Petition to Roche Group - Bill & Imelda & family, Dominic Roche, Mr Damian Roche, Minister Gabrielle Upton, Minister Sarah Mitchell
Don’t bulldoze Aboriginal heritage: save the Butterfly Cave
The Butterfly Cave is incredibly important to Awabakal women and the wider Aboriginal community - but a giant property developer called Roche Group want to destroy thousands of years of Aboriginal women’s history by building a massive housing development only 20 metres away. It’s heartbreaking - the construction will damage our fragile cave and we are desperate to save our sanctuary. If Roche Group is permitted to proceed with their housing development, construction will obliterate the journey path to the Cave and destroy the bushland that is a source of spiritual and physical sustenance. On top of that, Roche Group is demanding women seek permission from them before visiting the site and a manager has threatened us with trespassing for continuing to go into the Butterfly Cave. In the past this manager has spied on us and we find Roche Group’s demands offensive and degrading. The Cave is incredibly special to Aboriginal women. Generations of women have treasured this spiritual place and it continues to be a place of connection and cultural activity to this day. Awabakal women have been urging Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to intervene to save this precious site, but she has ignored our pleas and will not even meet with us. The NSW Government and Lake Macquarie City Council planners couldn’t care less about Aboriginal women’s culture and history and plan to wipe out this most sacred and special place with the flick of their pen. So what are we asking for? What will make ALL the difference? We are asking Minister Upton to increase the 20m buffer zone to 100m. A small change, a monumental difference. Please join us as we fight to save our beautiful, sacred site.
Petition to The Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, Kirsten Mander
ACCESS TO QUALITY AND SAFE DONORS FOR AUSSIES
Many people, single or married, gay or straight, bisexual or transgender will need fertility treatment like IVF/IUI Treatment in Australia and subsequently, sperm & egg donation. Most of them will face the critical shortages of sperm donation in Australia. This is because donation of sperm and eggs is altruistic in Australia and donors cannot be paid to donate. Donors also cannot be anonymous. Allowing commercial human tissue overseas has given clinics hundreds of donors to choose from. But in the state of Victoria, Australia, we can't access large banks like California Cryobank or Xytex or The World Egg Bank due to current legislation. Some of them will access well-meaning but unregulated websites like www.prideangel.com and www.perthspermdonor.com and put up with men offering donations in return for sex. All other states have access to thousands of donor programs but VARTA (Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority) puts up so many road blocks that people are leaving Victoria to access a larger number of high-quality donors. Read these stories from couples desperate to be mums and parents leaving Victoria to access sperm donation. Read this article on how Canberra Fertility in the ACT is bridging this gap. Xytex, a major donor clinic not accessible to Victorians, offers 3 generation medical histories, baby photos, adult photos (on many donors), essays; social information on donor & family members, Kiersey personality tests, donor's first name, audio interviews, and donor photos. Xytex, California Cryobank & The World Egg Bank offer genetic testing for over 200 inherited conditions. They offer thousbands of donors willing to have their identity disclosed when off-spring reaches the age of 18. Yet, Victorian women can’t access these donors because VARTA have gone several steps further with legislation than all other Australian states and territories. THIS HAS TO CHANGE. Let's petition The Hon. Jill Hennessy MP and VARTA to change the legislation. If we win, we'll give Victorian families more access to better quality donors at the very least. SIGN THE PETITION NOW It's a small change that could lead to an overhaul of IVF legislation in Australia and open the door for more families to conceive. We must continue to lobby the government for commercialisation of the egg and sperm donation industry and changes to the legislation. According to VARTA's 2014 annual report, the supply of sperm donors in Victoria has fallen by 23% while the use of donor insemination has almost doubled. Families choosing the alternative “Once we got the all clear from the counsellor (took 48hrs for her to write her report and pass it along) we were sent an email with the available donors from Australia and overseas. We decided on the overseas donor because there was heaps of information and photos which was important to us being gay and all for the child to be able to have something to look at and understand where some qualities stemmed from. The Aussie profiles were very limited in info and no picture.” “Hubby and I had no other option than using Xytex as there are no ACT donors, (at present). Donations are few and far between in Aus in general." Three women share their personal IVF stories
Petition to Bill Shorten, Senator Richard Di Natale, Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Michaelia Cash, Richard Di Natale, Catherine King
My ex invited men to rape me in my own home -- urgently make revenge porn a crime
For four years I’ve lived in fear. My ex was impersonating me online, inviting strangers to my family home to ‘rape, humiliate and torture’ me — it’s been hell. But right now, Malcolm Turnbull is still refusing to make ‘revenge porn’ a crime. He's instead proposing perpetrators of this hate just pay a mere fine. The new laws could be voted on within days. Senators, experts and lawyers are all saying this needs to be criminalised to be effective. Please sign my urgent petition telling Malcolm Turnbull to make this cyber rape a crime and not let women suffer like I have in this hell. These dangerous people need to be in jail. Over 50 strangers have appeared at my family home demanding sex - I still freeze with fear every time the doorbell rings. Images of me are online somewhere without my permission. Even the police admitted there was nothing they could do to help me - police can’t prevent or punish this behaviour unless it is a crime. It’s not good enough that Malcolm Turnbull refuses to make this a criminal act, instead saying these perpetrators of cyber rape only deserve a fine. Women are being left powerless. The UK, USA, Canada and Japan have all introduced specific legislation to protect revenge porn victims - it’s time for Australia to urgently follow their lead. Malcolm Turnbull — don’t allow perpetrators of revenge porn to get away with a fine and leave victims suffering. Make revenge porn a crime.
Petition to Port Stephens Council, Paul Toole, Mike Baird
REMOVE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THUG FROM COUNCIL
Port Stephens Mayor Bruce MacKenzie smashed his wife's face into bathroom tiles and he head butted her. He copped a 12-month AVO for the attack that he explained away as a "misunderstanding".The RED HEART Campaign is calling on NSW Premier Mike Baird and NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole to sack him.Domestic violence abusers do not deserve to hold public office in Australia and they do not deserve to lead communities. Our cities and towns need strong ethical leaders who respect women in every way. Anyone who beats their wives, kids or any woman should feel the repercussions for the rest of their lives - they should not be put on a pedestal! By remaining mayor and a councillor, this man is making a mockery of every woman in Australia who has been killed by a family member. It also makes survivors and victims feel like our country rewards abusers! We don't honour child terrorists so why should we honour domestic violence perpetrators by anointing them mayor? Since January 1, 2016, more than 65 women have been murdered in Australia and most of those killings were allegedly committed by abusive male family members. About one in three Australian women will experience violence at the hands of men in their lifetime, statistics show. the NSW Goverment must act - for the sake of every victim and survivor in Australia. Inaction and silence condone domestic violence. The RED HEART Campaign is a social support service for domestic violence victims and survivors. The campaign provides a platform for women to tell their stories of survival. Find us at https://www.facebook.com/TheREDHEARTCampaign/
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
Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten
URGENT: A Banking Royal Commission to stop Corruption in the CBA and FOS
The reason I have marked this petition as URGENT is because the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) is trying to silence me. On 29 September 2017, under extreme duress, I am being forced to sign a Resolution Agreement of the CBA even though the CBA has acted unlawfully i.e. breached their legal lending obligations under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 and the Code of Banking Practice 2013. I have obtained legal advice to support this. If I do not sign this Resolution Agreement, the CBA will send in their Bailiff and this will place the lives of my family and my life in serious danger. Even if I sign this Resolution Agreement, our lives will still be in serious danger. Even though the Law is on my side, my complaint against the CBA was dismissed by Financial Ombudsman Service Australia (FOS) because FOS ignored the written evidence I provided. Obviously the CBA was unable to provide any evidence. I did not know that FOS would be allowed to get away with this until this happened to me. I then discovered that this corruption has been going on for many years and has destroyed the lives of countless Australians. In the last 6 ½ years there have been 37 Senate Inquiries investigating banking fraud. Despite all the submissions lodged by Australians like myself about the CBA, FOS and Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), nothing has been done by the Australian government. My local Federal Member of Parliament ignored the evidence I provided about the CBA and FOS and has done nothing to help me. I have also contacted the Prime Minister and have not received a response. On 11 April 2017 I lodged a complaint directly with Ian Narev, CBA Chief Executive Officer and provided him with the written evidence to support that the CBA had acted unlawfully in my case. Ian Narev ignored me. He does not tell the truth in his media statements. Because I decided to fight for justice and my FOS Complaint was unnecessarily delayed, I no longer have funds to relocate until I receive the income from the sale of my property, not that I should be forced to sell my property. I am a single 66 year old woman without human support of any kind because my family and close friends have passed away. My family comprises my horses, one of whom has recently gone blind in one eye, and my dog who is completely deaf. Unfortunately many Australians have become indifferent to the suffering of others so I cannot count on one person to help me. If the CBA sends in their Bailiff we will all be man-handled and dumped onto the side of the road with nowhere to go. Our lives will be placed in serious danger. The CBA and FOS do not care. I have read countless stories about the disgusting way the CBA Bailiffs treat women, children, the elderly and animals. It is evident that the CBA targets vulnerable Australians. This behaviour should not be tolerated in a democratic and decent society. I do not have a Facebook account because I have been bullied in the past so I am extremely limited in promoting my petition. I need 5 signatures for my petition to even be viewed on the Change community. I need as many signatures as possible so that the Prime Minister will take notice. The photo I have chosen for my petition was taken in 2009 and shows my dog named Hobson with me. Hobson was an extraordinary boy, incredibly courageous and loyal. Without Hobson by my side, I would not have survived the tragedies and the betrayals I have suffered since Hobson came to me as an 8 weeks old puppy in 2003. Sadly Hobson passed away from Hemangiosarcoma on 28 December 2015. Hobson is my inspiration to fight for justice to save our home and our lives. Hobson is greatly missed by me, his beloved companion Misty and my horses. We are a very close family and we need to stay together. Unconditional Love creates extraordinary connections between all beings.
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.
Petition to Minister Sarah Mitchell, Board of Hammersmith, Minister Gabrielle Upton
The Awabakal women's Butterfly Cave is a sacred place that must be saved!
Dear Ministers - Aboriginal women's business still matters in 2018. The Awabakal women's Butterfly Cave is a sacred site at risk from a Roche Group housing development. Our petition to Save the Butterfly Cave has been signed by over 102,000 people. Each day, more people are made aware of the failure of the NSW Government and Lake Macquarie City Council's planning staff to protect this spiritual site. The fate of the Awabakal women's Butterfly Cave hangs in the balance. The decision to protect the site from McMansions will be made by a handful of non-Indigenous men in positions of power. This is not - and never has been - an equal battle. We ask that the NSW Government takes a philosophical, ethical and moral stand to protect this site. We ask that the Ministers responsible act in the best interests of Aboriginal women, and reject the desecration of Awabakal land by Roche Group. Put culture before profit. Recognise the rights of Aboriginal women to identify and protect sites of significance. Save the Butterfly Cave.