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Petition to Peter Dutton

Bring Priya and her beautiful family back home to Biloela, Queensland

 Priya, Nades and their beautiful little daughters are valuable members of the close-knit rural community of Biloela, in Central Queensland. They have lived here for over three years and are a caring, hardworking family. A few days ago, this peaceful family were going about their early morning routine. Nades was getting ready to go to his job at the local meatworks and Priya was warming a bottle for the baby. At 5am, their home was stormed by armed police and Border Force officers. Their seven month old baby and two and a half year old daughters were ripped from their beds. Priya and Nades were told they were being taken to a Melbourne detention centre and given ten minutes to pack up their lives. Priya and Nades were put into separate vans, driven to Gladstone Airport and flown to a detention centre in Melbourne. Border Force officers told them that if they didn’t sign “voluntary” deportation documents, they would be denied access to a phone, separated and forced back to Sri Lanka. They begged to be returned to Biloela. But after two days of pressure, they gave in and signed the documents. This beautiful, gentle family is now being held in a single room by three armed guards. Priya and Nades were settled in Biloela after fleeing torture and suffering in Sri Lanka. Despite the advice of human right organisations on the ground, our current Government has decided that Sri Lanka is now safe. This is why they are trying to force Priya, Nades and their two beautiful young children back to Sri Lanka. The life awaiting this family in Sri Lanka is uncertain. In a country that represses Tamil people, and where child brides and child sex trafficking exist, the future of Priya, Nades and their two beautiful daughters is grim. Our community is not ready to let this family go. They love living and contributing to our society. We want them here. Mr Dutton, please return this family to Biloela, their home, where they are wanted and welcome  

Angela Fredericks
106,891 supporters
This petition won 2 days ago

Petition to Joe Hockey, Julie Bishop

Children torn from parents

As a primary school teacher I could no longer sit idly by as more and more information came to light about the tales of migrant children being taken from their parents and kept in detention facilities as part of a new “zero tolerance approach” to migration. A recent news article states “the Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' border security approach has seen thousands of adults criminally prosecuted for illegally entering the US, meaning their children are separated from their guardians and classified as 'unaccompanied minors'. According to a Department of Homeland Security spokesman, between April 19 and May 31, 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults who were being held by US border patrol.” To add further fuel to the fire U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been quoted citing a bible verse to justify this cruel treatment of children stating “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” As a Christian I can not accept the blatant misuse of the Bible to justify this treatment of children. The Republican-led House of Representatives may vote next week on two immigration measures - a hard-line bill drafted by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and a compromise measure that limits legal immigration while also ending the family separations. I call upon the Australian Ambassador to the United States Mr Joe Hockey and the foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop to urge the Trump administration to approach this complex problem with empathy and make all possible efforts to return these children to their families.  

David Bonser
1,370 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Catherine King, Greg Hunt MP, Malcolm Turnbull, Malcolm Turnbull MP

Australian newborns should count as patients and be included in midwifery staffing ratios.

As it stands today babies born in hospital in Australia are admitted but not as patients and the hospital does not receive any individual funding for their care.  This is based on the premise that they will be cared for by their mother.  Even well babies born in hospitals though, will need specialised observations, investigations and often treatment that can only be provided by Registered Midwives or Registered Nurses.  Blood glucose monitoring for babies of mothers with diabetes, IV antibiotics, neonatal medications, blood tests, phototherapy for jaundice, specialised observations for sepsis risk/meconium aspiration/drug withdrawal are all common in high risk hospital environments.  And becoming more and more so.  These tasks have been added to the workloads of Midwives over the years, and with the growing number of women with complicated pregnancies the workloads are becoming increasingly unmanageable.  Midwives are are expected to care for the same number of women as always, but the babies don’t count in their patient load. This needs to change now. These babies need to be recognised as patients in their own right and funded as such.   Midwives need time to provide these additional cares to the babies without compromising their ability to provide care for women’s physical, psychological and emotional health as they adjust to motherhood and recover from the birth of their baby.  We need to provide important breastfeeding support, newborn care education, safety education, discharge planning etc. We want the government to change the way babies are classified in hospitals where they receive clinical care like any other human being.  My letter to the health ministers explains in more detail what and why we need change to happen now.  I am hoping for a response to that and to this petition ASAP. Maybe by the time International day of the Midwife arrives in May we can get this through. We need parents and parents-to-be to partner with us. Please add your voice to our cause and sign the petition. The change has to come from the federal health department, which is why this petition is directed to the Minister and Shadow Minister for Health.    

Kelly-Anne Grace
35,112 supporters