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Petition to Honourable John Quigley MLA. Attorney General of Western Australia

End imprisonment of vulnerable Western Australians for unpaid fines this Christmas!

Our families need to be home for Christmas.End imprisonment of vulnerable fine defaulters in Western Australia.  On average, 10 people are locked up every day in Western Australia, for not paying fines, and non-payment is usually due to circumstances of poverty. In WA, there have been many instances of women calling police for assistance during a domestic or family violence situation, who have then been removed from the homes and imprisoned due to fine default. These women often have children, act as primary caregivers, and were the victims of violence. In the case of Ms Dhu in 2014, her call to police for her partner breaching a domestic violence order, ultimately resulted in her own death in custody. This is not an isolated incident. Aboriginal people are among some of the most likely groups in Australia to live in circumstances of poverty, and although they represent 2.5% of the population, they are overrepresented in prison due to fine default – of all women jailed for fine default, 64% of them are Aboriginal. Western Australia is the only state that automatically imprisons people for defaulting on fines. While fines can be worked off in prison concurrently, if a person is to serve a community corrections order, they must work the fine off cumulatively. The current system incentivises prison, for people forced into a vulnerable situation. For every day a person is incarcerated they write off $250 worth of unpaid fines, however this costs taxpayers $345 per day, and over $700 a day for the first week, and using this method, the fine amount is never recouped.WA spent $42 million on imprisoning these non violent offenders from 2006 to 2014, a practice which also tears apart families, and disrupts communities.There are alternatives.Penalties such as Community Work Order Sentences cost just $43 a day, which allow people to take on Community Service work, saving money and keeping families together.New South Wales introduced a Work and Development Order scheme for vulnerable and disadvantaged fine defaulters, whereby fines can be cut out by undertaking activities such as health treatment, counselling, life skills development etc. This means people who do not have the financial means or capacity to pay fines, can work off their fines at the same time as ensuring in the future they have a greater capacity to avoid infringements and give back to their communities. This scheme has been successful, and due to this been adopted and adapted for Queensland and Victoria by their respective governments. Social Reinvestment WA is calling for the WA Parliament to act before Christmas 2017 to: Mandate alternative options to imprisonment for fine defaulters to reduce incarceration rates.  Implement a work and development order scheme for vulnerable and disadvantaged persons (as currently used in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland.) Allow community work sentences to cancel unpaid fines concurrently rather than consecutively, in line with the current system for prison sentences. (See 2008 amendments to the Fines Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 WA.) We need to end imprisonment of fine defaulters, and bring this state in line with the rest of the country.Find out Social Reinvestment WA

Social Reinvestment WA
416 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Gladys Berejiklian, Andrew Constance, Melinda Pavey

Fly the Aboriginal Flag atop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge permanently

As Australians, we are proud of our Aboriginal heritage and we want to recognise and celebrate this heritage every day.  The flags flying from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are wonderful symbols of our heritage and identity. However, the Aboriginal flag does not fly permanently atop of the Sydney Harbour bridge The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly and additional decision makers for a third flag to fly alongside the Australian and the NSW flags – one that acknowledges and celebrates our ancient and authentic indigenous culture; the red, black and yellow Aboriginal flag. Once you’ve signed, contact these three great Australians directly and encourage them to lead the way. #AboriginalflagonSHB   GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN NSW PREMIER EMAIL: PHONE: 02 8574 5000 FACEBOOK: TWITTER:   MELINDA PAVEY NSW MINSTER FOR ROADS AND MARITIME AND FREIGHT EMAIL: PHONE:  02 6562 6190 FACEBOOK: TWITTER:   ANDREW CONSTANCE NSW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE EMAIL: PHONE: 02 6492 2056 FACEBOOK: TWITTER:

Cheree Toka
44,449 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Daniel Andrews

Compensation for the forgotten Stolen Gen members in Vic, before it's too late!

My name is Daria Atkinson and through my position as Bringing Them Home Worker at the Victorian Aboriginal health Service and from personal experience, I believe compensation is well overdue for members of the Stolen Generation.  It  is time to make things right with this forgotten group of people in Victoria who have suffered many traumas. Unfortunately, many Stolen Gen members may never see compensation, as they are an aging group. The Stolen Generations are in need of healing and reparation for the forced traumatic lifestyle, which not only they have lived but has been passed on to many generations after them….. and many more to come.       On the 26th of May, 2017 which was the 20th anniversary of the  Bringing Them Home (BTH) report, 350 Community members including Elders from the Stolen Generation gathered to commiserate, remember and acknowledge the suffering and survival. When you get a chance to have a yarn with a member of the Stolen Generation, you can here from them the pain is raw and their experience is still effecting them today. It's very emotional. Of the 54 recommendations made in the BTH report, only a very small number were implemented. In other states, Stolen Gen members have received compensation for being forcibly removed by government polices but, not in Victoria as yet! It's as if the Stolen Generation didn't happen here. This petition is a call to action to the Victorian Government  to address the ongoing effects of past removal policies in Victoria and the lack of implementation of recommendations to address the members of The Stolen Generations. Its time NOW, for our Victorian Elders to receive compensation. It will never take away the stress and trauma but would aid their healing process.   *Please note: We plan to present this petition to Daniel Andrews over dinner with members of the Stolen Generation.                     

Daria Atkinson
380 supporters