• Get rid of "How to Vote Cards" at elections.
    The "How to Vote" card system is an archaic, costly, environmentally wasteful and generally unproductive. Having engaged in this farcical process, I am convinced that the benefits espoused by proponents are largely mythical and the procedure is simply a thinly-veiled attempt to engender the same gladiatorial dynamics at the grass-roots level as the parties attempt to create at the institutional level. There is no need for it as the information contained on the cards could just as easily be placed in each polling booth.
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  • Reinstate the ABS "Work, Life and Family Survey"
    I can't explain it better than Ross Gittins did recently in the Sydney Morning Herald. The Work, Life and Family Survey is: "a survey of how people use their time, requiring a random sample of households to keep diaries of the way their time was spent for a short period. GDP measures only the value of work that's been paid for in the marketplace. It ignores all the unpaid work performed in the home, including caring for kids, and the work of volunteers. Time-use surveys fill that gap. How much time are women spending in paid and unpaid work? How is women's participation in the paid workforce changing over time as they become better educated? How much paid work is being done by people of retirement age? To what extent is paid work encroaching on our weekends? How is the burden of housework being shared between husbands and wives in two-income families? One of the most popular maxims of the wealth creators is: you can't manage what you don't measure. Directly or indirectly, most of the Bureau of Statistics' efforts are directed at measuring GDP. It's so important it's measured four times a year. Our time use hasn't been measured since 2006. The cancellation of this year's survey means it won't be measured again until 2019."
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  • Dedicated Safety Officers for NSW (Australia) Railways
    As stated by the Minister at the 2013 Memorial to the Granville Disaster, "safety is an absolute priority to the NSW government", and at the very same time she is sacking in force frontline Network Operations Officers who are not middle or upper management, but those people who are responded to all levels of incidents within the rail system. They are the Railways “Safety Officers”. These officers are also responsible for initial investigations of incidents and follow-up enquiries, the alcohol checks, as NSW Rail has a “Zero Alcohol” tolerance in the work place, mobilization of buses when incidents and track work close lines, education of employees in safe operations within the workplace and all other aspects of workplace safety. The Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, has stated that these incidents will be passed on to Station Managers, the one that are left, however there has been no communication with these people, no mention of training, and definitely no mention of remuneration for increased responsibility. The Minister, Gladys Berejiklian has commenced the changes without any benchmark for achievement or success which can only lead to another "Granville". At the present time and when the Minister, Gladys Berejiklian made her policy speech to the press she clearly stated that "cost has nothing to do with these changes", however, due to shift penalties, call outs to emergencies and safety duties during 'track work' these safety officers have been targeted by the ministers consultancy Firm as having excessive income. Why then, is Gladys Berejiklian paying out $2million to train non-English speaking station attendants to make announcements that can be understood? Not for Safety reasons Why is Gladys Berejiklian prepared to waste Millions on changing uniforms simply for appearance? Not for safety. Is it true that the Officers that Gladys Berejiklian is forcing redundancy on are an intricate part of the NSW State Disaster Plan? And, if this is so, what chaos can rail travelers expect if and when another 'Granville' should occur. That's if, the injured should survive long enough for NSW Rail Services to mobilize. The travelling public should start to worry about just how safe NSW Trains are.
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  • Privatisation of Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick NSW Hydrotherapy Services
    Hydrotherapy is the only way that many people with physical disabilities can exercise with appropriate professional support and dignity, in a cost effective way. Public/community pools cannot provide this service. Privatisation can cost up to $78 for a single treatment. It will also severely compromise the health, independence, well-being, choice and access of people with disabilities as well as further disadvantaging pensioners and low income users.
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  • NSW Workers Compensation Amendment Act 2012
    All injured workers in NSW, past, present and future are now subject to the most evil injury law. The NSW Gov't has taken away your right to diagnosis, medical care, treatment, rehab and legal advice. Any injury advised to WorkCover will be assigned a case manager of an insurance co. This case manager, often 17 years old, and about to be calling you from India, will have absolute discretion. Their decisions are binding. WorkCover will decide if you can have free legal advice, where you will be assigned 1 of only 250 lawyers left in the scheme. Otherwise you will have to pay. Any appeal about your capacity to work, must be taken to the Supreme Court, at your own cost. You will be dumped on the dole and medicare. Business will not employ you because you have been injured. ISN has met with the NSW Business Chamber, as well as regional chambers, and confirmed. We call on the people of NSW to assist in this urgent campaign. We ask that you visit, email, facebook,twitter and/or phone your State MP, WorkCover, Insurer, Centrelink, Business chamber , Union, GP, employer, colleagues, family and friends. Ask if they know of these amendments. Anything would be helpful. Everyone in NSW is affected by this legislation. Families are breaking up, people are living in cars, all because they went to work and were injured. Homelessness and suicide in NSW is about to rise rapidly. This is a statewide call to assist. Please encourage as many as possible to sign our petition and visit www.isninc.com.au for more info.
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  • People Against Relentless Gambling Advertising (PARGA)
    An entire generation is growing up thinking that it is normal to bet on every thing all the time. By the time our children are 18, they will have been swamped with advertising from all manners of betting agencies, online and offline, in the belief that betting on an event is necessary for it to be enjoyable. This incessant and relentless advertising, with their associated gimmicks, will lead an entire generation into gambling addiction, causing all manner of social and financial problems across the country. This relentless advertising, at the very least, must be regulated to minimise the harm done by these betting agencies.
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  • Apple get real about recycling your gear
    We are encouraged to buy buy buy the new while disposing of the not very old. This reinforces a consumer pattern that is unsustainable and that is destroying the planet. Here is a chance for our leadership companies to show leadership on the most important issue of the day or the century.
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  • REPLACE All TOXIC WOODY WEEDS!!
    Because:- 1. These Programmes are 50 years overdue (e.g. my late Mother showed and told-me in 1954 at North Ryde in Sydney, how the Broad-Leaved Privets overtook' Buffalo Creek!);officially 9 Privet-Ligustrum sp. are here inAustralia, of which 3 species are already 'geographicallly invasive', and could well be (also) hybridising, to become 'worse'; 2. Because the NSW State Government has been too-corrupt for too long, and some 'certain ethics' need to be re-injected back-into 'the system' here (and in Qld as well, post-Fitzgerald Enquiry and the proven 'rampant-corruption' there, of years ago- that still lingers in that state's (2012) Sustainable Planning Act - a typo' QLD Act of Parliament , which Act makes 'no mention'whatsoever of the/our remnant natural 'Environment'.!!!! 3. Because the federal and state boffins that 'call the shots'on what they perceive is the country's 'worst weeds' DO NOT as a general Rule take-into-account a plant's known TOXICITY, nor the number of toxins known to exist/be manufactured in a/ny exotic plant species, let alone whether or not any or all of those toxins are 'made' in order to kill fauna that eats their fruit etc, OR whether or not 'cumulative toxicity' is/can be expected, on the basis of veterinary knowledge in international scientific literature 4. Because local Councils across-the-country ARE NOT Taking 'Noxious Weeds' at all seriously, and that many/most Councils' have followed Byron Shire/Gold Coast Shire 'down the tube' by no longer recognising if a 'Declared Plant' is also 'Noxious' anywhere else; and hence, a 'blinkered approach' has evolved(culturally-speaking), with lovey-dovey pictures of all the 'Environmental Weeds' being placed-onto their websites, with beaut' colour pics' of all of the pest plants in-flower(lots of colour'), but 'ZERO INFO' about 'any Caution' for humans or wildlife-lovers as to whether the plants have toxic fruit, toxic bark, toxic leaves, or are seasonally toxic, have 7 or more toxins(e.g. Camphor laurels, Privets),or whether/what wildlife species are 'most at risk'; in brief, none-of any-of-that! Scientific facts have been relegated in-favour of nice-looking websites etc and (5) Councils have been tardy or not-recognising State Law/s that require Councils to prepare profesisonally-challenged' Weed Species Management Plans as part and parcel of the Shire 'Bushland Proetction Scheme/s'; Councils need to move-on-this! Cross-Reference to KEY Academic Website : www.camphorlaurel.com
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  • National Food Plan
    Small producers cannot afford the costs involved with developing and running a food safety plan. The big increase in farmers markets over recent years shows that there is a desire for more nutritious food which the big chains cannot provide. By not having a FSP they will be effectively excluded from the food supply chain and stopped from doing business.
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  • Join the Nationwide Petition
    Dear Friends We are asking you and you to join the nation-wide petition calling on the Federal Government to implement the seven proposals in the petition that would help lift to a decent standard of living the two million people who have , for far too long, been forced to live below the poverty line. The petition is calling on the Federal Government to enact the seven proposals spelt out in the petition. The proposals are the result of the work of the FAIR GO FOR PENSIONERS ALLIANCE which include over 100 organisations – all with a long history of compassion, dedication and knowledge in trying to alleviate the result of successive government’s failures in meeting basic needs of housing, health care (including dental care) and education. Australia is now regarded as the most stable and economically viable nation with forward projects valued at trillions of dollars, with a huge shortfall in labour to meet future workforce needs. Yet pensioners, the unemployed, and low-paid workers standards of living are falling with continuing increases in food costs, rent and energy costs, plus deterioration in public housing availability, health care, public hospitals and education. There are elections to be held in 2013. This is the time when all politicians are more attentive to the peoples’ needs. This national petition shows the way forward, loud and clear, and is affordable for the world’s most flourishing economy. What is necessary for success is for people to collect and deliver a deluge of signatures to parliament house to make sure our parliamentarians realise the necessity of sharing the wealth of Australia with all Australians , especially the two million people presently trying to live on inadequate pensions. With the help of people like you and your organisation we can achieve this goal. Thank you inanticipation James Lawler Regional Secretary, NURW
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  • Australians want a Coal Seam Gas Moratorium
    Australians want to secure a safer future for all, with protection for our good food-producing land, our water, human health and our environment from the dangers posed by a runaway CSG industry. Our water supplies for drinking and food production are so important for the future. We should not be risking it on a short term mining boom. The gas will still be there in a years time, so there is no hurry. Plus there are alternatives to our energy needs. Our economy will need our tourism and agriculture industries into the future yet with farm land and the environment being put at risk by the CSG industry, one has to wonder what will be left of them. The people of Tara need health officials to take their concerns seriously. "Unexplained" nose bleeds, ear bleeds, head aches and rashes are just a few of the ailments being reported by the residents of Tara since the industry moved into the estate where they live. A fair go for all, not just a few.
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  • stop charging pensioners the MCIS levies
    Pensioners cannot afford to pay a levy which is doubling almost every year. The Federal Government has just given pensioners financial assistance to cover the costs of the carbon tax but the State Government has almost doubled the MCIS levy without any explanation and certainly no help to pay for it. If the State Government wants money from the Federal Government it couldn't stoop lower than to take it out of the pockets of pensioners. At the same time the O' Farrell Government has increased rents for public housing tenants. This is not right.
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