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Sussan Ley

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Petitioning Bill Shorten, Scott Morrison, Sussan Ley

Ban the Ivory Trade in Australia

As a wildlife photographer, I've had intimate encounters with African elephants and have known all too well the story behind some of the pictures I've taken. Thirty-five thousand elephants are poached every year for the ivory trade. With less than 415,000 elephants left, if this rate of killing continues, it’s expected that they will disappear from our planet within a generation. The two largest ivory markets in the world, U.S. and China, have within the last couple of years banned their trades in a bid to save the African elephant from extinction. Hong Kong, the third largest market, is set to do so by 2021; the U.K. have also recently enacted a domestic trade ban. They’re all clear signs of the political will to protect elephants from extinction, and some of these bans are the best moves that the world could have hoped for. In Australia, however, an unregulated ivory market in Australia continues to thrive, which contributes to the mass poaching in Africa to satisfy the demand for ivory in Asia. Elephants are being lost at a rate of 8% per year due mostly to poaching. We need to end Australia’s trade- especially as it is contributes to the illegal wildlife trade- and implement a ban on domestic markets urgently, as per the recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement. Australia needs to act promptly on implementing a ban of the domestic ivory and horn market so that we can protect the elephant and ensure they will live on- and send a message to the world that we simply cannot let elephants head towards extinction on our watch.

Bee Elle
271,101 supporters
Petitioning Sussan Ley

Single use plastic banned in Australia by 2020

PLEASE HELP SAVE OUR MARINE LIFE, OCEANS AND FOOD CHAIN!  Just like the EU have done and many other countries are currently doing, we, The People of Australia need to see Australia take the much needed approach of banning single use plastic by 2020. WHY? There are currently 8 million tons of plastic waste entering our oceans globally each year and this is set to double by 2025. By 2050, it's estimated that there will be more plastic weight than fish in our oceans.  There is a floating plastic garbage patch in the ocean that is estimated to be three times the size of France. (In between Hawaii and California). What this means for our marine life, the future of human health and the quality of our water is devastating. The UN has announced that micro plastics, (tiny, broken down pieces of plastic) in the sea are a growing threat to human health and our marine life and sea birds are dying from plastic ingestion and strangulation.  A prime example of this is the whale that just washed up dead in Indonesia, (right on Australia's doorstep). This is a visual and stark representation of what is currently happening in our oceans.  The contents of the whale's stomach included- 115 plastic cups 25 plastic bags 4 plastic thongs 1000 + pieces of plastic.  In Hawaii, a turtle washed up dead with over 1,000 pieces of plastic in it's stomach and "half of dead baby turtles found by Australian scientists have stomachs full of plastic".  (Source - Independent Newspaper UK). There are currently more pieces of micro plastic in our oceans than there are stars in our galaxy. This ocean plastic pollution crisis is not just affecting our marine life, it's devastating for our sea birds too and land animals are also affected as plastic litter is EVERYWHERE. It's estimated that around 90% of sea birds have plastic in their stomachs and Albatross fledglings are dying from burst stomachs from a diet of plastic pieces.  (See 'Albatross - the film, by Chris Jordan). Australia are using around 10 million plastic straws every day Over 10 million plastic bags per day 666,000 tonnes of plastic waste produced by Australian households every year. and very year, the waste we generate is growing at twice the rate of our population! (ABC's War on Waste statistics) 1 billion coffee cups are used in Australia every year.These are not recycled. That's around 50,000 cups binned per hour. (War on Waste) Bottled water also creates large amounts of waste. Plastic bottles are among the 10 most common rubbish items picked up on Clean up Australia Day. Australia recycles only 36% of PET plastic drink bottles, so around 373 million plastic water bottles end up as waste each year. (University of Wollongong). Around 7 Billion cigarette butts are littered in Australia every year. (Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland) The items that The People of Australia request to be Banned by Australia in 2020 list are as follows -  Plastic straws (with an exception for people who need straws for medical reasons) ALL plastic bags (including the thicker plastic bags and supermarket style grocery, (fruit and vegetable bags). No exceptions. Plastic cutlery, plates, bowls, stirrers and cups etc Cotton buds Polystyrene Helium balloons Unnecessary plastic wrapping. This is just a starting point. The list is comprehensive if we are to make a positive difference in our oceans to our marine life and to the future of human health..                      Other actions that The People of Australia  request are - Cigarettes and single use plastic are banned from ALL beaches and by all waterways in Australia Water re-fill stations readily available all around Australia and grants/incentives given to water re-fill companies  Supermarkets to be given strict targets to reduce their fruit and vegetable plastic wrapping by 2020  All supermarkets and delis to accept customer's containers for deli produce Retailers to have to offer bottled drinks in alternative (and more sustainable) packaging to plastic (alongside plastic to start with) - with targets to increase the sustainable option over time.  ALL food packaging to come from sustainable sources and recyclable A drastic reduction in supermarket food waste (that is due to size and shape of fruit and vegetables) Harsh fines for discarding fishing gear in the ocean and recycling incentives offered Stricter fines on the littering of cigarettes Incentives given to families for food waste composting for 1 year until it becomes mainstream and habit formed  The issue of plastic in cigarettes to be addressed Again, this is a starting point and the list is comprehensive.                                            European parliament statement "According to the European Commission, more than 80% of marine litter is plastics. The products covered by these restrictions constitute 70% of all marine litter items. Due to its slow rate of decomposition, plastic accumulates in seas, oceans and on beaches in the EU and worldwide. Plastic residue is found in marine species – such as sea turtles, seals, whales and birds, but also in fish and shellfish, and therefore in the human food chain". The People of Australia would like the Australian Parliament to take this environmental crisis just as seriously as the European Parliament have done.  This petition is put forward by 'Plastic Free Future'  Find us at  - https://www.facebook.com/plasticfreefuture/ (Copy and paste the link). Please sign and share for the future of our marine life, our oceans, our sea birds and human health. Please also consider promoting this petition this with even just a few dollars!       

Sarah Young
111,778 supporters
Petitioning David Coleman, Department of Home Affairs Australia, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs The Hon David Coleman MP, Sussan Ley, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton

Make the Great Barrier Reef an Australian citizen and protect her right to live.

You may not know it, but the world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, has been looking out for you your entire life. She’s been protecting your coastlines, preventing tidal waves & tropical storms from washing away your cities. She’s regulating the carbon dioxide levels of the ocean to combat climate change and keep your air and beaches clean. She’s created a nursery to more than 10% of the planet’s fish species, helping to maintain the world’s fish populations. She’s even contributing to the Australian economy by generating $6.4 billion every year, supporting over 64,000 jobs and holding a modest net worth of $56 billion. (That’s about twice the worth of Aussie bazillionaire, Rupert Murdoch). But despite her massive contribution to Australia, she’s still denied the one basic right of every Australian citizen – the right to live. Coal mining, greenhouse gas emissions, the continued growth of the fossil fuel industry and lack of action against climate change are all threatening the life of the Great Barrier Reef. In fact, more than half of the shallow water corals of the GBR have been bleached to death since 2016 – all due to increasing ocean temperatures that force her to starve herself.  And with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approving the dumping of more than 1 million tonnes of dredge spoil within the marine park boundaries, things aren't looking to improve. (https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-dumping-of-1-million-tonnes-of-dredge-sludge-onto-australia-s-great-barrier-reef) But not all is lost. We at LADBible Australia have a plan. On May 8, 2019 (Australia’s unofficial day to be thankful for your Aussie mates) we contacted the Australian Department of Home Affairs to make the living, breathing Great Barrier Reef, an Aussie citizen. WHY WOULD WE DO THAT? Well, by making the Great Barrier Reef an Australian citizen she’ll then be protected by FOUR key Australian rights and freedoms: Article 12.3 The right to the highest attainable standard of physical health. Article 7.1 Freedom from torture or inhuman treatment and punishment. Article 1.2 The right to maintain your own means of subsistence. Article 6.1 The right to life.  Put simply, if we recognise her contribution to Australia and rightfully make her an Aussie citizen, then the Australian government is obliged to make decisions in the interest of her health and safety (and in turn take real action against the one thing that’s really killing her – Climate Change!) BUT YOU CAN’T MAKE A REEF A CITIZEN, CAN YOU? SURE, YOU CAN: To become an Australian Citizen you simply need to tick the following boxes: 1) Be a permanent resident ✔ (She’s permanently residing across 344,400 sqm of Australia) 2) Be in Australia when a decision is made ✔ (She’s certainly not taking any holidays abroad) 3) Have spent time in Australia and know about the country ✔ (How does 500,000+ years and literally being a good chunk of the country sound?) 4) Intend to stay in Australia or maintain a lasting link ✔ (Links don’t get much more lasting than this) But seeing as we don’t have the power to grant her citizenship on our own (as much as we’d like to), we’re calling for power in numbers. More specifically your numbers. Every vote of support you contribute will directly notify the Australian Government, to let them know we are a unified voice who believe this living, breathing Aussie icon, should become a living, breathing Aussie citizen. So join us and let's help get the Great Barrier Reef her citizenship to give her the same rights that every living being on this planet deserves – the right to life.

CITIZEN REEF
67,096 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The Hon. Sussan Ley MP

Help save May Ali's life and approve her continued treatment with life-saving drug Eculizumab

My name is May Ali and my life is at risk. Please ask Health Minister Sussan Ley to intervene for continuation of life-saving drug Eculizumab. Without it, I could die. Please act now to help save my life. Up until July last year, I was a healthy and active member of the community. A mother of two wonderful daughters, a wife to an amazing husband, and an emerging artist, my future was bright. But then things went downhill. Shortly after being diagnosed with the autoimmune conditions of Sjogren’s syndrome and myositis, I was admitted to hospital for what was expected to be a short stay of a few days. Unfortunately my condition deteriorated rapidly, puzzling my specialists as my symptoms intensified and began affecting multiple organs. Coming close to death several times, I also became severely disabled, unable to sit, walk and feed myself. I required full-time care and medical attention. Eventually, I was diagnosed with atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) in addition to my other autoimmune conditions. This combination has not been recorded in medical literature, making me a very unique case that does not fit a “one size fits all” approach. I was given the lifesaving drug Eculizumab, as my last hope. This drug literally saved my life, allowing me to be reunited with my family and friends after a harrowing five months in hospital. It has given me the opportunity to work at rehabilitation, regaining my independence and quality of life, albeit to a different level from my previous healthy self. I still suffer from chronic kidney disease and other issues due to organ damage sustained prior to Eculizumab but Eculizumab has successfully halted any further damage and allowed my body the opportunity to recover as much as possible. Unfortunately, Eculizumab is a prohibitively expensive drug without government subsidy – it costs around $500,000 a year. For the last 12 months it’s been subsidised on the PBS. However, late on Thursday 3rd December, I was advised that my doctors’ application to continue my treatment was rejected. Four specialists who are responsible for my treatment strongly believe that my life depends on this drug. My next dose is due on Thursday 10th December. It is the opinion of my doctors that without Eculizumab, I am likely to sustain further damage to my kidneys and other organs, again stripping me of my independence and quality of life, and placing my life at risk. This risk is too high to take. Please help to keep me alive by asking Health Minister Sussan Ley to intervene to allow me access to PBS subsidised Eculizumab. It is the opinion of my doctors that without it, I could die.  Thanks for your support.  Please help spread the word: facebook.com/SaveMayNow and twitter.com/SaveMayNow May

May Ali
40,527 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Malcolm Turnbull

He smashed my jaw until my teeth cracked out - please help me rebuild my mouth

He smashed my head into the floor and clamped his hands on my jaw until 9 of my teeth cracked out. I’d suffered years of his daily domestic abuse, but this pain was by far the most excruciating.  My ex locked me in the house for a week after, so I was not able to get immediate medical attention. By then I had got blood poisoning via my gyms and broken teeth. I was rushed to the dental hospital in Melbourne and they removed 9 top teeth and made follow up appointments for me to receive dentures. Unfortunately I done what most women do in a domestic violence relationship like that and went back to the ex (haveing no family around me or friends, no where to live as that was my home, no car no money, being emotionally unstable). He trapped me in the house. I couldn’t escape - I missed three crucial appointments, so long story short 3 years later I am no longer eligible for any dental assistance from the government. I’m desperate. I’m only 21 and don’t have the $6,000 minimum to visit a private dentist, and I’m not a child so Medicare can’t fund this. I am petitioning for the Health Minister to be compassionate and grant me access to urgent dental care. I would be forever grateful if you could help. i also have a "go fund me" that I set up 15 days ago if any one is willing to donate towards private dental fees it would be much appreciated, just $5.00 can make all the difference. Xox   **If you need help, contact the National Domestic Violence Service at 1800 737 732 or Lifeline at 13 11 14**

Jesse Black
27,738 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Tony Abbott, Sussan Ley

Reinstate the Inborn Error of Metabolism (IEM) Food Grant

The Metabolic Dietary Disorders Association (MDDA) – the national patient support group for families living with an Inborn Error of Metabolism (IEM) - has been advised by the Department of Health today that the IEM food grant (a grant supporting individuals living with rare metabolic diseases) will finish in December 2015 and will no longer be funded by the government.  This is part of the government’s recent cuts to health budget, and effects families who are the most vulnerable and who only have a small voice because their condition is rare. Background on IEM’s and supplementary dietary costs People who have Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) - Amino Acid cannot break down specific amino acids in protein.  They are treated by a low protein diet using special medical foods, a prescribed amino acid supplement and, for some more rare IEMs, a medication. This low protein diet means most food groups are unable to be consumed including meat, dairy, legumes, eggs and only very small amounts of grains. This medically prescribed diet is essential to prevent a range of health problems from brain damage, seizures, liver failure and in some cases death. Since 2001 people who are required to maintain this very low protein have received a food grant from the Department of Health - this is currently $256.75 per month. The last official figures provided by the Department of Health were provided in 2013 and stated that 904 people were receiving the grant.  We have formally requested more current figures but have not received them.  Since last year recipients require a form signed by the treating specialist stating they are either compliant with diet and monitoring requirements or that they have a plan in place to address compliance to receive their grant.  The special low protein food is available from 3 suppliers and a pre-made loaf of bread from one of the suppliers is $10.00 and a box of cereal is $14.95.  A member has just paid $28 for grated cheese and $20 for sliced cheese plus a $40 delivery fee. These foods are not subsidised by PBS as they are special medical foods not prescription products.  The prescribed amino acid supplement replaces essential proteins and nutrients that normally come from food.   These supplements are subsidised by PBS but the foods are not.  Without treatment of both supplements and special medical foods people with IEMs experience range of outcomes from irreparable brain damage to premature death. This decision will have a disastrous effect on the family budgets of this rare group of Australian families already struggling with the many challenges that come with living with a rare and silent disease. As it is a genetic disorder many families have more than one child with the disorder. The costs on untreated or poorly treated IEM's is much higher with children who are not well managed experiencing cognitive deficits requiring additional help in educational settings, some requiring more hospital admissions, adults being less likely to be employable due to concentration, cognitive issues, anxiety and depression arising from poor metabolic management and unlike so many disorders this can all be prevented by effective management of the disorder.  

Metabolic Dietary Disorders Association
12,071 supporters
Eating disorder support service, The Butterfly Foundation, funding cut!

Claims today mental health phone help lines are being cut are WRONG. Here are the facts. Based on advice from the independent Mental Health Commission, from 2017 the Coalition’s digital mental health ‘gateway’ will give Australians the option to call one single phone number to then directly access the phone and online service they need. This single call will act as a ‘triage’ service putting people in touch with a specialist phone or online service best suited to their personal circumstances. The service is not designed to replace existing specialised mental health phone counselling services, such as those used for eating disorders, but improve access to them. You will still be able to call a preferred phone counselling service directly if you believe it is the best service to help. Feel free to link here for more information... https://goo.gl/lezkzn

3 years ago
The Butterfly Foundation set to be axed

Claims today mental health phone help lines are being cut are WRONG. Here are the facts. Based on advice from the independent Mental Health Commission, from 2017 the Coalition’s digital mental health ‘gateway’ will give Australians the option to call one single phone number to then directly access the phone and online service they need. This single call will act as a ‘triage’ service putting people in touch with a specialist phone or online service best suited to their personal circumstances. The service is not designed to replace existing specialised mental health phone counselling services, such as those used for eating disorders, but improve access to them. You will still be able to call a preferred phone counselling service directly if you believe it is the best service to help. Feel free to link here for more information... https://goo.gl/lezkzn

3 years ago
Guarantee ongoing funding for Butterfly Foundation eating disorders helpline

Claims today mental health phone help lines are being cut are WRONG. Here are the facts. Based on advice from the independent Mental Health Commission, from 2017 the Coalition’s digital mental health ‘gateway’ will give Australians the option to call one single phone number to then directly access the phone and online service they need. This single call will act as a ‘triage’ service putting people in touch with a specialist phone or online service best suited to their personal circumstances. The service is not designed to replace existing specialised mental health phone counselling services, such as those used for eating disorders, but improve access to them. You will still be able to call a preferred phone counselling service directly if you believe it is the best service to help. Feel free to link here for more information... https://goo.gl/lezkzn

3 years ago
Sussan Ley: MAKE LIFE SAVING TECHNOLOGY AFFORDABLE TO TYPE 1 DIABETICS BY INCLUDING CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE MONITOR (CGM) ON THE NDSS and PBS

On the weekend, it was my absolute pleasure to join with the Prime Minister to announce a re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government will invest $54 million to subsidise continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology for children and young adults under 21 years old facing extra challenges managing their Type 1 diabetes. I have heard and related to many touching personal stories and hopefully this announcement will help relieve some of the stress, anxiety and even just daily difficulties that children and parents living with this situation can face every day. But what makes this case truly special is the advocacy of yourselves and experts such as JDRF and Diabetes Australia, who put forward reliable evidence in an ongoing dialogue with Government to support this significant taxpayer investment, because ultimately we must find the money to pay for it one way or another. Just like our world-first decision to list cures for all Hep C sufferers on the PBS, funding CGMs for children who need them is a clear example of why it’s important we undertake reforms, such as building a Healthier Medicare, and what can be achieved when we ensure health spending is efficient, evidenced-based and every dollar lands as close to patient as possible. Full details on yesterday’s announcement can be found here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1023975371003168&substory_index=0&id=198830586850988 Best Wishes Sussan

3 years ago
Subsidise a LIFE SAVING device for ALL Type 1 Diabetics & keep 140,000 Australians alive!

On the weekend, it was my absolute pleasure to join with the Prime Minister to announce a re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government will invest $54 million to subsidise continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology for children and young adults under 21 years old facing extra challenges managing their Type 1 diabetes. I have heard and related to many touching personal stories and hopefully this announcement will help relieve some of the stress, anxiety and even just daily difficulties that children and parents living with this situation can face every day. But what makes this case truly special is the advocacy of yourselves and experts such as JDRF and Diabetes Australia, who put forward reliable evidence in an ongoing dialogue with Government to support this significant taxpayer investment, because ultimately we must find the money to pay for it one way or another. Just like our world-first decision to list cures for all Hep C sufferers on the PBS, funding CGMs for children who need them is a clear example of why it’s important we undertake reforms, such as building a Healthier Medicare, and what can be achieved when we ensure health spending is efficient, evidenced-based and every dollar lands as close to patient as possible. Full details on yesterday’s announcement can be found here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1023975371003168&substory_index=0&id=198830586850988 Best Wishes Sussan

3 years ago
Decriminalise the use of medicinal cannabis for people with terminal cancer like my son.

Landmark medicinal cannabis legislation introduced today The Turnbull Government today introduces landmark legislation providing the “missing piece” for Australian patients and their doctors to access a safe, legal and reliable supply of medicinal cannabis products for the management of painful and chronic conditions. Minister for Health Sussan Ley today announced the amendments to the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 would allow the controlled cultivation of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes through one single national licensing scheme – an Australian first. Ms Ley said, if passed, this legislation would open the way for Australians with painful and chronic conditions to get access to the relief they needed where this was determined by their doctors to be of potential benefit. “This is an important day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis products,” Ms Ley said. “For Australia, this is the missing piece in a patient’s journey. “Importantly, having a safe, legal and reliable source of products will ensure medical practitioners are now at the centre of the decision making process on whether medicinal cannabis may be beneficial for their patient.” Ms Ley said the Turnbull Government had worked closely with the states and territories, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders over the past eight weeks to ensure this legislation was “robust” before bringing it to Parliament to give it the best chance of a smooth passage. “I am also aware of the passion of many MPs and Senators from all sides of politics towards making this happen and I thank them for their contributions so far,” Ms Ley said. “I sincerely hope the Parliament can continue to work together to pass this legislation in a bipartisan fashion as quickly as possible in the interest of Australian patients seeking access to medicinal cannabis.” Currently, there are provisions already in place allowing the legal production and distribution of medicinal cannabis products to patients through various means via the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 and the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. This includes authorised prescribers such as specialists working with particular patient groups and clinical trials run by research institutions and state and territory governments. However, Australia does not currently have a safe, legal and reliable supply of locally-grown cannabis to allow the manufacture of therapeutic products or satisfy this demand, hence why today’s legislation has been described as the all-important “missing piece” to patient access. “I am confident creating one single, nationally-consistent cultivation scheme, rather than eight individual arrangements, will not only help speed up the legislative and regulatory process, but ultimately access to medicinal cannabis products as well,” Ms Ley said. “A national regulator will also allow the Government to closely track the development of cannabis products for medicinal use from cultivation to supply and curtail any attempts by criminals to get involved.” Ms Ley said sharing an exposure draft of the legislation with state and territory governments, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders had ensured feedback and contribution on a range of issues, and was essential to navigating this complex legislative path. “The legislation also ensures Australia meets all of its international obligations under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.” Ms Ley said she hoped the legislation would pass in both the House and Senate this sitting of Parliament. Ms Ley reminded Australians today’s announcement did not relate to the decriminalisation of cannabis for general cultivation or recreational use, which remained a law enforcement issue for individual states and territories.

4 years ago
Help save May Ali's life and approve her continued treatment with life-saving drug Eculizumab

I wanted to let people know that I last night signed off Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee recommendation to now give patients 24 months access to Eculizumab before a clinical assessment is required to determine whether or not treatment should continue. This ensures decisions are made without undue influence or pressure about whether a new medicine really will deliver what it promises patients for the price it costs. This is the foundation behind the success of Australia’s world-class system for subsiding medicines and we support this process continuing. I wish May and all sufferers of aHUS the very best with their ongoing treatment and best wishes for the festive season. For more information on announcement: https://www.facebook.com/SussanLeyMP/posts/936390259761680

4 years ago