• Australians want a Coal Seam Gas Moratorium
    Australians want to secure a safer future for all, with protection for our good food-producing land, our water, human health and our environment from the dangers posed by a runaway CSG industry. Our water supplies for drinking and food production are so important for the future. We should not be risking it on a short term mining boom. The gas will still be there in a years time, so there is no hurry. Plus there are alternatives to our energy needs. Our economy will need our tourism and agriculture industries into the future yet with farm land and the environment being put at risk by the CSG industry, one has to wonder what will be left of them. The people of Tara need health officials to take their concerns seriously. "Unexplained" nose bleeds, ear bleeds, head aches and rashes are just a few of the ailments being reported by the residents of Tara since the industry moved into the estate where they live. A fair go for all, not just a few.
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  • Stop the Freeze on Mental Health
    The Mental Health nurse Incentive Program implemented in 2006, has kept many people suffering severe mental illness out of hospital and helped them back into the workforce and to lead meaningful social lives. Australia wide the program has provided services to 40,000 people with severe mental illness in 2010 and in the last year close to 47,000 people. Benefiting not only individuals, but their families and community, all at low cost to the public purse. From the budget announcement (as of 8th May 2012) it seems that a surplus is more important than some of the community’s most vulnerable people, funding to this program has been frozen. The Government has written to the College and has explained that ‘Maintaining MHNIP services at 2011-2012 levels means that from 9 May 2012 no new organisations or nurses can join the program unless existing participants leave, and organisations and nurses will need to maintain client services and sessions at existing levels’ (Australian College of Mental Health Nurses). This decision has been made without conducting a full evaluation of the program and without sufficient evidence to either prove or disprove the usefulness of the care being provided. And we believe that this decision has been based upon poor evidence. Freezing the program means that no additional mental health nurses or organisations hoping to deliver services can provide this much needed program. The mental health nurse incentive program has been designed specifically to provide high quality health care for the severely ill and the government’s decision is blocking the extension of this program and preventing nurses from caring for some of our communities most vulnerable people. Freezing our funding will ultimately result in reducing service for the mentally ill placing greater pressure upon our already overwhelmed emergency departments and community mental health teams. Minister there is quite obviously a need for this program and this is a very short sighted financial measure that is not being made in the best interests of the people who need this care. Nurses are at the front line and are prepared to deliver. It’s about time that the government got behind nurses and serious about care for the mentally ill.
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    Created by James Southan
  • 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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    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
    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