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Petition to The Hon Scott Morrison MP, The Hon Michael McCormack MP, Mr Alan Joyce, The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT & QANTAS GROUP: Please Officially Acknowledge Our Heroes!

  QANTAS FLIGHT 72: TERROR FLIGHT FROM HELL! We the undersigned respectfully call on the Australian Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP, the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Michael McCormack MP, and the Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Group Mr. Alan Joyce to officially acknowledge and recognise publicly Qantas Captain Kevin Sullivan (Ret.), First Officer Peter Lipsett, and Second Officer Ross Hayes as Australian National Heroes for their extraordinary contribution to Australian and Worldwide Aviation. Against all odds, these courageous men skilfully pulled off one of the most remarkable near-death escapes in aviation history when they critically handled and recovered a falling aircraft from the sky not once but twice when all they could see was the blue Indian Ocean. Their selfless act, bravery, and cool-headed actions under extreme pressure ensured the lives of 315 passengers and crew was safely back in their hands. 119 passengers were injured (nine seriously) in what was described by many of the passengers as the "Terror Flight from Hell!" Sullivan a born American (who calls Australia his home) served in the U.S. Navy on the USS America during the Iran Contra Hostage Crisis as a Top Gun Fighter Pilot, had no other option when all else had failed them but to execute a military manoeuvre to safely land the Qantas Airbus A330 aircraft. A move that was familiar territory for Sullivan having practiced it many times in the Navy for similar situations. In doing so, he and his crew cautiously avoided the possibility of another sudden nosedive which would have been catastrophic and fatal. Sullivan now medically retired faces an uphill battle in dealing with the struggles of managing his chronic PTSD constantly every day as a direct result of Qantas Flight 72. This extraordinary human being has certainly gone above and beyond the call of duty and has certainly ticked all the boxes by far. A very modest and well-respected citizen, Sullivan downplays his heroics acknowledging that it was a team effort just doing their job. October 7, 2018, will mark the tenth anniversary of that horrific flight and still to this day not a single mention has been made of any public acknowledgement or an official announcement recognising these heroes either from the Australian Government or from the Qantas Group CEO Mr. Alan Joyce.  So without delaying this any further I believe that this is now the appropriate time to remind the powers that be of the mission impossible act that these brave men courageously pulled off and that their heroic actions also significantly played an important role in solidifying the iconic Qantas brand, its reputation, and its reliability of Australia's National Carrier worldwide to this day. Sullivan has had a huge impact on my life and he is certainly “The Man” you can always rely on when it matters most. Trust me, I know this, because he and his men saved our lives and that this very important petition is our way of thanking them for bringing us all back home safely to our loved ones.  Below are just some of the comments from letters forwarded onto Qantas Care from some of the 303 passengers of Qantas Flight 72. Names have been withheld as respect to their privacy at this time. 1. Your courage, expertise, and experience saved my young family’s life. You are all heroes! The crew absolutely exercised tremendous intelligence, skill and professional composure to bring us home to our extended loved ones on that day. 2.  You should be all extremely proud of yourselves dealing with such arduous circumstances. Please uphold the faith in your judgement and ability, as you all saved many people that day. 3. I am writing to thank you for saving the lives of my treasured daughters.  If it weren’t for the swift skilled actionsof the Captain and the care of the crew, their lives could have been cut short. So let's all do this!  Their commendable heroic actions can no longer be ignored. Your much-needed voice and support will help ensure that our Forgotten Heroes will finally receive the Official Recognition they rightfully deserve at the highest level for their distinguished acts of heroism, meritorious and loyal service to the Australian People, Australian Aviation, Qantas Group, and to all the people from around the world who have traveled (past & present) on Qantas and on its code-sharing partners globally. NB: "Let us all remind the Qantas Group CEO Mr. Alan Joyce once again that its loyal staff is what makes an airline SURVIVE!"   (The link below is the full documentary of Qantas Flight 72.) Mayday - FreeFall. Season 18 Ep.7: Readers Digest Article: Facebook Page / Photos: I sincerely thank you all again for your prayers and support in signing this worthy petition. God Bless, Fuzzy MaiavaQF72 Flight Attendant (Medically Retired) P.S. Please help by sharing this forward for public awareness!  

Fuzzy Maiava
5,056 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives


"You, Me, and ALL Australians, are loosing OUR PROPERTY RIGHTS in Australia, due to local Council’s use of the HERITAGE ACT, and Aggressive Spot Rezoning tactics?" We need to change the Heritage ACT. ======================================== Like many other Australian families, we purchased a property with the plan to establish a home for our family.  After nearly a year of owning our property in Coogee, NSW we received a letter from the local council (Randwick) that our property, along with several others in the street would be ‘spot rezoned’ as a heritage item outside the typical Local Environmental Plan (LEP) revision cycle. An outcome that would greatly impede on our dreams for improving the property as a family home, not to mention the potential resale value. To summarise the main points: ·         The local council carried out various heritage assessments at the rate payers expense with NO consultation with us, the property owners. ·         All owners on our street rejected the heritage item listings (note: one owner was unable to be contacted). ·         All owners impacted by the same Heritage and conservation propsal as us, on our street, support the development of our property under the council planning guidelines (note: one owner was unable to be contacted). ·         Any house, (even a rusty falling down shed), can be recommended for heritage listing. To make matters worse, we were portrayed as ‘BIG BAD DEVELOPERS’ by the local greens, for opposing the decision, and ultimately given "no say" in what happens with our own property. Does this sound like a council you want representing you? If you believe Australian home owners should have a say in what happens with their property, then please sign and support this petition. It is our hope that federal laws are amended to encourage local councils to collaborate with property owners in developing conservation and sustainability outcomes that benefit the whole community, not just the sentiments of a few. To quote a famous Australian film, “It’s not a house, it’s a home” and no one should dictate what you can do with your home. Thanks for your time.   GREEN HERITAGE HYPOCRISY This action is simply just “UN-AUSTRALIAN”. 

Andrew Kidd
436 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Daniel Andrews

Enact Second Appeal System in Victoria

The human rights commission of Australia has stated that the criminal appeal system as it currently stands in Victoria is in breach of Australia's international human rights obligations - it does not guarantee the right to a fair trial or the right to an effective appeal. That is clearly unacceptable. Excluding South Australia and Tasmania every other state in Australia once you have exhausted all appeals, your only hope of ever getting let out of jail is via a Petition of Mercy to the Attorney General of the state you reside in. And even then the AG doesn't have to look at any new evidence... even if you have got the evidence that shows that the person is innocent.   In Victoria we only have a one appeal process. Most people don't realize the appeal process in this state is based on ONLY what you submit in your first trial, unless you have absolute FRESH evidence, so when you do have new evidence, its too bad you need to stay there and do your time, regardless if you are possibly innocent.   The solution is simple enact a law for a secondary appeal in this state.  Everyone is entitled to a fair and just hearing, and why are Victorians being treated as second class citizens - why is it that Tasmanian's and South Australians get that right to a second appeal but we don't in Victoria. Are we not all Australians?? Perhaps it is the worry of the politicians that if they pass this bill that every 'criminal' will want to submit new evidence... well let them.. the rules still apply... the evidence presented must still pass the rules of law for admissibility.  And why is it that the Attorney General gets to decide a persons fate with no legal guiding principle in play, and needs to give no reason and is done so behind closed doors? I can speak from personal experience. In 2016, my husband, a father of two was jailed for over 10 years for a fatal car accident in the state of Victoria, Australia. At the trial, police admitted the precise location of collision could not be determined, yet he was charged based on the theory that he had hit the other car from behind. That was the first of many flaws and distortions to be uncovered. Despite the evidence (or lack there off), my husband was convicted and jailed, leaving me (his wife) of 12 years to carry on as, effectively, a single mother. My story of unearthing the truth of what really happened on that day as well as the subsequent events that continue to arise since his incarceration showcase a negligent investigation, incompetence of counsel and all the associated elements of a miscarriage of justice.  But given I have this evidence and because we have exhausted our one appeal and high court appeal, the truth is to remain buried. I have detailed this all on  Its time Victoria stands up and takes note of its inconsistencies within its own judicial system. EVERYONE  in Australia regardless of past, present actions, race, culture or identity should be able to have a fair and equal go in this country. This step in signing this petition is a first step in the direction of fairness for all.  I urge you to sign this petition because what happened to us could happen to any body.  Your life can change in a blink of an eye. It took a tragedy for me to open my eyes to see a grander problem before all of us... that affects all of us, but is un-known to everyone. Its time to speak up Victoria.... its time to fight for our rights!  Sign this petition and find out more and keep up to date at 

Nicole George
57 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Malcom Turnbull, Nigel Scullion, Bill Shorten, Ben Wyatt

An Indigenous person to be appointed Indigenous Affairs Minister Fedral and State Govt Why hasn’t there ever been an Aboriginal Indigenous affairs minister? Nigel Scullion was originally born in England and migrated here but somehow has now been the Aboriginal affairs minister since 18 Sept 2013? I feel somewhat perplexed that our own Aboriginal affairs are not being lead and governed by an actual Aboriginal! There’s talk in the media, government and society about having Aboriginal representation that has influence within the government and the ability to affect positive change but to date i have seen very little evidence of this and i don’t hold much hope for the near future. I feel like the first line of approach should be that it’s a requirement to have an Indigenous leader as the minister for Aboriginal affairs! It only makes sense to me that someone from our Aboriginal community is more likely to understand the issues and challenges facing the Indigenous population and therefore better represent the goals and aspirations of our people! I’m dead sure that there are many among us that have the aptitude, skills, empathy, compassion and experience to manage the portfolio of minister for Aboriginal affairs and that the reason the role has never been held by an actual Aboriginal person is due to the government’s lack of care, understanding and the governments disrespect for our values and culture. I personally don’t feel an immigrant with no connection to Aboriginal people is a suitable candidate and it should be reviewed and changed to reflect what should be happening… An Indigenous leader selected by the Indigenous population for Aboriginal affairs! Why do we allow this injustice to continue in this day and age? It’s like having a shark being minister for seal affairs! Sharks eat seals! What can we do as a community that wants to get a voice inside government that is actually listened to and isn’t a toothless tiger? How do we get an Aboriginal to be elected Aboriginal affairs minister? In my mind this is a subject we need to address and demand that a representative from our people to take the responsibility to be our minister for Aboriginal affairs and not some immigrant from England who’s only good at playing politics and has shown a track record of poor performance and neglect towards what Aboriginal Australians need! A genuine, homegrown, proud and respected Indigenous leader as minister for Aboriginal affairs can and should only be occupied by an Indigenous person! If the government was serious about helping us close the gap, reduce social and cultural barriers and improve the overall lifestyles of the Indigenous population surely the government could develop a legitimate path for an Indigenous leader to take the role as minister for Aboriginal affairs. Pauline Hanson’s in parliament and Clive Palmer bought himself a position so it’s obvious that you can buy your way in or manipulate the ignorant to enter government so surely we can assist the government legitimately elect a leader that truly does have influence and power within the government that is an Aboriginal for aboriginal affairs. This article is a passionate opinion piece by David Barker. If you’re interested in having your very own article published, please get in touch with us via email or via our Welcome to Country Facebook page.

David Barker Yarnold
460 supporters