Petition to Parliament of Queensland
It's not 1899: abortion should not be a crime.
Pro Choice Queensland’s “It’s not 1899: abortion should not be a crime” petition demands action by the Queensland Parliament to repeal sections 224-226 of the Criminal Code (Qld) 1899 relating to abortion. Queensland has some of the most restrictive laws in the country in relation to abortion, which remains a crime unless it is performed to prevent serious threat to the life or health of a woman. Reliable opinion polling consistently shows that at least 80% of the Australian public support a woman's right to choose. It is estimated that 14,000 women terminate a pregnancy every year in Queensland – not only those women, but also their doctors, could be deemed criminals under these laws. The law was written 117 years ago, drafted from the 1861 UK ‘Offences Against the Person’ Act and today is preventing women in 2016 from making choices about their families, their bodies and their futures. These laws in Queensland significantly impact on women's access to abortion, especially disadvantaged women and those living in rural or remote Queensland. Abortion should not be a crime and should be removed as an offence from the Criminal Code (Qld) 1899.
Petition to René Fasel - President IIHF
Remove the rules enforcing female face cages in International Ice Hockey
In the year 2016 where women's rights and equality are increasingly recognized as a priority in education, business, the military and politics; one might find it hard to believe that women do not have the same equality when choosing their own level of protective gear in not only professional, but amateur sports. In the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) rule book, it states that an adult male may choose to wear either a full face cage on their helmet, or a half face visor. However, minors and ALL females, must wear a full face cage at all levels of ice hockey, from amateur to professional leagues. Whilst most might say it would be 'common sense' to wear a full face cage anyway, the fact that adult females are not given the same right to choose as men, is simply antiquated. We are petitioning the IIHF to review this rule, in an attempt to bring such an internationally loved sport, into the 21st century. We encourage women and men world-wide to join us in making the IIHF aware of our disapproval of these discriminatory rules.
Petition to Peter Dutton
Peter Dutton: I was violated, beaten & tortured - please let me be free!
I’d rather kill myself than return to Iran - to the hell where my stepfather took my innocence by force. But unless Immigration Minister Peter Dutton urgently intervenes by exercising his discretion and allowing me to apply for a partner visa while in Australia, I’ll spend a life in limbo with the never-ending threat of indefinite detention in Australia or forced return to Iran. My life’s been rebuilt in Brisbane. I went to high-school here, made incredible friends and married a beautiful man. But in just a matter of days my bridging visa expires, and unless Minister Dutton allows me to apply for permanent residency, I could be forced back into detention or worse, to Iran. 5 years ago I escaped Iran to Australia after being violated by my stepfather and then by the brother of a friend whose house I escaped to. I was due to be a child bride to a 60-year-old man to “clean up my name”. Mum begged me to flee the country. So I came to Australia where I learnt about what safety, friendship, education and love really is. Last night my fight for freedom featured on the ABC’s Australian Story. But in a week, I could be given two horrific options: return to detention indefinitely or return to Iran where I’ll risk torture, even death. In all honesty, I would rather die in Australia near to my husband and friends than return to Iran. I’m crying as I write this. I’m thinking about my dream: to be a midwife and start a family. I’m working in retail and saving that money to pay for further education in health science. Please. Ask the government to show some compassion. Sign and share my petition to help me live my new life here, so I can help deliver new lives for you.
Petition to Gabrielle Upton MP, NSW Director of Public Prosecutions, The Honourable Gabrielle Upton, MP the Attorney General of NSW, Director Department of Justice NSW, Mike Baird Premier of New South Wales, Adrian Piccoli MP
Justice for Stephanie Scott
This is a petition to the NSW Department of Public Prosecutions to appeal the pathetic 15 month sentence handed down to Marcus Stanford for being an accessory after the fact of Steph's murder by his brother Vincent. I was a part of the search party for Stephanie Scott - before we found out that she’d been raped and murdered at the school where she worked. The news rocked our community. Now I’ve just heard that the man who covered up her murder will be let out 15 days - it makes me sick. Steph was my daughter's teacher and friend - the memories of the desperate search for her are etched in my mind. It’s a horrendous blow to us all that this man who helped Stephanie’s killer cover up her murder has only been sentenced to 15 months in prison. He even took her wedding rings and jewellery to a pawn shop to cash in on her death. This man will be out of prison in just over two weeks. The injustice is shocking. I cannot imagine how Stephanie’s family are feeling knowing that someone who played such a key role in their daughter’s death is getting off so lightly. His sentence is pathetic - please sign & share my petition for the Department of Public Prosecutions to appeal this sentence!
Petition to Electronic Arts
Gender Equality in FIFA Ultimate Team
The world game is a substantial and significant part of millions of lives. Football is one of the worlds greatest treasures, showcasing a broad range of talent, action, and excitement. For years and years we have been witness to the ascension of greatness in the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. However, an often overseen and overlooked form of greatness is within the Women's leagues globally. With talents such as Alex Morgan and Marta Vieira da Silva taking the world by storm in the non conventional way, in a sport primarily dominated by males, these superstars of our generation are overlooked. EA FIFA 17 allowed us the pleasure of playing Women's teams, however, one feature significantly overlooked by the gaming mega giant was, Women's FIFA Ultimate Team. This is a massive oversight by the developers, and does not show that you can make an equally amazing team with Women's talent, as you can with the male teams. It's time for change, it was started in 2017, however, change is an ongoing journey and we need more. We need to be able to create a team of elite female sportsmen to show that they too, can achieve greatness and they too are wanted in the game. We need to demonstrate that above all else, diversity will prevail and that we can challenge the norm. EA, this is your chance, be a leader, be the gaming mega giant we need, implement Women's FIFA Ultimate Team in FIFA 18 through a patch. I implore you, dont let this oversight go on any longer.
Petition to Libby Lyons
Take Action for Workplace Equality
In today’s society, 46% of Australian employees are women and only 26% of organisations have women employed in leadership roles (Women in Leadership Summit, 2017). These statistics make it clear that a hiring bias still exists and influences all areas of the workforce. More specifically, the top levels of management remain heavily male-dominated, with just 15.4% of CEO positions held by women (Workplace Gender Equality Agency, 2017).By some estimates, gender equality in the workplace won’t be achieved until 2095 (UN Women, 2016). That’s not good enough. As we prepare to enter the workforce as new graduate health professionals, we want to enter a workforce that provides us with the equal opportunity to succeed and progress throughout our career to the same extent as our male counterparts. With 49.7% of the workplace consisting of women, why do they not have the same opportunities? (Workplace Gender Equality Agency, 2017) The inequality lies in the hiring process; where companies and organisations may recruit differently, create different position descriptions, have different expectations, or promote differently depending on whether you are a male or female.The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a document outlining the fundamental human rights that are universally protected. The hiring bias is non-compliant with UDHR Article 23.1: Article 23.1: Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. Gender inequality in the workplace, more specifically the hiring bias results in unequal opportunities for women to attain leadership roles. As such, conditions of the workplace are unjust where women are limited in choice of positions in the workplace. Join our call to action! We need your help to push for policy amendments to the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012) to promote accountability for gender equality within the recruitment process. The Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012) currently requires all employers with 100 or more employees to report against a set of standardised gender equality indicators each year. Workplaces with more than 500 employees are required to reach a minimum standard, however workplaces under this capacity are not required to meet any criterion. The current data presented by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency represents only 40% of employees in Australia. This highlights that the majority of Australian workplaces are not currently being held accountable for gender equality in the workplace. Sign the petition to make more workplaces responsible for gender equality. We are calling for Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, to work in partnership with us to reduce the size of businesses required to comply with minimum gender equality standards. Join us in calling to reduce the current business size required to meet minimum standards from 500 to 100 employees. This will increase the number of businesses supporting women in the workplace, taking a step towards achieving gender equality throughout the country.Help us to make a change in the workforce for our daughters, granddaughters, nieces and sisters. Let’s create a culture where women are empowered and able to achieve their career goals, no matter how high. References: Women in Leadership Summit. (2017). Women in Leadership Summit. Retrieved from: https://www.wilsummit.com.au/UN Women. (2016). Take Action for Workplace Equality. Retrieved from http://www.heforshe.org/en/take-action/work Workplace Gender Equality Agency. (2017). Australia’s Gender Equality Scorecard. Retrieved from: https://www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/80653_2015-16-gender-equality-scorecard.pdf
Petition to Martin Foley
Remove my attacker from his government funded housing. I'm not safe in my own home!
Dear Mr Foley, I am writing to you about the intolerable and terrifying position I find myself in. In 2013, I beat the odds and purchased my first home. Excitement quickly turned to fear, when I realised that my beloved home shares a wall with a DHHS property that contains a seemingly violent, mentally unstable man. After over a year of sleepless nights, due to disturbances, vandalism and arson (all of which were reported to police by multiple members of the community), my neighbour physically assaulted me. Unprovoked. DHHS's response? Go back and let it happen again so we can establish a pattern of violent behaviour. Yes. Much to my disbelief, after over a year of begging them to help their own client, I was quite literally asked to subject myself to more physical violence. I don't really need to point out that this is an utter disgrace, do I? Would you expect the women in your life to live with the undeniable danger that I do? My home has been vacant since May of 2016. The mortgage still has to be paid, but my home is uninhabitable. Police are powerless. My assailant simply denies any allegations made against him. CCTV is well beyond my already overstretched budget and I am yet to find an affordable way to get this terrifying issue to court. The man in question is quite obviously in dire need of mental health assistance and a much higher level of care and supervision. Under DHHS policy, it seems he is allowed to refuse such assistance, but can still be provided with a home and commit assault, arson, illegal occupation of private land, vandalism and disturbance of the peace. Have you ever had to try to sleep, wondering if you'll burn alive before you wake? Or walk to your car in fear of being stabbed or beaten? Or wondered how many consecutive nights of lengthy noise disturbances you can endure before you are no longer able to perform your job? I have. Every day. With no foreseeable end in sight. These are not the thoughts of an alarmist. These concerns were then and continue now to be very real. Just yesterday, I visited my home to find the front window smashed and a fresh coat of spray paint menacingly adorning the property. DHHS policies have facilitated the placement of a dangerously unwell man into the community. It is unacceptable that a more appropriate level of care is not provided for him. It is utterly abhorrent that I am expected to live in fear next door to my attacker. It seems no one can help me because our current laws and government policies dictate that this situation is perfectly acceptable. Acceptable it most certainly is not. It's inhumane.
Petition to Frontier Touring
Bring Drake to Perth
We the people of Perth are sick and tired of being skipped by large artists during their world tours. The latest to subject us to this injustice is none other than Drake. Realeasing his Aus/NZ tour dates for his 'Boy Meets World' tour on the 6th of September, they decided to bring multiple shows to both Sydney and Melbourne yet none to Perth. I personally find this as a show of pure disrespect to Western Australia, and as a state we must rise and show that we cannot simply be forgotten off of these tours. By signing this petition and bringing arguably one of the biggest names in the music industry to Perth, we show to all other artists the we are a stop they must have on their list on their Autralian tours.