Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Dutton
Malcolm Turnbull, please allow Fariborz's family to bring his body to Australia
The body of Fariborz, a 26 year old Iranian asylum seeker who took his own life, is being held on Nauru against his family's wishes. Despite a history of torture, trauma and threats of execution as a child in Iran, the Australian Government held him in detention on Nauru for years. After months of begging the Australian government for help, Fariborz Karami lost all hope and two weeks ago he took his own life in a mouldy old tent on Nauru. His mother, wife and twelve year old brother have been left behind to find what comfort they can in at least giving their beautiful, son, brother and husband a decent, dignified burial.Known as being athletic, upbeat, and a born leader, Fariborz’s death has come at a shock to the refugee and asylum seeker community held in detention on Nauru. Many are now wondering, "If detention could beat someone as strong as Fariborz, what does this mean for us?"But just as Fariborz's cries for help were ignored, so too are the pleas for compassion and understanding from his mum. She is desperate to have Fariborz’s body buried in Australia where he has family that can tend to his body with the care and respect he needs. They do not want him buried forever on the island that has become hell for them. It's been more than two weeks since Fariborz Karami died on Nauru, yet the Australian Border Force has made no arrangements to meet his family’s request that his body be buried in Australia.This family has already been through enough heartache -- for pity's sake, bury Fariborz in Australia and give his family some peace, Mr Turnbull. The Iranian community on Nauru is trying to support the little family by circulating a petition calling for the Turnbull government to respect the family’s wishes and make immediate arrangements for Fariborz’s body to be brought to Australia. Over 200 refugees and asylum seekers have signed the petition that is circulating in all of Nauru's refugee camps. Can you add your name to this and demand he be brought to Australia for burial? The complete lack of concern from the Turnbull government for the wishes of the family is causing anguish and distress for the family and the whole community on Nauru. Are we really such a vicious and mean-spirited country that we would force this poor family through the ordeal of burying its son and brother in a place that held such despair for him? This is the one last thing we can do now for Fariborz - will you join 200 refugees demanding that he is given a dignified burial in Australia? In solidarity, Luisa Low and Julie Macken
Petition to Jonathon Sri, Jackie Trad, Graham Quirk, Brisbane City Council, South Bank Corporation
Build disability accessible change and toilet facilities at South Bank Parklands Brisbane
Would you take your shoes off in a public toilet? Imagine being asked to lie on a public toilet floor. Please help our family, and others like ours, continue to enjoy South Bank Parklands Brisbane by supporting our request for Change & Toilet Facilities for people with Disability. It's time for Brisbane to follow the lead of other Australian States and the world - be inclusive and respectful Brisbane. South Bank Parklands is a haven of natural beauty with many free community experiences. However, even in 2018, Brisbane’s beautiful space has no fully supportive and accessible toilet facilities for people with disability. On our visit to South Bank yesterday, I phoned the South Bank Customer Service number and asked where I could find accessible change facilities for my son Tommy. It was suggested that I put my 9 year old child on the baby change table or on the floor of the toilet to change him. Given that my son is 9 years old, he doesn’t fit onto a baby change table. Also, the facilities were not clean or sanitary, so lying him on the floor was not an option either. In that minute, when you and your child are disrespected, your day and your mood can change significantly. Our place of sanctuary and smiles, suddenly became a place of heartache and exclusion. It’s disappointing that we are having this conversation in 2018, but right across Brisbane the situation is the same. A disability accessible toilet is not all that is needed. Many people require: Adult sized change table - height adjustable Ceiling Hoist Peninsula toilet Shower (optional but ideal at South Bank) It’s simple and respectful. South Bank Parklands is a place of respite for families who visit from nearby Lady Cilento Children's Hospital and Mater Hospital and people with disability across Brisbane, Australia and the World. Without clean and accessible facilities, it becomes unenjoyable and inaccessible. Changing Places Australia is leading the way in accessible toilet and change facilities. I ask Jonathan Sri, Jackie Trad, Graham Quirk, Brisbane City Council and South Bank Corporation to work with Changing Places Australia and families of Brisbane to update facilities urgently. Please support this campaign and help make South Bank Parklands a place that everyone can continue to enjoy for many years to come. http://www.jonathansri.com https://jackietrad.com.au https://changingplaces.org.au https://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/south-bank?sc_lang=en-au http://www.grahamquirk.com.au https://southbankcorporation.com.au
Petition to Greg Hunt MP, The Hon. Greg Hunt, MP, NHMRC
Ban Primate Experiments!
Australia continues to allow non-human primates to be placed in inappropriate environments and subjected to laboratory experiments that not only cause immense suffering, but can also be dangerously misleading for human medical progress because of the significant biological differences between humans and non-human primates. Your petitioners therefore request an immediate ban on the use of all non-human primates in medical and scientific research in Australia.
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 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 Catherine King, Greg Hunt MP, Malcolm Turnbull, Meegan Fitzharris, Steven Miles, Brad Hazard, Steven Wade, Jill Hennessy, Michael Ferguson, Sarah Lovell MLC, Janet Rice, Roger Cook
“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. An investigation in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald revealed gay conversion therapy has not disappeared in Australia, but has simply gone more underground. According to the article, even children have been subjected to ex-gay therapy. I was only 16 when my own ‘conversion therapy’ began. I came out to a church leader who wanted me to be ‘cured’ and I began sessions with a counsellor aimed at changing my sexuality. At 17 my church introduced me to the leader of an actual program designed to turn me straight. Eventually, I was desperate enough to try it. Every week, members spoke about their ‘sins’ and we learned about the spiritual and experiential reasons that we had ‘turned gay’. I was so ashamed and guilt-ridden that I remained completely celibate for years. So-called ‘conversion therapy’ causes 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. The trauma associated with that part of my life still affects me - how could it not? How is this legal? I don’t want to see a single kid harmed by “therapies” that tell 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 work with each state to protect the most vulnerable and outlaw gay conversion therapy and it’s advocacy nationwide. It has no place in our medical profession and certainly not in the lives of minors.
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.
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