Petition to International Olympic Committee
Bring the Summer Olympics Back Home to Greece
"Simple solutions are born from simple people. Only complex people argue for complex solutions". The first modern Olympics were held in Athens in 1896. Since then, Greece has called for the Olympics to be permanently brought back home to Greece. It's not just Greece proposing the idea. There is a groundswell of support for the idea from commentators, analysts, columnists and newspapers around the world. Those speaking out in support of a permanent home for the Olympics point to deficiencies in the host city bidding process, the massive cost to cities to build the infrastructure necessary to host the Olympics, and the fact that many of these projects simply go to waste after the Olympics are over. Hosting the Games in a permanent location helps to address all of these problems. If the Olympics, meant to symbolise and concentrate all that is good about humankind, become nothing more than a vehicle for despots and dictators to line their pockets while further tightening the clamps on their citizens, then we've failed. Bringing the Olympics back to Greece will neutralise the International Olympic Committee's power, allow Greece to decide what's good or bad, and eliminate the need for host countries to spend millions on infrastructure doomed to decay. Bringing the Olympics back home to Greece would only need infrastructure to be built once and then updated and maintained. It would help the Greek economy toward recovery, and send a clear message that one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles is more than a tool for dictators and connected contractors to consolidate wealth and power. It would be fitting to bring the Games back to their ancient and natural home. I urge you to consider the idea and hope you will find, as I have, that a permanent home for the summer Olympics in Greece is the most practical, rational, logical, and hopeful way forward toward strengthening the Olympics for generations to come. Give the Greeks a chance to perfect their invention.
Petition to Mark Binskin, Chief of Defence, Malcolm Turnbull, Pauline HANSON, Barnaby Joyce
Immediately cease siezure of farmland for foreign training
I, as well as the majority of the Australian people, are appauled by the governments immediate willingness to take shots at our primary producers. The economy is already causing issues to farmers alone with price drops in food and materials. Then corporate groups like Woolworths, Coles and other groups are dropping prices to unsustainable levels and causing many farmers to opt towards dumping their crops over getting stiffed. Now though, I see a new level of disgusting and appaulling behaviour: multi-generation held farmland being swiped to train the military. What the hell is going on? We are quite literally the most unpopulated landmass second to Antarctica with masses of desert and scrubland, and we're taking land from from an already impervished group. A group who provide us with our food security. Stop this land grab immediately. We elected this government to represent our interests, and again and again are we poorly represented by our PM, the Senate and the House of Representatives. This cannot stand any longer: we've lost our motor production industry, our steelworks is a skeleton of its former self and as a result, our iron is exported just so we can buy it back in finished, more expensive form. If we let our farmers get rorted any longer, then we're truelly left to the dogs.
Petition to Bundaberg Regional Council CEO, Chief Executive Officer Bundaberg Regional Council and all Councillors
Support progress in Bargara.
A select few agitators in Bargara are risking the future of Bargara's economy by spreading false, misleading information and outright lies about the proposed Esplanade Jewell development. This development is vital for the future of Bargaras economy. Our children will need jobs when they leave school and if a select few mainly retirees want to chase progress out of town, our children will have to follow. For Bargara to have a landmark building like this will help attract more visitors to the area and enhance the beauty and facilities of our beautiful suburb. A rooftop restaurant 9 levels above the ground as close to the oceanfront as possible will be one the most incredible venues in all of QLD. Not just Bundaberg but the entire state. This will be a major drawcard to Bargara and will quickly become a bucket list item for travellers across the country and world. Although Council doesn't need to take into account public submissions as the Town Planning scheme clearly states this development is code assessable and doesn't require public submission under the current law, the people from the no camp have a coordinated campaign to send in submissions stating the overwhelming majority of the community don't support the development. We need to ensure that the majority of us that do support the development are heard. This petition is just a start. We also need to send individual submissions as they carry a lot more weight than just a petition. I have put together some of the lies and misinformation from the detractors below and provided facts that show they have not bothered to do any research and are relying on the manipulation of the public to push their agenda. "It will turn us into the Gold Coast." The population of the Gold Coast = 600,000 with 1m+ visitors every year. Bargara's population is 8,000. Yep, just over 1% of the Gold Coast. Even with an astronomical growth rate of 20% it would take over 20 years for our population to be half that of the Gold Coast which is the fastest growing region in the country at 2.25%! Having lived on the Gold Coast for over 15 years from 1994, I have personally seen the growth of the Gold Coast skyrocket. It has caused many problems, yes, but the main pressure that has been placed on infrastructure is the urban sprawl which has seen housing development after housing development pushed right up to the hinterland. Some of these areas have turned into crime-riddled slums of soulless unsustainable inefficient houses which force every resident to drive to every amenity. These developments need more roads, sewers, water pipes etc. than medium density developments in well-planned areas. Another 100 houses off Hughes Rd will have more impact on existing infrastructure than a 9 story building in the centre of Bargara. "We don't want shadows on the beach." This building is nowhere near the beach. The DA showed a considerable shadow study that clearly shows the shadow will be nowhere near the beach in Bargara. "Our Councilor was locked out of a pre-lodgement meeting." No, he wasn't. He was not required to attend so was not asked to. That's hardly being locked out. He didn't ask to attend and was never denied the right to attend. In fact, when he found out about the meeting he was presented with a copy of the minutes of this meeting. In fact, Cr Barnes brought up the issue of building heights at a Bargara Progress Association meeting to gauge public opinion on whether they support the current planning scheme. He was informed by a member of the public that he should be careful about bringing up this subject as he was privy to information that was commercial in confidence. It's not hard to put two and two together. This BPA meeting was the first meeting after Cr Barnes had found out about the Pre-Lodgement meeting he was not invited to and was handed the minutes from the meeting. So Cr Barnes knew about this developments finer details while these details were still commercial in confidence and used that information to begin building community outrage. The very next BPA meeting the issue of a "rumoured" 9 story building was raised to which a vote was conducted to gauge whether the BPA supported the planning scheme in its current guise. They were unanimously in favour of it. The next BPA meeting they decided to have a Council planner come along and actually explain what was in the planning scheme where they found out that a 9-story building could be approved under the current planning scheme! Yes, they voted in favour of it and now they are using lies and false information to oppose the building that complies with that same planning scheme. These are the type of people trying to hold Bargara back. "There's been no transparency." See above. Also, a lot of the public questioning came about before the DA was actually lodged. How are developers supposed to tell anyone about the development until the DA has been finalised and presented? At every step, the developers have followed the letter of the law. I have not seen anybody present anything that resembles evidence to even suggest this is not the case and for people to be spreading this rumour around town is defamatory and slanderous. "It will be built by out of town builders and out of town sub-contractors" It is at DA stage and has not been approved. Tenders have not been called for let alone awarded so this is pure speculation. In fact, all of the work that has been carried out so far has been done by businesses based in Bundaberg or by people who live in Bundaberg. Why would the developers change this when they're clearly showing intent to use local instead of Brisbane or Sydney based businesses? "They haven't even consulted the community." Under our current planning laws, this type of development isn't required to call for public submissions. Those laws are framed based upon a number of things including public submissions. I have asked many individuals who have complained about the planning scheme and I'm yet to find a single person who made a submission while these laws were being drafted. Is it really fair to ask people wanting to invest money into our economy to spend considerable money ensuring they comply with these laws only to find they also have to comply with every whim of an uneducated mob? "It will set a precedent" No, that's what the planning scheme does. Did you table a submission when they were being drafted? "This will be the last nail in the coffin for the Turtles." Ahhh.... Do you mean the ones whose numbers have been increasing over the last decade or so? Increasing numbers hardly shows the turtles on their death bed. This article by the EPA clearly states the number of Turtles have been increasing so claiming this could be the last nail in their coffin is inflammatory and shows they've done no research into the subject at all. This abstract from a report by Dr Col Limpus, the highly regarded turtle researcher who has been coming to Mon Repos for 50 years, states "Further coastal development, especially at the nearby town of Bargara, requires that a light management plan be formulated to ensure that development does not adversely affect the marine turtles that utilise the local nesting beaches." It doesn't say that development will definitely effect turtles only that it needs to be managed to ensure it doesn't. Effectively controlling light spillage is a measured, practical and responsible approach to ensure this development maintains the important sanctuary for the turtles at Mon Repos" The abstract also includes research on light pollution affecting the orientation of hatchlings and they found that "Disrupted orientation was observed at only a few locations, excluding the majority of the main nesting beach at Mon Repos Conservation Park. At the sites where orientation was disrupted, normal orientation was restored when a full moon was visible, presumably because lunar illumination reduced the perceived brightness of the artificial lights." Melbourne Beach in Florida USA also has a large number of Loggerhead turtles come ashore and lay eggs every year just like Mon Repos. The only difference is Melbourne Beach has 10+ story High Rises right on the Dunes of the beach. Yes, that's right. ON THE BEACH. The one thing they don't have is a lot of housing developments which actually contribute a lot more to light spillage and the "low glow" which is what researchers have pointed out as being the main contributor to light pollution. A building focused on limiting light spillage from the design outset, as the architect has talked at length about being his main design focus, will have less of an effect on the turtles than 100 houses on Hughes Rd that get built with zero consideration to light spillage. The effect of light spillage can be seen when travelling at night from Childers to Bundaberg. If you were to look towards Bundaberg from just outside Childers you would see the glow from the cumulative effect of all the light from every house, sporting field, street light and vehicles. This glow is not caused by one building and especially not a building that has been designed to have the lowest possible light spillage. Unless these detractors have a detailed light spillage reduction designed house, they are contributing more to this problem than this building will! Hypocritical much? "It will put too much pressure on infrastructure. There's not enough parking in Bargara already." I'm sorry but this is complete rubbish. I spend almost every day in the heart of Bargara and I never, repeat, NEVER have a problem finding a park within one minute's walk of the pub. Also, a medium density building within one minute's walk of the pub will not put any pressure on existing parking at all. In fact, it will increase foot traffic around all of Bargara's businesses without the need for any further street parking. If you the hardest thing you face is parking in Bargara, you really have a great life and should have a good look at yourself before complaining. Another 100 houses built off Hughes Rd will add more pressure to existing infrastructure in Bargara because those people will need to drive to the heart of Bargara and therefore require CAR PARKS. This development actually includes 60+ public car parks within the footprint of the building! So it is adding to the infrastructure. "It is being built by the Chinese!" Have a snickers Grandad. You turn into a racist redneck when you're hungry. Ok, part of the consortium is from China. This is 2018, not 1918. What is the problem with someone from China bringing their money to our town and investing it here? Do you know what happens when someone invests in your town? It increases the wealth of your town!! These units are for sale which means the property will be owned by the people who buy it, not the "Yellow Peril" (sarcasm added on purpose to highlight the ridiculousness of anybody who objects based on the nationality of someone involved). If you have any understanding of economics you would know that capital flows are one of the foundations to economies. The reason why people talk about local buying is that it keeps more capital in the economy instead of that capital exiting our economy and shrinking the local economy. Foreign investment is capital flowing into our economy. This extra capital increases the local economy which can also have flow-on effects for many other businesses in the local economy. This is why outside investment in our economy is so important! "Fill all other accommodation first before you build this." Ok Karl Marx. How is a developer that owns no other properties in this town supposed to fill all other properties? And who said he's not allowed to build something when he wants to? To provide a fact for you the current vacancy rate in Bargara is 1.63%. This means that for every 200 properties in Bargara there are 3 empty. Of a rough total of 4000 properties in Bargara (slightly less as this includes all business tenancies as well), there are a total of 60 vacant properties in all of Bargara. That's actually less than the number of units in this proposed development. I'll spell it out for you. There's a massive shortage of properties in Bargara. This is our opportunity to show that the overwhelming majority of Bargara residents support this development as proposed in its entirety. Have your say and make your opinion count!
Petition to ECEC , Federal Government, Eden-Monaro, Community run childcare
Help keep the childcare available
As many have heard. Active Achievers will be shutting its doors as of the 5th of Oct. We are so worried about our many families that will be without care and our many team members that will be without job. Help us send a message to do whatever it take to not let all these people be left high and dry with no solution. Showing that our community cares and that we want to help our families in need, and our staff in need also.
Petition to Ministry for the Environment NZ
Destruction Of Space Debris In New Zealand
Space Debris is a Global environmental phenomenon that will have a horrific effect on the Earth sooner or later. It will destroy satellites that we depend on because the typical piece of Space Debris, as big as a cricketball ball, travels at around 17,000 miles per hour which can cause major risk of destruction of Satellites when there is a collision. What important things do Satellites do for us? Satellites predict extreme weather Satellites provide international connection between businesses, governments and associations Satellites measure climate change and its effects Satellites provide international connection between us and others What would happen to us if Satellites stopped working/got destroyed? Our health would decline quickly because for e.g if companies that make/transport goods stop communicating, we could starve Our Global Economy Would Crash - companies heavily rely on communication with telephone service to trade goods; without telephone service, companies wouldn't be able to trade goods, consumers wouldn't be able to consume, which would cause the economy to crash as the national GDP would crash etc. Our global society would be extremely effected; the biggest type of communication used is between phones. Our global environment would get destroyed - no warning of extreme weather or toxic climate change effects. Why Should We Care? Our world could get destroyed extremely quickly if we don't support the destruction of Space Debris; the Global Economy, Environment and Society could be effected - this includes you! What Can We Do To Help? To help destory Space Debris, you can sign this petition, and by signing this petition, we can get the NZ Ministry for the Environment, who is unaware of the issue, to step up and raise awareness about this environmental phenomenon that will effect us horribly if we don't act now.
Petition to Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce, Scott Morrison, Mathias Cormann, Bill Shorten, Tanya Plibersek, Chris Bowen, Andrew Leigh, Jim Chalmers, David Coleman, Matt Thistlethwaite, Adam Bandt, Julia Banks, Scott Buchholz, Trevor Evans, Kevin Hogan, Craig Kelly, Matt Keogh, Madeleine King, Derryn Hinch, David Leyonhjelm, Pauline Hanson, Jacqui Lambie, Nick Xenophon, Senator Richard Di Natale, Scott Ludlam, Larissa Waters, Andrew Wilke, Cathy McGowan
Break up the big banks now—pass Glass-Steagall!
TO THE HONOURABLE THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES This petition of the Citizens Electoral Council draws to the attention of the House that even such institutions as the IMF, the Bank for International Settlements, and the U.S. Federal Reserve are now warning of a new, far more severe financial crash than that of 2008. Transatlantic and Commonwealth governments have bailed out the Too-Big-to-Fail (TBTF) banks with US$19 trillion since 2008, virtually all of which has been used for speculation; the banks are now 40 per cent larger; and the derivatives exposure of Australia’s own banks has soared from $14 trillion in 2008 to $38 trillion now. Moreover, these TBTF banks have repeatedly been caught in criminal activity like drug-money laundering, terrorism financing, mortgage fraud, interest rate and exchange rate rigging, and more. The world must replace this disastrous, corrupt system now, before the next crash. We the undersigned therefore call on the House to do Australia’s part, and legislate the following: a full Glass-Steagall separation of Australia’s banks to protect normal commercial banking and deposits from the wild speculation of today’s TBTF banks; a national bank modelled on the original Commonwealth Bank to create massive new credits to revive our manufacturing, agricultural and other productive industries; a program of major water, power and transportation infrastructure projects, in Australia and in our region, cooperating with China’s “One Belt, One Road” program—in which 100 nations are already participating—to spur global economic recovery and provide for an enduring peace.