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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
271,553 supporters
Petitioning Australian federal government

We call on PM Scott Morrison to meet immediately with emergency leaders #attnscottmorrison

Right now across Australia, widespread fires and extreme weather are endangering our people, homes and ecosystems. Nationwide, people’s feelings of fear and anxiety about the future of our country are reaching boiling point. It’s time to get PM Scott Morrison’s attention! Our message is clear: “Dear Prime Minister, we call on you to meet immediately with emergency leaders including Greg Mullins (former Fire & Rescue Chief)”. You can add your voice to this message by taking two simple steps: 1) Sign this petition and hit 'Share' 2) Use the hashtag #attnscottmorrison when you post images of the current fire emergencies across Australian states, along with the petition link. This is how you can tell your Prime Minister that you want him to meet with emergency experts to discuss firefighting resources, climate action and a national emergency summit!  We understand that the priority right now for many Australians is, and must be, to remain vigilant and safe. So this call out is for those of us who have capacity to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with affected communities.  As Hon. Jacinda Arden says, “we have to start moving beyond signs of hope, and deliver signs of action”.  Please sign and share today! #attnscottmorrison ----------------------------------- Suggested short Social Media post to accompany images of fire affected areas:  #attnscottmorrison Right now our country is burning. Our home is on fire and only action will put out the flames. As an Australian, I call on you @scottmorrisonmp to meet immediately with emergency leaders, including Greg Mullins. It’s time for leadership and action to keep Australia safe.   -------------------------------------   An additional note on donations made via Change.org:   The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness and communicate a call to action, not to raise funds. As campaign organisers, we are not collecting funds donated through this portal. We appreciate your support to date and if you're eager to make a financial contribution to affected communities, we suggest that you donate directly to a cause via their website.Below are links to the organisations that we've prioritised throughout the campaign. Read on to find what you're most aligned with as an individual: - Donate to the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action    - Donate Blood to the Australian Red Cross - there is an urgent need due to the fires - Donate to the NSW & QLD fires at the Australia Red Cross - Donate to Koalas In Care - Donate to the Koala Hospital - Donate to the WIRES Emergency Fund - Become a Wildlife Carer  Additional Resources: - Read the Climate Council’s Bushfire Briefing Paper here - Stay up to date on the NSW Fires Near Me site & app and the QLD Rural Fire Service site - Find loved ones at Register.Find.Reunite  - You can talk to someone at any time at Lifeline on 13 11 14 - Resources for Teachers and Parents on how we can talk about emergencies with children and young people are up on the Australian Red Cross site here. A note on campaign privacy:  Your support and your privacy is invaluable to us. We will not share any names of supporters or signatories without your proactive consent and confirmation of your permission. On the campaign website, Change.org will share your name and that you have signed if you tick the box allowing them to do so. We welcome you to stand alongside us in putting your name to this call to action. We also are so grateful for the meaningful and personal words people have shared with us and the community within the Reasons For Signing section.    Thank you, we're hearing you...  

Maree Lowes
176,331 supporters
Petitioning Sussan Ley

Declaren a los Koalas como especie en peligro de extinción

Los koalas australianos están en peligro de extinción, y el gobierno australiano DEBE hacer algo al respecto. No podía apartar la vista de las horribles imágenes de koalas quemados y moribundos procedentes de los recientes incendios forestales en toda la costa este de Australia. A medida que mi país de origen, Australia, experimenta sequías e incendios forestales sin precedentes, las poblaciones de koalas se han reducido junto con su hábitat natural. Los incendios recientes pueden haber matado hasta 1000 koalas. Por favor únete a mí y ayuda a salvar el Koala. La deforestación ha significado que los koalas ya estaban bajo amenaza antes de los incendios forestales. Los koalas solo viven en Australia y dependen de los eucaliptos para sobrevivir. Pero los eucaliptos, la única fuente de alimento de los koalas, están siendo destruidos a un ritmo alarmante.Los koalas están en peligro, pero aún no se han catalogado como especies en peligro de extinción. Las poblaciones de koalas en los estados de Nueva Gales del Sur y Queensland cayeron un 42% entre 1990 y 2010, según el Comité Científico de la Commonwealth. ¡Algunos expertos dicen que no habrá Koalas para 2050! Instamos al gobierno australiano a declarar al koala como una especie en peligro de extinción de inmediato.  FIRMA Y COMPARTE LA PETICIÓN. Es ahora o nunca, necesitamos actuar por los animales y personas de Australia. 

Viv Benjamin
154,466 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
127,516 supporters
Petitioning The People, Sussan Ley

FREE Chrystul Kizer

I Myself Is A Product Of Sexual Abuse For Years, From 1 year to 7 years old . I was placed in foster care in Temple Texas but I never got deep mental counseling so I had to HEAL MYSELF!! THE GOVERNMENT LOOK OVER ME BY SAYING I DON’T  NEED COUNSELING FOR LIFE SO THE GOVERNMENT  REFUSE MY MENTAL DIAGNOSIS THIS YEAR. So I’m sharing this sad heartbreaking story about a young girl who was raped and sold through sex trafficking and she killed the man that sold her to other old nasty men.  Unfortunately she’s  looking at life in prison here’s her story!!! KENOSHA, Wis. -- A Milwaukee teenager is being held on a $1 million bond in the death of a man she says was trafficking her. Chrystul Kizer is charged with shooting, killing and setting Randall Volar on fire in his Kenosha, Wisconsin home last June.   "I believe the million dollars cash bond is appropriate," said court commissioner Jon Mason. Supporters of the teen say the man she is accused of killing was wanted for child sex crimes, according to WISN. The case is now making national headlines after Kizer says she killed Volar in self-defense in a jail house interview with the Washington Post. "She had been trying to get out of whatever arrangement that they had and he was threatening to kill her," said Kizer supporter, Ben Turk. In court last week, her attorney, a public defender, argued the murder falls under state law called "affirmative defense" which acquits sex trafficking victims of certain crimes. However, the judge disagreed, saying it only applies to prostitution or child trafficking cases   From the start, Gravely said he's been pressured to drop all charges, but argues Volar's murder was premeditated. Volar's house has since been torn down, but the District Attorney said the day they found his body was the same day they were about to charge him with child sex crimes. "I mean, it's ridiculous that the police knew what was going on there and a lot to continue," said Turk Right now, Kizer's trial is set to start in March, but it could be delayed. If convicted, she faces life in prison. #FREEHER  

Kimberly Goodall
126,699 supporters
Petitioning Sussan Ley

Declaren a los Koalas como especie en peligro de extinción!

Los koalas australianos están en peligro de extinción, y el gobierno australiano DEBE hacer algo al respecto. No podía apartar la vista de las horribles imágenes de koalas quemados y moribundos procedentes de los recientes incendios forestales en toda la costa este de Australia. A medida que mi país de origen, Australia, experimenta sequías e incendios forestales sin precedentes, las poblaciones de koalas se han reducido junto con su hábitat natural. Los incendios recientes pueden haber matado hasta 1000 koalas. Por favor únete a mí y ayuda a salvar el Koala. La deforestación ha significado que los koalas ya estaban bajo amenaza antes de los incendios forestales. Los koalas solo viven en Australia y dependen de los eucaliptos para sobrevivir. Pero los eucaliptos, la única fuente de alimento de los koalas, están siendo destruidos a un ritmo alarmante. Los koalas están en peligro, pero aún no se han catalogado como especies en peligro de extinción. Las poblaciones de koalas en los estados de Nueva Gales del Sur y Queensland cayeron un 42% entre 1990 y 2010, según el Comité Científico de la Commonwealth. ¡Algunos expertos dicen que no habrá Koalas para 2050! Instamos al gobierno australiano a declarar al koala como una especie en peligro de extinción de inmediato.  FIRMÁ Y COMPARTÍ LA PETICIÓN. Es ahora o nunca, necesitamos actuar por los animales y personas de Australia.   

Viv Benjamin
998,153 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

4 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.

5 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

5 years ago