• stop overseas owned and foreign manned super sized trawlers fishing our waters!
    We need to stop these oversized fishing vessels that have been likened to giant industrial ocean going vacuum cleaners from trawling our oceans and depleting it of its valuable fish stocks, severely interrupting the worlds ocean's and its natural eco systems and destroying both the local recreational and commercial small scale and sustainable fishing and tourism industries around the world and within Australia. Our Australian government is currently planning and zoning fantastic new marine parks around our fragile island and at the same time they are planning to open the back door for large fishing vessels to exploit our waters on a massive and unsustainable scale, vessels like the "MARGIRIS" who's company is planning for it to set sail for Australian Territorial Waters some time this spring and arriving in august, if given the green light. Humans participating in activities such as these solely for financial gain are nothing less than the enemy of our oceans, let's together become our ocean's protectors, let's together make a difference and ensure our ocean's are the way they should be for future generations to come, our children and their children's children. THIS IS OUR WORLD, OUR OCEAN, IT DOES NOT BELONG TO THESE LARGE FISHING COMPANIES, TO FEED THEIR CORPORATE GREED, WE AS INDIVIDUALS BELONG TO IT, IT DEMANDS OUR RESPECT, I, OUR NATION AND THE WORLD WILL FIGHT FOR IT AND ITS FUTURE! WE WILL NOT GO AWAY! ONE WORLD, ONE OCEAN, LET'S MAKE IT LAST!
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  • Fix the accute doctor shortage on the Central Coast
    The health and well being of the community on the Central Coast is at risk if the General Medical Practitioner Services are not made available.
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  • Ban shooters in our National Parks
    Licensed recreational shooters are now allowed in 79 of the state’s national parks, nature reserves and conservation areas in a sneaky deal that your government has done with the Shooters and Fishers Party to gain support for a Bill to privatise the State’s electricity assets. Our protected conservation areas have essentially been turned into hunting reserves. Your government has not detailed how this will be policed and how the so called 'feral control' scheme will be undertaken without risks to the safety of people and native fauna alike.
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    Created by Nat Hanke
  • Protect Staff at the University of NSW
    In Semester One the University of NSW announced it was cutting 20% of teaching staff within the School of Computer Science and Engineering. Similar cuts happened in Built Environment and Dance. The University intends to continue cutting courses at UNSW (it has been said that 5 more face cuts this semester), despite turning massive profits each year. These cuts affect all students, regardless of whether their faculty is currently being cut. They will detract from the quality and diversity of courses offered at UNSW, and the Universities status as a world leader in tertiary education. Failure to challenge these cuts as they happen also opens the gates for the University to cut more classes, yours could be next! By campaigning to protect teachers jobs and courses from being cut this semester we can protect the quality of our education and ensure future cuts are done in a way that is transparent. At Sydney University students recently had a victory against similar cuts and we believe it will work at UNSW.
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  • Save the Glenfern Green Wedge
    The Glenfern Green Wedge, at the northern tip of the National Trust listed Lysterfield Valley, lies outside the urban growth boundary, is part of the Dandenong Ranges foothills, is adjacent to two existing flora and fauna reserves, and is part of an important wildlife corridor. It is the last remaining undeveloped section of Ferny Creek and is under threat from subdivision and development. Loss of this Green Wedge to housing has significant permanent ramifications to the local area and residents, and to all Melbournians and the many tourists who pass through this scenic and special area.
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  • Communities Protecting our Region- No Dudgeon Point Coal Terminal
    The Indian company Adani and Dudgeon Point Project Management (a consortium of coal companies) are proposing to build a large coal storage area and port facility at Dudgeon Point 13km southeast of the city of Mackay. The two coal stockpiles will be up to 20m high (8m foundations) and cover an area the size of 900 soccer fields (approximately 400 hectares). If approved, Dudgeon Point and existing Hay Point terminal expansions are expected to increase coal exports by two to three times current levels to a projected capacity of 250 to 300 million tonnes per year. With a similar expansion planned for Abbot Point the Whitsunday Coral Coast would be bordered by the two largest coal port complexes in the world, greatly diminishing the premier tourism brand the region has worked so hard to develop. There are three main reasons we would like to see the proposal rejected: Coal Dust is a Health Risk- Coal dust is a health risk – we don’t know what the impacts could be! The World Health Organisation states that even background levels of coal dust, well below their official standards, are hazardous to the more vulnerable i.e. children and the elderly. Fine coal dust (PM2.5 or less) cannot be naturally expelled from the lungs. Finer particles of PM0.1 or less can cross from the lungs into the bloodstream and have been associated with causing leukaemia. Coal dust contains heavy metals such as arsenic and PAHs which can cause cancers, brain tumours, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases. Given the proximity of the coal stockpiles, uncovered coal trains and coal loading facilities to the surrounding communities and Mackay region the health risks to people and marine life within the Great Barrier Reef must be known before this project proceeds further. The facts are: • That fine coal dust can easily travel to Mackay and surrounding communities with prevailing south easterly winds; • Coal dust has also been measured in waters of the Outer Great Barrier Reef • There is no way to measure the exposure levels; and • Fine coal dust is hazardous even at low background levels 120,000 residents should not be exposed to a potential legacy of ill health similar to that suffered through exposure to asbestos or tobacco smoke. These caused significant hardships and public health costs. The Reef Needs Our Protection- The reef is in trouble already, it cannot cope with the threats of significant increases in coal dust and coal shipping Coal export and storage facilities are expanding up and down the Queensland coast in what is the biggest resource boom our nation has ever seen. Simply put, more ships means more accidents destroying our already vulnerable reef and damaging our ocean wildlife. The dredging of the ocean floor means more sediment being spread throughout our local marine environment risking the damage that our unfortunate neighbours in Gladstone have already experienced. In addition recent research at James Cook University by Dr Kathy Burns has shown how coal dust is spreading from the existing ports over the reef by air and sea. Hay Point already has two ports that can export 130 million tonnes of coal per year, the full capacity of these ports is not currently utilised. Any further expansion is economically unnecessary and environmentally catastrophic. We cannot allow our precious Reef and local marine waters to lose their natural values. It is the responsibility of us all, and particularly our community leaders, to protect the iconic Great Barrier Reef for future generations. Costing our Community- Dudgeon Point is threatening our communities peaceful lifestyle Dudgeon Point is in the middle of a coastal area that has seen growing rural residential development over the last 20 years. Communities like Dunrock, McEwens Beach, Timberlands, Louisa Creek, Half Tide, Salonika Beach and the surrounding roads are facing increased serious health risks if the Dudgeon Point coal terminals are approved. The experience of surrounding communities has already been one of increasing noise, dust, traffic and the loss of visual amenities. How can we believe that Dudgeon Point development will not make this situation even worse for local residents? No comprehensive, authentic cost/benefit analysis of this project has been done. Why should we lose our health, peaceful lifestyle and quality of life for unknown and unproven outcomes?
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  • Light Rail For Oxford Street, Sydney
    Oxford Street, Darlinghurst should be the backbone of East Sydney, instead it is a six lane highway that splits the community in two. East Sydney is the artistic and creative heart of Sydney - Bohemia if you will. We love it and we figure you do to. It's the antidote to the Mega Mall CBD. Oxford Street, the once Golden Mile, should bring people in, not funnel them through. But years of neglect and elevation of transport above all social, cultural and economic considerations have created a traffic sewer. Oxford Street is controlled by the N.S.W. Government, and for them it is, first and foremost a, traffic artery; community and economy don't seem to rate on their radar. But there is a chance to remedy the situation. An infrastructure failure the size of the RTA's 2004 twenty four million dollar 'upgrade' needs an infrastructure solution of the same scale: Light Rail promises to be such a thing. For more information please visit these sites: http://www.facebook.com/LightRailForOxfordStreet http://www.saveoxfordstreet.com
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  • Election Funding and the benefits of voting for minor parties
    Currently it appears that the major parties receive too much of our gratitude. Although opinion polls regularly show a high discontent with the policies of our major political parties, the status quo is usually maintained at elections because many voters either vote Labor or the Coalition, thinking there is no alternative that represents them better. The only winners here are the two major parties because they will receive almost $5 for every primary vote cast their way (if you vote for the same party in the lower and upper houses). This public funding of their parties only reinforces the status quo further. It is time that the major parties stop taking the massive lion's share of public funding available when they don't truly represent your best interests. This is why it is important to reconsider for whom you actually cast that crucial primary vote in an election. Remember you can always preference your least worse major party afterwards. In a typical federal electorate of 80,000 voters, a minor party candidate only needs to get 3200 votes to obtain the right to the critical public funding that is essential to get them up and running and working for the people that vote for them. In the Senate race, reaching 4% of the vote translates into a much larger sum of money for that party and their candidate. You may not change the result of the election, but you could do something to redistribute money from the major parties and hand it to parties that are really fighting for your interests.
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  • Protect children from secondhand smoke drift in multi-unit housing
    Under current strata law, residents are not explicitly protected from involuntary second-hand smoke exposure in residential settings. For the first time in fifty years, strata law is under review and now is the time for change. Smoking laws are inconsistent - as a person of the public you are already protected from tobacco smoke in many public places and buildings. But if an apartment is your home, your air quality is at the whim of your neighbours. As parents we want the right to have a smoke-free home to raise our children. Further we want the law on our side when we ask our neighbours to be responsible and contain their smoke rather than allowing it to drift and trespass into our home. In our case, when our neighbours smoke on their balcony or terrace, they might as well have be smoking over our children's beds – as the window is not further than 1.5 metres to where they are smoking. Even a smoker must appreciate that second-hand smoke is toxic and can damage the health of others. It is a fact that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and children are particularly vulnerable to it. Second-hand smoke exposure among children is a cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, respiratory infections and ear problems. Children's exposure has also been associated with lung cancer in adulthood and the evolution of cardiovascular disease. For our young family, this risk, in our own home, is utterly unacceptable. When we started questioning why NSW Strata Law was failing us, we found that there were other stories like ours, of parents trying to protect the health of their children. Our children have no option but to breathe in their own home and we seek to protect their basic right to clean air in their own home - it's time to recognise tobacco smoke as a nuisance and a hazard under Strata Law.
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  • Lower the Woolworths 16 Story Twin Towers on Vaughan TCE North Melbourne - RAiD 3051!
    North Melbourne has been ear-marked for intensive development by the State Government and the Melbourne City Council Arden Macaulay Plan. It is important that the first development complies with the goals and spirit of the plan. Residents and Melbourne City Council have concerns about height, air rights, traffic management, social services and the impact of extended liquor trading on the low income residents and the men's hostels that characterise the neighborhood. It is important that the residents have a voice and that the hard work of the councillors in developing a structure plan in the interests of all the citizens is respected rather than being overrun by cashed-up developers. The needs of all parties need to be addressed in any proposal and this one ignores the views of all except the developers'.
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  • Remunerate our volunteer firefighters!
    Volunteers fight fires for the benefit of all levels of Government fundamentally. Without volunteers the country, states and municipalities burn equally without prejudice; building, human, beast and flora. My daughter cried yesterday when she saw the black sky and red sun over the Shoalhaven. At 16 she said "mum, is this what our future is going to look like?" Then I thought about the volunteers fighting! Then I thought about the Governments! Then I started this campaign. Please volunteer your voice, for volunteers to have a voice and acknowledgement from Governments, to help shift the balance of power for today into the future.
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    Created by Jennifer Czislowski
  • Djap Wurrung trees
    The Djap Wurrung trees are a sacred and spiritual place that is of great significance and importance to the tradition custodians of Australia. Governments would never think of knocking down stone hedge or the st Peter's cathedral to build a road so why would they knock over these precious trees which have the same significance, if not more, to our tradition guardians of this extremely precious land. Woman have for many many years turned to these trees for spiritual assistance when giving birth. They must be protected at all cost!!!!
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