Topic

political reform

2 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, John Conde, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison

Audit Past Politicians Pension Entitlements

  At the time of the last election it was estimated that the current political pension plan is costing the Australian taxpayer $40,000,000 per year. For too long, the Australian Tax Payer dollar has been disrespected, used to feed the silver spoon mentality of politicians the country over. Paying for expensive offices, gold card travel, staffers and offices even post-parliament. This kind of abuse of the public purse needs to stop! We can make a start on changing this right now. All Parliamentarians, past and present, need to be audited for eligibility to sit. Those who aren’t will to be removed from office, debts owed waived as currently customary for those ineligible, and all future politicians put on notice! – Sit in the Parliament of Australia, be eligible or pay the price; close the loophole, don’t allow a waiver of monies paid in future cases, get the money paid back. It would be more in line with the government’s expectations of the people (see Robo Debt notices). Once those who previously sat in Parliament have proven their eligibility to sit under section 44 of the Constitution, then and only then should they be able to continue to receive the lavish Parliamentary pension which they currently enjoy. I say this knowing, that if Centrelink contacted a loved one of any Australian, and they were told that they were not eligible to have received monies from the government, there would be an expectation for it to be paid back, and if it was not, then it would be forcefully obtained/collected/garnished. Given that the public purse is funding these pensions, fair is fair.

Shaun Gilbert
93 supporters
Started 9 months ago

Petition to John Skerritt, Robert Tickner, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten

End the discriminatory blood donation policy for queer men in Australia.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s blood service policy is homophobic.Currently, there is a 12-month deferral period for men who have had sex with men forbidding them from donating blood, a policy justified by the ‘window period’ where HIV and other STIs can’t be traced through testing. In essence, any man who has had sex with another man in the last year (regardless of individual circumstances) has lost the right to donate blood within Australia. This one year deferral period directly contradicts the policies of organisations such as the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, who have a ‘window period’ of six to twelve weeks. Put simply, within 3 months it is possible to determine whether someone has contracted an STI such as HIV through standard medical procedure, a fact which makes the current 12-month deferral period discriminatory and outdated. We are a group of young, queer Australians campaigning for a shortening of the deferral period to a more reasonable four months, or alternatively, for eligibility to be determined by individual risk assessment. The Australian Red Cross state that ‘the underlying principle on which people give blood has to be one of mutual trust.’ This trust must be extended to the hundreds of thousands of queer persons it excludes for donating blood.

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