• Make Commercial Whaling Illegal
    Killing whales for food has occurred in some cultures for thousands of years, but commercial whaling is quickly devastating the world's whale populations. Commercial whaling involves hunting down these majestic creatures and turning them into barrels of oil for profit. Whales are essential for healthy oceans - they play an important role in the food web and help the oceans deal with the impacts of climate change. Japan is one of the world's biggest whalers. Although they say the slaughter happens for "research", the same research can now be conducted without killing the animals. Most whale populations have decreased by 90% in the last 200 years. If we don't act now to ban commercial whaling, our grandchildren may only see the beauty of whales in museums.
    117 of 200 Signatures
    Created by Holly Whalan
  • War on Trial - Close Pine Gap
    In September 2016, several hundred Australians of diverse ages, professions and creeds gathered in Alice Springs to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Pine Gap Agreement. As part of the peaceful protests near the facility, five Christians prayed and played a musical lament, regarding the role of Pine Gap in war-fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Syria. They were arrested. The peaceful and symbolic ceremonies conducted by Margaret Pestorius, Tim Webb, Franz Dowling, Andrew Paine, Jim Dowling, as well as Paul Christie (arrested in a separate incident), were intended to bear witness to the death and suffering of civilians as a result of United States military operations, including drone assassinations, facilitated by surveillance conducted at Pine Gap. Since their peaceful protests, more evidence has emerged detailing the role of Pine Gap in the activities that concerned the Peace Pilgrims. It implicates Australia in extrajudicial drone assassinations in countries with which we are not at war, in nuclear weapons targeting and in illegal mass surveillance. Three months after the protest, you authorised the prosecution of these concerned citizens for ‘unlawful entry’ under the Defence Special Undertakings Act 1952 (Cth). That legislation was drafted at the height of the Cold War to secure areas for British nuclear testing, and it permits prosecutions to be held in secret, and for records of hearings to be destroyed, imposing penalties of up to $42,000 and 7 years in jail. This prosecution occurs as Australia prepares to serve on the UN Human Rights Council and when UN Rapporteurs have criticised policies, laws and actions of your government that undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and the right to protest. These are fundamental civil rights, and they are profoundly important when governments are engaged in the sort of conduct which Pine Gap facilitates. Five of the defendants are devout Christians. Their faith impelled them to give voice to the teachings of peace and love for humanity and creation found in the Bible. In this case, where Australian citizens were doing no more than praying and peacefully expressing dissent, prosecuting them is not only grossly inappropriate but a shocking waste of court resources. We, the undersigned, urge you to exercise your discretion to direct this punitive, disproportionate and expensive prosecution be discontinued before the matter comes to court in Alice Springs on 13 November 2017. The Alice Springs Peace Convergence takes place on Arrernte land. The ‘kwertengwerle’ (ritual caretakers) of central and eastern Arrernte are committed to closing Pine Gap through a process of Healing, Unity & Peace.
    21 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Allysha Jensen
  • Scott Emerson MP - Reject Adani's billion-dollar handout!
    The LNP's plan to hand over $1 billion to offshore mining giant Adani to build a coal mine is utterly irresponsible. Adani's mega mine will accelerate global warming, and cause irreversible damage to groundwater and the Great Barrier Reef, among many other things. $1 billion for this project is a shortsighted and irresponsible waste of taxpayer money. The world is moving away from fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy. Every major Australian bank has refused to fund Adani because of the environmental impacts and moreover, because it's a bad investment. Finally Adani have a shocking and disgusting track record of environmental destruction, corruption, and tax-evasion. Adani are under investigation right now for siphoning hundreds of millions of dollars of borrowed money into offshore tax havens. Public funds should be invested in the community, not a billionaire's dirty coal mine, dirty in more ways than one. Authorised by E Roberts, 3/15 Lamington St, New Farm, Queensland, 4005.
    127 of 200 Signatures
    Created by Vikram Goonawardena Picture
  • Don't give $18.5 million to billionaire Adani
    The Townsville council wants to waste $18.5 million of ratepayer’s money on a private airstrip for Adani. Adani is an offshore multi-billion-dollar multinational mining giant. Their Carmichael coal mine is a private project intended to enrich the Adani family. Why are the people of Townsville paying for a billionaire’s private infrastructure? If Adani’s project is commercially viable they should be financing it themselves. This outrageous ratepayer handout comes on top of a range of other special privileges governments have given to Adani at the expense of everyday Australians. Townsville is facing problems with its own water supply, but the Queensland State Labor government have offered Adani free and unlimited groundwater. The Federal Government is offering Adani a billion-dollar taxpayer handout to build their rail line. There are many things in Townsville that $18.5 million could be better spent on, including investing in long-term solutions for creating secure local employment or ensuring long-term water security or preventing low-lying suburbs from flooding every King Tide. The last thing we need is $18.5 million of our taxes wasted on a tax-dodging billionaire’s private air strip.
    1,654 of 2,000 Signatures
    Created by Erika Ferguson
  • Save the facade, 185 Castlereagh St
    This iconic 1912 building is part of Sydney’s history. It’s housed The Barley Mo, Cahill’s restaurant, the old Windsor tavern and most recently the Windsor. A building that has had publicity in Sydney newspapers throughout its lifetime. When we can build a 100 story building, why can’t we save the facade of buildings that make our city unique and appealing.
    10 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Yianoula Morris
  • Return Community & Residents Rights - Stop Supercar Racing Blights
    V8 car racing outside residential homes is unsafe and unacceptable. The Supercar "Noise Management Plan" recommends residents living on the racetrack "Keep doors and windows closed; seal cracks, doors and window frames using commercial or make shift products. Basic protection measures may include: adhesive sealing strips for door frames and windows , temporary vent seals, under door strip seals/draught stoppers, fill cracks using commercial foam fillers or silicon; remain in back rooms; use hearing protection; leave property during some or all of the race period". Many residents living on the racetrack have no air-conditioning, and cannot afford to go away for the race period. They are faced with living in the above conditions for 3 x 10 hour days. Please note there are at least 3 ladies in the area that are pregnant, one of whom is expecting her baby to born the event weekend. The Heritage Conservation Areas of Newcastle and Newcastle East is wholly unsuitable for V8 Super Car street racing. The race preparations have seriously degraded residential amenity, homes are being damaged and convict hewn sandstone blocks are being sawn up for the benefit of the layout of the Supercars race track. Businesses are suffering some have closed and one successful business has already lost $70000 in takings. To add insult to injury hospitality is being outsourced to Brisbane or Sydney Supercars suppliers. The race will impact negatively on historic houses, buildings, public parks and the inhabitants on, and within, the racetrack. It will impede access to three aged care complexes located within the proposed racing area. There are over 4000 people residing in this predominantly residential area. NCC are unable to guarantee that sound levels are safe for all residents and that there will be no delay in response times to emergency and medical service. Preparations have resulted in reduced public safety and access to major tourist sites including Newcastle Foreshore Park, Horseshoe Beach, The Convict Lumber Yard, The Cowrie Hole, The Soldiers Baths, Nobbys Breakwall, Bathers Way, Newcastle Baths, Fort Scratchley, the Canoe Pool, and Nobbys and Newcastle Beaches. This will also be the case during the event. This race affects every user of the iconic East End in the lead up to and at the beginning of the peak holiday season. Our beautiful peninsula will be scaffolded and barricaded for three months each year and visitors will be discouraged from coming. The vast majority of people would detest having a 3 day car racing event on their street, or in their suburb. Please consider what residents and the wider community have been living through in preparation for, and during, 3 x 10 hour days of this car racing event. Residents are being asked to provide their private details, to a consortium, in order to be "accredited" to enter their own homes. Many residents will also be forced to walk through a concrete and wire structure, less than 1 metre from V8's racing, for over 200 metres just to get to a pedestrian bridge to get out of their home and away from this event. For residents with disabilities or mobility difficulties there is only one entry and exit, with only one lift to help over a thousand people. Supercars refuse to reveal the Sound Report and to add more insult to injury Destination NSW have given no conditions for which Supercars should comply to. We are trapped by this appallling legislation and we will be soon be trapped by an enclosure, and racing cars, circling our homes and suburb. ANALYSIS OF THE MOTOR RACING (SYDNEY AND NEWCASTLE) ACT 2008 (NSW) This is an Act that: 1. suspends the operation of other Acts protecting safety and the environment before, during and after the proposed event; 2. permits the event to be conducted on public land eventhough it would not be otherwise permitted under those other Acts; 3. permits the event to be operated by a private entity without charge and with the aim of making a profit for the private entity; 4. requires oversight of the event by a government agency, but with no right for any other person to legally challenge the competency or quality of that oversight; 5. severely restricts the actions of any other person in and around the public land where the event is being conducted; 6. prevents any other person suffering financial loss as a result of the event from claiming compensation from the private entity or the government agencies permitting the event; and 7. removes oversight of reinstatement of the public space after the event from the local Council and hands it to Destinations NSW, a government department that only has accountability for tourism. If you're interested in knowing more about the comparison of this track location in relation to other s'cars tracks in Australia head to this website https://rightracewrongplace.org/2017/07/07/compare-the-newcastle-circuit/ This video shows some of the destruction caused in preparation for this intrusive and dangerous event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPc_JXgiQB8&feature=youtu.be
    1,230 of 2,000 Signatures
    Created by Newcastle Residents Picture
  • Don't widen Wynnum Road at East Brisbane
    Because it is a lot of money to achieve nothing. Poor transport planning of outer suburbs and lack of world class infrastructure leads to ineffective temporary fixes being applied and this one must be stopped. It affects many people in the suburb and tears a community apart. It won't solve the problem for commuters.
    7 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Andrew Russell-Clark Picture
  • Stop The Light Rail Project
    We believe cancelling the light rail project will: Save 200 trees (some, 150 year old). Save endangered wildlife in the trees. Save Aboriginal Artefacts. Save Shade for Sydney People. Save 37 million Customers that will be lost to Sydney per year. Save Sydney Businesses. Save NSW $3 billion by having Electric Buses.
    28 of 100 Signatures
    Created by John Bellamy Picture
  • hands up for democracy
    HANDS UP FOR DEMOCRACY From a very early age I have been interested in justice, democracy, helping others and fair play for all. As a child I saw inequalities when some poor child was abused or bullied, and I think this was my grounding for my empathy for my fellow man and the politics that would deliver a humane answer to issues. As a young adult I joined a political party in the hope of making a difference, but as a married woman became disillusioned with policies that affected the family income. Now I am also discovering that policies damage our environment as well as harm our workers. I discover that the rich have the ears of the politicians and feel no concern when they rape our country, harm our environment and damage our precious icon The Great Barrier reef. Terrorism and the refugee issues are not adequately addressed. Our returned soldiers are left on the streets. Workers are losing their standards of living, their wages are being reduced while the cost of living is increasing. It is time. It is time for the Aussie Voter to stand up and be counted. It is time for the Aussie Voter to claim his Right and his Heritage. The People are Sovereign. We need to re-assert our rights to govern. We need to do this before the multinationals gain too much power through our politicians. We no longer have Democracy when the politicians listen to the few over the majority. The few are the multinationals who are not Australians and do not have a company in Australia. They are foreigners and yet they have the ear or our politicians. Why? Our desire is to bring Democracy back into politics and the Parliament; to have a government that will be concerned with, and connect with, the interests of the voters. We envisage a Parliament with greater diversity, not aligned to a single ideology, and more Democratic in their pursuit and application of governance. Scientists and environmentalists as well as the Voters are screaming bout climate change and the damage to the Great Barrier Reef, but our politicians are not hearing us. We aim for a more Direct form of Democracy that will give all people access to governance and the opportunity to be heard, in a just, fair and democratic way; to restore the rights of the Voter, to bring Democracy to all, and to have our wonderful Nation governed according to the will of the Aussie Voter who lives, breathes and works in our beautiful country. Switzerland has managed to do this for over 130 years and has a very stable economy - there is no reason why we cannot do the same. Switzerland has four referendums per year, I propose that we have two. At each referendum we can introduce laws that can be voted on by our people, and the majority will pass or reject each proposal. This is a much fairer method of voting and a better form of Democracy. Enough signatures on this petition will make this a plebiscite referendum, something our Parliament cannot ignore. Will you join us for a better future for all Aussies now, and for our future generations, our children and grandchildren and their grandchildren. This is our gift to all the future generations of Australian Citizens.
    46 of 100 Signatures
    Created by jo hoffman Picture
  • Stop Land Clearing That Will Wipe Out Koalas
    Koala populations are already struggling in certain parts of Queensland such as Dalby. Habitat is critical to the survival of the koala and up to 80% of koalas who lose their habitat are likely to be wiped out. The proposed destruction of koala habitat is for new coal seam gas wells on Queensland's Western Downs. Coal seam gas mining is a threat to farmlands and water resources not to mention the public health risks which have not yet been properly assessed. Potential harm could include an increased risk of cancer. What else can we do? Write to minister Hon Jackie Trad deputy.premier@ministerial.qld.gov.au Write to the Premier of Queensland Hon Anna Palaszczuk https://www.thepremier.qld.gov.au/tools/contact.aspx Join the Animal Justice Party Queensland https://animaljusticeparty.org/join/ Donate to the Australian Koala Foundation https://www.savethekoala.com/
    408 of 500 Signatures
    Created by RIC ALLPORT Picture
  • Save Barrabup Forest....once it's gone, it's gone!
    Barrabup Block is less than 5km to Nannup and is the main gateway to our beautiful little tourist town. There should have been more community consultation from government agencies due to the proximity to town considering the negative impact it may cause. The majority of this forest has not been logged since pre-1920, which makes it very unique as it is the oldest and largest forest this close to town. Rare and endangered flora/fauna and cultural heritage are located within this block. We need to protect this natural asset as it is far more valuable to our community and our environment if left in its natural state. This forest should be something we protect and hold dearly so that future generations can not only enjoy it but celebrate its existence. Please help us save this magnificent forest.
    3,263 of 4,000 Signatures
    Created by Martin and Ellie Mckie
  • Ban brown coal mining in Australia
    Brown coal creates more pollution than other fuels such as black coal, natural gas and much more than clean renewable energy, making Victorians among the most greenhouse polluting people per capita on the planet (Victoria EPA website). Australia's greenhouse gas emissions from brown coal can be reduced dramatically and in a much shorter time frame than through the implementation of renewable energy by ceasing the use of brown coal and instead using black coal from Queensland.
    11 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Joe Carroll Picture