• No Maccas in the Hills
    The building site is on a corner in small local strip-shopping area opposite a Primary school, where the highway narrows to one lane. Golden Arches will appear at the highway entrance to the Dandenongs, and gone, due to the economic giant, will be our loved bakery, local coffee shop, and the small stores that depend on the local thro traffic. What message does this send to school children, fries with everything? Maccas lost out in Belgrave, let's stop them again.
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    Created by Neri Melsmith
  • Re-Instate dedicated drug & alcohol rehab services run by and for Indigenous people in SA
    In February 2012 the Federal Department of Health & Ageing withdrew funding from the Kalparrin Rehab Centre in Murray Bridge. This leaves South Australia with no dedicated drug & alcohol service for Indigenous people in South Australia. Commitments to providing a replacement service with no time frame attached is not acceptable. It is hard to understand how, despite a National Apology and constant discourse about reconciliation, "closing the gap", and respecting and empowering Indigenous Australians, they would be left without these essential and culturally appropriate services. We urge the Federal Government to do the right thing, by reinstating funding for this crucial community service and to ensure that it is planned and implemented with proper consultation with Indigenous people and service providers. More info & further reading: http://media.sbs.com.au/audio/world-news_120305_205955.mp3 http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3611097.htm http://www.qms.org.au/upload/QMS%20QUALITY%20BOUND%20July%202009.pdf
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  • Bring Democracy Back to Local Councils
    My personal experience is that local councils are often out of control and behaving as though they are answerable to no-one. In the practice of such dysfunctional councils, it is the administrators (CEO and executive) that run things as they see fit, sometimes bullying citizens who try to hold them to account: even using council funds liberally to silence dissent with legal action. Such an environment makes major corruption almost inevitable. Constitutional protection is needed to allow citizens to participate in local government without fear or favour. Councillors themselves have little real power to stop this kind of behaviour. They are forbidden from directing council administration (on the face of it, a reasonable convention), but when it comes to matters of governance like upholding truthful and fair dealings with citizens, they can be cowed into backing off by unscrupulous administrators who convince them that every matter is one of administration. Recent dilution of powers of councillors by the Baillieu government through their changes to the Victorian local government act will only worsen the problem. Such dark behaviours are begotten not of malice or “evil” but of the simple stresses of everyday life. They begin when overworked administrators force their tasks to completion by abuse of power, not because they seek to hurt citizens but simply to avoid “failure” in a system that is fault intolerant. These behaviours can swiftly escalate to coverup; again the need for coverup springs from a fault intolerant, overstressed system whenever there is a lack of answerability for one’s deeds. You the reader, I the writer and actual administrators all are overwhelmingly likely to follow this path. We are all women and men with feet of clay. The central idea of good governance is that we acknowledge our feet of clay, and define behavioural guidelines to follow when stressful times come along with instincts to behave defensively. We CAN be both imperfect, and still have honest, vibrant government systems. Genuine good governance is not about retribution, it is about acknowledgment of shortcomings as individuals, the need to look after each other in gathering the courage to behave honourably as a group and building environments where faults become simply problems to be solved as a community. The dark alternative is that faults become deadly threats that must be withstood at all costs, sometimes even where these costs are a stooping to antisocial or criminal behaviour. This is why openness and answerability to common people is vital, in the literal meaning of this word. A constitutional definiton of the roles of elected councillors together with a clear edict that it is the administration of councils that shall be subordinate and answerable to elected representatives would improve local government democracy a great deal. Its casting in the constitution would give the position of councillor a weight that would: 1. Help get rid of the councillor who simply sees a controversy-free period in local government as a success at being a politician with “training wheels” that will earn him or her preselection by their party for “higher” levels of government, rather than as a solemn and deeply meaningful community service in itself; 2. Help overcome the instinct to flee and coverup by appeal to another of our deep instincts: that to be a social animal and behave towards others as one would ask of the behaviour of others towards oneself. Democratic Victorian local government was destroyed by the coming of the Kennett era commissioners then sham councillor positions with little power to be other than puppets. Constitutional recognition of councillors would still let state government run local government, but would ensure that local government democracy could never again be swept aside without the assent of the people.
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  • We want Fresh Wild Caught Barramundi on our plate: No to the closure of Chambers & Finke Bay
    The only other viable area to bring fresh Wild Caught Barramundi in, was from Finniss River/Fog Bay but that was closed to ALL commercial Barramundi fishermen last year. Chambers and Finke Bay is critical for the consistent weekly supply of fresh Barramundi due to the distance from Darwin (3 hrs) and is accessible by road by a truck to collect the freshly caught Barramundi which has been placed on ice in readiness for the drive back to town. The distance enables the freshly caught Barramundi to reach Darwin in prime condition as it can be delivered every two days to ensure the best quality for the people of the Territory and for the visitors to our town. DID YOU KNOW - That the commercial Barramundi fishermen, VOLUNTARILY asked for a seasonal closure of four months to protect and to ensure the sustainability of Barramundi stocks. Why? Because the large breeding female fish are in their main breeding cycle between October to January every year and this is when all commercial Barramundi fisherman have chosen voluntarily not to fish to ensure that future stock of Barramundi can be plentiful for all to share. The proposal to close this area has failed to include genuine consultation with all Stakeholders concerned.
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  • Stop the establishment of a US Marine military base in Darwin
    During Barack Obamas visit to Australia in 2011 it was announced that a US military presence with 2,000 American Marines would be on rotation permanently in Darwin. This means that Australia would have a foreign powers military stationed here.The presence of the US in Australia according to many experts including Malcolm Fraser, Professor Tony Milner AM, and Professor Richard Tanter would be dangerous as any conflict between the US and other countries would then include Australia.
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  • Keep accredited Visual art and Music programs at Great Southern Institute of Technology
    It is important to continue to provide accredited courses in the Visual Arts and Music in the Great Southern because it creates a balance to an economically driven, sports minded, consumerist culture. Music and Art can be lifelines to young people that may not fit into mainstream education institutions.
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  • Support TAFE Support
    This is about the services that wrap around a student allowing them to study, be successful and participate in community. Without support services this will no longer be the case. The State Budget cuts have already effected: Libraries, counseling services, youth workers, access to tutors and in class supports, careers practitioners, pathways advisers, mental health services, youth services, drug and alcohol supports, accommodation services, financial advice, access to databases for studies, access to computers and the internet, crisis intervention and much, much more. Support services have helped and continue, to this day, to help hundreds of thousands of students in Victoria – can we as a community afford to let this go?
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  • Walking out of Industrial Education and onto Flow Education at SevGen
    "How was school son?" (early years) "Mum have you ever felt like you could unzip yourself and the real you would step out" This was the walk home from school conversation that has been at the bottom of my 'why' I have been tracking along to SevGen. SevGen is short for Seven Generations and is the thinking that all our deliberations should consider seven generations into the future. It has taken a long time but, there is a time for everything. Like prominent futures education thinker Sir Ken Robinson who says that "schools are killing creativity in our kids", I believe that holistically our children are going backwards with current education offerings and that the time is NOW to do something about it. Hence the education FEvolution that is happening at SevGen with a visionary bunch of FLOW educators.
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  • Change Anti discrimation laws so they apply to all Australians.
    At present gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex people can be legally refused a place or care in any aged car facility if this against tenats of the church who owns the nursing home or other facility. It's time to have proper separation of church and state, this also includes any employee of a church school including teachers.
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  • Bring Down The Wall Around The West Bank
    It is unfathomable that in 2013, that the world would allow such a thing to occur. We are all guilty of allowing 1.8 Million people to be reduced to prisoners in their own land. The UN has already ruled the wall illegal. It must be torn down or Israel must face UN sanctions, just like any other nation. In 2013, we must bring down the wall which is 760 KM long and 8 meters high, is four times the length of Berlin Wall and is a symbol for segregation, oppression, and hatred. This wall cements the plight of the Palestinian people. It stops supplies which include medical aid and food. It restricts movement, and strangles the economy of the West Bank, by not allowing Palestinians to leave for work. It reduces free men to little more than caged animals.
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  • Save Community Literacy Classes
    The Newman Government has stopped all funding for Community Literacy classes. Thousands upon thousands of Australian adults have problems with reading, writing and arithmetic. We all need these skills to work or study and to enjoy life in our wonderful country. Many people go to TAFE literacy and numeracy classes but some people can't because: * they live too far away; * they don't fit strict government guidelines about who can attend some classes; * they have problems which stop them from coming to classes every day or every week. These people need Community Literacy classes, which can be very flexible and help students in a more informal environment. Tell Campbell Newman and John-Paul Langbroek: Queensland voters want Community Literacy classes for Queensland
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