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Indigenous Rights

21 petitions

This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Lloyd Babb SC, Keith Alder, John Pickering SC, Gabrielle Upton MP

Ask NSW ODPP to justify why two men are avoiding prosecution for rape and death of woman

The NSW Director of the ODPP (Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions), Lloyd Babb has seen fit not to prosecute two men who, it is alleged, raped and murdered a mother of seven on a Northern NSW beach in January, 2011. It is reported here on 9news.com.au that "Adrian Attwater, 42, and Paul Maris, 46, both admitted to having sex with a woman, only identified as Norma, on a beach on the NSW north coast on January 27, 2011 but claimed it was consensual, The Daily Telegraph reports. After the encounter in the back of a vehicle on a beach near Iluka the men burned a blood-soaked mattress and some of the 33-year-old woman's clothes before seeking help. A forensic pathologist who examined Norma said the injuries she sustained "were more severe than those which occur in even precipitous childbirth". It was also reported in the same article that "Following a 2014 inquest State Coroner Michael Barnes referred the men to the DPP but the DPP's director Lloyd Babb has refused to charge them. The inquest found that both men had lied about what had occurred on the evening of Norma's death and with a blood alcohol level of 0.35, she would have been too drunk to consent to sex." If Norma was too drunk to consent to sex, that is rape. Norma was left bleeding and died from her injuries. If someone dies from the result of injuries sustained during rape wouldn't you class that as murder, or at the very least, manslaughter?  Please sign this petition to let Director Lloyd Babb know that the public doesn't support his decision and wants these two men prosecuted and held responsible for their actions. Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/03/00/54/men-who-left-drunken-woman-to-die-on-beach-wont-be-prosecuted#cXTuDaXKGWZ0ESpj.99  

Carolyn Priest
68,691 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull

Stopping Adani's controversial Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin!

The Galilee Basin is a large inland geological basin in the western Queensland region of Australia. The Galilee basin is home to the Wangan and Jagalingou people. The Wangan and Jagalingou people say  "We are gravely concerned about the push by Adani and the Queensland and Federal Governments to open up the Carmichael Mine on our traditional lands. Our traditional lands are an interconnected and living whole; a vital cultural landscape. It is central to us as a People, and to the maintenance of our identity, laws and consequent rights. If the Carmichael mine were to proceed it would tear the heart out of the land. The scale of this mine means it would have devastating impacts on our native title, ancestral lands and waters, our totemic plants and animals, and our environmental and cultural heritage. It would pollute and drain billions of litres of groundwater, and obliterate important springs systems. It would potentially wipe out threatened and endangered species. It would literally leave a huge black hole, monumental in proportions, where there were once our homelands. These effects are irreversible. Our land will be “disappeared”. Not only would it destroy this important land but it would also, If the mine goes ahead and that leads to the development of other mines in the basin, their potential combined maximum output would result in more than 705m tonnes of CO2 being emitted each year. That’s about 1.3 times Australia’s total current emissions. If the world wants to have a 50% chance of keeping global warming at less than 2C above pre-industrial levels, 88% of the world’s known coal reserves need to stay in the ground. In the Asia-Pacific region, more than 90% of coal needs to stay in the ground, according to research published in Nature. So please, if you believe in the future of not only Australia but the world then please sign this, show that you care!

Thomas MInnett
51 supporters