• Pledge ratify Paris Climate Change target
    Although we're now 20 years late, excesses of climate change can still be tamed, even if our world is changed, for the worse, forever. How about you enact Drastic Action immediately, before it gets impossibly expensive? Take this pledge so they know you feel Lucky Country is at risk, fast running out of luck. Are big budget jet fighters and submarines any defence against real and present threat of climate change? Please take this pledge.
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  • The Better Democracy Charter
    Please sign and share this Charter, if- like me- you're worried about the world, Australia and how our politicians act. There is something very wrong with politics, and I think it will take ordinary people acting smart, acting strong and acting together to better it. The Charter is intended as a focusing point to unite enough people's energy and ideas in one place so as to effect change. The idea is to address the underlying system rather than the many bad issues which arise from the system; to change the landscape of citizen engagement with governance so as to get better outcomes.
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  • Make every playground in Australia inclusive
    20% of Australians have a disability. These members of our community, along with their families and friends, are excluded from the basic joy of visiting a public playground. Including people with disabilities does not cost more. It takes more time to consider the needs and think about access and inclusion at the planning stage; but the infrastructure does not cost more. We need you to help us to get the local governments across Australia to agree to legislate inclusion in all new playspaces. The only cost for this legislation is the exclusion of hundreds of thousands of Australians.
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  • Equal Tax Payments for Equal Voice - The call for Religious Institutions to be equally Taxed.
    We are at a time, in our Australian society, where the Churches, and their respective lobby groups, still control governments and they pay no tax for this benefit. We, as the people, the voters, the constituents, have to pay tax, and therefore it is only fair under equal representation. This change is particularly relevant in todays society.
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  • Labor : vote for marriage equality
    Over 70% of Austalians want marriage equality. Australia is falling further and further behind on human rights issues, it's embarrassing. Allowing all LGBTI+ people the same opportunity to declare their love is simple and powerful. Labor and the independents have the numbers to make this historic change. It's time!
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  • Stop the Debit Card trials and Indue from controlling Social Security Payments
    The Welfare Debit Card takes away a person's right to choose where they shop, how they pay their bills and possibly will affect where they will live. Indue control how payments are made instead of you, your banking and bill paying abilities are affected when you are forced to change to either Centrepay or Indue to make your regular payments. Some payments are not accepted on the Indue Card or Centrepay and you are expected to manage those accounts on your 20% allowance to be paid into your nominated bank. The other 80% is restricted to the Indue Visa debit/credit card. Online shopping is restricted, no Ebay. Gumtree, Paypal, or access to enough cash to be able to purchase secondhand items from Facebook sites, friends, markets etc. Most people on some sort of payment for example, a student rely on being able to buy secondhand text books, pay cash room rentals etc, bus trips, with the indue Welfare Debit card there is not enough accessible cash allowed to do such things. Most people on newstart, share accommodations, rent rooms, share houses and utilities and pay cash for those expenses, they also rely on cash for transport on regional buses, secondhand clothing etc. How does someone pay their mortgage on Indue??? Many parents rely on being able to furnish a home, buy clothes, school uniform, pay for school excursions, school photos, sports,emergency replacement of a fridge or a washing machine, a car or even car repairs etc using cash. The welfare debit card will restrict all of that and push people into financial stress further, also, creating a huge strain on the limited low interest and no interest loan schemes that are approved, but causing delays in waiting for such approvals, could leave a family in the summer with no fridge for a longer time. For people on Disability Support Pensions there is no way off the card, This further restricts as with everyone else, there ability to be included in social activities and self determination. Carers will also suffer the brunt of it too. Most people on any form of govt payments struggle to get by at the best of times, they make do, utilize secondhand and thrifty options to get the most out of their income support payments and social security. Many on newstart are going without food now, not because they waste their income, but just because the income they have is not enough to even pay a rental, let alone food, elect, unless they share accommodations or move back in with parents. Many do not have supports such as family to turn to. Not everyone on any benefit is a drug addict or an alcoholic or miss manages their funds as the govt has been portraying in the media, most people are just getting through day to day, paying bills, shopping in their communities, all monies paid are being paid back into your local area and supporting local jobs, whether someone buys something for cash on a facebook site, then that person spends the cash on shopping or bills, It all supports the economy. Some people access cheaper items on Ebay or other online services, like home shopping, many DSP are not able to get out all the time to buy things on a card, at an approved place, We all know there are people in our communities , working and non working that have issues with drugs, alcohol, gambling. This card targets only those on social security with such addictions, and does not address the problems over all in society with the same issues for working people, who can continue to drink, drug and gamble their income away, thus affecting their families too. We would like to see the card scaled back to people on a voluntary basis, with proper supports put in place to help people, Or scraped all together as the cost to the tax payer is a further $4040 per person being managed, that money could be better spent on support programs, than profits for shareholders. After all the govt cuts to services around the country, The supports currently in place are grossly inadequate. With the continual sell out of jobs overseas, the abuse of the foreign workers that are coming into fill positions that many Australians could have done anyways, the continual push for people to be income managed and working at the same time, we need to stand up for our rights to be able to manage our own incomes, People do not need to be treated like naughty children and have their income dished out like pocket money. It is insulting that in the year 2017 that our govt is treating good people in this manner, in order to control their spending, push the incomes to multi nationals that never pay their taxes, at the same time as allowing an international company Indue to be able to take control of our nations social security budget, and make money from our poor for it's share holders in the process. Think about all the things you use cash for, how local small business will suffer losses too! At the end of the day, this program is not really all about helping a small amount of our population to overcome financial issues, or health issues, it is about control and actually could hinder most and exclude people from normal society. Homelessness is increasing at a monumental rate, we don't need to make it worse. In both trail areas, Crime is up ! The 80% paid on the card earns Indue the interest NOT you. No split payments means no joint accounts for couples, For people who are caring for people on DSP this will cause issues as no use of another persons card is allowed, Loss of privacy and financial autonomy as Indue can share your information to anyone they want. Having to ring Indue to get approval for bills is humiliating. Asking a shop owner if they take the card before shopping also alerts business that you are on Centrelink. If Eftpos is down, card holders cannot go to a bank to access cash. Gov't now pushing for all under 18s to be placed on the card, Once on the card very hard to get off, still applies to all payments under 64 inc DSP for life!
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  • Saving Wee Waa
    Please watch our Saving Wee Waa videos they have been viewed 360 000 times, and sign this petition to show your support for real environmental outcomes and rural communities. Wee Waa is a small town with a population of less than 1800 people based in North West NSW, it is 90% reliant on Agriculture, be that irrigated or dryland cropping and livestock production. On average 80% of the flow in the Namoi River goes to the environment in flows out the end of the system. The Murray Darling Basin Plan proposes to remove more water from Wee Waa which will have harmful impacts. The water the government wants to take from Wee Waa, will not reach the downstream target sites. Here it keeps kids in school, people in jobs and businesses going. We are asking the Murray Darling Basin Authority, State and Federal governments to take into account this is the third water reform that has impacted Wee Waa. The additional socio-economic impacts on Wee Waa will put our town into permanent drought. We want real environmental OUTCOMES - please help us request the Government fund the complimentary measures such as fishways, carp eradication, cold water pollution, resnagging and restocking native fish in the river to ensure the future of the Northern Basin.
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  • Grant Paul access to the lower level at Adelaide Entertainment Centre to "see" his hero Dynamo
    I would like access to the lower level to be made for my severely disabled friend Paul who is in a wheelchair and is visually impaired to be able to see his hero Dynamo at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. This was a surprise gift to Paul, a meet and greet ticket which comes with premium seating in front of the stage to say thank you for all his help when i moved next door. Instead Paul and other disabled can only go to one Section (street level) where a wheel chair can go but is too far away for Paul to be able to see due to his poor vision. Access could be given through the Artist lift but has not been allowed due to security, integrity of his illusions, even though i suggested Paul could wear a eye mask etc. Paul will have two support carers with him in the event of fire to evacuate which is another excuse for not giving him access to the lift and lower level where he would be able to see the show. This is where his ticket gives him a seat, but because he cannot walk there, he can't use it. If you have any mobility and visual troubles you cannot see a show at this State of the Art venue in South Australia. Why is there not a public lift for easy access to the lower level and best seats made available to all. Anyone that cannot traverse stairs also has no access to this premium area. Paul is being discriminated against as he has both mobility and a visual impairment and can never attend a show at this venue, I am sure this would apply to a lot of others as well for various medical reasons. This should be a basic human right for anyone to be able to attend and "see" a show at this government owned state of the art venue, which has undergone many modifications and refurbishments over its 22 yr life. Please help Paul and others be able to have one of these simplest of pleasures that we take for granted. #helppaulsee&believe
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  • Stop Corruption of the Political Process by Global Corporatism
    Globally governments are increasingly handcuffed in their ability to address serious threats to our species such as climate change, economic collapse and social inequalities. In order to halt this process political power needs to be devolved, big money taken out of out politics and the political process returned to the people. Our democracies, our civilization and our planet are at stake, all of which will be sacrificed at the alter of short term profit if the people do not resist.
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  • Make politicians claim their entitlements via centrelink
    Politicians use of entitlements concerns many Australians right across the political spectrum. There have been numerous reviews into entitlements after equally numerous spending scandals. The people would regain confidence in the entitlement system if they knew politicians faced dialing the same numbers and lining up in the same queues as ordinary Australian do to access federal payments. This should include not only travel entitlements but all payments, including ongoing retirement benefits that deliver special six figure pensions to politicians. When there is concern in the community about rorting instead of another ineffective parliamentary review centrelink can crackdown and use its extensive arsenal of tools to ensure compliance: including obligatory waiting periods, asking claimants to produce extensive and exhaustive personal information, hiring private detectives and snooping on the social media accounts of claimants to verify their honesty. Where fraud is systemic centrelink could issue payments on cashless cards that can only be used for pre-approved purchases and for example exclude sales from liquor shops and helicopter hire agencies. It makes economic sense to move politicians onto the centrelink payment system as there is a duplication of services with the department of finance. Entitlements regularly make the news, here are just a handful of recent articles on the subject. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/mps-perks-include-doubledipping-on-tax-deductions-rent-rates-power-and-mortgages/news-story/09d48b66d2d399731ba2c98c8ddab66b http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/the-federal-politicians-using-taxpayerfunded-perks-to-pay-off-their-mortgage-20160407-go0dye.html http://www.news.com.au/national/federal-election/eyewatering-extent-of-pollies-perks-as-doubledipping-scandal-emerges/news-story/9fbdbb5e83cc058beb52979480f410a6 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-08/barns-politician-expense-claims-deserve-closer-legal-scrutiny/5008670 http://theconversation.com/choppergate-no-more-what-the-review-of-politicians-entitlements-will-mean-56196 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/qa-politicians-pensions-and-wages-under-the-spotlight/news-story/19023fe37595eea96c8a938bae795a48 UPDATE 09.01.17 Health minister Sussan Ley stands aside pending travel expenses investigation http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/sussan-ley-stands-aside-over-travel-expenses/8169410
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  • We Call for a Senate Inquiry into the ABC
    The blatant bias of the ABC during the election campaign, the disturbing infiltration of former and current Murdoch employees to senior and influential positions within the ABC corporate family and the disillusionment of the public with the ABC has led us to believe the best course of action would be to petition Senators of the new parliament to conduct an inquiry into all aspects of the operation of the ABC.
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