Put the brakes on the Ellerton Drive Extension proposed for QueanbeyanQueanbeyan City Council proposes to build a 4.6km road to link the end of the existing Ellerton Drive in East Queanbeyan (which runs to the roundabout at the foot of Bungendore Hill) to the Edwin Land Parkway at its junction with Old Cooma Rd at Barracks Flat Creek. The road would have a footprint of 25ha, ranging between 40 to 110 metres wide, and accommodate four lanes and a cycleway. Initially, two lanes would be constructed. The road would involve substantial earthworks as well as a bridge 180 metres long and six metres high across the Queanbeyan River at Barracks Flat. Unique and precious wildlife corridors in Queanbeyan’s natural bushlands will be lost if the Ellerton Drive Extension is built. The road would destroy 19ha of native vegetation, including 44 hollow-bearing trees that provide nesting habitat for many bird species including the Gang-gang Cockatoo, and remove 16 termite mounds used by Rosenberg’s Goanna for laying eggs. The road will also create a barrier for many other animals and increase the risk of wildlife injury and death. The Ellerton Drive Extension would cause noise and air pollution to many residents along its route as well as people living along Edwin Land Parkway, with which the Ellerton Drive Extension would link. Queanbeyan Escarpment and Queanbeyan River corridor would be changed forever. People would no longer be able to enjoy these areas as they do today. The potential to promote tourism based on protecting our natural areas would be lost. Council says the city needs the road to accommodate more vehicles as population grows with new town developments but there are other options. Council has not fully considered ACT transport planning that could make the Ellerton Drive Extension redundant or explored how better public transport services could reduce traffic. Experience elsewhere in Australia and overseas is that you don’t solve road congestion by building more roads. The answer is to divert demand at peak travel times by providing alternatives such as public transport and diversifying the location of jobs. Queanbeyan City Council needs to develop a Sustainable Transport Strategy for the city now, one that includes other options like better public transport and improved connections with Canberra’s transport systems before it decides to build any more roads, including the Ellerton Drive Extension.
#changethedate Malcolm Turnbull! MARCH 3 AUSTRALIA DAYAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all Australians can't currently celebrate Australia Day on January 26. It's a date for white settlement and 'Invasion' from 1788. We must change the date. It's vital to move Australia forward! #changethedate to March 3rd
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
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.
FUND NDIS PROPERLYAustralian disabled people deserve to not only have an insurance scheme that will assist them actively engage in the community and be supported with their disabilities, they don't need to be used as a political football by the Government for sake of politics. Its time big business gave something back to Australia!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stop Pension Age Rise and Cut Politicians BenefitsThe politicians need to realise that they work for us not the other way around, We may only get to vote every three years, but we can sure make our voices heard with these petitions. As I said before this is not a Party motivated request... quite frankly, I am disgusted with the lot of them at the moment.. This is an Australian people request!
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.
let's support our Dairy Farmers now!The money raised would go directly to the affected Dairy Farmers who are now faced with; 1] Reducing their herd to pay the retrospective charge. 2] Taking on more debt. 3] Consider selling up as the price of milk paid by the Processors is not sustainable for a viable business. While the price of some Supermarket Brand milk remains at $1 a litre our Dairy Farmers are working hard to produce safe milk for us with little return for them. Now they are paying it back!
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.
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.
Stop Corruption of the Political Process by Global CorporatismGlobally 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.
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.
Heritage Housing Pain in AustraliaAustralia's heritage system is set up so that certain individual property owners are forced to bear the costs of heritage conservation for the rest of the general public. It is not fair, or ethical and some people are cracking under pressure of this large financial burden. The individual heritage property owner is often put at a large financial disadvantage through serious devaluation of property price (by over 25% on average calculated by Herron Todd White – Australia’s largest independent property valuation and advisory group in Australia) (Australian Government Productivity Commission, 2006, Conservation of Australia's Historic Heritage Places - Productivity Commission Inquiry Report No.37, Canberra, Media and Publications Productivity Commission, p.164, Box 7.3), higher maintenance or restoration costs due to the requirement for specialised tradespeople, additional administrative costs, limitations on the ability to modify or adapt the property and limitations on the ability to develop the site. What usually then occurs is that heritage listed properties are often neglected and run into disrepair. So, not only does Australia’s heritage system cause financial devastation to hundreds of families, but it doesn’t even work to conserve our heritage! This needs to change. There are more progressive heritage systems employed by other countries (in particular Colorado, USA) which work, and Australia needs to follow their lead. Their private heritage property owners have adequate financial support and great tax incentives, so people try to nominate their own property to be on their national heritage register! People look after their heritage property because it is in their best interests to. This is unlike the situation in Australia where heritage funding is minimal and therefore the reliance is on owners of heritage properties to pay for all/most of the bill and suffer the devaluation in their property value. Resentment against heritage listing is increasing in Australia, and without financial help people will naturally neglect their heritage listed property because it just costs too much. It's time to take a stand, so please support our campaign by adding your name below and click on on 'Good vs Bad Heritage Systems' at http://heritagepainoz.my-free.website to learn more.
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
SAY YES to Marriage Equality!We believe a person's gender or sexuality should not affect their legal rights and responsibilities under Australian marriage law. Achieving marriage equality requires advocacy, education and participation. We believe there is no place in the marriage equality fight for prejudice, anger or segregation. Let's take a stand and get behind equal rights for all Australians! SAY YES to marriage equality!
Make every playground in Australia inclusive20% 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.
Stop Business In Abuse: Nambucca CouncilCorporations are paid billions to do the government's dirty work in offshore detention camps – but they rely on other income streams as well, including contracts with local councils all around Australia. Our local councils need to refuse to contract with these corporations until they stop profiting from abuse. Australia’s system of mandatory detention, particularly in offshore detention camps, has consistently proven to be abusive and violate fundamental human rights. But the same corporations that make a profit providing essential services to these cruel camps also maintain business relationships with local councils across Australia. No respectable institution should associate with corporations complicit in such a system of abuse. Broadspectrum and its security subcontractor, Wilson Security, are contracted to provide services central to the operation of Australia's offshore detention camps in Manus Island and Nauru. Together they have been paid billions for their work in the camps - the sites of gross and ongoing human rights violations, physical, psychological and sexual abuse. In a recent report, No Business in Abuse established Broadspectrum and its subcontractor’s complicity in abuses violating 47 international laws. Broadspectrum’s own records indicate that since 2012 there has been a major or critical incident of self-harm reported on average every four days and a serious incident of sexual assault reported on average every four months, in the Nauru camp alone. These are the same corporations that hold lucrative contracts with local councils across Australia. Tens of thousands of Australians have pledged not to associate ourselves with corporations that profit from abusive practices towards people seeking asylum in Australia. We believe that every individual, every corporation and every institution has a responsibility to respect human rights. Our local councils are important institutions in our communities, and should take this responsibility seriously - to lead by example in encouraging responsible business practices and adherence to human rights. You can read the full text of the No Business In Abuse Report here: https://www.nobusinessinabuse.org/site/about
Help kids with FAS-DThere is no cure for FASDs, but research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child's development. A seminal study by O’Connor et al (2006) found that protective factors that can help children with FAS-D reach their full potential include: a loving and nurturing environment, early diagnosis and involvement in special education and the provision of social services. We are finding it near impossible to get government help and support for social services and education.I believe it is important that schools get the appropriate funding and resources to support children with FAS-D. I would urge you to watch the 4 corners special on FAS-D, which can be accessed by the following link: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/11/02/4341366.htm
Humanitarian immigration policies for AustraliaBecause (i) the world needs to care for the thousands of diplaced people we see on out television screens each night and (ii) Australia, already with the highest percentage of foreign born of any country, can take in 200, 000 and still show the world that all colours, all creeds, all races can live in relative peace. Our only conflicts are political, but hopefully, theparties can unite on this one
Routine screening for at risk groups.At the Australian Lung cancer Foundation our aim is to advocate for the equitable funding of those afflicted with lung cancer regardless of age, race or gender. At the moment, public and private spending on people afflicted with lung cancer runs a long way behind those diagnosed with other cancers.. For too long people with lung cancer are treated like pariahs. Many are non-smokers. Some have never smoked. In fact, lung cancers that affect never smokers are the number ten biggest killer of all the cancers. Addiction and lifestyle are behind many cancers, lung cancer is no different. Nevertheless, those with lung cancer are asked to bear the burden of blame for their cancer. Few funds are supplied for the research or treatment of lung compared to other cancers. Cancer Councils nationwide are too busy courting the sexier cancers and themselves shun lung cancer. Cancer NSW seems to be the exception here. Public funding runs at about 10% of other more treatable cancers. Private funding runs at an astonishing 3% at most of the more successfully funded Breast cancers, for example. There are many reasons for this, but in large part we feel that this is due to the fear driven anti-smoking regime we live under. While this has been successful to a degree in reducing smoking in the community, it masks the terrible way that people diagnosed with lung cancer feel. The five year survival rate for lung cancer is around 15%. Breast and Prostate are closer to 90%. We want for lung cancer patients what people with other cancers get, both from private and public sources. The first step is routine screening like Breast and Prostate cancers have. This makes perfect sense from a Public Health perspective. We can see no good reason why this cannot be implemented immediately.
No To Wallarah 2 Coal Mine!It has been shown that the mine will significantly effect the underground water flow within the Dooralong Valley. It will interfere with endangered species including the Charmhaven Crabapple and squirrel gliders in the area. It will cause significant noise and dust penetration to the nearby residential property of Blue Haven (less than 300 metres from the coal conveyor system and coal loading facility). It places at risk significant commercial enterprises being developed by other land owners in the immediate area and it removes both legal and actual access to a number of privately owned land holdings.
Stop letting pedophiles walk our streetsPlease don't be offended, I'm a survivor of child sexual abuse, & at 51, I am in treatment to deal with the daily nightmares, I'm also in the process of having my perpetrator charged, but I'm scared! Because from what I'm seeing on a daily basis in the media, child sex offenders are walking out of courts with minimal to ZERO sentencing, it reeks of corruption! I would not have been a victim had the courts locked my perpetrator up the first time round! EVERY TIME CHILD ABUSERS WALK FREE, courts are re-victimising victims, they are retraumatising victims, they are saying 'kids lives don't matter' that victims are not worth their time! A good 90% of adults with mental health/substance abuse are living these lives because of some kind of childhood trauma in all its forms - imagine the reduction on the health system if we locked offenders up? Sending a clear message to these pedophiles that if you hurt a child, you will not see daylight again?? Or for AT LEAST 15yrs!
Grant Paul access to the lower level at Adelaide Entertainment Centre to "see" his hero DynamoI 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
Save Eaten Fish (Ali) - bring him to Australia for urgent treatmentAli (aka Eaten Fish) is a 24 year old Iranian artist who is interred in Australia's detention centre on Manus Island. Ali suffers from severe OCD, Complex PTSD and debilitating panic attacks - sometimes he scrubs himself til he bleeds. Ali was sexually assaulted earlier in 2016 and continues to be sexually harassed and violently sexually propositioned. As a result of ongoing harassment and the sexual assault Ali's condition has severely deteriorated. The treatment that Ali has received has not helped and is not in line with currently accepted treatment in Australia. Ali is at grave risk of further harm and must be brought to a safe place in Australia where he can receive the specialised treatment he requires.
Support Danish as an Australian communityDanish Khatta was born and lived in Australia with his parents since his birth on 27 April 2009. He never lived any where without his parents. He lived in Australian community all his life and going to school. He is well mixed up in Australian community. He can not live without his parents and siblings.
Remove Andrew Bolt!We believe that his latest article crossed the line and could potentially encourage anti Muslim vigilantes to seek their own brand of justice against innocent Muslims. We believe this "journalist" to be grossly irresponsible and seek to have him removed from writing editorials at the Herald Sun. Please sign our petition".
Light up the Sydney Opera House with the Pride FlagIn the past, the Opera House has been lit up with flags to show love and solidarity with victims of similar violent attacks. Monuments around the world were lit up with the French flag after the 2015 Paris attacks, and news outlets are reporting that the shooting at Pulse Orlando is the biggest mass shooting in US history. The LGBTQIA community is in mourning. Many news outlets, as well as our own politicians, refuse to acknowledge that this shooting had a clear motivation. This was a hate-fuelled attack on the LGBTQIA community, and we ask that this be not only acknowledged, but that the City of Sydney shows support for all the members of our community as we mourn those lives lost. Image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sydney_Opera_House_(5890673496).jpg
Kunannurra Hunger Striker Needs AnswersDaniel Taylor has been on a hunger strike for 14 days in protest of the privacy conditions of the cashless welfare card. The government has been ignoring him and the mainstream media are being typically biased. Please help Daniel get answers. For more info: http://www.activist-news.com/day-five-daniel-taylors-hunger-strike/ or https://www.facebook.com/WeStandWithDavid/?fref=ts
Restore trust in the census - do not store Name and Address without consentChanges are being made to the 2016 Census that mean that personal information (name and address) of all Australians will now be stored for up to four years. This represents a serious invasion of privacy. Please sign this petition to send a message that this is not acceptable. This petition has been initiated by Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Australian Privacy Foundation.
Rename Victoria's Federal Seat of McMillanAngus McMillan participated in several massacres of Aboriginal people, as recorded by historian Don Watson in his work “Caledonia Australis” published by Williams Collins Pty Ltd, 1984. Peter Gardiner, another historian, has also detailed instances of McMillan’s involvement in massacres of Aboriginal people in his book “Our Founding Murdering Father” 1989 2nd revised edition. Many government agencies and representatives have made statements on reconciliation and I feel that asking for a name change is appropriate in line with these statements. The community has become more aware of what the indigenous peoples of Australia have endured since white settlement began two hundred years ago. I am concerned that by continuing to honour the names of people who massacred and mistreated the original inhabitants of this land, the integrity of the reconciliation process is called into question. We, the undersigned, ask that the name of the federal electorate of McMillan be changed at the next review. It is essential to consult with the Aboriginal people of Gippsland to seek their point of view and wishes in this regard.
Keep Sydney’s Pride Alive: Don’t Sell the T2Taylor Square sits at the heart of recent LGBTI history. It was the starting point of the first Mardi Gras Parade in 1978, and remains the focal point of the parade today. The City of Sydney currently owns the T2 Building – the iconic central building on Taylor Square, and canvas for Reko Rennie’s historic ‘Always was, always will be’ artwork. This space could be used to create Australia’s first permanent LGBTI Museum and cultural space, honouring, celebrating and preserving the LGBTI history of Sydney and Australia. But Lord Mayor Clover Moore and the City of Sydney have voted to get rid of the building, and with it our opportunity for the building to become an LGBTI museum. The sell-off process has already begun. If this sale goes ahead, we’ll just end up with another convenience store, empty shopfront or apartment block on Oxford St – and our history still won’t have a permanent home. We can stop this, and turn the T2’s future around. That’s why we’re coming together as a community of City of Sydney residents, LGBTI folks, and people who just love Oxford St and the T2 – to prove to Clover Moore and her fellow councillors that it’s our history, and our Taylor Square, and we won’t let them sell it off. Sign the petition and join the campaign.
United Nations WGAD declares Julian Assange Arbitrarily & Unlawfully Detained.Here is some background information on Julian Assange and the reason for the petition: 1- "The Working Group considered that Mr. Assange has been subjected to different forms of deprivation of liberty: initial detention in Wandsworth prison which was followed by house arrest and his confinement at the Ecuadorian Embassy. Having concluded that there was a continuous deprivation of liberty, the Working Group also found that the detention was arbitrary because he was held in isolation during the first stage of detention and because of the lack of diligence by the Swedish Prosecutor in its investigations, which resulted in the lengthy detention of Mr. Assange. The Working Group found that this detention is in violation of Articles 9 and 10 of the UDHR and Articles 7, 9(1), 9(3), 9(4), 10 and 14 of the ICCPR, and falls within category III as defined in its Methods of Work. The Working Group therefore requested Sweden and the United Kingdom to assess the situation of Mr. Assange to ensure his safety and physical integrity, to facilitate the exercise of his right to freedom of movement in an expedient manner, and to ensure the full enjoyment of his rights guaranteed by the international norms on detention. The Working Group also considered that the detention should be brought to an end and that Mr. Assange should be afforded the right to compensation." 2- Of note is Australia's authorship of the conditions of asylum, adopted at the thirtieth United Nations General Assembly 1975. Australia 1. Introduction 1. " This statement of views on the question of diplomatic asylum is made by the Government of Australia in response to the invitation tendered by the General Assembly in resolution 3321 (XXIX) of 14 December 1974. This resolution was itself the outcome of an Australian initiative in placing the question of diplomatic asylum on the agenda of the twenty-ninth session. This initiative was aimed at the reduction of differences between States about the applicable principles of a concept which is continuously relevant. Uncertainty about these principles can have detrimental consequences for friendly relations between States and for their co-operation in solving problems of a humanitarian character. It is to be recalled that the resolution was adopted by the striking vote of 110 votes in favour, none against and 16 abstentions." http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae68bee0.html 3- Assange Case Fact-Checker Significant information has come to light since the Assange story was originally covered in the media and UK courts in 2012. The facts, as contained in official court documents and other official material on this case, are the following: https://justice4assange.com/Assange-Case-Fact-Checker.html 4- It is also worth noting that at the Chelsea Manning trial Brigadier general Robert Carr, a senior counter-intelligence officer who headed the Information Review Task Force that investigated the impact of WikiLeaks disclosures on behalf of the Defence Department, told a court that they had uncovered no specific examples of anyone who had lost his or her life in reprisals that followed the publication of the disclosures on the internet (1). Exact court statement in here somewhere (2) (1) http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/18719-investigator-bradley-manning-leak-did-not-result-in-deaths (2) http://alexaobrien.com/manning/official-record-of-trial-text-searchable-manning 5- Accurate reporting on the one remaining allegation The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has decided that Julian Assange must be immediately freed and compensated. The UN body specialised in situations of arbitrary detention have condemned Sweden and the United Kingdom for Julian Assange’s arbitrary and unlawful detention. He is entitled to compensation from both countries. https://justice4assange.com/Accurate-reporting-on-the-one.html 6- A selection of awards: 2008- Economist New Media Award 2009- Amnesty International UK Media Awards 2009- Award of Distinction in the Digital Communities 2011- TIME Person of the Year, Reader's Choice 2011- Le Monde Man of the Year 2011- Sam Adams Award for integrity in information gathering (Panel is made up of former CIA Chiefs and US Military Brass) 2011- Free Dacia Award 2011- Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal (One of only 5 including Awarded to Nelson Mandela 2000 and Dali Lama 2002) 2011- Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism (UK's most prestigious award for Journalism) 2011- Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism 2011- Voltaire Award for Free Speech 2012- Big Brother Awards Hero of Privacy 2013- Global Exchange Human Rights Award, People’s Choice 2013- Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts 2013- New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films Silver World Medal 2014- Union of Journalists in Kazakhstan Top Prize 7- Read the chronological course of events regarding Julian, his Affidavit gives a clear background of events so far with links to back up the facts listed. https://wikileaks.org/IMG/html/Affidavit_of_Julian_Assange.html#efmNdPOCv 8- 500 signatories condemn Sweden and UK over UNWGAD Assange reaction http://www.scribd.com/doc/301432256/500-signatories-condemn-Sweden-and-UK-over-UNWGAD-Assange-reaction
Governor General of Australia, do not allow a double Dissolution Election.It is important for the Governor General to show an unbiassed view on the duties they are called to perform. If the Governor General decides to allow an unfair issue that has failed to pass through the senate, so to the Governor General display their unbiassed position and show that we already have mechanisms in place that all of workers in all other industries are privelaged to have access to. It is my fear, that as a Governor General, you must maintain the faith of the people by showing your views to what is fair and just. To allow a Double Dissallution Ellection to commence, especially after the recent changes to the senate election process, will probably destroy the people faith in our political system. Thank you.
MALCOLM TURNBULL: STOP SELLING OUT OUR SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY!I am of the view that it is vital that all Australian defence construction projects are carried out in Australia by Australian workers. Not only does prioritising Australian bidders on large tender projects like this protect Australian jobs, it ensures our defence materiel is made to the highest possible standards. It is essential to our national defence capability as well as the security of our nation and the preservation and growth of domestic manufacturing jobs. Please support me in calling on the Prime Minister to put the interests of all Australians and Australian jobs before the interests of any other country and stop the awarding of a major billion dollar Australian Government defence contract to Spain and instead work with the Australian shipping and maritime industry to undertake the construction project in Australia.
School uniforms = Gender discriminationI believe that gender discriminatory clothing is not appropriate in primary schools, or schools in general. I believe that if we want equality for the sexes then here is the best place to start. Why is it that the majority of school uniforms for girls is a dress or skirt? It's all very well encouraging kids to climb trees and explore their environment, but how is this possible in a dress? This is a subconscious message that girls need to keep two feet on the ground and knees together. How is this appropriate learning attire? Would shorts not be more appropriate for sitting cross legged on the floor, doing sport or climbing trees? Why is it that we assign gender at such a young age? Why do we force children into masculine and feminine roles before they are, in fact, men or women? While society has a lot to answer for with only pink tutus or army greens to choose from in clothing stores, this should not be the case in school uniforms. When I was at high school I hated wearing the netball skirt as our sports uniform. As a show of rebellion I and several other girls (followed later by a significant portion of the school) went home and made shorts from the tartan material that our school skirts were made of and wore those instead. Rather than encouraging this independent show of equality with the boys the school tried to ban it. Have we not moved forward from then? My friend's gender-creative daughter hates wearing dresses. She is about to start school and the uniform is the same dress that I wore to primary school 30 years ago. Should she be forced to wear the dress, to be told she can't have an education if she doesn't? Should she be able to wear her older brother's old uniform, but at the risk of her being bullied for being different? This would not be an issue if the uniform was the same for boys and girls. I would like a review of school uniform policy. I would like a single, gender neutral, school uniform worn by all students. I believe this is a nation wide issue and a relatively simple issue to fix. Thank you for your help on this matter.
Bring Mungo Man HomeBoth Mungo Man and Mungo Lady were been buried in the lunette at Lake Mungo for over 42,000 years and surfaced in the later ‘60‘s and early ‘70‘s. Prof Jim Bowler made these discoveries and together they rewrote history. It is now time; after forty-two years at ANU (Australian National University) and more recently moved to the National Museum, that Mungo Man was returned and this chapter is closed (Mungo Woman was returned in 1992). It is time for a new chapter for us all, one where we take pride, celebrate and honour the incredible history, resilience and cultural heritage of the longest living culture on this planet! So why the wait?? If we want to ‘Close The Gap’ we let ourselves down by not respecting and honoring these most ancient and sophisticated human remains from the oldest ritual burial sites known on the planet!! Maybe, just maybe 10% of the 100 million dollars being spent on an education centre by the Australian government in France to commemorate the WW1 battles and heroes, could be considered for the descendants of these ancient people so they can put their ancestors to rest at Lake Mungo. A place to commemorate this extraordinary window into the past needs to be built - where all Australians can visit, learn and be educated about our most ancient land, her people and the stories of Indigenous heroes. Then we truly might beginning a deeper healing process together. The 100 year centenary at Villers-Bretonneux in France is significant; remains surviving 42,000 years leaves one speechless and currently not at rest! A response is needed - what are we waiting for?
DUMP FORCED COUNCIL AMALGAMATIONS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER PAUL TOOLEThe Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole must resign or be sacked immediately. He has lost the confidence of the people of NSW. Minister Paul Toole is trying to push forced council amalgamations onto almost half of NSW’s councils. • He has provided no explanation to the people of NSW as to why so many of these forced council amalgamations appear to have fallen out of the sky on 18 Dec 2015. Many are plain illogical and have never been consulted with the community or with councils. • He has provided no evidence to support the claims of benefits in his 35 forced council amalgamation proposals except for a KPMG report commissioned by the Minister which he continues to hide from everyone including the delegates and councils making it impossible to assess the amalgamation proposals. • His work is sloppy and shabby. All the amalgamation proposals he has presented are deeply flawed documents full of serious inaccuracies which are clearly evident - even in the absence of the hidden KPMG report. • He has shown poor governance in not presenting any risk analysis for the 35 forced amalgamation proposals. • He has shown only contempt for the sector he is supposed to represent by continuing to bully and manipulate communities, council staff and elected representatives. • He has sought to deceive the public with false advertising about “broken councils” and fabrications about councils being in debt. • He has broken his promise to the people of No Forced Council Amalgamations. Genuine improvements and reforms of the local government sector can be achieved but not through forced council amalgamations and not with Paul Toole as Minister for Local Government. Minister Paul Toole does not have the confidence of the people of NSW. Minister Paul Toole and the forced amalgamation process should be dumped.