Petition to Theresa May PM
Investigate David Cameron and stop victimising me for whistle blowing
When I started whistle blowing as a teacher at Newham College in East London, I could not have imagined the injustice and corruption I was to face. Despite my efforts, the wrongdoing is still being covered up. I was let down by David Cameron and victimised by the employment tribunal for whistle blowing. As the Government calls on teachers to report concerns, it is in the public interest that they tell you why I was victimised. In July 2016, I raised a complaint that the Prime Minister, David Cameron had breached the ministerial code and brought the House into disrepute. The complaint related to my letters from 2011 to Mr Cameron about whistle blowing and wrongdoing at Newham College as well as injustice and misconduct involving the employment tribunal. I had told David Cameron that data irregularities, the sexual harassment of students and other wrongdoing had been covered up by Newham College and the regulatory agencies. Also, that there was evidence of wider corruption including concerns about the employment tribunal when I brought claims against the College. I can show the tribunal falsified evidence in my case to wrongly accuse me of 'inventing' the student harassment amongst other matters. They did this to cover up perjury and other wrongdoing by Newham College including that I had been injured and harassed for whistle blowing. In response, David Cameron made a referral to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in 2011 to investigate Newham College but then he failed to act. When the media highlighted the homophobic scandal and data irregularities at Newham College in 2013 including the use of ‘ghost students’, it was not reported that David Cameron had already made the referral to investigate Newham College but had failed to address the data irregularities, wrongdoing and evidence of wider corruption including the misconduct of the employment tribunal. Consequently the public have still not been told the truth. Also despite David Cameron's referral to BIS apparently providing evidence of contempt by Newham College and the covering up by the tribunal committed from 2010 to 2013, the Government failed to help me ensure that evidence of perjury and wrongdoing was given to the police. Instead as the media were reporting concerns about Newham College in 2013, David Cameron and the Government were allowing me to be wrongly accused and victimised by the tribunal based on falsified evidence and for Newham College to continue to commit perjury with impunity. These are not acceptable standards of conduct from those in Government, the tribunal or in public office. Mr Cameron’s resignation does not end the Government’s duty to uphold the rule of law or to ensure a fair and impartial tribunal service either through the Lord Chancellor's role or by other means. The Government must address the false allegations based on perjury and misconduct by the tribunal and stop the public being misled. However, despite undermining the commitment the Government claims for whistle blowers, women, safeguarding and the rule of law, my case shows that there are no effective means of holding the Government or the tribunal to account or therefore of ending my victimisation for whistle blowing. To protect students, communities and whistle blowers, this must change. Only when the Government and tribunal tell the truth about my case will the victimisation stop so that accountability can begin. They will not do this without your help. Please sign my petition to ask Theresa May to ensure these matters are fully investigated and that the truth is finally told. It is in the public interest that the failings of the Government and the employment tribunal in this case are explained. Thank you.
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DEMAND that Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum having crippled Dezrin re-enable her to access to her son
It was the summer of 2014. Raymond, Dezrin's son was getting extremely frustrated at the rapid deterioration of his Mom's health. For over a long time, she was being subjected to continued “tests” under the auspices of Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum, her “primary care physician”. But not one of these tests were leading to any kind of treatment option to either reverse of stabilize Dezrin's condition. When Raymond drove Dezrin to see Dr Lisa Fischer for her speech therapy appointments in downtown Ottawa,. Raymond began to notice that his Mom, Dezrin was beginning to have severe difficulty walking. Alarmed and frustrated by Dr. Tenenbaum's apparent callous disregard in getting any closer to prescribing actual treatment, Raymond found Dr. Shahram Ayoubzadeh. He's a naturopath doctor who was schooled in traditional medicine, who enjoyed universally positive ratings and high regard by his former patients as revealed, in part, by those reviews published in RateMDS. This was in sharp contrast from widespread negative reviews by Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum which included observations about his “lack of empathy”, rude comments to patients they they were “fat”, even though he was not exactly skinny. But very notably, other patients also described reports of his failure to prescribe treatment options after lengthy tests. Raymond had shown this comments to Dezrin, his Mom. Thankfully, Dezrin within less than a month of seeing Dr. Shahram Ayoubzadeh, was, not only was walking much better, she could even run, if she wanted to, in future visits that Raymond brought Dezrin to see Dr. Fischer. Raymond was happy. But not everyone was happy at Dezrin's progress. This apparently included Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum. Furious that a naturopath doctor was exposing the failure of his medical practice, Dr. Tenenbaum got his Marcella, his daughter-in-law, on a trip from Sweden to Ottawa during Christmas break in 2014 to demand that Dezrin stop seeing Dr. Shahram Ayoubzadeh, and to resume further tests with Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum. Predictably, Dezrin's health soon after, began to decline again. Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum then got Dezrin to take a nasal spray in spite of the fact that he was informed that she previously had a severe allergic reaction to taking nasal sprays during the 1970's. Dr. Tenenbaum's advocating of taking on a nasal spray resulted in her shockingly developing a difficult-to-control chronic high blood pressure when she had no history of high blood pressure. In fact, she had enjoyed a below-average blood pressure before having had contact with Dr. Tenenbaum. It began to become evident to Raymond that his Mom was being used to as a “data specimen” and human guinea pig to support Dr. Tenenbaum's University of Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto based research on Rheumatology and Geriatrics, and that Dezrin ought to expect no progress on her health from Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum. In response to Raymond's concerns that Dr Jerry Tenenbaum had become aware of, Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum and his entourage began to mastermind a plan to protect Dezrin as his apparent “specimen”, and to get Raymond “out-of-the-way” from further seeking to protect his Mom from the abuse and neglect that was being perpetrated by Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum and his entourage. Through Marcella, his daughter-in-law, Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum and his entourage starting on 8 January 2015, began making a series of phony phone calls to the Ottawa Police complaining that Raymond who has been the primary care-giver for Dezrin, was “suffering from mental illness”; was “holding Dezrin hostage”, and was “creating domestic disturbances”. The goal of series of phone calls to the police that were made starting from 8 January 2015 to 18 April 2015 were to ideally have Raymond arrested on fabricated charges, or at least get him “out-of-the-way” of trying to help his Mom. In late April 2015, in reaction to a campaign of deceit and deception by Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum and his entourage, Raymond was barred by Police from having any further visitation access to his Mom, against his own Mom's wishes. Raymond presented a note written from his Mom that she was being subject to abuse, but Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum's entourage got the police to ignore that note. Raymond did not get to see his Mom until he hired a lawyer who arranged for Dezrin to come to the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre in Ottawa on Friday, 12 June 2015. Raymond was shocked when he saw his Mom. Under the auspices of Dr. Tenenbaum's ongoing apparent medical incompetence and malpractice, Dezrin within a few weeks, lost the abilities to walk, write and talk. Ms. Alison Timons revealed how Dr. Tenenbaum's entourage had blocked them having any social support access and could not attend to Dezrin's needs. They said that it was apparent that Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum's entourage was lying when it was claimed that Dezrin did not want them there. Raymond cooked for Dezrin and got her the vitamin and mineral supplements that had been endorsed by medical practitioners. However, having been barred from seeing his Mom by the macabre activities of Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum's entourage, Dezrin's health declined. One neighbour had visited her and said she saw her without apparent access to food other than junk food in the house, and that she looked neglected and in disarray in a very messy house. The Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Resource Centre offered on Friday, 12 June 2015, to testify in Court against Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum's entourage. Raymond revealed this development to Detective Robert Griffin Jr. before Raymond found out that this cop had actually been hired by Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum's entourage to thwart any further access by Raymond and his Mom seeing each other. Dezrin could no longer speak when Raymond saw her on 12 June 2105. But she still had her mind in tact. Raymond asked her if she wanted him to help her get better. Dezrin nodded less. Raymond cried for the better part of three days straight after seeing the condition of his Mom. This story would have ended here with Raymond seeing his Mom on a regular basis and getting her the treatment that she wanted and had been getting before from Dr. Shahram Ayoubzadeh. Raymond had been hopeful that with a timely response, he could get far more competent medical practitioners to get his Mom's voice back, and also walking and writing. Raymond has noted the comments of a former patient of Dr. Tenenbaum online who had said that he had almost become crippled by Dr. Tenenbaum until he saw a different doctor and now he can actually dance. However, Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum's entourage wouldn't have it. Reacting quickly, Dr. Tenenbaum's entourage sent Detective Robert Griffin Jr on the Monday, 15 June 2015 to threaten social workers at the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Resource Centre to cease and desist further communications with Raymond, which they complied with, sending a letter to Raymond that same day to that effect. Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum's entourage then use their dirty cop in an ongoing campaign of harassment against Raymond's efforts to get help for his Mom and find out the status of her health. This harassment involved threatening visitations at Raymond's place of residence and even threatening text messages and phone calls – posted on YouTube, as evidence. In once incident Dr. Tenenbaum's entourage sent the cop they hired late at night to incessantly bang Raymond's door in the summer of 2015 for over 30 minutes uttering threats. He was apparently dressed in plain clothes, and the Ottawa Police revealed that he was officially off-duty. This cop hired by Dr. Tenenbaum's entourage repeatedly threatened to charge Raymond with “criminal harassment” if he continued to try to see his Mom or inform friend and extended family members about the activities of this dirty cop. Robert Griffin Jr. very specifically called Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum's name, as his “puppet master”. And this was all apparently a part of an effort to prevent Raymond using a naturopathic doctor and other far more reputable traditional doctors to assist Dezrin, that would expose the profound negligence and apparent medical malpractice of Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum. It was only weeks after Raymond had launched formal civil litigation did the harassment by Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum's entourage hired dirty cop. But, finally, there appeared to be light at the end of the tunnel in relationship to Raymond's long struggle to defend his Mom's health. Through a Default Judgment, Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith saw through the mischievous activities of Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum's entourage, and ordered on 11 February 2016 that Raymond and his Mom, now is worse health, to have daily access to seeing each other. But, as this VIDEO reveals. Mr. Jerry Tenenbaum's entourage through John Summers, a lawyer they hired, refused to respect this Order and continue to manipulate court procedure to unethically block Raymond and his Mom having access to each other, irrespective of the on-gong trauma it has caused Dezrin who has not seen her son in well over a year along with Raymond's own trauma. Actually, one doctor at the Appletree Medical Centre attributes the forcible separation of Dezrin from Raymond that was initiated by Dr. Tenenbaum's entourage as substantively triggering her decline in health associated with her no longer being able to walk, talk and write that was also caused from the apparent negligence, neglect and abuse of Dezrin all under Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum's auspices. Dezrin Carby-Samuels like other Canadians expected that when she chose to see a doctor that he or she would do what they can to try to make them better – inspired by the Hippocratic Oath. This Oath is Greek in Origins and has traditionally been taken by doctors to swear or affirm a pledge to protect the health and life of any patient to the best of their abilities and not to willfully do harm to a patient. However, rather than make Dezrin better, Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum and his entourage made her worse. When Raymond. Dezrin's son, sought to intervene to seek to make his Mom better, and reported his malpractice to medical authorities, Dr. Tenenbaum and his entourage maliciously blocked Raymond – who Dezrin wanted to see. Raymond had stood by her side as her primary at-home care giver. Dezrin who had wanted further speech therapy that was recommended by Dr. Lisa Fischer, but was blocked from being able to access that speech therapy under the auspices of Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum who has been described by Marcella, his daughter-in-law as Dezrin's “primary healthcare physician”. How can Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum as a Jewish Holocaust survivor show such an apparent lack of empathy and regard to the plight and suffering of others including notably Dezrin, and also Raymond? This petition is an appeal to all Canadians and fellow human beings in general to DEMAND that Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum and his entourage that has blocked visitation access to IMMEDIATELY enable the RE-UNITING of Dezrin Carby-Samuels with her son Raymond and to further DEMAND that Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum take responsibility for his substantive role in crippling Dezrin – she is now reportedly severely physically incapacitated.
Petition to Hon. Mélanie Joly, Hon. Eleanor McMahon, Danya Dixon, Phoenix Concert Theatre, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Councillor Pam McConnell, Adam Gill, Duncan McKie, Allison Outhit,, Hon. Maryam Monsef
Stop Hopsin from performing at Canadian Music Week
Toronto has been down this road before. In 2015 the city voiced its objection to abusive performers with a petition of over 40,000 signatures to have a violently misogynistic musical artist removed from the lineup at a major festival. The people spoke and we prevented our tax dollars from going to a performer who promotes violence against women.Alarmingly, two years later Canadian Music Week has scheduled violently sexist musician Hopsin to headline a week of musical performances partly funded by both the federal and provincial governments. Hopsin's lyrics are riddled with gendered violence. He's not playing a character, and is referred to by his real name, Marcus, in the video for "All Your Fault", in which the lyrics are as follows: "I f***in' hate this b***h, her name can sit on a grave, the only reason she ain't dead is 'cause my kid on the way."Women are physically assaulted and murdered on a regular basis from coast to coast in this country. Shame on CMW for supporting an artist who promotes violence against women. We call on CMW and the various promoters, partners, and levels of government supporting this show to do the right thing and cancel it. The women of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the world deserve better.
Petition to Amber Rudd, Theresa May PM, Jeremy Corbyn, Caroline Lucas MP
Please create a legal exclusionary zone outside of abortion clinics
Last November over a million people watched a video of a woman confronting protesters outside an abortion clinic. I was shocked that it is legal for people to protest and have recording equipment so close to the entrance of these clinics. Abortion is not illegal in the UK and nor should it be. Women should be able to visit these clinics without fear, harassment or intimidation. It can be hard to go through those doors, let alone if you have to get past protestors. It is up to the pregnant woman to decide what she does about her pregnancy. Those decisions need to be made in private and not with a group of protesters filming and/or hounding her. An exclusion zone stopping protesting just outside these clinics would protect women accessing their rights and would stop this demonstrations escalating even further. Please sign this petition calling on all the parties to commit to changing the law to set exclusion zones to stop protesting outside abortion clinics. Thank you
Petition to HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, RODRIGO DUTERTE
Save Jennifer Dalquez - Migrant Worker Sentenced to Death by U.A.E Court
Jennifer Dalquez aged 30, a single mother of two children aged 8 and 5 is a Filipino national who travelled to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E to work as a domestic worker to support her children and her parents. On the 14th of December, 2014, Jennifer Dalquez was confronted by her Emirati employer who attempted to rape her at knife point. Jennifer desperately fought back to save her life. She managed to turn the knife back on to her assailant during the struggle . As a consequence of Jennifer's actions, her assailant was fatally wounded. Jennifer adamantly maintains her actions were in self defence. Her priority during the course of this incident was to save her life first and foremost. Medical evidence obtained at the time of Jennifer's arrest confirms that during the run up to the incident, Jennifer suffered a history of gross physical abuse at the hands of her employer; she had bruises and cigarette burns on her arms which she alleged were perpetrated by her employer. Further, prior to this incident and in the early days of her employment as a domestic worker at the victim's home, Jennifer claims that she had been subjected to daily unwelcomed attention from him including mental intimidation, assaults, physical violence and molestation. Jennifer lived in constant fear and was frightened to be left alone with him. Jennifer was due to return home in January 2015 and she had been looking forward to returning to the Philliphines to be with her children and the rest of her extended family. In May 2015, Jennifer was convicted of murderIng her Emirati employer by the Al Ain Criminal Court and subsequently sentenced to death for killing her abusive employer despite her plea of self-defence. Jennifer's family and supporters of the 'Save Jennifer Dalquez Campaign' lodged an appeal against Jennifer's conviction and her sentence. This appeal is scheduled to be heard in court on the 27th of March, 2017. The appeal processs entails the Judge asking the deceased Emirati's children to swear fifty times, before the Court and in the name of Allah that Jennifer Dalquez is the only person they know who killed their father and not any other person. Jennifer is not allowed to plead her defence and/or allowed to mitigate. If the children of the deceased proceed to swear in the terms requested of them, then the Court will sentence Jennifer Dalquez to death. However, if the children refuse to swear the same in Court, then Jennifer Dalquez will be ordered to pay blood money in the sum of Dh200,000 (£44,300) to the victim’s family in addition to serving a prison sentence, which will be decided and determined by the Court. Jennifer's distraught parents Mr Abdulhamid Dalquez and Mrs Rajima Dalquez who live in the poor area of General Santos City in the Philliphines where Jennifer was born, are desperately appealing for support and release of their daughter. In May 2015 the Al Ain Criminal Court of the first instance, sentenced Jennifer to death sine then Jennifer’s family, friends and supporters have all worked hard to appeal against the guilty charge and sentence. Jennifer Dalquez is not a murderer - Jennifer is a young woman, a mother, a citizen of the Philippines, a work migrant who travelled thousands of miles to the U.A.E. with the sole motive to do her level best and provide for her family. Jennifer is a victim of sexual abuse who was forced to fight for her life when she was attacked by her employer who was on the verge of raping her at knifepoint. His actions were premeditated and determined. He was aware that Jennifer was going to return to the Philliphines in January 2015. Jennifer is a victim of injustice. We the undersigned, plead to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to pardon Jennifer Dalquez and repatriate her to her family in the Philliphines: Mrs Rajima Dalquez and Mr Abdulhamid Dalquez, Jennifer Dalquez's parents. Marissa Begonia, Justice for Domestic Workers, www.j4dw.com Freedom Without Fear Platform http://freedomwithoutfearplatformuk.blogspot.co.ukKavita Krishnan, Secretary of AIPWA (All India Progressive Women’s Association)Uday Bhat, General Secretary, Maharashtra, Rajya Sarva Shramik Mahasangh, Domestic Workers Division, IndiaAnjum Mouj Chair of London Black Women's ProjectJas Uppal at Justice Upheld, www.justiceupheld.org.uk Further reading: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/crime/court-postpones-verdict-on-woman-convicted-for-killing-boss
Petition to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron, all party leaders and Parliament
Men outnumber women by more than 2:1 in Parliament.
50:50 want better gender balance !
Of our 650 MPs only 196 are women and 454 (70%) are men. Men outnumber women by more than 2:1 in the Commons and 3:1 in the Lords. The statistics indicate that the system still isn't working for women. 50:50 want an inclusive and gender balanced Parliament for more responsive and informed decision making. This would be better for everyone! All political parties agree that a Parliament consisting of around 50% men and 50% women would be better, see this video clip here! So, 50:50 want action, as the old Suffragette saying goes: "Deeds not words!". Women are the majority in life but the minority in Parliament. If Parliament is inaccessible to women many others must and do face hurdles too. Sign to show that you share our aspiration for a #5050Parliament because what get's measured gets managed! This is what our letter says: "Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron, all party leaders and Parliament, We need a more gender balanced House of Commons, around 50:50 men and women. Please collaborate and do something: debate and take action to make Parliament more gender balanced, like life." People of all genders from across the UK have signed. The more signatures on the 50:50 Parliament Petition, the more Parliament will listen. So make a difference and SIGN NOW! To read more about why this matters and the many solutions see the 50:50 Parliament submission to the Women and Equalities Select Committee Inquiry here. This is about Human Rights. In 1948 the Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed the equal rights of men and women. Parliament is the place to start. 50:50 are writing to all the party leaders and Parliament because they have the power to sort this out. Over 50 other countries have better gender balanced Parliaments than the UK so it is possible. The UK should be a world leader. "This is a non-partisan issue, concerning the quality of governance and nature of democracy". 50:50 want all women to have an equal say concerning reproductive rights, parenting policy, equal pay, maternity care and violence against women for more informed policy making. 50:50 want all women to have an equal say in formulating economic policy, health care, welfare, defense strategy, foreign affairs, the environment, transport, education and all issues because these decisions affect them as much as anyone else. As Prof Ngaire Woods from Oxford University says "We know that when women are in parliament…it builds more resilient, responsive, better informed institutions.” Diversity leads to better decision making. Evidence suggests that men can represent women but they tend to do so better when there are more women in the room. Parliament should be leading the way, spearheading the changes required, for gender equality and respect for women. Nearly 100 years after women won the right to vote it's time to right this historic wrong, women need an equal say. 50:50 Parliament is an inclusive, cross party, non-partisan campaign. 50:50 run an Ambassador Programme to inspire interest and engagement with politics and have launched the #AskHerToStand campaign to encourage and support women in standing as MPs. Only 129 more women MPs are needed for a #5050Parliament which amounts to 1 in every 100,000 women which is great, because clearly politics might not appeal to everyone, but it might suit 1 in 100,000 women and our country needs them. If you know a woman who would make a good MP #AskHerToStand. Two comments on the petition say it all: Helen "Apart from the obvious injustice we are in no position to under-utilise so much talent”- Helen, “If the institution of Parliament discourages women to participate, it is the institution that needs to change.” – Malcolm. Sign for #5050Parliament. Add your voice and make a comment! Join us in asking for this pressing democratic issue to be sorted out. Thank you. Frances, Sadaf, Brian, Tina, Charlie and Nathalie #5050Parliament Team 50:50 Key Links: For more information see www.5050Parliament.co.uk 50:50 submission to Women & Equalities Select Committee Become a 50:50 Ambassador - fill in the form online Stand to become an MP! 50:50 want to support you see #AskHerToStand Like - facebook.com/5050Parliament Follow on Twitter - @5050Parliament See 50:50 Films - 50:50 Parliament on YouTube Buy campaign merch at - 50:50 Parliament Shop 50:50 in the News: Parliament agrees there is a "serious democratic deficit" and #5050Parliament says "There are some great women out there, so let’s start asking them to stand" The Guardian The Guardian reports on launch of #5050Parliament #AskHerToStand campaign "Gender parity among MPs at risk of stalling, say women's groups" Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News supports #5050Parliament in The Telegraph 50:50 Parliament in Marie Claire #IWD2016 50:50 Parliament profiled in The Telegraph, 50:50 Parliament - Huffington Post, Evening Standard The Guardian 50:50 Parliament - Star on Parliamentary TV at Women & Equalities Committee Oral Evidence Session #StripTees 50:50 Key Blogs: Following in the Footsteps of Fawcett Gender Equality is a Human Right, so Women Need More Seats in Parliament! Family Friendly Parliament Tax on Tampons Is the Tip of the Iceberg Obama says Tampon Tax Is Because ‘Men Were Making the Laws’ Carey Mulligan Demonstrates Support for 50:50Parliament at the Premier of 'Suffragette' 50:50 Films: 50:50 Ambassadors Campaign Video Carey Mulligan supporting 50:50 Parliament at Suffragette Premier & Sisters Uncut Demo Paloma Faith Supporting 50:50 Parliament Gemma Arterton Supporting 50:50 Parliament MPs Supporting #5050Parliament Campaign #5050Parliament at Feminism in London 2015 #5050Parliament at WOW Festival 2015
Petition to Teresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron, Caroline Lucas
Party leaders must state position on pensions for women
Hundreds of thousands of women had significant pension changes imposed on them by the Pensions Acts of 1995 and 2011, with little or no personal notification of the changes. Some women had only two years notice of a six-year increase to their state pension age. Many women born in the 1950's are living in hardship. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. Many of these women are already out of the labour market, caring for elderly relatives, providing childcare for grandchildren, or suffer discrimination in the workplace so struggle to find employment. Women born in this decade are suffering financially. These women have worked hard, raised families and paid their tax and national insurance with the expectation that they would be financially secure when reaching 60. Many, such as myself, have had over £40,000 taken from them with the stroke of a wealthy politician's pen. It is not the pension age itself that is in dispute - it is widely accepted that women and men should retire at the same time. The issue is that the rise in the women's state pension age has been too rapid and has happened without sufficient notice being given to the women affected, leaving them with no time to make alternative arrangements. I call upon Party leaders to state clearly, before the General Election, whether they support transitional payments for women born on or after 6th April 1951, so that these women do not live in hardship due to pension changes they were not informed of until it was too late to make alternative arrangements.
Petition to The Australian Government, The Fashion Industry
Criminalise fake pockets on women's clothing
Every woman (and some men) has been in this position before. You go to the shops, you see a cute pair of jeans and you think 'Yes, exactly what I've been looking for!'. You try them on, and they fit perfectly! You look so good, and you go to slide your hands into the back pockets when - all of a sudden - your fingers meet resistance where there is supposed to be a hole, and you realise that they've done it again. Fake pockets. You check the front ones, fruitlessly, to see if they're real even though you already know they won't be. You take the jeans back to the rack and you check through all the ones in the store and yep, they're all exactly the same. Fake pockets. And on the off-occasion they do have pockets, they're too small for anything to fit! Does the fashion industry understand the pain and inconvenience they are causing women everywhere? Fake jacket pockets, fake blazer pockets, fake pant pockets, even some fake shirt pockets. Where are we supposed to keep our phones? Our opal cards? Our keys? You may say "in a bag", but wouldn't it be nice if that weren't necessary? Why should we be forced into carrying bags and purses everywhere when men get to shove all their items into massive, Mary Poppins'-like cavities within their clothing? And it doesn't just effect women either. There have been multiple times when I have had to ask my male friends to store my phone and other small items in their pockets because I haven't had any space in mine (or haven't had any period). It would be a better world for everyone if the fashion industry would just promote the production of real, tangible, workable pockets in women's clothing.