Tony Abbott MP
Tony Abbott MP
Marise Payne, act now to #BringJamesRicketsonHome or my innocent father will die in jail
VICTORY! James Ricketson is now free, thanks in no small part to everyone who signed this petition. Dad wants to thank you all for your ongoing support, we couldn't have done it without you. Now, we hope that we can channel that incredible energy: we want to get impoverished Cambodian families out of the rubbish dumps they live in, and into homes. Visit Family by Family to learn how you can help. My Australian adopted dad, James Ricketson has the kindest heart - yet he’s holed up in a Cambodian prison without even having committed a crime. Unless the Australian government responds quickly, my innocent dad could die in jail. I’m petrified - every day matters now as he gets sicker. I’m so worried for dad’s rapidly deteriorating health - He is almost 70 frail and squashed in a tiny cell with 140 others. It’s so cramped, they have to take it in turns to lie down. Body lice are eating him alive. Dad is an Australian documentary maker/journalist. His only crime is kindness and using his award winning documentaries to portray the truth. The Cambodian government is holding him indefinitely without charge for the ridiculous and untrue accusation of espionage / spying as an Australian citizen - which carries 15 years. All he did was fly a drone over an opposition party rally, which isn’t even illegal. There is a new Foreign Minister – Marise Payne – who hasn’t made up her mind on James’ case yet. Dad was making a documentary about Australia’s abused street kids when he adopted me and loved me as his own daughter. He saved my life. He was one of the first men in my life to show me kindness but now the Australian government has turned their back on him.
Stop the banks from profiting from your loved one's death
Did you know that when your husband/wife/partner dies, banks will continue to charge interest on their credit cards, loans or other accounts, even after you have advised the bank of their date of death? They will also charge your deceased partner late payment fees. Furthermore, after you obtain Probate to handle your partner's estate, did you know the bank will NOT return those accrued interest / charges to you, even after you have paid off any outstanding credit card or loan amounts? On average it takes 10 weeks to obtain probate in NSW, so that's minimum 10 weeks of interest accruing if you are organised enough to have a lawyer apply for probate immedately after a death, which, let's face it, no one is thinking about for a at least a month when you lose your life partner. (In Australia today the average time after death by which people obtain Probate is actually 6 to 9 months.) You have to ASK the bank for that money back. And they are not obliged to do so. When I asked for loan amounts to be corrected to the date of his death, they just said "no". After my husband died last year, a bank refused to repay fees and interest that they had added to my husband's loans. I had probate and was executing his estate appropriately and with the assistance of my lawyer. They even refused to speak to my lawyer, only me, after I lodged a complaint with the Financial Ombudsman, hence causing me months of further distress. They did NOTHING until I went public with my plight on social media last year. Finally in order to settle our affairs, I had to sign a confidentiality agreement that I would never disclose the bank's name. It was a nightmare and noone should have to endure this on top of the trauma of a significant loss. This is WRONG! Grieving families have enough to deal with without greedy banks exploiting them when they are at their most vulnerable. Please sign this petition to ask the Australian government to help us lobby for change to this unfair and greedy practice by financial institutions. This is in memory of darling late husband, Michael Vaughan.
Unhomeless the Homeless in California
**Declare State of Emergency in California for All Homeless Individuals and their Companion Animals** *♡♡♡PLEASE REMEMBER♡♡♡* THAT THE NUMBERS LISTED IN THIS PETITION REPRESENT ACTUAL ***♡♡♡HUMAN BEINGS♡♡♡*** On any given night, there are over 148,000 homeless people in California - 23% of the entire nation’s homeless population. In L.A. County, for example, the number of homeless people climbed 12% in a year to just shy of 59,000, according to the latest point-in-time count. **The Los Angeles County count found a 24% increase in homeless youth, defined as people under 25, and a 7% jump in people 62 or older. Officials estimate about 29% of people experiencing homelessness in the county are mentally ill or coping with substance abuse problems. About two-thirds of all people on the streets of metro Los Angeles are male, just under one-third are female, and about 2% identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. This year’s Count revealed that 23% of the unsheltered people experiencing homelessness—more than 9,200 people—were homeless for the first time last year. The majority (53%) cited economic hardship as the cause. Los Angeles County has the second largest population of homeless people of any region in the United States, according to a government report released Wednesday. In Los Angeles, 600,000 people are considered "severely rent burdened," which means they spend half their income on rent. More than 8,000 people became homeless here for the first time last year, according to the 2017 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report. "We are reaching levels of inequality that we have not seen since the Gilded Age," said Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenants Union. The union helps organize tenant boycotts against things like rent increases and gentrification. **Updated 9/19** In L.A. County, for example, the number of homeless people climbed 12% in a year to just shy of 59,000, according to the latest point-in-time count. Within the city, the number soared to more than 36,000, a 16% increase. Los Angeles County's total — 55,188 — was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, 95 percent of people experiencing homelessness in New York City were sheltered, the report found, while only 22 percent of those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles were sheltered in 2017. The HUD report findings were similar to the results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 57,794 — an increase of 23 percent over the previous count. The HUD report found that on one night in January, nearly one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles. According to the report, overall homelessness increased nationwide this year for the first time in seven years, by slightly under 1 percent compared to 2016. On a given night across the country, 553,742 people were homeless, with nearly two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one- third living on the streets, according to the report L.A.'s big increase in homelessness had a significant impact on the national numbers. Between 2016 and 2017, individual homelessness increased by 9 percent (15,540 people) in the nation's major cities. Los Angeles accounted for 60 percent of this increase. According to the report, Los Angeles County ranked: - second nationally in the percent of unsheltered homeless, at 84.3 percent; - first in the number of individuals who are homeless, at 47,082; - first in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth at 5,163; and first in the number of homeless veterans (4,476) and percentage of unsheltered veterans (76.1 percent). California had 134,278 homeless people, and while the Golden State has the nation's largest population, the rate of 34 homeless residents per 10,000 people was twice the national average, according to the report. Of those, 68 percent were living on the streets, by far the worst percentage. The report said half the nation's homeless live in California, New York, Florida, Texas or Washington. Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors. Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least 134,278 men, women and children -- 10,000 to 12,000 in Downtown, including more than 8,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes.More than 53,000 homeless people, or 40 percent of the state’s total, live in Los Angeles County. That number is up from about 36,000 just six years ago. There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities. In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure. It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is. The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action. That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis. We need: *Provide 50,000 more vouchers, through a combination of Housing Choice Vouchers and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers, two longstanding key programs that provide needed rental subsidies for extremely low-income Americans; *Increse the value of those vouchers to account for the high cost of rents in America’s cities and counties; and, *Create a program based on best-practices to incentivize landlords to work with voucher holders to find stable housing Specifically, we urge you to implement the following recommendations: (1) Create a system for secure storage of the personal property of people experiencing homelessness. Without reasonable provision for the storage and safety of homeless people’s possessions (for example, a site with a tub or shopping cart - sized public locker system), homeless encampments are inevitable. (2) Meet the basic medical and hygienic needs of the homeless people in our midst. Beyond simply assuring access to public restrooms throughout our cities / county during the day, we ask that you: a) Establish a system of easily accessible medical / hygienic facilities (perhaps through medical vans or hygienic equivalents) to be made available to homeless people during the day, so that they could be treated for simple ailments like colds or the flu, as well as have their persons and their belongings “deloused” (freed from bed bugs / lice) b) Establish a system of infirmaries and, if needed, one-night quarantine wards for those arriving ill or infested with bugs, so that homeless persons arriving at the shelters for the night can become confident that they will not simply contract the flu or pests while sleeping at the shelters. (3) Do not close shelters (that is, do not expel the people that the shelters are serving) before a reasonable hour (7-8 am). No one should be forced to leave a shelter at 5 or 6 am, literally into the cold and darkness, before most other businesses and services open. (4) Establish a system of “day centers,” often called “multipurpose centers,” so that people experiencing homelessness have safe places to go to during the day where they could have many of the above mentioned needs met, as well have places to receive counseling, access to phones and computers with internet access for jobs, possible family and/or friends to reconnect or simply to rest /recreate. (5) Respect the right of people experiencing homelessness to file complaints against homeless service providers and allow them to document the problems and complaints they have about the shelters through photography, video, or audio recordings MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE ACTUALLY IMPLEMENTED NOW ! Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way. Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice. No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Every single man, woman, child, baby deserves a safe place to call home. Along with their cats, dogs, birds, fish, and all the other additional animals types that are "family pets/companionship and should be lovingly taken cherished in a home also. Please then Share this petition with your family, friends, neighbors, and on your social media to spread the word even further. Thank you for your support.
Stop Boris Johnson and his GMO UK plan!
So, Boris Johnson is already out to ruin the country. Have you read he wants the UK to ‘liberate’ the bioscience sector by allowing the use of GMOs in the UK? Take a read here: https://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/19059-boris-johnson-in-first-speech-as-uk-s-new-prime-minister-promotes-gmo-crops If you haven’t read up about GMOs read now. Google the experiment between the GMO corn vs normal core where wild animals wouldn’t touch the GMO corn. Here’s a few things to note: Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise. GMOs cross pollinate and their seeds can travel. It is impossible to fully clean up our contaminated gene pool. Self-propagating GMO pollution will outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste. The potential impact is huge, threatening the health of future generations. GMO contamination has also caused economic losses for organic and non-GMO farmers who often struggle to keep their crops pure. Biotech companies like Monsanto told us that Agent Orange, PCBs, and DDT were safe. They are now using the same type of superficial, rigged research to try and convince us that GMOs are safe. Independent scientists, however, have caught the spin-masters red-handed, demonstrating without doubt how industry-funded research is designed to avoid finding problems, and how adverse findings are distorted or denied. GM crops and their associated herbicides can also harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources, and are unsustainable. That is just a brief introduction to GMOs. They are really really bad, and this Mr. Johnson is okay with that. Probably because there’s financial gain on the cards. We’re not happy with it. This will become as big a problem as global warming, except we’re led to believe that GMOs are safe. Please help us stop this atrocious idea from becoming a reality. Thank you
'Virtual Fences' in the UK to Lessen Roadkill and Road Traffic Accidents
ProblemIn 2016-2017 it was reported that more than 3900 animals were killed on the roads in the United Kingdom (Confused.com, 2018). This is 3900 too many. Even more so when you take into account that this only the animals which are reported as roadkill. Have you ever reported roadkill which you've seen? No. Therefore, this number is likely to be much, much larger. Road signs such as, "Animals Crossing" are not effective- drivers simply ignore them. Speed bumps don't work either as they disrupt traffic and result in NIMBYist feelings. However, there is a solution, and it comes from Tasmania...SolutionIn Tasmania, on one stretch of road, there are 'virtual fences', which detect car movement, and animal movement, and when they correspond to one-another, lets out a high frequency sound and flashing lights- which is completely inaudible, and invisible to the driver. This results in the animal being "spooked", and not crossing the road, or it does cross, just when it is safe to do so.Too many people have crashed, or died, in their cars by trying to avoiding wildlife. This simple tool will help to reduce this. In Tasmania this device reduced roadkill by 50%- so fewer animals died, fewer cars were crashed, and fewer people died- a mutually beneficial device to prevent unnecessary deaths.#DontBeOnTheFence Please Share this petition in whatever way you can: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, word of mouth, so that one day this will become commonplace in the UK. If you want to learn more about the 'virtual fences' information can be found at: https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/australia-virtual-fence-roadkill/ or... Fox, et al., (2018), Roadkill mitigation: trialing virtual fence devices on the west coast of Tasmania, Australian Mammalogy, https://doi.org/10.1071/AM18012 Personal storyMy name is Sam, I am 20 years old, and am currently studying Geography at university. I wanted to set up this petition because when I saw this idea I thought that it should be utilised everywhere- not just hidden away in Tasmania. If it can reduce road traffic accidents, or roadkill even slightly then surely it would be a success?
Muzzle the Australian Government
"We the People" of Australia, as the Principle Creditors of Australia �� demand that, The Governments of Australia and All of its members, State and Federal, cease All "New Business" matters and only play a maintenance role in their positions, making No decisions based on their opinion, until such time as the alleged Section 44, dual citizenship breach of the Constitution is resolved, including the unlawful swearing in of Ministers on the Qur'an !!! Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200.00
Change the Laws For Koalas
We need to save our koalas. We need more hospitals for animals, fauna crossings and tougher laws against deforestation!!! Over 40% of our koalas have perished in the last 2 Decades!!!!
Call RSPCA and ALL local councils to account for their blatant collusion and corruption!!
RSPCA & LOCAL COUNCILS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE BLATANT AND CONTINUED DISREGARD FOR (STATE) ANIMAL WELFARE ACTS & (FED) JUSTICES ACT 1886 The ducks in this photo were confined to this 2mx2m cage with a concrete floor covered by a single cotton sheet... 15 ducks = 5 ducks x 3 cages. How long do you consider is a reasonable period to confine them to such a tiny cage 24/7 without EVER allowing them out? If you think 7+ months is perfectly fine, this may not be the petition for you. If it makes you gasp or shake your head in disbelief, please keep reading. How do I know how long they were there? THEY WERE MY BEAUTIFUL DUCKS!! NB. All thanks for my life-altering and ongoing heartache and anguish go directly to RSPCA and Scenic Rim Regional Council. RSPCA in collusion with local councils have been stitching up and illegally prosecuting responsible and decent pet owners, carers, no kill shelters, rescues, breeders and trainers for FAR too long, while deliberately and blatantly ignoring REAL suffering of animals in REAL need. They act only if there is money in it to be made by them. They lie, manipulate, cover up, harass, bully (apparently that's a crime - as long as you're not RSPCA or a local council) and intimidate in order to serve their own contrived agendas. There is overwhelming exponential and irrefutable evidence in existence that blind Freddy can see what is really going on and how prevalent and all-pervading it truly is... and it happens with the full, unquestioning support and backing of the federal, state and local governments. Its disgusting and abhorrent. There are countless stories that want and need to be told about the depth and degree of atrocities inflicted by these government backed and funded agencies. There is no higher authority or governing body to hold RSPCA to account which is why and how they are able to continue colluding in order to wreak havoc and cause insurmountable pain, damage and financial expense at will on average Joe Citizen. The conditions with which they keep OUR animals in is NOTHING short of appalling and in the majority of cases, far worse conditions than the very groups and individuals they prosecute for 'neglect'. How is this not hypocrisy of the highest order? Make no mistake, it IS hypocrisy of the highest order and they continue on, operating with an arrogant believe that they're invincible and untouchable. So are they untouchable? Only if nobody stands up to the big bullies. This crucial issue is in such dire need of a David vs Goliath moment, nothing will change without it - in fact to the contrary, it will continue in becoming exponentially worse... then there'll be NO going back. Ask yourself the glaringly FUNDAMENTAL question... how have they been able to get away with it year after year after year? How else?! By being in bed with and scratching the backs of the right people... 10 000 signatures are needed to take this further. Come on Aussies, we might be laid back, but if ever there's a time to lace our boots, stand up against these mongrel mobs and defend our homes, families, pets and all that is sacred to us, this HAS to be it! If you have a pet or know someone who's been wronged by these gutless wonders, I implore you to take 10 seconds out of your day to add your support. You might think it's somebody else's issue, but if only you could know how perilously and frighteningly close you are to this abhorrence so easily becoming your own gut wrenching experience and reality... and without warning. If you knew a shark was lurking in the water next to you, would you just ignore it? Of course not - you'd take WHATEVER IMMEDIATE AND NECESSARY ACTION required to prevent injury to you and your loved ones!! RSPCA/Council are that shark masquerading right alongside you... LAWS HAVE TO CHANGE and THIS LEVEL of disgraceful, shameful and pathetic CORRUPTION HAS TO END. Why should ANY person have an issue or take umbrage with a call for transparency if they have nothing to hide? IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE, YOU HIDE NOTHING. The ONLY thing they are competent OR successful at is playing the Game Of Lives Destroyed By Intentionally Breaking & Wilfully Violating the Very Laws They Prosecute Under. I am beyond shattered. PS. If you're interested, the duckies' names are/were: Mr Ducky, Mrs Ducky, Mellow, Arthur, Martha, Fred, Bitza, Philly, Skip/Spike, Sukoshi, Namu, Fluffy, Speshy, Gumboot, Chai.... I will NEVER forget you or what they did to you.