• Higgins wants a Clean Recovery Now!
    http://cdn.getup.org.au/image_21147_full.png Australia can be a clean energy superpower, creating future-proof jobs in work that improves our lives. We need to make sure we don't miss out on this opportunity to power our recovery with sun, wind, and waves. We can create jobs restoring the green spaces we love, like Gardiner Creek. We can harness the sun to power our businesses and homes with cheap solar energy. We can stay cooler in sweltering Melbourne summers and save on air-conditioning bills by retrofitting homes to be more energy efficient. Will you join the call for clean, affordable energy and climate-friendly jobs?
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  • Creation of a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption
    A Federal ICAC will either dispel or confirm reports of widespread dishonesty in the distribution of Federal Government Funds, for example, and not limited to: $150 million for the “regional” swimming pools, including $10 million for the region of the North Sydney pool $272 million Regional Growth Fund most of which was dished out in a hurry just before the last Federal election. $841.6 million for the Building Better Regions Fund. $200 million in government advertising in the lead up to the election – an unprecedented level of self-promotion with your money $2 billion for the ironically-named Climate Solutions Fund. $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund incorporating the $500 million Commuter Car Park Fund that mainly benefited coalition marginal seats $300 million Drought Communities Program – where the government ignores its own criteria and hands out money without regard for eligibility $220 million Regional Jobs and Investment Package – ministers rejecting 28 per cent of the recommended applications and approving 17 per cent without recommendation $22.65 million for the Stronger Communities Program, and $22.65 million for the Communities Environment Program. (Thanks to Michael Pascoe, The New Daily) The people of Australia deserve to know that the elected representatives in our employ are acting in a legal and moral manner in regard to ALL matters before them. And ensure that OUR money is spent to provide the electorate with the best outcomes. COVID 19 has bought a change of circumstances. Lessened parliamentary sittings have seen the usual checks and balances severely restricted. A Federal ICAC would go some way to remedy this, and demonstrate that our Federal Parliament is, and has been acting in the best interests of the electorate.
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  • National self exclusion for pokies
    This is important as the current model of self exclusion does not address the vast number of alternate venues a troubled gambler has access to once they have excluded themselves from a single venue. Also as the current process of self exclusion is very personal and confronting having a means of doing this via an independent source would be of great help. Lastly by this being a national self exclusion system it would be able to take advantage of the current id requirements used to access a venue and allow the venue to automatically cross check each patron against the register to ensure compliance without increased costs to the venue.
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  • Adelaide wants a Clean Recovery now!
    Here in Adelaide, we have so many opportunities to create jobs in work caring for our planet, while making our lives more affordable. We can create jobs bringing local ecosystems back to life, such as restoring the sand dunes around Holdfast Bay, or protecting our native Grey Box Woodland from invasive species. We can create jobs planting trees and installing better shading to keep us cool on Adelaide’s streets, where bitumen and concrete absorb and reflect the sun’s heat making them unbearable on a hot summer's day. And with our sunshine, we can lower power prices for our businesses and homes with solar. If we work together to get the recovery right, we have a bright future ahead. Will you join the call for clean, affordable energy and climate-friendly jobs? Click this link to read more about what a clean recovery could look like in your area and share the plan with friends and family: http://www.getup.org.au/clean-recovery-report-adelaide
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  • Wentworth wants a Clean Recovery now!
    The plan will make energy cleaner and cheaper, and create more jobs than dangerous fossil fuel industries. To make it a reality, we need widespread support from key politicians and community members across the country. Will you join the call for clean, affordable energy and climate-friendly jobs? Click this link to read more about what a Clean Recovery could look like in your area and share the plan with friends and family: http://www.getup.org.au/wentworth-clean-recovery-report
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  • Reid wants a Clean Recovery now!
    The plan will make energy cleaner and cheaper, and create more jobs than dangerous fossil fuel industries. To make it a reality, we need widespread support from key politicians and community members across the country. Will you join the call for clean, affordable energy and climate-friendly jobs? Click this link to read more about what a Clean Recovery could look like in your area and share the plan with friends and family: http://www.getup.org.au/clean-recovery-report-reid
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  • Brisbane wants a Clean Recovery now!
    Here in Brisbane, we have so many opportunities to create jobs in work caring for our planet, while making our lives more affordable. We can stay cooler in Brisbane's sweltering summers and save on air-conditioning bills by retrofitting homes to be more energy efficient. We can harness our sun to power our businesses and homes with cheap solar energy. And we can create jobs restoring the green spaces we love, like the Kedron Brook or Enoggera Creek. Brisbane, if we work together to get the recovery right, we have a bright future ahead.
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  • No Toxic Waste for Sunbury and Bulla
    We are greatly concerned for the health of our community and the environment. The HiQuality facility sits within 400 mtrs of a fast growing community. This facility sits as close as 29 mtrs from Emu Creek, home of the growling grass frog and native fish species. We have been advised to expect 865 trucks per day carrying untested levels PFAS toxic waste that will only be tested once on site. These trucks will be driving through communities that are incapable of coping with such a large influx of heavy traffic, travelling across heritage listed Bulla bridge. We believe the EPA report did not consider the impact to the community receiving this highly toxic soil. Hi Quality has a history of EPA breaches resulting in fines, we want to protect our green community and waterways, ensure the health and safety of our community. Also please take the time to sign our government petition https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/council/petitions/electronic-petitions/view-e-petitions/details/12/206?fbclid=IwAR0cYvrMU4BKKAKFhQVoCPoEV9XM_Jlh44e8nl9CdB3CQuilL8idK4sPtQE
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  • Ban Bufexamac
    Bufexamac is the active ingredient in about 15 medicated creams that you can buy from any pharmacy in Australia. It can cause allergic reactions so severe that people have been hospitalised. Bufexamac has been banned from sale in Europe since 2010 because of it can cause such dangerous allergic reactions. It's never been sold in the US nor Canada for the same reason and yet it's still sold in Australian pharmacies. You don't even need a script for it. You can read more about Bufexamac here: https://dermnetnz.org/topics/contact-allergy-to-bufexamac/. And you can find out more about our campaign at www.banbufexamac.com.au. It's time for the Therapeutic Goods Administration to finally ban Bufexamac.
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  • Fair Go For Students
    Our COVID Wish List for Kids: Simple and practical solutions are needed. 1. Mandate Masks. As we learn to live with COVID governments could try to firstly mandate masks across the whole population e.g. when outside and when you can’t socially distance, like other countries in our region, and see the impact that has before cancelling anything to do with kids and school. Other countries are doing that and it’s working. Kids in other countries are living life in a fairly usual way, going to events, hosting sports, visiting family etc. Simple. #wearamask 2. Border closures. For ALL the families who have children attending schools (day and boarding school) who have to cross a border (eg. live in NSW go to school in VIC) each day, weekly or at the end of term (boarders) for their school holidays Government must find workable solves so they can see their families and not be locked up for the duration. This also includes Australians who live overseas for work (expatriates) and whose children are educated in Australia. These families seek an urgent solution. They cannot manage (afford) quarantine, nor up to a month of quarantine every time they wish to see their kids. Many are coming back from countries where the virus/community transmission is more under control than Australia. Like other nations there could be a safe list of nations for whom either Stay at Home quarantine notices are issued for 7 days (see the Singapore example for Australians), or where COVID tests are given and cleared for countries with very limited/zero cases. Also, putting an unaccompanied minor into a hotel to quarantine is unreasonable. The wellbeing of the child is not being considered and families should NOT be separated. If they must should quarantine at home. Parents need to see their children and children need to be able to attend their schools. Green lane travel bubbles for such families, across domestic and international borders, as are currently happening in other nations in our region and in Europe must be considered and implemented as matter of urgency with holidays just weeks away. #loveourfuture 3. Class of 2020. PLEASE support all our Year 12's (the “COVID Class of 2020”). This year is to their "rite of passage". Governments have made unreasonable decisions - no graduation with parents, no formals, cancelled sports, cancelled assemblies, the list goes on and on and this is on top of students struggling from isolation, pressures of whether exams will go ahead etc., disappointments and increase in the numbers of suicides, depression and anxiety. So many are devastated by these decisions. Governments have taken steps to ensure adults can attend restaurants, pubs, sporting matches etc and the same opportunities should be afforded to our kids. It’s up to governments to find solutions that allow Australian kids to have rights too. #COVIDclassof2020 4. General School Events for all kids: If governments won’t be satisfied with #wearamask for school events then for example before any event at the school each parent could have a COVID test 2 days prior the event. If negative they can attend wearing a mask and social distance. If positive they watch it from their lounge room. For parents and kids wishing to attend such events please introduce a solution e.g. every parent has to have a COVID test prior to the event. School Formals - the same applies as above. Each student is tested and if negative attends wearing a mask! These children should be able to have a school formal. These are just some ideas to get the debate started. Right now, like most other nations globally, we need to learn to live with COVID and give our kids the best future possible –they are the future of Australia. We cannot leave them behind… #covidgeneration #loveourfuture
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  • Gippsland says save the ABC!
    The ABC keeps our country safe in times of crisis - whether bushfire or pandemic. It helps us stay informed with stories we can trust. It holds truth to power at a time when misinformation is on the rise. It engages our children across the country. Locals from Sale to Mallacoota grew up with the ABC and depend on it daily, so it’s hard to imagine our lives without it. But years of budget cuts are pushing it to breaking point. A massive $783 million will have been cut from the ABC’s budget over the period between 2014-2022, with some 250 jobs cut and programmes axed just this year.* The October Budget is a crucial moment for the ABC. Reports in the media are suggesting further cuts are to be expected, pushing the ABC’s future into even more doubt. We need to act now to save the ABC we love and rely on, before it’s too late. * 'ABC loses $783m funding since 2014 when Coalition made its first cuts – report', The Guardian, 4 May 2020
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  • Remove dangerous ammonium nitrate from Newcastle now!
    We’re calling on Orica to immediately move their stockpile of ammonium nitrate out of Kooragang Island port and into a safer location far away from people’s homes and families. There’s no reason why a stockpile like this is located in the heart of Newcastle, when the only people it serves is the fossil fuel and mining industry. My name is Keith Craig, a proud Newcastle resident, chemical engineer and Stockton Community Action Group member. In 2003 I visited Toulouse in France, two years after 300 tonnes of devastating ammonium nitrate exploded killing 30 people and injuring 14,000. The people were still traumatised and suffering, just like they will be in Beirut for many years to come. There have been over 30 major explosions of ammonium nitrate worldwide following the start of production in the earlier 1900s. I don’t want this same devastation to happen in Newcastle. Many Newcastle residents already know Orica for all the wrong reasons. In 2011, Orica leaked ammonia and the carcinogenic hexavalent chromium into the air above North Stockton, an inner-city suburb of Newcastle. It was days before Orica told residents about the potential leak — during which time residents and families had inhaled the toxic substances as they went around their daily lives and sent their kids to school as usual. North Stockton residents have had to live with elevated pollution levels and air thick with dangerous PM2.5 particles for years. Also in 2011, Orica had three chemical spills and was responsible for a release of arsenic into the Hunter River. Orica’s plant in Sydney suburb of Botany also released mercury vapours which exceeded the licensed levels. In 2012, A NSW Upper House Select Committee investigation found that Orica had breached its operating license over the previous decade not just once or twice, but a shocking 130 times. Following the Beirut blast, Orica has hit the media circuit to downplay the risks of a similar explosion in Newcastle, but residents aren’t buying it. There’s NO SAFE way to store ammonium nitrate this close to population centres of any kind. In addition to residents, Newcastle community groups, the Stockton Community Action Group, Correct Planning and Consultation for Mayfield, Throsby Villages Alliance, Better Planning Network NSW and Hunter Community Forum all have major concerns around the large stockpiles of ammonium nitrate. Groups like these have been fighting to remove the stockpile for years. This recent Beirut explosion again shows just how dangerous these stockpiles can be. It would be catastrophic for the community if an accidental explosion were to occur. Will you sign the petition and help us avoid a potentially catastrophic explosion?
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