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australian politics

17 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Peter Khalil

Peter Khalil must apologise to the Turkish community

This week in Australian Parliament, Peter Khalil, Federal Member for Wills spoke in Parliament regarding the ongoing peace Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin region. Mr. Khail’s comments directed at the Turkish peace mission are completely ill-informed and lack subsistence. Any support SDF is support for PKK which is a listed terrorist group in Australia.  Here is the speech on his Facebook (be sure to leave a comment) - https://www.facebook.com/PeterKhalilMP/videos/1928443930749653/ It’s hardly a surprise Khalil’s name has resurfaced, Khalil's name appears in two US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. According to the cables - one from 2007, the other from 2009. Source -  https://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/khalil-secret-source  Turkey is a key member of NATO and plays an important peace making role in the Middle East like hosting millions of Syrian refugees. Entering its seventh year, the conflict in Syria continues to be a direct threat to international security and regional stability. Turkey's land border with Syria and Iraq, measuring 1,295 km in length, requires Turkey to be alert to the developments within its neighbors and vigilant towards the security threats emanating from known terrorists.Turkey's national security is under the direct threat of Syria-based terrorist organisations, among which Deash and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)/Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK)'s Syria-affiliate Kurdish Democratic Union party (PYD)/People's Protection Unit (YPG) are at the forefront.  The recent increase in rocket attacks and harassment fires (more than 700 so far), directed at Hatay and Kilis provinces of Turkey from the Afrin region of Syria, which is under the control of the PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG terrorist organisation, resulted in the death of scores of civilians and soldiers.On the other hand, the recent advance of Deash terrorists into the Afrin region from other parts of Syria has heightened the risk of Deash elements infiltrating the Turkey-Syria border and targeting the security of Turkey as well as EU countries.It must be underscored that these terrorist groups are also a direct threat to the unity of Syria and are a main source of instability which impedes civilians to reside peacefully in their habitats. The PYD/YPG's real intention is not to fight Deash or protect Kurds and Yazidis. Their real aim is to force demographic change and create separatist enclaves or terrorist hide-outs in the north of Syria. To counter the recent surge of terrorist incursions and attacks on its territory, Turkey initiated the 'Operation Olive Branch' on 20 January 2018. 'Operation Olive Branch' is not conducted against the Kurds of Syria. 'Operation Olive Branch' is aimed at ensuring border security, neutralising terrorists in Afrin and preventing a demographic change in the north of the country, helping Syrians to return to their homes as well as facilitating humanitarian assistance to the liberated areas through secured corridors.Peter Khalil should stick to representing local residents in his marginal seat of Wills rather than political grand standing on complex foreign affairs issues facing western ally Turkey. The Turkish community of Australia call for a immediate retraction of disappointing comments made by Mr. Khalil by way of a public statement and full statement to the Parliament of Australia. In the meantime, it is vital that Turkey, an EU candidate , NATO ally and key peace maker in the Middle East, has the backing of its allies and friends in addressing its legitimate security concerns, which contributes to the overall security and stability of the EU and beyond. Members of the community are further encouraged to call Peter Khalil’s office directly on Phone: (03) 9350 5777 and share this important petition on social media plugs. 

Turkish Community of Australia
693 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull

Stopping Adani's controversial Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin!

The Galilee Basin is a large inland geological basin in the western Queensland region of Australia. The Galilee basin is home to the Wangan and Jagalingou people. The Wangan and Jagalingou people say  "We are gravely concerned about the push by Adani and the Queensland and Federal Governments to open up the Carmichael Mine on our traditional lands. Our traditional lands are an interconnected and living whole; a vital cultural landscape. It is central to us as a People, and to the maintenance of our identity, laws and consequent rights. If the Carmichael mine were to proceed it would tear the heart out of the land. The scale of this mine means it would have devastating impacts on our native title, ancestral lands and waters, our totemic plants and animals, and our environmental and cultural heritage. It would pollute and drain billions of litres of groundwater, and obliterate important springs systems. It would potentially wipe out threatened and endangered species. It would literally leave a huge black hole, monumental in proportions, where there were once our homelands. These effects are irreversible. Our land will be “disappeared”. Not only would it destroy this important land but it would also, If the mine goes ahead and that leads to the development of other mines in the basin, their potential combined maximum output would result in more than 705m tonnes of CO2 being emitted each year. That’s about 1.3 times Australia’s total current emissions. If the world wants to have a 50% chance of keeping global warming at less than 2C above pre-industrial levels, 88% of the world’s known coal reserves need to stay in the ground. In the Asia-Pacific region, more than 90% of coal needs to stay in the ground, according to research published in Nature. So please, if you believe in the future of not only Australia but the world then please sign this, show that you care!

Thomas MInnett
872 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Daniel Andrews, Dannii Dekretser, Colleen Hartland, Tim Bull, Gavin Jennings, Fiona Patten, Martin Foley

Defend the rights of people with disabilities to decide who supports us

The Victorian government is planning to bring in a Registration and Accreditation Scheme where some of the options being considered will remove our right to choice and hand the decision making power over to a “regulator”. Public consultation is now open for only a short period of time so please stand up for our right to decide who supports us. Please speak up if you want to choose a worker based on their attitudes and values. Please take action so that the government will understand how much you value choice and control. Please spread the word to protect the right of people with disabilities and our families to make the crucial decision about who provides our support. You don’t have very long to respond, and please, it is important that you have your say if you want to continue to have choice over who provides your support. Please lend your support, all you need to do is sign and share this Petition. If this is personally important to you please also email disabilityworkforce@dpc.vic.gov.au and tell them why you think choice and control is important and why good workers who may not have disability qualifications should be allowed to continue to work as support workers. You can even copy any of the statements below that you agree with and email it with your personal experience. If a scheme is introduced, we support a voluntary scheme so that people with disabilities can access a qualified and regulated worker if they choose. People’s with disabilities are diverse, and the need and preference for workers with qualifications applies to some but not all of us. For many of us, an individual’s attitudes and values are far more important than a qualification or accreditation. Formal disability qualifications can take many months or years to complete and cost thousands of dollars. There are many excellent support workers who will leave because they cannot afford the time or money to undertake a formal disability qualification. We need to double the workforce to meet demand under the NDIS, it is hard enough to find good workers, we don’t need the government to make it even harder for us to find and keep support workers. Thank you, your voice and support is important and will make a difference!

Action for Choice and Control
3,866 supporters