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Petition to Darren Chester, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Darren Chester, Shayne Neumann

A Royal Commission into the Veteran suicide rate in Australia

This is my much-loved son, David. David loved his 20-year career in the Royal Australian Navy. On February 1 this year, my David took his own life after a crippling battle with Post-Traumatic Stress injury. He desperately wanted to stay alive, but David was failed by a broken system that is seeing more than one veteran a week take their own life. More than one death a week. That’s why I am calling for an urgent Royal Commission into veteran suicide rates. This petition is about the systemic failures the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), who had numerous opportunities to save my son and they failed. David was just one of too many veterans losing their battle with PTSD. This failure has created a whole new warzone for our veterans, one they can’t come home from. The people at ADF and DVA want to help, but their hands are tied by protocols and procedures. They are bogged down in paperwork and do nothing for the well-being of those that seek their help. Since WWI, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters and families and friends have been asking for a Royal Commission into the systemic failures that result in the suicide of our veterans. I don't want to be the mother that fights for a Royal Commission and I don't want to be the mother that has lost her child, but in their own words: my hands are tied. I will not stop until we see action by our Government. I owe it not only to my amazing son, David but to all veterans and their families. This is a national tragedy, and something needs to be done about it. I call on the Australian Government to establish a Royal Commission with wide terms of reference to examine and make recommendations regarding the Australian Veteran suicide rate and what can be done in practical terms to address this tragic situation. If you agree that this is a national crisis that needs to end - please, sign and share this petition. Julie-Ann Finney, proud mother of Dave Stafford Finney. If you or someone you know needs help, please phone Lifeline on 131 114, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. This petition was originally started by Phil Essam.

Julie-Ann Finney
200,746 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Australian Parliament

An inquiry into truth in political advertising

To the parliament of Australia, The recent federal election was marred by frankly misleading and deceptive advertising, with the Australian Electoral Commission powerless to act. Clive Palmer spent $60 million dollars on advertising to undermine Labor’s campaign. Whilst Adrian Kelly, president of the Real Estate Institute of Australia, mislead the Australian public by claiming that Labor’s policies on negative gearing and capital gains tax would reduce property prices and increase rent, claims that are not substantiated by economic modelling. Another incident saw signs resembling official AEC signs directing Chinese voters to vote Liberal. Whilst claims that Labor would introduce a death and inheritance tax proliferated on social media and were amplified by the major parties. Make no mistake. This should be a bipartisan issue. Both parties “play dirty” and do “creative calculations” at elections. Labor was caught saying the LNP would cut funds to public schools, when in fact they merely promised to spend less than Labor did. While less than ideal, the issue of spreading misinformation and manipulation of the public by vested interests is growing and will become a problem larger than the major parties. We live in a time when there is an unprecedented capacity to target the electorate through social media and mobile phones. If we want to safeguard our democracy we need to act now, The Australian people deserve the opportunity to make genuinely informed decisions about their representation in government and should not be manipulated by wealthy special interest groups. We call for a government inquiry into how truth in political advertising laws could be implemented. The integrity of our democracy and the faith of the Australian people depends upon it.

Kate Johnson
1,879 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Greg Hunt, Hon Greg Hunt MP

Patients First. Take urgent action for current and future Australian Lyme patients.

The Senate Inquiry into an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme-like illness for many Australians reported on November 30th, 2016. The Final Report indicated the priority was Patients First, stating: "...people are unwell, and they must be helped. It is therefore the committee's primary objective, in this, its final report on this inquiry, to put the patients first."Minister Hunt, it's time for Health Department leadership on Australian Lyme Disease – please take immediate action on the Senate Inquiry Final Report recommendations. Lyme Disease Association of Australia Statement. "The denial of locally acquired Lyme disease is based on a 20+ year old study into ticks which investigated a narrow spectrum of Borrelia and failed to further evaluate other evidence identified. International science has progressed with at least 100 Borrelia strains identified in the U.S. and up to 300 strains globally. (Source: Dr Richard Horowitz M.D.) In 2014 the government confirmed that Australia's official Lyme disease diagnostic pathology tests were ‘discordant’, meaning a negative test does not exclude the disease being present. The LDAA asserts that there is an Australian Lyme disease.  Research has not been urgently prioritised to identify the causative pathogens allowing the incidence of this emerging vector-borne disease to increase unchecked. The suggestion that patients, their carers and doctors should wait years for research projects is unreasonable. Australian Lyme patients are the evidence needed. We request the Government to prioritise Patients First.  Recognise the Lyme-like illness that is making Australians sick and make it an urgent health priority."

Lyme Disease Association of Australia
47,282 supporters