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Petition to Hon Peter Dutton MP

I have trained many young Australians and my boys were born here - please help us stay.

Hello everyone, My name is Vinh To, I hope you can take the time to read my family’s story. Over the last 10 years that my wife and I have lived in Sydney, Australia we have tried appealing to rectify our Visa problem as we were tricked into coming to this wonderful country by unscrupulous people, including immigration agents. What followed was many years of ensuing very expensive, and even misguided and negligent, legal advice that has adversely affected our application.  We have now been advised we must leave Australia; we only have a few days left on our bridging Visa. My wife and I could accept this fate and let go of our dreams except for what has now become our main priority in life – our two boys. Our beautiful boys, Lucas (5yrs) and Louis (3yrs) were born in Australia. Our two boys have only known Australia, they have been raised as Australians, all their friends are here, their day-to-day lives and activities are here, their education is here and their native tongue is English. Australia is their home, they have never left the country and only know the Australian way of life. Please help us and our boys stay in this wonderful country by signing this petition to the Hon Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, for his Ministerial intervention. The Minister’s intervention would allow us to remain in Australia. Our efforts to date for Ministerial intervention are currently being denied by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection; as such our appeal for intervention is not being forwarded to the Minister. Without the Honourable Peter Dutton’s Ministerial intervention we must take our boys to Vietnam, a place they have never been to. Our boys have been raised as Australians, they are Australians by culture and would not fit into the Vietnamese way of life. Deporting them to Vietnam will cause them considerable isolation and hardship which will have an adverse impact on their health and wellbeing. In comparison to life in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Australia has significantly lower levels of crime, less corruption, much better educational and career opportunities, stringent food, health and safety standards, and a better level of healthcare. Of considerable concern, child safety is a growing problem in Vietnam with many reported cases of child abductions. Our sons would face a life of many challenges and hardship in Vietnam. I am a qualified and highly skilled tradesperson and have worked full-time and paid taxes since being in Australia.  During my time in Australia, I have worked for three businesses and have been instrumental in the training and education of well over a dozen young Australian trainees and apprentices.  Through my skills and unique expertise I have contributed to Australia and have trained and imparted my skills and knowledge to many young talented Australians who are now qualified and, themselves, contributing to Australia.  If I am granted a Visa to remain in Australia, as I dearly hope, I have no doubt I will continue to train, mentor and help many more young Australians achieve their goal of becoming qualified highly competent tradespeople. One of the main criteria for Ministerial intervention is that a person must be a benefit to Australia.  As a skilled tradesperson who has trained many young Australians I truly believe I have contributed to Australia and will continue to be a benefit to Australia and its people. The careless and flawed immigration legal advice and work we have received has resulted in our unsuccessful application to have our Visa problem rectified so we may remain here in Australia. This legal advice has been a considerable drain on our financial resources; to the extent that if we are sent back to Vietnam we will struggle to set-up a home for our boys, let alone send them to school or provide them with adequate healthcare.      Sadly, the circumstances in which we found ourselves have had a negative impact on being re-granted a Visa. During the 10 years we have been in Australia we have lived and abided by the laws and customs of Australia and I firmly believe that we have contributed positively to Australia.  If we are granted a Visa to remain in Australia my wife, my boys and I will continue to contribute to Australia, the country we so profoundly love and respect. After 10 years in Australia, to deport my family to Vietnam would have an immeasurable detrimental impact on my family. The deportation of my sons to a foreign country is a cruel and harsh punishment of innocent children. I sincerely and respectfully ask for your help in encouraging the Hon Peter Dutton for his Ministerial intervention in granting my wife, my boys and I a Visa to remain in Australia. By signing and sharing our petition with your friends and family you will be helping us get the Minister to personally investigate our case in which he will see we are genuine people who are of benefit to Australia and its people. Currently, the Department is blocking our requests for the Minister’s intervention. Please help us by signing and sharing this petition. Yours sincerely, Vinh To and family UPDATES:  We have been granted an extension on our Bridging Visa by DIBP and may remain in Australia until October 1, 2017.  On advice, a complaint has been lodged with MARA about the conduct and practices of our previous immigration agents. Thank you everyone for your amazing support to date. Please ask your family and friends to also sign our petition.

Vinh To
10,478 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to The Hon Christian Porter MP

Centrelink payments should take into account your net income, NOT your gross income!

This affects every Centrelink payment!! As a fairly new 'customer' of Centrelink, having applied for a Disability Support Pension back in May, I am astounded to learn that your GROSS income is taken into account when calculating the amount of assistance you receive and not your NET income. Surely this is double taxation? There is no way I can spend my full gross income as tax has to be paid, so why reduce my (and everyone else's) benefit by the amount I am taxed?? Surely a fairer way is to utilise net income. For example I am currently receiving income protection payments which list a gross and net amount. Obviously I only get paid the net amount and yet in talking to Centrelink they take my gross payment into consideration to calculate what benefit I will receive. This is a cruel hoax, as I (and all others) are penalised for paying tax! And because our benefit is reduced by the amount of tax we pay we are victimis of double taxation, which is against all principles of the taxation system. This gross amount is not received by me to spend on doctors visits or medication, but is ultimately used to pay my reduced benefit! Not only does this fail the double taxation standard but also eliminates the tradition of a 'Fair Go'. How can this be justified? How can you possibly count income tax paid as income I can spend? It makes no sense at all and desperately needs changing! Yours sincerely, Craig Pickering

Craig Pickering
24 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

Petition to Martin Foley

Remove my attacker from his government funded housing. I'm not safe in my own home!

Dear Mr Foley, I am writing to you about the intolerable and terrifying position I find myself in. In 2013, I beat the odds and purchased my first home. Excitement quickly turned to fear, when I realised that my beloved home shares a wall with a DHHS property that contains a seemingly violent, mentally unstable man. After over a year of sleepless nights, due to disturbances, vandalism and arson (all of which were reported to police by multiple members of the community), my neighbour physically assaulted me. Unprovoked. DHHS's response? Go back and let it happen again so we can establish a pattern of violent behaviour. Yes. Much to my disbelief, after over a year of begging them to help their own client, I was quite literally asked to subject myself to more physical violence. I don't really need to point out that this is an utter disgrace, do I? Would you expect the women in your life to live with the undeniable danger that I do? My home has been vacant since May of 2016. The mortgage still has to be paid, but my home is uninhabitable. Police are powerless. My assailant simply denies any allegations made against him. CCTV is well beyond my already overstretched budget and I am yet to find an affordable way to get this terrifying issue to court. The man in question is quite obviously in dire need of mental health assistance and a much higher level of care and supervision. Under DHHS policy, it seems he is allowed to refuse such assistance, but can still be provided with a home and commit assault, arson, illegal occupation of private land, vandalism and disturbance of the peace. Have you ever had to try to sleep, wondering if you'll burn alive before you wake? Or walk to your car in fear of being stabbed or beaten? Or wondered how many consecutive nights of lengthy noise disturbances you can endure before you are no longer able to perform your job? I have. Every day. With no foreseeable end in sight. These are not the thoughts of an alarmist. These concerns were then and continue now to be very real. Just yesterday, I visited my home to find the front window smashed and a fresh coat of spray paint menacingly adorning the property. DHHS policies have facilitated the placement of a dangerously unwell man into the community. It is unacceptable that a more appropriate level of care is not provided for him. It is utterly abhorrent that I am expected to live in fear next door to my attacker. It seems no one can help me because our current laws and government policies dictate that this situation is perfectly acceptable. Acceptable it most certainly is not. It's inhumane.

Megan Grant
2,937 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Improve the security at Wedding Cake Rock

Wedding Cake Rock is a popular tourist attraction in NSW, Australia. Surprisingly, the rock earned it's name from its resemblance to a slice of wedding cake. In recent years, the rock has had a dramatic increase in popularity. It is seen by over 10,000 people per month. In 2014 a French student died in the area when the rock he was stood on collapsed, this could happen again at any moment, at epic scale, at Wedding Cake Rock.The rock is very unstable and unfortunately after a geotechnical assessment and evaluation, the formation was found to not only unstable, but was certain to collapse at any time. So, in 2015 the NSW government erected a fence around Wedding Cake Rock to prevent people from accessing it. Many of the 10,000 visiting per month are after a picture of themselves sat on the rock, and they can easily jump over the fence for 'that' photo. Although it does make a decent photo, its destroying a treasured and popular landmark. The impact of these visitors standing on the rock will decrease the stability of the rock. As it can give way at 'any moment' it's not only a safety concern but its critical that we prevent people from destroying a valuable landmark. the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service 'NPWS' has approval for a permanent viewing platform near the landmark. But until this is completed we need extra security and tougher fines for people jumping the fence. This could be a single member of staff guarding the fence or a few volunteers.  We believe that the NPWS need to realise that the longer they leave this issue the more dangerous it is. If it collapsed today we're sure they'd regret it.Please help us and raise awareness that we don't want a lovely, epic landmark destroyed. We'd love to see Wedding Cake Rock last longer without the undue stress visitors cause it. Thank you

All Altitudes
41 supporters