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Petitioning Chris Bowen, Greg Hunt, Meegan Fitzharris, Steven Miles, Brad Hazard, Steven Wade, Jill Hennessy, Michael Ferguson, Sarah Lovell MLC, Janet Rice, Roger Cook, Scott Morrison, Ms Sharon Claydon MP, D...

“Praying the Gay Away” nearly killed me - outlaw ‘LGBTQA+ Conversion’ therapy now!

Trying to “Pray the Gay Away” nearly killed me. I’m not the only one. An investigation in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald revealed LGBTQ+ conversion ‘therapy’ has not disappeared in Australia, but has simply gone more underground. According to the article, even children have been subjected to LGBTQ+ conversion practices.I was only 16 when my own ‘conversion therapy’ began. I came out to a church leader who wanted me to be ‘cured’ and I began sessions with a counsellor aimed at changing my sexuality. At 17 my church introduced me to the leader of an actual program designed to turn me straight. Eventually, I was desperate enough to try it. Every week, members spoke about their ‘sins’ and we learned about the spiritual and experiential reasons that we had ‘turned gay’. I was so ashamed and guilt-ridden that I remained completely celibate for years. So-called ‘conversion therapy’ causes depression, self-loathing and even suicide. I prayed to God asking him to either heal me, or kill me. I was so depressed, I wanted to die. The trauma associated with that part of my life still affects me - how could it not? How is this legal? I don’t want to see a single kid harmed by “therapies” that tell them that something that is innate in them is evil or demonic or needs to be ‘healed’. Please, sign this petition calling for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Health Minister Greg Hunt to work with each state to protect the most vulnerable and outlaw LGBTQA+ conversion practices and their advocacy nationwide. It has no place in our medical profession and certainly not in the lives of minors. *UPDATE* This petition focuses on legislation/regulation to prevent LGBTQ+ conversion practices in formal or therapeutic settings (such as in counsellors offices). This is a good start, however to effectively curtail the LGBTQ+ Conversion movement, a much broader response is needed. After signing this petition, please read the recommendations in the survivor statement at

Chris Csabs
89,890 supporters
Petitioning Roger Cook, Mark McGowan, Scott Morrison, Brad Hazzard, Greg Hunt, Jenny Mikakos, Steven Miles, Jeanette Young

Prevent hospitals banning dads / partners from the birth of their baby during COVID-19

While we understand the need to protect all patients and health care workers, leaving women to birth without their partners (or doula) where a relationship and continuity of care has already been established is going to create more fear, anxiety, stress, trauma and possibly mental health problems during the postpartum period and beyond.   This is being considered – right here in Perth - and former President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Dr Michael Gannon says: “one thing we may end up seeing is husbands and partners told they are not welcome at the birth. Now that will be a horrible time, but everyone is adjusting to a new normal.” If you are unsure about signing this petition, or you think this is fear mongering, then watch the Channel 7 News Perth video link and then decide if you feel it is worth signing to "prevent" it happening. It is harder to change something once it has been passed. WATCH CHANNEL 7 NEWS VIDEO Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) 31/03/20: "The College supports the World Health Organisation recommendations that a chosen support person should be able to accompany a woman giving birth. There is no current plan to change this advice. Pregnancy and childbirth are such an important time in a woman's life. We must work together to safeguard women's mental health, experience during birth and facilitate and support parents' connection with their newborn babies." These extreme policies of separation and preventing partners from being present to witness the birth of their baby, or care for the baby while having skin on skin if the mother has to go for surgery, goes against human rights and is unethical. A policy such as this is going to increase the likelihood of women choosing to have a free birth (birthing without medical support) in order to feel safe.  Research shows that by having continuous support from a non-medical person this lowers interventions and caesareans, which will lead to less time in hospital and less resources being utilised - and that should be one of the key goals in addition to infection control and safety. It is important that pregnant women and their partners have: A guarantee that birthing women will continue to be allowed at least one support person of their choosing at their birth; A guarantee that birthing women will continue to be allowed a support person of their choosing in theatre should they be having a caesarean section; A guarantee that women recovering from birth will continue to be allowed at least one visitor for extended periods of time while recovering from birth; A review of the current policy that excludes doulas and private midwives from providing an essential service to birthing women in hospitals.     POSITION STATEMENTS Australian College of Midwives (ACM) CLICK HERE   World Health Organisation (WHO) All pregnant women, including those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections, have the right to high quality care before, during and after childbirth. This includes antenatal, newborn, postnatal, intrapartum and mental health care. - A safe and positive childbirth experience includes:- Being treated with respect and dignity;- Having a companion of choice present during delivery;- Clear communication by maternity staff;- Appropriate pain relief strategies:- Mobility in labour where possible, and birth position of choice. If COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed, health workers should take all appropriate precautions to reduce risks of infection to themselves and others, including hand hygiene, and appropriate use of protective clothing like gloves, gown and medical mask.  CLICK HERE   Cochrane Review “We conclude that all women should have continuous support during labour. Continuous support from a person who is present solely to provide support, is not a member of the woman's social network, is experienced in providing labour support, and has at least a modest amount of training, appears to be most beneficial. In comparison with having no companion during labour, support from a chosen family member or friend appears to increase women's satisfaction with their childbearing experience.” You can read the full review here: CLICK HERE

Vicki Hobbs
12,748 supporters
Petitioning Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Roger Cook, Brad Hazzard, Steven Miles, Jenny Mikakos, Rachel Stephen-Smith, Michael Ferguson, Natasha fyles, Steven Wade, Mark McGowan, Steven Marshall...

COVID-19 Containment in Australia

Serious measures need to be taken to handle the pandemic of COVID-19 in Australia. More than 1200 doctors from around Australia have signed this letter to implore our government to take the actions needed to slow the progression of COVID-19 across our communities. We are sharing it here to inform the public of the current state of play and what we really need to be doing. 13 March 2020The Hon. Greg Hunt, MP Minister for HealthDear Minister,RE: COVID-19 Pandemic, Containment measures.I write to you with regards to the current Coronavirus pandemic that has reached Australia. It seems that there is consensus amongst the medical community that the appropriate action to take in this setting is, to immediately undertake widespread measures to reduce the rate of transmission of this virus within the wider Australian population. Evidence for this comes in the form of an increasing number of cancelled medical conferences, educational events and medical specialty fellowship exams across the country, based on sound medical analysis by the boards of various specialties.I am dismayed at the disconnect between the actions being taken within the medical community and the recommendation for actions being passed on to the general population. If widespread isolation and social distancing measures are truly what is urgently required to allow a temporised assessment and management plan for the Coronavirus outbreak within Australian borders, then surely we should be making this clear to the general public right now.With this in mind, I ask for your help to submit just such a proposal to our government. We should immediately recommend a three to four week closure of ​schools, cultural and religious places (including places of worship), gyms and leisure centres, pubs, bars, theatres, cinemas and concert halls. We should also cancel all mass gathering events, such as sporting/motorsport events and festivals.This would allow a steady declaration of cases of Coronavirus to present to hospitals and fever clinics as their symptomatic phase develops. They could then be tested as per protocols, keeping in mind the pressure on the supply of laboratory testing equipment. Numbers of confirmed cases could then be firmly established and their progress tracked, allowing for clearer guidance for ongoing quarantine requirements. Other people with flu like illnesses, but without the relevant travel histories to countries affected by Coronavirus, would also be able to be assessed and managed appropriately and calmly during this period.I am aware that such broad measures would come with income/revenue losses for individuals and businesses. My hope is that something like a short term “emergency relief fund” could be established, to help ease such an impact for all concerned. The specifics of such a package would, of course, be worked out by those with the appropriate knowledge.As a society, if we work with the future in mind, then we could make it through the next few weeks and months with population level outcomes no worse than they need be.Yours faithfully,Dr Hemant Garg MBBS FRACGP 

Hemant Garg
11,719 supporters
Petitioning Yvette D'Ath, Hon. Yvette D'Ath, Martin foley, Greg Hunt, Rachel stephen-smith, Roger Cook, Scott Morrison, Steven Miles, Stephen wade, Natasha Fyles, Brad Hazzard, stephanie cook, Sarah Courtney, ...


This is my friends story & why she wants shunt kids to have a MRI on presentation to ED DEPARTMENTS. Lucas had a VP shunt . We have always been told as soon as he is sick take him in. We have been doing that but the ED make us feel bad for wasting their time when it's not bad. On Friday morning Lucas was vomitting , I took him to our GP who wrote me a letter that he wanted the hospital to see him . I went straight their as directed. We first went to ED and had a different doctors see us . They decided that Lucas had a viral infection and to give him some fluids. They also only did a X-ray when they really should of done a MRI to make sure his shunt was working . We were in ED from 9-4 and transferred to the ward. I decided to swap hubby and go home have a shower,  at 5 pm hubby called and said Lucas crashed . I went up and seen my baby in PICU they were saying he was having seizures and the medication was not working so at midnight the PICU doctor decided to do an MRI . This showed he’s  shunt not working and pressure on his little brain. They rushed him to surgery. He was in 3 hrs . When they brought him back they waited an HR and checked his eyes . They were both dilated and fixed still . They said surgery had worked but the damage had been done . Then they did different tests and on Sunday afternoon my baby was declared brain dead. Our family is broken and shattered. The surgeon asked why Lucas had not been MRI when he came in . I want to make sure no child slips though . All children with shunts get MRI first thing to rule blockage as soon as they arrive to ED . Having this could of saved my boy. I want this to be called Lucas's Law . As told by mother Gelria faram

Rachael J
10,316 supporters
Petitioning Councillor Julie Greer, Steven Miles, Mark Bailey MP, Leeanne Enoch MP

Save our 11 Anzac Memorial Mango Trees

11 Queensland Heritage Protected Mango Trees in the suburb of Mango Hill, are under threat due to a development application wanting to cut them down to build a slip lane to turn into the estate.   These trees were planted as part of the Anzac Memorial Avenue between 1926-1933, in honour of fallen soldiers in WW1.  The road is now known as Anzac Avenue.   "In its route, and as an extensive tree-lined avenue of planned and evenly spaced plantings, Anzac Memorial Avenue is important in demonstrating the characteristics of a memorial avenue."(Source: the Anzac Memorial Avenue Heritage register: These trees are protected for a reason. Developers need to work around them. No excuse!  The Mango Tree section of Anzac Ave is much admired by locals and travellers through the region, and is specifically listed as a notable planting in the Anzac Memorial Avenue's heritage register :  "700 metre Mango tree (Mangifera indica) avenue between the Bruce Highway and Kinsellas Road, Mango Hill" We need to Protect these Trees and Ensure the Heritage Importance of the Anzac Memorial Avenue and Respect for our Anzacs is Not Lost! The Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) didn't put any objection in relating to the removal of these trees. In fact they were the ones who added a "future road" into the land parcel, giving the developer the impression it was ok.(More info here: It is now sitting with State Government to do the rejecting and protect these trees. Ensure the State Government knows you want to keep these trees by signing this petition. 

Felice Gordon
7,086 supporters
Petitioning Greg Hunt MP, Hon Michael Ferguson, Hon Jenny Mikakos, Hon Brad Hazzard, Hon Meegan Fitzharris, Hon Roger Cook, Hon Stephen Wade, Hon Natasha Fyles, Dr Michael Gannon, Steven Miles

Stand for change Army Against Stillbirth

Every day in Australia 6 babies are dying. We do not see it, these deaths are hidden, these deaths are silent – these babies are stillborn. Stillbirth is not inevitable, rather it can often be prevented. Yet rates have not changed in 20 years. Stillbirth is the number one cause of death among infants in Australia. This is not ok – we want change. The Army Against Stillbirth is community standing united against stillbirth. A monthly silent vigil, a peaceful protest for change. The 6th of September 2017 marks the start of this silent protest Australia wide. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) need to take action and make change. The government need to step in. Obstetricians, clinicians and antenatal carers need to step up. Stillbirth is the number 1 cause of death among infants in Australia and yet we shy away from talking about it. That is not ok. 6 babies every day, 42 babies every week, 182 babies every month, 2200 babies every year! It’s time to stand up for what’s right. These babies cannot speak for themselves so Still Aware are leading a silent vigil in their honour. A silent protest towards change. Everyone is invited to join the Army Against Stillbirth and proudly stand together and sign this petition for these babies, in hopes that this visual can help guide the change further. ____________ When Claire went to hospital after nine months of waiting, it was excitement and anticipation she felt at the thought of meeting her new baby girl. She had everything ready, the nursery was set up, tiny baby clothes ironed, soft toys carefully placed on the shelves, baby bath and massage oils, even the car seat was installed ready to bring her daughter home. The world came crashing down for the entire family with three little words “there’s no heartbeat”. Incomprehensible. Impossible. Nothing prepared her for what was next. She laboured for 24 hours, utter agony but no physical pain, she birthed her perfect little girl in deafening silence. Her daughter Alfie was stillborn. With no illness or abnormality, she was born, but without breath. The moments, hours, days and weeks that followed were filled with isolation and utter agony of what ifs. Why had no one told her stillbirth was a possibility? Had they, Alfie would be here. Claire knew her little girl so well and instinctively knew something didn’t feel right. Yet she wasn't given the tools to keep her baby safe. She didn’t know that 5 words, “my baby’s movements have changed” could have prevented those 3 painful words forever echoing in her mind, “there’s no heartbeat”. Was it a lack of communication that killed her baby? Don’t we deserve better? ________________ We are asking for: 1. Mandated policy2. Verbal Autopsy3. Access to information for all Please sign this petition and join the force driving change and raising awareness of stillbirth and preventable measures. Your signature can help save babies lives - 50% of stillbirths are preventable. Together, we can create change!

Still Aware
5,388 supporters
Petitioning Bronnie​ Taylor, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Steven Miles, Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Commonwealth of Nations

End period poverty in Australia

My family moved to Australia when I was very young. Growing up, we were poor and accessing menstrual products was a huge cost we couldn’t afford. Period poverty has deep impacts on the physical and emotional health of women and nobody should have to experience it. Right now, there are over 1 million women and girls in Australia that are living in period poverty and it must end now. Girls use socks or rolled up toilet paper with underwear left on the floor or in bins while toilets are only accessible at certain times of the day. There is now substantial evidence that COVID-19 has made the situation worse for those who already struggled to afford and source products to manage their periods safely and with dignity. Although the cost of period products has increased since the start of the pandemic it’s not simply about the extra $4.20 on the grocery bill, but also the added cost of pain medication, additional overnight pads, the limited availability of the cheaper products, and the pressure of ongoing costs during such an uncertain time. Scotland and New Zealand both have made tampons and pads free in schools. Why aren’t we doing this in Australia? We should have access to free pads and tampons. This move is also important to further normalise menstruation and end the stigma around it. Please sign and share the petition calling on our Federal Ministers to #EndPeriodPoverty in Australia.

Activistnat x
4,857 supporters
Petitioning Steven Miles, Jim Thompson Chief Biosecurity Officer at Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Queensland), Leanne Donaldson, Steven Miles

STOP THE “DOOMED” DINGO PROGRAM: using a deadly capsule containing 1080 poison

STOP THE “DOOMED” DINGO PROGRAM, BECOMING AN ACCEPTED ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION MODEL IT IS BOTH CRUEL AND INHUMANE.Regarding the Hinchbrook Shire Council’s, Pelorus Island, North Queensland, project, inserting dingoes with a deadly capsule containing 1080 poison, is unethical. It will doom the dingoes to an agonising death, after using them simply as a pest control unit -The level of cynical cruelty and exploitation of the dingoes is reprehensible and completely unethical, now proposed to be used as a conservation model globally. Self-culling dingoes could be conservation model- link:-  Letter - We appeal to Jim Thompson, Chief Biosecurity Officer, and Biosecurity Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland, and Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland, Leanne Donaldson,to revoke the approval for the project of using dingoes implanted with a 1080 capsules on the grounds of animal cruelty the project is unethical. - Therapeutic Goods Act 1966”. 1080 (fluoroacetic acid) is a listed schedule 7 poison, or a “Substances of exceptional danger” classified as torture by vets and wildlife organisations. The RSPCA deems it “Cruel and inhumane. The WLPA World League for Protection of Animals state is barbaric and condemns it use- The RSPCA QLD has already communicated in the media its abhorrence of this program and has stated it will be taking action with the Queensland ethics committee. -RSPCA Queensland also said it was never informed about the plan, which it said "raised grave animal welfare issues.”-link- Was this done in Accordance with the codes of practice (COPs)  standard operating procedures funded by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage? This program is without doubt unethical and immoral, not giving dingoes the respect as a native species as researched by Matthew Crowther Canis dingo Wiley Online Library-Journal of Zoology. -link- Dingoes also provide a host of ecological benefits -- keeping invasive species in check, enhancing biodiversity and balancing the ecosystem-By placing dingoes in a situation where these goats will be eaten/partly eaten and then the dingoes left to die, a horrible painful death, these “doomed” dingoes could suffer for days; this is completely the wrong attitude with best practices’ in science, now available in this 21st Century. We are better than this. When did conservation stoop so low as to use an animal when no care is evident, re the treatment of the dingoes, one appearing in the project to be in ill health mange or injury? With the added proposed plan to send dingoes to New Zealand to exterminate all exotic animals, this must break all the rules of the ethical treatment of animals under the Animal Care & Protection Act – sect 18 & sect 37- 2001, Criminal Code 1899 - Sect 242-and is a systemic abuse of animals? It is possibly an indictable and illegal offence in breach of several Animal welfare, Queensland Consolidated Acts.  These “death row “-dingoes subjected to this cruelty is the very height of despicableness--Also the huge fitted collars strapped on to the dingoes will make it difficult and hinder the dingoes hunting abilities.This crosses ethical boundaries. These capsules made to eventually kill these dingoes and condemn them to a slow protracted agonising death, goes against all the rules of compassion and ethics- Australians believe that our wildlife should be protected as our national heritage; that wildlife has an intrinsic value in our environment. This experiment promoted as 'Conservation/Rewilding' is unethical.This program nothing like the hypothosis/theory of "rewilding" see YouTube video -" How Wolves Change Rivers -which gives the true concept of rewilding- link :- Also see article on an example of dingoes benefiting the environment-"Why Plants Need Predators"- It is disturbing that a public institution such as the University of Southern Queensland, is involved in promoting this scheme for further world projects using our native dingoes. This is a new low in the treatment of animals both the dingoes and the goats - This would have to be Queensland's lowest act of depravity under the guise of a “Conservation Rewilding” --which it is definitely NOT.-  twisting this concept in the ugliest manner of depravity - Please sign our petition to express your objection and support for these animals-  Photo contributed by -Rod Scott Photography  

Marie-Louise Sarjeant
4,626 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Steven Miles

Help get the Ryan family approval to host Jake Ryan's funeral at Metricon Stadium 13/11/20

The family of Jake Ryan have met all the necessary rules to host the funeral of their son at Metricon Stadium on the 13/11/20 who died tragically in a train accident in Italy.  Jake Ryan was a well known figure and his family have been fighting hard in the media to give Jake the send off he would be proud of and the right to grieve with respect and share with friends and community that he has touched. The QLD Health/Govt have denied them the opportunity to do so solely based on the reason that the definition of a funeral is less than 100 people.   But why is that so? The same QLD Health/Govt fought hard, invited and approved the AFL Grand Final to take place last weekend with over 40,000 people - the Ryan family have less than 10% at the same size venue so why can they not be granted the ability to grieve.   Australians have followed the rules so sign this petition to encourage our "leaders" to do the same - a change of name from a funeral to event should not be an adequate reason to deny them to grieve.   Please sign this petition today to lobby the GOVT to allow the Ryan family to hold this event - the final celebration of Jake Ryan's life.  PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION,  SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS, NETWORK ETC SO THE RYAN FAMILY CAN HAVE THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE

Lisa Burgess
3,016 supporters
“Praying the Gay Away” nearly killed me - outlaw ‘LGBTQA+ Conversion’ therapy now!

The Palaszczuk Government is committed to fighting for equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people and has a very strong record of removing discriminatory legislative requirements. This includes our most recent removal of a law that forced married transgender people to divorce if they sought legal recognition of their gender. I share your concerns regarding gay conversion therapy and have strongly opposed any suggestion that homosexuality is a disorder which requires treatment. Thank you again for sharing the petition. I was delighted to be able to post a response to its more than 40,000 supporters. I have also taken the step of writing to Queensland's Health Ombudsman to seek his views on whether his current legislative powers would enable him to act against a person or organisation purporting to provide gay conversion therapy. Our Government is committed to working toward a Queensland where good health outcomes are shared equally across population groups, diversity is celebrated through social cohesion and inclusiveness, and individual sexuality can be expressed without fear of discrimination and stigma. This commitment is reflected in the Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021, which identifies the link between stigma and discrimination and poor health outcomes for the LGBTIQ+ community, and outlines a number of key actions that are underpinned by respect, the promotion of positive human relationships and recognition of the diversity in the community. Thank you again for raising this important issue with me and for the work you are currently undertaking to end discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people in Queensland.

3 years ago
STOP THE “DOOMED” DINGO PROGRAM: using a deadly capsule containing 1080 poison

Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles has stopped a controversial plan to deploy wild dogs to kill goats on a North Queensland island to protect the threatened Beach stone-curlew. Dr Miles today made an Interim Conservation Order under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 requiring Hinchinbrook Shire Council to immediately cease the use of dingoes to eradicate feral goats on Pelorus Island. “I was shocked to learn of this cruel experiment but even more alarming is the lack of thought for the native animals on the island. “Pest control should always be carried out in the most humane way possible – not by death row dingoes. “As of today no dogs can be released on to Pelorus Island and any wild dogs already on the island must be removed within the next 14 days,” Dr Miles said. “I do not take this action lightly but on the advice of experts from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection it’s clear that this misconceived program needs to stop before irrevocable harm is done to the island’s population of Beach stone-curlews. “While the control of feral goats and other pests is a responsibility of all landholders, the methods employed should not pose a risk to threatened native wildlife species.” Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson said the program was ‘inhumane’. “I fully support the action Minister Miles is taking today,” Ms Donaldson said. “It was very frustrating for me to learn that under current legislation I had no power to intervene. “As soon as I heard the detail of the council’s plan I sought urgent advice on whether I could step in on the grounds that it is a cruel and inhumane solution. “At the inaugural meeting of the Animal Welfare Advisory Board I asked members to consider whether such practices are in line with current community expectations on animal welfare. “There has to be a more humane way to deal with a feral pest problem.” RSPCA Queensland CEO Mark Townend said the RSPCA also supported the decision. “We at the RSPCA had a number of concerns regarding the decision to put dingoes on the island in the first place,” Mr Townend said. “We felt there were significant animal welfare issues not just for the goats but for smaller, native animals on the island and the dingoes themselves.” Dr Miles said there were estimated to be only around 5000 Beach stone-curlews left across Australia. “The Beach stone-curlew is listed as Vulnerable in Queensland, Critically Endangered in New South Wales and Near Threatened on the global IUCN Red List of Threatened Species,” Dr Miles said. “It is believed to be in decline across most of its range due to human disturbance and predation by cats, pigs and dogs. “I will not stand by while one of the main predators of this vulnerable bird is deliberately released into its habitat.” Interim Conservation Orders are designed for use where there is a likelihood of a significant detrimental impact on threatened wildlife. Earlier this year Dr Miles took similar action when an Interim Conservation Order was issued in relation to the recently rediscovered night parrot.

5 years ago
Save the Cassowary!

Hi everyone - what a terrific response there has been to this petition! It's really encouraging that there is so much public support for actions to conserve and protect our endangered native wildlife like the magnificent cassowary. I'm pleased to confirm the advice posted by Kay Pee, that the Garner's Beach Cassowary Rehabilitation Centre is now able to accept adult birds once more. A female adult bird was admitted on 9 September after being hit by a car, and she has now been successfully released back into the wild (not before laying an egg though!). The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection made a number of modifications at Garner's Beach to make it safer for volunteers and staff to provide care for adult birds whilst also reducing the amount of interaction the adults have with humans while at the centre, so that they do not become accustomed to being around people. These modifications include: - a remote-controlled gating system for the holding pens so cassowaries can be moved while the pens are cleaned or fixed; - new feeding portals so the birds can be fed without the need for staff to enter the holding pens; - CCTV cameras to allow carers to observe birds remotely when assessing their condition and health; and - a new water reticulation system so water supplies to the pens can be operated by remote control. About 75 per cent of cassowary habitat in the wet tropics region has been secured in Queensland’s protected area estate. This makes a big difference to our conservation effort, and the latest research by CSIRO puts cassowary population in the Wet Tropics at around 4500 individuals, which is bigger than previously thought. There is another population on Cape York but the numbers there are unknown. While the cassowary is not out of danger yet, the signs are that conservation efforts are having a positive effect. It is important though that as a community, we keep up the effort to protect our increasing cassowary population from the risk of injury, especially from vehicle strikes and dog attacks. I wasn't able to attend World Cassowary Day this year but I'm delighted that Craig Crawford MP, the member for Barron River, was able to attend and speak on my behalf. By all accounts it was a great day and I congratulate everyone involved! Thank you again to all of you who have signed this petition for standing up for the cassowary. I look forward to continuing to work with the community to improve the conservation outcomes for this incredible creature.

5 years ago
Ban plastic bags in Queensland

As Minister for the Environment in the Palaszczuk Government, I am pleased to announce that our government will be investigating options for restrictions on single-use plastic bags along with those for a 'cash for containers' scheme in Queensland. Our state is the litter capital of Australia. The plastic bags, drink bottles, cans and coffee cups that dominate the litter stream are having a devastating impact on our wildlife and marine life. The Queensland Government will prepare an options paper with assistance from an advisory group of key stakeholders, for formal public consultation later this year. In the meantime, we are keen to hear feedback from Queenslanders about the proposal. I will be monitoring the comments on this petition so please feel free to post your comments or share it with your friends.

6 years ago