• 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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  • NAB and CEO Andrew Thorburn - Return This Pensioner his Money
    Ordinary Australians deserve to have trust in the banks and their lifelong savings protected. Do the right thing and have a moral conscience National Australia Bank
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  • Simply vote to raise much needed funds for struggling youth charity
    $10 k is a significant amount of money we can use to provide direct support to the young people we work with. THANK YOU for considering
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  • Guys, it's time we made a pledge against sexual harassment violence and rape.
    Safety in our society is an issue that affects us all. Yet almost all instances of sexual harassment, violence and rape are committed by men. Recent events in Australia have highlighted a huge culture of ignorance surrounding this issue and the only way to break down these barriers is to bring everyone in on the conversation. Regardless of whether you or anyone you know is a perpetrator, the responsibility is on all of us to speak out about it, call out anyone who acts inappropriately and help build a safer community. The first step is to make yourself aware that there IS a problem. The next... join the conversation and educate yourself about the issues and causes. How does a petition help? It helps us see beyond our own networks. It brings better perspective about the awareness of the issues, and helps others to understand how important this is to the broader community. By signing, you agree there is a severe, deeply ingrained issue in our culture. That you are willing to make yourself aware of the causes and to do your best to remedy the situation every day. A personal pledge to do better, to reflect upon your behaviour and the behaviour of those around you. SIGN, then please share it around...!!! There are people around you who don't know how to get involved... Who are scared to speak out due to lack of understanding, but want to understand and would love to show their support. Educate yourself...! http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/fiona-mccormack-preventing-violence-against-women-in-australia/6552078 https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/ http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/prevention https://www.theline.org.au/what-about-men http://mavaw.org/10-things-men-can-do-to-prevent-gender-violence/ https://www.ourwatch.org.au/Preventing-Violence/Men https://mrperfect.org.au/
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  • Shutdown neo-Nazi clubhouse at 9/158 Chesterville Road, Cheltenham, Melbourne
    The Lads Society are at Unit 9/158 Chesterville Road, Cheltenham near the Waves leisure centre and their commercial warehouse is leased on their behalf by Mr Thomas Sewell through Nixon Industries. The Lad’s Society is a clubhouse, training facility, recruitment centre and safe space for neo-nazis and others on the far-right. The Lad’s Society poses itself as ‘...an organisation consisting of young, Australian men, committed to restoring the elements of our nation, starting at the individual, and community levels’, and offers a gym, a place to drink and meet people. Concerningly, because of the way they’ve structured themselves as a kind of ‘men’s club’ with a nationalist bent, insecure and otherwise unaligned young men in the neighbourhood could be at particular risk of being radicalised toward Nazi politics in this space. As well, these men operating out of Cheltenham is an immediate danger to the multicultural neighbourhood, due to their violent histories and politics, and the fact they gather on Fridays from 5PM, drink, lift weights and fight each other until late in the evening. To say these men are nazis is not an exaggeration. One of the founders of The Lad’s Society is Blair Cottrell, who has been documented suggesting pictures of Hitler should be hung in every classroom, and Mein Kampf should be handed out to every student every year (evidence of his ideas are readily available by google search). He has also been convicted and served time for stalking and burning down an ex-partner’s house. He is the founder of United Patriots Front, a group he was the chairman of that involved other found members of The Lad’s Society, including Thomas Sewell, pictured below with Blair Cottrell celebrating Hitler’s birthday and flashing the ‘white power’ hand gesture. There are also active associations within The Lad’s Society with an explicitly Nazi group called ‘Antipodean Resistance’, who Stuart Von Moger (pictured above) is affiliated with. This group is known to recruit as a resurgence of Germany’s ‘Hitler Youth’. They’ve attacked international students, jews and the LGBTQIA+ community on university campuses and abroad with extremely racist propaganda and can be seen unfurling banners with swastikas on them from overpasses.
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  • Fair choice for families on religion and ethics
    A change to the enrolment form is the best way to provide families with all options upfront and to respect the right of families to choose what's best for their children. It's imperative that no more children be swept up in the current system that disadvantages children from non-religious backgrounds or minority religious groups.
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  • 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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