Topic

education

264 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Rob Stokes - NSW minister for Education.

Save the Future of Australia.

Every year hundreds of students are abused at New South Wales Government school and mine is one of them. For 5 years Ive reported more than 50 incidents of abuse, neglect and torture to the department of education and many other parents are in the same situation. I’ve written to everyone that I can but no one will act. And that’s a sign that our government has failed but the people must speak out. Far too many Petitions here are about child abuse and it’s many evils. The parents complain to the department but are dismissed and the injuires never investigated. And the beatings continue. The NSW investigation unit EPAC claim that strangling an infant doesn’t qualify as an “assault, ill-treatment or neglect”. How can that be true ? And possibly thousands of injuiries have not been reported by families unfamiliar with the system or too frightened to complain. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/government-investigates-246-reports-of-abuse-of-disabled-children-in-nsw-schools-20171009-gyxatt.html http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/school-life/mother-gobsmacked-by-schools-treatment-of-her-autistic-son/news-story/e31f2157ba9909cf70596f050e7418c5 This well publicised culture of child brutality and government inaction contravenes the governments own policies, human rights laws, common decency and respect for human life. It destroys the child’s emotional growth, confidence, trust, self worth, and psychological stability. It terrifies the parents, extended family and friends to see their greatest asset punished because they’re young, vulnerable or disabled. Australia is ruining its own future and creating a new generation of monsters to continue the abuse. I call on the NSW state Minister for Education, Rob Stokes to immediately announce an open and independent enquiry to investigate the thousands of child abuse reports. Or hand this national disgrace to the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to form a Royal Commission to investigate this gravely disturbing and corrupt situation across our nation. I beg you to please sign this petition to protect this precious generation of the youngest Australians now and in the future who skip to school with cheeky grins in search of fun and improvement and not into the hands of predators for 12 years of physical and emotional terror that does ruin them forever. Read on for more from us and other parents. Please add a name and an email and let me and the other parents step up for all kids. Giselle Malden.

Giselle Malden
253 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Michael McCormack, Andrew Laming, MP

Honouring Australian Defence Force Members Killed-In-Action (KIA)

It's an Honour! Story-telling has always played an important role in Nation-building and so the story of service and sacrifice is told through the medals of Australian Defence members. There is currently nothing on the member's medals that signify they were Killed-In-Action (KIA). Currently their medals tell the story of where they served (campaign medal), if they served in combat or were recognised for specific service (commendation clasp/medal). Even their longevity is recognised (long service clasps and rosettes). Nothing signifies the conclusion of their service when Killed-In-Action and THAT is significant. This campaign seeks to rectify that oversight.  The mandate for the commemoration of service of Australian Defence Force members lies with the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA): "To support those who serve or have served in the defence of our nation and commemorate their service and sacrifice." While Australian War Memorials importantly commemorate that 100,000+ Defence Members have been killed in War.... Only a Defence Member's Medals can tell their individual story of personal sacrifice when Killed-In-Action. Please support this campaign.  Please write to the Minister to express your support and include a return address for a response. The Hon. Michael McCormackMinister of Veteran AffairsEmail: minister@dva.gov.au Cc: Andrew Laming MPAustralian Government Email: andrew.laming.mp@aph.gov.au__________________________________________________________________Answers to FAQOur petition does not seek to solicit funds from the public.  'Change.org' does ask for voluntary donations to keep this site free but we do not take any percentage of any funds they may seek to generate.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.  Why a Black Wattle?A strip of black material is generally worn around the upper arm as a mark of respect for someone who has recently died. The black wattle infers the same reference of respect. Why the Golden text?The golden text 'KIA' distinguishes it from other medallic recognition on medals and gives prominence to KIA on the member's medal set.Why is KIA Recognition so important? Any symbolic gesture to recognise the ultimate sacrifice of a soldier that is not directly linked to their service medals does not officially complete that soldier's service history.  What is the mandate of Defence in this?The Australian Defence Force does not have a mandate for recognising its members Killed-In-Action because they are no longer serving members. Defence only has two enduring purposes as stated: 1) Defence of Australia and its national interests, and 2) Protect and Advance Australia's strategic interests. What about the family?When a family member wears their loved ones medals on commemorative occasions like ANZAC Day, there is no distinction between the medal sets of a Defence member who has been Killed-In-Action or those who have simply passed away with old age as civilians. Both equally important but distinctly different.  Scenario: The story of Australia's Victoria Cross recipient, Cameron Baird, who sacrificed his life for Australia and its people, is a half told story. His medal set fails to reflect that Cameron lost his life in battle. The Victoria Cross tells only part of his story; that he was decorated as "a person who in the presence of the enemy, performed acts of the most conspicuous gallantry, or daring or pre-eminent acts of valour or self-sacrifice or display extreme devotion to duty." No where does Cameron's medal set reflect that he was actually Killed-In-Action while facing that enemy.  What of the official term KIA?The terms for Killed-In-Action are clearly defined by NATO and the Australian Department of Defence. For example; "ADF personnel deployed to Afghanistan killed in action" are http://www.defence.gov.au/operations/afghanistan/personnel.asp Defence speaks of a soldier who "tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash". This could be interpreted and retold to give the impression that the soldier died in an accident as opposed to being in a war where he was deliberately targeted by the enemy and killed. Who will tell that soldier's story accurately, long after his loved ones have passed and can no longer march in his place in commemorative ceremonies? It not difficult to determine who was killed on the battlefield or who died of wounds. Defence already recognises the distinction. A soldier on the Defence Department's website states the soldier "died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained in an engagement with insurgents" and is listed as Killed-In-Action on the Afghanistan battle casualties list. The argument is therefore moot.  What about Cost?Pledges have been tentatively made to help support associated costs. Families of eligible recipients would submit a request for the KIA clasp administered under the same guidelines that apply for other awards. Our 'causes' page currently has over 31,540 signatures: https://www.causes.com/causes/204480-establish-an-australian-killed-in-action-clasp-for-fallen-soldiers  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------*This concept is the initiative of WO1 Kerry Danes in honour of his fallen comrades and all ADF who have been Killed-In-Action.  (Other criteria for example; Killed-in-Service, Wounded-in-Action/Service are part of a more detailed brief previously provided to the Government and rejected because a general consensus by government could not be reached. This would incorporate first responders)

Kerry and Kay Danes
11,745 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Kate Jones, The Hon Kate Jones - Minister for Education, Dr Jim Watterston - Director-General of the Department of Education and Training

Save the Early Childhood Development Program

Bella was diagnosed as autistic when she was 4 years old. She suffered with extreme anxiety and had a severe speech delay. She had been attending our local daycare for the past 2 years, and once we had started process of getting her diagnosed she was able to attend our local ECDP (Early Childhood Development Program). The difference was immense - but the program now faces closure. There were some educators at Bella's daycare centre who were amazing. But they didn't have the resources, equipment, or specialist training to be able to help her fulfil her potential. They were given funding to hire an inclusion support person, but again they didn't have the skills or knowledge to help her, and were only there for her one on one for about an hour a day. More often than not I would arrive at pickup time to find my sensory seeking child sitting alone outside eating mud. She even got lost one day - no one realising until we arrived to collect her. She was picked on by the other kids, and none of the parents seemed interested in befriending me - I was the parent of the ‘naughty, weird kid’ after all. The ECDP could not have been more different. Attached to the local special school, It was a free service and she was to attend for 2 mornings a week. There was a clear focus on preparation for school, as well as lots of practical support with her speech delay and high sensory needs. We had just one year left before she started school, and she needed to be able to do basic, obvious things like keep her shoes on in the classroom, not hold her comfort toys in her hands every minute, not eat all the non-food items she could get her hands on (sand, mud, paper, glue, paint, crayons and anything metal), and actually be able to sit still on a chair for more than 10 seconds. She needed to know how to communicate and interact with other children, that her name was Bella, be able to actually write her name – all things that most children take for granted by the time they reach school age. Bella also attended speech and occupational therapy, but this was in a one on one setting with her therapist. At ECDP she was in a classroom with other children, and a teacher and aide who gave her the direction she needed. She had to put her bag and lunchbox away when she arrived, and pack them up again at the end of the day. She had work time, playtime and food time – she learned to go by their schedule and rules and not her own. This was an eye opener for us. Having spent the first 4 years of her life doing pretty much everything for her, we started to see that she could be independent. She could pack and carry her own bag, she could put her own shoes on. She could follow instructions and compete tasks (even if it was really hard to start off with). When she was very small we just thought she was a very difficult child. Then when she was diagnosed we thought she simply couldn’t and wouldn’t be able to do any of these things, because she was autistic. The ECDP taught us that there was so much more to her than the autism. That the diagnosis did not mean that she couldn’t learn and grow just like any other child. We increased our expectations of her and boy did she deliver. We have our ups and downs, and her progress can be slow (at times seemingly non existent) – but if it wasn’t for her amazing teacher and all the aides that were determined not to give up on her when she was just 4, I doubt she would be in the place she is now. We were very lucky – her beautiful teacher saw something in Bella that only a few people see. It can be very easy to write her off on a bad day, to put her in the ‘too hard’ basket. But underneath it all she is an intelligent, smart girl with so much potential, something that I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t see until her ECDP teacher showed me. Now let’s consider what her transition to school would have been like without that foundation year at the ECDP. Without all the support and knowledge that her teacher was able to share with her new school. It hasn’t always been an easy transition, but she has come a very long way from the little girl who couldn’t talk, who would sit in the corner of the playground eating sand, who couldn’t sit at a desk or hold a pen. And we owe all of that to the time she spent at the ECDP. If they get closed down, the Department of Education is failing all those children like Bella who deserve a fair start to their education.

Karen Bennett
30,895 supporters