- Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water
- Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water
STOP THE SLAUGHTER OF WOMBATS IN VICTORIA
High-rolling tourists visiting Crown Casino are being invited to hunt and kill wombats at a luxury hunting lodge on an 809-hectare (2000 acre) property backing on to Murrindindi Scenic Reserve. The lodge is run by a Chinese businessman, who is a Crown casino partner with alleged crime links. Wombats are one of our iconic native animals. Wombats are protected in every other state in Australia. Common wombats are a protected species in Victoria, except in 193 districts including Murrindindi where the animals have been declared unprotected wildlife. Tensions are boiling over in the tight-knit community, with neighbours reporting they feel “scared” of unlicensed and inexperienced shooters firing powerful weapons close to their properties. I think locals are completely justified in being concerned for their safety as well as that of the effect on their livestock. How is killing a wombat sportsmanlike? I care about our native wildlife as I know a lot of other Aussies do as well. Please help me change legislation to include protection for wombats in all areas of Victoria.
Don’t bulldoze Aboriginal heritage: save the Butterfly Cave
In 2019, the Federal government recognised the deep cultural significance of the Butterfly Cave for Awabakal women. A Declaration was made under ATSIHP Act to preserve and protect the site. Now, the Roche Group is again planning housing development in place of our precious Cave. Please sign the petition to stop big corporates from breaching the Declaration. For ten long years, we have been fighting the giant property developer to prevent them from destroying our sanctuary. We thought that securing a Federal Declaration would be enough to keep greedy developers off our cultural sites, but it is simply a minor blockage for them. The Butterfly Cave is incredibly important to Awabakal women and the wider Aboriginal community. It is a source of spiritual and physical sustenance for us. The new housing development will breach the Declaration in a number of ways. We are furious and heartbroken. It feels like all our efforts were for nothing. The Federal Minister for Environment is the ONLY person who has the authority to enforce the ATSIHP Declaration. Please sign the petition and ask Minister Ley to enforce the Declaration NOW. For more information please visit: SAVE THE BUTTERFLY CAVE
Reduce Brisbane’s second runway noise impact for suburbs 4171
Do you live in Bulimba / Balmoral / Hawthorne (4171 postcode)? Do you want up to 70 additional fights per day flying over your home? Brisbane’s second airport runway will be completed by mid 2020 and this is the reality we face as local residents. See the impact via the flight path tool right here: https://bne.com.au/corporate/community-and-environment/flight-paths-aircraft-noise We are requesting our local representatives enact change to the flight paths and spread the noise load with other Brisbane suburbs. 4171 will be impacted greatly if we don’t speak up. Please sign the petition to make your voice heard. We will be presenting this to Terri Butler and Di Farmer as a priority. Change and action is needed now.
PROTECT OUR WATER AND OUR FOOD BOWLS
BAN FRACKING & CSG UNCONDITIONALLY NATIONWIDE
Water and food security is being placed at risk here in Australia because governments continue to industrialise our agricultural land and allow the resources sector to pollute our surface and groundwater. It is time to demand action not just on climate change, as action to protect our food bowls is also urgently needed. We need a national food and water security policy. Fracking gas and CSG projects are the biggest threat to a sustainable Australia because these projects pollute all surrounding water sources, including aquifers, contaminate air quality, soil and compromise the ability of landowners to produce clean food, as does conventional gas on prime agriculture land. With over 50% of prime production land in the NT and 2% in WA equating to a land mass the size of Tasmania, approved for fracking, as well as, CSG projects being approved in Queensland and NSW, along with conventional gas wells being drilled in the middle of prime agricultural land in SA, our national food and water security is being placed at risk. One shale or tight gas well requires between 15 to 30 million litres of clean water over the life time of the well. With 100s and 1000s of wells being planned for Australia, we simply don't have that kind of water to spare in the direst inhabited continent on the planet. Well casing failure leads to water contamination, making water undrinkable and unsuitable for food production. We simply can't afford this industry our water is too precious because all wells fail eventually. A gas company in WA contaminated a water source with radiation and the recommended resolution from the gas company, was to feed the contaminated drinking water to livestock. This is livestock that would have entered our food chain. In Queensland CSG projects are compromising a farmer's ability to produce clean food for Australians because their water bores have either dried up or have been contaminated by nearby CSG projects. The UN Resolution 64/292....states, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognised the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights. The United Nations Charter defines democracy as “ a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives” Our request is also supported by the United Nations Human Rights International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. PART I Article 1 1. “All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”. PART III Article 21. 3. “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government”.
The hiring of specialist trained Gender Surgeons in each Australian State and Territory
To the honourable members of the Australian Parliament, I, Elizabeth Kazon, an Intersex Transgender Female, and my fellow LGBTQIA+ individuals, allies and supporters, call upon you to without delay hire surgeons within the Medicare public health system to perform sex reassignment surgeries, thus making these certified Life Saving Surgeries, affordable for all Transgender and Intersex Australians. Within Australia, Medicare pays a rebate for some Male to Female Sex Reassignment Surgeries and some Female to Male Sex Reassignment Surgeries, however as there isn’t the possibility to have these surgeries performed in the public health system, private surgeons have a virtual monopoly, making these necessary surgeries unaffordable for a majority of Transgender and Intersex individuals. Furthermore, advancements are being made in these surgeries, however there is no opportunity for the private surgeons to learn and use these new techniques as they are constantly backlogged with patients who have no alternatives. The approximate cost in Australia to have a Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty is $18’000 excluding aftercare, fights and accommodation. A new surgery, the Peritoneum Pull-Through Vaginoplasty has been pioneered and is being performed oversees for approximately $20’000-$40’000 USD. This cost is relatively affordable when compared to the $100’000+ payable to have Phalloplasty performed in Australia. These prices are unaffordable, and it should be offered within the public system. In addition, it is with great conviction that we also believe that breast enhancement, breast reduction, Buttocks enhancement and buttocks reduction should also be performed for those holding a valid Intersex or Transgender Diagnosis as such procedures have been proven to greatly improve Transgender and Intersex individuals’ mental health. We the undersigned call upon you, the Australian Parliament, to without delay, put pressure on the individual states and territories to hire and train 1 specialist surgeon per capital city in Australia plus at least 4 specialist nurses to assist them. These surgeons collectively should be proficient in the following new and older techniques to meet the needs of the Transgender and Intersex Individuals of Australia: · Peritoneum Pull-Through Vaginoplasty, · Sigmoid Colon Vaginoplasty, · Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty, · Facial Feminization Surgery, · Voice Feminization Surgery, · Tracheal Shave, · Breast and Buttock Augmentation, · Mastectomy, · Hysterectomy, · Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy, · Metoidplasty, · Phalloplasty. Yours with hope,
Fashion companies should have to be upfront about their sustainability, at point of sale
Second only to oil, the fashion and textile industries are the greatest source of pollution in the world! The amount of water commonly used to make one pair of jeans uses as much water as one person drinks in seven years. Hi, my name is Telaan Dias and as part of a school project I have conducted research into the fashion industry and its dirty secrets. From the high end conglomerates to the fast-fashion bargains in most closets few of these brands are doing their part to help slow the #climateemergency gripping our planet. When I approached companies such as Calvin Klein, LVMH, Kering, Prada, H&M and Zara they were unable to explain to me what they were doing to make their whole product lineup sustainable. Furthermore, the lack of transparency in this area has caused companies to lie about their sustainability record in order to boost sales and inflate their share price. This has been actively promoted by Barrons to cause an increase in numerous fashion companies stock price. Consumers are rightly concerned about where their clothes come from and what choices they can make to slow environmental destruction. This is why, in the interests of the whole global community we need serious regulation to be imposed on fashion companies. Consumers have various concerns such as price, local production and quality but environmental footprint is an ever increasing issue for the global consumer. I propose to the institutions above that all fashion retailers be required, either on packaging or (in the case of online) at the point of sale to disclose what percentage of the product was made from recycled materials in contrast to the percentage made from virgin materials. This is crucial to ensuring that companies do not get a free ride to falsely claiming that they are sustainably producing clothing when this is not the case (known as greenwashing), an example is H&M's campaign in 2019 called the 'conscious' collection. This proposal would ensure that consumers are able to compare products in store and online to make an informed choice. The proposal is similar to that of the 'Health Star Rating' System and the "Australian Made Bar Chart" on food packaging in stores. Like has happened in the food industry the initiative would enable consumers to make sustainable choices, however, for those who are financially unstable these persons would still be able to access clothing. Sign today to take a step towards a more environmental future and push companies and regulators to do what is right.
PM, we have a crisis! Stop Wasting our Waste – Recycle & Compost
We all produce ‘garbage’, approximately 2.5 tonnes per person each year (WA) but much of this could and should be recovered, but it’s not. At long last, our Prime Minister has recognised there is a recycling and resource recovery industry crisis in Australia. However, now it’s finally on the agenda we need to keep the momentum to drive meaningful change and we need your help. Show you care and please share. Successive federal governments have for so long failed to provide the required frameworks, legislation and processes for an integrated solution. There has been virtually no support or subsidies for recycling initiatives, hampering the establishment of new markets that allow the ‘circular economy’ to take hold. Lacking sustainable options that are economically feasible, local and state governments have opted for the easier, cheaper landfill options or sold our waste to suppliers who shipped the problem overseas. Here in Australia, the pursuit of a cleaner, more sustainable society has largely relied on individuals, community groups and progressive small businesses with inspiration coming from Abc’s program, War on Waste. In West Australia, for example, Darren Lomman founder of Greenbatch is in the process of building the States first plastic recycling plant using crowdfunding among other avenues, to divert this resource from landfill. At Tailz, we see more than 1 billion single use plastic dog poo bags per year going to landfill as misguided and in urgent need of change. Dog owners tend to be unaware that the many of the free bags provided by councils are sourced from suppliers offering much cheaper plastic bags, that prevents suppliers of true compostable bags to provide a more sustainable option. Thankfully, some inspiring Councils are leading the way implementing FOGO food organic, green organic systems. City's like the City of Moyne in Victoria and the City of Melville in WA demonstrate how successful and sustainable sending all organics to industrial composting facilities can be. Last year, Ministers endorsed a target of 100 per cent of Australian packaging being recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025. This is a start, but a more holistic approach would see Government invest in this industry and take bolder steps to fast track and establish a circular economy. So please sign and share this petition to send a clear message to our government that more needs to be done to fix this mess! sources- Waste per capita https://www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/media/files/wws/what_is_waste_chapter.pdf Australia’s Waste Industry is in Crisis, and it’s a warning to the world about China’s market power. Feb 16 2018 https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australia-recycling-crisis-2018-2 Massive warehouses filled with recyclable materials that no one wants The Age, Aug 8 2019 (banner photo credit Jason South). https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/massive-warehouses-filled-with-recyclable-materials-that-no-one-wants-20190808-p52f2o.html Circular economy https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/concept ABC's War on Waste https://www.abc.net.au/ourfocus/waronwaste/ Greenbatch plastic recovery facility https://www.greenbatch.com/ Tailz compostable dog poo bags https://tailz.com.au/ Moyne Shire Council, Vic http://www.moyne.vic.gov.au/Your-Property/Recycling-and-Waste/Fortnightly-FOGO-collection City of Melville, WA https://www.melvillecity.com.au/waste-and-environment/waste-recycling-fogo/3-bin-fogo-system/what-is-the-3-bin-fogo-system Government action on plastics & packaging 2018 https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/waste-resource-recovery/plastics-and-packaging