• BUPA: Stop disadvantaging Defence personnel by restricting their choice of Psychologist
    BUPA's contract specifies an arbitrary distinction and significant rebate differential between sub-types of psychologists, while all other health professionals (eg. Podiatry, Physio, OT, Speech Therapy etc.) have one simple fee structure. For example, for a 51-90 minute consultation, psychologists with clinical, neuro or forensic endorsement are rebated $303.14 while all other psychologists (some with many years experience, ADF experience, certification in EMDR, Schema therapy etc) are rebated $164.83 for the same service. Interestingly, the Australian Psychological Society's recommended fee for psychological services is $254 for a 46-60 min consult. The rebate is significantly lower for most Psychologists (45% lower) and there will be a shortage of providers to service this population. Many psychologists are deeply offended by this baseless and unnecessary distinction and are doubtful as to whether they will continue providing services under this contract. There should be a single fee structure for all psychologists providing services to ADF personnel. Firstly, there is no research evidence that psychologists holding these endorsements are more effective. Secondly, a psychologist holding an endorsement does not necessarily hold any further qualifications or training than other psychologists. When the registration system for psychologists moved from the state-based systems to being federally managed by AHPRA, many members of the Australian Psychological Society were automatically endorsed in areas of their choosing (without holding the now required masters/doctorate degrees). Therefore, some clinical/forensic/neuro psychologists hold the same level of training and qualifications as ‘generalist’ or ‘registered’ psychologists. In fact, a large portion (65%) of psychologists (without endorsement) hold postgraduate qualifications such as masters, PhDs or training in particular techniques such as EMDR (the current gold standard treatment for veteran trauma). The quality, skills and knowledge of a psychologist cannot be deemed by endorsement status alone. According to data from the Psychology Board of Australia (as at 31 March 2019), there are 35 583 registered psychologists in Australia with 10 073 of these holding endorsement as clinical, neuro or forensic psychologists. BUPA's fee structure is sending a negative message to over 25000 psychologists, their families, staff and clients. Many psychologists are also BUPA customers and will likely reassess their health cover options in light of this issue. Psychologists tried to address this directly with the former contract holder Garrison Health/Medibank to no avail. BUPA then adopted the contract as is and continues to devalue many very experienced psychologists. We need the BUPA CEO and Minister for Defence to review this fee structure immediately and ensure that ADF funds are being used appropriately (as there is no evidence that endorsed psychologists provide better service or outcomes, how can the ADF ethically spend public money on rebating these psychologists 45% more than their colleagues).
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  • More bubbles, fewer racks!
    What is this, K-MART?
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  • Don't Frack the Outback - Injune Qld
    When people visit the Outback they expect to see wildlife, trees and wide open spaces. Not gas wells. This project allows multinational companies to drill and frack 940 wells on farms, in State Forests, right near Carnarvon National Park. Fracking even one well is too many. Drilling more wells when the climate is in crisis and Australia faces no shortage of gas if it was reserved from exports is not necessary, economically wise, or morally sound. This acts as a submission opposing Australia Pacific LNG application to vary Environmental Authority EPPG00787513.
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  • Stop PM Scott Morrison's USA visit to meet racist Trump
    With his recent call on four Congress Members of various ethnic origins to "go back where they came from", the US President has invalidated any claim to be recognised by Australia (and the world) as a leader, let alone friend of our nation. We must be strong enough to stand up to this bully and not dignify his racist regime, but ensure that Australia's voice remains free, fair and independent.
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  • Buy MT Bundy Station
    Inter Generational Trauma is killing Aboriginal people and children at an ever increasing rate. Children as young as 10 are hanging themselves in trees.
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    Created by christopher Turner
  • Stop The Bunbury Marina ! Protect the Dolphins of Koombana Bay
    Protection of the environment and the waterways, the wild population of Dolphins populate in Koombana Bay. The numbers of dolphins have been decreasing as a result of human interactions in Koombana Bay already. What impact will a Marina have upon them should it be constructed?
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  • Expand and backdate whistleblower protection
    In 2004 the Australian Security and Intelligence Service bugged the offices of the Timor-Leste president. There were negotiations taking place for access to the Timor Sea gas reserves, and Australia's negotiators used the bugs to gain an advantage and promote the interests of the company Woodside. Witness K saw this and tried to rectify this wrong, and eventually his efforts saw this becoming public knowledge. I think Witness K is a courageous, solid defender of a decent Australia. A hero of democracy, who the government has chosen to harass and prosecute. And now we have more of the same, with police raids on ABC and News Corp to catch whistleblowers in June 2019. We don't want to be like China!
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  • Save Kintore Street Village
    Imagine waking up in the morning to crying, screaming, laughing or the patter of 40 little feet and they're not your own kids but someone elses! That's going to happen to us if the DA is passed on the Child Care Centre built next door in a residential area in Dulwich Hill. Not to mention the additional traffic chaos that will be created in a street that boasts a primary school of 650 students and commuters parking their cars all day when they use the light rail!
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  • Climate Emergency Declaration
    As in time of war, huge sacrifices will need to be made, and resources mobilised to halt Co2 emissions and protect the nation’s future and our planet home. Let’s join together as one people and do whatever it takes to stop this impending disaster!
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  • It’s time for Climate Action
    Climate Change is a global crisis which needs to be urgently addressed, it is time to put politics aside and work together for the future. This is an opportunity for real and positive change let’s take it.
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  • Ban Political Advertising on Newspaper Cover Pages
    Quest News is owned and operated by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia. Quest Community Newspapers is a tabloid news company located in Bowen Hills which provides free paper delievered and online news coverage for the greater Brisbane area. I do not believe that it is ethical or appropriate for Quest News to be so heavily influenced by political advertisements that they dominate the front cover of your newspaper. When any News Corporation allows this to happen, they send a direct message to their readers that the political party being advertised is one in which the newspaper personally recommends or believes should be voted into power. Also, the content and advertisements that Quest News choose to allow into their printed media have a power to influence their readers. Therefore, they have a responsibility for what they choose to advertise and the way in which it is advertised. I believe that Quest News should aim to keep their content (including advertising) as unbiased a possible, therefore allowing reasonable representation from all parties involved in upcoming elections. These advertisements should be limited to only holding space within the newspaper and should never dominate the highly influential cover page of a newspaper. I would like Quest News to reconsider its current policy to allow any political party or their affiliates to use their financial advertising dollars to buy such high levels of influence by purchasing advertising sleeves dominate the front cover, back cover and inner sleeves of your newspaper. Please sign this petition if you agree with these statements. Cheers Kirsty Clausen
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  • Ban the use of Glyphosate in Central Coast Waterways
    Glyphosate has been banned or restricted in over 20 countries due to the threat it poses to human health. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (2015), Glyphosate is 'probably carcinogenic' to humans, can cause DNA & chromosomal damage in humans & causes cancer in lab tested mammals. Furthermore, Glyphosate has been linked to bee deaths and may be a contributing factor in the significant bee decline we are witnessing around the world (Motta & Moran 2018). The Central Coast Council is planning to roll out an extensive waterway weed control program across the entire Coast, with about 100 waterways targeted for 'treatment' with Glyphosate 360 and Metsulfuron-methyl from April 2019 - March 2020. We are calling on the Central Coast Council to cease immediately any further actioning of the above-mentioned Waterway Weed Control Program & make the move now to protect our health & environment from the risks associated with Glyphosate. We must work together to find innovative solutions to land & water management that have both safety & sustainability in the foreground. A public Forum is hereby requested.
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