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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
290,086 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Andrews, Will hodgman, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Gladys Berejiklian, Steven Marshall MP

AUSTRALIA'S DOG MEAT - SECRET SUPPLY

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 Change.org  (Google "Change.org Exotic Meats") which has over 4,700 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”. Below are details of the Australian Greyhound industry “wastage” loophole where  forgotten greyhounds can be recycled into “exotic meats”. 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 NEVER EXISTED. http://kb.rspca.org.au/What-are-the-animal-welfare-issues-associated-with-greyhound-racing-in-Australia_617.html  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 Australian Greyhound industry “wastage” loophole now so that the forgotten greyhounds are not recycled into “exotic meats” to be carved up and served on a plate.  Thank you for your support.  

Dion Martinus
12,357 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
2,865 supporters
Petitioning Steven Marshall MP

Support A New Home for Basketball in SA

Dear Premier Marshall, The Basketball Community of South Australia, Basketball SA (BSA) and South Adelaide Basketball Club (SABC) need your support for a much needed new indoor stadium for the community.  Basketball is a high participation sport - more than 45,000 people play weekly, summer and winter. Basketball is growing - Basketball SA forecasts participation to double over the next 40 years. Basketball is diverse - ranking fourth amongst Boys and fifth amongst Girls for organised sport participation (ABS) (AFL ranks sixth overall, nationally). Basketball facilities are not catering for existing participation. An independent review of basketball facilities by the Office of Recreation and Sport (ORS) and BSA identified a 60 court shortage. Marion Stadium was identified in this report as the most in need of replacement, being the oldest (53 years) and smallest (2 courts with only one regulation size). BSA and SABC have been working closely with ORS on developing the designs and Business Case for a new 7 court indoor Stadium at the former Manuele Engineering Site (240 Morphett Road). A seven court stadium will be the largest indoor stadium development in the State, enabling new intra and interstate carnival opportunities.  The location is in proximity and therefore leverages Adelaide Shores recreational and accommodation infrastructure.  The KPMG Business Case, funded by ORS, shows that, with a capital investment of $10.3M, the project is outstanding value for money and exceeds all of ORS’s cost/benefit KPIs. An alternative proposal at Mitchell Park was delivering 4 courts for a more than $20M capital investment. The Business Case and Feasibility study calculated the Community benefit at $14.5M. The Manuele Engineering Site is owned by the City of West Torrens, who are very supportive of the proposal, but need certainty that it will proceed. If we don't act now the Site will be leased and the opportunity gone. Dear Mr Marshall, we need your support to make this once in a generation opportunity happen. Many Thanks The Basketball Community of South Australia

Rod Kiddy President South Adelaide Basketball Club
2,752 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
2,187 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Jay Weatherill, Nick Xenophon, Steven Marshall MP

REDUCE S.A PRICES. HELP SOUTH AUSTRALIANS!

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
1,680 supporters
Closed
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.] https://legislation.sa.gov.au/LZ/V/A/2016/SURVEILLANCE%20DEVICES%20ACT%202016_2/2016.2.UN.PDF ___________________________________________________________________ "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." ~ Voiceless.org.au LINK TO THE AMENDMENT BILL  https://www.legislation.sa.gov.au/LZ/B/CURRENT/SURVEILLANCE%20DEVICES%20(ANIMAL%20WELFARE)%20AMENDMENT%20BILL%202016_HON%20TAMMY%20FRANKS%20MLC/B_AS%20INTRODUCED%20IN%20LC/SURVEILLANCE%20WELFARE%20AMENDMENT%20BILL%202016.UN.PDF __________________________________________________________________ 

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1,465 supporters
Closed
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
1,231 supporters
Closed
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
920 supporters
Petitioning Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Gladys Berejiklian, Daniel Andrews, Mark McGowan, Steven Marshall MP, Will hodgman

Mandatory sentences nationwide for those who assault emergency services

Lately, it has become clearly apparent that the laws in Australia concerning the assault of emergency workers is not a deterrent for those who wish to impose harm on them. Attacks on paramedics are at an all time high and this needs to be addressed https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/an-unfortunate-reality-act-paramedic-assaults-reach-record-highs-20180517-p4zft5.html Just recently, 2 Victorian women basically got away with their crime of assaulting two Victorian Paramedics through a legal loophole and poor judgement from the presiding judge and the perpetrators have shown no remorse for their actions. Meanwhile, one of the paramedics may not return to work again as a result of the injuries sustained and the other paramedic has since been left with PTSD through the ordeal. Although the Victorian government has stated they will step up to close these legal loopholes, the rest of the country also needs to follow suit impose these tougher mandatory sentences. There should be zero tolerance shown to those who wish to harm the services that are there to help others regardless of issues the person who assaults the emergency worker faces. Although we would like to see longer sentences, we are also realistic and would therefore like to see a minimum mandatory sentence of 12 months imposed on those who wish to do harm to our emergency services be them Paramedics, Police, Firefighters, Nurses or Doctors.

thom newman
642 supporters