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Petitioning Jay Weatherill

Stop allowing “gay panic” as an excuse for murder in Australia

I’m a Catholic Priest and 8 years ago a man called Wayne Ruks was bashed to death in my Maryborough churchyard (300kms north of Brisbane). Unbelievably, his killer's convictions were downgraded to manslaughter, and in the trial the circumstances surrounding the bashing referred to  issues that can be described as “gay panic.”  It’s disgusting - this law, under the common law interpretation of the partial defence of Provocation, is still valid in both QLD and South Australia. In these two Australian states, if someone who you think is gay makes a pass at you, the sheer panic you could feel is partial justification for murder. I’ve made it my mission to see this revolting law abolished - it belongs in the dark ages. I have no words to describe how offensive, harmful and dangerous it is that two of our governments uphold that a person can be panicked enough by gay people to justify murder. The common law can really be only over-ridden in this respect by explicit legal ammendments to the Code of Criminal law covering murder and the partial defence of Provocation. Gay panic will continue to be a part of the law of these states until expressly excluded.  I am also concerned that even when cases are not formally and specifically pleading the 'gay panic' defense, the mere bringing in of suggestions that the victim made a non-violent homosexual advance, (whether true or not), poisons the waters and taps into deep-seated homophobia and bigotry and ought not be brought up at all in any way in the hearing of a jury. The victim is not on trial here.    That’s why I am calling on the Queensland and South Australia to eliminate this "gay panic" law as a partial defence for murder. Please sign and share my petition.

Rev. Fr. Paul Kelly. Catholic Priest
290,181 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Andrews, Will hodgman, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Gladys Berejiklian, Steven Marshall MP


Australia has a diverse, multi-cultural population which includes people from countries where eating dog meat is seen as acceptable practice. Many immigrants strive to preserve their own culture and traditions on settling in a new country, why would the consumption of dog meat be any different? Well it isn't. It's already happening right here with a petition on  (Google " Exotic Meats") which has over 4,400 signatures (to date) and the catch cry...... “We will no longer accept this racist and bigoted view that eating animals like Dogs and Cats is wrong. This is NOT equality”. It’s not widely known that the Greyhound Racing industry in Australia over breeds dogs, even providing incentives to breeders, breeding more than enough to sustain the amount of races held, in some insane desire to breed faster and faster dogs. Why? It makes good viewing for the punter watching Australian races televised live to international betting audiences. The public is led to believe, by fact of omission of information, that all these dogs, once no longer required, are adopted out to loving homes to live out their natural lives. The reality is that the Greyhound Racing industry, by its own admission, kills up to 17,000 young, healthy dogs nationally every year. Many of these dogs have never raced and so do not figure in any of the statistics relating to Retired dogs which have been released to the public. As such, there is a troubling lack of information regarding the true number of greyhounds being killed, the method of killing and their ultimate disposal.  The thousands of forgotten, unnamed dogs are termed “wastage” by the industry. To all intents and purposes, these dogs  n-e-v-e-r   e-x-i-s-t-e-d.  Because of this lack of accountability and control, there is no guarantee these dogs, the “wastage”, are not being acquired by dog meat traders. In fact, most trainers and owners would happily GIVE their dogs away than have to pay the vet fees to have them put down. Who knows what would happen if there were people willing to pay by the kilo for their dog / exotic meat. Human nature being what it is, the OPPORTUNITY is there, the  DEMAND is there and the SUPPLY is there. This petition aims to limit the OPPORTUNITY and potential supply, calling on the Premiers and governments of each Australian state where Greyhound Racing is permitted, to hold the Greyhound Racing industry responsible for “Whole of Life” tracking of any dog bred solely for racing. This will ensure every dog is accounted for and provide tangible evidence that they have not entered the food chain. Furthermore, this information MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC SCRUTINY. Self-regulation by the Greyhound Racing industry has proven to be a dismal failure in a number of areas. Federal Governments must take back control, levy the Greyhound Racing industry in each state to fund the infrastructure required and then police any failure to comply with these tracking requirements. It happened in Bali to unsuspecting consumers, take action now to stop it happening here. Irish, British and Australian greyhounds have been exported to China and when injured or finished racing, have been sold for their meat. Look again at the cover picture, sadly, these are greyhounds. People in the Australian Greyhound Racing industry treat these dogs as commodities and they will jump at any opportunity to make every last dollar they can from them.  Please vote to close the Greyhound industry “wastage” loophole now so that the forgotten greyhounds are not recycled into “EXOTIC MEAT” to be carved up and served on a plate.  Thank you for your support.  

Dion Martinus
8,411 supporters
Petitioning Steven Marshall MP

Save Safe Schools

"The Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) was a national network of organisations working with school communities to create safer and more inclusive environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families." In 2016 the Liberal National Party - led by conservatives within the party - dismantled the Safe Schools program by refusing to renew its funding. South Australia then withdrew from the national network and the South Australian government created its own program with a similar intention. This program has continued to up until now. This program supports training to over 2500 teachers educators, and have supported 100 schools with supporting gender diverse students, and currently have 69 member schools.  The South Australian Liberal Party and Conservative Party have vowed to scrap the program, a threat which has now become a reality due to the 2018 state election. The Safe Schools program has promoted a safer school environment for all, and many students say that the support they received due to the program was crucial to their academic success as well as mental health. Steven Marshall's decision to scrap this vital program will only cause harm to vulnerable young people and take away a support service that LGBTI young people rely on. To support young LGBTI people, we need to send a strong message! Sign this petition, write to your local, state and federal members and let's tell the government that we all value this community of young people and that we stand together with them. Let's demand funding and save Safe Schools!

Save Safe Schools
2,549 supporters
Petitioning Jay Weatherill, Nick Xenophon, Steven Marshall MP


WHY are we the highest paying state for ELECTRICITY, TAX, FINES, STAMP DUTY & LAND TAX! what next?? Drive us out the state! South Australia pays more and its driving people out of South Australia! We are now the world's most highest paying state for electricity!  Buninesses are shutting down causing MORE Job loss, farmers are on the edge, The average hard working are finding it hard to keep up or let alone try and buy their first house! The elderly are struggling to pay bills on such low income! PRICES KEEP RISING AND PAYS STAY THE SAME!  We want a fair go for us South Australians better electricity prices, low/no stamp duty for first home buyers the same as other states!! Fines PRICES the same as other states! Why do we pay double and have nothing in state to show for it but job loss and a state that is in a mess! If nothing is done what's left for South Australians ! We are forced to move? Forced to sit in the cold/hot weather conditions and not use power? Find a higher paying jobs with such limited jobs already! Nooo more!! WE WANT TO BE HEARD!  

stacey singline
1,673 supporters
Petitioning Steven Marshall MP

Abolish the No Pet Policy in Strata Buildings

Abolishing the No Pet Policy in Strata Buildings will create a change that will enable home owners to have their pet family members live in their Strata home without having to obtain Nieghbours approval to do so. This is because I have had this issue and it caused such heartache and pain over my pets being evicted and I would like to create this change now. This will free the control neighbours have had in Strata Body Corporate owners who have not played fair, played games and tried bullying me to sell using my pets as weapons against me and this was wrong. They had pets yet did not allow me to have the same rights because of jealousy and hate and that type of behaviour is not tolerated in today's world. This will make a big difference within the community as pets are a major source of loyal companionship and help human beings live a better quality of life and contribute to improving their health and state of wellbeing,  particularly singles and seniors who have no one to keep them company and pets are that. Pets are important members of the family and nasty neighbours should not be allowed to stop owners having their pet loved ones live with them either. Pets particularly dogs act as a form of added security for families and homes protecting them from bad neighbours and thieves in these troubled times where crime is at its highest around the State and Country. Join Maverick & I on this journey for change! And help us on this mission around the World to "Abolish the No Pet Policy in Strata Buildings" that is since long outdated in Australia once and for all! Sign this petition now!! To stop cruelty on all levels because neighbours did not grant owners permission. And as a result countless of pets have been abandoned and lives lost because pet owners had to seize their own pets at animal shelters. Then the animals needlessly were put down as it's difficult for them to find new homes. This caused such trauma and heartace from this very inhumane sad process no pet or family should ever have to experience because of this outdated policy and nasty neighbours being unfair and  bullies.  So now it is time for change and soon enough it will be abolished with all your support everyone so sign this petition now! Maverick and I are very grateful for all your valued support so far indeed everyone! So spread the word and get all your family and friends on board. Act now and sign this petition to get this important change and together collectively we will do it! And especially in helping my cherished boy dog Maverick Makris return back to his happy place home with me by the beach where he belongs and loves to play. It definitely means the world to us both and all the families with pets across the Nation! ACT NOW! SIGN THIS PETITION! MAKE THE CHANGE NOW!! ABOLISH THE NO PET POLICY IN STRATA BUILDINGS!! Thank you. Bless you all... Peace

Jennifer Makris
1,494 supporters
Petitioning Jay Weatherill

Exposing ANIMAL CRUELTY Is ILLEGAL In South Australia - Help Change The Law

In South Australia it will become ILLEGAL to capture footage of ANIMAL CRUELTY within Animal Agriculture. Those who do so risk imprisonment for 3 years! SIGN this petition to support an amendment bill which will change this law, deeming animal welfare in the interest of the public & therefore making it legal for animal advocates to capture footage of animal abuse & release it to the public. Unjust laws like this are known as Ag-Gag (Agricultural Gag) laws. Please support freedom of information & the exposure of the systematic animal cruelty which takes place all over Australia within the Animal Agricultural Industry. If this amendment does not pass, capturing footage of animal agricultural cruelty will be illegal in South Australia and MILLIONS OF ANIMALS will continue to suffer in silence on a daily basis. THANK YOU FOR BEING A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS.  **FURTHER DETAILS PROVIDED BELOW IF INTERESTED**  __________________________________________________________________ In South Australia the current Surveillance Devices Act 2016 states that those who capture animal cruelty on factory farms, greyhound industry, puppy farms etc. face up a $15,000 fine or 3 years imprisonment for such actions. This is considered Ag-Gag (A gag on animal agriculture) where by freedom of information is suppressed & the public are kept in the dark about where their animal products come from & how the animals are treated before slaughter. LINK TO THE LEGISLATION [Issue of concern Section 6 (1) & (2) on page 9.] ___________________________________________________________________ "The Bill seeks to amend the Surveillance Devices Act 2016 (SA), which unintentionally introduced ag-gag laws into South Australia. Ag-gag laws operate to silence animal advocates, and have the effect of reducing transparency, and enabling the concealment of animal cruelty, in animal use industries. The work of animal advocates has been crucial in exposing animal cruelty in a number of animal use industries – including factory farms, the greyhound racing industry and puppy farms. This is why the proposed Bill seeks to amend the Act, by: - Creating a presumption that the use of a surveillance device to obtain material relating to animal welfare will be in the public interest, and therefore permissible under the Act; and - Permitting the public release of material derived from a surveillance device, where the device was used in the public interest and the information relates to animal welfare. The Australian Labor Party has already committed to opposing ag-gag in its National Platform & Constitution, and Deputy Premier John Rau has stated repeatedly that the Act is not intended to be ag-gag. Amendments are needed to ensure these intentions are adequately reflected in the Act." ~ LINK TO THE AMENDMENT BILL __________________________________________________________________ 

1,469 supporters
Petitioning Paul McCartney, Frontier Touring, Steven Marshall MP, Jay Weatherill

Bring Sir Paul McCartney to Adelaide

In 1964, at just 25 years of age, while working as a radio DJ, the late Bob Francis put together a petition of 80,000 signatures which ended up persuading the Beatles to change their itinerary and visit Adelaide in their 1964 tour..... Fast forward over 50 years and once again a Beatle won't be coming to Adelaide for a tour... Lets change his mind! Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney have been locked in for dates and we at Crackle & Pop Records can't see any reason why another one couldn't be added...People often complain that Adelaide doesn't get tours, so now is your chance to speak up. 

Crackle & Pop Records
1,227 supporters
Petitioning Steven Marshall MP, Premier

Keep Public Land Public!

A year-long campaign by APPA, backed by the City Council and 31 eminent South Australians achieved a breakthrough in September 2017 when first the State Opposition, and then the State Government, both retreated from a controversial proposal to have more than a thousand high-rise private apartments built on the old RAH site. However, there's still a fight to protect the Park Lands site of the old RAH from private commercial exploitation. In 2018, the newly-elected Liberal Government is threatening to hand over various parts of the site to developers for a range of private commercial interests: a five-star luxury hotel; a so-called "innovation, incubator, start-up and growth hub"; and an "international centre for tourism, hospitality and food service". Whether you want the site returned entirely to Park Lands, or whether you support some new public buildings on the site, there is a fundamental principle at stake; a line in the sand that must not be crossed by any State Government. If any new buildings replace the old RAH, this public land (Park Lands) should not be commercialised or privatised. It cannot be merely exploited for private profit. It must remain in public hands, for public (not priivate) benefit. Premier Steven Marshall: "Keep This Land Public"

Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association
673 supporters
Petitioning Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, sonia sotomayor, Lamar Alexander, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Michael Bennet, Richard Blumen...


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - is an immigration policy that was passed by President Barack Obama in 2012. The immigration policy grants those who came into the country before the age of 16, a work permit and the ability to obtain a driver's license. DACA is not a permanent resolution to immigration reform. Those who are under DACA must have their status renewed after every two years. In addition, in order to be under DACA you must have a clean record free of any major felonies or misdemeanors. Those who are approved for DACA must have their fingerprints scanned (biometrics). Research has suggested that having undocumented immigrants under DACA, or working in the United States in general, does not affect native citizens. Also, there is no evidence that DACA recipients are more likely to commit a crime than any other demographic. It is important to petition for a permanent solution for DACA to be included on the December 22nd budget because starting March 3rd, 2018, 1,000 people a day covered by DACA could potentially lose their status, and be deported from the United States of America. Congress is unwilling to include the solution in the budget for the 2018 fiscal year. DACA is not only a benefit to Latin people. Out of the 11 million undocumented people, 600,000 are Black. DACA is a universal immigration policy. There are Africans, Afro-Panamanians, and more who are affected by the brutal legislation of the Trump Administration.   Misconceptions of DACA “DACA recipients are criminals.” Those who are DACA must have evidence that they brought to this country under the age of 16. Most DACA recipients were brought to the United States at a very young age, therefore, unaware of any illegal actions. “DACA recipients do not pay taxes.” “DACA students are eligible for FAFSA” - FAFSA does not grant DACA students any forms of loans, or grants. DACA students must find funding from their education either through institutional aid (all public universities and colleges in the state of Georgia are not allowed to fund undocumented immigrants, or admit them to the college), private scholarships, or work. “DACA recipients have healthcare” - DACA recipients are not eligible for healthcare. In addition, they are not eligible for food stamps, welfare, or medicare.   DACA is being rescinded because many Americans feel that the program was implemented unconstitutionally by President Barack Obama. Initially, President Obama proposed the Dream ACT - a bill that proposed a pathway to permanent residency for DACA recipients. This bill passed the House, but failed to overrule a bipartisan filibuster in the senate. Therefore, Barack Obama implemented DACA through an executive order. Although DACA has its benefits, it is not a permanent solution for undocumented immigrants. President Donald Trump is able to rescind DACA because it is an executive order, not a legislation passed by congress. Although economists have asserted that DACA enhances the United States economy, and that DACA recipients are no more likely to commit a crime than a typical American, President Trump still insisted on rescinding DACA due to a xenophobic, nationalist, and racist agenda.

Golden Daka
542 supporters
Petitioning MinisterJosh Frydenberg, Jay Weatherill, Steven Marshall MP

No gas extraction for the Limestone Coast.

The clean green south east of South Australia relies on its ground water and natural springs in order to be a major food basket of Australia. From world class wines to quality beef and lamb, stone fruits and more, the Limestone coast is the greenest cleanest region of South Australia. We are leaders in forestry and renewable energy. We are a world class tourist destination for scuba diving in our amazing clean underground caves.. The blue lake at Mount Gambier is an Australian icon.  To put all of this at risk is pure idiocy. Say no to gas extraction on the Limestone coast!!

mark weaver
483 supporters