Petition to Richard Goyder
Expand the AFLW in 2018
Support for the 2017 AFLW competition has been overwhelming. From a lock out crowd of over 20,000 at the opening game, the AFLW consistently exceeded expectations. The Commission underestimated both the appeal of women's footy and the pent-up demand from players and fans. The Commission has the power to grant additional licences, and at least two more Victorian clubs are ready with a women's team. The AFLW strengthens footy. It attracts significant numbers of new players, spectators and fans to our great game, and opens important pathways and choices to athletes. It offers a new and distinct experience for footy fans. In 2017 they embraced the opportunity to watch footy at suburban grounds, and mix with players and fellow fans in a more grassroots, relaxed atmosphere. The commission is worried about a depth of talent. But young women are now playing in greater numbers than ever, supported by better development and training opportunities. The next Erin Phillips, Daisy Pearce or Darcy Vescio is waiting, and this season's good ordinary players will come back better and stronger in 2018. As fans, we'll continue (as we do for the men's teams) to forgive sloppy skills and less-than-polished teamwork for the excitement, the competitiveness, and the glimpses of magic. The AFLW needs to expand - the sooner the better.
Petition to NRL - National Rugby League
Ben Cummins to be dropped from refereeing any finals match in 2017
Rugby League's integrity is being tarnished by the capability of its match officials. Too many times in seasons gone by has a match been affected by poor decisions by the on field referee. This has been the case for Ben Cummins, a senior referee within the NRL. His poor decisions on the field continue to detract from the spectacle of rugby league and this man needs to be dropped for the remainder of the 2017 finals series. As fans of the game, who are invested in our teams so deeply, to have his incompetence potentially end a teams season would be disastrous.
Petition to International Olympic Committee
Bring the Summer Olympics Back Home to Greece
"Simple solutions are born from simple people. Only complex people argue for complex solutions". The first modern Olympics were held in Athens in 1896. Since then, Greece has called for the Olympics to be permanently brought back home to Greece. It's not just Greece proposing the idea. There is a groundswell of support for the idea from commentators, analysts, columnists and newspapers around the world. Those speaking out in support of a permanent home for the Olympics point to deficiencies in the host city bidding process, the massive cost to cities to build the infrastructure necessary to host the Olympics, and the fact that many of these projects simply go to waste after the Olympics are over. Hosting the Games in a permanent location helps to address all of these problems. If the Olympics, meant to symbolise and concentrate all that is good about humankind, become nothing more than a vehicle for despots and dictators to line their pockets while further tightening the clamps on their citizens, then we've failed. Bringing the Olympics back to Greece will neutralise the International Olympic Committee's power, allow Greece to decide what's good or bad, and eliminate the need for host countries to spend millions on infrastructure doomed to decay. Bringing the Olympics back home to Greece would only need infrastructure to be built once and then updated and maintained. It would help the Greek economy toward recovery, and send a clear message that one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles is more than a tool for dictators and connected contractors to consolidate wealth and power. It would be fitting to bring the Games back to their ancient and natural home. I urge you to consider the idea and hope you will find, as I have, that a permanent home for the summer Olympics in Greece is the most practical, rational, logical, and hopeful way forward toward strengthening the Olympics for generations to come. Give the Greeks a chance to perfect their invention.
Petition to Channel 7, AFL
Get Wayne Carey off AFL broadcasts
If Channel 7 and the AFL want to show that they're serious about tackling domestic violence, they need to take Wayne Carey off the air immediately. Carey has previously pleaded guilty to sexual assault. He's admitted that he grabbed a stranger's chest and asked "why don't you get a bigger pair of tits". He smashed a wine glass in his then-girlfriend's face. He kicked a female police officer in the mouth. He left his wife for a model, 6 weeks before the birth of his daughter. Is that enough reasons yet? By continuing to let Carey commentate AFL, Channel 7 is saying they don't care about women. They're telling their almost-eight million viewers that women don't deserve to be safe. They're showing us that you can assault multiple women and still have your opinions heard every week. They're also telling millions of young boys and men around the country that Carey's behaviour is okay; that you can be repeatedly violent and openly sexist and get away with it. That's why we're demanding that he be taken off air immediately. Enough is enough.
Petition to Elected members
Development of an Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic & Recreation Centre for Mt Gambier & Surrounds
We want to encourage the community of Mount Gambier and surrounding regions to make their voice heard regarding the need for an indoor/outdoor aquatic and recreation centre.
Petition to Gillon McLachlan, AFL
AFL Anzac Day Clash should be a Grand Final Rematch
The Anzac Day clash has become an amazing tradition, a true spectacle when the game is close. Claims that the concept was a Kevin Sheedy invention are simply not true, both the SANFL and VFL regularly had Anzac fixtures with the SANFL starting theirs in 1949. It is simply not equitable to the remaining clubs that Essendon and Collingwood have a lock on Anzac Day. Sign this petition for the AFL to change the Anzac Day clash to a Grand Final replay, this will help ensure this important game is shared between all clubs and is less prone to blow outs with one team dominating another.
Petition to Sydney Girls U17 Team
Help Us Go To Nationals
Dear all, We are the Sydney Girls u17 volleyball team, this year we would like to be given the opportunity to compete at national level in Melbourne. We have had many successful games and would like to continue our journey of volleyball towards Melbourne. However, our school won't be letting us participate unless we are able to show that we deserve to go and that we really want this to happen and to be given this opportunity to play, To do this we will be needing 1000 signatures to show that we are determined to compete. Please help us by signing this petition to convince our school to support us and allow us to go to Melbourne. Thank you, The Sydney Girls U17 Team