Petition to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings, Andrews Labour Government, Royal Commission in Family Violence
Urgently stop domestic violence perpetrators from accessing victim “safety hubs”
I suffered years of domestic violence. Assaulted, handcuffed and tied up with rope — my little girls and I went through hell at the hands of my ex. When we finally escaped, support services and safe spaces were crucial for our survival. That’s why I’m disgusted at VIC Government’s latest proposal. Plans to set up ‘Support and Safety Hubs’ for family violence victims have begun, but they'll be open to perpetrators as well as victims and kids. This means victims in trauma will be at risk of theirs and other abusers presence, if they want to access the hubs. I can’t believe it. No woman I know would set foot in them if they knew their perpetrator was going there. Perpetrators can self refer to attend the hubs. A perfect opportunity to haunt and torment women and children. Even in the 'safe place' designed for women and children: perpetrators can deceive and self refer, continue to stalk and be unpredictable. I spoke to Kerry Burns, CEO of Centre Against Violence, CAV who objected to a number of concerns including this one and supports this petition and hopes we can become a louder voice. She has kindly allowed me to share the points which are concerning her from her point of expertise. CAV will be speaking further in their concerns about the Safety Hubs and I mentioned how this petition and my work with hundreds of women are available to support her with her document when it will be presented. "It is of great concern to me that the hubs have been designed as a single entry point for 3 groups of people, most particularly for victims and for perpetrators. It is not safe for victims to enter the hubs when perpetrators can self-refer to them. By this I mean it is not safe in anyway: psychologically, emotionally or physically. For many years now L17 referrals for women who are victims of family violence have been directed to family violence specialists. This is where the referrals belong. However, the Safety Hub is going to receive them in the future. I have very serious concerns that this is not in the best interests of the women. My concern is based on the first point which is women will not find it safe to accept a service which is designed to provide for perpetrators. There is a great deal of worry with the design but the final point I will make now is that women will again confront the question “Will I be believed?” and when they ask this in relation to a safety hub they will answer it in the negative. They are right. The great strength of a perpetrator is to groom women and victims. His grooming is capable of creating collusion in other settings. The safety hub is a setting that will be at risk of colluding with him rather than holding him accountable".Kerry BurnsChief Executive OfficerCentre Against ViolenceBSW Hons Please read the complete document Support and Safety Hub Statewide Concept July 2017 to confirm what I am saying: http://www.vic.gov.au/system/user_files/Documents/fv/Support%20and%20Safety%20Hub%20Statewide%20Concept.pdf page 10: 1. Who the Hubs are for The Hubs are for: women, children, young people and older people experiencing family violence families in need of support with the care, wellbeing and development of children and young people, and perpetrators of family violence (see box on page 20 – Keeping perpetrators in view). Read page 19-20 for further detail about perpetrators attendance at the safety hubs. It is sickening to say you are horrified about domestic violence and you want women and children to be safe and then you create a safe house which is not a safe place. This is an exact replication of what they escaped or are trying to escape from. I am speaking out because my children's childhood was robbed and it takes many, many years to recover. There are many costs: financially, emotionally, physical health and limitations in life choices. I don't want this to continue in my grandchildren's world. Creating safety hubs for victims was a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. But it was a recommendation for victims and children to be safe and protected — not to create another space where perpetrators can locate and re-traumatise them. Please sign and share my petition today, urging the VIC Premier Daniel Andrews and Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings to immediately stop plans for perpetrators to attend these safety hubs. P.S. you can reach me on email@example.com, join me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thewolfinasuit or get my book and story at www.thewolfinasuit.com I have now spoken with a number of people who have been involved with the consultation process. These are the (anonymous) concerns which are coming out from the conversations which have been ignored through the consultation process. Women are not safe when perpetrators are allowed to self refer Further points that are of concern in creating safety hubs which are not safe: A number of organisations have pulled out of the Safety Hub plan due to the lack of taking the victim survivors needs into the design. It is believed a number of voices/spokespeople and organisations are not speaking out to not risk their position or funding. The Safety Hubs control and takeover of the process of referral and processing of client needs, means that the DV response is not the women and children centred place for women and children to receive help, as it now comes under the duristiction of Dept of Human Services. Kerry Burns from CAV stated further she had a number of concerns: It shifts the referall out of the Domestic Violence sector and into the hub It is the same entry point for victims and perpetrators The design states that it will do more for those facing barriers such as men who are victims and others: yet leaves men who are victims with VAP which actually leaves doubts of congruency of intention Refers to family violence and sexual assault services in the same map describing the ‘broad service system’ sitting with schools LGA”s etc. which is completely incorrect. (Anita: Family violence and sexual assault has completely different knowledge base and needs to local government and again is placing or hijacking this specialist area into governement.) Shifts after hours responses out of the Domestic Violence sector Enables the hub to offer full services if the client prefers. In Kerry's experience this means referrals to centres such as Centre Against Violence will not be automatic There is no relationship between MDC and Hub There is no clear statement about whether the hub is an arm of government, (Anita: though from confirmation from others in the consultation process, it is now sitting under the umbrella of Dept Human Services) There appears to be a token to listen to the specialist expertise they require will come from our sector: but are not in the design process taking on board all the DV service and survivors experience and needs. So in fact, to provide expertise in a system that is not designed by the specialists.
Petition to Roche Group - Bill & Imelda & family, Dominic Roche, Mr Damian Roche, Minister Gabrielle Upton, Minister Sarah Mitchell
Don’t bulldoze Aboriginal heritage: save the Butterfly Cave
I’m one of the Aboriginal women who regularly visits a sacred indigenous site for women and kids near Newcastle. We call it the Butterfly Cave and it is incredibly important to us - but a giant property developer called Roche Group want to destroy thousands of years of Aboriginal women’s history by building a massive housing development only 20 metres away. It’s heartbreaking - the construction will damage our fragile cave. We’re desperate to save our sanctuary but the Roche Group Manager is threatening us with trespassing for continuing to go into the Butterfly Cave, a rare, private safe space for Aboriginal women. He’s installing CCTV, sends emails that show he’s spying on us and has even forced us to ask permission each time we want to enter. It's degrading and offensive. The Cave is incredibly special to Aboriginal women. Generations of women have treasured this spiritual place. Today I take my grand-daughters to the Cave to connect with our past. For many local families, the site has huge cultural significance. I’m urging Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to intervene immediately before a bunch of planners who couldn’t care less about Aboriginal women’s culture and history wipe out the most sacred and special place to our hearts with the flick of their pen. All she needs to do is increase the 20m buffer zone to 100m. A small change, a monumental difference.
Petition to Malcolm Turnbull
Allow Australian adults to legally grow and consume cannabis.
Allow Australian adults to legally grow and consume cannabis.The fact we have to break the law to care and give relief to our dying family and friends is just too much for some to handle. It’s 2017 not 1937!... WHAT WE SUPPORT? Legal cannabis for adults 18+ Home grown cannabis rights Australian grown/made products No criminal penalties for possession Ending the stigma surrounding cannabis A thriving Australian economy WE NEED BIG NUMBERS WITH THIS PETITION! This change.org petition is directed at Malcolm Turnbull the PM of Australia. Tag: #CannabisClubAustralia in your social media posts! Make sure to sign, comment and share! Keep in contact with CCA via: facebook.com/CCAPagetwitter.com/CannabisClubAusinstagram.com/CannabisClubAustraliayoutube.com/c/CannabisClubAustralia www.cannabisclubaustralia.com firstname.lastname@example.org Yours sincerely, Mark Hutchison Cannabis Club Australia
Petition to The Hon. Peter Dutton MP
Please Help Our Family Live An Extraordinary Life In Australia
We've exhausted all options to stay, except one. Ministerial Intervention. We have been given one last opportunity to plead to the Minister. Please check out our latest update below to discover how you can help with the process. We will face deportation on the 2nd of November, 2016, unless the department accepts our application for Ministerial Intervention. Media Release: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3v3zfak2rmnumt1/AADpM0JqlB06xPV8Kb37CjVVa?dl=0 Original: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/aussie-siblings-face-exile-after-immigration-minister-peter-duttons-department-leaves-family-in-limbo/news-story/cd068616e16c3dac2f8e33cccec7914d My name is Phillip. I am 20 years old and I have lived in Australia for 13 years. Amy, is my 18 year old sister. Born in Australia in 1997, she has lived here for 11 years. Our home is the beautiful city of Gold Coast, where we live with our caring parents. Around us, our beloved friends, with whom we share our most precious and delightful memories. We are leaders and active members of the Australian community, and we continue to make a positive contribution through working with numerous not-for-profits that support the Australians. … and this is all about to be taken away from us. In 2013, our family was assessed for the grant of permanent residency by then Minister, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, subject to health and character assessments. More than two years later, our family was granted, instead of permanent residency, Visitor visas expiring on the 22nd of December, 2015. This sudden change of decision has left our family absolutely soul-crushed. It is nothing more than a slow, tormenting walk towards an inevitable doom – separation of our family, goodbyes to my dearest friends and deportation from the country I proudly call home. With the assistance from the Hon Karen Andrews MP, we have since made numerous representations to the Minister for explanations and reconsiderations. Was there something wrong with our health and character assessment? Can you please provide us with reasons for your change of decision? The answer is always the same: the Minister believes the decision is reflective of the best interest of the Australian public. The implications of this decision are horrific. It is difficult to comprehend that it is impossible to have a bright future in Australia and be recognised as - an Australian. Student visa is not an option - international student fees are unaffordable, let alone for two, even with the UQ Academic Excellence Scholarship I received, which has since expired due to being unable to commence studies. It is my deepest passion to create a positive impact through creativity and leadership. I have, and always will, continue to do all I can to make the world I touch a better place by giving back to the community that has blessed me with endless opportunities. And although I am hesitant to share my achievements, in all modesty, I believe our sibling's Overall Position 1, my position as School Captain, receiving the Australian Defence Force Leadership & Teamwork Award and the Caltex All-rounder Award, as well as our sibling's employment with Bunnings Warehouse, reflect our continuing commitment to the Australian community. Dear reader, it is my firm belief that home is where the heart is. Where our heart belongs is in this beautiful city of Gold Coast. We are Australians. In Verse 2 of our national anthem, we sing "For those who've come across the seas / We've boundless plains to share". Please help our family show the Minister the real interest of the public. Please light up the gloomy future for our family, so that we can continue to live a happy, extraordinary life in Australia, as Australians.
Petition to Alan Haselden, Peter Gangemi, Robyn Preston, Jeff Lowe, Yvonne Keane, Michelle Byrne, Mike Thomas, Mark Taylor, Tony Hay OAM, Raymond Harty OAM, Gabriel Upton, Gladys Berejiklian, Sarah Mitchell, The hills shire council
Calling upon The Hills Shire Council to Acknowledge Traditional Owners at Council Meetings
IT’S TIME THE HILLS SHIRE COUNCIL ACKNOWLEDGES THE TRADITIONAL OWNERS OF THE LAND IT MEET'S ON. THAT IT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH THAT THE FIRST AUSTRALIANS (THE DARUG PEOPLE) ARE NOT ACKNOWLEDGED AT COUNCIL MEETINGS OR SPONSORED MAJOR EVENTS. On 13 September the Liberal majority on The Hills Shire Council voted down the motion to acknowledge the traditional owners on the land they meet. Seven Liberal party Councillor's refused to amend Council's code of meeting practice to include an acknowledgment of country. They include former candidate for Greenway The Mayor Yvonne Keane, Deputy Mayor Robyn Preston, Clr Mike Thomas, Clr Alan Haselden, Clr Peter Gangemi, Clr Jeff Lowe and Councillor Michelle Byrne. We the undersigned call upon the seven Liberal Councillor's to include an acknowledgment of country at The Hills Shire Council and that 'Council acknowledges that the meeting is held on the traditional lands of the Darug people'. In total The Hills Shire council on three occasions have refused to amend meeting practice to include acknowledgement of the traditional owners. HELP SUPPORT THE DARUG PEOPLE IN THEIR FIGHT FOR RECOGNITION AND SIGN THIS PETITION. CURRENTLY THERE IS NO ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Currently there is no acknowledgment of traditional owners at The Hills Shire Council ordinary meeting or major events such as Australia Day held by The Hills Shire Council. DARUG PEOPLE CALL FOR ACKNOWLEDGMENT Darug elders have been calling for acknowledgement requesting Council to include an acknowledgment of country at the start of every council meeting. Aboriginal elder Wes Marne said, “I think that everyone who lives on this land should be able to say this here is my land," he said. “After everything that has happened to us in the last 228 years … It’s starting all over again and I don’t want to go through it again. “We cry like other people, we laugh and we bleed red like everybody else … It’s wrong.” Aunty Edna, a Darug elder who lived in Kellyville for 31 years before moving to Hawkesbury, said she was hurt by the lack of respect shown to the traditional elders. “This is Darug land, always has been, always will be,” she said. Darug elder Ross Fogg said “its recognition of the first people of this land and their history. Our history is their history as well. If this is not acknowledged than history is distorted. "By acknowledging the traditional owners we recognise the first peoples of this nation for their unique place in our history". Clr Ryan Tracey Labor Councillor The Hills Shire Council FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT In Federal Parliament, both houses start each day with the Lord's Prayer and the Welcome to Country. Premiers protocol: Aboriginal people are the original owners of the land and it is important that this special position of Aboriginal people is recognised and incorporated into official protocol to enable the wider community to share in Aboriginal culture and facilitate better relationships between Aboriginal people and the general community. "Irrespective of what government is in power they pay their respect and recognise that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait people are the traditional custodians of the land and pay their respect". Labor Councillor Raymond Harty OAM The Hills Shire Council LIBERAL COUNCILLORS CLAIM ACKNOWLEDGMENT AS 'TOKENISTIC' Liberal Councillor's refuse traditional Aboriginal 'Welcome to Country' before meetings because it's 'divisive and too politically correct. Seven Liberals of the eleven member council voted against the acknowledgement to be included in the meeting practice. Liberal Councillor Peter Gangemi said "We make our own decisions". "For me personally, political correctness is something I'm wary of," he said. An acknowledgement of country "can be a tokenistic gesture by non-indigenous Australians to make them feel better about indigenous Australians" and contained no practical benefits, he said, echoing the words of former prime minister Tony Abbott who dismissed the practice in 2010 as "out-of-place tokenism". Liberal Councillor Michael Thomas said he was "disappointed" the debate had been brought before council, and told the room an acknowledgement of country generated exclusivity. "When you treat one group differently to others that's exclusive," he said, adding, "It's never been clear to me how we can recognise people based on race and not be racist." 'I'm unconvinced by the argument for it. I'm told it's inclusive but to say it's inclusive is to say they're being left out at the moment,’ 'when it's the opposite were talking about one culture based on race – that troubles me'. 'We don't tolerate divisions on race, religion or gender.'We're a very intelligent council. Three of the Councillors have doctorates, most have a graduate or post-graduate degree - we're all very intelligent people, at least on the Liberal side.' WHY ACKNOWLEDGMENT IS IMPORTANT It is not only a symbolic gesture it is important to Aboriginal people. It promotes an inclusive modern society, it has been a custom to acknowledge the traditional owners and in turn The Hills Shire Council must play its part. “all of us, regardless of race, culture or gender, share a strong identity as Australians wanting to build a common, tolerant and prosperous future together. If we work to find what we have in common rather than what divides us… We can be better people; we can build a better Australia; we can build a better place for the next generation together.” Senator Patrick Dodson’. The Hills Shire Council has a role to play in the story of our Australian History. Of the 34 councils that make up the Sydney metropolitan area, 22 have an “acknowledgment of country” as part of their meetings including Hornsby, Hawkesbury, Parramatta & Blacktown City Council. This is about connecting with our past, acknowledging the present circumstances and paving the way toward a positive future. ACKNOWLEDGING ALL OF OUR HISTORY H.R.H Queen Elizabeth II picture is adorned within the Council chamber, there should also be room for an acknowledgment of the first Australians and the sacred history they have, the dream time and rich culture. HELP SUPPORT THE DARUG PEOPLE IN THEIR FIGHT FOR RECOGNITION AND SIGN THIS PETITION. “We will keep going until we get council to accept an Acknowledgement of Country incorporated into the Code of Meeting practices.“ EARLY ABORIGINAL HISTORY IN THE HILLS The rock dwellings found in the Darling Mills Creek area of West Pennant Hills date back almost 12,000 years. In the years 1789-1790 a smallpox epidemic swept through the Sydney Aboriginal population killing many of the people living in the region. Most of the clans around Port Jackson were almost completely wiped out and the disease killed off many inland Darug people as well. The change from bush to farmland meant that game animals were driven away and the Darug people found themselves increasingly displaced in their own country. For a number of years some clans fought against the Europeans with Pemulwuy leading the resistance until he was shot and killed by Henry Hacking in 1802. Once the rebellions were put down by British soldiers, the Darug learned to live within European society or on the fringes around it. By 1820 the Cumberland plain had been heavily occupied by over 24,000 colonists and the pattern of life that the Darug had developed over thousands of years had almost completely vanished in the area.
Petition to Peter Dutton, Alex Hawke, Milton Dick, Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull
Bring my wife home to see her family.
My wife and I were married in Brisbane on 25 October 2014. My wife is from Thailand and for years we have worked hard to pay visa fees and plane tickets so that we can stay together. In 2015/16 my wife overstayed a visitor visa so could support me after a traumatic incident involving my immediate family. I have suffered from PTSD ever since the incident and my wife has been the only thing that has kept me going. As a result of her overstay she has been placed on a 3 year exclusion from entering Australia on a temporary visa. This action by the Australian Government has torn my life apart. I am begging the Australian Government to reverse this exclusion, so that my wife can be here to support me during my recovery, and while I raise the fee for a Partner Visa.
Petition to Minister for human services, Shadow Minister for Human Services, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten
AUSTRALIAN KINSHIP CARERS NEED YOUR HELP
[What if this happened to you? Could you cope?]
An infant is dropped off to you by the police at 2am in the morning. A quick phone call was the only warning. She has been removed from her parents (your kin) due to abuse or neglect or for safety reasons. DHHS follow up in a few days and deem the child to be safe and close their case. You are left with an unsettled child, no funds, no support and many years later massive court costs to ensure that child remains safe and loved and cared for. This is one of many horror stories Kinship carers are forced to live through. Could you? As many of you are aware the incidence of children being cared for by relatives is increasing at an alarming rate in Australia. What you may not know is that many of these carers –Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles Etc- are doing so WITHOUT ANY SUPPORT from the government or community service providers. They receive no funding to assist with raising this child and many have no option other than to access their superannuation to support a safe environment for the child/ren and raise them above the poverty line. Often having to give up their job, their lifestyle must change completely to accommodate the needs of the child. They do the same job as foster carers however they receive no acknowledgement, nor any financial assistance. They receive no legal aid as this is given to the biological parents to attempt to reunify with that child. Some of the parents of these children may have mental health issues or a history of drug abuse however they are not held accountable for their actions or lack of care for their child knowing that the government will support them in getting the child back even though no requirements have been met. Having a child is not a right it is a privilege. These innocent children are being abused by the system and being forced to return to their biological parent/s into an unsafe, and at times volatile environment where their needs are not being met and more psychological damage is being done before being returned to the kinship carer who then is faced with challenging behaviours and professional bills to attempt to repair the damage caused. There are no accurate statistics on how many kinship carers there are in Australia as many choose not to be known officially for fear of DHHS reprisals, and those that have had children placed in their care by DHHS have had their case closed (and therefore aren’t counted in statistics) due to the child being in a safe environment. Funding is not offered if the case is closed early. Kinship carers love, feed, clothe and pay for all medical expenses out of their own pocket and as they are ageing themselves often put their own needs last and cannot afford to pay for their medical expenses. The childrens needs cost more each year and the carers do a fantastic job in an uncertain environment. The children are their priority. ALL kinship carers should be recognised and provided with the same financial assistance as foster carers. (Foster carers get a choice to be carers, we have no choice!) This is the next generation they are raising, to be productive, stable members of society. But they need your signature, to raise awareness, to change the system and to provide a life above the poverty line for Australia’s most vulnerable carers and children. Please sign and share to show your support.
Petition to Nick Xenophon, Senator Richard Di Natale, Bill Shorten
Inquiry into ethics/practices of ASADA AFL WADA antidoping case against the 34 EFC players
We believe these players were denied: The presumption of innocence The right to an independent Hearing The right to remain silent The right to privacy and confidentiality The right not to be tried twice for the same offence The right to be dealt with promptly and not subject to unnecessary delays The right for an appeal to be heard in an Australian Court We believe: None of the sporting or governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of these players have given the appearance of objectivity in the selection of evidence. None of the sporting or governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of players, perhaps with the exception of the AFL Tribunal, have given any regard to whether evidence could be regarded as expert or scientific. In fact, some supporting evidence needed to be discounted on the grounds of relevance. The sporting and governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of the players ran their own agenda in order to achieve a preconceived outcome. As a result, the outcome that was reached contains numerous factual errors and is based on suppositions which in many cases are unsupported. As a consequence of 1, 2, and 3, we believe the prosecution of the case was built on inexact proofs, indefinite testimony, and indirect inferences that do not reach the standard of ‘comfortable satisfaction' and therefore has no place in Australian sport. Innocent or guilty, we want the players to receive a fair go. That’s the Australian way. Therefore, this petition requests a Senate Inquiry in order to: Investigate and consider all the relevant facts so they are publically available. To date, the evidence against the players has been based on taking ‘bits out that might compromise what we need’. Investigate the role, motives and ethics of each sporting, government body and the media during the investigation and prosecution of the case. Identify if any person or organization has breached an Australia law during the investigation and prosecution of the case; make sure everyone is held accountable for their actions; and if warranted, prosecute the offenders. Investigate a mechanism for a review of this matter in Australia to ensure the players are given the opportunity to clear their names if they so wish. Review and amend legislation and rules so any identified injustices can never happen to Australian sports people again.