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australian politics

17 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Daniel Andrews, Jay Weatherill, Gladys Berejiklian, Will Hodgman, Mark McGowan, Michael Gunner, Andrew Barr, Annastacia Palaszczuk

"There but for the grace of God go I" - it's time to end homelessness in Australia

116,427 Australians were homeless on Census night in 2016, and in the last year over 288,000 people needed homelessness support services. Children, women and men are forced to sleep in crisis accommodation, in cars, in the streets.But today we still have no national plan to end homelessness. We have no targets to end it. We have no timelines to end it. We have no policies to end it. We have no political will to end it. And we have no accountability for those who have the power to end it.This is a local issue, a state issue, and a federal issue - it is a crisis that requires all of us to come together. We need a collective effort to guarantee every person's human right to safe housing - a right that we as a nation committed to almost 70 years ago when we signed the Declaration of Human Rights.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that when he sees someone living on the street, he always thinks “there but for the grace of God go I”.  But that's not enough - the graces of God will not end this crisis. We need good people working together to make it happen. We need good policies to make it happen. We need politicians listening to the people to make it happen. We need timelines to make it happen. And we need targets to make it happen. Not 30%, not 50%, not 70% - our target must be 100%, because anything less means we're abandoning people before we even start. It's time for a national plan to end homelessness. We call on Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten and all parliaments in Australia to come together and make it happen.

Freedom from Poverty
46 supporters
Started 4 months 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
712 supporters
Started 7 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
1,880 supporters