Petition to Gladys Berejiklian MP, Malcolm Turnbull, Mark McGowan, Will Hodgman, Daniel Andrews, Andrew Barr, Gladys Berejiklian, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Jay Weatherill, Michael Gunner
Highly Addictive Drug ICE is Destroying Lives Daily.
Please Help us Warn Our Nation
People are dying out there....... The drug ICE is spreading over our nation and killing our loved ones !!! This highly addictive substance ICE (methamphetamine) is more soul destroying and addictive than any other illicit drug available on the market. ...From the moment you start using it, ICE starts to consume your soul, destroy your body, and erode your moral standards resulting in destructive behaviour combined with the breakdown of family values and a negative impact on society. Many users of this drug are unaware of the heavy consequences associated with the delusional affects of ICE. Too often long term addiction to methamphetamine will result in permanant irreversable damage to the body, mind and soul. Many addicts are crippled by the effects of ICE, which disables their ability to stop this destructive cycle ... and the effects are devastating. I was one of the very lucky few to escape its horrific entrapment. I was fortunate enough to break free from the stranglehold of ICE. Think about this .. It could have been You or God forbid your child. We never think it could happen to us,...but it does. Unfortunately this drug has infultrated its way into society targeting our young generation's social environment with utterly horrific results. Not only is Ice being used as a party/sexual drug by our youth but is also being used by high esteemed members of our society for stress relief and performance enhancement which has the reverse effect of its intended use. We need to warn our kids of the destructive effect of this drug before they are offered it. Until now we have been dealing with the impact of this highly destructive and addictive drug in a reactive way , with little or no result. AAIC recruits and trains people who have recovered from ice addiction to deliver high impact education workshops to raise awareness and educate youth. Using people with lived experience graphically highlights the incredible dangers of trying ICE even once. The In School Education Workshops comprise of a 75 minute interactive lesson delivering information relating to the following: _* The short and long term effects associated with ICE use; * The dangers and toxicity of the ingredients in ICE; * The mechanism of ICE addiction; * The effects on the brain, body, relationships and community; * The risks of trying ICE even once; * Communicating the risks of ICE to their peers and to take action to prevent use. The effects of ICE are immediate and highly addictive. The user is drawn in to a false sense of self and selfishness ...nothing else matters more than the next fix and they will do anything to get their next hit. Crimes corruption, prostitution and anti social behaviour become rampant as a result and law enforcement and hospital emergency rooms are stretched to capacity when dealing with the ICE user. They are often violent and destructive under the influence, resulting in abuse (both physical and verbal ) of nursing staff and law enforcement officers . ICE is not only a killer, but also an extreemly expensive habit to maintain and is currently costing our economy a tremendous amount of tax payer dollars to combat its effects ...This money would be better spent on education and awareness to enable intervention at its inception. ...As a nation we must be pro-active and diligent if we are to have any impact whatsoever on this highly destructive drug as it is killing our young people, ruining our lives, eroding corrupting and undermining the very fabric of our society. The AAIC Education Workshops have been highly acclaimed within Schools, the Youth Justice System, Child Safety, within our Prison System and in Mines as well as Workplaces. You can view many of these testimonials at www.australianantiicecampaign.org.au/about-us/testimonials The National Ice Task-force 2015 Report identified a tripling of ICE use among Australian teenagers over a six year period. Research conducted at the University of South Australia found brain wave patterns similar to Early Onset Parkinson's Disease in teenagers after only five or six uses of ICE. Waste water sampling by Professor Mueller and The University of Queensland found that in many areas across Australia, the discharge of ICE into our waste water increased by up to 480% over the past six years..... and what are we doing about it? Please Australia let's unite and urge our National, State and Territory Governments to take action to do something different before its too late. By signing this pettion you are helping make a stand against this highly destructive drug and its corrosive effect on our society. Please invite others to get behind us by signing also. The difference starts with YOU.
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Include Aboriginal Culture As A Subject In Schools
What we are taught in school not only educates us, it moulds us and helps us grow into the people we are, but for someone with an indigenous background it can be quite the struggle. Being taught different religions and different beliefs does not only make you feel as if you don’t belong, it can confuse your identity. Many people do not realise Aboriginal people have their own spirituality, and while we build churches on our land and pray to a different God, the way of our ancestors is steadily fading away. There is not enough Aboriginal Culture being taught in schools and special indigenous classes is not what we need, it only keeps us divided. Its only right that everybody should be educated on the culture of the country they are living in and we need a steady foundation in place that ensures our culture will be taught on to future generations. Sign this petition and support a better future.
Petition to EA Games, DICE, Andrew Wilson, Larry Wilson
New Medal Of Honor Game for 2020
With the Star Wars Battlefront series not doing as well as planned, the former video game series Medal of Honor has been shelved in the meantime. the series was shelved because the world could not enjoy the game based on real-life events and conflicts. Star Wars Battlefront although a visual spectacle of the modern day video game has some incredible features yet falls short in many aspects. Medal Of Honor was created by Film and Television Director Steven Spielberg who based it off his academy award winning movie Saving Private Ryan, a movie set in the second world war on the beach of Normandy, France. the First video game was created in 1999 and was discontinued in 2012. it has been more than 5 years since we have seen a Medal Of Honor game, and EA games have released Battlefield and Star Wars in the years between. Battlefield being a superior Franchise is a spinoff or by-product of Medal OF Honor in 2002 which integrated the uses of vehicles and destroyable environment. Another Videogame series that sparked competition was Activision's Call Of Duty. the creators of this series were originally part of Medal Of Honor but ended up creating their own. Both game Series' based on the Second World War, Call Of Duty was the first of the 2 series' to switch to the modern day featuring Fictional Conflicts based all around the world in 2008. in 2010, Medal Of Honor was released in the Modern Day Based on real-life events of soldiers, top-secret missions in the Afghanistan war. the following and final game released in 2012 featured conflicts in Pakistan, The Philippines, Somalia, Yemen, and Sarajevo.majority of the characters from the previous game carried over with the absence of few. Medal Of Honor 3 should have the title Medal Of Honor: Tier 1. or something else along the lines of being the worlds ultimate service man/woman. It should be based in the Modern Day Conflicts, for example. Syria, Yemen, and Libya. the main characters should "Preacher" until his retirement, as well as AFO Wolfpack Characters "Panther" and "Vegas". with additional Characters, Original for the game as well as returning characters such as "Stump", "Dusty" and the Rangers. the game should feature weapons used by all the factions and not just a few in total. for example, in Medal Of Honor 2010, the multiplayer only had around 20 weapons total and Medal Of Honor Warfighter had around 80 ALTHOUGH more than two-thirds of those weapons were the same weapons with only visual differences... There are hundreds of weapons that can be implemented to create the feel of the current conflicts and accurate representation of the modern day. the Final overall target date around 2019/2020. on a side note, they can do what Battlefield and Call OF Duty have done and gone back to their roots by heading over to the past. Battlefield going to the First World War and Call Of Duty Going back to the Second World War. My Suggestion to keep originality... Vietnam war or the Gulf War.
Petition to The Hon James Merlino MP, The Hon Bill Shorten MP, The Hon Fiona Richardson MP
Uniform Gender Equality In Schools needs to be legislated
MY DAUGHTER'S STORY My daughter's primary school in Melbourne has declined a request for my daughter to wear pants as part of the winter uniform. Pants are approved school uniform for the boys only. Girls must wear a tunic in winter and a dress in summer (apart from sports uniform days). My daughter, like many other girls, simply wants the choice to wear pants like half of her peers, with the warmth and freedom to be active at school and travelling to/from school. She constantly asks "why can't I wear pants like the boys?" "Because you're a girl" is not something I am prepared to say to my 6 year old daughter. A daughter who I have raised to believe she can do and conquer anything, regardless of her gender, and that she can like what she wants to like and not what gender stereotypes dictate she should like. GIRLS ARE ACTIVE TOODresses disadvantage girls like my daughter who want to play footy, run, climb and ride a bike to school. The boys get to wear pants and shorts which facilitate these activities far better than a dress. I won't stand for a policy that only encourages and promotes girls to be active on sports days (at my daughters school this is twice per week). What about the rest of the time? The Australian Government recently launched a new campaign prompted by alarming research showing girls are only half as active as their male peers by the time they become teenagers. This campaign called “Girls Make Your Move” is a fantastic initiative. However it flies in the face of our young girls who are forced to wear heavy, long tunics and uncomfortable tights in winter and dresses that risk bearing their underwear in summer should they want to be active like their male peers. GENDER DISCRIMINATIONI have noted many of the perceived complexities around anti-discrimination legislation and have read the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into dress codes and school uniforms in Victorian schools that was conducted in 2007. At that point the inquiry acknowledged that gender discrimination in relation to uniforms may be an area of risk for schools (legally) but refrained from recommending that a gender neutral uniform option be legislated for. I however struggle to see the complexities in the legislation. It is against the law to discriminate based on gender. It seems pretty clear to me that anti-discrimination legislation is in breach when schools can so blatantly enforce that girls must wear a dress when there are other options available to other students in the same school (i.e. the boys get to wear pants). It is now 9 years on from that enquiry, the year 2016, and the issue of gender discrimination and gender equality has not gone away, in fact it is more poignant than ever. It's time to change, most schools have, but not all. GENDER EQUALITYI digress to bring up a publication called 'Change the Story'. It is a framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and children. In their words “what this framework makes clear is that gender inequality is the core of the problem and it is the heart of the solution.” I would encourage all interested parties and key stakeholders to read the framework if you haven't already. Imagine the impact on our most impressionable young people of a single policy. A policy that REQUIRES schools who have uniforms to offer options that do not discriminate based on gender. In effect diminishing core gender stereotypes before they even begin. UNIFORM GENDER EQUALITY NEEDS TO BE LEGISLATEDThe purpose of this petition is for policy makers to stand up and legislate that ALL schools that require students to wear a uniform MUST offer options that don't discriminate based on gender. What is offered to one student should be offered to all. So for my daughter if she wants to wear a dress she can but is not forced to. If she wants to wear pants/shorts she has the choice (not just on sports days). And this needs to NOT be at the discretion of individual schools. My daughter's school does not have a school board or council to take our concerns to. The alternative is to make an anti-discrimination claim against the school. This is likely to be a stressful process for all involved. Not to mention that my daughter loves her school in every other way and wishes to stay there. Of course this still remains an option but I hope this petition is one of many voices that can lobby for this simple but fundamental change that is well overdue. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! #girlswearpantstoo My daughter will appreciate your support - as I'm sure generations of children will in the future. #girlswearpantstoo --------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have read this far you may be interested to know I have reached out to the following organisations:Victorian Department of Education – no responseCatholic Education Department – no responseThe Anti discrimination and human rights commission – response within 1 business day and general advice offered. Advised next step is to make formal complaint against our school.
Petition to Ms Yvette Berry, Ms Elizabeth Lee
Evidence based literacy instruction, identification & intervention for ACT Students
PETITION To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that: on the 21st of August 2012, an official Dyslexia Petition No.138 including 625 signatures was tabled at the ACT Legislative Assembly. As a result, former ACT Education Minister, Dr Chris Bourke MLA set up a Taskforce on Students with Learning Difficulties. Recommendations from the Taskforce were provided to the ACT Education Minister at the time, Ms Joy Burch MLA in a report published in June 2013: All recommendations were agreed upon by the former ACT Education Minister Ms Joy Burch MLA and the implementation of the recommendations commenced. But disappointingly, the actions to implement the recommendations were short lived. In 2018 appropriate evidence based literacy instruction, identification and interventions are still greatly lacking for students with difficulties in learning to read, including dyslexia (a specific learning difficulty) in many ACT schools. Your petitioners, including members of the community Facebook group, Dyslexia Information for the Canberra Region, and supported by the Not-for-Profit organisation Code Read Dyslexia Network Australia, therefore, request the Assembly to: bring to the attention of the ACT Minister for Education, Ms Yvette Berry MLA and Shadow ACT Minister for Education, Ms Elizabeth Lee MLA, so they may introduce, debate and pass relevant laws, or request the Executive or officials to act under existing law and policy (as the case may be) to recognise that students with difficulties learning to read, including those with dyslexia, are still disadvantaged in ACT Schools and that they require the following changes to address the current disadvantage or discrimination these students currently endure: 1. Implementation of evidence-based literacy instruction in all ACT Schools which is essential to provide ALL students with the very best opportunity to learn to read whilst attending school. Explicit, systematic synthetic phonics instruction as part of the Five Keys to reading (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary & Comprehension) has been proven to be the most effective. Additionally when a student requires intensive instruction then evidence based Tier 2 or Tier 3 intervention is also essential. Please click on the following links to read about evidence-based literacy instruction and interventions, here, here, here and here. 2. To provide the very best opportunity for emergent readers to learn to read, decodable readers are a valuable and often necessary tool and a beneficial resource to support Teachers using explicit systematic synthetic phonics instruction in the classroom. Decodable readers are books that contain phonetic code that beginning readers have already been taught. All ACT schools need access to decodable readers. Please click on the links here and here for more information about decodable books. 3. Early identification of students with reading difficulties is crucial, therefore we implore you to introduce the National Year 1 Literacy & Numeracy Check in all ACT Schools. Current identification tools used by ACT teachers are not sufficient to identify students who are having difficulty with phonics (the building blocks of the English language). Please click on the link to access more information about the proposed National Year 1 Literacy Check (aka Phonics Check). 4. Every ACT school requires appropriate access to Educational Psychologists and Literacy Specialists qualified in evidence based literacy instruction. Students require the support of Educational Psychologists and Literacy specialists within their schools. Educational Psychologists are not only able to complete a thorough educational assessment but they are imperative when supporting the mental health needs of students. Anxiety is often a common condition experienced by students with dyslexia. Additionally, qualified literacy specialists are necessary to deliver quality Tier 2 and Tier 3 evidence based literacy support that students may need at school. 5. All students identified as having ongoing difficulties with learning to read, including those with dyslexia, need to be provided with an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) including smart goals. The ILP must provide the student with appropriate support structures that allow them to learn on a level playing field with their peers. The ILP needs to include, evidence based literacy instruction requirements and interventions, and reasonable adjustments such as access to assistive technology, use of a reader, scribe and extra time during examinations. Additionally when the school is unable to provide a student with the appropriate literacy instruction and support then an external qualified professional provider that uses evidence based approaches such as a Speech Pathologist or literacy specialist should be permitted to attend the school to provide the necessary additional tuition to the student during school hours. 6. Finally, we ask the Education Minister to engage with local Universities to discuss and request the implementation of evidence based instruction be provided during preservice Teacher training courses. Evidence based literacy instruction must include training in systematic synthetic phonics instruction as part of the Five Keys to reading (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary & Comprehension). Additionally, preservice teachers need to be provided with University instruction on supporting students with specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia. Existing qualified ACT Primary School and Literacy Teachers should also be provided with professional learning to teach students to read, using systematic synthetic phonics as part of the Five Keys to reading (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary & Comprehension) and supporting students with specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia. The current awareness style training course OLT Understanding Dyslexia and Significant Difficulties in Reading available through the ACT Education Directorate does not appear to be enough on its own. Training in Evidence based reading instruction should be a mandatory requirement for teacher professional learning.
Petition to Gladys Berejiklian MP, The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, MP, Mr Jihad Dib, MP, The Hon. Tanya Plibersek, MP, Ms Jenny Leong, MP
The catchment area drawn up for the new Inner Sydney High School excludes locals
We feel strongly that our children should not be excluded from the brand-new school that's being built on their doorstep. Kids from areas as far away as Double Bay and Woollahra are in the catchment area of the new Inner Sydney High School on Cleveland Street, yet children who live across the road in Redfern are to be left out. Our children will have to walk past the brand-new school to catch the bus to attend schools much further away. Another school is being built in Alexandria but that one will barely cover the expected enrolment from nearby Green Square, with its 60,000 residents. We are calling on Education Minister Rob Stokes to urgently review the Inner Sydney High School catchment boundaries to include families who live at its doorstep.
Petition to Ministry of Education
Studylink to reassess Student Allowance eligibility criteria
Although I support my family by working part-time on top of earning secondary school qualifications, Studylink calls me ineligible for a Student Allowance (Weekly payment made by the government that doesn't have to be paid back). This is because one of my family's two sources of income is irregular and greatly reduced by tax and business expenses which are not taken into consideration by Studylink. This means that I am reliant on scholarships and loans to get me through 6+ years of competitive university away from home to reach my dream of Medicine. I believe that every student who has no choice but to be financially self-reliant because they will not be receiving support from parents/caregivers should be eligible for a Student Allowance. This is not happening under Studylink's current policy. If some students receive Governmental support while others don't, then those who slip through the cracks are disadvantaged further by being made an even smaller minority. Money is powerful, and its presence or absence in the life of an eager student will aid or obstruct them in the pursuit of their dreams. This criterion is that deciding line, and if it's causing students like me to have a smaller chance of reaching a successful future; then it’s not good enough. If the criteria used for deciding whether a student is eligible to apply for a Student Allowance was made more flexible or considerate of special circumstances (AKA more human), then no student with a dream and good intentions to pursue it will step into tertiary education without the necessary means to support themselves. Please help me urge Studylink to reassess their policy so that New Zealand students can have equal access to education.
Petition to Chris Hipkins, Ministry of Education, Avonside Girls High School, Shirley Boys High School, Poto Williams, Logan Church, Andrew Murray, Coralanne Child
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.