Petition to Malcom Turnbull, Nigel Scullion, Bill Shorten, Ben Wyatt
An INDIGENOUS person to be APPOINTED INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS MINISTER Fedral and State Govt
https://www.welcometocountry.org/aboriginal-indigenous-affairs-minister/ 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.
Petition to Greg Hunt
Government Funding for Lupus Research
If you don't know much about Lupus you aren't alone - there is very little public knowledge around this debilitating, chronic disease. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy parts of the body, including vital organs. Sufferers endure chronic fatigue, inability to be in the sun (very difficult in Australia!), chronic pain and illness which affects the ability to work and carry on a normal productive life. There is no cure for Lupus, and there is no single effective treatment, so along with suffering symptoms of the disease, patients also suffer severe toxicity and the risk of long term organ damage from corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs. There is also no singular test for Lupus resulting in many people going undiagnosed, wondering why they feel chronically unwell. Some stats around Lupus in Australia include: 1 in 600 people, or approx 20,000 people in Australia have Lupus 9 out of 10 people with Lupus are women 10% of sufferers will die from this condition before the age of 40 More Australians have Lupus than Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, AIDS and Cystic Fibrosis COMBINED Despite this, there is currently no State or Federal funding in Australia to support Lupus sufferers or research effective treatment or a cure. I want to change this! I want Australia to lead the way and help Lupus sufferers lead normal, full, productive lives. I want this so that my wife who has Lupus can have a life again, I want this so my best-friend who has Lupus can get through the day without pain, I want this so every person who doesn't want to get out of bed in the morning because all it brings is pain and fatigue can wake up excited at what the new day can bring. Please help me and sign this petition for our Health Minister and show how important this is!
Petition to Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten
Amend the Australian Constitution to require the Prime Minister to serve a whole term
Recent history has shown that both major political parties in Australia are incapable of maintaining stable government. This has caused national embarrassment as well as rewarding multiple politicians with all the life-time trimmings given to a Prime Minister, even if they were only a Prime Minister for a short period of time. The Constistution is the big book of rules when it comes to how Australia in governed. The rule book needs to change so that the Governor General appoints the Prime Minister for the full term of the Parliament. The Constitution should rule that A Prime Minister must be appointed for the full term of the Parliament. If the Prime Minister dies or becomes incapable or ineligible to hold office the Governor General should appoint a new Prime Minister for the duration of the Parliament. If the Prime Minister resigns, the Governor General should dissolve both Houses of Parliament and call a general election. This will stop Prime Ministers being pressured to resign. Prime Ministers will still be appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation the party winning an election and forming Government, but once they have made their choice they can’t change it until the next election. This means politicians can then concentrate on good policy and governance rather than who is winning the popularity contest in the polls. A political party will need to get behind their Prime Minister and work as a strong cohesive team for the good of the people in order to get re-elected. By supporting and signing this petition you are asking Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten and every other Federal politician to allow a referendum to change the Constituon to require Prime Minister’s to serve the full term of Parliament.
Petition to Scott Morrison, Mathias Cormann, 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.