Petition to Christian Porter
Save NSW Rape Crisis Centre
***TRIGGER WARNING** Imagine having been attacked, violated - perhaps by someone close to you, perhaps on a night out. Maybe it was years ago and you're only just now getting the courage to talk about it. The NSW Rape Crisis Centre desperately needs funding or it will close. It's the only state-wide, 24/7 service for anyone - male or female - who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault. For years it's been doing an excellent job, guiding people through the mire, assisting victims giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and helping the NRL overhaul its attitudes to women. Now due to the loss of a major government contract, the NGO may have to liquidate in order to pay the redundancies of a large number of staff. Let's tell the Federal and State governments that we want our crisis service saved! If you need to talk, you can contact the NSW Rape Crisis Centre on 1800 424 017 or you can visit the website http://www.nswrapecrisis.com.au/ More information: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/nsw-rape-crisis-centre-faces-closure-dozens-set-to-lose-jobs-20171012-gyzdc8.html
Petition to Bill Shorten, Senator Richard Di Natale, Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Michaelia Cash, Richard Di Natale, Catherine King
Malcolm Turnbull: my ex invited men to rape me in my own home, introduce revenge porn laws
For four years I’ve lived in fear. I didn’t know that my ex was impersonating me online - inviting strangers to my home to ‘rape me’, ‘humiliate me’ and ‘torture me’. But Australia’s lack of revenge porn laws means this brutal act of cyber rape is not illegal. 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 - they can’t prevent or punish this behaviour unless it is a crime. Revenge porn is a modern day crime. Australian laws need to keep up with the speed with the online world to protect women across Australia - currently left powerless from these online attacks. 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. Please help share my story. Malcolm Turnbull must introduce revenge porn laws to protect Australian women from cyber rape
Petition to Australian Government, Hon. Mitch Fifield
Criminalise 'Image-Based Sexual Abuse'
Australia needs to criminalise 'image-based sexual abuse'. This includes but is not limited to: revenge porn - the non-consensual sharing of intimate images; morphed porn - the non-consensual doctoring of ordinary images into pornographic material; and parasite porn - the non-consensual sharing of ordinary images onto pornographic websites. Online sexual exploitation can happen to anyone but it primarily affects women. It is used as a tool by perpetrators to harm, intimidate, control, threaten, misrepresent or sexually objectify their victims. Technology-facilitated abuse can cause significant harm to victims including emotional distress, violation, shame, humiliation, damage to their reputation and employability and disruption to their employment or education. Victims can fear for their safety and have suicidal thoughts and/or attempt suicide. A national inquiry on 'revenge porn' has already taken place, and in early 2016 the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee recommended in a report that the Commonwealth Government and the states/territories make the 'non-consensual sharing of intimate images' a criminal offence. The Commonwealth and the majority of our states/territories are yet to enact such laws or any laws that specifically tackle sexual cybercrime in its various forms. (Seriously Australia, the US, UK, Wales, Canada and New Zealand are already on top of it) Despite the Committee’s recommendations, the Federal Government has shifted its focus to civil penalties, in part due to the distressing and slow nature of criminal proceedings. A move which raises significant concerns because pursuing civil actions are arguably the most costly, lengthy, inaccessible and emotionally taxing features of our entire legal system. The criminalisation of ‘image-based sexual abuse’ would not only provide justice for victims but would also serve as a powerful deterrent. Whilst there are challenges in enforcing laws in this area, such as matters of jurisdiction, the potential anonymity of perpetrators and the rapid dissemination of online material. The Commonwealth does have the tools to fight sexual cybercrime through empowering government agencies such as the recently expanded Office of the eSafety Commissioner, the AFP, and working with internet and social media providers. Federal Government - A reporting tool won't be enough, please criminalise 'image-based sexual abuse'.
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 Hillary Clinton
WOMEN SHOULD HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES AS MEN!!!!!!!
In recent decades, women in Australia have made significant strides towards achieving equality with men. At universities, in workplaces, in boardrooms and in government, a growing number of women have taken on leadership roles, forging pathways for other women and girls to follow. In 1984, the Sex Discrimination Act came into force, making it against the law discrimination to discriminate against someone on the basis of gender, sexuality, marital status, family responsibilities or because they are pregnant. The Act, which gives effect to Australia’s international human rights obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, has played an important role in changing community attitudes and helping advance gender equality in this country. Despite this progress, women and girls continue to experience inequality and discrimination in many important parts of their lives, which can limit the choices and opportunities available to them
Petition to Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), Council of the European Union, European Parliament, European Commission
#Justice for 668Babies, 17,000Women, and all innocents allegedly arrested by TurkishRegime
In recent years, Turkey has experienced a sharp declining trend in almost all democratic indicators, including civil, political, economic and social rights, freedom of expression and media. Apart from these, the violation of human rights against women and children have been in a disturbingly rising pattern. However, the situation deteriorated substantially in the aftermath of the attempted, doubtful coup of July, 2016. After the failed coup, Turkish regime boosted the witch-hunt (which the government started after uncovering of their huge bribery) under an umbrella of the state of emergency calling the coup attempt "a gift from God". By the end of August 2017, there are 668 children under age 6 in jails with their mothers who are denied their right to nutritious food and access to basic healthcare. Age Number of children0-12 months 1491-3 years 3814-6 years 127 The mothers of these children are just 668 of 17,000 women who have imprisoned allegedly, who face torture, abuse, and ill-treatment in Turkey prisons, not having a fair trial. Most alarming, since July 15, 2016 147,932 got sacked 130,214 detained 62,211 arrested 3,003 schools, dormitories, and universities shut down 5,946 academics lost jobs 4,463 judges, prosecutors dismissed 187 media outlets shut down 308 journalists arrested as of December 5, 2017, with increase day after day So, I think it is an important time for everyone to collaborate, from all parts of the world, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, and creed, hand in hand, to stop this tragedy, to support babies, women, journalists, judges, prosecutors, human rights defenders (incl. Amnesty International's Turkey staff) and many innocent others who are crushed under tyranny of Turkish dictatorial regime, who are imprisoned without any evidence, any trial. It is an important time to show that we can really succor each other from other parts of the world! Let us demonstrate that it is possible to change, to put pressure on a dictatorial regime and to force the authoritarians to follow democracy with the solidarity of nations. Let us request from related organizations worldwide to put pressure on Turkish Government to: release mothers of 668 babies at least on pending trial, stop torture and ill-treatment against detainees and prisoners, including especially against women, stop witch-hunt under the umbrella of state of emergency regime, dismissing, detaining and imprisoning people allegedly, release human rights defenders, including Amnesty International Turkey staff. stop abducting people by mafiatic ways I hope we all, together with you, will be able to mobilize some related organizations including United Nations, European Court of Human Rights and parliaments of most countries as much as possible. And I hope this petition will also be an example of solidarity of nations, an example that will give hope to all victims of unlawfulness around the world. You can sign the following petition also: #668BabiesToPrison For more information about what is going wrong in Turkey and the consequences of the collapse of law, visit: https://turkeypurge.com/ http://jwf.org/reports/
Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Hon. Yvette D'Ath
TICA = Homelessness in Aus - Petition govt. for Royal Commission into TICA & Real Estates.
“TICA” = Homelessness to thousands of families, and thousands of people – TICA is the largest tenancy database in Aus. with 300 000 names and over 3 million records (Stats 2010), defames/blacklists people - with no court order necessary - and prevents them from obtaining accommodation. It is the single leading cause creating homelessness in Australia… Petition our government to hold a Royal Commission into the businesses practices of TICA and Real estates! TICA is owned by Philip and Marina Nounnis who have made tens and millions of dollars, since 1992, from the grief being caused to thousands… The grief that can be lethal - even ‘just’ the threat of homelessness, can be lethal… People die because of homelessness (R.I.P. Shel) and people kill because of homelessness (R.I.P Rachael). The United Nation Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 25: “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing and housing…”. Not so, according to Mr Philip Nounnis… “tenants do not deserve the right to impose their habits on innocent landlords by claiming that housing is a human right….” (ABC interview 2010). Mr Nounnis also boasted of a “New product called virtual manager, which allows landlords and agents to see when a tenant applies for another property”. This database is not about managing a property one has already leased out. This is about TICA taking information from application forms and automatically notifying past Real estates. It’s a “virtual stalker”. Does this constitute the criminal act of ‘stalking’? As one of the media articles on his TICA website titled “stalking Tenants” suggests? In legal procedures and affidavits, Mr Nounnis swears this database is a “searches database”. But an exhibit of this database shows “more info” and “Delete” options – options that are not part of a “searches” database. Does Mr Philip Nounnis deposing only of a “searches” database, and omitting any mention of his “virtual manager” in court proceedings and affidavit - constitute perjury? TICA is storing personal information on its databases which we do not allow our Govt. to keep, let alone sell to whoever is willing to pay…TICA is an unregulated business, as are Real estates in general. Accommodation is the ONLY unregulated industry of services and products that are essential for human life. Despite Real Estates always receiving the highest number of consumer complaints - have you ever heard of an RE agent having his/her license revoked? Or suffering any penalty whatsoever from our courts? Any fines? Any Anything? And remember, Politicians and the Judiciary are not tenants of their own homes, but the Landlords of other peoples’…Is it in their best interests to assert Tenants Rights? A campaign to educate our Judiciary on the leading cause of homelessness in Aus. is not too great a request… We can be sure of the ignorance and apathy of those in their taxpayer-funded ivory towers when they make such comments, as the QCAT Adjudicator expressed his belief that a person cannot be prevented from leaving a property unless “someone handcuffs you to the property”, or a District Court Judge suggesting that the homelessness caused by defamation on the TICA website can be resolved through “public housing”, or the Supreme Court Judge advising the resolution of homelessness: “You normally don’t get that through a Court, you get that through renting a property”, and “Courts don’t normally order people to provide accommodation to other people”. The bias and stereotyping of Tenants are entrenched… And it begins with accepting disputes between Tenants and Landlords should be resolved in small claims courts, as they are currently, where REs are usually making claims for a few hundred dollars. A Tenant’s claim may be a matter of life and death. A tenant’s allegations may be of criminality including Fraud (leasing a property which is/becomes inhabitable or with non-functioning attributes), Trespassing (No entry notice or false entry notices), Extortion (making demands for monies not owed with threats, example - blacklisting on TICA to prevent one from obtaining accommodation if money not paid), to serious invasions of Privacy and more….We need a government body to examine complaints made against TICA and Real estates…Dividing these complaints between small claims courts, consumer, corruption or privacy commissions and others, not only is more expensive than one central body but also ‘waters down’ the mass of claims (and the mass is massive!!!). A govt. body with a govt. maintained register (similar to TICA but in reverse, sounds like Justice, Yes?). When too many complaints or serious or criminal complaints are received about TICA or a Real estate. The Govt. needs to investigate and prosecute, and start by cancelling business licenses. They have no right to deal with members of the public… PUNISHING ONE REAL ESTATE IS A WARNING TO ALL REAL ESTATES. Legislation making TICA inform people of entries which have been made in their name, and only charging the cost it takes to do such, not the $5.45 per minute current cost of the phone line, being the ONLY way a non-member can contact them. Or charging $55 for every year included in an email when one requests the history on the website… Making a profit from a person by selling them the personal information being stored about themselves, it is as wrong as it sounds…. We need to petition the government to make legislation that protects Tenants. Legislation that prevents a Real estate from making any Blacklisting on the TICA website whilst matters are before a court/tribunal (an accepted practice in our legal process already, except in tenancy disputes), legislation that prevents RE’s from blacklisting when a tenant is still in their property... NO-ONE SHOULD BE LEFT OUT(SIDE).
Petition to The Hon. Tony Smith MP, The Hon. Scott Ryan
Stop Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking at Parliament House!
Dear Mr Speaker and Mr President, We the people of the Commonwealth of Australia, hereby request that Milo Yiannopoulos be prohibited from speaking at Parliament House; and barred from addressing any members of Parliament in any venue endorsed or supported by a member of the House. Though it can be acknowledged that Yiannopoulos has the right to express himself, it is the unanimous belief of The People that the views and opinions of Yiannopoulos do not belong in Parliament or any venue endorsed by the Australian Government. To allow Yiannopoulos an opportunity to express his opinions at Parliament House is a sign to The People that the Australian Government is tolerant of people who express views which undermine the fairness, diversity and equality of Australian culture. By allowing people such as Yiannopoulos a platform to address the Members of Parliament, the Australian Government fails in its responsibility to The People, and its commitment to the UN Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 1995. This commitment is dedicated to building a political and social environment which promotes equality. A commitment which Yiannopoulos plays no role in, nor shows any support for. We urge you to listen to The Australian People and review the decision to allow Parliament House to be used as a platform for promoting Yiannopoulos' views which violate Australian principles. Yours Faithfully, The Australian People