• HELP create sustainable care for Veterans and their families
    Research has shown that Military Veterans have more marital problems, family violence, their partners have higher levels of distress and, their children have more behavioural problems than Veterans without PTSD. Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), between 2001 and 2015, reveal the tragedy of 292 current and ex-defence personnel taking their lives. This highlights the importance of sustainable access to psychological care for this particularly vulnerable group.
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  • Australians Say Yes to the Uluru Statement from the Heart
    Here is a link to find out more https://www.1voiceuluru.org/the-statement/ from the Indigenous Leaders who helped develop the Uluru Statement. "In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future." (Uluru Statement from the Heart -May, 2017) YES we will join you - Australians let's get up and Say Yes to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Let's use our power to bring about change. As identified by Professor Megan Davis (Radio National, 25.05.18), two issues identified in the Uluru Statement from the Heart are child removal and youth detention. These are two significant issues have worsened since the Bringing Them Home Report (1997) and the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report (1991) commissioned by the Keating Government (1991-1996). It's time for concrete results. Recent statistics show that the Gap between quality of life for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian's is getting wider not smaller. Both of these issues are irrevocably connected to the lack of self-determination for Indigenous peoples. Paul Keating ignited great hope with his acknowledgement of injustice towards Indigenous Australian's and enacted legislation to attempt to redress this injustice. However, successive Australian Governments over the last 20 years have undermined this hope for all Australian's and left us all more diminished than we were 25 years ago. Racially biased Government legislation and policies have further undermined Indigenous pride and reenacted and reinforced the powerlessness of First Nations Intergenerational Trauma. Constitutional change and a Makarrata Commission could redress this national disgrace. While this situation continues unabated Australian culture and pride is greatly diminished. As Stan Grant so aptly stated in a speech earlier this year "Racism is killing the Australian Dream". The only way to revitalise the Australian Dream is to deal with our unfinished business. The only way to revitalise the Australian Dream is to acknowledge that Australia was taken by force, to apologise for this forced acquisition and to redress this wrongdoing by enshrining a First Nations Voice in the Constitution. The only way to revitalise this Dream is to enact a Makarrata process that would allow all Australians to understand our history and assist in moving towards genuine reconciliation. "And, as I say, the starting point might be to recognise that the problem starts with us non-Aboriginal Australians. It begins, I think, with that act of recognition. Recognition that it was we who did the dispossessing. We took the traditional lands and smashed the traditional way of life. We brought the diseases. The alcohol. We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practised discrimination and exclusion. It was our ignorance and our prejudice. And our failure to imagine these things being done to us. With some noble exceptions, we failed to make the most basic human response and enter into their hearts and minds. We failed to ask—how would I feel if this were done to me? As a consequence, we failed to see that what we were doing degraded all of us. ... We have to give meaning to‘justice’and‘equity’—and,..., we will only give them meaning when we commit ourselves to achieving concrete results." Redfern Speech: Year of the World’s Indigenous People Delivered in Redfern Park by Prime Minister Paul Keating, 10 December 1992
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  • Call For review of Body Corporate Legislation
    QLD Lot Owners are bound by laws written in the 19 90s designed to make large profits for developers, Real estate agents, and Management Rights Flippers. Queenslanders who own Lots in Body Corporate Arrangements should be offered the same protections as the Lot Owners from other states.
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  • Clean up Denham & Bloomfield Lanes - Creating safe spaces for our children & community
    The Denham and Bloomfield Lanes, as well as Little Bourke Street, in Surry Hills are part of the pathways used each day multiple times by hundreds of parents, primary school children and their younger siblings going to school, or work. The laneways are regularly found to contain; needles and related paraphernalia, rubbish and refuse, unwanted graffiti, excrement from animals and people alike. https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-sydney/crown-street-public-school-students-get-police-protection-from-threat-of-surry-hills-drug-users/news-story/9409358c76976fd389115b3880747f6a We ask that City of Sydney upgrade the space to build a more harmonious and safe space, such as; Stamped asphalt, Speed cushions, Continuous footpath Treatment (CFT), Pedestrian crossings and community artworks. Look at great examples such as Bennett Place and Fanny Place, also Prospect Street, both now the centre for genuine community connection, with the laneways used for community gathering, children's playing, and sharing art and food.
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  • Money needed to stop Australian woman being killed- not to pay for Captain Cook statues
    26 women have been killed by a family member in Australia THIS YEAR. We need to direct our tax paying dollars to this reflect this horrifying fact, not spend money on a statue.....
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  • Boarding House at Beaman Park / 20-22 Wardell Road, Earlwood
    1) The Boarding House is listed with 2 two-story blocks of 17 self-contained single rooms each (total 34 rooms) with balconies. 2) Development is not in keeping with the character of the local Low Density Residential and recreational area due to its scale, dominance, density, location and transient nature of the residents 3) Streetscape and visual amenity: The development is not in keeping with the streetscape or visual amenity of the area. 4) Traffic and Parking: The increased traffic, the insufficient onsite parking for residents and their visitors, together with the cumulative effect of parking and traffic congestion (when added to the current weekend sport, the rugby club, tennis courts and the Imam Husain Islamic Centre) will cause a further escalation of parking, safety and traffic issues for current residents and sport field visitors. 5) Testing revealed the proposed site is contaminated with asbestos, lead, chromium, nickel, copper & zinc - above human health and/or ecological standards. 6) Council should refuse consent as the proposed building height is more than the maximum building height permitted under the environmental planning instrument of Zone R2. 7) The proposed site is in the flood zone and it is possible for contamination of groundwater and the Cooks River if not removed. 8) Development application is 3 lot titles adjacent to Beaman Park facing the sporting fields, cricket training nets and the Cooks River Cycleway. If you wish to comment or a make a submission on the application, you must write to Canterbury Bankstown Council, 137 Beamish Street, Campsie NSW 2194. Council Planning Contact is Alice Pettini for any enquiries on 97899350. Quote DA-137/2018
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  • Plastics MUST be reduced and recycled in Australia NOW!
    The amount of plastic that goes into landfill or directly into the environment, including soils and oceans is catastrophically high. People do not understand that this is an enormous crisis which requires much more leadership in this country. Other countries are way ahead of us and we could learn so much from them!
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  • Byron Shire needs an Agricultural Officer.
    The agribusiness sector in the Byron Shire needs to be recognised as a valuable industry for the region. Byron Shire Council are in their budgetary review phase so now is a critical time to highlight to the elected Councillors the importance of having an Agriculture Officer appointed to better represent the needs and concerns of the farming and agribusiness sector. Some of the key requirements of the appointed Agriculture Officer would be to assist farmers and landholders to : Understand the complexities of the planning rules and regulations. Ensure the ongoing protection of prime agricultural land. Minimise land use conflicts between agriculture and other land uses. Increase utilisation of prime agricultural land for agricultural purposes. Provide access to information and opportunities for new/young farmers Work with industry to attract research and development funding and investment to enhance productivity and scope for employment growth. Ensure strategic planning is made to develop and enhance the local agribusiness sector and. Act as an effective communications conduit between the agricultural sector and different departments within council that may impact, regulate or be responsible for policies and processes that relate to aspects of agriculture or agribusiness.
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  • End Australia's Recycling Crisis - Sign & Share!
    Now is the time for Aussies to contact our politicians and tell them that we are very concerned about the fact that since 1 January, China has refused to take our recyclable waste - this accounts for 30% of Australia’s recyclables. The Aussie government has not put in the recycling infrastructure to support waste processing on-shore but now we are at a crisis. Recyclable waste is being stockpiled in warehouses. Little media and press is covering this story. Australian's love recycling, and are deeply concerned about the impact this waste will have on our environment and communities. We want to make the most of it, and create new jobs and ways of recycling, here in Australia. For a united voice to be heard, we need every Australian to sign and share this petition, and contact your local politicians.
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  • 5G roll out in Australia
    Thorough and independent testing of 5G technology is crucial before this technology is rolled out in Australia. Current safety limits are insufficient. Apart from the genuine threat of it being carcinogenic, there are numerous health ailments suspected to be caused by exposure to radiation emitted by 5G transmitters. Health is more important than having a faster Internet. Please support this petition if you care.
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  • Ban the Bottle
    The UN announced we have a planetary crisis due to plastics. Single use plastics including bottles, are wasteful, polluting and lethal to marine life. Oil and energy are used in the manufacture of plastic drink bottles. Recycling them takes more energy. Now that China has stopped taking our waste in 2018, waste management contractors have reported that the bottles are piling up by the millions per day and are a fire hazard. There have already been serious fires in Victoria of large piles of plastic bottles and legal action by people in surrounding areas resulting in financial loss and health risks. Neither do we have the space in landfill to bury them and that's also not a sustainable solution. We MUST stop the problem at its source. People can bring reusable drink bottles to fill at refilling stations. To keep up to date with some in the world who are banning plastic bottled water see https://www.banthebottle.net/map-of-campaigns/
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  • Save The Basement - Iconic Sydney Music Venue
    The Basement is a historic and iconic Sydney Music Venue. Over its 42 years, thousands of local and international acts have performed at The Basement to generations of Australian Music Lovers. The Basement currently supports performances by many Sydney Musicians and touring international acts, it is an intimate inner city venue near Circular Quay, with fantastic sound and stage, great meals and wonderful staff. Many of Sydney's independent music venues are currently under pressure from, or have already been closed by, over zealous licensing police, council rangers and impossible fines. The once thriving Sydney live music scene has been crushed by lockout laws placing of residential developments too close to existing entertainment venues. Being one of the jewels in the crown of indie venues in Sydney, the Basement should remain open under fair terms. Please petition the AMP Chairman, Catherine Brenner to save the Basement rather than bringing on its closure. PLEASE SHARE THIS PETITION WITH AS MANY FRIENDS AS POSSIBLE !!!
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