• Environmentally responsible toys
    Our plastics waste must stop, or at least slow down! There seems to be some gaps in the cycle 'reduce, reuse, recycle' particularly in the eyes of the public. Why bother recycling our plastics if we don't know what the end result is? Where does it go, what does it turn into? This helps close that gap. It's very tangible and visual answer to those questions, plus it engages children in the conversation about plastics waste reduction. If the toys can be made in Australia all the better. It's a win, win, win.
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  • Plastic Bags for the environment
    We are all bound and connected to our planet and our community. Unless we all look after what we have, our children will inherit a home destroyed by the short sighted actions of those who came before them. We are all custodians of this beautiful planet, and their is no time like the present to work towards preserving our beautiful countryside and environment. The overall aim is to make plastic bags and packaging a thing of the past. By supporting this initiative we hope to promote a more greener attitude within each community focused on preserving our home for future generations.
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  • AIDS Council of WA needs to update its name
    The WA AIDS Council does encourage positive people to embrace this new reality, that is living with HIV today. Keeping a name and branding which invokes the Grim Reaper which disempowered Positive People as Suffering AIDS Victim. Having the word AIDS in the name of the primary health provider in W.A for positive people is allowing the old stigmatization and discrimination that is associated with AIDS to continue to reinforce tired old stereotypes of who Positive people really are. The term AIDS has long been known to be a barrier for people to seek help and services.
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  • Save Jesmond Bush
    Have you been to George McGregor Park? It’s a verdant refuge for native species nestled amongst the suburbs in Jesmond. The edges of the bush have been slowly encroached upon by suburban development for decades, and what remains is some of Newcastle’s last remaining habitat for impressive and unusual species like the Powerful Owl and the Squirrel Glider, the Black-eyed Susan and Hakea bakerii, all rare and protected. The Jesmond to Rankin Park bypass will be constructed right down the middle of this native habitat by Roads and Maritime Services. The design was recently updated by RMS to better accommodate connectivity for cyclists. What about connectivity for the animals living in Jesmond bush? The current design sees a giant wall of dirt blocking the path and free movement of the fauna in Jesmond bush, impacting their ability to breed, feed and ultimately survive. There are alternatives to the current design that would improve the outlook for wildlife, such as the use of pylons which will in the long run leave less of a clearing footprint and better accommodate the animals inhabiting this beautiful patch of native bush. We the undersigned call on Roads and Maritime Services to improve the design of the Jesmond to Rankin Park bypass to maximise habitat connectivity and ensure local wildlife populations continue to thrive . Sign the petition and let Sonia Hornery, Member for Wallsend know that we value the species living in George McGregor Park and the long-term preservation of local habitat.
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  • Ban NSW buses with automatic access ramps
    The access ramps for these buses never work and are either not serviced or drivers are not trained on how to use them. As a person in a wheelchair that relies on buses for transport, I have often had to wait hours often out in the cold for the next bus in the timetable (sometimes multiple buses) because the ramp doesn’t work.
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  • Save Sydney's Luna Park
    Luna Park is a battle fought and won by the people, almost fifty years ago. The owners of Luna Park have worked hard to make this a viable operation, a venue used for a mixture of events and its bread and butter fun park rides. I grew up with this venue, where a kid from not only, the western suburbs, but visitors from around the world could enjoy our harbour from these rides. The greed of this government and the clandestine nature of its operations makes me think there is a hidden agenda. One which would no doubt include a "sell-off". STOP IT
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  • Get McDonalds to adopt an environmentally conscious policy on packaging
    Your CSR report is 6 years old and you have no available policy on packaging: https://mcdonalds.com.au/learn/responsibility/maccas-and-the-environment Here are some important links for you to see how the industry is evolving. We ask that you upskill your self, your staff and management so that you can become leaders in this field. Food handling & packaging (byo containers ok?) https://www.foodsafety.com.au/laws-requirements/food-sectors/retail Environmentally friendly food packaging http://aipack.com.au/education/master-of-food-and-packaging-innovation/ Now, before you tell me that the packaging is important because it's a branding opportunity, let me remind you that you are one of the most globally recognised brands in the world. Please send out a survey and ask your customers (without leading the question) if they would like to see recycling bins in your stores. https://planetark.org would also love to help you through the details of the transition to a more environmentally friendly packaging process. On behalf of all these people who have signed this petition, and the millions of people in Australia who regularly consume this product, we urge you to look closely and be a leader for your company's future, and our planets'. PLEASE ASSIGN A SENIOR LEADER TO DEVELOPING THIS POLICY & INCENTIVISE THEIR PROGRESS WITH A REWARD.
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  • The Bradfield water redirection Scheme
    Scheme would drought proof most of western QLD & North west NSW. Below are links to all the information I could find about The Bradfield Scheme, a proposed Australian water diversion scheme, To make Western QLD and Northern West NSW Drought free for ever. https://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/3295673/beat-the-drought-build-bradfield/ http://www.fnq.cc/bradfield_scheme_a.html
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  • Protect Families and Children From Gun Violence - Let's give women and children a say!
    Last week two teenagers, Jennifer and Jack Edwards, were shot dead by their father, John Edwards, a 68-year-old Financial Planner. Mr Edwards was able to join St Mary's Indoor Shooting Centre, he then obtained a firearms licence and permit before legally buying two high-powered firearms, which he used to shoot his children. Mr Edwards was estranged from his wife Olga Edwards and custody proceedings had commenced in the Family Court. As the law currently stands, when a person applies for a firearm licence or permit to acquire additional firearms, the spouse of the applicant does not need to be notified or consulted, even when a family law matter has commenced in the courts and there has been previous history of threats and fear. If the law had required police to notify and consult with Olga Edwards before approving Mr Edwards' application for a firearm, then his firearm application could have been denied. Samantha Lee, Director of GCA states, “Current gun laws fail to adequately protect women and children from gun violence because the law requires an AVO to be in place or a charge for a criminal offence before a firearm may be revoked or suspended. By then, it may be too late to save a life.” “What GCA wants to see happen is a more pro-active approach which gives woman and spouses a voice in the gun licence continuation, application or acquisitions process.” Gun Control Australia (GCA) is calling for the implementation of robust new family law firearm safety checks to better protect families from gun violence. The call comes after the recent horrific shooting of two teenagers in West Pennant Hills by their father who legally obtained several firearms including high-powered handguns. Under the current law, police do not have to notify a spouse when their partner or ex-partner applies for a gun licence or a permit to obtain additional firearms. GCA is calling on all State and Territory Attorney General's to support our proposal for family law firearm safety checks.The checks would be compulsory and required to be undertaken once a proceeding has been lodged in the Family Court. The checks would include: (1) Firearm Licence Review, and (2) Spousal notification for all new applications for a firearm licence and permits to acquire a firearm application Firearm Licence Review The Firearm Licence Review (FLR) would require police to check if any party to the family court proceedings has a gun licence and if so, if there is any concern for the safety for the firearm licence holder, their immediate family or the public. The police would have the power to suspend or revoke a licence or not issue a permit. Spousal notification Spousal notification would require police to notify the spouse/ partner who is a party to family law custody proceedings when the other party has a gun licence or has made an application for a firearm licence or an application to obtain a permit to acquire a licence. The notification would then allow the spouse/partner to object to the continuation of the licence or the application on the grounds of concerns for personal safety to himself, herself or others. Full Scale Review We also call for the commonwealth and state parliaments of Australia to initiate a full-scale review of our nation's gun laws, which have been steadily weakened after decades of pressure by an NRA style gun lobby here in Australia. We need your support to change our gun laws to better protect families from gun violence. This petition is endorsed by Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service NSW Inc. Samantha Lee Director Gun Control Australia https://www.guncontrolaustralia.org/
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  • Make big developers compensate small business during construction
    Big developers should be responsible for the community they are moving into and should be made to compensate for the loss of business they cause.
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  • Please bring the 'Living Smart' Course to the Barossa!
    The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board is funding a number of courses to be delivered in partnership with councils and other organisations in 2018. This seven week course is a unique journey that brings people together to learn from and support each other, helping to create networks of like-minded locals. Course topics include: living simply, waste, water, gardening for biodiversity, gardening for food, energy, healthy you, healthy home, transport and community. A skilled facilitator adapts the content of each topic, based on the needs of each group and the expertise within the group. By the end of the course, participants are energised, inspired and ready for the next step, whether that’s small changes in their own home or embarking on a community project.
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  • Ministerial intervention
    An application to sponsor Assiatou Diallo was made by her brother Thierno Diallo to visit Australia for 6 months & assist in caring for her twin niece & nephew. The twins were born in January 2018 & spent 4 weeks in hospital due to their very small size and poor weight gain. They continue to struggle with weight gain & their mother has been suffering with post natal depression. With no other family support available in Australia, they gratefully accepted Assiatou’s offer to assist. However the application for a family visitors visa was promptly refused as it was determined that there was not adequate incentive for Assiatou to return to her country at the end of her stay. It was furthermore determined that having a husband & family remaining in Guinea was not adequate incentive to return. While the decision maker at department of foreign affairs could have requested a bond as surety of Assiatou returning to Guinea, this was not requested. Instead the visa was refused outright and this family of Australian citizens are left without support in caring for 2 vulnerable babies. On the basis of the rationale provided by Department of Foreign Affairs, none of Thierno’s family will ever be able to visit him in Australia.
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