a fee to make up for the loss, which will fall unfairly on patients across the country. We won't stand for it. We demand the Liberal government scrap this policy and ensure that pap smears and pathology services remain free. Come along to a rally in your city on 20th February. Check specific Facebook event for details:Sydney event: https://www.facebook.com/events/125663497809971/Newcastle event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1545179795803249/Melbourne event: https://www.facebook.com/events/168635080164318/Adelaide event: https://www.facebook.com/events/497916927055345/Perth event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067085269989535/Brisbane event: https://www.facebook.com/events/652340224908325/Canberra event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1546663575624770/ Sources:http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/shorten-rejects-medicare-changes/news-story/f71921dfe52f4ffefbbb80d441350019

Brigitte G
221,735 supporters
Petitioning Nick Xenophon

Stop payments for non-currently serving Politicians

You and I are not paid for jobs that we no longer carry out, make this the same for ALL Australians.  Stop ALL entitlements, payments, allowances, including travel allowances for politicians who are no longer currently serving the Australian public. The only way to change things is to make it happen for ourselves, this is something the politicians will NOT make happen, we have to insist on this happening.

Michelle Pedersen
216,029 supporters
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Petitioning Malcom Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Richard Di Natale, Pauline HANSON

Stop selling off our country, 99 year leases maximum instead

For too long now successive governments have failed to secure our sovereignty by literally selling off the farm, a notable current property up for sale is "Anna Creek" which is over 1% of Australia's land mass. At this stage it looks like we may win this one and keep the farm in our hands, however as more go up for sale can the same be said for them all? Our collective proposition to the political parties of Australia, is to limit foreign ownership to a maximum 99 year lease; so that at some point into the future our sovereignty returns to us, just as Hong Kong did to the Chinese back in 1997. There are many reasons to do this, such as ensuring investment and growth now that gets returned to us down the track; the maintenance of our autonomous governance without too much pressure from foreign governments/corporations and ending up at war with a country that owns plenty of our land. Can you imagine renting a commercial property in Australia, that belongs to a communist government? Not too far fetched. Maybe they should be renting from us! Please limit short term gains and ensure our country remains ours into the future.

Adrian Dowell
49,240 supporters
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
47,376 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
32,679 supporters
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Petitioning Bill Shorten, Hon Tony Abbott MP (Member for Warringah), Senator Richard Di Natale, Malcolm Turnbull, The Australian Government, Education Queensland, The Department of Education and Training, Malc...

Qualified Childhood Counsellors, NOT Chaplains in Public Schools

Currently the Australian Government has committed $243.8 million over four years from 2014-15 to 2017-18 to 'assist' approximately 2900 schools engage the services of a school chaplain. Consistent with the Government’s election commitment the new National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) will focus on the delivery of pastoral care through school chaplains. I feel like this is completely unacceptable in modern Australia. Religion has no place in public schools and I would like to see this money be used instead to hire a qualified childhood counsellor who is not pushing some sort of backdoor religious agenda onto the children. My 7 year old daughter is being excluded from lunchtime activities because we have asked that no religion be forced onto her. She is not able to participate in games and awards for being kind at assembly, as well as many other activities because they are run by the school chaplain. This is a Public Independent School. Not a Private or Religious school. I would like to see all chaplains replaced with qualified childhood counsellors who specialise in childhood development instead of having biased, untrained, and Religious individuals in charge of such matters.   Public funds should NOT be used to further the reach of any religion into our classrooms. They should be for the further development and education of ALL CHILDREN.

Angela Ryder
31,648 supporters
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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
18,601 supporters
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Petitioning Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Christian Porter, Katy Gallagher, Scott Ludlam, Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce

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
17,967 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 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
17,557 supporters
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Petitioning Bill Shorten

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
15,600 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.

2 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

12 months 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

12 months 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

12 months 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

12 months 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