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human rights

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Update posted 4 hours ago

Petition to christian.porter.mp@aph.gov.au , senator.hinch@aph.gov.au , kate.ellis.mp@aph.gov.au

Family Court hands custody of 2 year old to her paedophile father

Once again the Family Court has FAILED Australia’s children. Once again the Family Court has handed down a decision that COMPLETELY AT ODDS with the BEST INTEREST of a child. Chief Justice Stephen Thackray has ruled that 2 year old Pipah cannot go to live with her mother in Thailand. Instead, he has handed her over to the custody of her surrogate father, David Farnell. Farnell has a history of sexual offences against children dating back many years. Farnell is a convicted PAEDOPHILE convicted of 22 child sex offences. He has served time in prison for sexually abusing children yet Justice Thackray saw fit to release Pipah to his custody. You can read the news report here: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/gammy-twin-pipah-to-live-with-farnell-family-despite-risk-of-sexual-grooming-20160415-go72a3.html  Chief Justice Thackray has set a DANGEROUS PRECEDENT since this case can now be used to allow other PAEDOPHILES to be granted custody of their children. Although strict conditions were placed on Farnell, given his history, there is NO REASON TO BELIEVE that this disgusting PAEDOPHILE will abide by them. 2 year old Pipah now faces a life where she will be GROOMED by the PAEDOPHILE Farnell to be his SEXUAL PLAYTHING, an OBJECT to be SHARED around with his PAEDOPHILE friends. She will live a life of DEGRADATION and FEAR knowing that her PAEDOPHILE father will use and abuse her and that the LAW DOES NOT CARE about her welfare. Her PAEDOPHILE father’s interests were given more consideration than her SAFETY. Chief Justice Thackray’s decision is a DISGRACE. This decision MUST be REVERSED and custody transferred to the mother where Pipah will be SAFE. Family Law must be changed so that no child will ever again be handed over to the custody of a convicted PAEDOPHILE. We are calling upon the Federal Government to step up to the plate and institute a NATIONAL CHILD PROTECTION SYSTEM with UNIFORM laws  applicable across the nation. NO child deserves to be treated the way 2 year old Pipah has been treated. Our children comprise 19% of our population but are 100% of our future. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO PROTECT THEM BECAUSE PROTECTING THEM IS PROTECTING OUR FUTURE.

Child Protection Party
26,917 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

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.

Philip Nelson
8,589 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

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.

Sue Erben
2,660 supporters