• S.A.F.E (Sexual Awareness For Everyone)
    We believe that all students and schools, despite socio-economic status, gender, religion and ethnicity should be educated about all types of sexualities and gender identities during sexual education classes. Sexual preference should not be discriminated against and we would like sex-ed classes to reflect society's sexual diversity. These topics, when integrated into the high school curriculum would give students a broader, more educated idea of what sexuality can be, and would allow teenagers to feel comfortable and proud of any gender and sexuality that they may chose to identify with.
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    Created by Georgia Lee
  • Change Coxswain Park
    This park is completely underused as it has no infrastructure. It could be transformed in a hub for community activities with the first public natural playground of Geraldton, appropriate tables and sitting, BBQ areas, a community run garden, a 'learn road safety' area and much more. Let's make Coxswain park a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy!
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    Created by Cath Dalle
  • Change Centrelink rent assistance rates for fairness and equity.
    This is an important matter of equity in payment rates for Centrelink beneficiaries. The way rent assistance is currently calculated means that the amount of assistance given for rent is not in proportion with how much rent a person is actually paying in comparison to a person paying a different amount, and on their accommodation circumstances. Eg. Sharing, not sharing, single, couple, children, no children. Here is a case senario that illustrates this inequity: A single person with no children is living alone ie. not sharing accommodation, paying $270 per fortnight rent. They are entitled to the maximum rate of rent assistance for their circumstances, which is $120.20 per fortnight. Another single person with no children IS sharing accommodation (it does not matter with how many other people, it only matters that they are actually sharing accommodation), also paying $270 per fortnight rent. They are also entitled to the maximum rate of rent assistance for their circumstances, which is $80.13 per fortnight. This example shows that it is hard for a low income recipient to get ahead, and defeats the purpose of sharing rent to make finances less strained.
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    Created by Jennifer Low
  • Ban the use of bee killing pesticides
    Bees are a vital part of human food production. Aside from honey and other products they produce, they are critical in the pollination of almost all other food crops — from fruit and nut trees to vegetables and oil seed crops. Worldwide, bees hives are disappearing. North America and Europe have experienced over 50 per cent declines in bee numbers over the past 30 year. This reduction affects wild hives and in domesticated hives has been dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Neonicotinoids have been strongly implicated by recent studies as a contributor to CCD in the USA and Britain. They are not widely used (yet) in Australia, but beekeepers across the country are increasingly worried about their commercial and home use. The equation is simple. No bees, no people. We need to do everything we can to give Australian bees a fighting chance.
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    Created by Michael Baczynski
  • Tasmanian AFL Team Within 2years
    1.The deprivation of enjoyment and income against the Tasmanian people 2 .The false use of the word Australian football league National football league when it excludes one state 8 . The breaking of trade discrimination of 92 of the Australian Constitution Section 92, in effect, prohibits action by either the Commonwealth or a State which discriminates against interstate trade or commerce and which has the purpose or effect of protecting intrastate trade or commerce of a State against competition from other States. . Chapter IV also regulates other aspects of finance and trade.
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  • Petition asking for review of the PEAT test
    The Graduate Recruitment Program of Teach NSW and the NSW Institute of Teachers require candidates, who do not have at least two years full-time teaching experience in schools, or who haven’t done most of their undergraduate studies in seven specified English-speaking countries (Australia, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand, South Africa), and who seek employment in schools in NSW, to sit the PEAT test before they can be interviewed for teaching positions. To pass requires an A in each of four areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking. While it is important to have good English skills to teach in Australian schools, the circumstances in which this test is applied, cause unnecessary difficulties and delays for overseas trained candidates wanting to become teachers. This contradicts the principles of a multicultural Australia and ignores the educational benefits of bi- or multi-lingualism. The stated benchmarks, and their interpretation in practice, of the PEAT (the pass rate is said to be 15%) seem to be more stringent than the standards required to gain access to a teaching career for Australian educated candidates. The candidates who must sit the test include people who have done their post-graduate teaching degree in Australia, which devalues Australian university qualifications, and candidates from about 50 other English-speaking countries. The frequency and availability, as well as the cost of the PEAT test are unacceptable, as candidates have had to wait up to five months to book a test, and candidates who need to repeat any part of the test are not allowed to re-sit before three months. The PEAT test, which costs candidates $400 (and more, if parts are required to be repeated), as well as the possible exemption interview, are only offered in Sydney. Regional candidates thus have additional travel and accommodation expenses. This contradicts the principles of equality of opportunity.
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    Created by Cécile Michels
  • Free Melinda Taylor
    Hi, On 26 June 2012 in my capacity as a City of Greater Geelong Councillor I moved a Notice of Motion at the Council meeting which was passed unanimously initiating a Petition addressed to the Prime Minister of Libya Abdurrahim El-Keib respectfully requesting the immediate safe release of detained Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor. The objective it to disseminate and raise awareness of the Petition as widely and quickly as possible. I hope the Petition attracts upto 1 million signatories which can be presented to the Federal Government for on-forwarding to the Libyan Prime Minister to indicate the sincere concerns Australians have for Melinda Taylor's immediate safe release. Stretch Kontelj
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    Created by Stretch Kontelj
  • KEEP ANITA AT NARRABUNDAH!
    This petition is raising the issue of the Anita Patel’s teaching position in Narrabundah College. On the 25th of June 2012, Anita was informed that her position as the Indonesian language teacher at Narrabundah College was no longer extended, and that she was to finish teaching by the end of 2012. We are signing to petition that Anita should be kept for the following reasons: • She is an inspiring and excellent teacher who cares for students and dedicates herself further than many other teachers would for their students to reach their full potential and dreams. • She has been the bastion of the Indonesian program at Narrabundah College and has dedicated her life to promote Indonesian language and culture at the school and beyond • She currently teaches the largest number of students who study Indonesian language at the college level in Australia. Through Anita’s teachings many students have carried on their interests on Indonesia and its language to university, which then has assisted in the steady increase of the number of students taking Indonesian studies. • The number of Indonesian language teachers in Australia is very small, especially those with the same amount of experience, dedication and qualifications of Anita • She has inspired so many excellent students to pursue their careers built on their Indonesian language skills and profound understanding of Indonesia, our neighboring country. • She also contributes as an excellent Theory of Knowledge and English teacher at Narrabundah College • Her sudden departure will jeopardize the existence and development of the Indonesia program at Narrabundah College and in Canberra generally.
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    Created by Anggi Timur
  • stop charging pensioners the MCIS levies
    Pensioners cannot afford to pay a levy which is doubling almost every year. The Federal Government has just given pensioners financial assistance to cover the costs of the carbon tax but the State Government has almost doubled the MCIS levy without any explanation and certainly no help to pay for it. If the State Government wants money from the Federal Government it couldn't stoop lower than to take it out of the pockets of pensioners. At the same time the O' Farrell Government has increased rents for public housing tenants. This is not right.
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    Created by Ingrid Loewy
  • STOP PALM OIL CONSUMPTION in AUSTRALIA
    Australia imports palm oil for its cheap price and its relative chemical stability, with little regard for the longterm environmental regard. Burning rainforest also releases millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide which increases global warming. Orangutan mothers, driven from the forest to palm oil sites for food, are often killed and their babies sold into a miserable life as illegal pets. As well, palm oil is a saturated fat that contributes to heart disease and strokes. WE NEED TRUTH IN LABELLING TO GIVE US CLEAR INFORMATION AND CHOICES.
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    Created by Helena Manos
  • Legalise voluntary euthanasia
    Being of advanced age, I have witnessed the death of many people close to me dying in a way that they had hoped to avoid, namely experiencing what they considered to be a loss of dignity caused by the effects of an illness &/or experiencing pain which even the best of palliative care could not control. As well, in my 26 years of work as Secretary of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of South Australia, I was contacted by many people, affected by terminal illnesses, with most valid reasons for wishing to die, & who wanted to make use of a Bill such as I have described. If you could have listened to their cases, I cannot imagine that you would have doubted their sincerity. Nor can I imagine that anyone could be lacking in humanity so as to deny them the right to end their life as they wished, namely being legally assisted by a doctor to die when they wished to do so.
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  • Natural Gas supply for Newlands Arm in Victoria.
    We the residents of Newlands Arm should not be overlooked, especially with the costs of electricity spiralling, we are entitled to have the choice of gas to cook and heat in our homes.
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    Created by Wendy Keogh Picture