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
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.
Let's End Phoenix CompaniesAustralia has a $3 billion problem of phoenix companies. Know anyone that's lost money to a company going "broke" only to see a similar business start trading again as if nothing happened? When this is done deliberately, it is known as 'phoenix activity' and costs Australians $3 billion each year. It affects thousands of people and it can happen to anyone at anytime. It causes approximately 100 times the devastation of our typical street robberies. It typically involves 'friendly administrators' or 'friendly liquidators', terms which have now become common when doing business in Australia, however, illegal phoenix companies are a serious crime. It is meant to be enforced by ASIC, but ASIC takes no meaningful action.
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!
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!
Murdoch University ShameA new low benchmark for all of us: Murdoch University is one of the first universities to kick off our national round of Enterprise Bargaining. It could affect other campuses and probably not stop there. Industries across the economy may feel emboldened to do the same or even worse. email Eeva Leinonen VC of Murdoch University: http://www.nteu.org.au/murdoch/thinkshame/letter_to_vc Please ACT NOW - Murdoch University's unconscionable conduct in trappling over the rights of staff cannot go unnoticed by the Australian public. Murdoch's submission could be before the Fair Work Commission at any time. Murdoch University in Western Australia has applied to the Fair Work Commission to *terminate* the staff's entire Enterprise Agreement!! If successful, absolutely every single entitlement won by the the University Union, NTEU and the staff at Murdoch University over the past 20+ years would be wiped out and staff would revert to the award safety-net. It means this Australian University would be returning to the dark ages. Among the many entitlements at risk: *parental leave entitlements *wages could be reduced by 25-39% *reductions to redundancy entitlements *workload regulations Staff and their union are being victimised: NTEU WA Division Secretary, Gabe Gooding, and NTEU industrial officer, Alex Cousner, are being personally sued by Murdoch University for making public statements critical of senior management. They are facing fines of up to $170,000.
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!
Keep Australia in Australian Hands! Stop selling Australian farming land to overseas interestsAustralia risks losing control of its wealth-creating agricultural assets. The Federal Government is not paying sufficient attention to the issue of global food security, Austrlian agricultural jobs and the rising cost of living. Instead they are craving an instant hit of tax rather than securing the future assets for our children. Kidman and Co, Australia's biggest private landholding, which includes the world's largest cattle station, is up for sale, including eleven cattle stations covering more than 100,000 square kilometres of Australian land, including all stock and equipment. And the Federal Government is allowing sale to overseas interests! "Australia has more foreign investment land than any other nation. In fact, in the last three years the foreign investment of 50 per cent foreign-owned or greater has gone up by around 25 per cent. For anything with partial foreign investment it's gone up by 11 per cent. So we've had an exponential growth in foreign ownership in our agricultural assets in Australia." Barnaby Joyce, Nationals MP, Minister for Agriculture, Nov 2015 Recent sales of prime cattle and farming land is driving up the cost of milk and meat for Australian families. "THERE are fears the price of dairy products and baby formula are set to soar after Treasurer Scott Morrison rubber-stamped the sale of the nation’s biggest dairy farm to Chinese business interests. Mr Morrison yesterday ruled the $280 million acquisition of Tasmania’s 17,800ha Van Diemen’s Land Company by Chinese billionaire Lu Xianfeng’s Moon Lake Investments could go ahead after consulting the Foreign Investment Review Board." Daily Telegraph 24/02/16
Government Projects should use Australian ProductsAt a time when the nation is suffering from job losses and the destruction of our manufacturing industry, we still have the opportunity to look around and ask why this is happening. It should make sense to anyone that supporting local businesses keeps money in the local economy, which supports jobs and boosts consumer confidence. Money lost to overseas businesses doesn't flow back in to the community. The Government needs to lead by example by supporting Australian owned businesses and Australian made products in all of its projects.
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.
DISABLING TAXIS FOR THE DISABLEDThis is a vital service to the Perth disabled community. Drivers are dedicated and strive to deliver positive outcomes for the community in relation to their transport needs. The Minister wants to revert to a single service which will dictate to both client and driver and diminish the rights and choices of both. He proposes to literally blackmail all of the people involved by denying subsidies to those who don't use his preferred service. We must preserve our freedom to choose which taxi company or driver suits our needs based on the quality of service they provide.
Save The White House Victoria PointRedlands City Council wants to shut down The White House in Victoria Point! This historic set of buildings is a unique space within the community, fostering a wide variety of local small businesses by providing them with a low cost but high exposure location from which to operate. The community feel and unique mix of tenants is matched no where else in the local area. Tell council you want to HELP SAVE THE WHITE HOUSE!
NEEDED: New Mainstream Media Entity For PerthPerth's media is managed externally and there is nothing organic about the issues raised, no pride in the news that is published and no engagement from the wider community due to an apathetic opinion towards change for our city. The majority of Perth is without a representation in the media and with the growth in the State's population, it's about time we had one.
Stop the 'Fractional Banking System'This is the most important campaign for all Australians to get behind so we can reclaim our childrens future, because at the moment the future looks very bleak indeed. With our farmers being expected to compete with inferior cheap imports from nations with little or no health regulations. Our farms and realestate are being bought from over seas raising the prices out of reach of most first home buyers, and the farm land will never be owned by Australians again. I could have agreed with leasing farm land to overseas interests but allowing the foreign ownership is just plain treason. Our manufacturing is being systematically dismantled and our jobs sold off overseas to slave labour while we are being told that we are over paid. And yet the cost of living, taxation, rates and insurances keep rising. The Government by allowing our manufacturing to be sold off overseas to slave labour thus must agree with the notion of using slave labour to increase profits. The working class is being stripped of its wealth and earning power. The politicians are out of touch with the needs of ordinary Australians, this is either pure neglect or done by design. We are fed propaganda about non-issues and shown how we can feed our families on just '$10.00' a day and how to budget more efficiently, when in reality most mid to low income earners can hardly make ends meet, live from pay check to pay check and basically have no savings or the ability to invest. It is time for the real truth of our fraudulent system to be revealed, people to be educated and band together for lasting prosperous change. Money should be created as a public debt reflecting our resourses and peoples capabilities. The government creates this on our behalf only when they need infrastructure built and spends it into the economy using private companies to do the work. As I stated above the Isle of Guernsey does this and they found that inflation dropped to zero (only increasing with population growth), GDP increased by 10% each year and the government was able to reduce taxation substantially. This would result in more prosperity for all. For more information visit the 'Australian Sovereignty Party's' web site. Also check out hangthebankers.com (videos 'The Hidden Secrets of Money' by Mike Maloney) truth-now.net. youtube 'Senator Ron Paul' youtube 'Strawman' for further information on the judicial system.
No jail time for doctors and teachers who speak outOur so-called democratic government just passed laws that penalise health, education or human rights advocates for speaking out on behalf of a vulnerable population – asylum seekers. Australia is not a country that will stand for jailing or penalising people that speak out about the human rights infringements of our government or its contractors. We must demand amendments to these laws. The head of the Australasian Royal College of Physcians, Dr Nicholas Talley and the president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Brian Owler have spoken out against the Border Force Act's penalisation laws. TWEET: #NoJailForOurDuty EMAIL: Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton: firstname.lastname@example.org "Dear Minister Dutton, I am aware that your government has just passed laws that penalise doctors and teachers for speaking out on behalf of people under their care in detention centres. Australia is not a country that will stand for jailing or penalising people that speak out about the infringements or abuses of our government or its contractors. I am requesting an amendment to the Border Force Act stipulating no jail time and no fines for whistleblowers. Australian law must allow protection for whistleblowers that expose issues, not just to "save a life", but to speak publicly if need be about issues that affect the physical and mental health of this vulnerable population that we have a duty to protect. Yours in anticipation" IN THE MEDIA: http://m.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/doctors-and-teachers-gagged-under-new-immigration-laws-20150603-ghft05.html http://m.smh.com.au/comment/doctors-must-be-allowed-to-speak-freely-on-poor-detention-centre-conditions-20150608-ghih50.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-28/barns-newhouse-detention-centre-secrecy-just-got-even-worse/6501086
Volunteer Code of ConductThere are many problems with the way CFA management deals with its volunteers. This is one that causes a lot of hardship. At the moment, volunteers who want to take a stand against authoritarian leadership are on their own. They will be up against the person who is the cause of the problem, who may be overbearing, rude, bullying – all the things that the Volunteer Code of Conduct is meant to guard against . In this difficult situation, volunteers usually just quit. Sometimes they may go to another brigade. This leaves bitterness and division, especially in small rural communities. It is an insult to the volunteer who has put in a lot of effort and taken many risks and who wants to serve their community. Each time a volunteer quits, it costs the state many thousands of dollars in wasted training. The CFA has no policy on this and provides no help. They need to provide assistance from trained and independent mediators, who can be contacted without going through brigade leadership or the CFA management system.
USU, don't bankrupt Tom Raue for whistleblowingTom did what any good student representative should do. He acted in the interests of the students who elected him. Many students were brutalised by riot police on picket lines during the 2013 staff strikes. Students had a right to know that the university was collaborating with the police in shutting down protests and endangering their safety. USU Directors seemed to have come around to this position last year, but now they have changed their minds and want to impose $50,000 worth of legal fees on Tom for speaking out in students' interests. This is disgraceful and it must be strongly opposed. For more background info see: –Honi Soit: http://honisoit.com/2015/05/in-secret-ballot-board-votes-to-pursue-costs-with-former-vice-president-tom-raue/ –New Matilda: https://newmatilda.com/2015/05/31/student-union-pursues-whistleblower-50000-legal-bill
Coles and Woolworths, please support marriage equality and stop kowtowing the SDAThe SDA union is one of the largest unions in Australia which includes a variety of occupations such as retail employees, hairdressers, beauticians, shop assistants and models. With a conservative background, the SDA was led by Joe de Bruyn between 1978 and 2014 who is well known for his views against marriage equality. Mr de Bruyn continues to have substantial influence in the SDA and holds staunchly Catholic views against marriage equality with comments such as, "Marriage started with Adam and Eve". It has been reported that almost two-thirds of Australians support marriage equality. Mr de Bruyn's views are not consistent with the majority of Australians and he does not seek to consult the membership of the SDA about this issue. Recently, it has been reported by Fairfax that the SDA contributes substantial funds to Coles and Woolworths to maintain and support its membership. For this reason, Coles and Woolworths should make their support for marriage equality known. Further reading: Why is the Union that Represents Supermarket Workers Stopping Gay Marriage? http://www.theage.com.au/national/why-is-the-union-that-represents-supermarket-workers-stopping-gay-marriage-20150501-1mwl32.html Shoppies Union pay Coles and Woolworths Millions to Boost Membership http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/shoppies-union-pay-coles-and-woolworths-millions-to-boost-membership-20150501-1mxufa.html
Australia needs an independent Sports OmbudsmanSporting organisations do not always operate with integrity. Athletes, parents, whistleblowers etc need someone they can trust and have faith their voices will be heard. With so many significant issues in sport e.g. drugs, match fixing, deception, bullying, corruption, fraud, tanking, suicide - we need an independent arbiter and tribunal. All other major industries have systems in place to protect their workers or participants, Athletes and their families need to be able to trust their sport, if it is to continue to have a valued place in their community.
Justice for JuliaThis is important because the Government has not adhered to its own EEO and anti-discrimination laws and policies and has denied and covered up criminal behaviour by bus drivers. It should be noted that Julia is the subject of the film "Becoming Julia" that documented her transition from male to female over a two-year period. The film has screened numerous times nationally, at film festivals in capital cities and in many other countries. Justice Michael Kirby has described Julia as a person of "honesty and integrity" and "like himself, a change agent". After the film screened Julia received letters of thanks and congratulations, some simply saying things like "thank you, you have saved my life". Others said "thank you, I now understand transgender people better". This is also important as NSW Government Buses currently has a green light from the Baird Government to discriminate against transgender people and to protect drunk bus drivers from the law. When in opposition Gladys Berejiklian, now Transport Minister, and former Premier Barry O'Farrell promised Julia that upon winning government they would direct NSW Government Buses to make restitution to her. Such was the strength of their support for Julia getting justice that Mr O'Farrell asked questions in Parliament, (see Hansard 15-11-2006) and referred it to the NSW ICAC and he and Ms Berejiklian wrote a dozen letters supporting Julia in her fight for justice. Julia needs justice to be done as she is homeless and needs once again to be able to live with dignity and pride.
Stop Wrecking TAFE!The creation of a training market in NSW and a general decrease in government support for vocational education has resulted in a significant cut to TAFE funding. As a consequence fees have been greatly increased, courses cut and less opportunities provided for some of the most disdvantaged to gain needed skills. The Smart and Skilled policy will only help in transferring taxpayer dollars to the private colleges and leave NSW without a strong public TAFE system.
Protect NSW Public from Lead Paint and AsbestosThe recent changes means that licensing is longer be required for painting works worth under $5000, and no longer needed on any standalone interior painting work on NSW homes. This decision has grave consequences for the painting industry, and risks the health of the NSW public.
STOP Discrimination of Family Day Care.Whilst Family Day Care Educators understand, and stand with the government in wanting to see fraudulent educators and schemes within our sector closed down and prosecuted, we strongly oppose the new discriminating amendment to the child care rebate legislation. The reason we find this decision so appalling is that we believe it is a breach of the anti-discrimination laws as it is taking away a family day care educators parental right to choose the model of early education and care for their child; it is taking away a family day care educators right to earn a sustainable income; it is taking away children of family day care educators rights to participate in early education and care and socialization outside of their family unit; and we believe this new legislation breaches the united nations convention on the rights of the child (Article 5, Article 15, Article 18, Article 23, Article 28, Article 29, Article 31). Furthermore, we believe Minister Ley mislead the public through her statements that she consulted with family day care peak bodies, because advising our national peak body Family Day Care Australia that you are amending the legislation 24 hours prior, and then embargoing them from sharing this information within our sector, is NOT consultation. Minister Birmingham and Minister Morrison, this new legislation will cause thousands of children to lose their child care placement as of 3rd Feb 2015, and hundreds of currently self-sufficient small business owners will be forced back onto welfare as their business will no longer be sustainable. How is this making childcare more affordable, flexible and available?
We need more paediatric rheumatologists in NSW!Currently, in NSW there are just 2 paediatric rheumatologists to treat more than 7,000 children. With only 2 paediatric rheumatologists currently practising, we do not even have enough to be able to train new paediatric rheumatologists to care for the children of NSW and any training has to be done interstate or overseas. There is not enough staff to be on call in hospitals and children with serious conditions are waiting long periods of time to see specialists. We live in the worst performing state in Australia in terms of the services available and we are falling well below international standards and standards of NSW Health. Some forms of Juvenile Arthritis can have a mortality rate as high as 20%, which is as high in some cases of childhood leukaemia. What you may not know is that this condition can also cause blindness and other serious long term disabilities. Please help our most vulnerable children live full and healthy lives. NSW urgently needs more paediatric rheumatologists and allied health professionals to provide children with arthritis the care they need. In some cases children with severe medical conditions can wait up to 18 months to see a specialist.
Save the Parkes Radio Telescope from budget cuts!Growing up with my family on-site at Parkes, it gave me time to learn and understand the complexity and beauty of a machine over 50 years old, yet still so modern. Spending my early childhood there, I grew up knowing not only the people who work there, but their families as well. To hear that they may lose their jobs devastates me as they are not strangers, but people I know and love living in rural areas who will lose so much by these cuts. While the national budget may be harsh, these jobs are critical to the maintenance and effective running of the site, and axing them would deal a devastating blow not only to the workers and their families, but to the town of Parkes, and ultimately, the Scientific community as a whole.
Did Tony Abbott mislead Parliament?Federal Court rules NHMRC untouchable. The Federal Court of Australia has ruled that the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) can not be held accountable, nor liable for anything it does as it has no separate legal identity. In 1992 by act of Parliament (the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 (Cth)) the NHMRC was established as a Body Corporate capable of sueing and being sued in it’s own name. By act of Parliament (the National Health and Medical Research Council Amendment Act 2006 (Cth)) the NHMRC was “established as a statutory agency for the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999…”. In the Second Reading Speech of the Bill in the Senate, the Hon. James LLoyd, stated in respect of the NHMRC Amendment Bill (2006), “… the CEO will be responsible and accountable for the financial and day to day operations of the agency”. The Hon. Alex Somlyay, stated in his Second Reading Speech, “The purpose of this bill is to amend the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 for the purpose of inducing better governance arrangements and clarifying the accountability and reporting functions of the National Health and Medical Research Council…”, and, “The amendments also aim to implement opportunities for improving health and medical research outcomes through a more accountable and independent council. This bill is aimed at strengthening the accountability and independence of the NHMRC”. The Hon. Tony Abbott, then Minister for Health and Aged Care, stated that, “This is actually quite a simple bill, it implements the administrative recommendations of the Grant and Wills Review of health research funding programs. The essence of that review was that the National Health and Medical Research Council needed to be made more clearly independent of government…”. In a recent judgment, the Federal Court of Australia ruled that the NHMRC can not be a party to a Proceeding - can not be held responsible nor liable for it’s actions - because, following the enactment of the Amendment Bill of 2006, it is nothing but the government. When Professor Warwick Anderson, the CEO of the NHMRC, was served with a summons issued by the High Court the reply was, “No, not interested, we won’t accept”. Did the Hon Tony Abbott and the LNP deliberately mislead Parliament in respect of the NHMRC Amendment Bill 2006? If you believe those involved should be held to account, please sign.  Elston v Commonwealth of Australia & National Health and Medical Research Council  FCA 108  Hansard Second Reading Speech in the Senate, Hon. James LLoyd, 24 May 2006, page 18  Hansard Second Reading Speech in the Senate, Hon. James LLoyd, 24 May 2006, pages 18 and 19  Hansard Second Reading Speech in the Senate, Hon. Alex Somlyay, 24 May 2006, pages 26 and 27  Hansard Third Reading Speech of the Hon, Mr Tony Abbott, Page 28  Elston v Commonwealth of Australia & National Health and Medical Research Council  FCA 108  Elston v Commonwealth of Australia  FCA 291
Fatigue laws to be reviewed for Professional DriversEveryday for the past week or so I have read about incidents/crashes involving trucks and cars. Obviously your new laws to curb such incidents is not working and failing dismally. I urge you to reevaluate the newly implemented fatigue laws. No one can dictate to another human being when they will or not be fatigued and require sleep. That includes all motor vehicle drivers. But you haven't implemented a log book and mandatory hours for car or motor bike riders/drivers. This morning 28 February 2014 a young man of just 24 died in a truck incident. How many more injuries or deaths are you going to ignore before you do something proactive? These Professional Drivers have spent anywhere from a year to 30 on our major highways and roads working 7days a week. Did anyone bother to consult them? They are the ones who know when they need a break, they are the ones who keep this country moving. Would it not better to consult with these men and women now and yes the log book to remain but to give them some leniency. As working adults the ability to decide. I recently travelled on the Pacific Highway and was absolutely astounded by the number of trucks on the highway now compared to 10-15years ago. I was also shocked at the amount of car drivers who have no regard for these massive vehicles and take the utmost stupid risks not only endangering their lives but that of other road users. Granted there needs to be a regulatory body that oversees this industry but it should be made up of Professional Drivers past and present. Not people who sit behind desks that have not spent one day on the road as a truck driver. This country of ours is going down hill at a rapid rate. We need to stand behind the men and women who drive these trucks as without them your fruit and vegetables would not make it to the supermarket or green grocery, there would be no fuel and the list goes on. Its not as simple as some of you think e.g. just transport it by train. How do you propose to get it from the train to the relevant stores? Horse and carriage ? Truck Drivers keep this country moving and they need us now to show our support to them. I urge you to sign this petition for the safety of these Truck drivers and the safety of all road users.
Repeal the Qld Bikie Laws Immediately: Restore Democracy in QueenslandImagine being sentenced to solitary confinement for 6 months just for drinking a beer in the pub with your mates? Sounds like North Korea? Welcome to Queensland in 2014. The freedoms of your friends and family are under serious threat. Our democracy is being destroyed. Under the laws a group of 3 or more people in a public place can be imprisoned in solitary confinement for up to 6 months just for associating. The legislation does not mention the words "bikie" or "outlaw motorcycle club". Under the law in Queensland now ANY organisation can be deemed "a criminal organisation". The process by which an organisation is banned by is not challengable. You could be next. The rights to freedom of association, equality before the law, freedom of expression and to neither be arbitrarily detained nor subjected to cruel and unusual punishment are a fundamental and basic human right recognised by the international community. These fundamental human rights form the cornerstone of genuine democracy that we are fortunate to experience most of the time in the lucky country. Australia has always prided itself on being an egalitarian fair-go democracy where equality before the law and the rule of law has been consistently upheld. The recent raft of legislation, known as the Bikie laws, enacted by the Newman Government violate and remove these basic non-negotiable rights from hard-working everyday Queenslanders. Whilst the Newman government purported justification for passing the wide-reaching and invasive laws was a crackdown on criminal bikie gangs, the legislations wording does not mention Bikie gangs and therefore it has the potential to extend to everyday hard working Queenslanders. They deserve much better than this from the Queensland government. The government is elected by the people and for the people. It is the government’s duty to ensure that the people retain their right to democracy and the rule of law. The Queensland government must remember its electoral mandate, respect democracy and the rule of law and immediately repeal the Bikie laws. Abundant and existing police and law and justice resources should be focussed on and targeted to addressing the real problem of criminal Bikie gangs within the wide scope of democratic freedoms. Freedom and justice are mutually reinforcing not mutually exclusive. The Queensland people call on the Newman government to remember their oaths of office and the terms on which they were elected by the people, to restore genuine democracy in Queensland and immediately repeal the Bikie laws.
Stop News Corporation from controlling AustraliaNews Corporation has effectively sabotaged democracy in Australia by shamelessly backing the Liberal Party. They have hidden the truth of the Liberal Party's policies to the benefit of themselves and other corporations, and at the great expense of Australian citizens. Overturning Gonski, NBN and free trade (gouging consumers and off shoring jobs) are just the tip of the iceberg of the anti-Australian policies of our current government. I propose that those who agree with me should not obtain a credit card through Virgin Money or if they have one to cancel it. Also that they stop buying or reading The Australian. The message must be that any company that is helping undermine democracy in Australia will be boycotted. If we act collectively we can take Australia back for Australians.
Domestic and Family Violence must STOP ‘IT IS TIME WE SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE UNSPEAKABLE’No Longer can we be silent about the rising numbers of harm with Systemic failure and cruel policies, lack of resources and sustainable solutions that address the complex issues surrounding Family and Domestic Violence. We, the People, believe legislation NEEDS changing surrounding Family and Domestic Violence. This includes current Family Law. There are many barriers women and children face when escaping Domestic Violence. Women and children need to feel empowered to improve their lives with hope. Without hope, there is only helplessness. No Longer can we be silent about the rising numbers of harm with Systemic Failure due to lack of resources and sustainable solutions that address the complex issues surrounding Family and Domestic Violence. “That was an unspeakable tragedy, an absolute unspeakable tragedy and just horrific beyond words,” the Prime Minister told Fairfax Radio. He questioned whether the tragedy required a change in government policy, saying the government already had a National Plan to deal with domestic violence. Tony Abbott expressed his grief at the death of a young boy. Luke died at the hands of his own father, which has sparked outrage among not only Survivors of Family and Domestic Violence but the Wider Community as a whole. Some of the barriers are: Economic Reality - Sole Parents were placed onto Newstart providing an income 40% below the OECD poverty line. Current survey conducted by RiSE Qld depicted women returning to unsafe relationships due to instability and low income associated with Newstart and other welfare Payments. Lack of resources - In the current survey with the question of "Were services able to assist you into affordable accommodation?” 80% said NO. Skills training expenses have doubled, child care is unaffordable, lack of job availability and low minimum wages. Lack of affordable housing - Salvo's spokesman Dr Bruce Redman says 44 per cent cite the lack of affordable housing as the main issue. "The overall (reason) why people are homeless (is) still poverty," he said. Fifty per cent of the women seeking help were forced from their homes by domestic violence and they bring their children with them. "The fact that we are seeing so many children coming through that situation is a real worry," he said. (ABC NEWS, 2013) Lack of support - The research…confirms that many of the effects of domestic violence on both women and children are poorly understood by decision-makers in the welfare and legal systems. We need trauma informed services available to ensure post domestic violence support. Family Law issues - DVOs/AVOs are not taken seriously within family law. Let alone within protective services. Accountability is required by the perpetrator prior to access of any child witnessing and experiencing domestic violence. The behaviours need to be addressed with mandatory trauma counselling getting to the underlying problem. So they are better equipped to deal with their anger and control issues. We are asking at RiSE QLD to help those without a voice? Please sign our Petition requesting changes to Legislation on the rights of Women and children. Here at RiSE QLD we come from a personal experience and are aware of the complexities involved. All this will be added to the report accompanying the Petition if you would like to input please Email: email@example.com Rise Qld Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrisbaneRiSEQLD RiSE QLD Post Domestic and Family Violence Empowerment Advocacy Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1398432493748344/ RiSE QLD Twitter https://twitter.com/RiSEQld RiSE QLD Webpage http://www.rise-qld.com.au/
Please don't cap Medschecks & HMRs.Without consultation, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia - the group representing pharmacy owners - has announced changes to the programs delivered through the Community Pharmacy Agreement. These changes, to cap the number of HMRs and Medschecks/DiabetesMedscheck able to be performed, will not only be bad for patients but for the future of community pharmacy. The future of community pharmacy lies in the delivery of professional health services. Pharmacist need to be allowed to use our skills and be a fundamental part of frontline health care delivery. These changes will only take us further from that goal. We need to urge the Health Minister to intervene and reverse these changes. We need to tell him that these changes will damage professional standards in pharmacy that will ultimately lead to poorer outcomes for patients.
FAIR DEALWestern Australia’s public sector workers keep our schools and education system running, care for the most vulnerable children in our society, ensure our roads and communities are safe, and provide many other services that we rely on in our daily lives. Some of these workers are currently trying to negotiate with the Barnett government to ensure they can keep up with the rising cost of living. However, despite months of negotiations, Colin Barnett has not made an offer for the pay and conditions of these workers, and has said he will offer a maximum pay and conditions rise of Treasury’s ‘projected Perth CPI’. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), however, is calculated based on retrospective prices, so how can Barnett predict the future? Public sector workers keep our state running, and as such deserve to be able to keep up with the rising cost of living in WA. We are asking Barnett to be honest with these workers about how he plans to project CPI, and enter into negotiations in good faith. Come on, Barnett – that’s only fair.
Please sack Tony Abbott and his government.Tony Abbott is doing damage to this country, much of it irreparable, he is doing damage to our international reputation, damaging our relations with our regional neighbours and breaking international law in the process. He appears hell-bent on running this country into the ground for the sake of profits for his mates... He has failed to keep a single election promise (bar stopping the boats, and he has done that in the most abhorrent way), and has all but said "too bad, suck it up". The man and his posse are a real and present danger to the future of this country, he needs to go now!
Petition to improve Mental Health Services in rural and remote SAWith suicide becoming one of Australia's leading causes of death, something needs to change. The rate of suicide is rapidly increasing in rural and remote areas on a daily basis. And why? because the lack of resources and access to mental health services.
Save CSIRO Climate Scientists - CSIRO Board suspend CEO LarryMarshalLarry Marshal's autocratic decision threatens a globally important function of the CSIRO, climate change modelling. It also risks the loss of up to 350 highly skilled Climate Scientists and modelers. There is national and international outrage against Mr Marshal's decision plus his clear lack of consultation with key stakeholders and the CSIRO Board. His decision must be subject to due process and wider community consultation. The CSIRO is not the private domain or plaything of one man, his ego or his positional power. The CSIRO is a national asset where capacity takes years to build, no one has the right to make arbitrary decisions of this significance.
Stop privatization! Stop offshoring NSW jobs! Keep NSW government data and jobs in NSWWe wish to inform you of a Privatization and Offshoring of a NSW public service and its associated local jobs. ServiceFirst is part of the NSW Treasury Office of Finance and Services. ServiceFirst provides corporate services in finance, human resources and information technology to NSW agencies including the Treasury and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. ServiceFirst staff are skilled, dedicated, loyal, passionate, hardworking employees of the NSW government serving the people of New South Wales. Evidence of this is the win by ServiceFirst in the Customer Service Institute of Australia’s award in October 2014 in the category of National State and Federal Government. ServiceFirst has since received a certificate and a letter of congratulations from our Prime Minister, and these are attached to this petition for your reference. (Reference website http://www.csia.com.au/awards-recognition/2014-award-winners ) Consequently, ServiceFirst staff and their clients are distressed by the NSW government’s announcement in December 2014 of the preferred tenderers to replace ServiceFirst. (Reference articles http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398902,nsw-servicefirst-to-outsource-to-infosys-unisys.aspx http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/infosys-unisys-to-power-nsw-shared-services/story-e6frgakx-1227159204812?nk=cbc01fd2965a7c3b27ca23a41298a528 ) Outsourcing carries risks in supply chain delays, language and culture challenges, distance management, loss of intellectual capital. The preferred tenderers are Infosys (based in India) and Unisys (based in the USA) whose motive is profit. There is no value for NSW government spending that moves jobs to India and the USA. In January 2015, unemployment in Australia has increased to its highest level in 13 years (Reference article: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/12/unemployment-in-australia-rises-to-64-in-january-abs-figures-show). But still we are not worried to improve our local economy and have no plans to support local jobs. Our NSW government assets (Services, Systems Hardware, Software, Polices, Procedures, and Licensees) are being given away freely to foreign vendors in no time. But it has taken generation after generation to build these assets. Infosys and Unisys are conducting a Due diligence investigation of ServiceFirst’s functions during February 2015. They have collected detail operating information by interviewing ServiceFirst and have remarked on the high skills and professionalism of ServiceFirst staff. Contrast this with the scandalous conduct of Infosys in these recent news articles http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398080,infosys-execs-ousted-after-apple-overbilling-scandal.aspx http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/infosys-fined-again-for-delay-in-delivering-services/article6897240.ece?homepage=true These articles indicate an inability to do the service and how highly commercialized they are. Other state governments have previously gone through this outsourcing venture, and it has been proven that it was a complete failure (Reference: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399308,revealed-queenslands-case-against-ibm.aspx) The contract is expected to be signed after the NSW state election but ServiceFirst staff are expected to support the transition for Infosys and Unisys to gain the user acceptance certificate. We will be forced to transfer our knowledge then more than 300 staff will be redundant which is distressing them and their families. We strongly feel that this is discrimination, and we are being disadvantaged as local Australian citizens. In order to work in NSW government, we have to be Australian and we need to have local knowledge to serve the people of NSW. ServiceFirst staff are required to be cleared by Police and the check for working with children for protecting confidential data. Can this protection of confidential information be assured after it goes offshore to India and the USA? It is so wrong that the NSW Government is allowed, without penalty, to offshore our NSW government jobs to India and the USA. More than 300 ServiceFirst staff will be affected with our job going offshore, and so we all strongly believe we need to take a stand now and stop this act from becoming the norm and opening the door for other government agencies to follow. We seek your commitment to retain the work locally and keep Aussies in their jobs.
Keep Boxing Day retail restrictionsRetail workers work extremely long hours at Christmas, many families have both parents working in the retail sector. I work in the Supermarket industry for one of the 2 big supermarket chains. This means I generally work until 10pm Christmas Eve, with 2 young children Christmas Day starts early. I like, many have family spread out across the state, this means Christmas is often one of the few times our whole family can get together. If I am rostered to work a Boxing Day I can begin work as early as 5 am The Excecutives that have placed pressure on the NSW Premier will not be working on this day. The head office of the company I work for is only open 8am - 6 pm Monday to Friday, and never on public holidays. The fact that some employees receive penalty rates, doesn't negate the tact that they have to work. Unfortunately many of us are on salary, this means we do not receive penalty rates, not ever. We need time off, 2 days and then we go into the busy New Year period. I wish to begin this petition to allow all us retail workers the opportunity to spend some quality time with our families. People can plan ahead, to buy their goods to get through two days.
Reduce retirement age to 65 NOT increase to 70!It gives younger people more options to work and earn. I think by the time you have worked to 60 you have contributed sufficiently to society and you should have the option of retirement! If you want to continue working you should have the option. Let's bring the retirement age back to 65 and ideally it should be reduced to 60. Please don't let any government whittle away at Australia's benefits anymore.
Don't penalise graziers in remote areas trying to educate their children.The system that has been created is blatantly unfair as only SA has introduced the new rules, which means that graziers using the same services in other States are paying far less for the education of their children. Governesses are not nannies or child minders, they are teachers located on properties to assist in the education of children and to work with teachers in the School of the Air. Our society needs to support the graziers and their families not penalise them.
Deputy PM - Please Champion the safety of Those who Are Vulnerable on our roadsWith over 30,000 Australians killed or seriously injured each year, road safety is a health issue! Yet basic actions can be taken to protect people's lives! As part of Australia's Road Rules we need a national law that acts to protect those who find themselves vulnerable on our roads and highways. By making sure that passing drivers and riders "slow down and move over" when approaching an incident, crash or breakdown we can ensure road users "Drive So Others Survive!" (See Centre for Road Safety Video www.youtube.com/watch?v=H75mP0X41Gw ) There is no longer a Commonwealth Minister for Road Safety so we are asking the Deputy Prime Minister (who is also Minister for Transport and Infrastructure) to become the champion for National Road Safety. Given his portfolio responsibilities, we believe the Deputy Prime Minister needs to become the National Road Safety Champion by publicly stating his commitment to road safety. We then ask the Deputy Prime Minister to demonstrate this commitment to the protection of vulnerable road users and those who protect and assist (emergency services, tow truck drivers, roadside assistance personnel) by leading the push for a "Slow By at least 30" (SB30) Australian Road Rule.