Petition to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister Dan Tehan
Change the Early Childhood Relief Package to Support the ECEC Sector
The united Early Childhood Education and Care sector requests your URGENT assistance to ensure Early Childhood Education and Care remains viable and means tested. Families that continue to earn an income should pay a fee proportionate to their income. Educators are on the frontline in this war against COVID-19. We are being asked every day to risk our lives in order to stay open and support the children of essential workers. As a united voice we argue that any minister that takes money from the frontline soldiers in this war on COVID-19 is un-Australian. The 'Child Care Relief Package' is not targeted, appropriate or equitable. It is a poorly thought out reaction to gain popularity amongst working families. We understand that it was written without consultation from any operators from within our sector. If this policy is allowed to pass through parliament it will mean that each service will need to subsidise the care for families from their own pocket. This will have a significant financial impact on our services and our ability to stay open. Long Day Care Centres would urge you to consider the following: - Child Care fees continue to be means tested - Families who continue to work from home and earn an income should pay a fee proportionate to their income. - Those families who choose to self isolate should still be entitled to the CCS but to have their gap fee waived. - 100% eligibility for JobKeepers Family Day Cares would ask you to consider the following: - For Family Day Care to be considered as a separate entity and an appropriate support system in place for those educators who support over 170 000 Australian children developed in collaboration with representatives from the FDC sector. Community Run Preschools would like you to consider: - For the Start Strong Funding to be doubled - Advocate for no fees for the next six months - 100% eligibility for JobKeepers Outside School Hours Care are urging you to consider: - additional funding to assist with loss of fees. In Home Care would like you to consider the following: - In Home Care Educators should be funded to continue to support healthcare workers during non-standard hours of care, for whom care should be free; -In Home Care Educators should be funded to continue to support vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians, which make up 90% of the people accessing the services, where gap fees could remain payable; - Allow In Home Care to access our 3,200 place allocation, which has already been budgeted for, so that we can continue to support healthcare workers and vulnerable Australians at this challenging time To expect services to operate on a maximum of 50% of their revenue and provide quality education and care, let alone food, nappies, wipes, PPE and cleaning products, and keep their staff (who may or may not be eligible for the JobKeeper package) is outrageous. The new scheme will result in the demise of many viable early childhood services. We implore you to reconsider this package. It is not the solution that services were hoping for in these unprecedented circumstances and will have the opposite effect of what the government was hoping for.
Petition to Peter Dutton, Alan Tudge, Kristina Keneally, Jason Wood
Stop the spread of COVID-19 in immigration detention centres #SaferAtHome
The first case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in connection with Australian-run immigration detention centres has been confirmed. As an Australian lawyer familiar with how detention centres are run, I am incredibly worried for the health and safety of the people inside these centres, including my youngest client, 2 year old Isabella. That’s why I’m calling for the release of these innocent people, before COVID-19 spreads through immigration detention centres. Isabella has been in detention her entire life. She is two years old, and has already had the flu less than a year ago. Her parents are beside themselves with worry as to how to keep her safe from COVID-19. There are others who are elderly or have compromised immune systems. Families across Australia are struggling with the ramifications of COVID-19. The families of people in detention are no different. We ask that these families are allowed to bring their loved ones home to see out the pandemic. These people have safe and caring home environments willing to support them, either with a family member or advocate in Australia. Detention centres have already experienced periods of no or limited access to soap, toilet paper, and even cough syrup. In an already difficult situation, this creates a situation which endangers the health of those detained and also the workers in these centres. These workers then go home to their loved ones and places those families at risk. There is a simple solution to this emerging and potentially life-threatening situation: send these people to homes in Australia. Those without immediate families have advocates in the community who will support them. Politics has no place in dealing with a global pandemic. Please, sign and share this petition and stand with these vulnerable and voiceless families. #SaferAtHome
Petition to Marise Payne, Scott Morrison
Free Julian Assange, before it's too late. Sign to STOP the USA Extradition
This is a global petition to Free Julian Assange and to stop the legal precedent being established of a USA Extradition for a non USA journalist that exposed USA war crimes. This petition invites everybody from every nation to sign and join this critically important campaign to Free Julian Assange and to save our Democratic rights. If we allow Julian Assange (multi-awarded journalist) who is not a USA citizen and who was not in the USA when he published news to be extradited to the USA to face 175 years imprisonment and possible execution, then we no longer live in a democratic society. To allow Julian Assange to be extradited for his publishing in the public interest would place every woman, child and man in western society under USA extraterritorial authoritarian rule. History proves that this always leads to the next brutal dictatorship which will assassinate, execute or permanently silence any person that publishes evidence that exposes the “authorities” criminality. Feb. 10, 2020 this petition was Tabled in the House of Representatives (Lower House) of the Australian Parliament, by Andrew Wilkie MP https://andrewwilkie.org/massive-petition-to-free-julian-assange-tabled-in-australian-parliament-today/ https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1226749989738573825?s=20 Together with the Tabling in the Australian Senate (Upper House) of the Australian Parliament by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson on November 12, 2019.https://twitter.com/SenatorSurfer/status/1194524951044227072?s=20 It is considered unprecedented to have a petition now covering the entire Australian Parliament as it has been individually Tabled in both houses of the Australian parliament. We are a massive force now and exercising that people power to the MAXIMUM. We demand direct and senior Ministerial intervention to stop the torturing of Julian Assange and to prevent a continuation of this travesty and clear perversion of legal process. We demand Julian Assange be immediately freed. See George Christensen MP on Feb. 7, 2020 on Assange in the Australian Parliament. https://www.facebook.com/gchristensenmp/videos/306278656995310/ This petition is now the 4th largest petition to be successfully tabled in the history of the Australian Parliament (since 1901) and represents a huge level of support from around the world and continues to grow. We are getting stronger every minute of every day. Please Join us. Headline from the Australian Parliament's official website: “A petition is basically a request for action. The right to petition Federal Parliament has been one of the rights of citizens since federation, and it is the ONLY way an individual can directly place grievances before the Parliament.” https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Petitions The Petitioner and on behalf of Signatories is now exercising that right. By carefully following these petitioned demands and grievances will be resolved. This petition demands: No USA Extradition of Julian Assange. Immediately after the USA Extradition Hearing commencing Feb.24 Julian Assange to walk out and at least on bail. Freedom for Julian Assange The Australian government is hereby instructed that they are to facilitate the providing of a bail application via consular presentations on behalf of Julian Assange so that after the USA Extradition hearing scheduled to commence Feb. 24, 2020 he may walk out of torture regardless. These instructions come from signatory John Shipton (Julian’s father Dec. 18, 2019). If Julian Assange is not absolutely allowed to walk out as a free man, then bail must be allowed, for his wellbeing as he has done nothing wrong. Get bail organised Now. The Morrison government is instructed to follow Liberal Party policy procedure where in extenuating circumstances the Prime Minister will intervene and make high level representations to their Ministerial counterparts in jurisdictions where an Australian’s human rights are being violated. This standard procedure was witnessed in the intervention by the then LNP Prime Minister John Howard after Barnaby Joyce’s raising of the matter concerning “Habeas Corpus” in relation to David Hicks. The same occurred with the LNP Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull intervening at the March 2018 ASEAN meeting when he and his team raised the matter of James Ricketson with Hun Sen of Cambodia (Ricketson had been detained on “Espionage” charges). So to be clear it is standard practice and procedure that an Australian LNP Prime Minister directly intervenes in situations of exceptional circumstance as was the case with David Hicks, James Ricketson and is the case with Julian Assange. Why shouldn’t Julian Assange receive the same level of involvement by the Prime Minister and or Foreign Minister as others have received in similar situations. “Julian Assange has suffered enough. It's time to end this geopolitical madness. The man's an Australian. He's not an American. He wasn't in the US when he spoke out about war crimes. Put simply, he must be allowed to return to Australia.” Andrew Wilkie MP & Co Chair of the “Bring Assange Home” Australian parliamentary group. https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1184253581660016640?s=20 On 28 January 2020: “News from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe –Comprising 324 parliamentarians from the 47 countries of the Council of Europe https://twitter.com/CoE , speaking for 830 million Europeans The @CoE Assembly, in a resolution on media freedom, declares that the detention and prosecution of @wikileaks founder Julian #Assange "sets a dangerous precedent for journalists" and calls for his prompt release”. The full resolution: http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-en.asp?fileid=28508&lang=en On February 8 2020. Listen to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel and Degrading Treatment, who extensively investigated the Assange case states that the evidence against Julian Assange has been "Fabricated" https://youtu.be/f9KRxF9oVxQ Julian Assange is an Australian Citizen and as such it is the fundamental responsibility of the Australian Government to protect and ensure his human rights are not violated and to this end the Australian Government has failed. It can also be stated that the Australian Government to date has been silently complicit in the psychological torture of Mr Julian Assange. Julian Assange is an Australian citizen and journalist who is currently a political prisoner in London. He is facing extradition to the USA to face 175 years imprisonment and possible execution for publishing news material that was in the public interest. The information contained in his publications were not sourced by him, but rather were delivered to him by whistleblowers. Whistleblower sourced information is the usual occupational practice of an investigative journalist in a functioning democracy. This case highlights clear human rights abuses of Julian Assange, serious perversions of justice and a direct attack on the very fabric of democracy across western democracies. Further, in light of the concerning deterioration of Julian Assange’s state of health, politicians who may be perceived as “somewhat” responsible should seriously consider how citizens would react if Julian Assange was to die in prison or be viewed shuffling in shackles in an orange fashioned Guantanamo torture jumpsuit. Responsible politicians would be best advised to deal with this matter via this legal and peaceful petitioned action and this petition provides that platform for praise and endorsement. We support responsible politicians doing the right thing and winning political points from 92% of Australians as per (60 Minutes Australia) polling that want the Australian Government to intervene and Bring Assange Home. Yes 92% is across the political spectrum. We agree nobody is above the law. As Jeremy Hunt MP wished we will “stand together to make it an international taboo, of the highest order to murder, arrest or detain journalists just for doing their job”. (Jeremy Hunt April 6, 2019). You can read more about this campaign in the updates below. Please, sign and share this petition. Thank you. Phillip Adams The Petitioner
Petition to Department of Education, Scott Morrison, Gladys Berejiklian
"Job Keeper" payments for Australian casual teachers
50,000 casual teachers will receive no support from the government during the COVID-19 crisis. Casual teachers are not eligible because their employer is the Department of Education and will not lose 30% of their revenue. Furthermore, casual teachers are simply not getting jobs because 90% of students are at home. What an oversight on the part of the government. All other casual workers in all other industries will receive this much-needed support but those who are deemed "essential" services will not. Please sign to ensure the government re-thinks the eligibility criteria to include casual teachers to get the financial support that they need to survive the next 6 months of this pandemic.
Petition to Greg Craven, Australian Catholic University
ACU Ballarat change the Pell Centre name
George Pell has officially been recognised as guilty of his child abuse charges. ACU NEEDS to change the name of the Pell Centre to show that they do not support his crimes.
Petition to Scott Morrison
Sco Mo to Drop RSA Laws for 1 Month when Pubs Re-Open
Pubs have been hit hard with the lockdown laws and restrictions. Punters haven't been able to enjoy burgers and beers at Burger Head The people have been hit with no Pubs and bars to sesh at. No Denzel Frothingtons have been sunk No Oprah Tinfreys have been consumed Scooey Scooey Moi Moi's have been non-existent This is Un-Australian When the virus is beaten and the lockdown restrictions are lifted - RSA laws should be lifted for 1 Month too Scott Morrisson - Let the people sesh.
Petition to Jacinda Ardern
Access to basic gardening needs such as compost, mulch, and seedlings to grow our own food
We feel we should have the right to grow our own food during this period of crisis. Each trip to the supermarket has become a stressful mission. If basic gardening supplies were accessible to the community this would benefit a few points. One, growing your own food is a way to stay busy. Two, it will help with mental health. Three, fewer people will need to visit the grocery stores which helps with self-isolating and stopping the spread of the virus. This is a safer way to access fresh food. Fourth, growing your own food not only benefits the population but the environment as well. Fifth, financially speaking, home gardening will bring more affordable fresh food to people, especially families with low income. Waking up to work on your garden is something to look forward to. Finding a routine to follow can help many people relax in this scary unknown time. Basic gardening supplies, compost, mulch, and seedlings should be considered as an essential need. This will help reconnect with nature. As a solution, if we were able to order these supplies online to have them be delivered or if we were able to find them at the supermarket this would be a great help to many people.
Petition to Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Queensland Health Minister
Overturn Qld health’s discrimination against shooters ban on buying guns & ammunition
Queensland Shooters and firearm stores have been blatantly discriminated against after they we're unfairly singled out and firearms stores were added to the list of non essential businesses in version 3 of the non essential list of businesses list of the COVID-19 document and forced to close , on the 31.3.2020 they revised it in version 4 to restrict sales to only to Primary producers with PP CODE on their license and For occupation use only and allowing them to reopen meaning sporting shooters and recreational shooters cannot access firearms or ammunition from their firearms dealers. This was nothing more than an opportunity to hit firearms owners and couldn’t be missed by the Qld Government SIMPLE This means that firearms business owners now only have 10-15% of their normal sales many will struggle to keep the doors open as a result of this Recreational shooters across Queensland cannot purchase any ammunition or new firearms until the ban is lifted meaning many will not be able to purchase ammunition to carry our the important pest control for primary producers that they have been doing for years This decision needs to be overturned immediately or a class action needs to be considered for discrimination against law abiding shooters in Qld and for damages incurred by business owners across Qld as a result of this discrimination This is your chance to have your say and get this overturned EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT AS A LAW ABIDING SHOOTER AND DON’T TAKE THIS DISCRIMINATION If we can get enough signatures on this petition we can present our case to Maurice Blackburn or shine lawyers for consideration