Petition to Hon. Lily D' Ambrosio, Daniel Andrews, Adam Fennessy DELWP
SAVE OUR Victorian WILDLIFE
Our wildlife is in urgent need of help in Victoria. Below I highlight just some of the problems that exist in the Department that should be looking after it. Please tell the people responsible enough is enough. Many of the issues relate to such things as encroaching development and logging .. and demonstrate that actions are taking place without the emphasis that behind each action undertaken our wildlife must be protected. And all actions to protect our wildlife must be followed and all penalties enforced for non compliance. They are not a priority. In fact sometimes it's clear they may be not be considered or recommendations followed. When species numbers become critical there is a need to assess whether to begin captive breeding look into the genetics of the population while trying to protect it in the wild. How can we avoid extinctions otherwise? How can we know what needs to happen? Recommendations and attention to where and when a range of species, especially critically endangered species are recorded, must be at the forefront of all decisions. And this includes flora. The entire Victorian Volcanic Plain is listed as endangered. There are recommendations and action plans regarding this immense area of Victoria. You can submit into the Flora and Fauna Guarantee ( FFG)act currently being reviewed and the Review of Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations currently under way. See Environment Justice or Environment Victoria for advice if you need it. Visit their websites for how to submit, what's wrong, whats right guides. When? As soon as possible submissions will close in March. Now is the time to call for urgent reform into the practises, policies, lack of attention to all the things we care about. Petition DELWP The Minister and the Premier and call for reform. Protections are seriously eroded in practice. Dont believe all is being done to save our wildlife. Most people feel the opposite is true. For the second time in a month habitat vital to save the States Emblem and Critically Endangered Leadbeater's Possum, was logged. How can that be? Current data, regular monitoring could and should protect our endangered wildlife. Video footage was taken of LeadBeaters Possum,running along a branch with the sound of chainsaws operating bringing down their homes. Could they provide cameras and sensors etc to volunteers like has happened in Wisconsin? So as much was known about our fauna could in fact be known and used and allow for true protections. Wherever you look, from a butterfly that uses either native grasses and maybe just one species of native flowering plant, in order to survive...Information can be see Museum of Victoria and Melbourne Zoos website)..... To a Kangaroo or a Corella, Cockatoo or a Galah being shot when non lethal methods of birth control, attention to weed management, use of non lethal equipment or a live raptor would suffice, When their breeding and roosting and feeding habitat is disappearing. When there is no transparency in the data of how many are killed each year, no compliance regarding the wording in conditions to use all practical non lethal methods first are not. When questions regarding known and projected populations movements of culled birds and all questions regarding effects of habitat re breeding sites are have not been answered. Does not moving animals or undertaking a range of alternatives rather than allowing and conducting culling cause concern? ( see petition re Kilmore Golf Club. The Plains Wanderer, a bird we could easily lose forever, further endangered due to poor grasslands management There are recommedations reports and timelines actions that demonstrate the problems. What looks good on paper often hasn't happened didn't happen.. but there should be an effort to get their own actions completed and adhere to recommendations and to too show that there is a real effort to try to protect our wildlife. Does missing out of date data regarding highly endangered species down to those they SAY are secure in the wild worry you? Does loss of their habitat worry you? And yet as we lose habitat, without knowing what, where, the animals are,how can we protect them properly.? Bags of shell fish disappear, regularly, due to lack of staff to educate, enforce rules and proper fines being issued to ensure protections,...,Do you fight for the Reef? We need attention here too! Does the "hidden "loss of habitat in our backyards: councils felling, fines not being enforced,residents felling, trees not properly inspected but deemed unsafe and chopped down, you see free firewood and trees are mulched straight away so that habitat naturally created, when a tree dies, disappears too, and councils and the department regularly do this. They are simply wiping out our wildlife and its habitat. And those entrusted to protect habitat need to address all these matters because a few trees matters,one tree matters as far as our wildlife is concerned. Grey headed flying foxes.. ~ volunteers carrying backpacks to spray them on extremely hot days.. 1000's may die and a man trying to save them for many many years said to me that people don't care? Do we? Yes but the Department doesn't seem to. Blossom failure on their trees this year, meant many were literally starving, Carers could barely cope... all volunteers. Ask the Bat Society what numbers they estimate were lost due to fires since Black Saturday and heat and blossom failing to appear at right time this year. They too are losing habitat everywhere. Climate change ...think of losing our native forests and trees and plants in the landscape. Think of the loss of shading the earth, and think too of rising temperatures and what hot days and fires mean to our wildlife. We need to as much attention to climate change effects on our wildlife and habitat, as there has been given to the effects of coal elsewhere. Do you love Banksia trees? Do you love She Oaks, , do you love native daisies, do you love native lilies , do you love our beautiful big Red gums and all Eucalyptus trees that tell us we are Australian along with all the native trees our wildlife needs for survival. Do you just like to go walking and enjoy seeing wildlife? Native bees, growling grass frogs, legless lizards, Koalas , tiny little Phascogales perhaps? All endangered. A little about Koalas.. they are not the same as found further Nth. They do eat Eucalyptus leaves but only the the tips of the leaves and they will ( anywhere they are found) eat certain species of gum leaves only and that can vary from one area to another. They suffer in the heat. A zoo will spray the leaves, keep leaves refrigerated changed twice a day and mist enclosures. Koalas need to be assessed urgently. Quolls have not been seen in the SW of the State for 3 years despite hundreds of camera monitors. Where are they how many are there? Do they know? There's only one species left in the wild in Victoria as far as we know. Think of any animal you know of, any area of habitat that you have seen disappearing, why it matters to you? Tell them how their actions removing habitat, not properly keeping current data, ask for explanations why critical habitat has been harvested and why non management of grasslands is putting fauna at risk. Ask why proper protections for wildlife crossings are not in place to let animals cross safely? While many of us fight for the Orangutan , the Great Barrier Reef, the tiger, try to get Marine parks established, try to help the Tasmanian devil, or stop drilling in the arctic .... We need to get attention to the issues in the department right now to save our wildlife. We are and have been losing animals forced to be crowded into smaller and smaller spaces, losing places to live in as development increases and infrastructure is built, as the urban boundary was extended, we are losing the corridors that connects habitat, trees that can and do provide nesting hollows for our birds, and many other species too, that can share just one such tree together with many other species, and take many many years to grow. We are losing genetic diversity in what plants and animals remain. The Animal populations out there are under too much pressure. Even the ones we refer to as secure. Have a look at the animal/ plant that you care about and see what's happening. Why is it in trouble? Who really protects, saves, monitors, revegetates, who really cares about a species survival? We do. Volunteers all over the State have been trying to fix the problems for many years. Grants don't do it, the department doesn't do it. Grants to groups may help but they also disguise the real story and issues. How can planning be a part of a department that is supposed to be helping habitat and wildlife, for example? Why do I find the Animal Ethics Commitee for Wildlife in the agricultural section of the department? The economic push driving development is apparent as is it obviously driving felling logging and it seems is allowing all our safety nets for wildlife and habitat to be eroded or ignored in the process A look at the backgrounds of the people you can contact and you will see the lack of the word environment anywhere. Many in the departments are good people with good intentions but those people can't change it. Decision makers can. Our native grasses and wildflowers, that our animals have evolved to rely on, have all but disappeared. Biodiversity is being lost. Genetic diversity is being lost. The critical balance in nature is being destroyed. There have had many many extinctions( Australia has had the highest rate of extinctions ) and we will lose more. again and again..however we can act to save as much as we can. It will take a lot of pressure to force change. These issues and many others, have been known in and outside of this department for many years. Resistance to real change is strong. IF we unite into one, bring all our areas of concern to light, we can create the changes, everyone of us knows must be made. It's time to tell this Department we have had enough. And to ask for decisions policies and procedures that can truely protect our wildlife. Please sign and share. Thank you. .
Petition to Jacqui Lambie
Mandatory Drug & Alcohol Testing Of All Politicians and Public Servants.
With the Liberal Government determined to make the gap between equality and inequality bigger, We as voters believe its time to make demands of the government no one admits to voting in. Mr Turnbull is hell bent on punishing people on welfare and it does not matter from which payment. From working family's receiving family tax, single mothers who have escaped DV to Aged Pensioners who have worked hard all their life. It seems everyone EXCEPT the politicians have to tighten their belts and tow the line. After recent drug testing announcements for Youth Allowance and Newstart I propose: 1.) Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing for all Politicians and Public Servents. Any person receiving Tax Funded Wages. Police, Judges, Employment Providers and so on. To be carried out by independent bodies NOT government officials or employees. 2.) Any person who tests positive shall be immediately suspended without pay or perks and their wages or holidays owed placed on an INDUE Basics Card. They can access $90.00 per week of this and are not entitled to any centerlink benefits. 3.) Mandatory Rehabilitation for 3 months. After that they must then prove that they are clean and reapply for their position. If they don't pass immediate dismissal, forfeit any pension or long service leave. 4.) Any funding from this should be put into Mental Health services and support. 5.) The Parliament Bar should either be shut during the day to ALL Politicians and staff. A general employee would be fired if found intoxicated at work. This should also be the same for politicians and all Public Servants. Mr Barnaby Joyce's cheeks aren't flushed red all day for nothing. Mr Hynch who sleeps his way through his work day. Both at the Tax Payers expense. This may also make them act civilized and like decent human beings, not drunken pirates having a play date while pretending to run the country. Jacqui Lambie came out and said Parliament needs cleaning up, so this petition is to inform Australian Politicians and Public Servants that they should set precedence and an example by Introducing these 4 measures. If the government can enforce this. The government should also adhere to this.
Petition to WestConnex , Sydney motorway corporation
Reduce M4 Toll Charges
Ever since the 14th August 2017 (14/08/17) the tolls on the M4 towards Homebush and Parramatta have been put into action forcing commuters to be charged upto $4.56 for a single trip! Doing the maths to get to and from work every day would cost someone upto $2371.20 each year. Alternatives could include waiting in an average of 2km traffic to exit onto parramatta road adding an additional hour to everyone's commute not including the actual traffic once you're off the highway. This adds nothing but frustration and agony to the commuters who have no choice but to enter the toll or wait in overly extended queues just to get to our homes every day. By signing this petition, realistically we cannot get rid of toll fees but as a cooperative community, we hope to reduce the toll fees making it affordable to commute each day benefiting both commuters and Westconnex
Petition to Victorian State Government
A hospital NEEDED at Cowes, Phillip Island.
The population on Phillip Island continues to increase & are ageing.The Andrews' government are putting in lots of money for tourism at Phillip Island.There is NO infrastructure to support any accidents or disasters with the influx of people that we have at various times of the year(eg Grand Prix,Super Cars,Penguin Parade) WE NEED A HOSPITAL Mr Andrews. $48 m for penguins ------ How much for humans ??????
Petition to Shane Reti, Amy Adams
Stop Wasting Taxpayer's Hard Earned Money. State Houses Empty Unfixed, Homeless In Motels.
Reported in the Northern Advocate by award winning senior reporter Lindy Laird below, bad enough in Auckland with a housing shortage fuelled on by non resident foreign property speculators, and a far too loose migration policy, now flowing on to Whangarei is totally unacceptable. "The housing shortage in Whangarei alone resulted in the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) stumping up $271,000 in the three months ending March 31 for people to live in temporary accommodation." "The house - the exterior of which appears in good condition, with a private, sunny, fenced yard - has been vacant for about nine months after its internal wall cladding and utilities were ripped out, say neighbours." "The agency was paying the motel $3175 per week for three families alone, and in the five months up until then spent more than $33,000 on two rooms occupied by a mother and her five children." http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11856385 Please note: Petition link is top of this page, comments are great too.
Petition to NZ Prime Minister Bill English
Transport Minister Simon Bridges Must Resign
Our democracy must not tolerate a Minister of the Crown, Transport Minister Simon Bridges bullying a Government Department into not lawfully abiding by an offical information request (OIA). He wanted it to be kept secret. With-held from public scrutiny, keeping us in the dark on a proposed third rail line in Auckland. If it wasn't for New Zealand First who released a series of leaked emails showing Mr Bridges' office had urged KiwiRail not to release the business case for the rail line, saying the prospect made it "extremely uncomfortable". One that apparently has 'a strong cost benefit ratio'. This is political interference, and is totally unacceptable in a first world democracy, ours. Such were the concerns, the Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier wrote a strongly worded letter to the Prime Minister Bill English seeking an assurance ministers were not flouting the law when dealing with requests for official information. In an unprecedented move KiwiRail through legal advice had little choice but to release the information being requested. It now appears Bridges thinks he is still above the law, with the latest release of information having most of the key details in the business case redacted. What remains paints a picture of a project long overdue and deserving of funding now. In fact, what is visible suggests this project would have a benefit to cost ratio that would put to shame most of the road projects being built and prioritised by the NZTA. Further details can be viewed here. Read yourself and make an informed decision. And if you agree please sign this petition which has linked the Prime Minister via email, leave a comment telling him what you think; http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/333147/kiwirail-reversed-oia-decision-after-pressure-from-minister-s-office https://www.greaterauckland.org.nz/2017/06/16/third-main-business-case/