Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Richard Di Natale, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce, Christian Porter, Katy Gallagher, Scott Ludlam
I know what it's like to be young and homeless. Young people need affordable housing
My name is Hayley and I’ve been in and out of homelessness since I was 14 years old. I know people often wonder about how people become homeless, or how they stay homeless for such a long time. I’m here to tell you a bit about my story. When you’ve had such fractured relationships since childhood, it’s hard not to allow those relationships to negatively affect you as a person. Coming from really volatile environments, you get used to being treated badly and being manipulated. I had no idea what a healthy relationship looked like for the first 20 years of my life. I had never had a healthy relationship with anybody, especially myself. I walked around with a chip on my shoulder, I can admit that. So much shit had happened to me and I was sour. I acted out because there was so much going on inside of me. Once you get a house and start to seem settled, you’re never settled. When you are able to actually stop being hypervigilant after dealing with a lot of trauma, that’s honestly when you start feeling everything and that’s the point where I think people need the most support. That’s the point where you can crash. At first being in my own home was overwhelming, because it all hits you that you’re an adult and you have to take responsibility. The main thing that motivated me to move forwards in my life was thinking, “I’m not going to let what happened to me ruin the rest of my life.” That was my driver. I am not going to be scared because of my past. I’ve had a lot of support from my social worker and I’ve needed it. I want people to see people for who they are, not their stereotype. I want you to know who I am now. Proper housing means getting on with your life. We need more housing that’s affordable for people in my situation. A home gives you hope, stability, a sense of self and the chance to straighten up your life without having to move all the time. I want our government to commit to more public and community housing in Australia. Please help by signing my petition. Young people who become homeless really need housing they can afford, but also ongoing support so they can stay housed.
Petition to Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezos
Stop cosmetic surgery apps aimed at kids: #surgeryisnotagame
Hi, my name is Danni Rowlands and I am the representative for The Butterfly Foundation, EMBodIED & Endangered Bodies Australia. This is one of eight linked petitions by Endangered Bodies directed at Apple, Google and Amazon. As a mother of a daughter and son, I truly hope that as my children grow, I can teach and show them how to respect their bodies and that they know their appearance does not determine their lovability, success or happiness in life. Parenting has never been easy but with technology constantly advancing and our society’s obsession with appearance and perfection intensifying all the time, I feel it has become even more challenging to raise self-assured, body confident and resilient children. This became overwhelmingly evident when I stumbled across an app titled ‘Plastic Surgery Simulator’ for kids and I was horrified to learn that it was one of many. These free apps, targeting our children introduce the concept of cosmetic surgery far too young, encouraging children to look for faults and flaws in appearance and to see permanently, surgically changing a person’s features as a solution – as a game - which it most definitely is not. What upset me most was the accompanying descriptions which in a few words, manage to reduce our girls and boys to meaningless objects, where looking perfect is the most important attribute. These messages 100% contradict the values I am striving to instil in my children. They are not just a bit of fun, or a harmless game. There can be some very serious consequences on a child and their mental health as puberty and adolescence is a time where the risk of body dissatisfaction is great and apps such as these only further reinforce dissatisfaction and insecurities in our young people. Having worked in the prevention of eating disorders for over 10 years, with The Butterfly Foundation and collaborating with the EMBodIED team at La Trobe University, I am passionate, dedicated and committed to challenging the unfair pressures and ideals that our young people – and my own children - are bombarded with. I am signing this petition as a parent, a person who has a lived experience and an advocate for positive body image, to encourage Apple, Google and Amazon to develop and implement policy and screening tools that prevent apps containing cosmetic surgery being made available to children. The above images are examples of the many plastic surgery apps available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon App Store. These cosmetic surgery apps, which often feature animated characters, are being marketed to kids as young as nine, a target group that is already influenced by our body-toxic culture. Our societies are saturated with images of perfect and unattainable bodies, with over 21 million cosmetic procedures being performed throughout the world in 2015 according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The dissatisfaction many adults face with their bodies has trickled down to our children. Statistics from The National Eating Disorder Association in the U.S. show 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat. In the UK, the 2016 Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey found more than a third of girls aged seven to ten felt women were valued more for their appearance than their abilities. Globally, children deserve to be challenged and inspired by their toys, not to spend their free time worrying about how they look. On January 14, 2014, Endangered Bodies supported the UK-based Twitter account Everyday Sexism in its call to remove plastic surgery apps aimed at children featured on iTunes and the Google Play store. Within 24 hours, both platforms removed the flagged apps. Although neither platform released an official statement, their choice to remove these “games” indicates that they recognize the potential harm they can cause. Deceptively designed as children’s games, the apps encourage users to slice virtual patients apart using scalpels, syringes, and other tools used in surgical settings. By making cosmetic surgery apps available for download, Apple, Google and Amazon are allowing companies to stoke and profit from the insecurities of children. We at Endangered Bodies challenge the toxic culture that promotes negative body image. Cosmetic surgery apps, which promote body dissatisfaction and shame, are not games that should be marketed to vulnerable young people. Although in some cases (where games have age-based ratings) it is possible for parents to limit access to these games through parental controls, we believe that further action is needed. Apple, Google and Amazon need to scrutinise the apps that already feature an age rating to ensure the content isn’t in fact directed at younger children, using the age limit as a way to still offer their app for download. In other words, we don’t want these platforms to use the age rating system as justification to continue to offer these apps, which are clearly designed for children. Please sign this petition to ask Apple, Google and Amazon to implement a policy which is clear to every developer, that they will not accept any such apps that are targeted at children and make a commitment to protect the mental health of their young users.
Petition to Minister of Health, Parliament, Government, Jacinda Arden, labour
Increase Mental Health Funding
Currently, mental health services are unable to provide the care and help that Kiwis need. Since 2008, there has been a 60 per cent increase in people needing mental health services. Funding has not kept up. Services are stretched and patchy. People are falling through the cracks. A quarter of suicides are people who had been in contact with mental health services at least a month before their passing. “Local health professionals know their patients the best but currently, they don’t have the resources to help them. Mental health services are underfunded and over-stretched, acting as an ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff’ that is only available to people during periods of significant mental health distress. There is a huge gap in care for people when they have mild to moderate mental health needs.” According to Labour Government’s recent release they will be working towards increasing health funding. Labour is committed to ensuring health workers are equipped to do their valuable work. “Our families’ health is our greatest treasure but it’s becoming more difficult for many people to afford to see the doctor. Chronic underfunding has seen fees rise rapidly. Half a million New Zealanders did not visit the doctor last year when they were sick due to cost. That’s not acceptable in New Zealand. “As of currently, within the nation, the average cost for a child aged 6-17 to visit a GP during the in-hours period (covering 25% of the week) was $24, with charges ranging from $0 to $60. The average cost for an after-hours visit (covering 75% of the week) was $44, with charges ranging from $0 to $89.” The fact that a GP appointment costs between $0 to $60 can be considered a factor in the lack of those who need help not getting help. Especially in terms of a GP visit. It is not clear to many of the public, but when you visit your GP in relation to mental health, they are then in demand to help you get help. Your GP should refer you to the help you need and can provide a way of funding for further treatment if applicable. If the first step can get more funding, the GP visit, then from there, those who suffer with mental health issues will be provided with access to more help with the help of their GP’s referrals. The issue I am targeting falls under the category of mental health. The issue is the lack of services and funding for those who suffer from mental health conditions and their quality of life is limited due to the lack of funds available. The issue of mental health is very broad, and can refer to many things. My aim is to generally increase subsidy and increase funding available for mental health. To specify the action I am taking, I am directly focusing on campaigning for more funding available for mental health related GP appointments. The policy I am aiming to change is the cost of a GP appointment related to mental health. https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthfunding/
Petition to Sussan Ley.
Fairer outcomes for the Disability Support Pension to be granted to Fibromyalgia Sufferers
Please support Fibromyalgia Sufferers to be granted a fairer and more positive outcome in applying for the DSP (Disability Support Pension). Fibromyalgia sufferers endure severe and debilitating widespread chronic pain, chronic fatigue and up to, or surpassing 50 plus health symptoms associated directly to Fibromyalgia. These symptoms impact their daily lives significantly. Fibromyalgia is an insidious and debilitating illness. The direct cause is yet unknown as is the treatment for Fibromyalgia as the majority of sufferers are unresponsive to pain medications/relief and therapies. Fibromyalgia can and does affect tens of thousands of Aussie's and millions world wide. People who are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia need to be granted a fairer outcome when applying for the DSP Disibility Support Pension without having to go through the often degrading experiences of feeling disbelieved because Fibromyalgia looks like an invisible illness to those who oversee the decision making process. The process needs to be easier and the outcome positive and practical for the many people who need this assistance. Women are mostly affected by Fibromyalgia but so are Men and Children. Many have already or are close to losing their livelihood, income, homes, family, friends, self esteem and are isolated by Fibromyalgia, some people are already talking about having to live in their cars and have already lost too much. Sadly there are People with Fibromyalgia who suicide as a way out of their pain and a solution to having lost their livelihood, family, friends, homes. The ability to function normally is high with Fibromyalgia, many who struggle and who have lost significant mobility to perform normal daily tasks such as walking, showering, dressing, moving, getting out of bed, functioning at a level of capacity that is ok. Ask a Fibromyalgia sufferer what they would prefer? Sufferers would unanimously cry out that they choose the LIFE they had prior to Fibromyalgia they would unequivocally chose to work, walk, shower, dress, move, function, be an active person, parent, partner and community member than to be on no income or a limited income which affects not only themselves but their families and their basic level of living. To lose your health and suffer in such debilitating pain and fatigue, then be told you don't qualify for Disibility support pension is a death knell to many Fibromyalgia sufferers, they have no hope or support. Qualifying more easily for DSP won't help to alleviate the physical pain from Fibromyalgia per say. What it will do is help with the emotional and daily hardships faced by sufferers unable to cope without financial assistance or means of support. The Distress of the process for application of the DSP includes the communication a Fibromyalgia sufferer has with their own Doctors to write the appropriate words in their diagnose to satisfy the assessor for Centrelink. This is one reason that causes Fibromyalgia sufferers to be denied the DSP. The line of ambiguity that exists is difficult for many medical professionals and the Patient to navigate? Many people are too ill, tired or isolated and can't or don't know how to advocate for themselves in this situation. This type of emotional distress can and does induce extreme flares ontop of the already debilitating full body pain that most experience. I suffer with Fibromyalgia, in understanding of the pain, suffering and loss which is too much, I am asking you to sign this petition on behalf of all those who feel they do not have a voice, are isolated, lonely, destitute and feel hopelessness. Please accept my advanced Gratitude for signing, Thankyou.
Petition to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters
Urgent help needed for disastrous flooding in Kerala, India!
We are writing this petition on behalf of the 30,000 or more Malayali population in New Zealand to help contribute to their related families and friends within the 35 million people suffering from the massive flood and disastrous landslides. The southern state of India, known for its sights and scenery, and its millions of civilians are being tormented by the catastrophic floods; continuing to be without adequate rescue operations, equipment, and personnel. Many of us have still not been able to contact family members and friends ever since the national disaster started on the 15th of August and has still not ended. The death toll is the most heartbreaking as it rises every hour, with 324 lives already lost. The elderly, young, sick, and pregnant are left stranded without food water or medicine, estimating to be more than 200,000 as the water rises, drowning the towns and its people. Nothing as massively destructive has happened since 1924 which has not left more and more civilians in 1,500 relief camps. There is also the additional burden of damage to crops and properties which the state estimates to be over INR 8,000 crore (1,727,840,000.00 New Zealand Dollars). Even with some rescue operations in place, we are in continuous need of supplies, food, support, love and prayers. With the deadly monsoon continuing to destroy houses forcing hundreds of families to evacuate; killing handfuls of people, your help is vital and needed more than ever. We kindly request New Zealand to give this support and collaborate with the Kerala State Government and the Indian Government for this relief mission. Contributions from the air force, navy, advanced technical aid, financial aid, and medical aid as well as many food supplies or anything at all to save the population of Kerala. The people of Kerala are on an SOS alert and they are pleading for help and relief. It’s our choice to respond or not. We highly encourage anyone to support generously by giving the smallest dollar as a donation which will be proceeded to the Kerala Flood Relief Fund. We also ask again, during this hour of distress, to join hands to pray for the people of Kerala. Please contact any organisations or officials who can potentially help this mission.Please spread the word by sharing on any social media platforms even if you are not from New Zealand since each signature is significant in saving millions. Thank you.
Petition to Donald Trump, Tony Abbott MP, Theresa May MP, Pauline HANSON, osama binladen, Ted Cruz
Enforcing laws to prevent Scalies and Furries getting Basic Human rights
As we all know, Scalies and Furries are subhuman at best, in fact some may say that they are below the rank of animals and should not be considered human but instead as the flora or fauna they desire to be, live as and fúck. Because they consider themselves as animals they should be treated like animals in EVERY legal sense. This includes as work animals (Slaves), as Livestock and as tradable commodities. So Please help the main countries of the world enforce legislation which class those disgusting people as animals and make sure that any attempts to class them as humans always be unsuccessful. They are disgusting, they are corrupting our children and they go against every teaching of Jesus and the Lord.
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 The Hon Malcom Turnbull, Hon Christian Porter MP,, Hon Julie Bishop, Senator Penny Wong, Tony Abbott MP
Julie Bishop, act now to #BringJamesRicketsonHome or my innocent father will die in jail
My Australian adopted dad, James Ricketson has the kindest heart - yet he’s holed up in a Cambodian prison without even having committed a crime. Unless the Australian government responds quickly, my innocent dad could die in jail. I’m petrified - every day matters now as he gets sicker. I’m so worried for dad’s rapidly deteriorating health - He is almost 70 frail and squashed in a tiny cell with 140 others. It’s so cramped, they have to take it in turns to lie down. Body lice are eating him alive. Dad is an Australian documentary maker/journalist. His only crime is kindness and using his award winning documentaries to portray the truth. The Cambodian government is holding him indefinitely without charge for the ridiculous and untrue accusation of espionage / spying as an Australian citizen - which carries 15 years. All he did was fly a drone over an opposition party rally, which isn’t even illegal. Julie Bishop has the ability to use diplomatic persuasion to achieve the Dad’s release - yet she’s refusing to intervene. Dad was making a documentary about Australia’s abused street kids when he adopted me and loved me as his own daughter. He saved my life. He was one of the first men in my life to show me kindness but now the Australian government has turned their back on him.