Petition to Victorian electoral commission, The Hon. Martin Foley
My vote counts. Make election polling voting centres wheelchair accessible.
My name is Grant. I’m passionate about footy, democracy, and accessibility. Living with a Disability and chronic pain for 28 years has meant I've had my fair share of challenges to overcome in the search for access and equality. Thankfully, keeping fit by playing Wheelchair AFL for the Richmond Tigers often helps me develop somewhat unorthodox solutions to everyday problems. However, in preparation of the upcoming state election, I looked for the closest Independent Wheelchair Access voting centre I could push my way too... problem is, there wasn't one. So I dug further outside my district of Richmond, only to discover, there wasn't one in the Melbourne electorate either. In fact, the closest listed Independent Wheelchair Access centre according to VEC was in Docklands: a 45 minute, 2 tram and 600 metre push away. After a look into the surrounding districts, I discovered that the majority of voting centres are LNWA: Limited or No Wheelchair Access. All but a handful of centres were off limits to people living with a disability, and those that were listed as accessible came with the disclaimer that they are AWA (Assisted Wheelchair Access). This means they have corridors too narrow to navigate independently, ramps built that may restrict wheelchair access, or have paths from the car park or street to the building entrance that are inaccessible for wheelchair users, the list goes on. To make matters even worse, the VEC call centre could only suggest postal voting as a solution. Contact from my local member and council also ran into issues with solutions involving a limited number of accessible early voting centres or postal votes as they too were stumped by the inaccessible nature of Victoria's voting centres. For the VEC (Victorian Electoral Commission), an organisation that's purpose is to “deliver high quality, accessible electoral services with innovation, integrity and independence." to overlook such an important aspect of independence is unacceptable. That’s why I’m calling on to the VEC and local electorates to change this severe oversight in the following ways: To ensure EVERY future electoral division includes at least 1 independent wheelchair accessible voting centre. For local councils to publicise and ensure accessible centres are promoted and included in future communications so that every vote really does "help shape Victoria” People with Disabilities have a place in our democratic process. We want to fully participate in democracy, without any barriers. We want to turn up to a nearby polling booth on election day, grab a democracy sausage, and vote just like everyone else. Can you help me send a message this Victorian state election? Please sign and share this petition, and let the Victorian Electoral Commission know that People with Disabilities have a place in our democratic process.
Petition to UN Women For the Protection Women In Sweida and Syria, Nick Birnback (Mr.) - Chief, Public Affairs UN Peacekeeping Protection, Deputy Director General Kåre Stormark, Monique Pariat - Director General, Contact Officer in "Wire" Australia, Angela Merkel (CDU), MS ANGELINA JOLIE - A GOODWILL AMBASSADOR TO UN
Save the women and children kidnapped in Sweida district in Syria at the end of July 2018
Days ago more than 36 women and female children from the eastern villages of SWEIDA district in Syria were kidnapped by ISIS. No one in the world is even talking about them. Nobody cares. And of course, we're never going to wait for others to come and help. They are intended to be used as human shields. Worse than that, they are going, right now under enormous physical and mental stress because they can/may be raped, tortured, killed and for any evil purposes one can imagine. Their relatives have no abilities to reach for real help. They are helpless, have no real financial or other means to help them. We need international support for helping to release these innocent and vulnerable women and children. They are innocent victims of unwanted war. Please help them.
Petition to Christian porter, Scott Morrison
PROTECT our children of Domestic Violence from Family Court rulings
I am sick of being told the domestic violence laws don't "speak" to family law and there is nothing I can do but be ordered by a judge to hand my kids over to the man that has hurt them and myself. As mother's we are being forced to hand over our children to the abusers that have physically, mentally, financially and emotionally scared us and our children. Women and children of domestic violence are being killed everyday due to our family family court system. We want protection for our children to be the important factor in family law, not parental rights/obligations! Otherwise we will be scaring our children and put them in danger. As women we need to fight for the domestic violence laws to be recognised NOW before anymore women and children and killed or scarred for life.
Petition to The Hon David Coleman MP, Peter Dutton
No Violent Extremism. Gavin McInnes Should Not be Allowed into Australia
Gavin McInnes is coming to Australia on a "comedy tour". Gavin McInnes is no “provocateur". He is not a comedian. This is not satire. It is not about free speech. He is dangerous and should not be allowed in Australia. McInnes is an alt-right leader and founder of the far-right “gang” (his description), the Proud Boys. In a video describing Proud Boys, McInnes says: “We will kill you, that is the Proud boys in a nutshell. We will kill you. We look nice, we seem soft, we have “boys” in our name but... we will assassinate you.” McInnes has also said: “Fighting solves everything. We need more violence from the Trump people, Trump supporters. Choke a m*therf**ker. Choke a b**ch. Choke a tr**ny. Get your fingers around a windpipe.” “Beating the sh*t out of people? I think it's our job to do it and the cops turn a blind eye.” “I want violence." McInnes’ "gang" is true to their own description: they have serially engaged in street violence since they began in 2016, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has listed the Proud Boys as a hate group. I arrived in Australia as a refugee in 2005. I was born in a refugee camp and spent some of my childhood in another refugee camp. I am passionate about social justice and a fairer society. I have found safety and security in Australia. It is my home, the only place I have ever felt safe. The thought of Gavin McInnes coming to this country to spread hate is extremely concerning. The fact that his hate speech is often accompanied by violence which is extremely concerning. A man who encourages violence, who formed a gang labelled a hate group and that serially engages in violence should not be allowed into Australia. We should not allow Australia to become the last hope of such a group. I believe any Australians who care about a fair and just society should not accept this as the norm. We should make it clear that: No, Australia is not the last hope for a violent extremist. Please join my call by signing and sharing this petition, and send a message: Gavin McInnes is not welcome here. Australia is not, and will not be, the last hope for this violent extremist.
Petition to Honorable Scott Morrison, Hon. David Coleman, Australian Immigration and Border Protection, Christian Porter, Hon. David Coleman
Minister please cancel the Visas of Foreigners Wanted abroad for Crimes against children
Minister David Coleman, More than 22,000 Australians who are supporting me and have signed this Petition for you to act.. My suffering has been ignored by Australian Immigration for 24 months while they protect and give a Safe Haven to a Wanted person who is hiding in Australia on a Visa from her crimes in the Philippines and who has an INTERPOL Red Notice issued against her for 2 counts of trying to kill me (Attempted Murder) and 1 count of child Abuse. I am an Australian child and seeking Justice for two attempts on my life and the accused is a Filipino who is taking refuge in Australia on a Visa to hide from her crimes. Three (3) Warrants have been issued in the Philippines for two (2) counts of Attempted Murder and one (1) count of child Abuse. The accused fled to Australia to avoid prosecution after having sex with a minor in the Philippines, and a Warrant for Child Abuse has been issued with two (2) more Warrants expected soon. Since the second attempt on my life I have suffered traumatic nightmares every night and I need Justice. Under Section 501 (Character Test) of the Australian Migration Act the accused should have had her Visa cancelled as there is an INTERPOL Red Notice issued against her and she is Wanted. These nightmares ceased when I returned to the Philippines as I thought I was finally going to get Justice. The nightmares have returned, and my sleepwalking, waking up in different places crying as somebody is chasing me with knives. Cancelling her Visa will force her to face her crimes in the Philippines, but Australian Immigration have not acted. Besides the many Witnesses to the crimes that Australian Immigration have been sent through Diplomatic channels their Affidavits, Australian Immigration have her written admission that she Posted in Public last year on the Internet that she tried to kill me. Immigration are fully aware and have evidence that she has been breaking numerous criminal laws in Australia while she has been given a Safe Haven, such as Stalking, Conspiring to Bring False Accusation, Extortion, messaging death threats, and Conspiring to Bring False Accusation and this is not "Good Character" Immigration have evidence her Visa Application was Fraudulent as she did not declare her crimes in the Philippines as required on the Application which is a serious Commonwealth Offense. In 2014 the Minister for Immigration was given Super Powers to personally Cancel Visa's under Character Grounds, and I request you use your powers and be compassionate with me like the Au Pairs so I can have Justice. Being discriminatory or having selective Justice, is no Justice at all. You need to have the same rules for all. I am waiting for you to show your compassion before I surrender and cut a little deeper. Name of Accused withheld so she does not get my petition deleted again!
Petition to Adam Garvey, Cr. Laurence Evans
Allow residents to feed wild birds
Bayside Council have silently banned residents - without a vote - to feed native wildlife and birds on their own property. If they receive even one complaint, like I have, they are up for a $200 fine, or a summons to court where they could be fined $1000. As a disability pensioner with anxiety and depression, I take great comfort in feeding birds in my backyard. If I "disrupt" the comfort of any other person - even if they feel this way, without any evidence that I have "disrupted" anyone - it means I am in violation of this bylaw. The council even wasted ratepayer money by spying on me, trying to catch me in the act. We want a return to normalcy - please repeal this ridiculous bylaw.
Petition to Ray Wallace, Mayor, Hutt City Coucil
HUTT CITY COUNCIL STOP SIGNIFICANT NATURAL AREAS PROJECT
ProblemThe ‘Ecology and Landscapes Project’ which puts extreme restrictions on private property use and rights with the introduction of Significant Natural Areas (SNAs), and the proposed amendment to the District Plan. Placing regulations on around 1,000 landowners, restricts use of private land. It penalises private landowners, and is the wrong policy tool. This approach is not necessary, and is neither efficient nor likely to be effective. Council officers have refused to consider alternative approaches to meet their obligations. Lowerhuttlandowners.com are opposed to the current process and request an immediate discontinuation of this proposed amendment to the District Plan. The Mayor and Councillors have failed to fulfill their obligation of ensuring Council acts in an informed, considered, reasonable and respectful manner.SolutionMayor and Councillors, talk with the effected landowners. Listen to our concerns. Consider all options.We would request a more effective and collaborative policy tools.Personal storyThe Lower Hutt Landowners Group are effected property owners who face a range of new and unknown constraints, prohibitions and impositions on the land. The Group represents, urban and lifestyle block owners as well as large station owners who have substantial proposed SNA areas on their land, which makes farming uneconomic. My property has a SNA which covers almost all of the land, approx. one acre coming up to 10m from our home. The only area not cover is the drive up to the house. Many others have similar coverage. Some members of our group have 70 to 80% of their land covered by SNAs which removes any economic value from their property. All costs such as fencing and pest control in the protection of SNAs Council imposed SNAs fall on the landowner, although Council officers are saying they will in some instances assist, but have given no guarantee. For me, the process is being unreasonable rushed. I believe landowners are the best custodians of their land.
Petition to Channel 9
Housing for people made homeless by Channel 9's The Block
Channel Nine's reality TV show 'The Block' has seen people kicked out of last ditch accommodation at The Gatwick to gentrify it and turn it into luxury apartments. Now these people have been forced on to the street and put in jail because of poverty and homelessness-related crimes and desperation. Nine Entertainment is rich enough, it should renovate enough accommodation in Melbourne to house the people made homeless and rehouse them as a result. https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/alarming-number-of-women-forced-to-move-out-of-the-gatwick-for-the-block-are-now-in-jail/ar-BBPVhK6?li=AAgfYrC&ocid=mailsignout