Petition to Christian Porter, Scott Morrison, Emma Linton
Stop the Religious Discrimination Bill: the Coalition's "Handmaid's Tale"
The Morrison government has introduced a religious discrimination bill that will allow for blatant discrimination against our society's most vulnerable groups: -Women-Single Mums -LGBTIQ -People with a disability-Ethnically and religiously diverse populations ...all under the guise of religious freedom. This discrimination will occur in all elements of our public life including in:-Medical services-Schools-Offices -HospitalsHere are some examples of allowable behaviour under this bill:-CONTRACEPTION- Pharmacists and doctors may choose not to provide contraception, the morning after pill or the PEP pill on the basis of religious belief -ETHNICALLY DIVERSE- Someone of a minority faith may be told by a staff member that they are a “heathen destined for eternal damnation” (PIAC).-SINGLE MOTHERS- A single mother may be told by daycare staff that she is "sinful for denying her child a father" (PIAC)-LGBTIQ- Laws against programs promoting conversion therapy for the LGBTIQ population are overridden under this bill. Doctors and pharmacists may refuse to prescribe hormone treatments for gender transitions. -A student with a disability may be told by a teacher their disability is a trial imposed by God (PIAC)-A student at a religious school may be punished for deciding that they no longer believe in that religion-A woman may be told by a manager that women should submit to their husbands or that women should not be employed outside the home (PIAC)READ MORE- https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/14/religious-discrimination-bill-what-will-australians-be-allowed-to-say-and-do-if-it-passes?CMP=share_btn_tw&fbclid=IwAR2dPQ64TB3YFls5IX3E0GR2gu775_S-ydr7MWRd_acoj0S_4xDZ836ti9E Our way of life is under threat as a group of religious conservatives and fanatics threaten to persecute women and minority groups. This is not the way of a peaceful, harmonious and secular society. Act now, before Australia becomes Gilead.
Petition to Australian Government
Revoke Bettina Arndt's Australia Day Honours
Men's rights activist (MRA) Bettina Arndt has been recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours list for services “to gender equity through advocacy for men.” As part of these alleged services, Arndt interviewed twice-convicted pedophile Nicolaas Bester for her YouTube channel, in a segment she called "Feminists persecute disgraced teacher." Bester had previously described his sex crimes as "awesome." Despite the domestic violence epidemic in Australia, Arndt has also claimed that programs to combat domestic violence unjustly demonise men—despite the fact that men are overwhelmingly perpetrators—and that the deeply misogynistic culture that produces domestic violence can only be found in countries like Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, but not in Australia, the United States and Britain which are "egalitarian" (despite also being allegedly hostile to men). Men's right's activism of the type Arndt practises and the Australian Government rewards is recognised by the Southern Poverty Law Centre as a product of extremist supremacist ideology; it has no place amongst our national awards.
Petition to QandA , Ita Buttrose
QandA, reinstate the feminist episode from November 4, 2019.
On Monday November 4th, QandA broadcast an all-women and non-binary episode as part of the Wheeler Centre’s Festival of Feminist Ideas. The episode covered many issues of great importance to women, including family violence, and women’s rapes, murders and assaults. It was thought-provoking and different, and a breath of fresh air to hear women frankly discussing issues of critical importance to women’s safety and agency. During the episode, Mona Eltahawy swore several times, and made statements that were deliberately provocative as they were designed to make men think about how they’d feel if they were on the receiving end of violence perpetrated by women. Nayuka Gorrie also referenced potential violence (as a hypothetical stance) in her comments about men’s violence. These comments were no more controversial than QandA’s regular airtime given to climate crisis deniers and other extreme viewpoints, and many other controversial and even completely untrue arguments stated by guests on numerous programs. Despite the fact Mona’s and Nayuka’s comments were designed to be thought-provoking as a way of re-framing the issue of men’s violence, a number of complaints to the show afterwards ensued. Extraordinarily, the ABC took the disgraceful step of removing the episode from iView and issuing a statement deploring the show’s content. The double standards here are extraordinary. Alan Jones can call for women to be “back-handed” and to be choked with socks, and commentators like Andrew Bolt, Eddie McGuire, Mark Latham, Prue McSween and Kerri-Anne Kennerley (among others) can be openly racist and call for all kinds of violence and even murder to be committed, with barely a murmur from their employers. Yet a complex, nuanced conversation about a real and damgerous issue has been shut down. Not only that, but those who have shut it down are the same people who scream “free speech” at every opportunity. Ita Buttrose, Chair of the ABC, has famously stated recently that “political correctness” in Australia has gone too far”. How does she and her colleagues square that view with this sudden removal of a worthwhile program, simply because fewer than several dozen people complained? And how does the ABC expect the general public to care about their #YourRightToKnow campaign, when they so quickly and easily erase the rights of women to hear from those who speak for them? The hypocrisy is truly staggering. We call on the ABC to immediately reinstate this show to your platforms, and issue an apology to all the women who’re appalled it was deleted. Women are regularly silenced by men (who own most media and other powerful organisations) and this deliberate silencing is both unacceptable and enraging. We demand the show is reinstated, and await news that this has occurred. Because it’s OUR ABC - that means ALL OF US, not just a narrow, male-dominated and conservative viewpoint of what is and is not acceptable in Australia in 2019.
Petition to Alan Jones, 2GB RADIO STATION, Australian Communications and Media Authority
Alan Jones must stop using violent language towards women
Alan Jones describes himself as Australia’s most influential and respected radio broadcaster. Yet with that level of responsibility, he then uses his position to repeatedly suggest violence against women. Today he made the following comment regarding NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden: ‘She's a clown, Jacinda Ardern; a complete clown.' 'I just wonder whether Scott Morrison is going to be fully briefed to shove a sock down her throat.' This is not the first time he has suggested violence as a means of dealing with women who don’t comply to his personal or political beliefs. In 2017, seeming to refer to Lord Mayor Clover Moore, he tweeted: ‘$11.3m - can you believe it? You can guess what many people would rather hang 58 metres over George Street...and it's not a Cloud Arch,’ In 2017, referring to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, he warned that her head "was in a noose" over her government's mining policy in the Liverpool Plains. In 2012, he suggested then PM Julia Gillard should be "shoved" in a "chaff bag" and taken "far out to sea". Violence against women in Australia is a serious problem. The statistics below are sobering: On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.1 in 5 Australian women has experienced sexual violence.1 in 6 Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by current or former partner.1 in 4 Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.Australian women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner.Australian women are almost four times more likely than men to be hospitalised after being assaulted by their spouse or partner.Women are more than twice as likely as men to have experienced fear or anxiety due to violence from a former partner.More than two-thirds (68%) of mothers who had children in their care when they experienced violence from their previous partner said their children had seen or heard the violence.Almost one in 10 women (9.4%) have experienced violence by a stranger since the age of 15. It is not appropriate for anyone, let alone media personalities, to suggest violent acts against women with whom one disagrees. Violent language, metaphorical or literal, contributes to an environment where women are not free to speak, and in some cases may validate the violent behaviour of male perpetrators. We call on Alan Jones to publicly apologise for his comments pertaining to the treatment of Jacinda Ardern. We suggest he positions himself instead as an ambassador against violence towards women, working on the ignorance and societal conditions that lead to it continuing. We call on 2GB and it’s sponsors to reconsider and end their association with Alan Jones, given his repeated damaging language directed at women he disagrees with. We believe this is particularly important in our current society where violence against women is pervasive. We do not believe he should be given an ongoing platform to spout his views. We call on Australians to turn off 2GB whilst Alan Jones remains employed. We must all work together to combat violence against women. Dr Kate Ahmad, Dr Anita Hutchison, Dr Kate Johnson for Doctors Against Violence Towards Women https://www.facebook.com/DrsAgainstViolenceTowardWomen/
Petition to Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten
Tired Of Violence Against Women In Australia? Petition For National Royal Commission
Each year, hundreds of women are murdered by men, and thousands more experience extreme violence from intimate partners. More than 60 women were murdered in 2018. This is a national emergency. Clearly what we’re doing right now isn’t working. We are women and men urgently calling on the Prime Minister to establish a Royal Commission into the prevention of violence against women. We need to find better solutions to one of the most urgent crises facing Australian women, and the community as a whole. The Royal Commission would investigate: Current state and federal funding arrangements, The efficacy of frontline services like women’s refuges and community legal centres, The state of education programmes in schools across the country, Whether the legal system is delivering justice for survivors, victims and their families, Whether bail laws and conditions are preventing violent criminals re-offending, From there, the commission would report their findings and recommend solutions. We can’t just accept that this death toll is inevitable. As a nation, we need to do better. Sign this petition if you want to see a stop to the ongoing violence towards women in Australia.
Petition to Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Demand that Australian media stop erasing gender from incidents of violence against women
In the first few months of 2020, 8 women have already been murdered by men in Australia. In 2019, 61 women were murdered by male-perpetrated violence. The media is saturated with terms like “tragedy”-“accident”-“misfortune”-“wiped out”. Their deaths are reported as stand-alone crimes, as mysteries, as victims of some chaotic, random event. But domestic violence is an epidemic. It has deeply embedded roots in our culture, and it is largely committed by men against women and children. Accurate terminology in reporting should reflect this, using words such as intentional killing, domestic violence against women, gendered assault, entitlement and control, epidemic. Let’s demand that Australian news corporations accurately report on the gendered nature of family violence, the power dynamics underlying violence against women and children, and the broader social culture that seeks to erase and thereby condone the continuation of violence against women. stop referring to a murdered woman’s male ex-partner as her “husband”, or to them as a “couple”. stop using dated family photos that show murdered women smiling with their murderers. Nothing will change until we acknowledge the scourge of family violence against women and children and demand that our media outlets accurately report on the gendered nature of this crime. Sign this petition demanding that news agencies in this country start doing their job and stop sanitising violence against women because it’s killing us...literally.
Petition to Christian Porter, Marise Payne
Refer Chief Judge Alstergren to Federal Police for Conspiracy in Sex-Discrimination Case
This is a long story to understand but is extremely important as it affects all women and their right to complaint of sex discrimination without being subjected to public defamation and victimisation. Even more importantly, women should be able to rely upon a Federal court system free from corruption. Please read our story and support us in our fight to ensure no other woman suffers in the same way as Stephanie Coady and, no other family suffers the public defamation for supporting their daughter's rights. Stephanie has spent the last 5 years trying to seek justice for the discrimination and victimisation she suffered in the sport of sailing simply because she is female. She waited patiently for 5 years for her Federal Circuit court hearing. In the meantime the sailing authorities fabricated evidence through an onslaught of illegal retaliatory kangaroo courts to defame and discredit her and her father Paul. Stephanie finally had her day in court only to have all her expert witnesses thrown out and the retrospective kangaroo courts accepted as facts. Her father Paul was her only witness left. The judge ignored all of the evidence in support of Stephanie and defamed Paul as a liar for no reason whatsoever. We have now found out, unfortunately too late for an appeal, that the court appears to have been corrupted. Chief Judge Alstergren communicated with witnesses and intervened in the decision. He was Vice President of the Victorian Olympic Committee and Board Member of the Australian Olympic Committee while the case was with the court. Due to this decision, despite being fully compliant with all IOC and World Sailing rules, Stephanie has been told she does not comply with the Olympic gender rules. We would like the Attorney General to order a retrial and, to refer William Alstergren, John Coates and others to the Federal Police for investigation into conspiracy to defeat justice. We would also like the the Minister for Women to refer the case to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner to investigate why the victimisation provisions, in s94 of the Sex Discrimination Act (Cth), that are designed to protect victims from retaliatory abuse, are unenforceable (Chen v Monash University  244 FCR 424). Background: Stephanie was 16 years old in 2014 when she competed in the Sailing World Cup in Melbourne Australia with her father Paul in the 49er class. On the second day of racing she was aggressively told she could no longer compete as she did not comply with "Olympic Gender Requirements". Her entry was deleted without notice. Women had always been allowed to compete since the class was introduced for the 2000 Olympics and, no announcement has ever been made stating otherwise. Paul lodged 3 formal complaints about the treatment of Stephanie. A retaliatory protest was lodged by Race Management a day out of time. Stephanie was also charged with gross misconduct for violation of the Olympic gender requirements. The misconduct hearing was conducted without either Stephanie or Paul in attendance. Paul did not attend the hearing as the Jury Chairman had chased and physically hit him before confirming they would not be affording him procedural fairness as "we are in charge here not you" and "that's for sailing in the regatta". The jury introduced numerous false claims against Paul which included a ridiculous claim of abusing members of the public. Paul and Stephanie were banned from any further participation in the regatta despite their entries already being deleted. The Jury Chairman then referred Paul for further disciplinary action by Australian Sailing for arguing with the Chairman. They did not take any further action. Not happy with the outcome, juror Bill Bell contacted his friend from World Sailing (WS) David Tillet to organise a WS disciplinary action. A disciplinary panel was organised (which included Tillet). The disciplinary panel took no action and was subsequently disbanded. Stephanie and Paul lodged a complaint of discrimination and victimisation at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Upon receiving the complaint, Tillet told Paul he was going to take retaliatory disciplinary action. Tillet organised another disciplinary action against Paul. The reasons were clearly stated due to the AHRC complaint. Paul was banned from sailing for one year. Paul appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Appeals division against WS and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). CAS Vice President Goran Petersson was the IOC member in charge of the Appeals division. Goran was also President of WS when the alleged gender requirements were introduced. The panel consisted of an IOC member, a director of the company that was the registrar for the disciplinary action and a chairman appointed by the appeals division. IOC Legal Affairs argued the IOC did not approve Olympic events or gender requirements. Australian Sailing (AS) and WS supported this argument. This statement was clearly false although accepted by the CAS. This also prevented Stephanie from taking action against the IOC in the Federal court for approving the 2016 Olympic sailing program. John Coates is Chairman of IOC Legal Affairs. A complaint of corruption was lodged by Paul to the IOC Ethics Commission. This included not only corruption in the CAS and World Sailing, but also evidence of serious criminal links of Dieter Neupert. Nieupert is the Chairman of the highest court of WS and currently Head of the WS Ethics Commission. A complaint was also lodged to the CAS attention John Coates. Paul was denied whistle-blower protection by the IOC and the CAS. The CAS appeal was completely corrupt and dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. Stephanie’s case proceeded to the Federal Circuit Court. In 2017 AS was unsuccessful in having the case summarily dismissed. Judge McNabb found discrimination had occurred and that AS needed to prove it was necessary under the strength, stamina and physique exemption. In 2018 McNabb completely changed his view on the case and was forced to disqualify himself due to comments that amounted to pre-judging of the case. Judge Mercuri was appointed to hear the case. On the first day, all of Stephanie’s witnesses were thrown out on a technical issue with the format of the affidavits. Mercuri refused the request to resubmit the affidavits in the correct format. The courts have found the exemption not to apply to sports such as harness racing, ice hockey, rally driving. Notwithstanding this, Judge Mercuri dismissed Stephanie’s case. We have now found out that the Federal Circuit Court Chief Judge William Alstergren had intervened in the case. Alstergren was appointed to the court late 2017. In 2017 and 2018 he was on the executive board of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Vice President of the Victorian Olympic Committee. CEO of the AOC is Matt Carroll. Carroll was CEO of Australian Sailing when Stephanie was disqualified from racing. John Coates is the President of the AOC. All knew of the appointment of Alstergren to the court. Alstergren knew Australian Sailing’s witnesses personally and Stephanie’s expert witness. Late 2019 Stephanie entered in the 2020 49er World Championships. In 2015 the IOC published gender guidelines that state women can compete against men unrestricted. In 2019 the WS 49er Class Association published legal advice (http://womeninsailing.org/2019-49er-AGM-Pulbished-Document.pdf that stated no Olympic gender requirements exist and that it would be discriminatory to prevent women from competing against men. Notwithstanding this, she was told by WS (http://womeninsailing.org/email_kendall_harris.pdf she did not comply with the gender requirements of the Olympic qualification system. No further information was produced other than a list of Olympic events in the WS regulations. In retaliation for entering the regatta, Australian Sailing attempted to serve a Federal Circuit Court writ on Stephanie at the Coady residence to sue for “indemnity costs”. These are costs above court awarded costs designed to punish claimants. The WS Jury refused to clarify whether they would issue gross misconduct charges against Stephanie if she attended the regatta. Stephanie was forced to withdraw her entry. For more information: womeninsailing.org
Petition to Lyndall Foster
STEM courses must teach more about contributions of women in the field
As a female student in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math), I have always struggled to find female role models in the field to inspire me. Just like me, many other women in STEM face the same struggle - we feel under-represented. This is largely because our courses almost totally focus on the work of men in science. This is why I’m calling for increased representation of women in our STEM curriculum. NSW students in Year 11 or Year 12 Science are learning about nearly 80 male scientists, but only 2 female scientists. This bias in the curriculum conveys to students that a career in science is most appropriate only for men. It incorrectly implies that women have rarely made significant contributions to the field. I want to rectify this imbalance in the curriculum. A simple change to balance representation of females in the curriculum can make STEM accessible to so many more young women. It can inspire them to believe they can be leaders in the field. You can’t be what you can’t see. Let’s alter the curriculum to make it more representative of women. A small step in making the field more inclusive could result in a huge increase in female enrolment and participation. It is high time our curriculum began reflecting this truth. Please sign and share the petition calling on NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to increase representation of women in STEM courses.