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Petition to Parliament of Australia

Mandatory Palm Oil labelling on all products in Australia by January 2020

PLEASE HELP SAVE THE ORANGUTAN!  (Around 25 Orangutans die each day from Palm Oil deforestation). We, The People of Australia are seeking mandatory palm oil labelling on all products sold in Australia by January 2020. Why? Around 300 soccer fields per hour of precious rain forest in Malaysia and Indonesia (habitat of the Orangutan) are destroyed each hour for Palm Oil plantations. It is estimated that 25 Orangutans die each day from Palm Oil deforestation. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUNC) has classified the Bornean orangutan as Endangered with approximately 55,000 left with 5,000 killed a year. The Sumatran orangutan is Critically Endangered with approximately 6,300 left and 1,000 being killed a year. Each year, Australia imports approximately 130,000 tons of palm oil and it's found in a huge range of products. These include, (but are not limited to) biscuits, chips, crackers and batters, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and cosmetics. If an Australian consumer makes the decision to avoid purchasing products that contain Palm Oil,  - under current legislation, (with Palm Oil not required to be labelled), this is an almost impossible task. Here are some examples of how Palm Oil is currently 'hidden' from Australian consumers.  Names for Palm Oil Palm oil kernel “Palmitate” or “Palmate” Elaeis gunieensisHydrated Palm Gylcerides HexadecanoicPalmitic Acid Likely to be Palm OilVegetable oil (if product contains saturated fats, it's most likely palm oil)Anything containing “stearate, stearyl” Anything containing the words “cetyl, cetearyl” Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) Sodium Laureth Sulphate Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS) Sodium Calcium Stearoyl Lactylate Steareth -2Steareth -20 Emulsifier 422, 430-36, 465-67, 470-8, 481-483  Palm Oil is also high in saturated fat so there is a case for it to be labelled for health reasons as well as environmental. We are seeking transparency on our food labels so that we can make informed choices. We request mandatory labelling of Palm Oil on ALL products sold in Australia by January 2020. 

Sarah Young
171,344 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Kevin Anderson, Gladys Berejiklian, Karen Andrews, Rob Stokes, Anthony Albanese, Jason Falinski, Zali Steggal, Matt Kean, Andrew Constance, Jodi Mckay, Yasmin Catley, Adam Searle, Jason Clare MP

Extend the NSW State Government investigation into Building Defects

The current situation with dangerous building defects in the Australian multi-apartment sector is dire. Apartment owners fear the worst, from structural failure and imminent fire to potential evacuation of their apartment block. This situation could even be life threatening and the tragic memory of  Grenfell (2017) and Bankstown (2012) still haunts us (see the photo chronology of key events above). This petition exposes the inadequate time period that the State Government and Department of Fair Trading have given for the public and industry to assess their recent response  to the building defects situation and for people to make a meaningful response. The petition seeks an extension of time for the response to 30 September 2019 (an extra two months). Background There have been several reports to the NSW State Government over the past five years with the latest being the Shergold-Weir Report in February 2018. The industry and public have been waiting for a government response and finally it has come but with little public awareness and fanfare and now within an inadequate time frame. The Government response is in the form of two initiatives: The first is the sudden Dept of Fair Trading 'Building Stronger Foundations' paper which addresses the Shergold-Weir report of February 2018 and provides a submission portal see: and  The second is the NSW Legislative Council Accountability Committee inquiry see: These are long awaited responses and now the public and industry and others have been given only a month since late June to respond. The media campaign by both the Department of Fair Trading and the NSW State Government have been totally inadequate to gain the necessary reach for a life threatening issue that is close to the heart of all Australians. After all, everyone has a loved one who lives in an apartment somewhere who may not be sleeping well over this. The second initiative was only media released on the 4th July 2019 and the portal released on the 10th July. Call to Action This petition seeks an extension of time to allow for a three month minimum submission process to allow for adequate public and industry response. Extend the date from the current 24 July 2019 to 30 September 2019.

Jonathan Drane
45 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Greg Hunt, Brad Hazzard MP, Jill Hennessy MP, Steven Miles MP, Stephen Wade MP, Roger Cook MP, Michael Ferguson MP, Natasha Fyles MP, Meegan Fitzharris MP, Richelle McCausland (NHPOPC)

Reform AHPRA & Medical Board to stop bullying culture from harming our caring doctors

Medical bullying is prevalent and very serious. It damages our professional integrity and confidence. The victimised doctors have to endure permanent psychological harm which then affects their ability to care for their patients. Some doctors were pushed to depression, self-harm and suicides. The news of doctor mental stress and suicides have caught the public attention, with SBS Insight broadcasting this issue on 20 June 2017. Various organisations including the professional colleges, the Australian Medical Association (AMA), Health Professionals Australia Reform Association (HPARA), AHPRA and the Medical Board have responded with calls to stop medical bullying, harassment and victimisation. The recent events with AHPRA and Medical Board raise serious concerns about the way these regulatory bodies handle vexatious complaints and how they have failed us in stopping medical bullying culture from harming our doctors. Ultimately, this will affect doctors’ ability to care for their patients and drive up the cost of medical care. We strongly believe AHPRA’s claim that ‘vexatious complaints are very rare’ is wrong. There is good evidence linking investigation process by regulatory bodies and doctor suicide. To date, AHPRA has not effectively implemented many of the Senate recommendations on identifying and dealing with vexatious complaints, and many doctors are still suffering under AHPRA investigative process. We need the Australian Commonwealth, State & Territory governments to urgently intervene to reform AHPRA and the Medical Board. And we need your support to petition this matter to our government. Please read our regular updates on this matter and keep sharing with people who care until we see reforms within AHPRA and the Medical Board that will effectively stop this kind of bullying activities. Our caring doctors deserve protection from professional and psychological harm. In memory of some of the many doctors who passed away during their professional life: Dr Chloe Abbott,  physician-in-training from Sydney, NSW Dr Andrew Bryant, gastroenterologist from Brisbane, Queensland Prof Fung Yee Chan, a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist from Brisbane, Queensland Dr Linda Dadds, an anaesthetist from Adelaide, South Australia Dr John Moutzouris, from Sydney, NSW Dr Greg De Patter, psychiatrist-in-training from Melbourne, Victoria Dr Emil Popovic, a neurosurgeon from Melbourne, Victoria. His letter to the authorities before his departure. Dr B A S Russell, GP from Western Australia Dr Owen Williams, psychiatrist-in-training from Melbourne, Victoria

Australian Health Reform Association
12,469 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Queensland & Federal Government, The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Queensland Building and Construction Commission, Brett Bassett QBCC Commissioner

Royal Commission into QBCC Integrity

The QBCC, it’s processes, policy and governance are intended to be an unbiased commission. The dealings and processes in relation to home owner disputes place the home owner (a non-expert) in a position where the burden to know Australian Standards, the NCC and the BCA in order to get the home they paid for.  The QBCC seeks to “mediate” an outcome with little or no regard for Australian Standards, Manufactures Specifications, the NCC, the BCA or even the integrity of Certifiers if the owner doesn’t know or press their rights to a compliant home. This is further complicated by time-bars to complaints which the average Joe homeowner  could easily miss.  The Internal Review process, also time barred does not commit to the QBCC reviewer actually having available resources to complete a proper investigation - often resulting in a summary decision of “compliant” rather than a real investigation. You can see the outcome of all of the above here: This is after the house has received all of its Certified Stage and Completion Certificates, the QBCC complaint process, RPEQ Engineers Certification and further the QBCC Internal review  process.  Clearly the system is failing Queenslanders. There have been hundreds reach out through my page, so it’s clear it’s not an isolated case.  There needs to be a Royal Commission into the QBCC and the protections to homeowners as well as the financial burden to which they are exposed to in the event of serious non-conformance such as a financial assistance package under the warranty scheme for living costs until the home is fully compliant.  An obligation needs to be placed on the QBCC to fully act in accordance with Australian Standards, the NCC and the BCA, otherwise the owner can easily be pressured into “mutually accepting” a substandard or non-compliant outcome which they cannot reasonably be expected to be aware exists. 

Mark Agius
202 supporters