political reform

3 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Malcom Turnbull, Nigel Scullion, Bill Shorten, Ben Wyatt

An Indigenous person to be appointed Indigenous Affairs Minister Fedral and State Govt Why hasn’t there ever been an Aboriginal Indigenous affairs minister? Nigel Scullion was originally born in England and migrated here but somehow has now been the Aboriginal affairs minister since 18 Sept 2013? I feel somewhat perplexed that our own Aboriginal affairs are not being lead and governed by an actual Aboriginal! There’s talk in the media, government and society about having Aboriginal representation that has influence within the government and the ability to affect positive change but to date i have seen very little evidence of this and i don’t hold much hope for the near future. I feel like the first line of approach should be that it’s a requirement to have an Indigenous leader as the minister for Aboriginal affairs! It only makes sense to me that someone from our Aboriginal community is more likely to understand the issues and challenges facing the Indigenous population and therefore better represent the goals and aspirations of our people! I’m dead sure that there are many among us that have the aptitude, skills, empathy, compassion and experience to manage the portfolio of minister for Aboriginal affairs and that the reason the role has never been held by an actual Aboriginal person is due to the government’s lack of care, understanding and the governments disrespect for our values and culture. I personally don’t feel an immigrant with no connection to Aboriginal people is a suitable candidate and it should be reviewed and changed to reflect what should be happening… An Indigenous leader selected by the Indigenous population for Aboriginal affairs! Why do we allow this injustice to continue in this day and age? It’s like having a shark being minister for seal affairs! Sharks eat seals! What can we do as a community that wants to get a voice inside government that is actually listened to and isn’t a toothless tiger? How do we get an Aboriginal to be elected Aboriginal affairs minister? In my mind this is a subject we need to address and demand that a representative from our people to take the responsibility to be our minister for Aboriginal affairs and not some immigrant from England who’s only good at playing politics and has shown a track record of poor performance and neglect towards what Aboriginal Australians need! A genuine, homegrown, proud and respected Indigenous leader as minister for Aboriginal affairs can and should only be occupied by an Indigenous person! If the government was serious about helping us close the gap, reduce social and cultural barriers and improve the overall lifestyles of the Indigenous population surely the government could develop a legitimate path for an Indigenous leader to take the role as minister for Aboriginal affairs. Pauline Hanson’s in parliament and Clive Palmer bought himself a position so it’s obvious that you can buy your way in or manipulate the ignorant to enter government so surely we can assist the government legitimately elect a leader that truly does have influence and power within the government that is an Aboriginal for aboriginal affairs. This article is a passionate opinion piece by David Barker. If you’re interested in having your very own article published, please get in touch with us via email or via our Welcome to Country Facebook page.

David Barker Yarnold
111 supporters
Started 9 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
186 supporters
Started 1 year 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 three 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 from donating blood.

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