- Shadow Minister for Education and Training
- Shadow Minister for Education and Training
Remove Senator Hanson from the Family Law Inquiry
Senator Pauline Hanson is so fundamentally compromised, that she should immediately recuse herself or be removed from the inquiry. The dealings of her own son with the Family Court and DV orders, and her using them as motivation to push for an inquiry, mean that there is clear apprehended bias on her part. She has also put her bias on Parliamentary record, making demonstrably untrue claims under Parliamentary privilege. It should be noted that her son pleaded guilty to breaching a DV order. She has shown that she will be unable to participate in this inquiry in a fair or impartial manner. In any judicial or investigatory role, such a conflict of interest would be untenable. It is clear that Senator Hanson is too emotionally and personally invested in Family Court procedures and ought not have any role in a Family Court Inquiry. No-one knows why the Coalition and its One Nation allies are wanting to waste taxpayer money on yet another inquiry, while the sixty recommendations of previous high-level inquiries remain unaddressed. “The Australian Law Reform Commission report, Family Law for the Future: An Inquiry into the Family Law System, was tabled in Parliament today by the Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter MP. The ALRC has made 60 recommendations for reform.” The Coalition and Senator Hanson’s sexism and biases have brought them together to ignore the recommendations of the recent Inquiry. They have both failed to prioritise the implementation of the recommendations in the report and instead have opted to waste tax payer’s money trying to get the answers they want to hear, not the answers provided by the experts. Decisions made by government should always be evidenced based. Decisions to hold inquiries should never be based on conveniently anonymous, generalised anecdotes which is all Senator Hanson has proffered. Senator Hanson has provided no evidence to support her assertions. As a developed, progressive nation, we expect our politicians to be informed by data and research, not biases and prejudices. Senator Hanson’s appointment is a slap in the face to every woman who has struggled to:- protect children during a fraught divorce process;- have their experiences of rape, assault, violence and abuse believed, taken seriously or acted upon;- be paid appropriate child support, or have arrears pursued Pauline Hanson’s family law inquiry will be a victim-blaming and shaming farce that vilifies single mums and domestic violence survivors. The Prime Minister must turf her now.
We stand with LGBTIQ youth against discriminatory religious exemptions
Imagine a young person being forced to suppress their true identity for fear of being kicked out of school and humiliated in front of their peers. These laws tell youth to hide their identity or be rejected by their community and isolated from their friends. That's the impact of the government's discriminatory religious exemptions. Tell the government you won't stand for it. ---UPDATE 1: Your voices are having an impact! PM Scott Morrison has now backtracked on expelling gay students, but has still not released the full recommendations for Religious Freedoms. UPDATE 2: The Coalition has indicated it will craft its own legislation with Labor to protect LGBTIQ students from discrimination but does not support the move to protect teachers and staff. No one should be fired or denied employment based on who they are or who they love. UPDATE 3: The Coalition has blocked the labor bill, forcing the issue into next year. These discriminatory exemptions will continue to exist, likely through til election. With now 50,000 signatures, we will continue to carry this issue into the forefront of 2019 - encourage your community to stand against this - no student shouldn't know where they're welcome to return to school because their identity. We want to ensure the conversation continues to include teachers and staff, as the government fails to include amendments that protect their rights.Sign the petition and let's make sure schools are safe for everyone. ---- Minus18 will deliver this petition to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Sydney Protest Pepper Spray - Calling for the immediate investigation of Police
On June 6th 2020, after a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney, NSW. Police began to corral and push back against protestors into Central Station. The police formed a line against them, which began to agitate protestors who still responded peacefully with protest chants, the police responded aggressively to this by pepper spraying the crowd in the enclosed space. Among the people present in the crowd were Teenagers who were sprayed as well, who reportedly were thinking they were going to die. Pictures and footage has emerged condemning the actions taken by the NSW police as well as questions on whether this was an organised assault by police. I am calling on the NSW Police Commissioner, the NSW Premier, and the Prime Minister of Australia to immediately investigate the actions taken by police with official suspensions dealt to those involved while investigations are being carried out. This is a disgusting act of police brutality and will not be ignored or swept under the rug, nor blamed on the protestors, especially when Teenagers were present.
"Axe the Tax" On Reusable Sanitary Products Petition
UPDATE - We are delighted to announce that Australian Greens Senator, Janet Rice has contacted Modibodi to inform us that reusable hygiene products such as period cups, reusable pads and period underwear have now been added to the Axe the Tampon Tax Bill 2018. More details about the amended Bill can be found here. We ask that you continue to share this petition to raise more awareness about the campaign and assist the Greens and Labor parties in Axing the Tax on ALL menstrual hygiene products. Senator, Janet Rice states, “The Bill that I recently introduced to parliament to remove the unfair tax on sanitary items includes reusable products, because The Greens believe people who menstruate should be able to access menstrual products that are both affordable and sustainable. You can join our campaign and be the first to hear updates about the bill at greens.org.au/tampon-tax ” Thank you for your support. On Sunday 29th April 2018 the Greens and Labor joint announcement to push for the removal of GST on sanitary products, however this announcement only applies to sanitary menstrual disposable products like pads and tampons. Reusable options such as period underwear, menstrual cups, reusable pads and other sustainable options have not been included in the proposed exemption Modibodi, Hannah Pad, Juju Cup and Lunette have teamed up to ask Federal Minister for Labor, Tanya Plibersek and Australian Greens Senator, Janet Rice to change this position, as it is dismissing the impact of these disposable products on our landfill and our waterways. Sign the petition to support "Axe the tax" on all sanitary menstrual products like period and leak-proof underwear, menstrual cups and washable pads. Women and our world deserve access to both affordable but sustainable menstrual solutions. FACT Every disposable pad uses 4 plastic bags Every tampon box and disposable pad is wrapped in layers of plastic Most of the mainstream disposable products still use chemicals in the production of their products, which are then dumped further damaging our environment The production process to make a single use product uses the same amount of energy and water to produce a reusable product Every menstrual woman will use over 15,000 disposable pads-tampons in her menstrual years. All of which are dumped into our landfill, or worse flushed down our waterways with no care for the impact they are having on our environment
Save the Alexandra Canal Cycleway
What is the Alexandra Canal cycleway? The Alexandra Canal cycleway is a calm, safe and protected shared path cycleway that connects Tempe and the southern suburbs, to Sydney's CBD and eastern suburbs. It is a much-loved facility, frequently used by many local Sydney Airport staff and commuters to get to work every day, as well as recreational users of all ages. What is happening to the Alexandra Canal cycleway? Video: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/alexandra-canal-cycleway-set-to-close-20190222-5bw8t.html The State Government (RMS) Sydney Gateway motorway project was designed to connect the Airport terminals to the Sydney Ports, and will require the space to the north of Sydney Airport. Due to Sydney Airport airspace height restrictions, the project plans to remove the existing shared cycling and walking connection along the Alexandra Canal adjacent to Airport Drive. Amongst the many known benefits of active travel, decreasing congestion is important, as the City of Sydney writes in 'Growing Sydney’s congestion-busting bike network'. A protected, separated cycling network is important to reduce and minimise disruption to motor traffic, improve safety for all and free up space for truck freight movements. There is some provision for the replacement and installation of equivalent cycling and walking infrastructure as part of these road projects. However, from history, we know when projects run over budget, walking and cycling facilities are often the first to be removed from the plans. It is also important that safe access is provided for the community during the construction period. What do we want? The surrounding cycling and walking advocacy groups have joined together and agreed on 3 important asks for people cycling in the community: A cycling and walking route along Alexandra Canal from Tempe Reserve to Coward St (equivalent to the existing facility, if not improved) during and after construction. A cycling and walking route linking the Alexandra Canal pathway with the Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal and Bayside Council’s proposed Eastern cycling network (Wentworth Ave, Mill Pond greenway, Foreshore Drive). A bicycle route linking the Alexandra Canal pathway to Sydenham Station and to Sydney Park. Who is responsible? Asks 1-3: We call upon our state representatives to urge the State Government (RMS) to support and provide these important, vital active travel connections for our community. Ask 2: We call upon our federal representatives to urge the Federal Government to assist Sydney Airport Corporation Limited - SACL in negotiating and providing the land to assist the State Government in achieving these connections. What action is required? In addition to signing and sharing this petition, we urge all supporters to write letters to their state and federal representatives (and upcoming election candidates), outlining these 3 asks, and expressing what this cycling and walking facility means to you. Who is behind this campaign? BIKEast Bike Marrickville The Orbital ArtCycle Sydney Green Ring Bikes Botany Bay St George Bicycle Users Group Bicycle NSW BIKESydney Georges River Active Transport (GRAT) Sutherland Shire Environment Centre WalkSydney
Educating our children for racial equality
Indigenous culture is not taught in Australian primary schools, and should form a part of the Australian National Curriculum. Racial inequality is systemic and begins early. To address it, and alter this, we need to teach all Australian children from a young age, the simple principles of Aboriginal culture and law alongside any other (inherent) belief systems taught. To be clear, this curriculum would not be categorised as history or anthropology. Aboriginal culture is alive, and can inform our ways of thinking positively when applied to a myriad of other disciplines. Especially with regard to sustainable systems and ways of living on the planet. We propose a place created in the Australian National Curriculum for Aboriginal Culture for the school year commencing 2021. Aboriginal educators have already created extensive learning resources for both young students and teachers, that would be easily adapted to this end.* The effect of doing this is two-fold; 1. Non-indigenous Australians have an intrinsic understanding of the indigenous worldview, beneficial to their own education as Australians. 2. Indigenous Australians are afforded the respect and acknowledgement of their worldview that they are entitled to as the First Nations People and custodians of this country. There are only positive ramifications for the future of a population that grows up with an intrinsic understanding of Australian indigenous culture. While there are other initiatives working to combat the worst of racial inequality in this country; incarceration and deaths in custody, this initiative addresses the issue from the outset. *This petition has the support of Indigenous educator Nola Turner-Jensen who runs the leading accredited online Aboriginal learning resource Crackerjack Education. Nola's experience and resources are integral to this initiative. Black people have asked white people to use our privilege, at this time, to take action where we can. This is an action. Please be a part of it by signing this petition, and help create peaceful, systemic change that we'll all benefit from.
Dear politicians, we should elect our Prime Minister, not you!
We call on the members of parliament to introduce new laws regarding how a sitting Prime Minister can be removed. Because we should elect our Prime Minister, not the faceless power-brokers and disgruntled backbenchers. To the members of the Australian Parliament, Over the last 8 years Australia has had 5 changes to the Prime Ministership. To put this into some context, the previous 5 prime ministers were spread out over more than 3 decades. Given these facts I'm sure you'd agree that the recent track record is ridiculous. The events that we have witnessed in recent years, and again in August, is an absolute disgrace. It is making Australia the laughing stock of the world. Australians are fed up with seeing a running procession of Prime Ministers, especially when we didn't even vote for them. Frustratingly, the political class has repeatedly lectured us about how the Westminster system 'works' and how this system gives them the right to change our Prime Minister whenever the they want. Well, guess what? it clearly is not working - certainly not in the minds of the average Australian. The system is broken. At an election most Australians vote for a party, its policies and ultimately the leader who is plastered on every poster, TV and radio station. Therefore, we are effectively voting for the person who we wish to represent us as Prime Minister. We call on the members of parliament to introduce new laws regarding how a sitting Prime Minister can be removed. The aim of which is to make it harder for faceless power-brokers and disgruntled backbenchers to dispose of a sitting Prime Minister, against the peoples will. Ultimately this is about the stability and integrity of our democracy. We don't just expect a higher standard of you, we demand it. Yours sincerely, The Australian people, your electors.
Government Should Introduce COVID19 stimulus package for International Students.
This is a urgent, difficulty and challenging time of COVID19 health pandemic. There are more then 650,000 International Students currently enrolled in Australia. During this health pandemic they are also devastated, they are risking there life as every Australian do and going through hardship socially, economically & Financially. International education contributed $37.6 billion to the Australian economy last financial year as per govt. records. As per Hon. Education Minister Daniel Trehan “Australia is a world-leading study destination. It is our largest service-based export and supports 240,000 jobs, business opportunities and economic growth”. As a Australian citizen we request government on behalf of international Students community to support them during this global pandemic. They are vital to our economy when things will be normal again.We appeal to Our Hon. Authorities to introduce temporary Stimulus package for this community who is part and partial of our country and this will allow them to live, breath and survive at the time of global meltdown. Lets take the ownership of humankind and Show our solidarity to these future generations. Lets be an Australian !!!
Freeze Federal Funding of WestConnex
WestConnex is a proposed 33 km long tollway going through the inner suburbs of Sydney connecting the M4 and M5. Its current cost is a massive $16.8 billion, a cost to be met by taxpayers and heavy tolls. To date the NSW Government has committed $1.5 billion and obtained a commercial loan of $1.5 billion to fund the project. The Federal Government has committed a $1.8 billion grant and $2 billion loan for the project. This still leaves a funding gap of $10 billion, which will probably have to be met by the Federal Government committing further taxpayer funds.In spite of this massive expense, all independent transport experts say that WestConnex will increase, not reduce, traffic congestion. It will also divert funds that could otherwise be spent on public transport improvements.The WestConnex tollway has been surrounded by controversy and increasing community opposition. An incoming Labor Government would have the ability to freeze Federal funding for it.There is $300 million in Federal grant funding and a $2 billion Federal loan which is not due to be finalised and paid until after the election on July 2. An incoming Federal government has the power to stop these payments.WE CALL ON LABOR TO COMMIT TO CANCELLING THESE PAYMENTS AND ANY FUTURE FUNDING SHOULD A FEDERAL LABOR GOVERNMENT BE ELECTED.WestConnex is a disaster on many levels: Contrary to the NSW Government’s spurious claims that the proposed tollroad will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it would encourage car travel creating more traffic congestion and carbon emissions. Western Sydney needs better public transport services to the city and within Western Sydney, not an extra $100 a week per car in tolls. Even the NSW Government’s Environmental Impact Statement states this road will not work to reduce traffic congestion even in the medium term. It is massively expensive and the cost is spiraling out of control. It has increased by 68% in two years and is diverting money from other priorities such as public transport, schools and hospitals. The impact of WestConnex on communities in the inner west is devastating. It is heartbreaking to visit Haberfield as WestConnex smashes homes to the ground, displaces long-term residents, takes over green space and destroys trees. A Senate inquiry has been asked to investigate construction firm Leighton's involvement in the project after evidence about offshore bribery by a former executive came to light. It is time to change track as cities in advanced countries around the world are doing, and put the money into public and active transport instead of roads.
The catchment area drawn up for the new Inner Sydney High School excludes locals
We feel strongly that our children should not be excluded from the brand-new school that's being built on their doorstep. Kids from areas as far away as Double Bay and Woollahra are in the catchment area of the new Inner Sydney High School on Cleveland Street, yet children who live across the road in Redfern are to be left out. Our children will have to walk past the brand-new school to catch the bus to attend schools much further away. Another school is being built in Alexandria but that one will barely cover the expected enrolment from nearby Green Square, with its 60,000 residents. We are calling on Education Minister Rob Stokes to urgently review the Inner Sydney High School catchment boundaries to include families who live at its doorstep.