• HALAL food
    The inhumane killing of animals by either not stunning them or not stunning them enough. Captive bolt is the method that the CSIRO suggests is the correct method. The animals were found to high levels of stress hormones. The other issue is one of human rights. All of our poultry and 90%of our meat is not halal. Many religious people cannot eat halal as per their beliefs, and we cannot even get to any meat that is not halal because the meat is not labelled. We have a right to freedom of religion and from religion and halal flies in the face of that. I have no objection to people eating their religious food but I want the meat killed humanely and I want to be able to access food that is not ritually slaughtered
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    Created by Patricia Norman
  • George Pell must go!
    Case in point: As many as 26 Victorians have committed suicide after being abused by ex-priest and serial child rapist Gerald Ridsdale. Cardinal George Pell, who was then auxiliary bishop of Melbourne, accompanied Ridsdale to court - a show of support he attempted to explain to the state parliamentary inquiry into child abuse this week. Ridsdale's trial revealed the church hierarchy had moved him from parish to parish, where he continued to reoffend, despite complaints having been received. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/victims-fear-as-expriest-ridsdale-nears-parole-20130529-2nc5r.html#ixzz2UilwEfrW How many more are there? Surely the catholics cannot support a man like Pell? Lets tell them we have had enough.
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    Created by Simon Evans
  • School bus route - Artarmon to the Forest area
    The current options for our young children getting to and from school with public transport are unsuitable/non-existent. Many of the children are too young (eg 5 and 6 years olds) to negotiate regular public transport on their own. In addition to having to cross busy roads without adult supervision to make connections or get to a bus stop, many would also need to negotiate busy interchanges such as changing from train to bus at Chatswood Station, etc. There is a need for a safe public transport option.
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    Created by Katie Harris
  • decriminalise marijuana
    Imagine the amount of money that could be saved by the government with this action ? the cost of courts and police ...Imagine the amount of money that could be made by the government by administering fines instead of criminal convictions..in a time when the budget is seriously cutting into the incomes of the less fortunate in the community..and education and health..this change would be very timely now!!
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    Created by Denise Jones Picture
  • All hemp food processing plants in Aust. be required to accurately label products produced
    So that consumers can make informed decisions about the products they buy. Compulsory information to include > Country where raw feedstock grown > Irradiation status of feedstock > GMO status of feedstock > Extraction process used > Packing method used and date packed.
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    Created by Anthony Maney
  • Democracy not Murdochracy
    Proper functioning of a Democracy requires that the electors receive information which enables them to make decisions based on facts and not subject to the aims or opinions of a media proprietor. Murdoch editors have described how they were left in no doubt as to the political party that Murdoch wanted his outlets to support in elections in Australia, The UK and the US. Leading political figures in all these countries have said how important Murdoch's support or otherwise was to whether they won or lost elections. This interference has a debilitating effect on the Democratic system of government, As an editor of the New York times once said, "Democracy, it just doesn't work if people don't know" Australia has become more of a Murdochracy than a Democracy. We call on our elected representatives to act on the behalf of the people of Australia and remedy this situation .
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    Created by Laurence Forde
  • round about in front of koonawarra public school on the corner of byamee st. and fowlers rd.
    My friend had a car accident there last night!. My daughter & her daughter both the ages of 6 were in the car. My friend is also 15 weeks pregnant. Luckily nobody was severely injured. Koonawarra primary school is on the corner of both byamee and fowlers rd, people are always speeding over that hill. there is a speed sign already in place for a 60 zone which nobody pays attention too. there is always accidents there and i think its about time we need to do something about it!! we would like to get a round about put in.
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    Created by Melanie richardson
  • Free a man condemned to death
    Afghani Taqi Bakhtyari is a marked man. An educated, journalist and award winning novelist, Taqi has had a Fatwa declared upon him. His crime? To write a book. With no freedom of speech in Afghanistan, his death threat under Sharia law means he and his family face an unsustainable life on the run, with nowhere safe to hide.
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  • Make Insurance Companies accountable for denying liability for claims through "loop holes".
    Having worked for major insurance companies as a claims clerk for a number of years I am aware of the standard approach of some of the less reputable insurers. One company I worked for required me to offer a contributory negligence settlement as a first tacit to reducing a claim payout in every case even when it was clearly our drivers fault! Given that we only insured heavy vehicles acceptance on a 60/40 contributory negligence basis was often a huge saving! Others use every trick in the book to deny liability. i.e. Driver failed to advise a speeding infringement and many more small hidden loop holes. Some companies ALWAYS consider their reputation when settling claims that are a bit contentious by offering a settlement without admitting liability. This is to be admired but rest assured that almost every insurance policy ever written has an "out" clause in it even if it isn't used: e.g. Act of God etc. The insurance industry as a whole needs to be held accountable for it's performance by a regulatory body with TEETH to back it up!
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  • International condemnation of US lack of gun laws to protect its citizens
    Gun control is simply that: controlling who is eligible for the responsibility of owning a weapon and controlling what weapons are considered appropriate for ordinary citizens. The right to bear arms is not a universal human right and it is not an unlimited right within the US. if it was where would it end? Would rocket launchers be allowed as a "right to bear arms?" Is it a right for US citizens to bear nuclear weaponry? We are all citizens of the world, and the United States has an obligation to their children and their families to show strength and leadership on the universal human right to live and grow up in a safe environment free from terror and persecution, and until such gun control laws are passed, the US is failing its obligation to provide such a safe environment.
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    Created by Teresa Dowding
  • Community to elect Mayor.
    In 35 NSW councils the people vote for their mayor. A further 3 councils held referenda at the 2012 elections to do likewise in 2016. These communities all voted yes by a sound majority. The residents of the Young district are currently petitioning for the same rights. The reasoning is sound and straight forward. A community votes for what a candidate can do for the district whereas a councillor votes for how a candidate can help fellow councillor's with their own agendas. To gain this right first a motion needs to be carried in a council meeting in order that a referendum is held. This referendum can then be run at any time to see if the community want to elect their mayor. When the referendum is won in favour of democratic election, the community can then elect their own mayor at the next election. In some Shires the existing councillors and particularly the Mayor give this referendum their full support. They know that through their proven attitudes and abilities they are likely to retain their positions. They accept that a mayor should be elected on community ideals not backroom deals. Not all NSW Councils share this well-earned confidence. The Bland Shire Mayor and Deputy Mayor say they oppose the election. Election candidate and retired council dog-catcher Barry Cooper refused to sign the petition and wrote “no way” on the petition before a group of petitioners at one location. Several other Bland Councillors do support the idea of a popularly elected mayor and several are undecided. It only takes 5 councillors to pass the motion requested by the petition. This petition is to make all councillors aware that the overwhelming majority of the people of The Bland want to publicly elect their Mayor. The abovementioned motion was put to the Bland Shire Council CEO several days before the April 16 council meeting by Cr. Monaghan so that it may be tabled and voted on. For reasons still unclear the motion was not tabled at that meeting. This in no way affects the opportunity to vote for mayor in 2016. The motion just needs to be carried with enough time to allow for the referendum to be run and ballot papers to be arranged before the 2016 Election Day. At the current rate of petition signing the community pressure should be overwhelming by then. For those with no internet access please let them know that they can sign or pick up a hard-copy for others to at numerous locations across the district including the Bland Medical Centre (BMC). Full petition sheets can be dropped off at The Empire 174 Main St. West Wyalong or faxed to 69724879. Or contact the page administrator of this web page and a fresh petition sheet will be faxed/mailed/emailed to you.
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    Created by Lincoln Pike