• Climate Emergency Declaration
    As in time of war, huge sacrifices will need to be made, and resources mobilised to halt Co2 emissions and protect the nation’s future and our planet home. Let’s join together as one people and do whatever it takes to stop this impending disaster!
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  • It’s time for Climate Action
    Climate Change is a global crisis which needs to be urgently addressed, it is time to put politics aside and work together for the future. This is an opportunity for real and positive change let’s take it.
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  • Ban Political Advertising on Newspaper Cover Pages
    Quest News is owned and operated by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia. Quest Community Newspapers is a tabloid news company located in Bowen Hills which provides free paper delievered and online news coverage for the greater Brisbane area. I do not believe that it is ethical or appropriate for Quest News to be so heavily influenced by political advertisements that they dominate the front cover of your newspaper. When any News Corporation allows this to happen, they send a direct message to their readers that the political party being advertised is one in which the newspaper personally recommends or believes should be voted into power. Also, the content and advertisements that Quest News choose to allow into their printed media have a power to influence their readers. Therefore, they have a responsibility for what they choose to advertise and the way in which it is advertised. I believe that Quest News should aim to keep their content (including advertising) as unbiased a possible, therefore allowing reasonable representation from all parties involved in upcoming elections. These advertisements should be limited to only holding space within the newspaper and should never dominate the highly influential cover page of a newspaper. I would like Quest News to reconsider its current policy to allow any political party or their affiliates to use their financial advertising dollars to buy such high levels of influence by purchasing advertising sleeves dominate the front cover, back cover and inner sleeves of your newspaper. Please sign this petition if you agree with these statements. Cheers Kirsty Clausen
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  • Stop the Greed & Misconduct: Implement the Banking Royal Commission Recommendations in Full
    Both The Coalition and Labor are backtracking on the recommendations. The reform of the financial sector won't happen without public outrage! This is a once only opportunity to reform the finance sector and perhaps the corporate sector in general. Unless we do something, we'll regret it forever. You might not have felt the pain yourself, but the witness testimony was heartbreaking: They were us!
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  • Legislate to curb Australia's accelerating rate of land clearing
    Australia remains a global deforestation hotspot, and areas across the country are increasingly affected by intense fires, record temperatures and drought. Land clearing is harming Australian industry and society, as well as the flora and fauna that are directly affected. Over 300 scientists recently called on governments at all levels to take action to curb land clearing and native habitat destruction in Australia. Concerned Australians can amplify the scientists' message by supporting this campaign. The original open letter can be read here: https://www.ecolsoc.org.au/scientists-declaration-strong-legislation-needed-curb-australias-accelerating-rate-land-clearing This interview with Euan Ritchie sets out the issues clearly: http://thewire.org.au/story/experts-call-for-dramatic-decrease-in-land-clearing/ And this article in The Conversation sets out the reasons why urgent action is required at all levels of government: https://theconversation.com/to-reduce-fire-risk-and-meet-climate-targets-over-300-scientists-call-for-stronger-land-clearing-laws-113172 (NB Image courtesy of Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO).)
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  • Save historic Frontier Wars site Ravensworth Estate from becoming a coal mine
    A historical Frontier War site of Aboriginal resistance is set to be completely destroyed to make way for an open cut coal mine. Ravensworth Estate in the Upper Hunter a site of Aboriginal resistance and the massacre of Aboriginal people is in the way of an open cut coal mine expansion, so mining company Glencore propose to simply destroy it. The landscape surrounding Ravensworth is a recognised place of cultural significance for Aboriginal people. Mining companies have a long and sordid history of ignoring Aboriginal cultural and land rights, to allow them to destroy a Frontier Wars is unthinkable. Help us preserve this historical site and be part of the growing movement to recognise the reality of colonisation and commemorate resistance by Aboriginal people.
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  • Ticket Scalping Laws
    Music lovers, festival goers and art fans of many genres all miss out on, or pay too much for, tickets to events due to scalping. The resale of event tickets on sites such as Viagogo are eroding fair access to events. Artists are also being exploited by scalpers who benefit from creating scarcity and inflating prices which put what would usually be affordable tickets beyond the reach of ordinary Australians
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  • Utilize this government-owned land for disabled housing
    This would aid those who are on the Very High Needs waitlist for public housing, and may also need ongoing medical treatment at the nearby public Gold Coast University Hospital; also within short reach of two tram stations.
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  • Sack Justin Milne - Chairman ABC Board
    The ABC is an important media asset belonging to the people of Australia. We want it to operate with no indirect or direct instructions from politicians or their proxies on how to perform it's role as independent unbiased reporter. It is not the role of the Chairman to make decisions on who gets hired or fired. The current chairman is not fit to continue in this role.
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  • Employ More Staff in Centrelink to Reduce Wait Times
    The KPI for a claim for any type of Pension is 6 weeks. Because of lack of staff and a huge back-log this has now blown out to as much as 12 weeks and sometimes longer. This is even before you know if your claim will be accepted or not. Some people have the resources to cover this long wait, but many don't, which is why they are claiming in the first place. It is better for a person to be cared for in their own home, by a loved one rather than be a burden in either the hospital or aged care system. Adding financial stress to a Carers burden can definitely lead to a depressed mental outlook. Please sign the petition now asking the Federal Minister to Increase Staff in Centrelink so they can address all wait time issues.
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  • Save Byron
    It is important to protect the residents and community as well as approved accommodation operators, to protect their local residential amenity from the detrimental effects of the new Bill recently passed by the NSW State Government which will come in to effect in 2019. Residential houses and apartments are built for the specific purpose of domestic use and not built or rated for commercial use unless a second development application has been lodged to change the purpose of the building to commercial use. Short Term Holiday Letting is just that - it refers to the short term use of a property - meaning for a limited number of days - not every day. The every-day use of the building for tourism constitutes a commercially operated business. Residents who are neighbours of these STHL properties are being victimised and denied their residential amenity. Approved operators are also disadvantaged with a playing field that is far from level. Genuine operators have abided by the law and are now being under-mined by this Bill. Houses and homes are not meant to be party venues or pop-up hotels. Residential houses are meant to be used as permanent housing which is the intended purpose of residential zoning. While our zoning laws are not being upheld, our community continues to deteriorate. Affordable housing is already in very low supply in our area and virtually nonexistent. Homelessness is on the rise and the impact on our community is highly visible – with scout groups shutting down and whole streets being made into pop-up hotels rather than being used for residential housing. Our zoning laws are being ignored which were designed to protect the community. Many of our residents are citing no sleep in 2 years and some have shared their experiences of verbal and physical abuse by STHL guests. The owners of these properties think it is their right to run unregulated tourist accommodation from residential premises and have also been cited as causing abuse to neighbours. This Bill is creating hostility and is dividing the community. There are minimal choices available for permanent housing as rental prices are exorbitant, however there’s also an invisible homelessness occurring – these are the folks that do have rentals but are evicted for incidental tourism. For example, we have been contacted by a resident that is evicted from her rental for 4-5 months of the year because her landlord insists in profiting from a higher tariff during the music festival weekends and peak seasons such as Christmas and Easter. This particular resident is a professional who operates two businesses and has a 6 year old daughter - this is not only a housing issue but also a human rights issue and duty of care with children. In those times that this resident’s landlord evicts her for weekends or weeks at a time, she sleeps in her car with her child. This 6 year old falls asleep at school. This issue will continue to systematically and quickly rip our community apart. We fear that we are heading for ghettos in our quiet residential areas and this has recently led to increased burglaries with streets full of empty houses. Byron’s infrastructure and roads are also being eroded and without enough funding from Council to maintain these amenities, our infrastructure will fall further into disrepair. Enforcing these STHL to become compliant and paying commercial rates will give Council the ability to raise revenue from our tourists in a fairer way rather than a voluntary tourism tax. We want to offer an amazing experience to our visitors, have our residents engaged, and support a community that offers accommodation and a lifestyle for diverse economic backgrounds. Please hear us when we say that Byron Shire is heading for ruination if we are not granted exemption from this Bill. Sincerely Yours Byron Residents & Approved Operators
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  • 'Enough is Enough'….All consumers and psychologists in Australia deserve equal access to Medicare!
    The APS submission (https://www.psychology.org.au/About-Us/What-we-do/advocacy/Submissions/Professional-Practice/2018/APS-Submission-to-the-MBS-Review-Better-Access?) recommends that over two thirds of registered psychologists (many of whom hold higher degrees, specialised training and significant experience in their field) but have not applied for “endorsement” would only be able to provide services to the estimate 10% of clients presenting with mild to moderate disorders. The complicated model states that psychologists may be given an opportunity to “demonstrate equivalent competence” to be able to treat what is, for many, their existing client base. Recognition would almost certainly come at a significant cost. The APS has yet to explain just how this recognition would occur, leaving experienced practitioners at a loss as to how they can protect their livelihood and deliver crucial services to clients. All registered psychologists are currently permitted to practice across all areas of psychology and mental health and can diagnose, assess and treat clients, regardless of whether they are endorsed or not. Ethical guidelines require psychologists to only provide services within their limits of personal competence. Endorsed psychologists primarily operate in urban areas, while the majority of psychologists operating in rural areas are non-endorsed. Data from the Psychology Board of Australia’s ‘Area of practice endorsement data tables: January 2014’, shows that only 23 endorsed psychologists work in remote communities across Australia; 212 in outer regional; while 7 969 work in metropolitan/capital cities. Our rural areas have some of the highest rates of suicide in Australia. If accepted, the APS recommendations will leave rural and regional Australians without access to vital mental health care services. The consequences to Australians in desperate need of mental health care will be disastrous. If accepted, the APS model will result in higher session fees, with clients unable to claim any Medicare rebate unless their preferred practitioner is “endorsed”. Market forces would likely push up out-of-pocket fees to see endorsed psychologists and waiting lists would blow out. By losing a major funding stream, many non-endorsed psychologists would be forced to close their practices, leaving vulnerable clients without access to vital and affordable health services. Many endorsed psychologists do not bulk bill, meaning only those in higher socioeconomic groups would be able to afford treatment for the most debilitating of conditions. There is no evidence to support that better health outcomes are achieved by “endorsed” psychologists. In fact, a significant amount of “endorsed” psychologists achieved this status through historical paid membership to special interest “Colleges”, and not through demonstrated experience or completing a masters/doctorate degree. Some psychologists were granted up to six endorsements via this process. The Australian Clinical Psychology Association stated that ‘More than half of those clinical psychologists currently endorsed by the Psychology Board of Australia do not have qualifications in clinical psychology...’ (source: https://industry.gov.au/Office-of-the-Chief-Economist/SkilledOccupationList/Documents/2015Submissions/ACPA.pdf). Therefore, many endorsed psychologists hold the same level of training and qualifications as non-endorsed psychologists. The APS position is a crushing blow to over two thirds of registered psychologists, many of whom will be unable to continue treating the majority of their clients if the proposal is accepted by the Government. It is clear the APS is not acting in the best interests of its members (who currently pay $640 for annual membership) or their clients, by advocating that the majority of psychologists lose access to the MBS. In fact, if the APS proposal is accepted, 66% of the psychologist board members who are “endorsed”, may personally benefit with increased client referrals, while 64% of registered psychologists will have very limited access to Medicare referrals. Questions must be asked about the ability of the APS Board to represent all psychologists equally, and whether the board members are at risk of breaching their fiduciary duties to the APS with a proposal which effectively destroys the livelihoods of the majority of registered practitioners, for the benefit of a few, including themselves. For over ten years now, clinical psychologist’s services have attracted a $39 higher rebate than non-clinical psychologists. Despite this higher rebate, fewer clinical psychologists fully bulk-bill their clients. Based on the current Medicare arrangements, the proposed changes will represent a significant increase to Medicare, as the cost of providing the same services already being provided by registered psychologists would increase by 47%. A notable research project commissioned by the Australian Government (Pirkis et al, 2011) demonstrated clearly that psychologists treating mental illness across both tiers of Medicare Better Access produced equivalently strong treatment outcomes (as measured by the K-10 and DASS pre-post treatment) for mild, moderate and severe cases of mental illness. This research demonstrates clearly that there is no difference in treatment outcomes when comparing clinical psychologists treating under tier one of Medicare Better Access with the treatment outcomes of all other registered psychologists treating under tier two of Medicare Better Access (Pirkis et al, 2011a). Reference: Pirkis, Ftanou, Williamson, Machlin, Spittal & Bassilios (2011a). Australia's Better Access initiative: An evaluation. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45:726–739
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