Indigenous Rights

26 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Gladys Berejiklian, Andrew Constance, Melinda Pavey

Fly the Aboriginal Flag atop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge permanently

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
83,163 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Federal Government of Australia

#ChangeTheDate of Australia Day to the 1st of January

The 26th of January as Australia Day doesn't make sense, we cannot unite on the date that the British started colonisation here in 1788. We need a date we can ALL CELEBRATE! #changethedate to January 1.  "Australia Day should be a source of unity, pride and celebration that reflects the identities, histories and cultures of all Australians." Justin Mohamed, CEO of Reconciliation Australia.  January 26 represents Invasion Day and Genocide. It's also a day of mourning for Aboriginal people as they grieve the loss of thousands of Aboriginal people who were massacred during colonisation. It is Survival Day for Aboriginal people too. But not a date to celebrate Australia as a nation. Aboriginal people have been here for over 65,000 years! They are the First Nations, let's respect them.  Change the date of Australia Day to January 1st, because that was the uniting of our nation as the Federation of Australia in 1901. We celebrate 117 years of Federation in 2018! This can bring the states and territories together. This act made Australia separate from Britain as a federated nation. We need a date that symbolises our independence as a nation.  The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act was proclaimed on 1st January 1901 in Centennial Park, Sydney with Sir Edmund Barton as the first Prime Minister of Australia!  Changing the date is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We need to respect the first nations as the traditional owners of the land. This will be a big step for reconciliation. Other dates that have been proposed are May 8, but this holds no historical significance and may clash with mothers day; March 3 for Australia Act 1986, but this has little meaning as a lesser known date involving politicians and may clash with Labour day WA.  January 1st has historical significance to celebrate as the anniversary of Federation and unites Australia! Please sign the petition and #changethedate. This requires Federal Government approval as a National Public Holiday. Another holiday can be generated in lieu of January 26 or rename that holiday, and New Year's Day will coincide with Australia day. 

Phil Watson
1,124 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Natalie Hutchins, Leslie Williams, Peter Collier, Nigel Scullion, Kyam Maher, Curtis Pitt, Chris Bourke, TAS Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Will Hodgman

Stop importing fake Indigenous art

Even if we are not able to get a policy put in place, I hope that this petition sends a strong message to visitors to Australia: Please do not fund the fake Aboriginal art industry! When buying products that give the impression of Indigenous art, make sure your money is going to an Indigenous artist or organisation. This petition is to request a policy that will prevent the importation of products that are passed off as Indigenous-made and sold in Australia. The products I am talking about are mostly painted Boomerangs, key chains, bags with fake Aboriginal designs on them and even some painted canvases. Thousands of these products are sold every day to tourists in Australia. Some of them have removable labels or stickers stating where the product was made, some of them have no labels at all. Regardless of labeling or lack of, many of these foreign made products use iconic images and traditional painting styles that give consumers a false impression about the origin of the products. It may be hard to police the sale of non-genuine Aboriginal products in general but banning the import of products that mimic Indigenous art would go a long way in reducing the number of fakes on the market, given that most of them are foreign made. Such a ban would mean that anybody wanting to mass produce and sell fake Aboriginal products would have to make the product in Australia. This would severely reduce the profit margin, taking away the incentive for people to produce the fakes altogether. It would also leave the market open for genuine Indigenous art sales to thrive.

Myvanwy Moar
19,148 supporters