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This petition won 7 months ago

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
3,420 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to Linda Reynolds, Darren Chester, Governor General of Australia

“Great bravery in extreme danger” yet denied awards due to “maladministration”!

Following the extensive media articles published on the 24th and 25th September 2017, the Australian public and the national press asked the Governor General to intervene in the matter of the recognition of the bravery for two diggers, Captain Tony Gilchrist and Sergeant Andy Street, who risked their lives on over 180 deadly missions in Iraq in 2005. To date, neither Tony or Andy have heard anything from the Department of Defence or the Governor General. Street and Gilchrist were denied gallantry awards despite the evidence of their outstanding bravery provided from the British and US military, the FBI, Australian Commanders and other key witnesses, one of which was their ‘boss’ in Iraq, Pete Norton GC. Norton was awarded the George Cross for his work alongside Street and Gilchrist. He is the current Chair of the exclusive Victoria Cross and George Cross Association whose members includes the likes of Keith Payne VC and Ben Roberts-Smith VC. Norton knows exactly what constitutes gallantry and bravery in combat. Even the Australian Defence Force’s own Honours and Awards Directorate agreed that both Gilchrist and Street deserved recognition for gallantry. Instead, both men were given somewhat token awards for ‘distinguished service’, identical to those awards given to ADF members deployed in training, administration positions and those in command who do not see combat. The acts of digging by hand for booby-trap explosive devices, searching for bomb components amongst the bodies of 150 civilians killed in a single terrorist atrocity, hunting through crowds for a second suicide bomber immediately after a suicide attack and surviving multiple attempts on their lives including RPGs, buried IEDs, snipers and mortars were just a few of the acts of bravery well above and well beyond that expected of a distinguished service award recipient. This lack of understanding of the roles of Street and Gilchrist in Iraq forced both men to appeal for a review of their service and possibly be considered for gallantry awards. The review process took nearly 10 years through the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (DHAAT). The DHAAT were entirely responsible for the denial of gallantry awards for Andy and Tony. The Tribunal ignored over 1,300 pages of written evidence and oral and written statements given by actual witnesses who served alongside both men in the US-led Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell (CEXC). The Tribunal (which then, and still to this day, contains no member with similar operational ‘on-the-ground’ experience nor any gallantry awards), overruled witness accounts that recommended that Street and Gilchrist deserved medals of gallantry during their time as the “Baghdad bomb-hunters”. The Tribunal ignored the oral evidence provided from Australian Commanders in charge of all Australian troops deployed in the Middle East at the time of Street and Gilchrist’s deployment. Other witness statements that were dismissed were from fellow members of Andy and Tony’s ten-man patrol team, whose UK and US members were awarded a George Cross, a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery, a Mention in Dispatches, a Bronze Star, two FBI Shields of Bravery and a FBI Medal of Valour between them. Inexplicably, the Tribunal produced a single, handwritten, unofficial note allegedly written by a high-ranking ‘Australian General’ - with no connection to the men or their unit - that they used to justify the denial of awards. Surprisingly, as the media reports were quick to recognise, the DHAAT reported that they could not identify what constitutes gallantry! So why did they ignore the testimony of the likes of Norton - a soldier awarded the very highest medal for gallantry? ALL the witnesses had much more operational experience of bravery than the entire board of the DHAAT. This is surely not to be ignored when the Tribunal could not even identify what gallantry was? Following the ‘bizarre’ decision of the DHAAT, Street and Gilchrist approached those agencies that are charged with overseeing the conduct of Government organisations such as DHAAT. The Office of the Inspector-General ADF, the Defence Ombudsman, the Directorate of Investigations and Recovery and the Defence Public Interest Disclosure unit were apparently unable to investigate the Tribunal’s decision, citing that the DHAAT was freely able to make decisions that are “…functus officio in respect of this [DHAAT] review, and [they] cannot legally amend or revise this decision…”. This apparent impunity means that the DHAAT is untouchable, despite clear evidence that the Tribunal members may have omitted key information, ignored witnesses, or were subject to external influences in their decision-making process. For example, undisclosed links between the Tribunal board members and the previously mentioned ‘Australian General’ subsequently came to light which questioned the very independence of the Tribunal when it came to Gilchrist and Street. What now? Is it right that both men give up their fight for recognition? Should these two war heroes now pursue actions against the DHAAT in a court of law? Is this even possible? In a further development, as the original Daily Telegraph article noted, Street returned his Commendation for Distinguished Service medal and Certificate to the Governor General, citing that the DHAAT report had confirmed that his medal had been awarded incorrectly due to ‘Defence maladministration’. Despite numerous letters and emails written by Street, the Tribunal and Governor General both appear to refuse to talk to each other, leaving Street frustrated and angry. There is one option left: We can officially request intervention from the Governor General – the person whom is ultimately responsible for Australian honours and awards. For this to happen we need public support. If we can raise a significant number of signatures via then an official request for a response can be sought. The Governor General is the Commander-in-Chief of the ADF and is Chancellor of the Order of Australia and therefore can make a difference. Please remember that Gilchrist and Street have tried everything they can. Their story has appeared on the front page of national newspapers, has been featured on TV’s Channel 10 News, The Project and ABC’s Four Corners. They have the support from the likes of Senator Jacqui Lambie, the FBI, the US and UK military including the Chair of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association. Both men have already been accepted for gallantry awards by the Defence Honours and Awards Directorate. Gilchrist and Street were recognised by Brendon Nelson - the Director of the Australian War Memorial - as having saved hundreds, if not thousands of lives by risking their own on a daily basis. Despite this, not a single response has been issued from the Governor General, Defence or the DHAAT since the media reports of September 2017. All the Australian, British and American members of the CEXC made a promise to each other. For the men who saved each other’s lives and hundreds of others, they promised that their actions would not be unrewarded. This is our last chance to appeal to the Governor General to recognise the Australians - Tony and Andy – and their acts of gallantry, lest they are forgotten. The media reports are available here:    

James Davis
1,029 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Linda Reynolds, Marise Payne, Senator Penny Wong, Richard Marles, Senator Richard Di Natale, Christian Porter, Mark Dreyfus

Australia will not support a US led war in Iran

Australia should not participate in any United States led military action against Iran. Not only would a military action against Iran be costly, redirecting funds from our vital services, infrastructure and communities here in Australia, it will undoubtedly claim the lives of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen - all for a war that will not make us safer and paint us as a target for stateless terror threats. Current tensions are the direct result of provocations from the Trump administration, whose claims of a nuclear threat from Iran are baseless and run contrary to the routine audits of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who have found Iran compliant with the conditions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka The Iran Nuclear Deal) [1]. The deal (also signed by China, France, Germany & the EU) has been violated by the United States, who have implemented strangling economic sanctions on the nation and ignored recommendations from the United Nations International Court of Justice to cease [2]. Meanwhile, Iran and Australia have a significant two-way trading relationship, worth $A584 million in the last financial year. False narratives have baited Australia into disastrous, illegal wars such as Vietnam and Iraq in the past. Without an authorising resolution from the United Nations Security Council, any military action against Iran would also be illegal, and orders of magnitude more destructive. This petition demands that our representatives discuss the rising tensions between Iran and the United States in parliament, developing a strategy for de-escalation, and implores that we learn from our past mistakes in blindly supporting the US/Australian alliance at any cost. [1][2] Further reading:

Lachlan Evans
3,952 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

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
436 supporters