27 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Stirling Griff, Jacqui Lambie, Senator Larissa Waters, Senator Jordan Steele-John, Andrew Wilkie MP, Rebekha Sharkie MP, Helen Haines MP, Zali Steggall MP, Adam Bandt MP

National Integrity Commission AND a Code of Ethics for Australian Federal Politicians

Dear South Australian Senators Patrick and Griffin, Senator Jacqui Lambie and Senators Larissa Waters, Sarah Hanson-Young and Jordan Steele-John & ALL Senators concerned about INTEGRITY in Australia's Parliament, We the undersigned are requesting that you please introduce a Private Members Bill into the Australian Senate for the legislating of a Code of Ethics for anyone nominating for election to - or serving as a Member of Australia's Federal Houses of Parliament. We THANK Senator Waters for introducing the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) and you ALL for supporting it and voting for it.  We know this Bill is much STRONGER than the model the current Liberal National Government wants to propose. However we are aware that the FIGHT to have this Bill put on the Agenda and VOTED on by the House of Representatives - has only just BEGUN - and we wish to support you and like-minded Members of the House of Representatives such as Andrew Wilkie, Rebekha Sharkie, Helen Haines, Zali Steggall and Adam Bandt to do this. A copy of this Petition will be PRESENTED to these Members  - to hopefully ENABLE this Bill to get onto the House of Representatives Agenda as soon as possible in 2020 We however, also want a Code of Ethics for Politicians as PART of a National Integrity Commission - many of us who have signed are subject to our own employers' Code of Conduct or Code of Ethics. We are expected to abide by this Code or be disciplined - or even have our employment terminated if we do not abide by our employer's Code. Governments all over Australia insist Public Sector workers are employed under Codes of Ethics and Codes of Conduct yet the elected Ministers who run their departments are not. This can put Government Senior Managers in a difficult situation, as it has been reported in the media that some Members of Parliament - have used the termination of Department Heads as a way of convincing department subordinates to perhaps re-think their ideas of what is considered Ethical Behaviour. Ministers are currently subjected to a Ministerial Code by the Prime Minister of the time - but the strength and enforcement of this rests solely with that Prime Minster and is influenced and even weakened by the Prime Minister's popularity and strength within Cabinet. However this Ministerial Code does not cover back-bench Members of Parliament, Political Parties or Independent Members of Parliament.  Also people who nominate for Parliament are not subjected to any easily determined or written standard of what constitutes a person of good character. We also think a Code of Ethics for ALL Members of Parliament no matter what their ranking and all nominees for Election to Parliament would make it much easier for a future NIC or Federal ICAC to determine when Ethical Conduct has been breached. We are aware there was a Senate Committee who looked into this a some time ago but recommended that a Code of Ethical Standards would not improve the public's view of Politicians.  However recent questions about closed Government Tenders and possible Conflicts of Interest among Ministers, has in our opinion made a Code of Ethics AND a NIC or Federal ICAC essential, as we the community wonder WHO if anyone, is going to investigate these kinds of allegations. We also consider that the behaviour and tactics of some of the people who nominated for election to our Federal Parliament at the 2019 Federal Election would NOT be considered ethical - based on the Codes of Ethics many of us have to sign to be employed in OUR jobs. If elected and found to be in breach of a Parliamentary Code of Ethics - these people could be removed from our Parliament or at the very least, exposed publicly and given serious sanctions for their unethical behaviour. This is why we consider the introduction of a Parliamentary Code of Ethics is a major priority for the preservation of our future democracy. We believe that you as Senators and Members of Parliament, have tried to exhibit Ethical Behaviour and will continue to do so - which is why we think you are the ideal elected members to introduce such Legislation into our Parliament.

Bev Prior
10,610 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Mr Christian Porter, Minister Mathias Cormann, Mr Scott Morrison, Mr Anthony Albanese, Ms Pauline Hanson, Ms Jackie Lambie

An Independent Enquiry into Commonwealth Government and Political Corruption in Australia

I am an Australian Public Servant (APS). I have made complaints regarding criminal conduct of APS employees in the past regarding a matter through the proper avenues within the appropriate agencies, as did other employees. The complaints I made were deliberately not investigated to any proper extent and all complaints were unsubstantiated. I have referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for investigation as it concerns conduct of malfeasance, perversion of the course of justice and abuse of public office to name the likely offences, however, the agency themselves have reported to the AFP that all the matters have been investigated, which is not true. I have taken the matter to the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office who have unsubstantiated the matters, regardless of the evidence I have produced. I have taken the matter to the then Commissioner of the Australian Public Service Commission who declined to investigate the matter.I have sent letters and emails to the Minister in charge of the agency concerned at the time, who referred me back to the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s office and the AFP. I have sent letters and emails to 148 Members of Parliament requesting an independent investigation into this matter and, to my disgust, I received very little response, let alone support from our Members of Parliament. I have notified the Prime Minister (edited 24 08 18 - previous Prime Minister) and opposition leader regarding this matter on several occasions, to no avail.I have been the recipient of reprisals from two different agencies because of my complaints, even though my complaints were made through the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013. I have evidence of the above and I would also like to state the following regarding this matter:• Government agencies have spent a great deal of tax payer’s money to cover-up this matter;• I suspect secretaries of two government agencies have been involved in covering this matter up and reprisals against myself for making complaints regarding this matter and pursuing it;• I suspect there is a current serving MP who has been a part of the reprisals;• I believe this matter is known to the latest Ex-Prime Minister (Malcolm Turnbull) of the government of the day;• I believe the latest Ex-Prime Minister of the government of the day has not fulfilled his duty whilst in office in respect of this matter and has not ensured there is a proper system in place to ensure complaints of government and political corruption are investigated properly in Australia; • I believe any independent investigation/enquiry into this matter will clearly underscore both high level maleficence and systemic corruption within several different government agencies; and• I have tried to report this matter through all and every available avenue available to public servants, however, the system is designed to have sensitive matters like this unsubstantiated and covered-up at the expense of the complainant and the Australian public, regardless of the immense value to the public interest. There is a great deal of evidence that can corroborate and support the above. I have been conservative when detailing my assertions, suspicions and beliefs and I know any independent investigation/enquiry would flesh out the basics I have articulated above and much more. As an Australian Public Servant, I have always been apolitical in respect of this matter and will continue to be. I believe it is my duty to the Australian people, particularly Australian taxpayers, to pursue this matter for their sake and for the sake of democracy, regardless of our political persuasions. Everyone will benefit from a more transparent and corrupt free government. I believe when it is the case that the upper echelons, including heads, of political parties and government agencies are involved in conduct, that equates to perverting the course of justice, reprisals and abuse of public office that the public has a right to know what their hard earned cash is being spent on and for the offenders to be brought to justice, for the sake of all Australians and for the sake of justice. I also believe that persons who have deliberately not acted on information at the expense of the Australian taxpayer when they are employed in positions to act on such information are also offending in the same manner. I am writing this letter to the Australian public because they deserve to know what is really going on and how their taxpayers’ dollars are being spent. It is obvious to me that the government of the day and key persons within certain agencies have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure this matter is not made available to the public for their own agendas, at the very expense of the public, both financially and otherwise, which I think is an absolutely disgraceful way to treat the Australian Public and democracy within Australia, particularly considering that many Australians have given their lives to protect democracy in this country. I wish for this petition to go the Attorney General of Australia, Christian Porter, to the new Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison and to the new Minister for the Australian Public Service, Mathias Cormann, to have this matter investigated by the AFP AND ALSO an independent enquiry to determine how the original investigation was managed by all parties concerned with the power to refer persons to the AFP.  Thank you for your time, Ken  

Ken Carroll
2,837 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

The SEC must drop the case against Kik Interactive Inc.

From May to September 2017, Kik Interactive Inc ("Kik")  offered and sold one trillion digital tokens called "KIN".  More than 10,000 people worldwide purchased KIN for approximately $100 million in U.S. dollars and digital assets - over half of this sum coming from investors located in the United States.  The utility of KIN represents a solution that is sorely needed in the digital industry enabling small and indie developers to complete with the big conglomerates such as Google and Facebook.    However, not all is well, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") commenced enforcement action against KIK for its digital token sale. There is absolutely no allegation of fraud in the case but rather the case revolves around a technical violation of securities law and whether the tokens should have been 'registered'.  This token sale was at time where the SEC had released a minimal amount of vague guidance and were fairly unhelpful!  Why should we let the SEC create double standards in the crypto markets where a project such as Ethereum can be given the green light for its token sale but not another?  KIK shouldn't be punished for the SEC's own lack of leadership and policy making in this area. The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to, amongst other things, to protect investors.   Like all government institutions, the SEC's responsibility is to perform its functions and exercise its discretions in the public interest and on behalf of those it's seeking to protect! However, it's heavy handed and close minded approach is stifling innovation.  It's time they backed off!  We by signing this position, demand the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission immediately drop it's enforcement action against KIK. Please note, by signing this petition your name will (hopefully) be cross referenced against the names of those who participated in KIK's token sale.  It will be a very powerful message to the SEC if those people it's 'seeking to protect' tell it to drop the case, so KIK can move on with developing this innovative product.  If you also bought KIN in the secondary markets, or have ever held KIN let us know in the comments!  If you had to sell your KIN and felt this was due to the SEC actions then let us know too.

Alex Paragus
49 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Greg Hunt

Government to fund encorafenib and binimetinib on PBS for colon cancer

Diagnosis and Battle with Cancer My partner Lela was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer last year. Before this diagnosis she was working as a veterinarian and living in Melbourne. She has had to endure surgeries, recurrent admissions and procedures as well as gruelling chemotherapy to try and shrink her tumours as much as possible to prolong her life. We have been told that there is currently no cure in sight but we continue to stand by her side as she endures treatment in the hope that a new therapy might soon be discovered. Genetic testing has also found that she has a more aggressive form of the cancer, it specifically has a mutation in the BRAF gene. In layman terms the BRAF gene controls a growth receptor in these tumours which is stuck in a permanent “on” state in this cancer. New Treatments and New Hope A recent trial called BEACON has shown that patients with a specific form of colorectal cancer (BRAF mutated) benefit from a new drug combination (encorafenib and binimetinib) which is not currently funded by PBS for this indication. Currently, the only option is self-funding these drugs which costs more than $8,000 per month. Because of the exorbitant costs we started a GoFundMe to begin her initial treatment after first-line chemotherapy had failed.  We implore Mr Greg Hunt review and fast-track the addition of Encoranfenib and Binimetinib to the PBS schedule for treating BRAF mutated colon cancer. PBS funding for this combination will help all Australian citizens diagnosed with this form of colon cancer. We think that all Australian citizens who are diagnosed with this form of cancer deserve to receive the best proven treatment for this disease.

Andrew Argyropoulos
1,361 supporters