• Australians Say Yes to the Uluru Statement from the Heart
    Here is a link to find out more https://www.1voiceuluru.org/the-statement/ from the Indigenous Leaders who helped develop the Uluru Statement. "In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future." (Uluru Statement from the Heart -May, 2017) YES we will join you - Australians let's get up and Say Yes to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Let's use our power to bring about change. As identified by Professor Megan Davis (Radio National, 25.05.18), two issues identified in the Uluru Statement from the Heart are child removal and youth detention. These are two significant issues have worsened since the Bringing Them Home Report (1997) and the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report (1991) commissioned by the Keating Government (1991-1996). It's time for concrete results. Recent statistics show that the Gap between quality of life for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian's is getting wider not smaller. Both of these issues are irrevocably connected to the lack of self-determination for Indigenous peoples. Paul Keating ignited great hope with his acknowledgement of injustice towards Indigenous Australian's and enacted legislation to attempt to redress this injustice. However, successive Australian Governments over the last 20 years have undermined this hope for all Australian's and left us all more diminished than we were 25 years ago. Racially biased Government legislation and policies have further undermined Indigenous pride and reenacted and reinforced the powerlessness of First Nations Intergenerational Trauma. Constitutional change and a Makarrata Commission could redress this national disgrace. While this situation continues unabated Australian culture and pride is greatly diminished. As Stan Grant so aptly stated in a speech earlier this year "Racism is killing the Australian Dream". The only way to revitalise the Australian Dream is to deal with our unfinished business. The only way to revitalise the Australian Dream is to acknowledge that Australia was taken by force, to apologise for this forced acquisition and to redress this wrongdoing by enshrining a First Nations Voice in the Constitution. The only way to revitalise this Dream is to enact a Makarrata process that would allow all Australians to understand our history and assist in moving towards genuine reconciliation. "And, as I say, the starting point might be to recognise that the problem starts with us non-Aboriginal Australians. It begins, I think, with that act of recognition. Recognition that it was we who did the dispossessing. We took the traditional lands and smashed the traditional way of life. We brought the diseases. The alcohol. We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practised discrimination and exclusion. It was our ignorance and our prejudice. And our failure to imagine these things being done to us. With some noble exceptions, we failed to make the most basic human response and enter into their hearts and minds. We failed to ask—how would I feel if this were done to me? As a consequence, we failed to see that what we were doing degraded all of us. ... We have to give meaning to‘justice’and‘equity’—and,..., we will only give them meaning when we commit ourselves to achieving concrete results." Redfern Speech: Year of the World’s Indigenous People Delivered in Redfern Park by Prime Minister Paul Keating, 10 December 1992
    144 of 200 Signatures
    Created by Megan Edwards Picture
  • Ban the Bottle
    The UN announced we have a planetary crisis due to plastics. Single use plastics including bottles, are wasteful, polluting and lethal to marine life. Oil and energy are used in the manufacture of plastic drink bottles. Recycling them takes more energy. Now that China has stopped taking our waste in 2018, waste management contractors have reported that the bottles are piling up by the millions per day and are a fire hazard. There have already been serious fires in Victoria of large piles of plastic bottles and legal action by people in surrounding areas resulting in financial loss and health risks. Neither do we have the space in landfill to bury them and that's also not a sustainable solution. We MUST stop the problem at its source. People can bring reusable drink bottles to fill at refilling stations. To keep up to date with some in the world who are banning plastic bottled water see https://www.banthebottle.net/map-of-campaigns/
    74 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Monica Winston Picture
  • ban alcohol at stadiums!
    the only reason for fights at stadiums is alcoholic beverages. i know this because when ever i go to an eagles game the people behind me get wasted and try to fight my dad so we have to go home early. we also have to have the stadium security on speed dial. and its really scary for children who just want to enjoy the game. kids shoulden't fear for their own safety while at an event that is supposed to be family friendly but has been ruined by a bunch of guys who are off their faces with god knows what. like, really?
    14 of 100 Signatures
    Created by olivia makin
  • NDIS: Stop underfunding children with disabilities!
    Our children are Australia's future. NDIS is causing heartbreak and pain to families with children who have disabilities and no treatment. Children living with autism are not being given a proper chance to receive adequate early intervention that can change their future. Children with terminal illness that require overnight or 24 hour support have been left without help. It is a sad indictment on a society if they cannot take care of their most vulnerable children. We choose to speak for these kids and demand the NDIS give them a fair go! We will NOT stand by while the Australian government steals our children's futures! We stand united with parents of children with any disabilities that the NDIA is neglecting.
    1,223 of 2,000 Signatures
    Created by Matthew Timmins
  • Investigate human rights breaches in Australian onshore immigration detention
    In any situation where people are deprived of their liberty, they become particularly vulnerable to violations of their human rights. In December 2017 the Australian government ratified what is known as the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). This measure should in effect increase the transparency of institutions and facilities such as immigration detention centres, juvenile detention facilities and prisons with respect of their compliance with human rights law. THE PROBLEM: There is a systemic culture of human rights abuse existent in the present administration of the onshore immigration detention regime by the Department of Immigration & Border Protection which substantially and consistently contravenes rights and protections outlined in International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) articles including: ICCPR Article 9(1): “Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedure as are established at law.” ICCPR Article 17: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence.” ICCPR Article 23: “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.” RIGHTS BREACHES ARISING FROM DETENTION INCLUDE: Immigration detention, unlike a custodial sentence is indeterminate in length and typically sees a detainee being held for periods of at least 9 months on average. Many have remained in detention for years awaiting finalization of their cases. The number of detainees suffering mental and emotional problems as a direct result of their detention is unacceptably high, and these health concerns extend to include many distraught family members. Detainees are routinely moved from centre to centre with no prior warning to the detainee or his/her family. Detainees are estranged from their families as a result of routine relocations to detention centres inaccessible to family members - this includes remote Christmas Island. Detainees so affected have little opportunity for personal contact with family members, many of whom are Australian citizens with lawful rights of protection from the Australian government and its authorities. Many detainees have provided information to DIBP showing evidence warranting their location in close proximity to family members for reasons of health, welfare and compassionate considerations. These legitimate pleas are routinely ignored by DIBP who cite administrative grounds necessitating the placement of detainees in remote detention centres. Visas of long-term permanent residents have been cancelled in numbers not seen since World War 2. Many have significant ties to Australia and have homes and jobs here. They are denied the right to apply for temporary visas and support themselves financially whilst awaiting outcome on their substantive visa. Instead they are detained indefinitely at substantial taxpayer expense. CONCLUSION This is by no means an exhaustive list of concerns; however it should be enough to demonstrate a grave systemic problem with the administration of the detention regime which has spawned a culture of broadly based contravention of human rights and dignity. These concerns have been known to both the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Australian Human Rights Commission, who have challenged the Department of Immigration & Border Protection on numerous occasions without success. ACTION: The government claims it is committed to preventing mistreatment and human rights abuses in detention centres. Please sign and share our petition and help us to hold them to that stated commitment. End this injustice once and for all.
    693 of 800 Signatures
    Created by Leo Jai Picture
  • No more cover ups: Rolf Harris mural must go
    We consider the decision to only cover up this mural an inadequate response to survivors of sexual abuse, particularly in light of the recent cases against Harvey Weinstein and Don Burke that have demonstrated victims will no longer be silenced by the fame or creative talent of the perpetrator. We believe for the WCC to continue to cover up this mural is also at odds with its commendable support for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (#16Days), the White Ribbon campaign and the recent adoption of its Child Safe policy. To erase this mural by a convicted sex offender sends a strong message that Warrnambool will not tolerate sexual abuse – by anybody.
    110 of 200 Signatures
    Created by Carol Altmann
  • Shut down Manus island
    This is important as people fleeing from war torn countries want to start a new life free from war and extreme poverty yet we put them in prison for it, even though they committed no crime!
    46 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Asher Murdoch
  • Equal Marriage for Equal Love
    Equal Marriage means every relationship is equal and has the same value. LGBT+ Australians and their family members and friends just want the same recognition and value for life long committed relationships. If you sign this petition you are helping Australians all over the country to gain the recognition and equality they want and need. And equality is a necessity for a well functioning society.
    34 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Lily & Piper
  • Ban Ben Stokes from coming to Australia
    In 1882 a small group of men from the Colony left for the Motherland and did what no one thought was possible; beat England at their own game, on their home soil. We must do everything in our power to honour this 135 years of history to regain and rightfully hold on to that most holy Urn. The Ashes. Oh and to stop further bloodshed and uninvited guests to our beautiful shores.
    10 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Terry Spanks
  • Autism is not an insult! Apologise NOW Barry
    The language we use is impactful. Language matters. Senator O'Sullivan has implied the 230 000 Australians with Autism are callous, insensitive, and uncaring when he used the term "Austistic disregard" to insult the banks on live radio. Let him know it's not OK and that he needs to apologise.
    32 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Louise Corteen
  • 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