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Petition to Cathy McGowan, Senator Penny Wong, Greg Hunt MP, Catherine King

Stop HIV Stigma. Australia Needs a New National HIV Campaign.

My name is Cath, I love my life in country Victoria, I love horse-riding, and I love my community. I am also a woman living with HIV. I'm calling for a new national HIV campaign because I want to stop HIV stigma. You might have seen HIV making national news recently after a byelection candidate was falsely accused of living with HIV. As a woman living with HIV does this mean that HIV would prevent me from reaching my potential as a political candidate? Would no one vote for me because I was living with HIV? Does having HIV mean I am incapable of participating wholly in my community? When HIV is still used as a smear against people, it makes me afraid that we haven't moved from the dark days of the 80s and 90s.  For nearly 40 years we have lived with HIV stigma, despite the fact that for over 20 years, HIV treatments have been so effective in suppressing the virus. You may have heard of Undetectable = Untransmittable, or U=U. It means that anyone living with HIV, on effective treatment, poses ZERO risk to their partners. That's right: U=U means zero risk of HIV transmission. But you might not have heard this life saving, life-changing news. That's understandable though. Did you know the only national, far-reaching HIV campaign to ever run in Australia was the Grim Reaper campaign in 1987. Many of us will never forget that TV ad. Now, we need something just as effective to spread the good news.  Things have changed so much since 1987, but one thing that hasn't changed fast enough is ending HIV stigma. It's the reason why people still are using HIV as a dirty trick in a political campaign, why people living with HIV experience discrimination and isolation.  Will you help me bring Australia's understanding of HIV into the 21st century? I can't do it alone.  

Cath Smith
2,391 supporters
This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to Scott Morrison, Greg Hunt MP, Bill Shorten, Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Catherine King, Julie Bishop, Tanya Plibersek, Janet Rice

Axe The TamponTax #BloodyOutrage

There’s no womb in society for a tampon tax. Did you know there is a GST on Tampons AND they are called a ‘luxury’?  I don’t know about you, but they don’t seem like a luxury to me. Condoms, lubricant, incontinence pads or sunscreen on the other hand are GST free. What’s with that?  It’s a bloody outrage. Putting a tax on products women need as a direct consequence of their biology is fundamentally sexist.It’s a stain on our national image. Half the population of Australia -- approximately 10 million women -- will pay tax on these products for the greater part of their lifetime. Costing us about $1000 for buying an essential health product. The Tampon Tax is ridiculous. Period. Luckily, women of childbearing age - those of us who need tampons - will be key voters in the upcoming election. So they'll need to listen if they want to woo us for our votes!It’s a bleeding disgrace. As Australians, as voters, as women, we request that the Federal Government the Opposition end this inherently sexist and unfair unfair tax. This tax is really cramping my style. Tampons belong on the GST free health products list - they're not a luxury. They're a necessity. Can you help me out by sharing the petition on Twitter and Facebook -- with all your friends and everyone else? Let's pull the plug on the Tampon Tax! #BloodyOutrage

Sophie Liley
74,406 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten

Domestic and family violence has no home in Australia

It is estimated that one in four Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of a current or former male partner. The number of women and children escaping violence and seeking a safe place to call home is increasing each year, but the Federal Government does not have a national strategy to ensure access to safe and affordable housing. If you’re escaping domestic and family violence having affordable housing options and appropriate support can mean the difference between being able to safely leave the violence or not. We need political will from all parties to address domestic and family violence, including delivering the full range of safe and affordable housing options women and children so urgently need.  This includes crisis accommodation, social and affordable housing and where it is safe financial support to remain at home. This election, all political leaders need to commit to a national domestic and family violence strategy that includes the full range of safe and affordable housing options. Now is the time for us to stand together to make a change so that women and children escaping domestic and family violence have a home to go to. Domestic and family violence has no home in Australia. Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten - this election our vote will be for a party that commits to investment in affordable housing to support women and their children to be safe from domestic and family violence.

478 supporters