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Yvette D'Ath

  • Attorney General of Queensland

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Petitioning Daryl Hitzman

Save Hank from being euthanized by Moreton Bay Regional Council

See more on Hank's story (in more details!) and what else you can do to support him at: or his Supporters Page on FacebookReplay live video from the recent Walk for Hank on 13 January 2018 to hear from Hank's owners and the initial Investigating Officer who continues to support and advocate for Hank's release to this day. Hank's Story, the Injustice and His Suffering A person (child) was injured after an accident involving Hank, the Neo Mastiff.  All witnesses, including the child's mother agreed it was an accident. Whether anybody thought that the injury was deliberate or not, Hank the dog was processed under the guidelines of the AMCDA 2008 Qld and was declared dangerous. Photos and medical reports were made available to Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) at that time for the investigation and this was used when forming their decision that declaring him regulated was sufficient to manage community risk. Hank’s owners complied with the conditions attached to that declaration, confirmed by Moreton Bay Regional Council on multiple occasions, with all the regulations provided for a regulated dog. Except for his desexing, because of confusion over the dates that was required to occur, full compliance was maintained and confirmed as successful by Council over a number of months. Whilst the declaration and appeals process was occurring, the mother of the child was happy for her daughter, and herself, to visit on many occasions after the incident and with many more witnesses too...all with Hank present. It wasn’t until after a fall out with Hank's family and the rest of the neighbourhood that the mother went to a local state politician who contacted two Councillors and attempted to contact the Mayor and following that, the dog was seized and a destruction order issued.  His seizure and destruction order (May 2017) occurred many months after the accident (October 2016), long after Hank's conditions were authorised and compliance with those conditions, confirmed. Another fact that also remains is that MBRC were willing to put an offer on the table during mediation to have the dog returned home in December 2017, after Hank had been incarcerated for 7 months at that stage. That offer was withdrawn at the last moment by Council, just before signing off, when Council notified the mother who was very vocal about her dissatisfaction. Due to an interference of local state politicians to change a local government decision from dangerous dog to a destruction order in a case of double jeopardy which is an abuse of power and an abuse of process. Killing a dog for failure to desex when the due date was of so much confusion even to their own Compliance department, to hide the real political influence that caused this interference of process, is unacceptable to the public and is not conducive to protecting a community generally. What Hank's Family Are Asking Local Councillors of Moreton Bay Regional Council and other external parties caused Hank's permit to be unfairly revoked.  Hank's family are now asking for Members of Parliament to step in and reinstate Hank's approved conditions, his release and especially urgent and immediate access to adequate medical care and housing.  Specifically: Immediate access and contact to Hank by their vet to independently assess his current condition and provide all necessary treatment without interference or restriction; and Immediate relaxation of the unreasonable visiting hour limitations in place for Hank's family to include access on weekends, and as frequently as they are able to attend; and The reinstatement urgently of the original conditions as allowed and approved prior to Hank's seizure on 23 May 2017, allowing him to promptly and without unnecessary delay to return home; and Furthermore, the requirement for Moreton Bay Regional Council to commit to a review of their internal processes and policies in relation its staff and representatives’ training, compliance and administration of the AM Act. And, to further review accordingly any associated Local Laws, in conjunction with consultation of the local Community and respective animal welfare bodies which is an issue relevant to all pet owners. Please do not waste a moment in supporting HankTo assist, please urgently: Sign the Petition here on Like the Facebook Page to follow updates at Save Hank the Neo Mastiff (watch the videos there from the Walk for Hank from 13/1/18 attended by Hank's family, also supported by the attendance of the original Investigating Officer) Donate via the GoFundMe page or for bank details for direct deposit, go here. Follow the Instagram page for Hank's supporters @savehanktheneomastiff Follow on Twitter and tweet your support! Share Hank’s story with other community groups, friends and family who ma also wish to join in support. Let’s not allow Hank to waste away and be forgotten but instead be his voice and the voice for other innocents.  

tristtram deacon
117,148 supporters
Petitioning Yvette D'Ath, Hon. Yvette D'Ath

Seek to see the Deportation of Caleb Maraku for cowardly one punching a unsuspecting teen

We the community seek to see the deportation of Caleb Maraku as his actions have caused more harm than good in the State of Queensland, Australia. He not only had cowardly punched a unsuspecting teen in an unprovoked attack but had also disregarded the fact that he was already suspended from Surfers Paradise when the attack took place. He is known for trying to enter a Gold Coast “gang” that was known as the bandidos and had placed himself in a “gang” LBK also known as lazy but krazy while in high school. He has threatened many people with his partner many times including someone I know close, they wanted to bash a child while the child was only 6 months old, also a ex of his that he thought was carrying his child, he had threatened to bring harm to the ex partner and the child that was unborn at the time the threat had been placed. This shows that he truely doesn’t care who he hurts and that he enjoys the fear he places in people’s lives, he has bragged several times about other people he has brought harm too including a person of aboriginal when he first moved to Gold Coast. 12 months probation? More like 12 more months for him to bring harm to another.  If we can get enough signatures supporting this we are one step closer to seeing a better Australia in the near future with one less deliquinte uncontrolable person here. We need the courts to review the decision that was made by the judge and appeal for a new trial to seek justice. One punch CAN KILL. Is it really worth risking the law abiding citizens of Australia for this type of person. If this was your own child that had been cowardly punched for sticking up for members of the public that were harassed by other fellow members of the public, would you be OK with the person responsible walking free allowed to hold his child while you’re waiting for your child in emergency intensive care unit praying that they’ll pull through just so you can hold them again and maybe for the last time. No. Do the right thing. Speak up if somethings not right. 

Australian Citizen
50,489 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Rob Portman, Mike Crapo, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, Charles E. Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Richard J...

Life imprisonment of a Repeat child sex offender.

It has been brought to many people’s attention from a viral Facebook post that a man by the name of Logan M. Cutcher, 21, of Piqua, has been charged  with first-degree felony rape in connection with an incident on or around March 25. Cutcher was arraigned on the felony rape charge on Monday in Miami County Municipal Court, where he entered a not guilty plea and his bond was set at $500,000. According to the Piqua Police Department, Cutcher is accused of forcibly raping an 11-year-old female victim at a residence in Piqua. The victim knew Cutcher through a friend. Cutcher had also previously been charged with obstructing official business prior to getting charged with rape, and he was arraigned on the obstruction charge on March 31. The victim was previously reported as running away or missing on March 24, and on March 26, she was located at Cutcher’s residence. Cutcher had reportedly lied to police about the victim being at his residence during this time, so he was charged with obstructing official business. In 2018, Cutcher was found guilty of two separate charges of first-degree misdemeanor unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, one in connection with an incident in November 2017 and one in connection with an incident in May 2018. Cutcher was fined $250 and $100, respectively, for each charge. According to court records, Cutcher has not paid those fines. Also according to court records, Cutcher was labeled a Tier I Sex Offender in 2018 following the second charge of unlawful sexual conduct, but he is currently not on the state’s sex offender registry. ⚠️⚠️⚠️ I just want to add that the viral Facebook post I came across was the reason I created this petition. On this post there were many individuals blaming this 11 year old victim for the rape, and trauma she had to experience because of this sick,  and evil man. I don’t want to get into the extent of what was said, but this girl is suffering from trauma on top of trauma.  Eleven year old children can not consent to having sex, especially with a 21 year old man. I hope that this can bring her some justice, and peace knowing he will never walk free again. She deserves to be able to start healing, and this is a good first step.

Tessa George
36,284 supporters
Petitioning Annastacia Palaszczuk, Yvette D'Ath

QLD Premier: drop the appeal protecting cops who breached the Racial Discrimination Act

This is harmful and disgusting. The QLD government is about to go to court to defend racism – supporting cops who "breached the Racial Discrimination Act". The Federal Court found the police officers were "unlawfully discriminatory" following the death in custody of an Aboriginal man on Palm Island. They targeted the Aboriginal community with a 'disproportionate, show of force' for protesting the death. But instead of protecting the rights and lives of Aboriginal people – now Premier Palaszuck is considering lodging an appeal to defend the racism of these police officers. My father was a stolen generation sent to Palm Island. I’ve been advocating against the injustice of this death in custody for 10 years, and remember the day clearly. A local man had just died in custody, and our community felt let down, ignored and targeted that yet another aboriginal person could die in the custody of police. We protested. We wanted our voices heard, our lives to be valued. But the police responded with discrimination and violence. Now, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her government will decide whether to appeal the Federal Court ruling against the racist actions of these police officers. Please, sign my petition to tell the QLD government not to defend racism – and support our Aboriginal community. We’re desperate to put this behind us and move on, not to be back where we started.

Gracelyn Smallwood
17,502 supporters
Petitioning Annastacia Palaszczuk, Yvette D'Ath, Michael Roderick Byrne

Lock brutal killers up for longer

Brisbane father Matthew Williamson and his housemate Christopher Kent sexually and physically abused, neglected and, ultimately, killed three-year-old Kyhesha-Lee Joughin in 2013. Tiny Kyhesha-Lee died from severe internal injuries after her father bashed her tummy so hard that he perforated her bowel. Williamson and Kent then got stoned for three days, leaving the youngster alone and in pain until she died. Kyhesha-Lee suffered prolonged sexual and physical abuse and neglect in the short time that she lived with these two men. Williamson pleaded guilty to manslaughter and on April 6 he was sentenced to nine years in jail. With parole he will be free in seven years. Christopher Kent pleaded guilty in 2016 to manslaughter and was sentenced to two years’ jail. He was released immediately because of time served. The maximum sentence for manslaughter in Queensland is 14 years. The RED HEART Campaign calls on Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath and Director of Public Prosecutions Michael Roderick Byrne to appeal both of their sentences. Both prison terms are manifestly inadequate for bashing a defenceless and helpless child and then leaving her to die a painful death. At three years old, this tiny beautiful fragile youngster needed hugs and kisses, fairy-tales and toys. She did not need nightmares, sexual abuse, violence and murder. Kyhesha-Lee was let down by the two men that abused and neglected her to death.  She was let down by the judge that decided her life was worth no more than seven years in jail. Please, Ms Palaszczuk,  show you care for our kids. Take a stand and make the Director of Public Prosecutions appeal these sentences.  Please, Ms D'Ath, show you support our children, not their abusers, and use your powers to keep her callous father in jail. Please,  Mr Byrne, do everything in your power to have these appalling sentences reverse so these horrible violent killers are locked up for the maximum term. We beg you, don't let Kyhesha-Lee Joughin down again.  The RED HEART Campaign supports female and child victims and survivors of violence.  

The RED HEART Campaign
12,165 supporters
Petitioning Yvette D'Ath, Hon. Yvette D'Ath, Martin foley, Greg Hunt, Rachel stephen-smith, Roger Cook, Scott Morrison, Steven Miles, Stephen wade, Natasha Fyles, Brad Hazzard, stephanie cook, Sarah Courtney, ...


This is my friends story & why she wants shunt kids to have a MRI on presentation to ED DEPARTMENTS. Lucas had a VP shunt . We have always been told as soon as he is sick take him in. We have been doing that but the ED make us feel bad for wasting their time when it's not bad. On Friday morning Lucas was vomitting , I took him to our GP who wrote me a letter that he wanted the hospital to see him . I went straight their as directed. We first went to ED and had a different doctors see us . They decided that Lucas had a viral infection and to give him some fluids. They also only did a X-ray when they really should of done a MRI to make sure his shunt was working . We were in ED from 9-4 and transferred to the ward. I decided to swap hubby and go home have a shower,  at 5 pm hubby called and said Lucas crashed . I went up and seen my baby in PICU they were saying he was having seizures and the medication was not working so at midnight the PICU doctor decided to do an MRI . This showed he’s  shunt not working and pressure on his little brain. They rushed him to surgery. He was in 3 hrs . When they brought him back they waited an HR and checked his eyes . They were both dilated and fixed still . They said surgery had worked but the damage had been done . Then they did different tests and on Sunday afternoon my baby was declared brain dead. Our family is broken and shattered. The surgeon asked why Lucas had not been MRI when he came in . I want to make sure no child slips though . All children with shunts get MRI first thing to rule blockage as soon as they arrive to ED . Having this could of saved my boy. I want this to be called Lucas's Law . As told by mother Gelria faram

Rachael J
10,473 supporters
Petitioning Queensland State Parliment , Yvette D’Ath , Hon. Yvette D'Ath, Yvette D'Ath


#JusticeForNilly  CHANGE THE LAW!  We Should Have a change to our laws to have minions of the following!!! No more weak system  20 years minimum for driving causing death !  15 years minimum for fleeing the scene of a crime that caused Death  !  One early morning a young girl was simply walking down a street, a sweet, amazing & talented young girl who had her whole life ahead of her.  until she was struck and killed by a known drug user, the same drug user who is now on bail, and was on bail when they struck down Nilly. this same drug user has a horrendous traffic history including an accident in a high powered vehicle while they were on their P plates, they have  dishonesty charges relating to a car hire company and many others all previous and or pending.  There has been no justice for Nilly ! The driver has not been held fully accountable and it’s because our justice system is weak ! And needs to see changes !!! we want this “human” if you can call them that, locked up ! To never see the light of day again, to be charged with the murder of this sweet young girl, who was struck down by someone who has shown no remorse for their  actions and is back on social media and back in the community !!  what would you do if someone you loved was struck and killed by a known police informant, that has a massive and disgusting wrap sheet, that was already on bail for drug and driving offences !and is constantly getting away with offences , yet still gains bail when they have then struck down and killed a young adult !! You would want them locked up and off the streets !!  #justicefornilly   

Nilly’s Law
7,411 supporters
Petitioning Christian Porter, Mark Speakman, Yvette D'Ath, John Quigley, VIC Attorney-General Jill Hennessy, SA Attorney-General Vickie Chapman, ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay, NT Attorney-General Selena U...

Life For Rapist Murderers

I am calling for law reform for mandatory life sentencing with no parole for rapist murderers because they should never be given another chance to repeat their crimes. I am calling on the Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter to put on the agenda of the next Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) meeting, a law reform to create a new offence "murder with sexual assault" with a mandatory sentence of life without parole.  I am also calling on all the state and territory Attorneys-General to work together on this law reform to ensure uniform sentencing across the nation. I am calling for this law reform as the sister of murdered rape victim Anne-Marie Culleton. In the 32 years since her rape and murder I have experienced the entire spectrum of political and judicial decisions relating to this crime, and I am appalled at how broken the justice system of Australia has become with its weak sentencing and its failure to protect the community. Today there is rarely true justice for murdered rape victims and their loved ones and the community is not being protected with rapist murderers being released on parole and attacking again. My sister Anne-Marie Culleton was only 20 when she was raped and murdered by Jonathan Bakewell who broke down her back door in the middle of the night in 1988 to rape and murder her in her bed. This crime is every woman’s worst nightmare. Justice was initially done, with Bakewell being given a life sentence with no parole and the community was protected. However in 2004 the laws were changed to grant life sentence prisoners parole and Bakewell was released in 2016 at the age of 55. Since his release Bakewell has breached parole four times for taking drugs, the same drugs he took the night he raped and murdered my sister, yet despite my pleas to cancel Bakewell’s parole, the parole board keeps releasing him. Bakewell is a sadistic rapist murderer. Drugs or no drugs, I believe Bakewell is as dangerous today as the day he committed his crimes and I am living in perpetual fear that he will strike again. We need life sentencing without parole because prison rehabilitation programs do not work for rapist murderers. Jill Meagher’s rapist murderer Adrian Bayley admitted faking his way through a sex offenders program to get parole release before murdering Jill. Daniel Morcombe’s killer, child rapist and murderer Brett Peter Cowan, had completed a sex offenders program while in prison for violently sexually assaulting a 6 year old boy, yet upon release Cowan abducted and murdered Daniel who was 13. Rapist murderer Terrence Leary who murdered 17 year old Vanessa Hoson was considered a model prisoner who completed a sex offender program and even got a social work degree in prison, yet upon release he attempted to rape and murder a woman at a bus stop. And still he has been given another sentence with a non-parole period. The only way to guarantee community safety is to lock rapist murderers up for life. For the term of their natural life. Not the minimum of 15 or 20 years that is referred to currently as a ‘life sentence’ I am calling for mandatory life sentencing without parole because true life sentences are rarely given today. While murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in most states, judges have discretion to set a nonparole period of as little as 15 years in WA and 20 years in other states. 20 years is not a life sentence. A woman’s life must be valued equally to the life of the man who took her life so brutally and that must be reflected in a sentence for the term of the rapist murderer’s natural life. Sentencing for crimes of rape and murder are being reduced based on factors such as the principle of precedent. The crimes are being ranked according to a macabre hierarchy of depravity in which only those deemed the ‘worst of the category’ are given life sentences, such as those who have killed multiple times. How does this protect the community? It is this logic that was applied to Aiia Maasarwe and Eurydice Dixon’s brutal rape and murders finding they were not deemed ‘worst category’. Murders which shocked and outraged our nation and sparked vigils across the country. Which drew condemnation from our Prime Minister. Their rapist murderers Codey Herrmann and Jaymes Todd will be eligible for parole release when they are in their fifties. Young enough to strike again. This must stop. It is also an outrage that sentencing for crimes of rape and murder are being reduced based on ‘mitigating factors’ deemed to reduce culpability. How can anyone argue there are mitigating factors or excuses for raping and murdering someone? This is a crime which by its very nature is deliberate. Rape and murder is primarily a gender based hate crime. Rape has nothing to do with desire or sexual attraction. It is a hate crime enacted to terrorise, torture and degrade the victim and is about the offender exerting power, control and dominance over their victim. The crime of rape and murder also needs to be a separate offence because currently the crime is charged and tried as a murder. The rape is treated as secondary and just categorised as an “aggravating factor” of the murder. This crime needs to be tried as its own offence to reflect the true character of the crime. And it means the crime can have its own sentence of mandatory life with no parole. We have a national crisis of violence against women. One in five women in Australia are sexually assaulted and one woman a week is murdered. A national crisis demands a national response. We need national laws to send a strong message in society and help to reduce all violent crimes against women. The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee 2018 Report recommends Australia adopt federal legislation to address violence against women. This is why I am calling on the Federal Attorney-General to put on the agenda of the next Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) meeting, this law reform to create a new offence "murder with sexual assault", carrying a mandatory sentence of life without parole.  I am also calling on all the state and territory Attorneys-General to work together on this law reform to ensure uniform sentencing across the nation. If you agree with me that we need this law reform, please sign this petition and share widely to your family, friends and networks using the hashtag #LifeForRapistMurderers. Together we can make law reform a reality. Together we can make our nation safer for women and children. For more information on the petition campaign please see my website Yours sincerely, Eileen Culleton Sister of murdered rape victim Anne-Marie Culleton

Eileen Culleton
6,022 supporters
Petitioning Yvette D'Ath

A repeat offender, eligible for parole in 2yrs after taking an innocent life

ProblemAron Duffy, a repeat offender who is responsible for killing Ken Altoft, has been sentenced to 6yrs jail and yet eligible for parole after serving only 2yrs of this sentence. How can a person with prior criminal history be handed a grossly inadequate sentence?SolutionWe need to appeal this case and have the sentence reconsidered and a more adequate time handed down. What happened On the 7th of November, 2017, Aron Duffy’s choice to consciously drive at 154km/hr in a 60km roadworks zone on the Bruce Highway at Tanawha, resulted in the senseless death of a much loved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Ken’s widow Sharon, son Nathan, family and friends were in court to hear that Ken’s senseless death was only worthy of a 6yr sentence, with Duffy eligible for parole in less than 12 months. This is grossly inadequate. Aron Duffy is a repeat offender.  He has an extensive prior drug, traffic and violent criminal history, as recent as 2 days prior to him killing Ken.  Our justice system has failed to recognise that a known offender with extensive prior convictions is now eligible to walk free from prison with only having spent 2yrs for killing an innocent man. Duffy was speeding at almost 100km OVER the speed limit, making no attempt to avoid killing Ken, and then fleeing  the scene showing no remorse.  Ken could have been your loved one. He was in the SAFEST area of his workplace, doing his job to support his family. He should have come home from work to his family that day, but Aron made sure that didn’t happen. Repeat offenders who break the law and take a person’s life should have to take responsibility for their catastrophic decisions and be sentenced to a just time, not get a slap on the wrist. No amount of time can bring our beloved Ken back, but adequate sentencing must be enforced to deter drivers from tearing other families lives apart. Please put your name to our petition to hand to the Attorney General for her consideration of an appeal.  Justice must be served for an innocent life taken and our community protected from the chance that a known re-offender will be walking the streets again next year.

Stacy MacKellar
4,129 supporters
QLD Premier: drop the appeal protecting cops who breached the Racial Discrimination Act

This morning I have announced the State Government is withdrawing the appeal before the Full Federal Court in the case of Wotton and Others vs the State of Queensland and Commissioner of the Police Service. The matter has been ongoing in the Federal Court since August 2013. Justice Mortimer brought down the decision on 5 December last year. On advice, the State lodged an appeal before the expiry of the appeal period. Having received further considered legal advice about the State’s prospects of success on appeal, the State is withdrawing the appeal to the Full Federal Court. I note that there are continuing matters still being resolved by the Trial Judge and those matters continue before the Court.

5 years ago