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young people

6 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Michael Coutts-Trotter

FaCs you're either my parents or not! Remove the family court for trans youth in OOHC

My name’s Travis I'm a 15 year old brotherboy (Aboriginal Transgender female to male), I'm also a ward of the state meaning my parental responsibility is with the NSW family and community services minister. I have a very interesting case that is starting up around the barriers of being in foster care and accessing blockers. Where my rights are being denied, discrimination is being produced towards me and other trans young people because we aren't living with our birth parents, and outright irrelevant procedures for a therapeutic reversible medication that will pretty much save lives and better our mental health. My mother lost parental responsibility of me when I was 8 months old as a result of her neglecting me and using substances. When I was younger I apparently saw her on a frequent basis especially when my little brother was born. Then at 6 yrs old I moved to Port Macquarie and haven't seen her since.  My father was unknown up until 2 years ago when DNA testing was done to confirm so. I've seen him 3 times since he was identified as my father as I don’t want to be around someone with a negative vibe and potential risk to my safety. So the relationship between my mother and father is the equivalent of being strangers. If I was to walk down the street they wouldn't know who I was let alone even talk to me. I was placed with multiple family members and one foster family from the ages of 8 months old to 12 years of age. This is when I was placed into the out of home care system, so far I've had 9 foster care placements, another kinship placement from Gold Coast to Melbourne and from February this year I've been residing in residential care on the far north coast. At ages 4 and 5 I started stealing my brothers clothes and it grew from this. I always thought I was a boy but didn't realise what was going on. Throughout my placements I copped a lot of transphobia and abuse because I wasn't feminine enough for them. I also went through the phase of just agreeing with the adults around me just to see if what they were saying was true. Well that lasted less then 5 minutes as I instantly broke down in tears and literally tore my clothes off. This time last year I formally came out because I moved to a new state and felt comfortable to do so. Then early this year the placement broke down and I got moved back to the northern rivers in a resi house. In June this year I started attending Brisbane’s lady Cilento gender clinic in hopes to start the whole process to access stage one and two treatments. Everything was ready to go for stage one treatment (Puberty Blockers) until it reached FaCs legal department. This is what came back   FACS Legal advised that in the matter of in the matter of Re Jamie (2013) FamCAFC 110, (“Re Jamie”) the Full Court made specific a couple of references to children in out of home care. After receiving the decision of Re Jamie, a detailed briefing was prepared for the Secretary which he subsequently endorsed. The briefing advised:   “If the Director-General or Minister (or other government department) is a legal guardian for a child with gender dysphoria, then for abundant caution application should still be made to the Court for authorisation of Stage 1 treatment in addition to the assessment of capacity for Stage 2 treatment. The reason for this is that the Full Court distinguished cases where the child is in the care of a public authority as opposed to a parent.” There is a risk that the parents do not agree with Travis commencing Stage 1 treatment and this would constitute a controversy or disagreement in Re Jamie terms and an application to the Family Court of Australia is required for the authorisation of Stage 1 treatment. Basically, what they want is opinions off my mother and father. But here’s the problem, FaCs took me off my mum at 8 months old, parental responsibility has been with the NSW minister ever since until I’m 18 years of age. I’ve seen my mum 5 times, and my father twice in my 15 years! Does this mean that they should be getting my “birth parents” opinion on where I’m living too? I also had irreversible surgery on my eye and leg, they didn’t get my parents say and that is irreversible puberty blockers are reversible. In saying this, I'm hoping you the reader will take 2 seconds to fill the form out and help us out! With my case I have an appointment with the clinic next week and ill see what happens from there but, even if medical opinions suggests delaying and suppressing the medication will impact the child's wellbeing/safety and I don't have to go to court, I am determined to change the briefing regards to trans youth subjected to FaCs.  Myself and the help of others are currently working together gaining a team of NGO's, government bodies, legal representatives, and organisations to challenge the high courts decision and potentially take legal action against the FaCs secretary for a breach of rights and discrimination against young trans people under the NSW minister of department and community services.   I’d really appreciate the publics cooperation as I’m hoping the more notice everyone has of this taboo subject will help the case out and make it a safer and less invasive procedure for young trans people who are a ward of the state in NSW. LETS CHANGE HISTORY!!! This will be delivered to the parliament house, FaCs secretary, and used in court as a resource.

Travis Fox
2,779 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Simon Birmingham, Robert Stokes

Lets grade Australian schools by students' happiness and creativity, not academic results

Stop. Don't sign this until you're sure - you're really sure that you are ready to have Australia put everything at stake and completely ovehurl our current education system for something entirely different because of your signature. Are you ready to be part of something like that? If you sign this petition, you are agreeing to a wolf in sheep's clothing, appearing to be asking for nothing more than a small beauracratic change in a snowfield of policies and procedures that appear to govern what we call 'The Education System'. But signer beware - be very careful of what the unintended consequences of your comaraderie may be. Because we have been sheep, blindly following the orders of our instructors and teachers for so long, and we don't know what it means to be free. We have become so comfortable with our fences and fear and ability to blame others for our discontent that though we may hate our governors, are we really ready to take our lives into our own hands? Please be very careful about writing your name on this list, in case it snowballs and we end up running free like the wolves, who's power and decisions lie within. Dear Minister for Education, While the government has been using standardised testing to see where students are falling through the cracks in literacy and numeracy, it has neglected the far greater crack that 45% of Australians are expected to fall into at some point in their lives: A 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing found that three million Australians had fallen into the cracks of depression and anxiety, to the point where it was affecting their career, productivity, wellbeing, and personal relationships. If parents are to be informed of how well a school can support their children in developing their literacy an numeracy, they should also be informed of how well that school can support their child's long term emotional wellbeing and enable them with the skills to deal with life's challenges in a creative and positive manner and to live happy, fulfilling, empowering and rewarding lives with resilience against anxiety and depression. Many schools seem to be failing miserably in this matter. A recent study by Ben North of UNSW as quoted in 'The Conversation' found that: ''Of the 722 year 12 students 42% registered high level anxiety symptoms, high enough to be of clinical concern(!!!)'' ''16% of students reported extremely severe levels of anxiety. Stress, anxiety and pressure levels were highest among girls, and higher still among gifted girls. These findings were consistent across a range of cultural groups''. In the flurry of competition to tout the best grades, governments, schools and families alike have often sadly swept aside the need for emotional wellbeing in students' lives. We asks that: 1. The following holistic testing be done for Year 7 students, Year 12 students, and adults five and ten years after leaving school: •The Happiness Test•The Emotional Intelligence Test•The Creative Problem Solving Test•Personal (confidential) responses 2. Wherever the results of NAPLAN and/or final year examinations are publicly released or are used as the basis for studies by schools, governments or researchers, the results of the abovementioned tests should be also readily available 3. Use the schools ranking highest in the abovementioned tests as models for curriculum development and direction for State and National funding4. Direct teachers from schools with high rates of anxiety, depression, lack of emotional intelligence or creativity; to taking remedial courses (based on the research from the findings of the highest performing schools) about positive teaching techniques. Let's plant seeds for the children of today to be able to be able to make a more peaceful, content and harmonious world than the one we have known

Jacinta Nowland
539 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Josh Frydenberg, Senator Richard Di Natale, Bill Shorten, The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk

Stop Adani's Carmichael mine: Australia's young people deserve a voice

AUSTRALIA'S YOUTH WANT A VOICE IN ONE OF THE MOST IMMINENT ENVIRONMENTAL DECISIONS OUR CURRENT GOVERNMENT WILL MAKE. Indian coal company Adani is in the midst of seeking approval for the construction of the largest coal mine in Australia's history - the Carmichael Mine and Rail project in northern Queensland. It is planned to be constructed right on the World Heritage Site of the Great Barrier Reef, and threatens plant, animal and aquatic life. Not only has Adani proven itself incapable of adhering to environmental licenses on it's Abbott Point mine (http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/05/04/adani-breaches-abbot-point-sediment-levels) but the mine will be funded by billions of Australian tax dollars. And for what? A mine that damages its immediate environment of beautiful coral and sea-life, causes irreversible global warming and contributes to the failing coal sector of the Australian energy mix.  As a young person, it is terrifying to see this mine moving towards becoming reality. My generation are the ones who will live with the unknown consequences global warming and will bear the burden of our current government's inability to act on the interests of future generations.  Stop the construction of Adani's mine and listen to real Australians' concerns about the worst environmental mistake of our lifetime. We will make our voices heard!  This is a call upon the Federal Minister for the Environment Josh Frydenberg MP and his Queensland constituents, as well as the Federal and Queensland representatives of the Greens and Labor parties to acknowledge, fight and act in the interests of real young Australians  who say NO to Adani, NO to the destruction of our environment and YES to a sustainable, coal-free future. If you are a young Australian who cares for the future of our generation or if you believe young people should have a loud voice in the major political decisions of our time, SIGN and SHARE this petition! Thank you for your support and for giving the environment and a sustainable future a chance!   

Lauren Lancaster
901 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Richard Di Natale, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce, Christian Porter, Katy Gallagher, Scott Ludlam

I know what it's like to be young and homeless. Young people need affordable housing

My name is Hayley and I’ve been in and out of homelessness since I was 14 years old.    I know people often wonder about how people become homeless, or how they stay homeless for such a long time. I’m here to tell you a bit about my story. When you’ve had such fractured relationships since childhood, it’s hard not to allow those relationships to negatively affect you as a person. Coming from really volatile environments, you get used to being treated badly and being manipulated. I had no idea what a healthy relationship looked like for the first 20 years of my life. I had never had a healthy relationship with anybody, especially myself. I walked around with a chip on my shoulder, I can admit that. So much shit had happened to me and I was sour. I acted out because there was so much going on inside of me. Once you get a house and start to seem settled, you’re never settled. When you are able to actually stop being hypervigilant after dealing with a lot of trauma, that’s honestly when you start feeling everything and that’s the point where I think people need the most support. That’s the point where you can crash. At first being in my own home was overwhelming, because it all hits you that you’re an adult and you have to take responsibility. The main thing that motivated me to move forwards in my life was thinking, “I’m not going to let what happened to me ruin the rest of my life.” That was my driver. I am not going to be scared because of my past. I’ve had a lot of support from my social worker and I’ve needed it. I want people to see people for who they are, not their stereotype. I want you to know who I am now. Proper housing means getting on with your life. We need more housing that’s affordable for people in my situation. A home gives you hope, stability, a sense of self and the chance to straighten up your life without having to move all the time. I want our government to commit to more public and community housing in Australia. Please help by signing my petition. Young people who become homeless really need housing they can afford, but also ongoing support so they can stay housed.

Hayley Van Summeren
18,395 supporters