business and brands
Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Protect the Australian ugg boot industry now!
In a case that is a real life global version of The Castle, a Sydney-based ugg boot maker is being sued in a US court. The case brought by global US footwear company Deckers seeking global injunctions to prevent Australian Leather Pty Ltd from describing their ugg boots as ‘ugg boots’ anywhere in the world. Eddie Oygur, the founder and owner of family business Australian Leather has been making ugg boots since the early 1990s. His business provides jobs for 40 people locally and makes 50,000 pairs of ugg boots using Australian sheepskins. Deckers Corporation, with a turnover of more than $2.4billion owns the trademark ‘Ugg Australia’ and has sought to stop Australian Leather using the term. Ugg boots are also made by a handful of Australian owned and based companies. The unprecedented court action, if successful, will shut down Eddie’s business because the sweeping orders sought include: 1. Multi-million dollar punitive damages; 2. All of Australian Leather’s ugg boot stock be delivered to Deckers for destruction; and 3. All funds in Australian Leather’s bank accounts be transferred to Deckers. Ugg boots are a quintessentially Australian product - the product and name were invented here, they’re not just part of our culture, they create local jobs and export earnings. This form of legal bullying has already forced other companies to stop exporting ugg boots and in another case from even using the words ugg boots. Eddie wants Australia to fight back and he deserves the support of the Parliament and the government. Senator Xenophon has foreshadowed introducing legislation, if re-elected, into the Senate after the election that will protect the use by Australian companies of the term ‘ugg’. “This legal action seems as ridiculous an Australian company trademarking ‘Apple Pie’ in the US and preventing Americans from selling apple pies,” Nick said. Senator Xenophon pointed to legislation in Europe that protects the names of iconic products as a precedent. “If the French can protect ‘Champagne’, the Portuguese ‘Port’, the Spanish ‘Sherry’ and the Greeks ‘Feta’, then surely Australia can protect the word ‘Ugg’,” Nick said. Eddie Oyger said: “If the legal protection was provided it would create many hundreds of jobs and tens of millions in export earnings amongst Australian ugg boot makers. Senator Xenophon said: “If this election is really all about jobs then the major parties need to stand up for genuine Australian businesses and ensure a level playing field.” It is believed that Deckers which markets under ‘Ugg Australia’, makes the boots in China and does not in fact use Australian sheepskins. “We need to ask whether the only thing Australian about Deckers’ Ugg Australia ugg boots is the name,” Nick said. Senator Xenophon will be filing a complaint with the ACCC, and will also write to the Prime Minister to seek immediate support for Australian Leather in the legal dispute and legislation. Eddie’s business is facing a massive legal bill to fight the case in the US District Court which could cost up to half a million dollars.
Petition to Snap Inc.
Remove the new Snapchat Update
With the release of the new Snapchat update, many users have found that it has not made the app easier to use, but has in fact made many features more difficult. There is a general level of annoyance among users and many have decided to use a VPN app, or are using other risky apps or steps, to go back to the old Snapchat as that’s how annoying this new update has become. Many ‘new features’ are useless or defeats the original purposes Snapchat has had for the past years. Please note: with the most recent update (February 2018) text fonts were released, and a number of users believe that small features like this should be kept in place. This petition aims to help convince Snap Inc. to change the app back to the basics, before the new 2018 update. ——— Media Companies please feel free to reach out to me via social media to discuss the petition.
Petition to Australia Government
Disabled people need more
Hello I’m in a wheelchair and I think we need better/more access to buildings RPG and SCGH need bigger doors for the Dr offices we need bigger places. Shops like Target need to think of us and not put their stuff in the middle of the hallways. Putting shelves further apart. We need help please help us
Petition to Minister for Planning, Minister for Local Government, Mayor Craig Langdon, Banyule City Council
Stop Woolworths Building in Rosanna
Stop the current plans for Woolworths building and operating at 44 Turnham Ave, Rosanna (opp Rosanna train station). In Summary; As residents, amenity users and traders of Rosanna, we appreciate it's local character, amenities and parklands. Adding such a large supermarket to this setting is completely out of character. It will be the trigger that changes our locality from small, community based attractions to a larger commercial zone. We have no lack of these larger commercial zones in Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Greensborough so let's keep Rosanna a village. Special Notes: 1. The site is under current ownership of (and occupied by) Banyule City Council (subject to sale) and we seek to challenge Banyule as the Planning Authority, where there is a conflict of interest in their being both the owner / seller of the site and the Planning Authority for any planning permit (and previous rezoning to Commercial 1 zone for the purpose of selling). 2. This petition will also serve as an objection against the planning application P1260/2015. See the full proposal: Woolworths Planning Application P1260/2015. (Plans available at this link until 23rd May, 2016). Please also take the opportunity to submit an objection of your own. In detail; reasons this proposal should be rejected in it's entirety: Traffic Congestion - The location being in a residential area with limited access to main roads. The main road connection (Lower Plenty Road) is already a chaotic traffic hazard. There are 3 sets of lights, level crossing,. The increase in traffic will require that the exit from Turnham Ave to Lower Plenty Road to increase the time and frequency of the traffic lights. This in turn, will back up traffic in Lower Plenty Road and increase the frustration of trying to turn into Lower Plenty Road from other side streets (which is already difficult). Parking Ratio - The parking is proposed to be provided at a ratio of 3.18 spaces per 100m2 of floorspace. In perspective, the nearby Heidelberg store has a ratio of approx 7 spaces per 100m2 floorspace. The planning scheme requires 5 spaces per 100m2. This is a reduction of 50 spaces from the planning scheme requirement. Parking & Commuters - Rosanna station's parking is completely full by 8.15am each morning. However, with supermarket opening times at 7am, it is most likely store staff will be directed to use the railway parking which will reduce availability of the already overflowing 163 spaces (off Turnham Ave) by up to 25% (estimate) Parking for Heidelberg Theatre, Library & Childcare - The limited number of parking spaces available on the street will be competitively sought by the supermarket users. (These spaces are closest to the entrance and without needing to go via Douglas st to the underground carpark.) The proposal seeks to make use of all the on street spaces (and rear library parking) to increase the parking ratio as a persuading factor. The theatre's many older patrons will be forced to walk from further away, as the current parking at council offices is lost and street parking hard to come by.Local Parklands - A built up area in this location will put pressure on the Rosanna Parklands and local wildlife. This proposal includes a liquor outlet (late opening), being directly outside the station and almost opposite the parklands. This is likely to attract evening activities of detrimental proportions to the wildlife. Along with a likelihood of rubbish, glass etc. (TBC) Nowhere else in Banyule is there a "Conservation" zone in direct conflict with a "Commercial 1" zone. Trucks and Local Residents - This supermarket will attract more large trucks along the already infamous and dangerous Rosanna Rd. The most straight forward access to the site, would be a right turn from Rosanna Road into either Douglas st (stores access point) or into Station Road. Both these streets are almost totally residential. Opening hours from 7am to midnight (deliveries to 10pm) would drastically increase traffic and noise in these residential streets. Local Character - This supermarket (larger than nearby Heidelberg Woolworths) has no place in "Rosanna Village". There are no other businesses of this proportion located in the area. It will be the trigger that changes our locality from small, community based attractions to a larger commercial zone. We have no lack of these larger commercial zones in Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Greensborough so let's keep our Rosanna a village. Potential loss of small business - Some of Rosanna's local traders are likely to be forced out of business - this would not be "competition" but a pushing out of existing small business in favour of a singular large business. In conclusion:Where is Rosanna resident's engagement through early communication, and in particular through the local councillors who are supposed to advocate for our community. Unfortunately the truth seems to be that our councillors have deserted us (both physically and metaphorically) in favour of their "Emerald City" of Greensborough. Email enquiries to email@example.com
Petition to GENERAL MOTORS, GM Holden
GM, Holden: Retire The Australian car names like Commodore
There will never be another Holden, only badge engineered vehicles from other GM brands. Cars that aren't Australian should not carry the names of cars that have played a huge part in our Automotive history and culture. The news that the Commodore name would be carried on was disappointing and shows General Motors have no understanding of the Holden heritage they will be tarnishing. The "brand new" Opel sourced Commodore will arrive in February 2018, just months after GM closes the doors on Holden manufacturing.By signing this petition, you will show GM that an imported car carrying an Aussie Holden name is not something you would buy! No more Commodore!No more Monaro!No more Torana!No more Kingswood!No more Statesman!No more Ute!Let these iconic Australian Holdens remain Australian for life!