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health and safety

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Petition to Greg Hunt MP, Hon Greg Hunt MP

Patients First. Take urgent action for current and future Australian Lyme patients.

The Senate Inquiry into an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme-like illness for many Australians reported on November 30th, 2016. The Final Report indicated the priority was Patients First, stating: "...people are unwell, and they must be helped. It is therefore the committee's primary objective, in this, its final report on this inquiry, to put the patients first."Minister Hunt, it's time for Health Department leadership on Australian Lyme Disease – please take immediate action on the Senate Inquiry Final Report recommendations. Lyme Disease Association of Australia Statement. "The denial of locally acquired Lyme disease is based on a 20+ year old study into ticks which investigated a narrow spectrum of Borrelia and failed to further evaluate other evidence identified. International science has progressed with at least 100 Borrelia strains identified in the U.S. and up to 300 strains globally. (Source: Dr Richard Horowitz M.D.) In 2014 the government confirmed that Australia's official Lyme disease diagnostic pathology tests were ‘discordant’, meaning a negative test does not exclude the disease being present. The LDAA asserts that there is an Australian Lyme disease.  Research has not been urgently prioritised to identify the causative pathogens allowing the incidence of this emerging vector-borne disease to increase unchecked. The suggestion that patients, their carers and doctors should wait years for research projects is unreasonable. Australian Lyme patients are the evidence needed. We request the Government to prioritise Patients First.  Recognise the Lyme-like illness that is making Australians sick and make it an urgent health priority."

Lyme Disease Association of Australia
44,863 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Malcolm Turnbull, Jillian Skinner, Premier Mike Baird, Malcolm Turnbull, Sussan Ley

Decriminalise the use of medicinal cannabis for people with terminal cancer like my son.

Our 24 year old son has a terminal cancer diagnosis. He is receiving great benefit from using medical cannabis to manage his nausea, vomiting and poor appetite.He is also using cannabis oil in a bid to halt the progression of his disease. We can see the changes in him and fully believe that cannabis is absolutely  the right path for him to go down as conventional treatments have failed him. The adoption of the 5 recommendations of the NSW Parliament Legislative General Purpose Standing Committee No. 4: The use of cannabis for medical purposes, is essential to Daniel and the thousands of terminally ill and debilitated Australians who would benefit from the use of Medicinal Cannabis. These patients and their carers (just like us) are being forced to break the law to obtain and to use cannabis, mostly without medical supervision because they are fearful to expose themselves. The medical evidence is available and opinions world wide are changing based on this evidence, yet the NSW Government is still sitting on it's hands and demonstrating a complete lack of compassion with it's disregard for these recommendations.  Adoption of these recommendations will afford the terminally ill and chronic pain suffers the right to choose a treatment which is beneficial to them, whilst being protected from arrest and prosecution under the current NSW legislation. Our son cannot afford to wait for the government to step up. We need help now!

Lucy Haslam
250,809 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Transport and Industrial Relations select committee, Alastiar Scott, Andrew Bayly, Peeni Henare, Iain Lees-Galloway, Clayton Mitchell, Sue Moroney, Parmjeet Parmar, Denise Roche, Maurice Williamson, Jian Yang, Jonathan Young

Footpath cycling - make it legal for kids, seniors and other vulnerable people

Under current law it is illegal for kids to cycle on the footpath, with two very tiny exceptions (very small wheels and delivering newspapers or junk mail).  This is a problem because: it discourages kids from cycling, as roads are too busy and dangerous for their level of skill and development to keep kids safe parents must encourage their kids to break the law It doesn't make sense and it needs to change. Why do we care? We want our kids to be able to safely ride to school, soccer or around their neighbourhood.  We want to make it easy to get active.  Families who want to go for a ride are forced to load their bikes onto the car and drive to dedicated facilities. We want to teach our children to obey the law, not pick and choose We care about our aging population and other vulnerable cyclists We still want safe and connected cycleways for everyone to use but we also want kids to be able to use the footpath to get to and from them. We need kids to be physically active to keep them healthy We want to be able to teach our kids to be responsible, courteous and considerate path users.  This will make them better drivers. We need to let our politicians know that this is something we care about, and that we want changed NOW.  They need to hear that it is no longer a low priority and it needs to come out of the "too hard" pile.  They need to hear that this is something that all New Zealanders care about, that we want to keep our kids and vulnerable riders safe without them having to break the law.  We want change.

Jo Clendon
647 supporters