Fund a National Basic Income SchemeWe call on you to support this scheme, which would provide a minimum secure income to every Australian to meet at least basic needs. A basic income would provide financial security we can count on, no matter what happens at work or in the economy. It would put extra money in the pockets of every Australian family, which would stimulate our economy, boost small businesses, and strengthen our communities. Every Australian will have true financial freedom and an equal opportunity to succeed. Australia can afford to provide a basic income for every family, and we call on you to support a basic income scheme.
Save the iconic forest at the north end of Steve Irwin Way.(aka Friends of Steve Irwin Way Forest)The road was redesigned to avoid most of the forest and the rest of the 744ha of Beerwah State Forest has been gazetted National Park status. The current proposal will clear at least 12ha and damage iconic remnant forest that contains koalas, ancient trees and already endangered animals. This forest contains koala habitat, lowland subtropical rainforest (a nationally recognised critically endangered ecosystem),centuries old habitat trees and unique wetlands. This forest is home to koalas, glossy black cockatoos, giant barred frogs, Richmond birdwing butterflies, Coxen fig parrots, Wallum froglets and other vulnerable declining frog and butterfly species. If this project proceeds we will destroy forever an iconic Sunshine Coast natural treasure and put these ecosystems and species on a downward spiral to extinction.
All aboard. If you can! Make QRs new $4b trains accessiblePeople with disability (PWD) in Queensland need your support to ensure their citizen rights are upheld. Based on the specifications publicly available there will be many groups of PWD (vision impairment, physical disability, intellectual disability and autism) that will be disadvantaged in both boarding and exiting the trains. Taxpayer funded public transport that by its very nature is meant to be a driver for inclusion of citizens into community will instead exclude. In 2013 the Newman government Department of Transport and Main Roads awarded a tender for NGR. The 75 newly designed trains are due to begin service on the South East Queensland passenger rail network later this year, and the remaining fleet rolled out by late 2018. The current design has a number of access issues. 1. The corridor linking a carriage purpose-designed with accessible seating and a toilet is too narrow for most manual and motorized wheelchairs causing some PWD to have to leave the train and re-enter through a different door in order to use the bathroom. A time consuming exercise, potentially dangerous whilst raining, all whilst the train stays to a timetable. 2. The toilet space does not meet the relevant size standards set out in legislation. Meaning it is simply inaccessible to some PWD who use a wheelchair for mobility and a danger to use for others. 3. The location of the guard (who assists a PWD with boarding and exiting the train) will be at the rear instead of in the middle of the train. This is a change from years of the guard being located in the middle of the train so as to intentionally align the guard with the purpose built accessible boarding area on existing station platforms. The new rear location presents potential safety concerns for a PWD being left behind on a platform due to not being seen from a guard location at the end-of-the-train – concerns that are real and potentially life threatening on an unmanned station late at night. These trains are meant for 30-plus years of service, meaning potential generations of PWD missing out on community inclusion. The roll-out will coincide with the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland. The NDIS has been designed to be the foundation of a new era of participation for PWD, and accessible public transport is key to participation in jobs, education, training, social life. The Queensland Government is currently consulting on “Towards an all abilities Queensland” which will become the new state government plan for disability in Queensland. Its proposed vision is that “Queenslanders of all abilities can live the life they choose.” Given the $4b train design it begs the question, can PWD choose to use a train in Queensland? If you feel PWD should be able to choose to use a train in Queensland please support this petition. If you would like to make an individual contribution make sure to also email the Deputy Premier (email@example.com) and cc myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) to explain to her exactly how this issue would deny your citizen rights.
Support Freedom of Choice at the End of LifeToo many of us will have to face a slow agonising dying process, where symptoms remain poorly controlled despite all efforts by the health care team. Currently any request by the dying to be assisted to die quickly is rejected. Why? Because the law forbids it. Why? Because the law was designed in 1913 and was not intended for the end of life situation. This needs to be changed! As a enlightened society we cannot continue to allow needless suffering of our fellow man.
Refuse to be Waterways Manager for Point Peron Mangles Bay MarinaThe proponents for the private canal housing estate on Point Peron (also known as Mangles Bay Marina) have asked the City of Rockingham to take on financial responsibility for the Waterways Management of their canal project. This is soon to be decided on by council According to leading WA Professor of Coastal Oceanography Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi, the proposed Point Peron canal estate will not flush due to small tides and will need expensive ongoing cleaning up. Even the consultants for the proponents have acknowledged that the canals will not flush naturally as required. Consultants for the proponents have also acknowledged that the water quality in the Marina would be poorer than expected. This could increase the risk of algal blooms and fish kills. Canals are banned in several Australian states because of the financial and environmental burden they place on communities. Ratepayers of the Shire of Murray foot a bill in excess of half a million every time the Yunderup canals have to be dredged. The failed canal development at Port Geographe Bay threatened to bankrupt the City of Busselton until the W.A. Government poured in over $30 million of taxpayers’ money. City of Rockingham must not take on the huge financial risk that would be associated with maintaining, cleaning and dredging the canals of the proposed Mangles Bay Marina. Find out more at www.handsoffpointperon.com
FUND NDIS PROPERLYAustralian disabled people deserve to not only have an insurance scheme that will assist them actively engage in the community and be supported with their disabilities, they don't need to be used as a political football by the Government for sake of politics. Its time big business gave something back to Australia!
Australia/Timor-Leste cement projectEnsuring this project fully complies with environmental and social requirements is important for two reasons. 1. Limestone mining for the production of cement can have negative impacts on local water resources including degradation of marine and ground water as well air pollution, both of which threaten the delicate 'Karst ecology' in the area and the health of the local subsistence communities. 2. The Australian government has form when it comes to supporting its corporations in their determination to extract resources from weaker neighbours to the detriment of these 'partners'. The most recent example being the ongoing 'negotiation' over shares in Timor sea oil which the Australian government has been forced to reopen after the shabby treatment and spying Timor-Leste was subjected to the first time around was brought to light. While Timor-leste, as a developing nation, requires cement, jobs and investment to aid its development, the long term environmental and health/social damage, including stunted growth in children and the poor financial return to Timor-Leste relative to TL cement and Australia, outweighs the short term benefits. It is also grossly unfair and hypocritical for Australia to profit from the abnegation of its responsibilities as a modern, wealthy power in the Asia pacific region. Australian corporations and their tame governments should not be able to act as though our neighbours where colonies ripe for plunder. If we are sincere in our desire to assist Timor-Leste's development, BGC/TL cement must be required to strictly abide by any health, environmental and social recommendations and split the profits of the operation fairly with their partners.
Let's End Phoenix CompaniesAustralia has a $3 billion problem of phoenix companies. Know anyone that's lost money to a company going "broke" only to see a similar business start trading again as if nothing happened? When this is done deliberately, it is known as 'phoenix activity' and costs Australians $3 billion each year. It affects thousands of people and it can happen to anyone at anytime. It causes approximately 100 times the devastation of our typical street robberies. It typically involves 'friendly administrators' or 'friendly liquidators', terms which have now become common when doing business in Australia, however, illegal phoenix companies are a serious crime. It is meant to be enforced by ASIC, but ASIC takes no meaningful action.
The Better Democracy CharterPlease sign and share this Charter, if- like me- you're worried about the world, Australia and how our politicians act. There is something very wrong with politics, and I think it will take ordinary people acting smart, acting strong and acting together to better it. The Charter is intended as a focusing point to unite enough people's energy and ideas in one place so as to effect change. The idea is to address the underlying system rather than the many bad issues which arise from the system; to change the landscape of citizen engagement with governance so as to get better outcomes.
NO HIGHRISE DEVELOPMENT ON THE SPIT!Even if ASF or any other company would pay a fair market price for the land (and we know this would NEVER happen!) the answer to their application SHOULD BE: NO! 1. If the SEAWAY/BROADWATER is meddled with in any shape or form the resulting effect on river tides/sand movement/silting/effect on the ecosystem is anyone's guess? WE CANNOT RISK IT! 2. We need the SPIT and all other open spaces on the Gold Coast to be preserved as our city is full of high-rises, we haven't got enough roads, our public transport system is basically non-existent, traffic is chocked throughout the city 24/7. 3. No development should be allowed north of Sea-World! We need the Spit developed as parkland and for recreation now and for future generations. 4. The Gold Coast, specially the central area where most high-rises are has no park with trees! Our greedy, self-serving council for decades has been selling anything/everything that could be sold... and the raping of the natural environment continues. This city NEEDS a decent large park, such as the Central Park in New York. Humans NEED OXYGEN TO SURVIVE which oxygen comes from TREES! No use to say that the Hinterland has enough trees and oxygen when the coastal winds blow it the other way, away from the coastal region where the high-rises and the biggest traffic exist. 5. ASF and all other companies should once and for all be given the thumbs down as far as the SPIT is concerned!
Save the Upper River footbridge in Kangaroo ValleyThe Upper Kangaroo River footbridge in Kangaroo Valley is a social, cultural and historical icon for the people of Kangaroo Valley, the Shoalhaven and the many tourists who visit here. Children of the valley find magic there; valley locals find solace, beauty and the occasional platypus; tourists to the Valley drive or ride to the Upper River area to cross and marvel at one of the few remaining footbridges left in this area and the magnificent river that runs below it. The bridge has been there in one form or another since the early settlement of the Valley. Until the Gerringong Creek Rd concrete bridge was built, it was the only way people could cross the river and get to their homes in times of flood (and indeed still is, when debris and water cover the concrete bridge as it did in the storms of July 2016). There is no safe pedestrian access on the narrow one lane concrete bridge, so removing the footbridge cuts off one of the loveliest walks in the Upper River area. The footbridge sits hand in hand with the community owned and managed Upper Kangaroo River Community Hall and features prominently in the memories and photographs of all those who have attended events there. The bridge is a tourist destination as evidenced by a mountain of supporting evidence on various web sites and publications including guides from NSW NPWS. This footbridge is part of our social and cultural history, and a vital part of the fabric of our present-day community. It must be preserved!