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Petition to Darren Chester MP, Andrew Laming, MP, Jim Molan AO, DSC

National Campaign recognising Defence Members & First Responders Killed-In-Service

A National Campaign to personalise the sacrifice of Defence Members and First Responders Killed-In-Service  KIS 4 KIS = Keep it Special 4 Killed-In-Service Story telling is important to our nation and as Australians, we do this through our honours and awards system. We award medals to athletes to celebrate their sporting achievements and to those who have contributed services to our nation in academia, community service etc...to State of Origin footballers ....to people who have undertaken charitable service. We award medals and citations to Defence members: to tell the story on their medal sets of where they served, if they served in combat or were recognised for specific service (commendation clasp/medal) and how long they served. We give medals to those who have excelled in administration or raised money for Veterans programs. We award families a remembrance pin, and rightly so, to honour their support given to their loved ones who have died in service. We give bravery medals to those who have faced death and lived, we hail them heroes. But for those who serve our nation and our people, both overseas and at home, in response to emergencies and who are Killed-In-Service, we do not officially personalise their sacrifice which is what this campaign proposes. A national campaign for the recognition of Defence Members and First Responders Killed-In-Service. The award of a Killed-in-Service (KIS) clasp on their campaign or service medal as appropriate, to complete their story of their individual service and sacrifice.    __________________CALL for ACTION ______________________________  Please write to the Minister to express your support and include a return address for a response. The Hon. Darren Chester MPMinister of Veteran AffairsEmail: darren.chester.mp@aph.gov.au Cc: Andrew Laming MPAustralian Government (LNP)Email: andrew.laming.mp@aph.gov.auLuke Gosling MPAustralian Labor PartyEmail: Luke.Gosling.MP@aph.gov.au_________________________________________________________________ This campaign was the initiative of Warrant Officer Class 1 Kerry Danes, to honour fallen comrades in the Australian Defence Force and First Responders who have been Killed-In-Service.  Why the Wattle? The wattle is our national floral emblem linked to the Australian Bravery Association, the Order of Australia awards system and the highest office of the land - our Governor General, so it holds an appropriately prestigious place in the life of our nation.  Our Numbers Original petition at Causes.com has over 31,543 signatures. https://www.causes.com/causes/204480-australian-national-campaign-recognising-defence-members-first-responders-killed-in-service Combined we have close to 45,000 signatures supporting this campaign (as at 22/04/18).

Kerry and Kay Danes
13,344 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Mr John Gardner MP

Stop the move of Year 7 to High School in SA

Dear Mr Gardner I have strong concerns with the SA Government's plans to move year seven to high school within the next four years. I have two daughters, a nine year old, currently in year four and an eleven month old. I also have a thirteen year old step-daughter who started high school in year eight this year and a twelve year old step-son who will be starting high school as a year eight next year. My currently nine year old daughter started school in 2014 when she was four years old as her birthday is in March. This was due to the South Australian Government  deciding to introduce one primary school intake starting that year to be "in line with other states". This was not beneficial to my daughter. Due to limited notice of the change she only attended three terms of pre-school before commencing primary school. I see now that she was not quite mature enough and likely would have benefited waiting an extra year before starting. Due to this change, the majority of children born before May 1st each year will be commencing primary school at age four. If year seven moves to high school she and the children like her with birthdays before May 1st will be eleven years old when starting at high school. This is ludicrous. I don't know if you recall the transition to high school, but even as a thirteen year old it was an intimidating experience for me to be mingling with the older kids at high school, the change in structure and the increased importance of grades and scores. I can't imagine what this would be like at eleven years old. Your policy plan states that research shows that children benefit from a middle years program. Will you be investing in creating seperate middle school campuses for year seven to nine students? I honestly cannot fathom why your Government believes that having eleven and twelve year old children move into a teenage environment would be beneficial? Why would we wish to end childhood early. How is this beneficial to a child's development? This is not about what is best for a child's development; this is about feeling embarrassed that South Australia is "backward" since we are not "in line with other states" with the year that high school begins. Why not invest the significant amount of tax payer funding that would be required to facilitate this move in buildings and logistics into funding to improve the educational and social developmental outcomes for year seven students in their current location in primary schools. To undetake such a massive change without consultation with parents who's children will be affected by this change is arrogant and I am absolutely outraged at the lack of consultation with parents. I would like this plan to move year seven to high school abandoned. Victoria Allan-Mead  A parent who's children will be affected by this proposed change

Victoria Allan-Mead
20 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Chris Hipkins, Ministry of Education, Avonside Girls High School, Shirley Boys High School, Poto Williams

Don't exclude currently zoned suburbs from the new Shirley Boys/ Avonside Girls zone!

We ask that the new shared zone for Avonside Girls High School and Shirley Boys High School, when they shift to their new Ōrua Campus at QEII in 2019, include suburbs and streets currently zoned for these schools, such as Shirley, Avonside, Dallington and Richmond. The current consultation being carried out around the proposed new zone does not even offer the possibility of keeping existing suburbs in zone. When residents of Shirley, Dallington, Richmond and Avonside complete the online submission process we cannot even vote to stay in, since this is not offered as an option - but we can have a say on whether Marshlands should be included! We are in no way objecting to the inclusion of new suburbs in the zones for these schools, such as Queenspark, as they will obviously be close to the new campus. We are simply asking that our areas continue to be in zone. A larger zone would allow our communities to retain our strong cultural and historical connection to these schools while still giving students now living nearby Ōrua access. Our tamariki have lost enough in the inner east, with the closures of Richmond School, Burwood School, Avondale School and much more. We will not accept another loss. They should not have to go through a ballot process just to have a chance to get into schools that, in many cases, their parents and even grandparents attended. Many home owners in our areas purchased property in zone to be assured that their children would have access to these schools when they reached secondary school age and now most of us are not in a position to shift and buy again just to stay in zone.  Do not remove our suburbs from the new AGHS/SBHS zone.

Vanessa van Hoof
473 supporters