• 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
    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
  • 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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    Created by Anne Hirsch Picture
  • 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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  • MeadowLea, we don't think you ought to be congratulated!
    Orang-utans are facing rapid extinction with palm oil being the single biggest threat to their survival. Palm oil is found in nearly half of the products on our supermarket shelves, only needing to be labelled as 'vegetable oil'. Certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) is produced in a way that does not compromise the last remaining habitat or the Orang-utan. It is the best choice Orang-utans have for survival . Certified sustainable palm oil is the only realistic means to shift the palm oil market towards a sustainable future, and is supported by a range of conservation organisations such as Zoos Victoria and World Wildlife Fund. More than 5 million tonnes of certified sustainable palm oil was produced in 2011, but without companies committed to purchasing it, forest destruction from unsustainable palm oil products will continue. Many food manufacturers have already made commitments to use only CSPO by 2015, but until the food industry's major players make public commitments make source, import and use CSPO themselves, progress may be too slow to save Orung-utans. Goodman Fielder, makers of well-loved brands such as MeadowLea and White Wings, import palm oil into Australia and use it in their products. They are one of the largest users of palm oil in Australia but currently have not made any commitments to import and use 100% certified sustainable palm oil in their products. (NB Greenpalm certificates are endorsed by RSPO as a way of supporting sustainable palm oil, but cannot be labelled as being certified sustainable palm oil). Sign this petition to tell the makers of MeadowLea, Goodman Fielder that until they commit to importing and using 100% certified sustainable palm oil in their products by 2015, you won't be congratulating them.
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    Created by Chloe Nicolosi
  • We don't need another casino for Brisbane
    There is already a casino in the same precinct in Brisbane, which does not add anything to the community. These type of casinos are solely to make a profit and is not community-minded. We don't need another outlet for people who have a gambling addiction.
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    Created by Lisa Harvey
    Australia has enough people who would love to have a job in the mining industry. It's our resource and the money made from it should be kept in our country. This will not only affect the mining industry but every worker in Australia.
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    Created by Bobette Upton
    Children in NSW have a right to an education, one that meets their needs. The number of children with special needs educated in mainstream schools is growing rapidly, so much so the cost of educating them is growing at a rate of 11% per year. This funding "shake up" is simply robbing Peter to pay Paul. It provides nothing extra for our communities most vulnerable children, it simply doesn't meet their needs. Some schools will be considerably worse off under this funding model, Braddock Public School's funding will drop from $237,026 to $142,634.80. How is this fair? Governments elected by the people have an obligation to work for and represent the people. They have an even greater responsibility when it comes to the most vulnerable people in the community. Short changing our most vulnerable and needy children is not taking this responsibility seriously. Support our most needy children and sign this petition today.
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    Created by Peta Holmes
  • Keep Olympic Park Green no V8s
    Tourist, visitors, cyclists, runners, families and residents the two local buses and local traffic are all disrupted for three months before and over a month after the actual weekend. No other event disrupts the Park like this one. Visitors and tourists see the Park at its worst- barriers and scaffolding everywhere. Bus drivers are forced to run different routes each day disorienting people. The long term damage it is doing to the Park and the heritage bushland and birds. The damage to the Green environment and the green Image promoted world wide.
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    Created by Barbara Gapps