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Started 2 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull

Make "I Am Australian" The National Anthem... A Song That Represents This Great Country!

The Australian people deserve a national anthem that represents both the present and the past.  I am petitioning to get the Australian National Anthem changed to the song "I am Australian". The current anthem "Advance Australia Fair" lacks lyrics that truly represent this country.  "I came from the dream-time, From the dusty red-soil plains". These are the first lines to the song "I am Australian"... these lyrics represent the true nature of our country, the aboriginals were here first, they were the original custodians of the land, therefore they deserve to be mentioned in the anthem of this great country.  Advance Australia Fair was written in 1878, Almost 150 years ago! things have changed... and so should to the song. "I came upon the prison ship", "I’m the daughter of a digger", "We are one, but we are many", "I am Albert Namatjira, "I'm the hot wind from the desert". These are lyrics from "I am Australian", as you can clearly tell they represent the history of this country far better than the current anthem.  The song reflects on the original settlers, the aboriginals, the convicts and so much more that reflects the past of this nation. Australia claims to be a progressive country, after all, same-sex marriage was legalised last year... yet the national anthem does not reflect this so-called progression.  By signing this petition you are doing something for yourself, for your community and for your country. Sign for a national anthem that represents the true history of this country, sign for a national anthem that respects the original people of this country and last but not least sign for a national anthem that reflects the progressive nature of the country. Thank you for doing the right thing for your country!

Change The Anthem
55 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Debra Bickerton, Brad Hazzard, Troy Grant

Dubbo base Hospital needs our help , along with all hospitals in Australia .....

Looking for people to sign a petition from Dubbo local and surrounding areas to help bring to light the continuesly falling and failing health systems with the government cutting budgets and the lack of light shed upon these issues before they go too far. Dubbo is a growing town and we need to know the local councils are pushing for more to be done to keep our town functioning well and able to support the growing population, and the surrounds as they also come to Dubbo base hospital. Dubbo base hospital has a lot of areas that people have already spoken of that need fixing ASAP.  We want answers , there have been some renovation and improvement recently to part of the hospital structure but it seems is severely underfunded and ill managed ( as are a lot of hospitals around Australia right now) as it doesn’t seem to have the resources like adequate staff or even beds to keep Sick and in pain patients comfortable, to name a couple issues... so how is a new building going to help if inside it’s walls is failing ? It needs to be addressed properly and our concerns answered and taken further. These issues may be due to underfunding and other issues, its Unhygenic ( floors, walls look like they haven’t been washed properly in months have seen dried blood spatters, toilets are a total disgrace) . Staff are ran off their feet and quite often confused as to what and who they are treating, people aren’t given beds and stuck in chairs even when in severe pain and in need of operations,and in instances til early hours of the morning when will be staying overnight,  lack of pain relief to name a few I have heard stories and seen it, it needs to be fixed. People aren’t even offered food and water for being there close to 24 hours because they are simply forgotten in the system half the time, and way too busy.  I believe and others I have spoken that it is becoming a danger to the people when things get to this stage. If you would like to help hopefully make Dubbo hospital better and get answers to funding issues and press the matter to keep climbing so the government hear our calls for help, - Then please sign this petition ,  It’s not just for Dubbo it’s for all the underfunded hospitals and overworked staff. Emergency wards especially across the nation are a disgrace , when will our local governments fight for us and our hospitals.  Australia is and has been known as the lucky country for many years , let’s not let our title slip and our country go backwards with our smaller towns forgotten , someone has to answer for this.    

Jennifer Butler
130 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Department of Education

Stop Kiwi Permanent Residents From Paying The International Student Fee!!!

Eighteen-year-old Matilda Boyce was the dux of her high school. The bright New Zealander is enjoying her first year studying chemistry, geology and Japanese at the University of Western Australia. But news of the Turnbull government’s new university reforms came as a shock to Ms Boyce’s family. “If the changes are passed then we will probably leave Australia.” Her course costs $9,000 per year under the current system, but would cost $36,000 per year under Education Minister Simon Birmingham’s proposal. The new system, if changes pass the senate, will see New Zealand citizens and permanent residents pay full international student prices for Australian degrees. The department says the changes will not affect the roughly 20,000 permanent residents and NZ citizens already enrolled. University students to 'pay more'  But they could affect Ms Boyce’s younger brother Harvey, who is in Year 12. “If the changes are passed then we will probably leave Australia,” Matilda’s mother Deidre Robb said. “[He] was hoping to study environmental science/conservation land management next year. The cost of the fees will now make that impossible.” The reforms are not all bad news for the New Zealand and permanent resident students, who will for the first time be eligible for government student loans, just like Australian students. The government estimates access to HELP loans will actually act as an incentive to help bring more students to Australia. “Access to student loans could attract some new students for whom upfront payment was a disincentive to study, leading to an estimated 60,000 additional EFTSL [equivalent full-time students],” the Turnbull government’s policy statement reads. But Ms Boyce says her family, and many others, would prefer to pay a smaller fee upfront than be shackled with a large student debt. “I would have had $100,000 or more in debt,” she said. “You’re never going to be able to travel or buy a house or get ahead in life with that sort of debt. “The enrolment rate’s just going to plummet for many universities.”  Matilda Boyce was the dux of her high schoolThe president of a student society for New Zealanders at the University of Melbourne said the changes would have a "big impact" on the 480 New Zealanders currently studying at the university.  While the changes would not affect their current courses, the university encourages a two-step process where students first undertake a generalist degree, then a more specialised one.  "We're disappointed. It came out of nowhere," the club's president Jordan Zheng told SBS News.  Mr Zhang is himself in his final year of a commerce degree, but says he would not be able to afford a planned law degree next year if the changes go ahead.  "We're hoping the senate blocks it," he said.      Go8 universities 'disappointed' by proposed higher education reformsAustralia's most prestigous universities have responded to the Turnbull Govenrment's latest higher education reforms saying "there is no pain relief and no reform".  Rebecca Pacey, another New Zealand citizen, now faces the possibility that her planned PhD at the University of NSW next year, which would have been absolutely free under a Commonwealth supported placement, could now cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete.  "My fees just went from literally $0 to $126,000 if this bill is (to be) passed," Ms Pacey said.  "I work 30 hours a week in the work force, paying tax. If this bill passes I pretty much can’t afford to do it. And it’s disgusting that I should have a $126,000 HECS debt if I want to." The Oz Kiwi community group, which represents New Zealanders living in Australia, is urging its members to write to their local MPs and voice opposition to the reforms. The group’s spokeswoman, Joanne Cox, described the news as a “blindside”, and said their members had reacted with “anger, frustration and confusion”. The changes also drew criticism from New Zealand’s Prime Minister Bill English. “We're pretty unhappy about it,” he said. “We want a serious discussion with them about where they're headed with this policy, rather than announcements that are made either without telling us or with short notice.” New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee will travel to Australia next week for meetings with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop. The criticism comes just weeks after Mr English described the Australian government’s changes to immigration as “disappointing”. Permanent residents now need to wait four years before they can apply to become Australian citizens, and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed there would be no exemption for New Zealanders.  Emma Freeman is one NZ citizen impacted by both the citizenship and university reforms. She was due to be eligible for citizenship later this year and was planning to enrol in a medical degree at the University of Queensland after completing her undergraduate course.  Now, she faces choice between waiting four years or paying the full $280,000 fee for the degree.  "It's such a tough position to be in," she said. "I really do see my future in Australia, but I definitely don't want to be saddled with a huge debt," she said. "I'm also worried that while I wait around as a permanent resident for the next four years, more rights for permanent residents - Medicare, or Centrelink, perhaps - may be cut."  "My family, and other Kiwis we have spoken too, are just feeling this massive uncertainty about our futures in this country now. What if we get another three years in and then permanent residents have to be here 10 years to become citizens?"      

Nicole Hao
62 supporters