Petition to Peter Dutton
Bring Priya and her beautiful family back home to Biloela, Queensland
Priya, Nades and their beautiful little daughters are valuable members of the close-knit rural community of Biloela, in Central Queensland. They have lived here for over three years and are a caring, hardworking family. A few days ago, this peaceful family were going about their early morning routine. Nades was getting ready to go to his job at the local meatworks and Priya was warming a bottle for the baby. At 5am, their home was stormed by armed police and Border Force officers. Their seven month old baby and two and a half year old daughters were ripped from their beds. Priya and Nades were told they were being taken to a Melbourne detention centre and given ten minutes to pack up their lives. Priya and Nades were put into separate vans, driven to Gladstone Airport and flown to a detention centre in Melbourne. Border Force officers told them that if they didn’t sign “voluntary” deportation documents, they would be denied access to a phone, separated and forced back to Sri Lanka. They begged to be returned to Biloela. But after two days of pressure, they gave in and signed the documents. This beautiful, gentle family is now being held in a single room by three armed guards. Priya and Nades were settled in Biloela after fleeing torture and suffering in Sri Lanka. Despite the advice of human right organisations on the ground, our current Government has decided that Sri Lanka is now safe. This is why they are trying to force Priya, Nades and their two beautiful young children back to Sri Lanka. The life awaiting this family in Sri Lanka is uncertain. In a country that represses Tamil people, and where child brides and child sex trafficking exist, the future of Priya, Nades and their two beautiful daughters is grim. Our community is not ready to let this family go. They love living and contributing to our society. We want them here. Mr Dutton, please return this family to Biloela, their home, where they are wanted and welcome
Petition to Malcolm Turnbull
Stand with Traditional Owners: tell Turnbull to protect our sacred rivers
My Name is Brendan Kennedy. I’m a Tati Tati delegate of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations, or MLDRIN. MLDRIN is a confederation of Indigenous groups from across the lower Murray Darling Basin. We work together as a collective voice, arguing for the rights and interests Traditional Owners and our river Country. I was born in Robinvale on the banks of the mighty Murray River. What I’ve witnessed first hand over the years reflects what science shows – our rivers are struggling after decades of diversion, pollution and exploitation. To Aboriginal people, water is more than just a commodity, it is a precious source of life that nourishes Country, culture and community. Aboriginal people have over 40,000 years of knowledge about freshwater ecosystems in this country. Our input is crucial to inform the decisions made about Australia’s most significant river system. I am asking Malcolm Turnbull to make sure his Government delivers the water that will sustain our river’s health and the health of all Aboriginal communities across the Basin. That means making sure the Basin Plan legally dedicates at least 3,200 GL of water to our rivers so they can flow with more natural cycles of flooding and drying. Malcolm Turnbull must listen to Traditional Owners and deliver the water that our rivers and communities need to be healthy. Sign the petition and support Traditional Owners in the Murray Darling Basin.
Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Greg Hunt MP
“Praying the Gay Away” nearly killed me -- outlaw ‘Gay Conversion’ therapy
Trying to “Pray the Gay Away” nearly killed me. I’m not the only one. So-called conversion therapy can cause depression, self-loathing and even suicide. I prayed to God asking him to either heal me, or kill me. I was so depressed, I wanted to die. Living Waters was an ‘ex-gay’ course for those wanting to cure homosexuality. The people in the program told me my attraction to men could be cured. Every week, group members spoke about their ‘sins.’ I was so ashamed that I remained completely celibate until 24 in an effort to change who I am. I’m not alone. A recent investigation in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, reveals gay conversion therapy has not disappeared in Australia, but has gone more underground. According to the article, some school chaplains have even been involved in ‘ex-gay’-type counselling, apparently sometimes even without parental knowledge. How is this legal? We need our Minister for Health and our Prime Minister to condemn conversion therapy and outlaw the practice for minors. I was just 17 when my church recommended I enter a program to turn me straight and I met with the leader of the program. Since 10, I felt ashamed to be gay and believed that something was innately wrong with me. For years I even thought I may be demon-possessed because of the things I was taught as a young person. When I was older, I was still vulnerable and desperate enough to join the program, hoping it would be my cure and help me to be a better Christian. It took years of healing after leaving the program to be proudly gay. But those years still affect me somewhat... how could they not? I don’t want to see a single kid harmed by “therapies” telling them that something that is innate in them is evil or demonic or needs to be ‘healed’. Please, sign this petition calling for Malcolm Turnbull and the Health Minister Greg Hunt to protect the most vulnerable and outlaw gay conversion therapy and it’s advocacy. It has no place in our medical profession and certainly not in the lives of minors. Image: shutterstock
Petition to Hon Kevin Andrews MP, Pru Goward, Ray Williams
Stop NSW Govt from forcing families to abandon children with intensive disability needs
When NDIS was introduced, funding for 1700 children/young people in NSW with profound disabilities went to NDIA. BUT NSW Government DID NOT ask NDIA to keep providing the intensive, 24/7 services they were already receiving. Now Govt is asking us to give up our kids to 'fix' this bureaucratic bungle. Please help - we want to reach 10,000 signatures by Friday 16 March! THE ISSUE IN A NUTSHELL Our children have such severe disabilities they need the intensive, 24/7 services. Those services were provided under the state disability service system until now … Somehow, during the establishment of the NDIS, the NSW Government handed over our children’s funding to the NDIA BUT DIDN’T ask the NDIA to continue providing our children’s services.Now the NSW Government has said if we want our children to continue to receiving intensive, 24/7 services, we must give our children up. But we love them and they need us so we say NO!Please sign our petition to ask the NSW Government and NDIA to amend their agreement to include our children’s funding AND the provision of the services they need and were already receiving – as should have been done in the first place! What can you do? Please sign this petition to help us continue to keep our much-loved, very vulnerable safe. MORE INFO IF YOU WANT IT - OR SKIP TO SIGN PETITION NOW! Pictured: much-loved Jordan and Olivia Smith, two of the 1700 children the NSW Government is asking their parents Vanita Connery and Robert Smith to give up in exchange for essential disability services. MORE INFO IF YOU WANT IT - OR SKIP TO SIGN PETITION NOW!Why has this happened?When the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was introduced two things happened: Our children’s funding was transferred into the NDIS bucket. BUT the responsibility for providing those services was not. Why would the NSW Government hand over funding used to provide our children with services essential to their survival, but NOT include the provision of those same services in its agreement with the NDIA? We’ve asked but no one can tell us.Why is the NSW Government asking loving, involved, engaged parents to give up their children?If we want our children to consider receiving the intensive, live-in, 24/7 services they need, we need to give them up to the state.Why? The NSW Government still has two buckets of money available left available to them: #1 to support children who are at risk from their parents. #2 to support children whose parent cannot or will not care for them. They are asking us to give our children up so we can fit into bucket #2.These are much-loved children who are vulnerable and who we are constantly advocating for to keep them safe and well – we will not give them up or give up on them to fit into a bucket.
Petition to The Hon Malcom Turnbull, Hon Christian Porter MP,, Hon Julie Bishop, Senator Penny Wong
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.
Petition to Daniel Andrews, Matthew Guy
DUMP Victoria's Local Government Act 2018 bill that gives councils "Authority" status!
Dear Premier Andrews, The Australian Constitution 1900 provides for Australians to live in a democracy that people in other parts of the world often envy. It is with much sadness that I have read and analysed the Draft Local Government Act 2018 bill (together with the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target 2007 (VEET) legislation) that if legislated, will empower each municipal council throughout Victoria to become an "Authority" and to be able to create and enforce its own laws, which could potentially impose severe Climate Change policies on Victorian households and businesses. If implemented, I believe such legislation will remove significant chunks from our Australian democracy for the following reasons: ALL "corporations" known as" local councils" will become legitimised as representing "the third tier of government". Our Constitution does NOT allow for this to happen; nor is it appropriate for a corporation to be both a commercial profit-making enterprise for its owners and an arm of government that serves the people it is required to represent. ALL councils will be elevated to "Authority" status; meaning, they will become laws unto themselves and no person affected by their laws will have any form of appeal to question the decisions councils make. ALL councils will be able to make their own "Local Laws" (which are different to by-laws) and they will be able to enforce them - even utilising the police when necessary. Councils will be required to bring community housing up to the standards specified in the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target 2007. This means they will send "authorised officers" to people's homes and businesses to produce a list of work required by the landowner to meet their targets for energy efficiency. If the landowner fails to complete the work within the given period, the Council will then arrange for the work to be done at the landowner’s expense. This could cost $10,000's per “entity”! Once completed, the Council gives the landowner time to pay. If this fails to happen, the land can then be "transferred" to the Council. The Council will then obtain "market value" of the property and after any mortgage costs, encumbrances, fees and fines are deducted, many people may not see much cash remaining from the value of their former home. They could also be looking for other accommodation. Given that Australia’s Constitution allows for only TWO levels of “government” to operate within Australia to enact laws (Federal and State), it does allow under Section 128 for a referendum to be held to permit the people of Australia to vote on any changes to the Constitution. As there has been no referendum held since 1988 to allow councils to become the “third tier of government”, this fact alone proves the draft legislation to be illegal. On page 131 and item 151 (2) (b) of the proposal, it says that “the Council is the Authority” when it comes to “compulsorily acquiring any land”. This means that a private corporation acting as the “the third tier of government” is to be given unlimited power to acquire people’s properties, and the people affected will not have any form of recourse in such matters because each council is the Authority initiating the land acquisition. Given that for a very long time, councils have been proven to be corrupt and many have been sacked for a variety of reasons, WHY then has the Victorian Government decided to anoint such a group of people (employed by a private corporation) with the power to take whatever private land they want - and in doing so, deny the people affected any rights to challenge such decisions? In this, Section 155 (1) says that “A Council’s powers to transfer, exchange or lease any land include the power to do so with or without consideration to (a) the Crown; (b) a minister” or effectively anyone else. This is draconian legislation Mr. Premier! On page 62 onwards and in subsection 130 (1), it clearly states that these new councils “…may sell the property, or cause the property to be transferred to itself, for an amount equal to or more than the estimated value of the property as set out in a written valuation of the property”. How can anyone guarantee that such POWER given to councils to potentially rob people of their homes and businesses will not be abused if this legislation is passed? I have not found any provisions in the proposed Bill to prevent this kind of abuse occurring. Nevertheless, most people today are aware of Climate Change and that more needs to be done to reduce man-made CO2 emissions. For the Victorian Government to propose such draconian means in these two pieces of legislation to achieve the respective emissions targets, such requirements would see households and businesses having to establish Energy Emission Certificates (EECs) and to trade and diligently book-keep the EEC transactions to a very high level of accountability. Such a requirement is beyond the ability of most Victorians to accomodate! To provide an example of just 1 of the 20 penalties mentioned in the VEET, it says on page 20, “An accredited person must not create a certificate that the person knows— (a) contains incorrect information in respect of a prescribed activity”. This means that just a simple administrative error will cost the "accredited person" of a domestic house 60 Penalty Units which equates in today's money to $9,514.20. In contrast to this, if the "accredited person" of a body corporate complex commits the same offence, 240 Penalty Units equates to $38,056.80!! Such ‘penalties’ are ridiculous Mr. Andrews, and are unacceptable! As this proposed legislation is illegal, and with it being linked to the VEET makes the outcome draconian and totally unfair to ALL Victorians, the only reasonable thing to do is: DUMP the Draft Local Government Act 2018 bill into the parliamentary bin where it belongs, and Repeal the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target 2007 legislation as it has no place to be actioned within the Victorian community. Consider creating more appropriate legislation that allows every Victorian to openly participate in establishing good legislation that aims to combat CO2 emissions in our homes and in our businesses so that a more sustainable future can be achieved for ALL Victorians into the future.
Petition to Federal Government of Australia
Vietnam Veterans Refused War Service Recognition.
The Federal Government instructed an impartial Tribunal to investigate the onerous criteria for awarding the Vietnam Campaign Medal. The inquiry posted a negative recommendation to the government in June 2015. It did not recognise the special conditions that applied to the National Servicemen who were compulsory called-up, under the threat of jail for two years, sent them to a foreign country to fight oppression, were prepared to die and then sent them home again because their jobs were at stake. Just because these combat soldiers did not serve at least 181 days they are ineligible for the medallic award. These same men completed the workplace terms of their contract to the government and have since been ignored. In addition the government issued some 3,000 of these same medals in error and has no desire to recall them. Precedents are in place not to usurp a Vietnamese government that folded over 40 years ago. Please contact your local Federal member anywhere in Australia & ask them to lobby Hon Darren Chester and Hon Kevin Andrews. Tomorrow is Vietnam Veterans Day and wouldn't it be fantastic to hear a positive public announcement.
Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Richard Di Natale, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce
Halve Australia's homelessness by 2025
On any given night one in 200 people are homeless across Australia and more than 230 people are turned away from support and accommodation services. The number of people without a safe place to call home is increasing each year, yet our government has no national strategy to address it. We know what works and we have a plan to halve homelessness by 2025, will you help us do it? We need political will from all parties to tackle homelessness by ensuring people have access to safe and affordable housing, and ensure we can provide funded support services to assist people overcoming poverty, domestic and family violence, mental illness and disability. This election, all political leaders need to commit to halving homelessness by 2025. Now is the time for us to stand together to make a change for all people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness in Australia. Homelessness has no home in Australia. This election our vote will be for a party that commits to the development of a national homelessness strategy that will halve Australia's homelessness by 2025. This campaign and petition is supported by Anglicare Australia, Mission Australia, Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society, UnitingCare Australia and Wesley Mission.