Petition to Malcolm Turbull, Bill Shorten
A Treaty, a permanent seat in our Parliament & we are ancient, not 'young & free'
These changes are necessary for Australia's future & holistic health of mind, body & spirit. For the lands and waters: all the lands & waters. At present, 'Australians' are - unfortunately for them - not genuine legal land owners here; as there WAS a provable system of Government, clearly working right across our country at settlement. The basic English law of the time, along with the 65,000+ year old laws of your 1st people, were broken and ignored in the crash-tackle-burn invasion, degradation and rape of an already, long-time settled and "sacred" land. You wonder why our youth are suiciding at such an alarming rate? Can you not imagine what it was like for a child in the bad old days? everyone you know, love & respect that each & all hold your holistic environment (every-little-thing known from all of your senses), as 'sacred'? Then to abruptly lose it all in death & sickness of mind & body in a few short years - after literally thousands of generations of belief & daily adherence to the maintenance of that Sacred. There are ATSI & Sth-Sea Island people alive yet today that went through this perverse treatment of another human being. Slaves & servants that revealed a deep dignity, and an awe-inspiring religious sense of the holistic 'Sacred'. Those effective influences can't be hidden from children; & with our mob, pretty well everything is handed down & along as per instinctive oral tradition. So you see, it's been a mere 3-4 generations [if 50 y/o is average lifespan over 200 yrs] forward to the many youth that show symptoms of what was termed 'anomie', by French sociologist Durkheim, in attempting to explain what occurred when the English over-ran various indigenous peoples around the world. ANOMIE = "...old values have lost their meaning and new values have not been accepted to take their place. People in this state appear to lack a sense of purpose and meaning to life” (cited in Edwards, 1996, p110). Practical empathy, a national acceptance & exampled pride in our first people, will go a long way to redressing major & life-threatening, current ATSI issues. The old days of the colonial "Boss" & "Jacky, do this now ya black bastard eh," are long gone. 'We' have adapted to this society. We have qualified professionals in every single sphere of modern Australia. We will never be silenced about our responsibilities to this Sacred land, and 'make no mistake!' - we will manage & care-take this land again in 'our' future. It's an evolution-revolution folk and we need your help to go forward. Not into an elitist society slanted for business & profit, but a genuinely fair Australia that can & does love & respect the 'good' in their 1st-nation people. Original inhabitants. THE ancient race. 65K+ years? How did they not make slaves of others? How did they not have civil wars? How did they look after the country so well? How did they never run out of food? Others did, & became cannibals, because they didn't look after their holistic environment. How did these hardy people survive in drought, in the deserts, flooding, the 2nd ice-age? They lived with our Mega-fauna! What a fantastically adaptive race of people to have even come this far in an absolutely diverse society & in 3-4 generations! Those usually nice Australian folk, calling for ATSI & SSI's to stop looking back; "just look ahead and give it a go mate!" etc, must understand that it just ain't that easy to do practically. If you could put yourself in our shoes for a moment. Not to taste the awful vacuum left by our recent descendants being made slaves & prisoners, but to look ahead with us to more & more years of being ignored. More years of lip service from politicians that aren't game to bare the truth of having taken Australia from the ATSI inhabitants - for fear of losing any of the profit taken from the sacred country. Those rich & mighty politicians that are rolling in money made off of minorities, poor people, low socio-economic groups of workers & the first Australians. We don't want your money! We are more than happy to work for our money with the sweat of our brow as we have always done. We want some freakin' justice. Some rights, as the original inhabitants that cared successfully for this wonderful great land for a very freakin' long time. Look around you at any raw land in your area. For thousands upon thousands of years that land was managed by many many clans, people & Tribes all working together to keep the entire environment (including all creatures), pristine. 'We' need to have that balance once again, because it is our country's 'best-practice' for its health. This sacred land is not an infinite source of profit; it is a living breathing part of the whole that we call Earth. Australia is unique in many ways & we - with the experience & practical knowledge afforded us by our 1st people - have a chance to save our beautiful country from the torture that profit-first for very few at the top brings about. So - HELP!?
Petition to Federal Government of Australia
ChangeTheDate to January 19th Australia Day (19.01 Federation 1901)
January 26 Australia Day doesn't make sense, we cannot unite on the day the British started colonisation here. We need a date we can ALL CELEBRATE! January 26 commemorates the settlement of the First Fleet, this is not an appropriate anniversary for a national day. Most countries observe their respective national day on their day of independence. No other nation has the settlement of another country as their national holiday. It represents Invasion to many people. "Australia Day should be a source of unity, pride and celebration that reflects the identities, histories and cultures of all Australians." Justin Mohamed, CEO of Reconciliation Australia. Change the date of Australia Day to 19.01, because the Federation of Australia was 1901. We will celebrate 117 years of federation in 2018! This will bring the states and territories together. This act made Australia separate from Britain as a federated nation. The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act was proclaimed on 1 January 1901 in Centennial Park, Sydney with Sir Edmund Barton as the first Prime Minister of Australia! Changing the date is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We need to respect the first nations as the traditional owners of the land. This will be a big step for reconciliation. January 1 has been proposed because of Federation however this is New Years Day and would be overshadowed by this. Other dates that have been proposed are May 8, but this holds no historical significance and may clash with mothers day; March 3 for Australia Act 1986, but this has little meaning as a lesser known date involving politicians and may clash with Labour day WA. January 19th is only a week earlier than traditional Australia Day January 26th. It has historical significance to celebrate as being based on the Federation of Australia and therefore unites the Australian states and territories. Please sign the petition and changethedate. This requires Federal Government approval as a National Public Holiday.
Petition to Ken Wyatt MP
Stop Cuts to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Funding in QLD and NT!
The Federal Government has announced that it will halt funding from June 30 to both the Queensland AIDS Council’s (QuAC) 2 Spirits Program and the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council’s (NTAHC) Aboriginal Sexual Health Program. Each program represents a longstanding effort by the Councils to address the disproportionate instance of STI rates amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland and the Northern Territory, with the impending funding cuts set to draw these efforts to an indefinite close. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have STI rates up to 20 x higher than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and constitute 60% of people living with chronic hepatitis B in the Northern Territory. STI and blood borne virus rates in the NT are some of the highest in the country and are increasing, with alarming spikes in syphilis and HIV notifications recorded across the Territory over the past 12 months. Michael Scott, Executive Director of the Queensland AIDS Council, points out that “without the 2 Spirits Program many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men and Sistergirls will have nowhere to go. The risks to their mental and sexual health are significant and the outcome will be devastating.” Kim Gates, Executive Director of the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council agreed that “the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) communities have unique healthcare needs that relate to addressing their sexuality and gender identity concerns, and they face significant levels of stigma, discrimination and social exclusion. The impact these funding cuts will potentially have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ community members, particularly Sistergirls and Brotherboys, has not been considered”. The QuAC 2 Spirits Program and the NTAHC Aboriginal Sexual Health Program have provided a unique and targeted array of sexual health promotion services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Queensland and the NT, with their collective achievements including: Increased connectedness and rapport with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ communities including Sistergirls and Brotherboys Deconstruction of stigma for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ people with a view to encouraging safe sex practices and regular testing and treatment Distribution of condoms and HIV prevention medication Development of culturally appropriate sexual health resources and education materials Development of nationally recognised safe sex campaigns targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities such as QuAC’s Condoman and NTAHC’s Drama Down Under – Wet & Dry Please join us in reminding our Federal Health and Indigenous Affairs representatives that the time is ripe for comprehensive investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health! Time is now running out for funding to be re-instated at an appropriate and sustainable level. Before there is nowhere to go. #LGBTIBlackLivesMatter