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Petition to The Honourable David Elliott, The Honourable Mark Speakman, SC MP


LAUREN WAS ONLY 4 YEARS OLD when Neville Towner, then aged 23, tortured, raped and drowned her in the Nepean River at Emu Plains, NSW. He was sentenced to life in prison for this brutal, unforgivable crime, but the State Parole Authority has given notice that they intend to release him - his parole hearing on June 13th 2017 was adjourned and will now be held on September 12th 2017. He is only 51! The State Parole Authority postponed Towner’s application for parole in March, raising concerns he had not done any transition programs, but ­appears to have changed its position after Towner did one escorted day-release. Howard Brown, who will make a formal submission to the hearing on behalf of the Hicksons, said Towner is not suitable for release. A message from Lauren's cousin, Robert Miell: "This is my cousin LAUREN HICKSON she was raped bashed and murdered when she was 4 years old by Neville Raymond Towner. Please sign the petition against the release of her killer next month. It might only be a signature but it might be that 1 signature that makes the difference. Please share this post with all your friends and family i want this going australia wide please and thankyou for everyones support." Lauren’s mother Jurina, is devastated: “I’ll never forgive him while I’ve still got breath in my body. The murder was so horrific. He sexually assaulted and tortured her. I just can’t understand why a prisoner of his calibre is going to get a get-out-of-jail-free card.” The then lead investigator of the case, Steve Ticehurst, has this to say: “It is my opinion and my opinion only that if a person takes a life, then they do not deserve to be released. Lauren has been robbed of having a life, a family, children. Why should anyone who takes that away from someone be given their freedom. But I just don’t see the system changing… how many more lives will it take?” Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin has decided to join Lauren’s family in opposing Towner’s release at the hearing next month. WILL YOU JOIN THEM IN BEING A VOICE FOR LAUREN?  

Walking Warriors Australia
102,735 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten

The Family Law System gave convicted sex offender access to my little girl– now she’s dead

My teenage daughter committed suicide after the Family Law System allowed her father, a convicted child sex offender, access to her when she was just a child. The Family Court System failed my little girl. And they failed me, a protective mother, who in my attempt to protect my children from contact with their abusive father, faced being dismissed as a ‘hysterical woman’ and a ‘vindictive wife’.   How can this happen? The legal system, designed to protect vulnerable children, is instead allowing them access to convicted sex offenders and exposing them to further assaults. The family law policy of wanting kids to have a “meaningful relationship with both parents” drove the decision making that would eventually lead to the death of my darling girl. I can’t describe the pain of losing her - it’s been 3 years since she died. She was just 17 and such a loving and caring daughter and friend. It makes me physically sick to imagine what she went through. In 2002, Abbey's father was charged with the sexual assault of her 8-year-old best friend and sent to jail for a pathetic two years. The abuse occurred at regular sleepovers.    I’m desperate to fight for children and parents who’ve been grossly let down by the dysfunction of the Family Court System. The Court restricts children from doctor and counselling visits during legal proceedings, discounts their word against a parent's, views reports of sexual assault as vindictive and favours the most financially stable parent. It’s shameful and dangerous. My darling daughter had her whole life ahead of her, but by adding your name to this petition, we can bring about change for other kids. I am supporting Bravehearts call for a Royal Commission into the Family Law System of Australia to examine their damaging failings in protecting our children. It follows a report by Bravehearts which  highlights the failings of the Family Law System. It’s called Abbey’s Project. This will be Abbey’s legacy.

Gill _
60,371 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Colin Barnett

My granddaughter died in a cell begging for help. Please give us answers.

She had broken ribs, bleeding on the lungs and was in excruciating pain. Locked up for days without proper medical attention over $1000 in unpaid fines – at just 22 years of age, my granddaughter died in her cell as a result of her injuries. She begged for help. People who were there say the police were just laughing at her. Telling her to get up when she couldn’t, and just laughing at her. The other men in the cell heard her crying - people on the cells each side of her - they heard it all. My granddaughter has just become another Aboriginal death in custody statistic in Western Australia. We are another family dealing with so much pain, yet are being given no answers to what happened to our beautiful Julieka. Witnesses say she was begging for help, but was dismissed as a 'mental case' by officers. They laughed at her – and according to reports in The Australian, when our baby girl "got quiet" she was dragged across the floor by two police officers. They mocked her - stood around laughing. The government or police officials won't tell me anything. We have been denied access to the autopsy. We're being left without any answers to my granddaughter's death. Every time another person dies, police do their own internal report. Police officers that know each other, interview each other. In other countries like the UK, they have an external and independent person investigate – I don't know if the police did anything wrong, but how will I ever know if we don't have an open investigation? I've been shocked at the silence from politicians. Tony Abbott hasn't said a word, Premier Barnett's comments make it seem like he's comfortable with Julieka's death to be forgotten. That she's just the latest in many fatalities of people in the government's care. The number of deaths in custody are rising. I remember my parents talking about it. We need our politicians to take action. It has to stop. It brings shame on our country, and suffering to so many families. I am begging you to help me get answers, and to bring about real change. Please sign our petition. It's been 20 years since a Royal Commission told our politicians what they need to do to stop people like my granddaughter dying in their care - it feels like we’re living decades ago - not in the new millenium – the government must: 1.        Timely coronial inquest into Ms Dhu’s death in custody 2.        Timely, regular and culturally competent communication to families 3.        Royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody 4.        No imprisonment as penalty for non-payment of fines and infringement 5.        24hr legal advice custody notification and R U OK phone line 6.        24hr medical coverage at watch house and on call medical assistance at lockups 7.        Independent public inquiry into systemic racism, sexism in the justice system 8.        Independent authority to investigate all custodial deaths 9.        New criminal offenses of corporate and custodial manslaughter 10.        Inspector of custodial services to oversee all lock ups in WA 11.        Build communities, not prisons   We will always miss you, Julieka. This is for you.

Carol Roe - Justice for Julieka
77,582 supporters
This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to Daniel Andrews, Willims Ben

Tell them to 'Bugger Off' and revoke the unfair parking fine for a disabled man.

Mr Ben Williams was injured in a car accident at the age 13 months, some 49 years ago, leaving him a paraplegic.  He has been residing in the Monash Council for over 20 years, was fined for parking in a disabled car park over four years ago, claiming no disabled permit was displayed. After repeated attempts to resolve the issue, the Victorian Police who issued the fine, have refused to accept copies of his disabled permit, which they claimed was not displayed.  He has had a Disabled Permit from the Monash Council since the time he arrived in Mulgrave to study at Swinburne University almost 25 years ago. Mr Williams Car Licence has a condition of ‘must have hand controls’, which the Department of Justice has also refused to take into consideration, which Mr Williams has also explained to them despite the fact that the hand controls are visible through the windscreen. Ben was to headed to court this week but after 'The Age' contacted the Police for a comment on an article they were writing, they quickly changed their tune.  Ben also appeared on 'The Project' on Friday night.  The court date has now been adjourned to 28th July, while they investigate the issue again. To compound Mr Williams plight, 2 years ago he snapped his bicep getting into his car.  Years of pushing his wheelchair around has taken its toll on his shoulder.  While the initial pain has gone, he has lost a lot of strength in his arm and the muscle will not heal without surgery, taking him out of action for 3 months.  His doctor’s advice was to get a new vehicle where he can drive from his wheelchair, taking a bit of strain of his shoulders. Since then, Mr Williams has done a lot of research into what vehicles are available and the costs. The best option he has come across is a Volkswagen Transport from  Capital Special Vehicles in Dandenong.  They completely modify the van to his needs.  This vehicle has a lot of safety features, which others fail to deliver, however they come with a cost – the van all up would cost over $150,000. Mr Williams has set up a GoFundMe page to assist with the cost. Tell Mr Andrews this behavour is unacceptable and they need to be more in touch with the community instead of wanting to feed their coffers.

Ben Williams
3,812 supporters