• Reinstate the ABS "Work, Life and Family Survey"
    I can't explain it better than Ross Gittins did recently in the Sydney Morning Herald. The Work, Life and Family Survey is: "a survey of how people use their time, requiring a random sample of households to keep diaries of the way their time was spent for a short period. GDP measures only the value of work that's been paid for in the marketplace. It ignores all the unpaid work performed in the home, including caring for kids, and the work of volunteers. Time-use surveys fill that gap. How much time are women spending in paid and unpaid work? How is women's participation in the paid workforce changing over time as they become better educated? How much paid work is being done by people of retirement age? To what extent is paid work encroaching on our weekends? How is the burden of housework being shared between husbands and wives in two-income families? One of the most popular maxims of the wealth creators is: you can't manage what you don't measure. Directly or indirectly, most of the Bureau of Statistics' efforts are directed at measuring GDP. It's so important it's measured four times a year. Our time use hasn't been measured since 2006. The cancellation of this year's survey means it won't be measured again until 2019."
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  • Regulating Holiday Letting in residential zones.
    Residents are losing their community and being disturbed by noise due to the use of residential homes as tourist holiday homes.
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  • Broken Primary Education System
    Justine Ferrari's article in 'The Australian' on December 12, 2012 described how our primary school students have scored the lowest of any English-speaking nation in the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). According to her article, "In the first international reading test of Australian primary schools, about 25 per cent of the nation's Year 4 students failed to meet the minimum standard in reading for their age, rising to more than 30 per cent in Queensland and the Northern Territory. Of the 48 countries tested, Australia ranked 27th, comparable with Bulgaria, Slovenia and Lithuania, and significantly behind the leaders Hong Kong, Russia and Finland, as well as the US and England" She also outlined the fact that "a test of maths and science among Year 4 and Year 8 students showed Australian students' skills had stagnated over the past 16 years, while some countries, notably in Asia, had greatly improved.Between 29 per cent and 37 per cent of Year 4 and Year 8 students failed to meet the minimum standard for their grade in maths and science, rising to more than 50 per cent of Year 8 students in Tasmania and the Territory." While Federal Minister for Education, Peter Garrett, saw this as something of a "wake-up call", we still have no real concrete plan in action to improve our education system as a whole and improve the whole primary education experience for our children.
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  • Support Tasmanian proposal for voluntary assisted dying legislation
    Consultation is underway until 15 March on the detailed proposal for voluntary assisted dying legislation in Tasmania put forward by the Premier, Lara Giddings, and the Leader of the Greens, Nick McKim. The proposal is based on the important value of compassion for those dying with prolonged suffering that cannot be relieved adequately by current options, and the important principle of respect for people's right to make choices about the end of their lives according to their own beliefs and values. The proposal is backed up by extensive quality evidence and by soundly based and well-reasoned arguments that demonstrate their approach is safe and responsible. It is also consistent with the views of the vast majority of the Tasmanian and broader Australian population. Detailed consultation papers and information on how to express your support can be accessed at www.premier.tas.gov.au or mps.tas.greens.au.
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  • Don't Open Cut Mine Big Hill in Stawell
    Open cut mining Big hill in Stawell will cause environmental destruction, air pollution, noise pollution and widespread distress to many of the residents of the Stawell community. I have lived in Stawell for most of my 27 years, and I don’t want to leave the land that I love so much. There are not many people my age who stay in the country, and it’s issue like this that make young people leave. It makes young people lose their faith in small towns and the benefits of living in the country. It disheartens young people that these destructive proposals are considered and that we have so little faith in the wonderful environment that we have around us.
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  • Asbestos Cleanup For Terowie Now!
    Asbestos is a major health hazard; the citizens of Terowie have been unnecessarily exposed to it since the 1970s and successive state governments have done nothing.
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  • Save our Fortress Brookvale Oval
    This is important, because it will secure a stable ground for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles for future years. Without the upgrade, Brookvale will become ruined, and if Manly do have to eventually move in the coming years, the Rugby League Community may lose a lot of interest of those people on the Northern Beaches, which is a sizeable portion of rugby league supporters in Sydney.
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  • Dedicated Safety Officers for NSW (Australia) Railways
    As stated by the Minister at the 2013 Memorial to the Granville Disaster, "safety is an absolute priority to the NSW government", and at the very same time she is sacking in force frontline Network Operations Officers who are not middle or upper management, but those people who are responded to all levels of incidents within the rail system. They are the Railways “Safety Officers”. These officers are also responsible for initial investigations of incidents and follow-up enquiries, the alcohol checks, as NSW Rail has a “Zero Alcohol” tolerance in the work place, mobilization of buses when incidents and track work close lines, education of employees in safe operations within the workplace and all other aspects of workplace safety. The Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, has stated that these incidents will be passed on to Station Managers, the one that are left, however there has been no communication with these people, no mention of training, and definitely no mention of remuneration for increased responsibility. The Minister, Gladys Berejiklian has commenced the changes without any benchmark for achievement or success which can only lead to another "Granville". At the present time and when the Minister, Gladys Berejiklian made her policy speech to the press she clearly stated that "cost has nothing to do with these changes", however, due to shift penalties, call outs to emergencies and safety duties during 'track work' these safety officers have been targeted by the ministers consultancy Firm as having excessive income. Why then, is Gladys Berejiklian paying out $2million to train non-English speaking station attendants to make announcements that can be understood? Not for Safety reasons Why is Gladys Berejiklian prepared to waste Millions on changing uniforms simply for appearance? Not for safety. Is it true that the Officers that Gladys Berejiklian is forcing redundancy on are an intricate part of the NSW State Disaster Plan? And, if this is so, what chaos can rail travelers expect if and when another 'Granville' should occur. That's if, the injured should survive long enough for NSW Rail Services to mobilize. The travelling public should start to worry about just how safe NSW Trains are.
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  • Save Queensland’s Equality in Parenting Laws
    We don’t want the Newman Government playing God and saying who can and who can’t try to be parents. We mustn't allow this Government to remove the rights of Queenslanders to try and have a family. We want everyone treated the same. Altruistic surrogacy is when a woman agrees, for no financial gain, to bear a child for intended parents so that they can have the chance of becoming parents. Altruistic surrogacy is only tried when other ways of becoming parents don’t work. It’s the option of last resort. Now the Newman Government says it wants to decide who can have that chance. Lisa always wanted to be a mum. Through a cruel twist of fate, she was unable to have children. Lisa split up from her husband Bob because he didn’t want kids. Surrogacy is Lisa’s only chance to become a mum. Under the proposed changes, Lisa won’t get that chance. Not only are these proposed changes unjust and a removal of rights, but they are also a broken election promise. When asked about potential changes to surrogacy laws, one week before the election, Campbell Newman said: “We will not be making any changes to the laws on those matters.” However, while proposing to remove their rights to surrogacy, the Newman Government is happy for gay and lesbian couples and singles to be foster carers to children in need of protection - talk about mixed messages. Experts in the legal field are against these changes: - The Queensland Law Society has described the planned changes as "a miscarriage of justice" - As then Queensland Law Society President, and now LNP politician Ian Berry stated: “I support the principle that same sex couples should be able to become the legal parents of a child. I believe that limiting access to surrogacy arrangements based on the sexual preference of the parties is highly undesirable” which “would offend” the Family Law Act, and “Australia’s human rights obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Economic Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.” - The President of the Queensland Council of Civil Liberties said that the Newman government seemed content to violate the principle of equal treatment regardless of sexuality. - International surrogacy expert, and Brisbane family lawyer Stephen Page states: 1."The proposed changes are not likely to be effective" 2. "The proposed changes appear to be in breach of the (Federal) Sex Discrimination Act" 3. "The proposed changes are in breach of Australia’s international human rights obligations" The Attorney-General has been silent for a few months on what exactly is proposed, but we can't stay silent on this issue. If we stay silent, these harsh changes may happen quickly. Please sign on to support this campaign, and we'll stay in touch with further actions you can take. Please sign on to support this campaign to save Qld surrogacy laws, and we'll contact you occasionally with further actions you can take.
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  • Kiss and Go Zone at Ingleburn Public School
    Child safety first and foremost. Assists working parents who don't have the time to drive around the block ten times to find a park and have to walk their child into the school. Limits the temptation for parents to ignore current signage and incurr fines (which happens daily and by a huge number of parents).
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  • Privatisation of Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick NSW Hydrotherapy Services
    Hydrotherapy is the only way that many people with physical disabilities can exercise with appropriate professional support and dignity, in a cost effective way. Public/community pools cannot provide this service. Privatisation can cost up to $78 for a single treatment. It will also severely compromise the health, independence, well-being, choice and access of people with disabilities as well as further disadvantaging pensioners and low income users.
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