• NO MidCoast Council MOVE TO MASTERS
    * The Centralisation to the Masters warehouse will exceed $40m - representing generational debt over 20yrs. * The community has not been reasonable consulted or engaged. * The community does not see an ‘ivory tower’ for Council as an infrastructure priority.
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  • Mothers work
    The economic disadvantage women face through child bearing and rearing is so engrained in our society that we accept it as the status quo. However Australia has one of the lowest number of paid maternity leave weeks ( and it is also conditional) . Instead of labelling this payment as “welfare” or “government handouts” let’s start a paradigm shift and look at it for what it really is; A redistribution of wealth for human capital, in support of women (and men) in a time of their lives when they need it most. It seems a strange but accepted throw back to the 1960’s that if you choose to raise your own children you become the economic responsibility of your significant other ( statistically speaking in a heterosexual relationship this is the man / husband). This lack of financial independence is not only distressing and oppressive, it affects all areas of life including negatively impacting maternal mental health, increasing stress on the relationship ( during an already stressful time ) and ultimately can affect the health and well being of the entire family unit. Lack of financial independence is also contributing factor to women experiencing domestic violence & their inability to escape their circumstances. If we were able to provide women with a level of financial support during the first year of their child’s life, we would not only be supporting the woman and child but be investing in a healthier, fairer more just society. For what mothers add to society in terms of a loving, nurturing and peaceful upbringing has far more value and unseen ripple effect then any economic system could ever be able to accurately measure or quantify.
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  • Free West Papua
    Since Australia voted in 1962 to occupy West New Guinea with United Nations forces, in violation of our Commonwealth & international legal obligations hundreds of thousands of our Papuan neighbours have purportedly been wrongfully killed by the UN appointed administrators while untold $billions have been looted from their homelands. I believe the looting since 1962 of the United Nations occupied territory has created and is contributing to a reckless shift of wealth and authority from the Pacific to South East Asia which has introduced numerous biological problems and social handicaps to the Pacific which should be mitigated without further delay.
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  • Bring them HERE!!!
    The arbitrary indefinite detention of asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru is unfair and un-Australian. We are sick and tired of this policy and want these people brought to Australia to be assimilated within our society like any other migrant. We are all migrants or descendants of migrants; let's give these people a FAIR GO.
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  • Stop the cultural genocide of Macedonia and Macedonians
    The unethical political elites in the UN, USA, NATO, the EU and Australia are imposing an illegal, anti-constitutional, unsustainable and dangerous Prespa Agreement on the Republic of Macedonia. It seeks to force Macedonia to change its name, language, identity and culture in order to possibly become a third class member of the undemocratic and dysfunctional NATO and the EU. This has created a new political crisis which can destroy the Republic of Macedonia and make it subservient to the Hellenic Republic which does not even recognise the Macedonian people, identity or their culture. The Prespa Agreement was rejected by over 61% of eligible voters in Macedonia on 30 Sept. 2018 and is legally null and void. Over 137 countries have recognized the Republic of Macedonia under its Constitutional name. Despite this, the arrogant denialists at the UN, USA, NATO and the EU are using a puppet government in Macedonia to deliver their nasty agreement. We, the Macedonians, are the traditional indigenous owners of the land and civilisation known from Biblical times as Macedonia. We categorically reject foreign interference in Macedonia’s democracy. We do not consent to the signing and implementation of the so called Prespa Agreement through bullying, blackmail and bribes in the Macedonian Parliament and against the democratic wishes of the Macedonians. We do no accept the Prespa Agreement to take away our name, identity, language and culture. We will not accept their blackmail and their offer for us to commit cultural genocide. We will protect and defend the Republic of Macedonia and our connection to it. We call upon all good citizens in the world including Australia, USA, Canada, Europe and the Indo-Pacific to help protect the sovereign Macedonian state, people and culture from cultural genocide in the making.
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  • Royal Commission into Mental Health must not include McGorry
    Deaths and maiming through forced and coerced Mental Health treatments must be counted, and the horror of these legislated abuses fully exposed to the Australian people: 1. If someone dies of a cardiac arrest after years of being forced on a neuroleptic, then the death must be marked up as a cardiac arrest potentially caused by the neuroleptic forced. And so forth, for every death – including suicide potentially induced by forced – coerced psychiatric drugs. 2. We want the maiming of our bodies to be counted. So for every person that attempts suicide due to the horrible effects of neuroleptics or other psychiatric drugs and procedures and injures themselves, everyone who gets a cardio condition, an allergy, diabetes… all the things listed on the drug’s website, that these psychiatric drugs that are forced on people are known to cause. 3. We want a count of how many people were put on forced orders in a year. 4. We want a count of how many people were utilised as data in human research as ‘emergency research’ without their knowledge, and through coercive means, due to the Mental Health legislation in Victoria. 5. We want to know how many people were threatened with forced psychiatry, if they did not undergo another kind of medical procedure, or treatment. 6. We want to know how many people were broken under torture of isolation, arbitrary detention, high dose drugs, mechanical holds, and other procedures, into obedience with the treating psychiatrist, and how many were verbally told, that they need to agree to treatment, and agree to the psychiatric label given if they are to be let free from arbitrary detention or mechanical ties, or have the dose of the drug lowered. 7. We want to know how many people have been suffering an emergency medical condition, that was ignored, and turned into a Mental Health issue. How many of those people have been maimed or killed due to not being listened to, and denied the access to assistance they need, and having their condition worsened by toxic psychiatric drugs, and damaging procedures, as well as the dehumanisation of forced psychiatry. 8. We want to know how many people were trying to speak out against the effects of electrical pollution, that were subjected to forced psychiatry. 9. We want to know how many people were attempting to speak out against chemicals in their environment or food, that were subjected to forced psychiatry. 10. We want to know how many people were attempting to speak out against organised crime, when they were subjected to forced psychiatry. 11. We want to know how many people were attempting to speak out against violence that they experienced, or were currently experiencing, and attempting to do so got them subjected to forced psychiatry. 12. How many compulsory patients were physically assaulted in a psychiatric ward, and how often. 13. How many people subjected to mental health treatments were subjected to lewd comments, racism, sexism, or had their spiritual, cultural, or individual beliefs vilified by staff members. 14. How many people subjected to forced psychiatry would consider themselves to be socially disenfranchised, financially disenfranchised, an oppressed people, and considered their diagnosis by psychiatrists to be discriminatory.
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  • Support Women’s Studies at Flinders University
    The unique qualities that Flinders University can demonstrate stem from our history as an institution with a focus on social justice. This focus is at the core of our local and global reputation and this reputation must be protected and maintained as we move forward into the future. The strength of institutions is in its people and Flinders University is recognised for its forward thinking, world leading, change making academics and students. Flinders University has been undergoing major changes as part of an ongoing restructure. The next phase is an academic restructure that is proposed to reconfigure teaching and research positions and will consequently change the shape of many disciplines at Flinders University, including Women’s Studies. Since Women’s Studies was established, more than 30 years ago, it has pioneered intersectional feminist research that has produced innovative work across gender, class, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and global location. This work has filtered through to local and international governments through the community service and consultancy work that the dedicated staff take on. This discipline is an incredible example of academic work that impacts far beyond the classroom. Women’s Studies consists of three core staff who are recognised internationally and well respected for their research, teaching, and service to Women’s and Gender Studies. The proposed changes to Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences would downgrade the capacity of the hard-working Women’s Studies discipline by removing 2 of the 3 existing positions and adding one less experienced staff member. We do not believe that this change is a viable model for supporting Women’s Studies to flourish into the future. We ask leadership at Flinders University to rethink changes to Women’s Studies and develop an alternative plan that supports this trail-blazing program to grow into the future. Women’s Studies sends graduates into every corner of the workforce and these graduates represent Flinders University all over the globe. We stand with Women’s Studies and reject any proposal to diminish this essential discipline. -Flinders WMST Collective, a group of students and alumnus of Women’s Studies at Flinders University
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  • Save historic Frontier Wars site Ravensworth Estate from becoming a coal mine
    A historical Frontier War site of Aboriginal resistance is set to be completely destroyed to make way for an open cut coal mine. Ravensworth Estate in the Upper Hunter a site of Aboriginal resistance and the massacre of Aboriginal people is in the way of an open cut coal mine expansion, so mining company Glencore propose to simply destroy it. The landscape surrounding Ravensworth is a recognised place of cultural significance for Aboriginal people. Mining companies have a long and sordid history of ignoring Aboriginal cultural and land rights, to allow them to destroy a Frontier Wars is unthinkable. Help us preserve this historical site and be part of the growing movement to recognise the reality of colonisation and commemorate resistance by Aboriginal people.
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  • International Dark Sky Park Accreditation for Bunya Mountains
    The world is quickly losing its dark skies due to light pollution. Light pollution doubled globally between 1992 and 2012. Bunya Mountains has unique fauna including fire beetles and powerful owls that need dark skies for their survival with Australia's vulnerable nocturnal fauna being at threat of extinction given the impacts of climate change.
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  • Ticket Scalping Laws
    Music lovers, festival goers and art fans of many genres all miss out on, or pay too much for, tickets to events due to scalping. The resale of event tickets on sites such as Viagogo are eroding fair access to events. Artists are also being exploited by scalpers who benefit from creating scarcity and inflating prices which put what would usually be affordable tickets beyond the reach of ordinary Australians
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  • Utilize this government-owned land for disabled housing
    This would aid those who are on the Very High Needs waitlist for public housing, and may also need ongoing medical treatment at the nearby public Gold Coast University Hospital; also within short reach of two tram stations.
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  • Say NO to Academic Restructuring at Flinders University
    What is presently happening in universities, not just at Flinders University but elsewhere, will have – and is having – serious social impacts. Put simply: • Troubled by decades of inequitable Federal funding cuts, universities, like Flinders, are transforming into businesses; • This changes the way we think about public education: from a vehicle for public good (i.e. to be invested in jointly by the state and commonwealth for collective good, and accessible to the broader community), to a commodity (paid for by individuals for private benefit); • These same governments are increasing support for the banks, the wealthy, the military and big corporations, while university managers are diverting much of the funds they do have, to upper management salaries and marketing campaigns while starving administrative support and teaching in many parts of the university; • Together, this impacts education and teaching. For example, within this ‘business’ formulation, academic subjects are considered valuable to the extent that they hold exchange value on the market. The hard sciences, for instance, are typically more valued by university managers for their amenability to industry partnerships and patents; • Subjects less amenable to outside funding; i.e., the humanities, social sciences, education, social work, arts, racial and ethnic or other minority studies, are increasingly devalued and are most at risk because they question power; • The latter fields are those where social inequalities have historically been most vigorously addressed (i.e. poverty, racism, gender inequalities). These are areas where students learn to think critically and care deeply about social equity. They are also areas where women academics are most highly concentrated, and these areas are current targets of the greatest and most casualised workforce; • Within this formulation, learning areas with highest market value (the ones that make the most money) are thus increasingly tied to outside corporate interests and funding, which in other parts of the world where this model has been applied, have given rise to ethical issues concerning ethics of research; • Rather than develop critical, social-democratic thinkers with social and political consciousness, with the shift from ‘public education’ to ‘private investment’, universities are destined to develop future generations of workers who are technically trained, yet self-interested, and our societies will be impoverished as a consequence. Universities have never been perfect institutions, but those like Flinders have had a proud record of making social equity a core part of their rationale. Current moves in higher education are deepening existing social inequalities, they are creating a precarious workforce that hurts minority groups the most, and they are positioning students-as-consumers who, if trends overseas are to be observed, will soon be subject to steeper tuition costs, making education an impossibility for many future students. Save our public universities, save our societies.
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