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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 That offer was withdrawn at the last moment by Council, just before signing off, when Council notified the mother who was very vocal about her dissatisfaction.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
117,409 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
50,588 supporters
Petitioning Yvette D'Ath

Help us push for Angus's 14yr old killers to be given a life sentence for a life taken!

On March 13th 2020 our son Angus Richard Beaumont was mercilessly murdered by two violent juvenile repeat offenders who were out on bail for violent offences. Our family has sought information, we have sought answers and we have sought support and all we have experienced is silence and frustration. We know enough to know we can’t trust justice will be served we are going to have to fight for it. Join the fight for Angus and help us bring his killers to justice and change the laws that led directly to his avoidable and senseless death. Angus was only 15yrs old! His life had barely started when these boys decided to take it from him.The problem with homicide is the family suffer the consequences of a government hell bent on protecting itself and the offenders. So far we have had no information but the violent repeat juvenile offenders who murdered Angus have had every piece of available information provided to them and their lawyers. We are repeatedly told we are not entitled to any information. There is so much we don’t know and we can’t begin to process our grief fully until we do know. If anyone knows anything about what happened to our beautiful boy please tell us. We just want to know what happened and why he is gone .Victims families must given more right to information! Our lives are forever changed! We will never know the man he would have become, all we have are shattered dreams. Due to the offenders being young teenagers themselves, they will most likely only get a slap on the wrist and be let out way to soon, to commit yet another horrific crime The Catch and Release laws are clearly NOT working!!!!. The aim of this Petition is to have the sentence given reflect the crime and not the age. There are too many youth walking around on our streets on bail, after committing crimes. They have no repercussions for their actions and so continue to escalate into more violent and reckless behaviour putting the public at serious risk! Lives are lost and families are being broken! An instead of protecting the offenders , more rights should be given to the victims.These laws must be changed. These teens are out of control and the government isnt putting a stop to it! We need to band together and make ourselves heard! Enough is enough! top the senseless loss of life!!!!Please sign and share and make sure justice is served and Laws changed to actually reflect what is happening on our streets which are no longer safe ! No one should ever have to bury their children!

Talia Fleming
44,557 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
19,147 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
17,604 supporters
Petitioning Gavin Newsom, Donald J. Trump, Ben & Jerry's, Shirley N. Weber, Cristina Garcia, Eloise Reyes, Yvette D'Ath, Xavier Trias

Sentenced to Adult Life at 16

Marcus Lancaster, then 16, now 31, was charged with attempted murder. He was sentenced to adult life plus 20 years for a gun enhancement. Marcus was charged for a crime he did not commit. On the night of the alleged attempted murder, Marcus was tested for gun shot residue and was found with no residue on his hands. Marcus was not present in the act to be charged for attempted murder. The victim was shot in the leg. At the time of the incident, the victim told the police he saw two African American males, but made no statement of eye color. Marcus never met the victim in his life. First time seeing the victim was in court. In 2005, Marcus was the only African American male with green eyes in a 6 pack line up given to the victim to identify who the alleged shooter was. The mention of green eyes was only mentioned after the victim spoke to police. Marcus was singled out in the line up due to his green eyes and nothing else. In court, Marcus was denied his rights to due process. He was not given a trial by his peers, but a trial by an all white jury. His attorney made a stipulation with the DA, that GSR does not prove that he did not shoot the gun, showing bias that his attorney was not on his side to prove his innocence. The judge did not allow him to change his counsel when he requested it. He was not given a chance to speak at his trial.  I ask that you sign and share this petition in support of Marcus Lancaster and demand for his immediate release. He has been wrongfully convicted of attempted murder, but was found unjustly guilty of being a young African American male living in a low income community. Bringing Marcus home allows him to give back to the community creating a positive impact on the youth, enjoy his life with his mother and family, and be a positive contributing member of society. Thank you for your support.  Let's bring Marcus home! A victim of legal sins - Pat's Justice

Tanya Lancaster
12,656 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
12,204 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
6,961 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
3,573 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.

3 years ago