Indigenous Rights

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Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Gladys Berejiklian, Andrew Constance, Melinda Pavey

Fly the Aboriginal Flag 365 days a year on the Sydney Harbour Bridge

As Australians, we are proud of our Aboriginal heritage and we want to recognise and celebrate this heritage every day.  The flags flying from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are wonderful symbols of our heritage and identity. However, the Aboriginal flag does not fly permanently atop of the Sydney Harbour bridge The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly and additional decision makers for a third flag to fly alongside the Australian and the NSW flags – one that acknowledges and celebrates our ancient and authentic indigenous culture; the red, black and yellow Aboriginal flag. Once you’ve signed, contact these three great Australians directly and encourage them to lead the way. #AboriginalflagonSHB   GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN NSW PREMIER EMAIL: PHONE: 02 8574 5000 FACEBOOK: TWITTER:   SARAH MITCHELL MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS CONTACT FORM: (to complete the online form) PHONE: 02 8574 5950 FACEBOOK: TWITTER:   MELINDA PAVEY NSW MINSTER FOR ROADS AND MARITIME AND FREIGHT EMAIL: PHONE:  02 6562 6190 FACEBOOK: TWITTER:   ANDREW CONSTANCE NSW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE EMAIL: PHONE: 02 6492 2056 FACEBOOK: TWITTER:

Cheree Toka
89,562 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to University of New South Wales, UNSW Sydney, Unsw students, UNSW Nura Gili

Aboriginal women who continue to be sidelined by workplace bullying. No due process.

On Friday the 13th of July 2018, the Director of the University of New South Wales- Nura Gili Indigenous program unit Ruben Bolt terminated the employment of a proud Aboriginal woman, Lowanna Moran from her position as Indigenous Support Officer. Disappointingly, Lowanna was not afforded due process during the termination - UNSW policy and procedure was not followed and no option of recourse was given. A culmination of workplace bullying and targeting led to this dismissal, coming as a particular blow during NAIDOC week, of which this year’s theme is ‘Because of her we can’. Please sign the petition and stand with Lowanna and all Aboriginal women who continue to be sidelined by workplace bullying and denial of due process. UNSW policy and procedure was not followed during the process of terminating Lowanna. The process of termination involved Lowanna receiving an email on Monday the 9th of July at 11:19pm. Lowanna was given until 5pm Wednesday to reply and then dismissed on Friday at 4pm. Known to supervisors, Lowanna was unable to respond thoughtfully by the Wednesday designated as during this period Nura Gili was holding its 2018 Winter School program. The program accounts for approximately 110 Indigenous students from across the country. Lowanna performed the role of night coordinator, staying with these students overnight and outside of her regular work hours. Lowanna during the duration of UNSW Indigenous winter school program was also noted down on all information packs and booklets as a contact during the program.  While Lowanna often took on extra roles and went above and beyond showing her commitment to students and her community, the nature of her role impeded a proper response to the email received. The email also states that it was hand delivered which is obviously not the case. Many Indigenous students at UNSW have found safety, trust, relationship building, confidence and truth in Lowanna through her role as an Indigenous Support Officer and look up to her as a positive role model. In recognising that Indigenous youth hold one of the highest rates of mental health issues in the world, the role of a Support Officer is integral to assisting students in successfully progressing through their studies. After having her employment terminated, Lowanna was not afforded the opportunity to appropriately and respectfully say goodbye to the students she worked significantly close with, denying stability to students who are in need of it the most. Students witnessing the unfair termination of a close support person in no way instils a sense of trust in the institution, especially one with a history of compounded institutional racism and sexism. Lowanna completed her Education degree at UNSW and went on to teach in high schools. During her time working with Nura Gili Lowanna has developed a number of professional relationships built on a mutual respect with external stakeholders as well as members of the many faculties and units within the university particularly those such as ARC, Law, Business, Education, Social work, UNSW Art & Design and Student Support. All of this serves to prove that in her role as Indigenous Support Officer, Lowanna has shown herself to be a positive role model for the Indigenous students she provides support to. Lowanna was active within her role and professional in suggesting innovative ideas, as a result she was bullied in the workplace. She tried to use the avenues afforded to her and put forward a complaint to her boss’s supervisor which was again was dealt with irresponsibly and inappropriately with Lowanna being told that the complaint would be handled in-house. We feel that the grounds of dismissal are on the most part false statements with no formal documentation or evidence to back up these claims. Please note this petition has been put together by Indigenous people in support of an Indigenous woman #becauseofherwecan. Please take two seconds to sign our petition in solidarity with Lowanna. For anyone interested in reading more about Lowanna’s contributions, here is a list of some of the outstanding work Lowanna did for UNSW Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit: -Supported and advocated for student led projects -Supported students with educational needs such as writing skills, referencing and putting together lesson plans in preparation for student practice - Supported the mental health needs of students, particularly preventing our students from attempting suicide - Advocated for the student body in increasing retention rates at the University of New South Wales - Built community relationships with university and provided opportunities for Non-Indigenous students to be involved in working with our communities - Ensured connections with graduated, and current students - Internally Advocated for student’s rights, such as informing the Nura Gili office space of integrity and respect for the students. Particularly highlighting a breach of confidentiality and how Nura Gili discuss student personal matters in the common area of the staff room and laughing about students - Assisted in outreach and recruitment, such as Winter School - Wrote and conducted an alumni profile for Nura Gili Indigenous program unit - Created a culturally safe space for students which for many years this university was / is lacking - Attended events to support students during educational projects - Assisted students with accommodation - Built relationships with those who accommodate Nura Gili Students - Assisted students with international opportunities - Assisted students with obtaining employment opportunities

Indigenous students of UNSW
698 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Michael Tellinger, Melissa Price, Carol Martin, Lisa Cole, Ian James, Josie Farrer, Warren Greatorex, Rob Houston, Liz Vaughan, Ryan Albrey

Abolishment of Poverty and Scarcity in Australian Kimberley

We live in a society. That much is true for sure. What kind of society? One that values making more of an imaginary currency that we have made up more than it values human wellbeing. For a change to happen we need to shift our societal values, which is a big task. One potential practical solution has been put forward by Michael Tellinger, called Contributionalism. Which is outlined in this video here: My experience travelling around Australia for three years during my childhood exposed me to many different ways of life and perspectives on the world. The most influential by far has to be the 18 months we stayed for in two separate communities, Imintji along the Gibb River Road and Lombadina/Djarindjin on the Dampier Peninsula. Here is a video I recently bumped into, showing the development of the Imintji community around 2014. When I remember Imintji I don't remember grass or trees or the clean roads, I remember having to get up at 6 am to drive 80kms down the one road to where the nearest school was. I remember stray dogs nobody fed wandering the roads and the empty tin sheds that counted as homes for the people living there. I remember everyone in the community leaving for Derby, 300kms in the other direction down the road from the school. That was around 10 years ago, in my absence the community has come together and begun to work on its own betterment. When I saw the results I was shocked, and immediately I could see the potential for an organised movement using up to date strategies and technology to give these communities the tools to build themselves up on their own terms. I believe the future of self-sustainable community living can be achieved and pioneered in the Kimberley of Australia. There, indigenous communities live in such isolation they all need there own nurses and schools and facilities that cater to the individual needs of each community. In short, the Australians in the Kimberley are already living in model self-sustainable communities. Imagine how easily these communities could grasp the ideas of Contributionalism and use that to empower themselves, apply their extensive cultural knowledge of the land and raise their own standard of living! As an added bonus, a lot of these communities have strong ties to the natural environment around them, due to the high prevalence of Indigenous Australian culture that emphasises a connection to the land and the people on it. Imagine a new wave of cultural and environmental reclamation beginning in the Indigenous communities of Australia, this would be an amazing precedent to show the rest of Australians, and also the rest of the world! With these observations and predictions in mind, I am creating this petition as a proof of concept, that I can show to politicians, think tanks and independent organisations to demonstrate there is public interest (Both locally within Australia and in the International Community) and potential funding in the practical application of Contributionalism in Indigenous communities all around Australia, and particularly in the Kimberley. See Beyond Zero Emissions and their plan for Zero Carbon Communities: I do not work with any charities and am not part of any organisations, I am just an individual who has put some dots together from my life experience and from the ideas of others on making the world a better place. If you are like me, an individual who likes the ideas I have then make your voice heard by signing this petition. Feel free to message and ask about these ideas, the more I talk about them with others the better we both understand afterwards. For more info on UBUNTU Contributionalism check here:

Oscar Ben
28 supporters