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Petition to News Corp., Chris Dore, Annabel Hennessy, Today Show

The Daily Telegraph and Today Show: Apologise and report the facts about birthing at home

On Tues 14th August, 2018 The Daily Telegraph released an article about the birth of Mahli Goetze and her mother Jessie Goetze’s choice to free birth at home. The reporting journalist Annabel Hennessy, despite having the facts provided to her from Jessie, chose to report Jessie’s choice as reckless and position her as a woman promoting dangerous birthing choices. This article was also picked up by Channel 9’s Today Show with the headline “Homebirth Warning” and continued to gain traction around the world using Jessie’s personal homevideo recording of her birth as the backdrop for an array of slanderous opinions about the apparent dangers of birthing at home. Firstly, this is a grossly insulting and painful experience Jessie and her family have had to endure at the hands of these media outlets. But more importantly, Jessie’s video was used to report completely inaccurate information about home and free birth and to share inaccurate opinions about a situation that needs so much more awareness and positive support in Australia. While the countless nasty viewer comments made about the video can be ignored, what can’t be ignored is The Daily Telegraph and Today’s use of this footage to incite fear in to the Australian public and to spark debate on such a crucially influential issue for young women and mothers in Australia. Not to mention the stress this has caused for Jessie personally as a new mother living in rural far North Queensland. Her geographical inability to access a private midwife, distance from a hospital and concern about outdated hospital policies are hugely important issues being faced by Australian women every day - but none of this was discussed. We simply ask that since you opened up the debate that you take responsibility for your inaccurate reporting and give Jessie and the professionals in the women’s health and birthing field the chance to have their say on this topic.  Firstly, we are requesting that Jessie receive a formal apology from The Daily Telegraph and Today for your slanderous treatement of her personal information. And secondly, we ask that you interview Jessie along with other relevantly qualified health care professionals that can provide your audience with the true facts about Jessie’s birth, recent research findings and provide a balanced discussion about the true landscape of birthing in Australia. This is an important issue that is of great interest to the Australian public - let’s do the right thing and report the facts!  

Emma Patrick
2,190 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Alan Joyce

Qantas - Please remove Sky News from your screens

Sky News is broadcast prominently in Qantas lounges and screens on a fleet of planes that traverse the globe. Sky News is representing Australia on behalf of Qantas and is no longer dedicated to news, now often focusing on dividing our nation and driving a wedge between cultures and racially diverse groups.   . Whilst it is not our aim to discourage healthy debate, expression of opinion and freedom of speech we don’t believe these freedoms should extend to racism, bigotry and misogyny without challenge. Our challenge to Qantas, remove Sky News. Update: Sky News invited a NAZI onto their show - he wants a picture of Hitler in every Australian classroom. Does Australia want to be represented to the world as a racist nation? Does Qantas want its brand to stand next to racism? On Sunday July 1, the Outsiders program hosted by Ross Cameron and Rowan Dean aired defamatory, disgusting and sexist comments about a female politician, made by Senator David Leyonhjelm. As always, this offensive rubbish was blared across Qantas’ screens.  Why is a public company that prides itself on inclusion and Australian values paying to spread this nonsense? Qantas passengers have no escape from it. The airline must immediately cease its commercial relationship with Sky News and choose either a news organisation with a belief in the tradition of fairness and balance, or just play cartoons or something instead.

Sleeping Giants
37,121 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Premier Mark McGowan, Ms Michelle Roberts, Hon John McKechnie, Hon John Quigley

Prosecute Crown Casino security guards Umit Gungor and Peter Ross for assault.

  This could happen to you. Security guards assumed they had the right to assault me. They didn't. They used excessive force which Police called reasonable. Police consider Security Guards as a quasi-police force. There have already been several deaths at the hands of Casino Security around the country. The security guards and Police lied, and despite clear CCTV police arrested me. Police used an unsigned statement allegedly written by me and other tampered evidence to try to convict me. The Magistrate threw it out of court and said Ross and Gungor illegally assaulted me, and there should be further investigations into those security guards. But Police refuse to act saying "that is just one man's opinion." That's outrageous. The Western Australian Premier Mr Colin Barnett and the Minister for Police Lisa Harvey wrote saying it is not in the public interest to arrest the pair for assault.  The Parliamentary inspector to the Corruption and Crimes Commission commented on the “injustice first created by the Police in charging you” Police claim the Casino Control Act, the Liquor Control Act and the Criminal Investigation Act protect the security guards. However, the WA Premier, referred to a senior solicitor from the WA Police Prosecuting Division noting “The senior solicitor’s review identified a confused and apparent lack of understanding by both police and the security officers of the legislative parameters surrounding the Casino Control Act, Liquor Control Act and the Criminal Investigation Act …” The Parliamentary Inspector to the CCC said "I considered both statutes in the context of the incident involving you and Messrs Ross and Gungor. It appears to me that s 26 is not applicable in your case. In addition, I cannot see that any provision in the Criminal Investigation Act 2006 (WA) would be likely to provide Messrs Ross and Gungor with a defense to a charge of assaulting you.” There are over 150,000 views of this and related videos on Youtube. This is clearly in the public interest. There is much distrust of the relationship of the Police and Casinos. The lack of action by police fuels this distrust. The public trust the police to do their job competently and correctly. Not to prosecute Ross and Gungor is a betrayal of Public Trust. To see: Police corruption Security Guards lies what happens in the holding cell All videos are stand alone and I apologize for the repetition. Thanks for all your support. Please share this petition.  

Greg Haig
2,844 supporters