• Start a political party
    As an alternative to the 2 major parties, who have little to differentiate between each other in policies or vision.
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  • Increase minimum sentencing of child sex offenders - New South Wales
    5 years and 8 months, as shown above, is the average sentence for these atrocities. Some would argue that Queensland 'bikies' are facing harsher penalties than child sex offenders in New South Wales, or anywhere in Australia for that matter. 495 people 'convicted' in two years. A substantial number of cases of child sexual assault are suspected to go unreported each year, and some people may very well get away with it. Sometimes there are multiple charges with multiple victims. 495 is the number of people convicted. 495 is not the number of victims. This number could be drastically larger however statistics on this are hard to find. Please keep in mind that the average sentence of 5 years and 8 months is not necessarily the time a convicted person will spend in prison. Minimum non-parole periods statistics are unavailable, so some people could be serving as little as one third or 22 months (less than 2 years) for a crime that destroys lives. Young persons are much more fragile mentally than adults, incapable in many circumstances of dealing with the trauma that being sexually assaulted by a person causes. These children may turn to self-harm, drugs, suicide, or anything in between. I fail to comprehend how a person that sexually assaults a child can spend as little as 22 months in prison. A large number of victims will still be children when their attacker is released. As I stated previously, a number of these cases go unreported, so a minor increase to minimum sentencing and non-parole periods isn't going to do much to deter these people from committing the offence in the first place. A substantial increase to the penalties is raising the risk factor in every potential child molesters mind. This is what is required to reduce the number of young children harmed each and every year by these horrendous crimes. Over 60% of offenders, in all three categories of child sexual assault, had no prior convictions recorded. The offences don’t come with an obvious trend in offenders’ social status or other defining factor. There is a trend however to these offenders being around 40 years of age. In conclusion, child sexual assault is a horrendous crime that seems to have relaxed punishments considering the effect on the victim and victims family. An increase in minimum sentences and minimum non-parole periods could deter persons from committing these crimes in the first place, and if our system isn’t working for our children, it isn’t working for our future. Sexual intercourse with person under the age of 10 years-SI Aggravated sex assault- victim under the age of 16 years-SI Have sexual intercourse with person >=10 & <14 years-SI Aggravated sexual intercourse person >=10 & <14 years-SI Aggravated sexual intercourse person >=14 & <16 years-SI Sexual assault (Cat 3) - person under 16 years of age Persistent sexual abuse of a child-SI Sexual intercourse with person under care >=16 & <17 yrs-SI Sexual intercourse-person 10 & under 16-under authority-SI Have sexual intercourse with person >=14 & <16 years (DV)-T1 Sexual intercourse with person 10 or over & under 16 yrs-SI Carnal knowledge father etc of girl >=10 & <17years-SI Homosexual intercourse with male >= 10 & < 18 years-SI Sex Assault (Cat 4) Indecent ass person <16 under authority Sexual intercourse person under 10-under authority (DV)-SI Sexual intercourse with person under the age of 10 years-SI Act as client with child >=14 & < 18 in prostitution -SI Aggravated sex assault- victim under the age of 16 years (DV)-SI Aggravated sexual intercourse person >=14 & <16 yrs (DV)-SI Attempt sexual intercourse with person under 10 years-SI Attempt sexual intercourse-child 14 to <16 & under authority-T1 Carnal knowledge of girl 10 and under 16 years Homosexual intercourse-teacher of pupil >= 10 & < 18-SI Persistent sexual abuse of a child (DV)-SI Sex Assault (Cat 3) person<16 & under authority & no consent Sexual intercourse person under 10-deprive liberty (DV)-SI Sexual intercourse with person 14 or over & under 16 yrs-T1 Sexual intercourse with person under age of 10 years (DV)-SI Sexual intercourse with person under age of 10 years (DV)-SI Sexual intercourse with person under care >=17 & <18 yrs-SI Aggravated indecent assault- victim under the age of 16 years-T1 Indecent assault person under 16 years of age-T1 Indecent assault where victim under the age
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  • STOP ERODING OUR DEMOCRACY
    The Separation of Powers refers to the distinct separation of the three branches of government: the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary. Everyone's Parliament Factsheet 2.1 www.parliment.qld.gov.au states that "the Judiciary is considered to be separate and independent from the other branches of Government". This doctrine has been ignored by the LNP Government when dealing with bikie gangs and sexual offenders. On the 17th October the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill 2013 was passed by the Queensland Parliament and legislation was passed that gives the Attorney-General the power to overrule Supreme Court Judges to keep dangerous offenders such as paedophiles and rapist in jail for life. These two pieces of legislation remove the independence of the judiciary in the former case by mandating sentencing and the latter by placing sentencing in the hands of the Attorney-General, Jarod Bleijie. Not only do these actions threaten our democracy but further the A-G’s young age (32) and lack of criminal law experience is extremely concerning as he is the first law officer in the state entrusted with the responsibility of upholding the Rule of Law. Obviously the community does not want bikie gangs riding rough shod over the laws of the land or recidivist sexual offenders set free to reoffend. As Terry O’Gorman, President of the Australian Council of Civil Liberties points out the law is adequate to deal with those who break the law but the government is not willing to provide the resources required including more police to strategically address the issues. These laws were passed in the early hours of the morning after being rushed into the parliament without any prior consultation with stakeholders or being referred to a parliamentary committee for consideration. As a result not only do they breach the Separation of Powers but a number of serious issues have emerged: • Mandatory sentencing laws as they apply to illegal bikie gangs are disproportionate to the crime. thereby breaching a fundamental premise of our justice system; • According to bikie members the laws will only serve to send the gangs underground where they will be invisible to the law; • The proposed bikie jail and the intended draconian conditions research shows will lead to extremely angry, mentally ill people who will be released back to the community; • These laws will exacerbate the best and the worst in police culture as identified below; • Media reports that members of social motor bike clubs are being stopped and questioned allegedly in a disrespectful manner; • Police are required to search premises without any legal backing and are then threatened with dismissal if they do not comply; • The related unions; police and corrections are expressing their concern about the safety of their members when dealing with those targeted or incarcerated. The Attorney-General states that these laws are what the people of Queensland want if this is not true please sign this petition to demonstrate that that this is not the way you want our state governed.
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  • NAME CHANGE OF HEWSTON MITCHELL DRIVE TO THE GHOST ROAD
    Historically Hewston Mitchell Drive has always been know to locals, emergency services & the wider community as The Ghost Road. Although never signposted as such this has been its common name for many, many years.
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  • No more casinos in Queensland
    The supposed "international tourist" argument simply does not hold up. The following is quoted directly from the Australasian Casino Association's own report for 2009-10: The majority of casino patrons are from either the same city or state as individual casinos, followed by interstate patrons and international visitors. Casino patrons 2009-2010: Local, 40.61 million; Interstate, 4.70 million, International, 4.42 million. Casinos receive the vast majority of their revenue from gaming activities (not hotels, restaurants or any other associated services), these accounted for 78 per cent of total gross revenue. In 2009-10, revenue from gaming machines comprised 40 per cent of total casino gaming revenue ($1,382 million). Table gaming made up 38 per cent ($1,312 million). Why are we even considering a proposal to make Queensland the new Macau? Building a stack of casinos, while lining the pockets of the wealthiest and creating a whole bunch of social issues that future state governments can sort out? It just doesn't stack up. It makes far more sense to make the most of the phenomenal natural resource that lays right off our coast. The Great Barrier Reef! Are we talking tourism? Because no other country in the world can replicate this. And it consistently tops travel surveys as one of the main reasons tourists visit Australia.
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  • AFP investigation into parliamentarians accused of misusing their expense accounts.
    Fifteen years ago a number of Ministers were sacked for rorting their travel allowances in exactly the same manner as Mr Abbott and other recently re elected parliamentarians have been alleged to have done. Mr Abbott claimed $1700 to travel to the weddings of former colleagues Sophie Mirabella and Peter Slipper in 2006. In 2009 he claimed $9,397.42 in travel expenses incurred during the launch of his book "Battlelines". According to the "Minchin Protocol for parliamentarians” if the fraudulent claim is discovered, the MP involved pays back the money, and the police are not notified. Once the money has been repaid, no AFP investigation can be instigated. The matter is considered closed. Mr Slipper was an MP and speaker of the House, he fell out of favour with numerous politicians and was politically assassinated when it was discovered he had rorted his expenses. The theft was reported to the police however, he wasn't allowed to pay back the amount, and was subsequently charged. Others in the community have had their lives disrupted and careers ruined for offences involving smaller amounts. Are there different standards regarding theft depending on your position in society? This dishonesty in our New Parliament has, thus far, been accepted by the media and the Australian community. Nothing is being done about it. What can you do? Sign this petition requesting Clive Palmer to approach the AFP to investigate all parliamentarians involved in these recently exposed expense scandals, as a matter of urgency and lay charges if dishonesty has occurred.
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  • dont destroy disabled ,carers and those on pensions in state housings futures
    This is important as the carers and disabled already struggle enough without further hardships place on them by the Abbott government...the pension is minimal with so many pay out costs already making the vulnerable already live below the poverty line..... mr Abbot state 60 percent of Australians basically need not be on a pension but by penalising them he is also penalising the what he states is 40 percent who are genuine and in dire need ..Mr Abbott need to take his hands out of the pockets of the vulnerable .with those on pensions in state housing it is important to allow them to be able to get closer to handling the cost of living rises by not always taking each increase given and allowing state housing to up rent each time. giving them very little left of increases to survive.................
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  • No free plastic bags for Target stores again
    We use single use plastic bags to go shopping because they are convenient. That bag is a petroleum based product that took millions of years to make and we use it for maybe 20 minutes and then throw it away, except that it never completely breaks down. It ends up poisoning our land fill and oceans, destroying marine and birdlife. Single use plastic bags have only been around since 1977. Before that, people carried their own bags to the shops. It wasn't hard. We can do it again. Target stores made a great decision to charge for compostable bags 4 years ago. Now they are reversing this decision. Please sign this partition to show them that we don't want them to give out free single use plastic bags again.
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  • NO AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS IN INDONESIAN ABATTOIRS
    Remember the awful scenes of Australian livestock being slaughtered in Indonesian abattoirs? Previous restrictions are now likely to be lifted with Tony Abbott's approval. Act now to prevent the current government, sanctioning live export to Indonesia.
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  • Prevent ISDS provisions from being included in proposed new free trade agreements.
    This is a very important issue. Even John Howard, close as he was to George Bush, in 2001 would not agree to ISDS provisions in free trade agreements with the US, because he saw how detrimental to Australia those provisions were. Now Tony Abbott's Government has these provisions as part of their trade policy. The High Court of Australia will lose its control as the ultimate arbiter on how foreign companies operate in Australia. ISDS provisions will allow companies to challenge many laws adopted by States and the Commonwealth that are in the public interest, in a largely anonymous forum, completely unrelated to Australia. For more information on this issue: read the article by Mike Seccombe in The Global Mail 21/0913 www.theglobalmail.org
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  • Stop local shire's evasive control on animal registrations and unlawful property entry
    It is very important we make a stand against these evasive controls now, most local rangers now claim to have the right to enter your property without consent or prior knowledge of a visit. This is absolutely unacceptable and an abuse of power, We must make a stand here !! Before we completely become controlled by the government in our private and public lives. We should all have the basic right to privacy in our own homes and property.
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  • Samson is Fremantle
    1. Samson has always been part of Fremantle and has a strong historic and cultural connection to it. 2. The City of Fremantle proposal to the LGAB envisages a "Stage 2" of local government reform extending the boundaries of a Greater Fremantle to North Lake Rd, taking in suburbs such as Willagee, parts of Kardinya, Coolbellup and Samson. While this proposal has merit, it would be unnecessarily disruptive and illogical to assign Samson to the City of Melville only to return it to Fremantle later. Better to just keep it with Fremantle. 3. A logical interpretation of the City of Fremantle's March 2013 "Local Government Reform Survey" suggests that a majority of Samson residents wish to remain with Fremantle.
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