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Petition to Steven Marshall MP, Peter Malinauskas MP, Susan Close, Bill Shorten, Senator Richard Di Natale, Mark Parnell Greens MLC, Nat Cook, Michelle Lensink, Scott Morrison

Improve and Properly fund the South Australian Housing Trust.

Dear reader, I am a 16-year-old South Australian who lives in a South Australian Housing Trust House with my Mum. The State Government says they want to upgrade all SAHT homes built before 1968 by 2030. They still need to upgrade those built between 1968 and 1990 because they are becoming outdated and need upgrading. The State Government are not building enough new homes and are continuing to Privatise SAHT, which has been happening since the late 1990's/Early-mid 2000s. The State Government has given management of many properties to Social Housing organisations that I am worried promise many things and do not deliver. SAHT need to be the face once again, right now people get mixed up with SAHT, Housing SA and other Government agencies. Here is my 10 point plan for a better South Australian Housing Trust, There are others, however, these are the main ones: 1. SAHT to be reinstated in full and abolish the South Australian Housing Authority. 2. All new and current Housing Trust Homes to stay publicly owned, maintained and upgraded. The Federal Government should also contribute funding. 3. Build at least 1000 homes each year for the next 5-10 years and don't sell them off. 4. Cap rent at a fair rate. 5. Substantially Upgrade all Housing Trust homes built before 1985 with new insulation, Kitchens, and Bathrooms, and, fixing structural damage like Concrete Cancer. Upgrade or replace homes built between the start of SAHT in 1936 and 1985. 6. Install Solar panels and batteries on as many Housing Trust houses as possible, including on all new houses. 7. Make all new SAHT Homes accessible for those who have Special Needs. 8. End the maintenance backlog and reduce the waiting lists by building more houses. Low and Middle-income people should be able to rent with SAHT. 9. Better support for Tenants, especially those with Special Needs, Older Persons, Victims of Domestic Violence, young persons and those who are very disadvantaged. 10. Increase Federal Government funding for Public Housing by directing Rent assistance mainly to SAHT and Public Housing, not mostly to Social Housing. South Australians should be able to be proud of Public Housing and how it helps many lower-income families, pensioners, singles, young adults, those with special needs etc. Right now they cannot be proud, the system is rigged and needs fixing. There are major Economic Advantages to making sure Everyone has a Home. Thank You for reading this please sign to get politicians on all sides to support a better South Australian Housing Trust.

David Deex
420 supporters
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Petition to Greg Hunt, Catherine King, Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten

Aimovig on the PBS and more support for migraine

TL:DR - We're asking both sides of politics to show some #migrainelove and commit to funding for migraine research and awareness, and to putting new medicines that prevent migraines on the PBS (the first one is called Aimovig). And we're asking for those commitments before the Australian Federal election on May 18, so those who want to vote on this issue know who to vote for. Please sign and share! ---------------------------------------- Migraine affects an estimated 5 million Australians. That's double the number of people living with asthma, 5 times as many people with diabetes, 10 times as many people living with cancer or dementia. It costs the economy an estimated $35 billion a year.  Migraine is an ignored, underfunded and misunderstood condition. It is not 'just a headache'. It is a debilitating and disabling condition which disproportionately affects working age women. We don't begrudge other unwell people the support they get, but yet another budget and (by the looks) another election campaign where we don't even rate a mention is not ok. Migraine is the least-respected, most-neglected and worst-managed medical disorder worldwide, and we're tired of being ignored.  Far too many migraine sufferers in Australia are permanently disabled. Especially those with chronic migraine (more than 15 headache days per month), migraine with aura (seeing lights or blind spots, other sensory disturbances or speech issues), hemiplegic migraine (which causes weakness and numbness down one side), and brainstem migraine (which can involve everything from loss of balance, hearing and speech issues, to loss of consciousness).  We can't drive, work, take care of our kids, or have anything that resembles a normal life. Reliant on a disability pension or family support, we are dumped on the garbage heap of the nation and forgotten.  A new class of medications based on science around the role of calcitonin gene-related peptides (CGRP) has given us the very first ray of hope in getting our lives back. The first of four drugs in the new generation of migraine preventative treatments, Aimovig, is being trialed by many chronic and severe migraine sufferers with truly amazing results. We can drive again. We can work again. We can take care of our kids again.  But the cost is $800 per injection. We need Aimovig to be on the PBS now so we can get off our disability pensions, stop being a constant drain on the health system, and get our lives back.  Far too many have trialed Aimovig for the 3 months that Novartis has offered it for free, had fantastic results, and then slid back into the darkness of relentless migraines because they can't afford the $800 per injection. We need this medicine. Now. We also need funding for migraine research and awareness. We don't understand so much about our condition, because the research simply isn't done. There has not even been a decent study on how many Australians are affected by migraine or how much money it rips from the economy: statistics are based on overseas studies. And a campaign to raise awareness of the condition is desperately needed, so that everyone can understand how serious it can be (particularly the increased risk of stroke), that common treatments like codeine can make it worse, and that there are migraine specific treatments available, including Triptans and the new generation CGRP preventative treatments.  To whomever the Prime Minister and Health Minister is after the election, we need: - Aimovig on the PBS urgently- Priority listing to the other CGRP treatments such as Emgality and Ajovy as they become available- Funding for research and awareness of migraine And we'd like you to commit to these three things as part of your election campaign so we know who to vote for. #NoAimovigNoVote — If you suffer from severe or chronic migraines we recommend the following Facebook groups: Australia - Aimovig migraine treatment group Chronic migraine awareness Australia and NZ group Australia Hemiplegic and Chronic Migraine Support Group  

Raphaella Kathryn Crosby
3,422 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Daniel Andrews, Steven Marshall MP, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Michael Gunner, Simon Ambrose, Jan-Claire Wisdom, Brett Benbow, Samantha McIntosh, Sally Capp, Sandy Verschoor, Matt Hall

Change Australian placenames that honour British slavery

In Australia there are many place-names and historical places that honour people who owned slaves or benefited from slavery in the West Indies in the 1800s. For example: Barkly Street (St Kilda, Melbourne) Currie Street (Adelaide) Port Augusta (South Australia) Williams Road (South Yarra, Melbourne) Adam Lindsay Gordon statue (Spring Street, Melbourne) Stirling (South Australia) Scotsburn (Victoria) Barkly Tableland (Northern Territory & Queensland) Barkly (Victoria) Musgrave Ranges (South Australia) Como House (Melbourne) Cape Wiles (South Australia) Barkly Street (Ballarat) Darling Park (East Melbourne) Princess Theatre (Melbourne) Black Rock House (Melbourne) Ebden Street (Black Rock, Melbourne) The law in Victoria and South Australia indicates that place-names are a form of public honour. But honouring people who benefited directly from slavery presents a problem to 21st century Australians. Similarly, historic places, historical exhibits and websites, as well as statuary that do not mention the connection to slavery conceal important information. The people who benefited from slavery are not just morally reprehensibly by today's standards. There were many influential people in the 1700s and 1800s who were openly opposed to slavery, including Adam Smith, the 'father of capitalism'. Signatories of this petition call for state governments and local governments to: audit their jurisdictions for place-names that honour beneficiaries of slavery establish a register of offensive place-names consult citizens in their jurisdictions to see if they believe place-names should be changed   For more information: "Links in the Chain: British slavery, Victoria and South Australia," Before/Now 1 (2019): 27-46, Legacies of British Slave-Ownership database,

Cameron Coventry
81 supporters