Don't let people with spinal injury and their loved ones fall through the cracksPeople with spinal injury and their families are often denied the basic right to informed choices after their injury - patients aren't taught about the range of support networks or their options when it comes to service providers. Kept in the dark for most of their rehabilitation, patients are often forced to accept one service provider and aren't given a choice. A lot of patients are unprepared for life outside of the hospital and often isolate themselves from their families, friends and communities when they return home. The risk of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues are very high for people with SCI, yet too many people are discharged from hospital with absolutely no emotional, physical or spiritual preparation for the shock of the lifestyle change, and no coping mechanisms for handling life after the trauma of a spinal cord injury. This has to change. People with spinal cord injury deserve peer mentor support services from people who understand what they are going through, and access to all the information and encouragement they may need in order to have full, informed, and above all free choice in their support networks. With this support centre, we can provide all these vital services and more. Fully wheelchair accessible and run by and for people with spinal injury, this centre will provide assistance from people who truly understand what the patient is going through, to make sure that nobody with a spinal cord injury, whether from city or country, has to go home unprepared or isolated ever again.
NO SHORT-TERM LETS NEXT TO OUR HOMES - WE WANT NEIGHBOURS NOT STRANGERSNSW LAND & ENVIRONMENT COURT JUDGEMENTS: "Mixed-Use is FUNDAMENTALLY INCOMPATIBLE." BUILDING STANDARDS, NSW FIRE & RESCUE plus DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION CRITERIA AND LEGISLATION WERE IGNORED. ONE SET OF RULES FOR NSW TENANTS, NO RULES FOR THOSE USING HOMES FOR HOLIDAYS. There is an AFFORDABLE HOUSING and HOMELESSNESS CRISIS STATE-WIDE. MALCOLM TURNBULL got rid of his neighbour's short-term lets IMMEDIATELY! SHORT-TERM LETTING STRIPS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM THE VALUE OF OUR HOUSING. HOMES NOT HOTELS...COMMUNITIY BEFORE PROFITS...NEIGHBOURS NOT STRANGERS www.neighboursnotstrangers.com
Mark McGowan Please Don’t Rezone and Bulldoze Point Peron for HousingThe Land was transferred from the Commonwealth to the State of Western Australia in 1964 subject to its future use ‘being restricted to a reserve for Recreation and/or Park Lands’. The Proposal will deprive Western Australians of the opportunity to develop a world-class coastal conservation and recreation park that will provide social, health and tourism benefits for both the Rockingham community and Perth’s expanding population. see www.cape-peron-coastal-park.com There is already an approved marina site for Rockingham that has wide community support. The Proposal has no social licence with over 13,000 West Australians having signed petitions against the Proposal. Constructing an artificial inland canal system will require ongoing maintenance at high cost to ratepayers and/or taxpayers. Canal developments of this type are outdated and have been banned in two states due to their unacceptable environmental impact and ongoing maintenance issues. The Land includes 43 hectares of ‘Bush Forever’ which will be destroyed, causing loss of habitat, restrictions on public access and permanently damaging cultural and social elements of Point Peron. The Proposal will threaten the ecological stability of nearby Lake Richmond and put groundwater, seagrass meadows, marine water quality, numerous state and federally listed threatened species including the precious thrombolite colony at risk. Find out more at www.handsoffpointperon.com and www.cape-peron-coastal-park.com
FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR AUSTRALIAUnemployment is the prime cause of poverty in Australia and the private economy cannot by itself provide the number of jobs required. It is not a personal problem, it is a national problem and that must be the focus. Under section 23 of the United Nations charter on human rights identify the right to work as a HUMAN RIGHT.It is the responsibility of the national government to ensure that sufficient employment is provided. If it does not come from the private sector then the public sector has to expand to allow this.
All aboard. If you can! Make QRs new $4b trains accessiblePeople with disability (PWD) in Queensland need your support to ensure their citizen rights are upheld. Based on the specifications publicly available there will be many groups of PWD (vision impairment, physical disability, intellectual disability and autism) that will be disadvantaged in both boarding and exiting the trains. Taxpayer funded public transport that by its very nature is meant to be a driver for inclusion of citizens into community will instead exclude. In 2013 the Newman government Department of Transport and Main Roads awarded a tender for NGR. The 75 newly designed trains are due to begin service on the South East Queensland passenger rail network later this year, and the remaining fleet rolled out by late 2018. The current design has a number of access issues. 1. The corridor linking a carriage purpose-designed with accessible seating and a toilet is too narrow for most manual and motorized wheelchairs causing some PWD to have to leave the train and re-enter through a different door in order to use the bathroom. A time consuming exercise, potentially dangerous whilst raining, all whilst the train stays to a timetable. 2. The toilet space does not meet the relevant size standards set out in legislation. Meaning it is simply inaccessible to some PWD who use a wheelchair for mobility and a danger to use for others. 3. The location of the guard (who assists a PWD with boarding and exiting the train) will be at the rear instead of in the middle of the train. This is a change from years of the guard being located in the middle of the train so as to intentionally align the guard with the purpose built accessible boarding area on existing station platforms. The new rear location presents potential safety concerns for a PWD being left behind on a platform due to not being seen from a guard location at the end-of-the-train – concerns that are real and potentially life threatening on an unmanned station late at night. These trains are meant for 30-plus years of service, meaning potential generations of PWD missing out on community inclusion. The roll-out will coincide with the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland. The NDIS has been designed to be the foundation of a new era of participation for PWD, and accessible public transport is key to participation in jobs, education, training, social life. The Queensland Government is currently consulting on “Towards an all abilities Queensland” which will become the new state government plan for disability in Queensland. Its proposed vision is that “Queenslanders of all abilities can live the life they choose.” Given the $4b train design it begs the question, can PWD choose to use a train in Queensland? If you feel PWD should be able to choose to use a train in Queensland please support this petition. If you would like to make an individual contribution make sure to also email the Deputy Premier (firstname.lastname@example.org) and cc myself (email@example.com) to explain to her exactly how this issue would deny your citizen rights.
Support Freedom of Choice at the End of LifeToo many of us will have to face a slow agonising dying process, where symptoms remain poorly controlled despite all efforts by the health care team. Currently any request by the dying to be assisted to die quickly is rejected. Why? Because the law forbids it. Why? Because the law was designed in 1913 and was not intended for the end of life situation. This needs to be changed! As a enlightened society we cannot continue to allow needless suffering of our fellow man.
Refuse to be Waterways Manager for Point Peron Mangles Bay MarinaThe proponents for the private canal housing estate on Point Peron (also known as Mangles Bay Marina) have asked the City of Rockingham to take on financial responsibility for the Waterways Management of their canal project. This is soon to be decided on by council According to leading WA Professor of Coastal Oceanography Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi, the proposed Point Peron canal estate will not flush due to small tides and will need expensive ongoing cleaning up. Even the consultants for the proponents have acknowledged that the canals will not flush naturally as required. Consultants for the proponents have also acknowledged that the water quality in the Marina would be poorer than expected. This could increase the risk of algal blooms and fish kills. Canals are banned in several Australian states because of the financial and environmental burden they place on communities. Ratepayers of the Shire of Murray foot a bill in excess of half a million every time the Yunderup canals have to be dredged. The failed canal development at Port Geographe Bay threatened to bankrupt the City of Busselton until the W.A. Government poured in over $30 million of taxpayers’ money. City of Rockingham must not take on the huge financial risk that would be associated with maintaining, cleaning and dredging the canals of the proposed Mangles Bay Marina. Find out more at www.handsoffpointperon.com
Make Australia Post AccountableAustralia Post has become typical of the way giant corporations think and act. They don't give a damn about the little people even though it is the little people that are the majority of their source of income. This issue has become very personal because their incompetence caused severe mental trauma on the eve of our wedding day. Because of their actions our wedding almost had to be postponed which would have created immense cost not only to us but to our guests especially those coming interstate. I got sick of the excuses and having to repeat myself to the various consultants and all they did was in the end hide behind legislation and tried to offer me a refund of my mailing costs. I refused because that is an insult and cannot compensate for what they have caused.
Stop people walking on UluruBy removing the chain handhold on Uluru, the rock will be closer to its natural state and people will be discouraged from climbing it. This supports the beliefs of the Anangu in the spiritual significance of Uluru. The Anangu do not climb Uluru and request that visitors do not climb it. Other people should respect the beliefs of the Anangu.
Show the world that Middle Eastern and Latin American students are welcome hereThe Trump administration is targeting the rights and freedoms of people both inside the US and worldwide: from women's reproductive rights to refugees to intellectual freedom and academic exchange. If we let this happen without our institutions and governments taking a stand, then we are tacitly condoning Trump's actions. This is why it is essential for our intellectual and political leaders to show international students that they are welcome in this country, and to show that the free international circulation of people and ideas is essential to a robust higher education system and to a robust community.
SOLVE Alliance against meat chicken farms in Spring Creek, Lockyer ValleySOLVE stands for Save Our Lifestyle, Values & Environment. We were here first. Some neighbours farm fruit and vegetables on a commercial scale which will be contaminated by bird faecal matter. Others settled here for quiet enjoyment in retirement. All our tank water supplies will be contaminated by airborne dust from the sheds venting and our health and children's health will decline. A result will be that the value of all neighbouring properties will decline. The developer does not live in or contribute to the area, 1 or 2 new jobs will be created but many more will be lost as fruit and vegetable businesses will cease. A major koala corridor runs along the boundary of the property and chicken shed fans will blow dust and faecal matter directly onto the corridor 24 X 7. There are many obvious faults with the development application that have been overlooked and when brought to the attention of local and state bureaucrats, they are refusing to even consider reviewing the decision. There are 20 neighbouring farms & small acreages that surround the site, but dust, odour and noise will permeate further than just those properties. The developer has similar farms in other districts and is known for not following court orders to comply with conditions of approval. He has nevertheless been allowed to continue operating as local authorities are unwilling or incapable of compelling compliance. This operator does not live on site, nor is he interested in operating to industry best practice and bird welfare would be low in his priorities. This is a moneymaking venture affecting many residents and the heart of the operation is the maltreatment of sentient creatures. It is abhorrent and an abomination that we do not want in our district, a district that the local council promotes as a clean and green 'salad bowl'.
Stop the arms trade at Avalon Air ShowIs it wise to encourage our children to delight in our ability to harm others? An ability we should ideally use reluctantly, and as a last resort? Secondly, the international arms trade, which is larger and more corrupt than ever before, has become a scourge in other parts of the world. The flooding of the Middle East and Africa with weapons has contributed to the scale of armed violence there, with disastrous humanitarian consequences, as well as diverting funds from health and education, and restricting development. Our region has been largely spared this, except in the case of Papua New Guinea where tribal battles and criminal raids now use military assault weapons, making that country one of the most dangerous on earth. Should the rest of the Pacific go the same way?
Stop Adani destroying our land and our cultureWe are gravely concerned about the push by Adani and the Queensland Government to open up the Carmichael Mine on our traditional lands. Our traditional lands are an interconnected and living whole; a vital cultural landscape. It is central to us as a People, and to the maintenance of our identity, laws and consequent rights. If the Carmichael mine were to proceed it would tear the heart out of the land. The scale of this mine means it would have devastating impacts on our native title, ancestral lands and waters, our totemic plants and animals, and our environmental and cultural heritage. It would pollute and drain billions of litres of groundwater, and obliterate important springs systems. It would potentially wipe out threatened and endangered species. It would literally leave a huge black hole, monumental in proportions, where there were once our homelands. These effects are irreversible. Our land will be “disappeared”. Nor would the direct impacts be limited to our lands – they would have cascading effects on the neighbouring lands and waters of other Traditional Owners and other landholders in the region. And the mine would cause damage to climate, unleashing a mass of carbon into the atmosphere and propelling dangerous global warming. We could not in all conscience consent to such wholesale destruction. Nor could we allow such a project to contribute to the dire unfolding effects of climate change that pose such great risks to all peoples. We know that many other people who care deeply about conserving natural places, vital water resources, the great fauna and flora of central Queensland, and a health planet share our concerns about this mine. When we say No, we mean No.
STOP Proposed Mobile Phone Base Station at 9 Lomond Terrace, East BrisbaneBrisbane is undergoing a rapid expansion of mobile phone towers as carriers like Telstra, Optus and Vodafone attempt to offer better service coverage for mobile phone users. However, these carriers have both moral and legal responsibilities that should not be overlooked or de-priotised in the pursuit of business objectives or an owners personal gain at the expense of their street and community. It is our position that the Carriers have breached the Code by failing to sufficiently inform the community of the project and placing the consultation period over school holidays (both of which would naturally minimize negative feedback). Further to this, in the absence of information to the contrary, constructing such major infrastructure on a residential street is an additional breach of the code to minimise electromagnetic energy exposure, particularly where there appears to be multiple alternatives that the Optus and Vodafone do not appear to have considered.
Save ABC integrity and variety especially on RNWhere else can an Australian audience get the variety and depth of views and visions and above all the stimulation of such a range of ideas? Where else is there such a range of respected specialist journalists who cover everything from arts to science and religion to rock? Why is the ABC accused of left-wing bias when it shows opinions of all spectra and gives voice - although not as much as it could or should - to those who don't have access to commercial media. Why don't the Board and your minister develop pride in this unique and irreplaceable institution and those who work for it, instead of white-anting and undermining the amazingly talented a dedicated staff? There is no place for Information and enlightenment in the categories below but the ABC covers them all so I've ticked them all!
Petition - Human rights for clients of Qld's Public Trustee and Public GuardianThe Committee to Expose the Public Trustee is a group of family, carers and friends of people who are clients (some prefer the word victims) of the Public Trustee. We were all struggling in our personal circumstances against the Public Trustee who as substituted decision maker has consistently and systematically ignored the needs and will of our loved ones. The Public Trustee has committed them to poverty and isolation and charged very high fees to do it, including charging their clients (victims) for legal fees used by the Public Trustee to oppose the needs and will of their clients. We have all been round and round the roundabout of complaints, requests for reviews and appeals but are powerless in their system and our loved ones have even less power. In Queensland, people with a disability, or people who someone has alleged has a disability, can be subject to orders from The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to remove their legal capacity to make all personal decisions. The tribunal has no rules of evidence or standards for the burden of proof and accepts the opinion of Public Guardian and Public Trustee officers as fact in their determinations, even when those opinions are disputed by other parties. The Qld Guardianship and Administration Act gives no clear indication of who should have their human rights removed, why they should be removed and to what extent they should be removed – but the tribunal routinely removes the rights of disabled people.
Don't force refugee families back into tents on NauruIt is important that families, especially with young babies and children, are not forced back to the tents in OPC3. This accommodation is substandard and covered in mould. The toileting facilities also put people's health, safety and well being at risk in OPC3, with reports of sexual assaults and lack of privacy making this a particularly horrendous place to live. The four babies will be having their second Christmas in detention and for all people detained on Manus and Nauru, it will be their fourth Christmas in detention. The thought of police manhandling the families and children is particularly abhorrent. There is no reason why the families cannot stay in OPC1 where they are close to the IHMS clinic and have clean living quarters and toileting facilities. Babies have a safer place to learn how to crawl and walk in OPC1 than on sharp coral. Mouldy tents are not suitable accommodation for young children. Quite apart from rats, cockroaches and other vermin, there are illnesses that can result from sub standard accommodation. The only way to sterilise the water for these babies is through using kettles in the tents. This is how baby Asha suffered burns more than a year ago resulting in a medical transfer to Australia. A number of children have latent TB from living in this substandard accommodation and moving these families back into tents will expose the babies to harm.
A cost too high for Cyclist SafetyThe NSW Government is introducing changes to road rules and enforcement that will affect anyone who visits NSW as a tourist, visitor or new resident. It will also set a dangerous precedent for other States and Territories to follow. The changes include bicycle helmet fines of $319; and bicycle infringements equivalent to motor vehicles (such as $425 for riding through a red light or pedestrian crossing). Even more alarming is the requirement for any adult on a bicycle to carry a drivers licence or NSW photo ID (cost $51) at all times, even tourists. The fine for not carrying photo ID will be $106. The NSW Government says this is a simple change to the road rules. However, it sets a precedent for other community ‘groups’ to be singled out and forced to carry ID. Please sign this petition asking the Premier of NSW to stop these changes from going ahead. The letter, and all of the signatories of this petition, will be delivered to Mike Baird MP, Premier for NSW, on 16 February 2016 when Parliament resumes. We need as many signatures as possible. Please sign this petition, and consider writing to your local state MP asking them to support you. This petition has been underwritten by the following organisations (contact us to add yours): Australian Cycle Alliance http://cycle.org.au Bicycle New South Wales http://bicyclensw.org.au The Australian Cyclists Party https://australian-cyclists-party.org Bicycle Network https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au Cycling Promotion Fund http://www.bikeoz.com.au/index.php/cycling-promotion-fund Freestyle Cyclists http://www.freestylecyclists.org Newcastle Cycleways Movement http://newcastlecycleways.org.au Pedal Power ACT http://www.pedalpower.org.au BIKEAST http://www.bikeast.org.au Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club http://www.dhbc.org.au BIKESydney http://www.bikesydney.org I Love Sydney Bike Lanes & Cycleways https://www.facebook.com/ILoveSydneyBikeLanes Cell Bikes http://www.cellbikes.com.au Orange BUG http://bicyclensw.org.au/join/affiliation/bugs/nsw-west Dubbo BUG http://dubbobug.org.au/ Art Cycle Inc http://www.artcyclesydney.com Coffs Harbour BUG http://www.coffsbug.org.au Albury Wodonga Pedal Power Inc https://sites.google.com/site/awpedalpower Eurobodalla BUG http://eurobodallabug.blogspot.com.au Central Coast BUG http://ccbug.net Bike Marrickville http://www.bikemarrickville.org.au Bike Leichhardt http://leichhardtbug.ning.com Ashfield Bicycle Group http://www.ashbug.org.au/ Canada Bay BUG http://baybug.org.au/ Sydney Spokes http://www.sydneyspokes.com/ Quean BUG https://sites.google.com/site/qbnregionbug/
Provide a safer environment for older Public Housing TennantsA safe environment is a basic right for all Australians. Unfortunately if you are and older tenant living in aging housing stock in Victoria basic security measures are not provided, other than cheap security doors. This leads to many people living in a state of fear and impacts negatively on mental and physical well being. The lack of security leads to non residents feeling free to come onto properties to use laundries, break into empty flats, indulge in drug use, attempt to gain entry into occupied flats during the night. Also when challenged these people threaten and even perpetrate violence. I have lived on such a property for some 2 1/2 years. For most of that time, I and many of my neighbours have felt unsafe. Even if you apply to move you face a waiting time of up to nine years. Surely it is not too much to ask that as in newer properties, our property entrances can be made safe and secure so that we tenants can be afforded some peace of mind and safety.
Save Our Cultural Heritage at Abbot PointOur 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.
Take Down "Cancer is funny cause people die" Facebook Page.Because facebook is becoming a disgrace one week its racism against aboriginals next is pornography “Naked Selfies” and now at an all time low “Cancer is funny cause people die” The person who created this page is verbally degrading every person, who has either directly been affected of knowing someone who is suffering from this horrible disease. Why inflict more pain then necessary to those people. Facebook needs to take reasonability for the pages created on their website and REMOVE THIS PAGE.
Labor : vote for marriage equalityOver 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!
National Custodians DayAboriginal people are the original custodians of this land we now call Australia. Our spirituality is inextricably linked to the land animals, airs and seas. Our cultural lores, beliefs, values and practices ensured that we were able to maintain pristine living conditions for thousands of years. Similarly, the first nations people of the region now known as the Torres Straits, have had a well documented history and connection to individual islands. Whilst there has been some acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, our unique beliefs, values, lores and practices, we as a nation have failed to collectively come together to allocate a national public holiday to honour our custodianship of the land as well as acknowledge the ongoing contributions Aboriginal people make to the broader Australian society. In many countries across the world they have a national public holiday to celebrate first nations people. For example, Canada celebrate National aboriginal Day. In the USA they have a Indigenous peoples day and in Africa they have Heritage Day. Arguably, Australia day is intended to be inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and our cultures. However, we know that for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that this day and basis on which this day was established is a ongoing reminder of the cultural genocide of our people. It is now time to make a stand as a united Australia. Let allocate a national public holiday for the original and ongoing custodians of this country.
#IstandwithGillianTriggs - Support the Human Rights Commission President's integrityGillian Triggs, in her role as Human Rights Commission President, has overseen a report on children in immigration detention which reveals systemic errors of policy and practice that have resulted in much harm done to children. The report is non-partisan in that it criticised the actions of past and present federal immigration policy of both the ALP and LNP. The report recommends protecting children from further harm with a drastic overhaul of the immigration system which runs counter to the government's policy. Instead of addressing the report's findings, the government has chosen to evade accountability and 'shoot the messenger' in an attack on Ms Triggs' integrity and a call for her resignation. In fact, key government decision makers such as Ian McDonald admit they have not even read the report. I am calling on the Governor-General, who appoints the AHRC President, to affirm his support and use the power of his office to force the government to address the human rights issues raised in the report. Please join me - we need the Human Rights Commission to remain a strong, independent watchdog with the ability to call out wrongs without fear or favour.
PROTECT OUR CITIZEN! - JULIAN ASSANGE - PETITIONThis is important to protect his basic rights as an Australian Citizen. He faces extradition to the United States where he: Could face the death penalty OR indefinite imprisonment enduring torturous conditions Will not be tried fairly in a public court Has limited access to adequate legal representation We know the United States is capable of this after witnessing the same abuse of human rights with Bradley Manning and David Hicks. He currently has no formal charges laid against him in either Sweden or the United States. He is wanted for QUESTIONING in Sweden in relation to 'sexual misconduct' in which Mr. Assange DID make himself available to police before leaving Sweden and since then has offered himself for questioning numerous times to the Swedish prosecutor via video link up. The Fairfax press have reported they have documents which reveal 'Australia has no objection to a potential extradition to the US.' THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT CANNOT ALLOW EXTRADITION TO THE UNITED STATES WHERE THEY KNOW HE WILL SUFFER AND HAVE HIS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATED. For more information, the ABC's Four Corners program aired a balanced and informed account of events called Sex, Lies and Julian Assange which can be watched online by clicking this link - http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2012/07/19/3549280.htm The Australian Government's response to requests from Mr. Assange for due process and fair trial- http://justice4assange.com/Declaration-of-Abandonment.html More information- http://justice4assange.com/US-Extradition.html http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51918 - great article summing up the situation
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.
Save Aboriginal Cultural Heritage - say no to cultural genocide through failed government actionsAboriginal communities are seeking the support of Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people to assist in protecting sacred places and cultural sites of importance for both Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people. We are seeking support through signing this petition and through attendance to the planned rally in Sydney on the 28 November. Peaceful Demonstration – Stop the cultural genocide -Culture Ride Rally 28 November Thursday Sydney Aboriginal people across NSW want to rally against the Government because they don't protect culture and heritage now and the proposed reforms are believed to include even more processes to gag the voice of Aboriginal people and their rights in this State to protect their culture and heritage. On the surface the principle of the reform looks hopeful. In the detail it’s a worry and will reduce Aboriginal rights and voice to a privileged few. Out of growing anger and frustration many Aboriginal people in their communities and homes have decided enough is enough! The system fails to protect and Governments just permit to destroy. Communities have had enough and Elders and groups are asking their Land Councils and other Organisations to provide their buses and petrol costs to enable Elders and families to travel to Sydney to tell the Government Enough is Enough. The Elders in communities believe ‘We need to go back to the old ways and make ourselves visible’. Many Elders were part of the Freedom ride and Land Rights movement. Well the movement has just given birth again for the culture ride!!!!” ‘ what is happening now is the continued and agreement by government to destroy our culture and heritage …usually for money (royalties). They are wiping out our ancestors footprints…. it wasn’t enough to try and destroy our people, it now about trying to make their legacy invisible. The proposed new reform is flawed …it will be a cultural genocide…..under the guide of Aboriginal ownership. There has been so many cases before ICAC, the new reforms will be opening the gates to opportunity for crime and misconduct, rorting and culturally and community suffering….If the government are real about Aboriginal owning our own culture and heritage then we need to have the right to decide the governance under our traditional lores and customs and community not based on a model designed by Western and non-Aboriginal ways of doing things. It’s not about stopping development it’s about saving our culture and heritage. The new reform is a new genocide and one we will not support. It’s about time Aboriginal people stepped up and took control over their own culture and heritage and not be swayed by models developed by bureaucrats which do little to bring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together in celebrating the diversity of Aboriginal cultures…..our cultures. The new reforms are toothless…..Aboriginal people will again be the loses. No one especially our people would support the destruction of the structures of the iconic and religious structures of the Catholic or Church of England cathedrals or the Synagogues or Mosques yet we (Aboriginal people) are subjected to constant discussions and Government approvals which approve the desecration and destruction of our spiritual places. And even when we share our sacred knowledge we are ignored and the bulldozers or detonators come in. In whatever neat package governments and politicians want to package it …….Its simply cultural genocide. A Modern Day Culture Ride Some supporters of the rally are travelling by private car or bike others are using LALC buses. Elder’s families and individuals are invited to come to meet up in Sydney for the rally. Some are coming to Newcastle to catch the train to Sydney from there it costs pensioners about $2.50 return. This is the second rally of a series of protests as we are sick of the threat and destruction. The community have been making their banners and plan to travel by train and bus and drive to Sydney to meet at Archibald Fountain at Hyde Park and march to NSW Parliament House in Macquarie street Sydney. The permit for a peaceful rally is approved and the street will be cleared for the rally to parliament. The train leaves Newcastle at 7.18 am arrives at central at 9.55 am. The rally gathering will start at 10:00 – 10:30 am and walk to Parliament House Macquarie street Sydney starts at 11:00 am. Everyone who is tired of seeing their Culture and Heritage being destroyed is welcome to attend this peaceful rally. Bring picnic lunch and if you could share this information with families and your network. Let me know if you want more information and I will try to forward your details to the Elders and volunteers organising the rally. Make yourself a banner and come along if you would like to perform. The message is simple - Save Culture and Heritage leave a legacy for future generations
Restore funding for preventative Domestic Violence Services in the Tweed Shire.The current services require that a woman be homeless or at risk of homelessness to receive any specialist services. This leaves a considerable gap for women who need to, or choose to, stay at home while in abusive and violent relationships. These women caught in the cycle of abuse need access to services to assist them in dealing with their psychologically complex and frightening situations. They need a safe place where they can walk in and engage with specialist staff who understand what they are going through. Given society's increased awareness of the impact of abuse and violence on women and their families, it is unacceptable to abandon women and deprive them of access to these much needed services, which included counseling, education and mentoring in a culturally safe environment.