• Protect Our Grazing Lands; Eradicate Prickly Acacia!
    John and Helen Ogg of Ayrshire Downs, Winton, are typical Mitchell Grass Downs graziers. They slaved for 20 years to control Prickly Acacia on their land, but the mass germination of the 2010 wet season really kicked them in the guts. - 1926 - Qld Govt urged graziers to plant Prickly Acacia for shade and fodder - 1957 - Prickly Acacia declared a noxious weed - 1980 - Government continues to promote it as a fodder plant - 1996 - 6.6 million hectares of infestation in Queensland (Qld Govt) - 2015 - 22 million hectares of infestation in Queensland (Qld Govt) - lost pasture (100% in dense infestations) - reduced land productivity - reduced property values - threatens 25 rare animal species through loss of habitat - threatens 2 endangered plant communities - increased annual spending on control (up to $100,000 per property) - $50 million in annual costs to cattle industry - traditional methods losing the battle - most of Mitchell Grass Downs will be infested by 2030 John and Helen were devastated, overwhelmed and despondent. They felt lost and had no idea what to do next. But then the game changed… dramatically, with the revolutionary new methods developed by local, community-based not-for-profit group, Desert Channels Queensland: - perfecting satellite assisted mapping and analysis - using unmanned aerial vehicle for pinpoint herbicide application - government approval for residual herbicide in restricted areas - foliar application of herbicide - reducing treatment costs to one-twelfth - matching methods to infestations - forming grazier cooperatives for long-term action In less than 3 years, and in the midst of crippling drought, the results of Desert Channels Queensland’s work is astonishing; it’s been constrained only by funding: - 32 grazier partnerships - 50 million Prickly Acacia trees killed - 800% increase in efficiency - 600% increase in grass coverage - 500% increase in grass biomass - 300% increase in grass species - 92% reduction in costs - 142,000 hectares of native habitat restoration - 600 kilometres of streamline vegetation protected - $1 million spent in local businesses - created local employment Prickly Acacia can be beaten; Desert Channels Queensland has proven it. The Oggs no longer feel it’s a lost cause; they’re now talking about winning. Desert Channels Queensland has the strategic plan, revolutionary tools, enviable track record, grazier partnerships, community support, skills, expertise and personnel to eradicate Prickly Acacia by 2026, we just need the funding support. Please sign this petition and tell our politicians that the time to act is now. They helped create the problem; it’s up to them to help solve it before it’s insurmountable. For more information about our program, see https://youtu.be/8hql_cTXXrc
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  • More Trees Needed to Compensate For the Loss of Randwicks Historical Trees
    Some of these trees date back to the late 1800s and provide important habitat for native birds and wildlife. Local Sydneysiders are outraged, many have participated in protests and marches trying to stop the trees being cut down, or even stop the light rail as a whole. "Nothing makes Sydney more beautiful than trees, especially the large old ones. I don't understand why simply putting in more buses wouldn't be a more logical, cheaper and greener solution." Silviu Dobrota 23/02/2016 "It's sad that we have to forgo the trees. Especially the ones over 100 years old! They have same right to be on this planet as we do." JK Blackwell 15/02/2016
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  • 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.
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  • Save the Menindee Lakes Animal Sanctuary
    If the eviction notice is not overturned, over 100 animals will be left at the mercy of recreational shooters and left without the proper care provided by the MLAS. The MLAS cares for orphaned joeys and other native wildlife and also serves as a sanctuary and rescue home for abandoned, abused and neglected livestock (goats, sheep, cows, pigs) and similarly abused domestic animals (dogs, cats, birds).
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  • Stop Cold Water Pollution from Copeton Dam to Gwydir River
    Cold Water Pollution sterilises the Gwydir River's habitat so that Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Water Rats and Platypus are endangered. Caravan & Motor Home Magazine voted the Gwydir RIver around Bingara the most popular inland camping spot in Australia The value of the river to Bingara for tourism and socio economics is what the harbour is to Sydney. If Bingara is to prosper desirable fish species and habitat must be restored.
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  • National leadership to support breastfeeding.
    Optimum maternal & child health. Preventative health, cost effective, environmentally friendly, human rights issue.
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  • Stop the Kidman Pastoral falling into foreign hands
    Foreign countries are buying up our good agricultural land. The Kidman land is 2.5% of our good agricultural land, twice the size of Belgium. When in foreign hands, the grain and food from this land will flow straight into another country and taxes will not be paid. It will make any laws about land management that our government passes very hard to enforce. See also http://www.afr.com/real-estate/selling-kidman-to-the-chinese-is-complete-madness-says-dick-smith-20160125-gmdqp1
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  • TourDownUnder, dump Santos as a sponsor
    Santos are currently attempting to destroy large parts of Qld and NSW for CSG, but stopping the sponosorship the TourDownUnder can show they are a responsible corporate citizen.
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  • Save the Aboriginal Butterfly Cave
    An 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!
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  • Save Our Cultural Heritage at Abbot Point
    Our precious places are under threat from massive coal port expansions, and the coal rail line. If the rail line goes ahead, we will be blocked from accessing sacred rock art sites. Adani's new coal terminal will be built only five metres from the burial grounds of our ancestors. The current system is failing to protect our sites. We need urgent protection for our cultural heritage.
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  • Environment ministers: adopt the strictest air pollution controls possible
    Air pollution is a silent and invisible killer, directly responsible for the premature deaths of 3000 Australians each year, and afflicting thousands more. Even at levels that are undetectable by smell, noxious gases and particles in the air can impact your health. Air pollution is a direct cause of many common life-threatening illnesses including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary cancer, leukaemia, birth defects and immune system defects, cardiovascular problems, heart disease and stroke, liver and other types of cancer. Currently, communities like mine in Morwell, state governments, and the public health care system are unfairly left to bear the burden of air pollution-related illnesses and environmental problems. Polluters like GDF Suez Energy, the owners of the Hazelwood mine, have shown that they won't clean up their act on their own - we need a strong legal framework in order to enforce our rights to a clean environment free of pollution. Please sign the petition and lend your voice to all individuals and communities who are impacted by air pollution.
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  • Audit WestConnex
    The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has shortlisted WestConnex for potential auditing. They are completing other infrastructure audits at the moment, but are due to make a decision about whether they proceed with the WestConnex audit very soon. ANAO will consider public submissions when making the decision about whether auditing WestConnex is a priority, so it’s important to demonstrate that lots of people care about this issue and want the project to be investigated. If we can convince ANAO to investigate WestConnex, then we know that the shoddy business case for this project will be exposed. It is primarily $3.5 billion of federal funding that is propping up the WestConnex project, so having the Commonwealth Auditor-General criticise the justification of the project will create campaign opportunities to get the federal funding withdrawn.
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