Petition to Jay Weatherill, State Attorney-General John Rau
STOP THE CLOSURE OF WELFARE RIGHTS CENTRE SA
AWARD WINNING SPECIALIST WELFARE RIGHTS CENTRE SA FACING CLOSURE Welfare Rights Centre SA is a community legal centre which specialises in social security law. The Centre has 30 years of experience and expertise in social security law and Centrelink administration. We provide free legal advice and representation to clients facing Centrelink problems. Our clients are the most vulnerable in our community; including terminally ill clients, systematically abused and significantly mentally ill clients attempting to obtain the Disability Support Payment, young people escaping horrifically violent homes to obtain a payment to afford food and people leaving domestic violence relationships to get payments to start a new life. We have numerous outreach services in regional areas and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY lands). These services have been developed over many years. Longstanding relationships which have engendered trust and confidence with local communities have been at the heart of the outreaches’ success. Once gone, the outreaches will be very difficult to re-establish. WRC also runs our award winning Housing Legal Clinic. This program provides pro-bono legal advice for people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or are low income earners. This clinic runs in numerous homelessness day centres and emergency assistance centres to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We also run highly valued duty solicitor programs at the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) and Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Our Duty Solicitor Program at SACAT helps tenants facing housing issues such as evictions, seeking repairs or seeking compensation from a landlord due to the state of the property. In the 2015-2016 financial year, we provided legal advice to well over 2,000 clients facing Centrelink issues and saw over 500 clients through the Housing Legal Clinic. Late on Friday afternoon, 26 May, we received the surprising and shocking news that the Welfare Rights Centre SA was unsuccessful in retaining their funding beyond the 30 June 2017. This level of expertise does not exist anywhere else in South Australia. All this experience will be lost if the closure goes ahead. The inability to get timely access to secure income support is often at the root of other legal needs, including housing, credit and debt and family violence. We have assisted domestic violence victims, vulnerable minors, people with significant disabilities and those facing homelessness. Welfare Rights Centre SA has been highly effective in harnessing volunteer and private law firm pro bono services to increase its reach and provide legal services to disadvantaged people who would otherwise miss out. However, the Centre cannot run without Government assistance. WRC has been advised by State Government that the closure will be due to Federal Government cuts, however these cuts have now been reversed and yet WRC is still set to be closed, along with 2 other essential legal services in the State, the South East Community Legal Service and the Riverland Community Legal Service. We call on the State government to reverse its decision to defund the Welfare Rights Centre SA and restore its funding so that it may continue running at the same capacity.
Petition to Karen Egan, Mayor Peter Clarke, Councillor Grant Booker, Councillor John Dumaresq, Councillor Bruce Ranken, Councillor Peter Perkins, Councillor Jane Ashton
Save Hohnes Road Playhouse
After more than 40 years caring for children and supporting local families, Hohnes Road Playhouse, Eltham, is facing imminent closure due to the withdrawal of funding by Nillumbik Council. Staffed by qualified childcare workers Hohnes Road Playhouse is a one of its kind service, offering reciprocal care, and an Over 3's curated program- no other service like this exists for local families! “We currently have 34 local families and 44 children who benefit from this incredible family space,” Hohnes Road Playhouse Co-Chair Genevieve Speechley explained. “This service has a long standing reputation of making a significant difference in the support network for not only young children but also many parents.“ Offering arts, cooking, and outdoor play in a natural setting Hohnes Road Playhouse currently has a waitlist for its wonderful service demonstrating the demand for what it has to offer. Local mother of two, Kathryn Francis has benefited from the positive environment for her young family Hohnes Road Playhouse has provided. “The service is a hybrid between playgroup and occasional care, giving us the benefits of both of those plus the unique additional benefits such as the opportunity to learn from a qualified early childhood educator,” she explained. “If Hohnes Road Playhouse is shut down there is simply no equivalent service for us to go to.” We are lobbying Nillumbik Council to reinstate the very minimal funding they provided to ensure that future families and children can enjoy Hohnes Road Playhouse. For more information please read our Media Release here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/hohnes-road-playhouse/hohnes-road-playhouse-eltham-facing-closure-due-to-nillumbik-council-funding-cut/1559230464138433/ Add your voice to our cause and stay updated on our fight here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/129577387677016/ Or if you live in the Nillumbik Shire please write to your local MP.
Petition to Jay Weatherill, Jay Weatherill, Tom Koutsantonis, Steven Marshall
STOP cuts to pensioner concessions for council rates in South Australia
In June 2014 the Federal Government cut State Government funding for pensioner concessions that allowed a reduction in council rates for pensioners. The State Government funded concessions on Council rates during 2014/15, but will now cut concessions on council rates from 1 July 2015. For the average pensioner, the loss of the concession represents around 20% increase in their rates. By supporting this petition, you can show Tony Abbott and Jay Weatherill that Our community supports concessions to pensioners. We recognise their contribution to our country and prosperity. Cutting concessions is unfair. Pensioners experience significant cost of living pressure and can least afford the additional cost; why are they being targeted?
Petition to Andrew Constance, Gladys Berejiklian, Howard Collins OBE
Rail Against Rail Cuts
Dear Minister, We demand you increase train services stopping at Erskineville and St Peters to end dangerous overcrowding. Already, 3 out of 4 morning services are more than 100% full. One of those services has reached 167% loading, which slows down the network and is a danger to passengers. The local population is set to double and rail services must increase to meet demand. The introduction of the Sydney Metro is no reason to cut local train services and we petition you to guarantee no services will be cut.