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welfare

6 petitions

Started 4 months ago

Petition to Australian Communications and Media Authority, Federal Trade Commission, Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission, The Hon Dan Tehan MP Minister for Social Services, The Hon Jane Prentice MP Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, The Hon Michael Keenan MP Minister for Human Services

Create a Do Not Call register to protect our pensioners from charities and telemarketing.

Please help me to protect one of our most vulnerable demographics from the onslaught of charity telemarketing. As a daughter of a parent with dementia who is trying desperately to maintain independence, I have serious concerns about the exemptions of charities from the Do Not Call register. Many elderly pensioners in our society are giving away more money than they can afford because they are vulnerable to these charities. They hear terrible stories of people needing help or causes that need support and they naturally want to help. But they are often forgetful, might not be fully aware of their financial situation and are often living on a government pension that barely covers basic living expenses. I’m calling on our government to ensure our pensioners are protected from organisations requesting money through telemarketing by creating a registry specifically for pensioners to register their phone number and no longer allow charities to contact them. The following letter will be delivered to all parties concerned with the regulation of telecommunications and pensioner welfare. ******************************************************************************************** I draw your attention to a serious problem in our society and request your active support to manage the problem. Currently, charitable organisations are exempt from the Do Not Call register. Whilst I understand the need for organisations to garner support from the community, they are often creating hardship for people who are least able to support them, particularly pensioners. I’m a 45 year old woman and I care for my mother who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As scientific evidence suggests, it is important for older people to maintain as much independence as possible. This is especially true when faced with any form of dementia. Over the last year I have had to step in multiple times to rectify my mother’s financial situation. I have spent hours calling charities and cancelling payments and requesting these organisations cease contact. After a couple of months I have to do it all over again. Of course, I could completely take over her finances, but that would only serve to increase her dependence when it’s not otherwise necessary to do so. She is capable of understanding her bills and walking to the post office to pay them. She remembers her PIN numbers and is more than capable of the basic mathematics required to maintain her finances. What she is vulnerable to is organisations calling her with targeted, emotional stories of people or causes that need financial help. Like most Australians of her generation, she comes from an Australia that lends a helping hand when needed, gives people a fair go and offers support. Unfortunately, that’s a very different Australia to the one we live in now. In her generation people didn’t call up asking for money. If they did, they were desperate and people would put their hands in their pockets without question. It would be a rarity. Today, multiple calls can come in a day. Our elderly citizens can’t keep up, sometimes can’t even remember that they’ve already committed money to other causes. Some of them struggle to keep up with the amount of transactions that happen electronically, having lived in a world of cash transactions. All of this is happening while they are living on a meagre pension that barely covers living expenses. A pension they have worked hard for. I’ve had many conversations with older Australians recently and I’m not surprised that this is a common story. The constant bombardment by charities is a very real problem and threat to the financial security of a portion of our society that deserves our respect and protection. More and more elderly people are falling victim to these organisations and deteriorating into financial crisis. I fear they will soon be turning to the very charities they have been coerced to support for their own survival. We, the undersigned, call on our government to ensure our pensioners are protected from organisations requesting money through telemarketing by creating a registry specifically for pensioners to register their phone number and no longer allow charities to contact them. We request legal restrictions be put in place to enforce this register.   

Sarah Cole
460 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Jaala Pulford

CHI'S LEGACY: Include the protection of pet rabbits in Animal Welfare Laws in Australia

Pet Rabbits in Australia are not covered under animal law and rabbits are also considered feral pests, so why does the Australian Government allow uncontrolled breeding of pet rabbits that adds to the feral rabbit population through rabbits being dumped in the Australian landscape?  The feral rabbit population started with 25 rabbits brought into Australia at settlement.  There are colonies of domestic rabbits living in communities in cities all over Australia, the result of dumped pets. Pet rabbits are not covered under Australia Animal Welfare Law, leaving welfare agencies at a disadvantage to deal with animal abuse and neglect.  The lack of laws also means that persons and pounds are not held accountable for abuse, neglect and killing of pet rabbits. In Queensland pet rabbits are banned under an archaic law even if they are desexed and micro chipped. The Australian Government releases the myxomatosis virus but does not allow pet owners to vaccinate their pet rabbits against this deadly virus.  If it were a cat or dog, the community would be outraged. Local pet stores that sell rabbits offer little to no education on rabbit care and sell them to anyone who is willing to pay. Owners are lead to believe that rabbits are cheap and easy pets for children and when they reach puberty or become ill, the majority of owners will not spend money on vet care and discover that the rabbit will bite or run away and they are then surrendered or dumped or taken to the vet to be killed.  Most rabbits are discarded before they reach 12 months old. Pet shops miss-sex baby rabbits and the result is unwanted litters across Australia to families who do not have the funds to desexed the animals and can lead to hoarding situations, giving away to more unsuspecting owners or dumping of excess rabbits. Rabbits are on-demand ovulators and can get pregnant the day they give birth to 6 to 20 rabbits each month and this continues until the mother rabbit dies and the babies are surrendered to rescues, dumped or killed. Pet owners are given no information or incorrect information on rabbit care at point of sale to unsuspecting owners who then discard the animal at puberty or when the child loses interest. Many rabbits end up dumped, neglected, abused, dead, or surrendered to council pounds, which due to the numbers are killed in high numbers. A case from New York... First it was smoking. Then it was jaywalking. Then big sugary drinks. Now New York City wants a bunny ban — specifically, a ban on selling baby rabbits in pet stores. The reason is pretty obvious: rabbits have a very big sexual appetite and they multiply pretty quickly. A bill currently before the City Council would make it illegal for pet shops to "display, offer for sale, deliver, barter, auction, give away, transfer or sell" rabbits. Rabbit Run- away Orphanage works tirelessly keeping the shelter no-kill for these pet rabbits and it is a difficult situation to say the least with hundreds of rabbits coming into the shelter each year now. We are sick of seeing the dumping, killing and neglect of this pet.  As rabbits are breed as pets, they MUST be regulated as with other exotics and cats and dogs. Chi's Legacy asks the Australian Government to develop laws that will protect domestic pet rabbits from abuse, neglect and dumping in the Australian landscape or in pounds across the country, where laws do not protect them and they are euthanaised in unexceptable numbers..  We ask the Australian Government to develop animal welfare laws to protect pet rabbits and to stop the abuse, neglect dumping or killing of our pet rabbits and the contributing that this causes to the feral rabbit population problem.  As an exotic pet, they require regulations to restrict uncontrolled breeding and regulations to control ownership as with other exotic pets. Chi:  Chi was our first stray rabbit who wandered into our lives and taught us about this unique and special species and is the reason Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage exists today.

Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage
3,830 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Sunrise

Sunrise - Please Take Pauline Hanson Off your Show! #NoMoreHanson

Tuning into Sunrise has always been a Great Way to Start Your Day. But lately this has not been the case. Why, because we are all Sick of Seeing & Most of all Hearing the constant Dribble that comes from the mouth of Sunrises New Host Pauline Hanson. Sunrise we have had ENOUGH of your program continually giving airtime to Pauline Hanson, just so she can pedal more of her Political Nonsense! Sunrise we NO LONGER Want To See Pauline Hanson On Your Show! If Sunrise needs an Opinion, then get out on the street's and Ask Us Ordinary & Everyday Australian's of all Backgrounds & Nationalities What We Think?  Please ask us, because OUR OPINION MATTERS! Up until now we have tolerated Pauline on your show but now someone needs to stop and get her off the air and by doing we will send a message to her (and the LNP) that we won't tolerate her latest attack and hate campaign, which she has taken up on-behalf of the LNP against; The Poor, The Ethnic, The Struggling, The Disadvantaged & The Elderly People of Australia, and now they want to brand us and categorise us to our financial and welfare status, when did we become cattle? And didn't something similar to this happen just before the start of WW2 or has Australia forgotten that. This is cruel and just DOWN RIGHT BLOODY WRONG!  And whatever happened to getting a FAIR-GO? Or do we only give a Fair-Go now to the Big Businesses and Foreign Multi-Nationals that earn hundreds of millions of dollars each year which they then syphon off offshore so they can Avoid paying there share of Corporate Tax! Or to the Politicians who think that it's OK to continually abuse there Parliamentary Privileges and Commit Fraudulent Acts! Or the businesses that make Huge Political Donations so there overpriced tenders win Big Government Contracts or they simply donate to gain Political Favour so there Business can benefit (or to gain a monopoly) in New or changes being made to existing Legislation. C'MON FAIR BLOODY GO MATE! So Sunrise - Please Get Pauline Off the Air and start asking the opinion of real Aussies! Oh and Kochie far out mate, I thought you were an educated man but when you start agreeing with Pauline Hanson you sound and appear just as uneducated and idiotic as she does! That's just my opinion!

James Semaj
2,195 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull

Dear Prime Minister: Schoolkids facing poverty need your help to afford a fair education

Across Australia right now, children and their families are struggling to afford the costs of going to school - uniforms, shoes, books, bags, devices, class equipment, school fees, excursions and all the opportunities they’ll miss out on because they don’t have enough money. The Schoolkids Bonus used to help with these costs. It wasn’t just a “bonus” - it was essential for our children’s education. The Abbott Government passed legislation to cut the payment from the start of 2017, and now that it's gone the kids with the least are paying the price. 730,000 kids in Australia are facing poverty, and access to education is their fundamental human right and essential to building a better life. But our education system isn’t free, fair and equal until all kids have the tools and resources they need to fully participate in school and make the most of their opportunities. We like to talk about the fair go, but how can we say our education system is fair when some kids start school at a disadvantage? How is it fair when a child’s fundamental educational needs and opportunities are determined by their parent’s bank balance? Failing to provide for these basic needs means abandoning kids before they’ve walked through the school gates.  Just before the 2016 election, you said "We are determined to break the poverty and welfare cycle and give our most disadvantaged kids a chance." Prove it to us. We’re calling on your Government to provide emergency funds to help disadvantaged kids afford a fair education and guarantee that all children have the tools and resources they need to succeed in their education and build a better future.

The Save the SKB team
880 supporters