NO HIGHRISE DEVELOPMENT ON THE SPIT!Even if ASF or any other company would pay a fair market price for the land (and we know this would NEVER happen!) the answer to their application SHOULD BE: NO! 1. If the SEAWAY/BROADWATER is meddled with in any shape or form the resulting effect on river tides/sand movement/silting/effect on the ecosystem is anyone's guess? WE CANNOT RISK IT! 2. We need the SPIT and all other open spaces on the Gold Coast to be preserved as our city is full of high-rises, we haven't got enough roads, our public transport system is basically non-existent, traffic is chocked throughout the city 24/7. 3. No development should be allowed north of Sea-World! We need the Spit developed as parkland and for recreation now and for future generations. 4. The Gold Coast, specially the central area where most high-rises are has no park with trees! Our greedy, self-serving council for decades has been selling anything/everything that could be sold... and the raping of the natural environment continues. This city NEEDS a decent large park, such as the Central Park in New York. Humans NEED OXYGEN TO SURVIVE which oxygen comes from TREES! No use to say that the Hinterland has enough trees and oxygen when the coastal winds blow it the other way, away from the coastal region where the high-rises and the biggest traffic exist. 5. ASF and all other companies should once and for all be given the thumbs down as far as the SPIT is concerned!
Forest Legacy WA ProjectThe Forest Products Commission's Draft Management Plan would allow 1,000 sq km of our SW native forests to be logged. This would enable clear felling operations, over a 10 year period 2014 - 2023. The cost of the plan to taxpayers would be $9m per year plus associated damage to ecosystems. If our forests are dedicated to carbon storage and sequestration (sequestration refers to the capturing of carbon) they can generate an annual income of $16m - $438m. This would protect our forests, endangered fauna and flora and assist the mitigation of climate change.
Show the world that Middle Eastern and Latin American students are welcome hereThe Trump administration is targeting the rights and freedoms of people both inside the US and worldwide: from women's reproductive rights to refugees to intellectual freedom and academic exchange. If we let this happen without our institutions and governments taking a stand, then we are tacitly condoning Trump's actions. This is why it is essential for our intellectual and political leaders to show international students that they are welcome in this country, and to show that the free international circulation of people and ideas is essential to a robust higher education system and to a robust community.
SAVE THE LAVERTON LINK CENTRE FOR "KIDS AT RISK"The Link Centre is key in turning lives around for those kids who have struggled in our normal school system. These are bright, special kids who sadly have faced difficulties due to bullying, trauma, mental health issues or come from disadvantaged backgrounds. This program works. Centre Manager Rasheel Kaur said that out of 41 students enrolled last year, 38 per cent went on to do year 11, 33 per cent undertook vocational training programs and the rest returned for another round. Rhonda Collins, manager of Altona-based youth homelessness service Latitude, said it made no sense to close a centre with a proven track record. “It is the only alternative education setting that young people … have access to in the area” -“It’s a proven model, it has a high retention rate, young people have re-engaged back in to mainstream schools.” If we don't catch these kids at this vulnerable age there is a high probability they will never reach their full potential. It is crucial this centre stays open and continues it's important work.
Save the ABC Science UnitThis is important because the ABC Science Unit is the only source of independent and objective science journalism remaining in Australia. It provides unbiased advice on all the important topical stories, as well as the latest trends from overseas. It is critical that we keep it alive.
Save ABC integrity and variety especially on RNWhere else can an Australian audience get the variety and depth of views and visions and above all the stimulation of such a range of ideas? Where else is there such a range of respected specialist journalists who cover everything from arts to science and religion to rock? Why is the ABC accused of left-wing bias when it shows opinions of all spectra and gives voice - although not as much as it could or should - to those who don't have access to commercial media. Why don't the Board and your minister develop pride in this unique and irreplaceable institution and those who work for it, instead of white-anting and undermining the amazingly talented a dedicated staff? There is no place for Information and enlightenment in the categories below but the ABC covers them all so I've ticked them all!
DUMP PLANS FOR SA's NUCLEAR HIGH LEVEL DUMPFukushima and Chernobyl taught the world that nuclear accidents are very expensive and toxic for generations and leave horrific tragedy in their wake. South Australian Jay Wetherill is currently pushing his Government's plans by using a publicly funded Education Campaign. He and his government are spending public funds to spin the ' it is all proven, scientific and safe' line in his current expensive roadshow. His goal is to place a global HIGH LEVEL NUCLEAR RUBBISH DUMP for short term profit in South Australia. He would like to place his own and South Australias' children's children's future at stake and just for money. Speculation and debate about long term finanncial cost / benefits of such an operation for a high level radioactive waste site is that it may prove to be a financial disaster. This is even if their is no nuclear leak, accident or clean up in tens, hundreds, or thousands of years time from today. If Mr Wetherill and the ALP of South Australia succeeded and any of the transported and stored waste containers EVER leak in an unforseen event or are accessed by wrong hands or motives it will prove potentially environmentally catastrophic. YES : SA needs smart new growth industries, not old outmoded nuclear plants spent nuclear waste in our back yard. NUCLEAR IS FOREVER Mr Wetherill- Just not here with toxic waste products please. Let the countries and wealthy energy company's that made the problem find other ways and places to deal with it. We understand their are companies involved in making large money from the real and pressing need to get rid of nuclear waste, it also asists with selling more nuclear power stations in future but we dont want that problem in our home state. As with Pangea back in the 90's the federal government met strong opposition and it stopped the project.. This is not a minor project of political short term consequence, this is a forever problem if your government succeeds in its wishes. DUMP THE DUMP
We call on ABC and SBS to break the silence on the climate emergencyPoliticians tell us they can't take climate emergency action to protect us all from climate impacts until the public demands it. Yet large sections of the public are lulled into thinking it can't be all that bad since neither politicians nor the media are reporting on climate impacts or discussing solutions. Our public broadcasters, ABC and SBS, might be the only body that is sufficiently trusted and powerful to break this impasse by reporting honestly and regularly about climate impacts and climate solutions. The public need to know about current and future impacts in order to be motivated to act, and need to know we have the solutions at our fingertips in order to take action themselves and demand government action instead of 'switching off'. Join us in calling for honest and thorough climate emergency reporting from the ABC and SBS. And when you have signed this petition, please also consider signing the Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilisation petition at www.ClimateEmergencyDeclaration.org/sign » Read more on www.climatesafety.info/publicbroadcasters (main page) www.climatesafety.info/climateactionstalemate (article) and www.climatesafety.info/radiorelay (radio interviews)
Murdoch University ShameA new low benchmark for all of us: Murdoch University is one of the first universities to kick off our national round of Enterprise Bargaining. It could affect other campuses and probably not stop there. Industries across the economy may feel emboldened to do the same or even worse. email Eeva Leinonen VC of Murdoch University: http://www.nteu.org.au/murdoch/thinkshame/letter_to_vc Please ACT NOW - Murdoch University's unconscionable conduct in trappling over the rights of staff cannot go unnoticed by the Australian public. Murdoch's submission could be before the Fair Work Commission at any time. Murdoch University in Western Australia has applied to the Fair Work Commission to *terminate* the staff's entire Enterprise Agreement!! If successful, absolutely every single entitlement won by the the University Union, NTEU and the staff at Murdoch University over the past 20+ years would be wiped out and staff would revert to the award safety-net. It means this Australian University would be returning to the dark ages. Among the many entitlements at risk: *parental leave entitlements *wages could be reduced by 25-39% *reductions to redundancy entitlements *workload regulations Staff and their union are being victimised: NTEU WA Division Secretary, Gabe Gooding, and NTEU industrial officer, Alex Cousner, are being personally sued by Murdoch University for making public statements critical of senior management. They are facing fines of up to $170,000.
Tennyson Dunes - Revegetate not decimateThe Tennyson sand dunes are the most significant remnant dune system remaining on the Adelaide metropolitan coast. There is a narrow strip between Grange and Mordun St Tennyson and the Charles Sturt Council want to construct a 3.5m wide shared bike path through it, Ripping out the native pants in favour of concrete and disturbing the structure of this section of the dunes
Love Glebe? Worried about Westconnex building a freeway on Ross StWe are parents, families, kids and community members who love Glebe. We are very concerned that WestConnex Stage 3 will negatively impact on the local schools in Forest Lodge and Glebe by building an off ramp and exit along Ross St. WestConnex will bring over 36000 more cars to Ross St, dumping them in the Glebe area. We want to protect Glebe from a freeway that would cut the suburb in half and drench the community with fumes and pollution.
Love Glebe? Worried about Westconnex building a freeway on Ross StWe are parents, families, kids and community members. Our kids go to the local schools in Forest Lodge and Glebe and we are very concerned that WestConnex Stage 3 plans to build an off ramp and exit somewhere near Ross St in Glebe. WestConnex will bring over 33000 more cars to Ross St, dumping them in the Glebe area. We love Glebe. We want to protect it from a freeway that would cut the suburb in half and drench the community with fumes and pollution.
Help kids with FAS-DThere is no cure for FASDs, but research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child's development. A seminal study by O’Connor et al (2006) found that protective factors that can help children with FAS-D reach their full potential include: a loving and nurturing environment, early diagnosis and involvement in special education and the provision of social services. We are finding it near impossible to get government help and support for social services and education.I believe it is important that schools get the appropriate funding and resources to support children with FAS-D. I would urge you to watch the 4 corners special on FAS-D, which can be accessed by the following link: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/11/02/4341366.htm
Stop the closure of Empire Street Early Learning CentreThe council made the decision to close the Empire Street Early Learning Centre in Footscray in a closed council meeting on 19 July 2016. This unconscionable decision will have a detrimental impact on current and future local families who use this valuable service for child care (with kindergarten teacher) and for check ups with the maternal and child health nurse. Centre staff are devastated at the news of the closure and redeployment for all staff to other centres still remains uncertain.This area of Footscray has a high density population and with developers gaining approval to build more apartment blocks, removal of such important community services is negligent. Please help the local community of Footscray keep Footscray a friendly suburb for families to live. Please read The Star's coverage of this important community issue: http://www.starweekly.com.au/news/shock-at-closure-of-childcare-centre-in-footscray/pub/maribyrnong_hobsons_bay/
Hindi in Parramatta Public SchoolDear Parents More than 50% of the students in the school come from Indian Background. Hindi is most widely spoken language of India. Hindi is the 2nd largest spoken language of the world after Mandarin. Research has proved that learning second language from early age is beneficial for academic performance, cognitive development, creative thinking, career development and also helps retain cultural wisdom and family values. Please sign this petition immediately and encourage other parents to sign also.
Hindi in Rosehill Public SchoolDear Parents Significant percentage of the students come from Indian Background. Hindi is most widely spoken language of India. Hindi is the 2nd largest spoken language of the world after Mandarin. Research has proved that learning second language from early age is beneficial for academic performance, cognitive development, creative thinking, career development and also helps retain cultural wisdom and family values. Please help support this petition. Please sign this petition and encourage other parents to sign this petition.
Rename Victoria's Federal Seat of McMillanAngus McMillan participated in several massacres of Aboriginal people, as recorded by historian Don Watson in his work “Caledonia Australis” published by Williams Collins Pty Ltd, 1984. Peter Gardiner, another historian, has also detailed instances of McMillan’s involvement in massacres of Aboriginal people in his book “Our Founding Murdering Father” 1989 2nd revised edition. Many government agencies and representatives have made statements on reconciliation and I feel that asking for a name change is appropriate in line with these statements. The community has become more aware of what the indigenous peoples of Australia have endured since white settlement began two hundred years ago. I am concerned that by continuing to honour the names of people who massacred and mistreated the original inhabitants of this land, the integrity of the reconciliation process is called into question. We, the undersigned, ask that the name of the federal electorate of McMillan be changed at the next review. It is essential to consult with the Aboriginal people of Gippsland to seek their point of view and wishes in this regard.
Demand Action in Support of At-Risk Students Waiting For Delayed Centrelink PaymentsThis article, from the Sydney Morning Herald last year describes the situation students were facing around this time last year, and 2016 is already looking like it is off to the same bad start. http://www.smh.com.au/national/delayed-centrelink-payments-put-university-students-at-risk-of-dropping-out-20150506-ggvh90.html Many students are considering dropping out as they can not afford to wait any longer. After seeing this happen last year, why has the system not been improved? There has been time to hire staff (hello, all those young unemployed people applying for Newstart), however many students are yet again being failed by Australian Government by being kept in a vulnerable and stressful position whilst also being in a crucial decision-making time of their lives. Last year the student wellbeing advisor at RMIT, Georgie Larkins, said that there had been a 300% increase in emergency assistance vouchers provided to students (see SMH article). One student interviewed for the SMH article last year described her experience (which I'm sure many current students will share): "I only undertook this course knowing that I was eligible for some assistance from Centrelink, which would be subsidised with my part-time job. I feel embarrassed having to ask for money and anxious not knowing when I can expect Centrelink to come through."
School uniforms = Gender discriminationI believe that gender discriminatory clothing is not appropriate in primary schools, or schools in general. I believe that if we want equality for the sexes then here is the best place to start. Why is it that the majority of school uniforms for girls is a dress or skirt? It's all very well encouraging kids to climb trees and explore their environment, but how is this possible in a dress? This is a subconscious message that girls need to keep two feet on the ground and knees together. How is this appropriate learning attire? Would shorts not be more appropriate for sitting cross legged on the floor, doing sport or climbing trees? Why is it that we assign gender at such a young age? Why do we force children into masculine and feminine roles before they are, in fact, men or women? While society has a lot to answer for with only pink tutus or army greens to choose from in clothing stores, this should not be the case in school uniforms. When I was at high school I hated wearing the netball skirt as our sports uniform. As a show of rebellion I and several other girls (followed later by a significant portion of the school) went home and made shorts from the tartan material that our school skirts were made of and wore those instead. Rather than encouraging this independent show of equality with the boys the school tried to ban it. Have we not moved forward from then? My friend's gender-creative daughter hates wearing dresses. She is about to start school and the uniform is the same dress that I wore to primary school 30 years ago. Should she be forced to wear the dress, to be told she can't have an education if she doesn't? Should she be able to wear her older brother's old uniform, but at the risk of her being bullied for being different? This would not be an issue if the uniform was the same for boys and girls. I would like a review of school uniform policy. I would like a single, gender neutral, school uniform worn by all students. I believe this is a nation wide issue and a relatively simple issue to fix. Thank you for your help on this matter.
Sustainable Funding for ABA Helpline.This morning Senator Nash the Assistant Federal Health Minister announced the ABA Helpline would be funded for another year. To keep staff and for planning the helpline needs certainty. In 2007 the Parliamentary Inquiry recommended that the 24 hour helpline which is used by thousands of women each year be funded. Women from the city and rural areas can telephone a trained counselor for the cost of a local call. Many women leave hospital, often early before breastfeeding is established and require support. Volunteer, trained ABA counselors answer calls twenty-four seven and are a cost effective resource replied upon by health facilities. Every mother on discharge from hospital receives the infant blue book with the ABA helpline number on the cover.
Aboriginal verse at the start of the National AnthemAustralia is a wonderful country. From the beaches to the interior and tip to tip, this place is wonderful. It's diverse and original. The people and landscapes alike are varied and spectacular. Let's embrace those sentiments and make a statement that marks as Australia as a country who respects the past as well as looks to the future. Which side of history would you like to be on? The invasion, slavery and stolen dreamtime side, or the reconciliation, respect and equal partnership side? Your choice, bro. Start the conversation.
Save the Aboriginal Butterfly CaveAn important Awabakal women’s place – The Butterfly Cave – is at real and immediate risk of damage from a subdivision being built 20m/65ft away. It's contextual bushland setting will be destroyed. If we lose the Butterfly Cave it will be an environmental and cultural tragedy. We have witnessed the destruction of too many precious sites in bush and city Australia. The desecration must stop and it must stop NOW. Women's business matters!
University of Newcastle: Stop supporting abuseOpen letter to Professor Caroline McMillen, Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle Dear Professor McMillen, We the undersigned are deeply troubled to hear of the University of Newcastle’s (UON’s) decision to award a five-year contract valued at $88 million to Transfield Services, as it places the University in a highly contentious, and we believe untenable, position. Transfield Services will now be the head contractor for the delivery of UON’s infrastructure and facilities management and maintenance. Transfield is also the lead company contracted to manage and operate Australia's offshore detention camps. That these centres are sites of gross and ongoing human rights violations and physical, psychological and sexual abuse of vulnerable people seeking asylum has been well documented, including by a recent Senate enquiry, and by the ‘No Business in Abuse’ group, amongst others. As staff and students of UON, alumni and concerned members of the community, we believe that Transfield Services cannot be dissociated from its activities in offshore detention centres. It is our position that, by awarding this significant contract to Transfield Services, UON is, however unwittingly, providing a level of implicit endorsement for the company and all of its activities, including those in offshore detention camps. We therefore call on UON to lawfully terminate this contract, and seek an alternative contractor(s) to provide these services. We further call on UON to adopt the No Business in Abuse pledge, the text of which can be found in full here, www.nobusinessinabuse.org, and which would commit UON to engage only with companies, institutions and organisations that refuse to support or profit from abusive practices towards people seeking asylum. We trust that this letter is received in the intended spirit, to minimise and repair the reputational damage done to the University, and to advance a new direction that could see UON leading the sector in areas of ethical policy and practice.
Stop the private long day care development in BlackheathOur local community does not need this development. Our area is already well serviced by other local, not-for-profit community-based preschool and long day care services. For-profit childcare facilities put profits before children, operating on the lowest costs, least qualified and lowest amount of staff they can get away with. We don't believe the care and education of our children should be privatised for profit. The bowling green site is currently zoned recreation, located next to Blackheath Oval, gym, basketball and tennis courts. It was up until recently, used by the Blue Mountains Croquet Club. The site should remain as a recreational facility as intended by the zoning.
Let my child watch 'Gayby Baby' in school hoursMy daughter's school in Leichhardt, NSW was one of around 50 schools in Australia that had organised to screen the Gayby Baby movie - as part of national Wear it Purple day, a campaign for the inclusion of diverse genders and sexualities in schools. I was over the moon that my daughter would have the opportunity to watch this film along with her schoolmates, some of whom themselves are gay, lesbian or bisexual or have same-sex parents. It was a great chance for the kids to discuss the content of the film together in an open and accepting way. But on Wednesday, NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli sent a memo to every NSW principal BANNING them from showing this documentary during class time. Since when does the Education Minister intervene to ban a movie? This is deeply upsetting, and so very disappointing. Minister Piccoli has gone too far. The NSW Department of Education guidelines on film screenings do not prohibit showing films with homosexual themes and advise that films with an M+ rating can be shown at the discretion of the principal. Gayby Baby has been rated PG. Gayby is a documentary about kids growing up, in this case in a same-sex family. It's a real gift for kids to have the opportunity to watch a film told from kids' perspectives, and gives them a chance to openly discuss what it means to be a family. For Mr Piccoli to ban the screening of this film during class time sends a terrible message to the kids of today. Piccoli's ban is a unacceptable statement that this government doesn't want our kids learning about same-sex families, at least not on their watch. I want my two children to grow up in an Australia where they, their friends, and family members can be proud of who they are, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity. The Gayby Baby documentary teaches kids that there is more than one way to make a family and fundamentally teaches us to be open, accepting and loving towards each other. What could be more educational than that?
YOUNGER SIBLINGS MUST BE GIVEN PRIORITY FOR ADMISSION BEFORE NEW ADMISSIONSSchools in the West Victoria are experiencing high volume of enrollment applications. Families with older sibling in a school are being told that it's not school priority to have younger siblings attend the same school over the new families living in the catchment area. Families who have had long associations with the school, and children who have built friendships and trust with the school are being forced to leave by the exclusion of younger siblings. We support the changes that need to occur to control school numbers but solutions must take into account the welfare of existing pupils and their families. Please respect our children's and families need to be able to attend the same primary school. Don't force families into a position where they have to withdraw their children from the school they love in the middle of their schooling.
Request to Abandon Plans to Clear Fell Coupe FD053A.The petition of the undersigned residents of the Wynyard area draws to the attention of the House the proposed clear felling and burning of Coupe FD053A in Lapoinya. The most recent Three Year Wood Production Plan indicated that this coupe will be cleared in 2015/2016. This coupe is principally comprised of juvenile growth, which will not be ready for harvesting for another 30 years, along with old growth and mature growth stands. There are few Category 1 and Category 3 sawlogs in the coupe. The forest provides habitat for a range of species, including the Tasmanian Devil, Spotted-Tail Quoll, Wedged-Tail Eagle and Goshawk, as well as Giant Freshwater Crayfish. If FD053A is clear-felled as proposed, the wood will likely be sold at a loss as woodchips and peelers. As Forestry Tasmania will fail to return a profit on the coupe, this loss will be borne by the taxpayer. Allowing such a loss is fiscally irresponsible. More significantly, allowing the destruction of habitat, damaging local tourism potential and compromising recreational activities such as horse riding, bushwalking and birdwatching in the absence of any overriding public economic interest is socially, environmentally and politically irresponsible.
SAVE WEST EPPING PRESCHOOL INCHornsby Shire Council is looking to increase the rent for West Epping Pre-school to market rate. This will lead to a substantial increase in the current school fees and/or selling off the community preschool to private operators, which will mean the loss of an affordable preschool option for the local community. West Epping Pre-school (“WEPS”) is the local community not-for profit preschool and has been operating in its current premise for over 55 years. Over 10,000 local students have transitioned successfully through our preschool to local primary schools. WEPS has provided and continues to provide a very unique early childhood education program to our local community and many local parents have chosen and continue to choose to send their children to WEPS because: - We are one of the only few early childhood providers in the Epping area who is NOT a long day care provider. - A community preschool is a more financially affordable option for parents who cannot afford expensive long day care facilities. (For example, it is an affordable option for parents who are not eligible for Child Care Benefit rebate). - WEPS provides a high quality preschool program (rated “exceeding” in all 7 quality areas of the National Quality Standard) - WEPS has played an integral role in the local community for over 55 years and helps create healthy interactive communities in the Epping area even before families enter kindergarten in the local primary schools - We have a very committed team of staff with 15 years of service as an average across all employees. With the recent high density developments and rezoning in the Epping area (which will see approximately 8500 new residential dwelling in the local Epping area) as well as the predicted increase in local population, it is clear that there will be an increase in the demand for early childhood education. Hornsby Shire Council should be looking at adding more early childhood education options for the local community, but not at the expense of existing preschools already satisfying a need in the community. It is the local council’s responsibility to serve the needs of its local community. And Hornsby Shire council should serve their communities by assisting in the provision of facilities and early childhood education to its constituents. If you want to support the survival of West Epping Pre-School and ensure that Epping continues to have a wide range of options for early childhood education, please sign this petition by Sunday 9 August 2015 and share through social media (eg Facebook) with like-minded community members.
Protect young people from mental illnessResearch into regular meditation practice found increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, introspection and can increase our well-being and quality of life. Meditation has also been shown to be a very valuable tool in overcoming depression and anxiety. The statistics show that in Australia the onset of mental illness is usually mid-to-late adolescence and that the highest prevalence of mental illness is between 18-24 years old. Suicide is the leading cause of death for people ages 15-24 years old. The practice of meditation is free to do and would only take up 20 minutes of students time each morning. It requires no additional equipment or training as there are numerous free guided meditation resources available. We also know that prevention is better than a cure. Therefore, we appeal to the ACARA to include a daily meditation practice in the National Curriculum so that the youth of today are armed with the tools they need to deal with stress and trauma and increase their resilience to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. This will also positively impact the health care system which is currently unable to provide adequate care and support for the growing number of mental health cases each year.
STOP BRANDIS GUTTING OUR NATIONAL ARTS!These changes strip the Australia Council – our nation’s independent arts funding body – of a quarter of its budget. This comes on the back of last year’s damaging cuts, which slashed the Australia Council’s capacity by $28.2 million over four years. The Australia Council is left with just $60 million - almost half of what Brandis has side swiped. Minister Brandis’ actions threaten the art community’s ability to produce original Australian works, pay staff and collaborators, and administer wider outreach programs. These are organisations and individuals (small businesses) who already run on incredibly lean resources and many now face drastic down-sizing or closure. The ripple-on effect is going to cause significant damage and despondency across the entire Australian arts community as well as their ability to complete creative works and remain employed. But these funding cuts don’t just hurt the artists involved. Artists tell stories. They reflect our experiences, help us to understand the world, introduce us to different perspectives and challenge our preconceptions. They inspire, educate and broaden the imaginations of all Australians. By slashing the funding available to independent artists and smaller organisations, Minister Brandis is robbing Australia of these stories. By taking the money to set up his own discretionary fund – which will no doubt be directed towards larger organisations and mainstream art – he’s limiting the broad spectrum of voices that shape our national narrative which will create a less diverse, vibrant culture. Politicians should not be handpicking which artists and organisations receive support; that’s the role of the nation’s independent arms-length arts funding body, the Australia Council for the Arts. The funding cuts to the Australia Council need to be reversed.
NEEDED: New Mainstream Media Entity For PerthPerth's media is managed externally and there is nothing organic about the issues raised, no pride in the news that is published and no engagement from the wider community due to an apathetic opinion towards change for our city. The majority of Perth is without a representation in the media and with the growth in the State's population, it's about time we had one.
No jail time for doctors and teachers who speak outOur so-called democratic government just passed laws that penalise health, education or human rights advocates for speaking out on behalf of a vulnerable population – asylum seekers. Australia is not a country that will stand for jailing or penalising people that speak out about the human rights infringements of our government or its contractors. We must demand amendments to these laws. The head of the Australasian Royal College of Physcians, Dr Nicholas Talley and the president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Brian Owler have spoken out against the Border Force Act's penalisation laws. TWEET: #NoJailForOurDuty EMAIL: Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton: firstname.lastname@example.org "Dear Minister Dutton, I am aware that your government has just passed laws that penalise doctors and teachers for speaking out on behalf of people under their care in detention centres. Australia is not a country that will stand for jailing or penalising people that speak out about the infringements or abuses of our government or its contractors. I am requesting an amendment to the Border Force Act stipulating no jail time and no fines for whistleblowers. Australian law must allow protection for whistleblowers that expose issues, not just to "save a life", but to speak publicly if need be about issues that affect the physical and mental health of this vulnerable population that we have a duty to protect. Yours in anticipation" IN THE MEDIA: http://m.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/doctors-and-teachers-gagged-under-new-immigration-laws-20150603-ghft05.html http://m.smh.com.au/comment/doctors-must-be-allowed-to-speak-freely-on-poor-detention-centre-conditions-20150608-ghih50.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-28/barns-newhouse-detention-centre-secrecy-just-got-even-worse/6501086
Help Peru's Educationit is important that we improve all facilities that will help our future generation live a life where they have access to education and food. There is too much money spent on office buildings when there are people out there that cant even read or feed themselves. Imagine how many people are out there that cant read or write not just children, but adults.
USU, don't bankrupt Tom Raue for whistleblowingTom did what any good student representative should do. He acted in the interests of the students who elected him. Many students were brutalised by riot police on picket lines during the 2013 staff strikes. Students had a right to know that the university was collaborating with the police in shutting down protests and endangering their safety. USU Directors seemed to have come around to this position last year, but now they have changed their minds and want to impose $50,000 worth of legal fees on Tom for speaking out in students' interests. This is disgraceful and it must be strongly opposed. For more background info see: –Honi Soit: http://honisoit.com/2015/05/in-secret-ballot-board-votes-to-pursue-costs-with-former-vice-president-tom-raue/ –New Matilda: https://newmatilda.com/2015/05/31/student-union-pursues-whistleblower-50000-legal-bill
SAVE CASM -The Centre for Aboriginal Studies in MusicThe Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) has a venerated 40 year long history of a unique contribution to Indigenous music education and to the production of Australian Indigenous music for which it is recognised nationally and internationally. The current proposal will have negative long term social and cultural consequences with the potential for national impacts for Indigenous musicians and Australian music. CASM has a culturally specialized peer learning environment and community engaged programs that have proven successful in supporting the production of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and the wider music industry. This is a holistic approach to education through music. We are particularly concerned that the highly successful and specialised intercultural curriculum and community engaged pedagogy that has developed by CASM to meet the specific learning needs of Indigenous music students will be endangered through this proposal, and wish to register our concerns about the potential loss of a program recognised widely for its unique focus on capacity building and empowerment of Indigenous musicians and the expression of Indigenous identity and culture through music education. The applied research focus of the work of CASM is also recognised both nationally and internationally for its special focus on social justice and community engagement through music, and wish to express concern about any restriction of this effort. This proposal is not supported and is not acceptable to the Australian Aboriginal community. The proposal is in breach of the United Nation Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including but not limited to Articles 5 (…the right to maintain and strengthen…distinct political, legal, social, and cultural institutions…); Article 8 (…the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of…culture); Article 11 (…the right to practice and revitalise…cultural traditions … [including] the right to maintain, protect and develop the past, present and future manifestations of…cultures such as…performing arts); and Article 14 (…the right to establish and control…educational systems and institutions…in a manner appropriate to…cultural methods of teaching and learning). We recommend We call upon the University of Adelaide to: * Immediately stop this intervention and maintain and support existing CASM programs * Engage in proper consultation and adhere to internationally recognised protocols requiring negotiation of approved outcomes in service to an Aboriginal stakeholder community * Reverse a history of neglect and properly support CASM programs, students, staff, and the historical relationships between the University and Aboriginal communities as embodied in CASM
“Make my voice count” – join the fight against TAFE funding cuts!According to the document released by the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce “a rationalised structure of TAFE institutes could see the number of sites in the state reduce from 95 to just 57 with the facilities consolidated across 6 regions”. In the past few years the Australian Government has progressively cut education funding to TAFE Institutes and increased fees by 500 percent. The cuts have led to TAFE providers forced to re-evaluate their course offerings including slashing a number of courses, as courses are not financially viable. This has resulted in a decreased number of students enrolling in courses due to the increased course costs, making TAFE less accessible to people. This has impacted students in rural areas whom are forced to move due to course closures and unavailability. The education cuts to TAFE will have a negative impact on students opportunities to access higher education, as students use TAFE for bridging course purposes to enter university. Increased fees and course cuts has made pathways to university more difficult for people who are already socio-economically disadvantaged. Join the fight against TAFE funding cuts! Make your voice count by signing the petition.
Implement the WHO CODE for Marketing Artificial Milk.Since the Abbott Government came to power and dismissed the APMAIF Panel the marketing of artificial milk has increased. Health professionals are increasingly being targeted in magazines and on health professional websites. As breast milk, like the unpaid work of women is not recognized in Gross National Product figures it is not valued and the Government does not protect, promote or support it. Breastfeeding is a public primary preventative health measure. The Federal Government should be leading the charge to promote the fundamental human rights of children to optimum nutrition and live up to Australian Governments commitment as a signatory to The WHO Code for marketing artificial milk. Breastfeeding is gender specific. Fairness in promoting this issue by a predominantly male government would be good.
Scrap the minimum work test for childcare!My name is Amanda, and I'm a single mother of two beautiful kids. If the minimum work test had been in place when my kids were younger, I wouldn't have been able to give them the early education they deserve. That's because I battle with severe premature arthritis, which makes simple activities like cleaning up after my kids excruciatingly painful. I often can't work and arthritis doesn't qualify me for a disability pension, so childcare has been a lifesaver for me and for my kids. I'm sure there are many other parents like me out there. As a single mother, I'm deeply worried about people who don't have traditional support networks and will be hit hardest by a minimum work test. If we can't access 2 days of affordable childcare in the first place, who will look after our kids when we apply for jobs? And which employer will give us a job if we're forced to bring our kids along to the interview? But the minimum work test is not just about single parents; it also affects people who struggle to find employment. In this economic climate, many families try to pick up work where they can, but the jobs aren't there. With kids to look after 24/7, how are they meant to get back into the workforce? Childcare is crucial for kids as well as parents. Being in childcare for at least 2 days a week has long-lasting benefits, ranging from increased attentiveness, to higher marks at school, to the ability to make friends. By restricting the opportunities of childcare to those who can afford it, you're setting thousands of kids up for a lifetime of inequality - before they've even got to school. A minimum work test hits the families who need this subsidy the most. We need to stop it - for our kids, and for the future of Australia.
No jab no play ... no jab no payPlease sign this petition if you believe parents have a right to choose what's best for their children and don't have to pay penalties for a well-informed decision. After all by trying to take away family and childcare payments from low income families who conscientiously choose to selectively vaccinate or not vaccinate, the Australian government is putting parents in the impossible position of having to choose between feeding and housing their families and vaccinating their children against their will, THIS IS NOT LEGAL CONSENT, IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND IT IS BLACKMAIL!
IT'S TIME 4 SA Gov 2 stop treat W/Coast children in way that may be breach of UN Child Right CharterGovernment mandated daylight saving has always been a problem for children and families on the West Coast of South Australia. In 2008/09 it was extended for a longer period. Subsequent years have had this extension also. Could a line have been crossed whereby SA Government may be in breach of UN Child Rights Charter Principle Two ( 2) as far as its responsibilities to the children of the West Coast of South Australia and perhaps even all South Australian children ? http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/learning-hub/educator-resources/childrens-rights/#child-rights-the-four-key-principles Earlier this year (2015) the Premier of South Australia raised the possibility of a change in South Australia's Time Zone. This presents an excellent opportunity for South Australia Government to stop possible abuse of children, by changing to correct time zone for South Australia, GMT +9
Stop blocking a community garden, QLD Dept. of Main Roads• Provide green space in one of Brisbane’s most urban neighbourhoods. • Greatly improve visual appearance on a busy road. • Save tax payer money. • Foster community spirit and cohesiveness. • Our “herbs of world” proposal would provide educational opportunities for children and adults alike. • Demonstrate that the State government is listening to local communities.
Stop Wrecking TAFE!The creation of a training market in NSW and a general decrease in government support for vocational education has resulted in a significant cut to TAFE funding. As a consequence fees have been greatly increased, courses cut and less opportunities provided for some of the most disdvantaged to gain needed skills. The Smart and Skilled policy will only help in transferring taxpayer dollars to the private colleges and leave NSW without a strong public TAFE system.
End Domestic and Family ViolenceWe have probably all heard the statistic: one Australian woman dies at the hands of a partner or ex-partner every week. But so far in 2015, women are being murdered at double that rate, and in NSW alone there were almost 28,000 recorded incidents of domestic and family violence in the 12 months to September 2014. The reality is likely to be much higher. It's time to act. Urgent steps must be taken by our leaders and policy makers now, to ensure this shameful epidemic no longer ruins the lives of generations of families. Rest assured, someone you know has been affected by family violence. Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, whose own son, Luke, was murdered last year by his father, has campaigned fiercely for short-term and long-term change. In the long term, let's change the entrenched attitudes and gender inequalities that help create the environment for domestic and family violence in the first place (such as through respectful relationships education in schools); but in the short term, let's improve the support services and responses from organisations such as the police and courts, so victims know they are not alone. Rosie is supporting our campaign, and we are supporting her. Get on board and help be a force for change.
End Domestic and Family ViolenceWe have probably all heard the statistic: one Australian woman dies at the hands of a partner or ex-partner every week. But so far in 2015, women are being murdered at double that rate, and in Queensland alone in 2013-14 there were more than 66,000 reported incidents of domestic and family violence. It's time to act. Urgent steps must be taken by our leaders and policy makers now, to ensure this shameful epidemic no longer ruins the lives of generations of families. Rest assured, someone you know has been affected by family violence. Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, whose own son, Luke, was murdered last year by his father, has campaigned fiercely for short-term and long-term change. In the long term, let's change the entrenched attitudes and gender inequalities that help create the environment for domestic and family violence in the first place (such as through respectful relationships education in schools); but in the short term, let's improve the support services and responses from organisations such as the police and courts, so victims know they are not alone. Rosie is supporting our campaign, and we are supporting her. Get on board and help be a force for change.
NSW University Students Demand a Better FutureCrossbench senators like Motoring Enthusiast Ricky Muir, Independent Nick Xenophon and the Palmer United Party are against legislation. But, as we saw with the abolition of the carbon tax, their opinions can change very quickly during discussions with the Coalition. Let's make sure this legislation is not passed by making sure crossbench senators know just how unpopular university deregulation is.
Anita Sarkeesian Unlock Your Videos' Comments SectionThis is important because it will give an area for debate and discussion about criticism and other aspects of video games and its culture. Right now there is no one place for people to come and discuss. I feel your videos are the perfect place to be the home to bridge the two sides of the debate. With it, I feel persona attacks and harassment will decrease, or in the very least, be localized and no longer a threat to as many people.
STOP Discrimination of Family Day Care.Whilst Family Day Care Educators understand, and stand with the government in wanting to see fraudulent educators and schemes within our sector closed down and prosecuted, we strongly oppose the new discriminating amendment to the child care rebate legislation. The reason we find this decision so appalling is that we believe it is a breach of the anti-discrimination laws as it is taking away a family day care educators parental right to choose the model of early education and care for their child; it is taking away a family day care educators right to earn a sustainable income; it is taking away children of family day care educators rights to participate in early education and care and socialization outside of their family unit; and we believe this new legislation breaches the united nations convention on the rights of the child (Article 5, Article 15, Article 18, Article 23, Article 28, Article 29, Article 31). Furthermore, we believe Minister Ley mislead the public through her statements that she consulted with family day care peak bodies, because advising our national peak body Family Day Care Australia that you are amending the legislation 24 hours prior, and then embargoing them from sharing this information within our sector, is NOT consultation. Minister Birmingham and Minister Morrison, this new legislation will cause thousands of children to lose their child care placement as of 3rd Feb 2015, and hundreds of currently self-sufficient small business owners will be forced back onto welfare as their business will no longer be sustainable. How is this making childcare more affordable, flexible and available?
Premier Andrews, We Order You Not To Pay Gaming Giant Tatts $540 Million in CompensationThe hard working people of Victoria are heading into a year of income and employment recession. There will be huge pressure on already overwhelmed social services, health and education services. This is a huge amount of our hard earned tax dollars we can not afford to waste. Please use the power of your office to block this compensation to greedy gambling fat cats by any means. Please do not be swayed by false notions of community philanthropy by Tatts. These are a well understood rort. We implore you, kindly, the people of Victoria. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-04/victorian-government-order-to-pay-compensation-to-tatts-group/5945076