State Government policies are destroying TAFE in SA. The short-sighted policy of making public Vocational Education and Training (VET) funding fully contestable means nothing more than taxpayers money going into the pockets of sometimes unscrupulous profit driven private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), with disastrous effects for students, employers and our economy. All South Australians own our public TAFE system. Already, over $70 million of your money is going to private for-profit RTOs while TAFE SA campuses and courses are closing, denying students access to the high quality vocational education they need for the jobs of the future. Fully contestable funding is nothing more than the ideologically driven privatisation of VET and a race to the bottom. Federally, Bill Shorten's Labor Party is backing TAFE by guaranteeing government funding, recognising the need to reverse the damage being done. It's time for South Australian politicians to do the same!
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  • The Australian Parliament House should be alcohol free
    The Parliament is a workplace, arguably, the most important one in the country. Community standards, as often stated in the Parliament, do not accept alcohol and drugs in the workplace. It is not in the interest of the health of the Parliamentarians and their staff, nor is it conducive to good decision making and responsible behaviour. The Parliament should be exemplary in this regard. This is not a political issue and should be treated in a bipartisan manner.
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  • Urging the Federal government to sign the treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons.
    More than 120 nations adopted the first international treaty banning nuclear weapons on Friday July 7, 2017 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Unfortunately the Australian Federal government have refused to take part in these historical negotiations for this treaty. The agreement is a very clear statement that the international community wants to move to a nuclear weapons-free world. As we commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the horrific nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we are urging the Federal government to join and ratify the treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons once and for all.
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  • Ask Tony Abbott to represent the views of Warringah in the Marriage Law Postal Survey.
    Polls clearly show that the vast majority of people in Warringah agree that same sex couples should have the right to marry, just as everybody else does. We want same sex couples to have equal rights. We want our local member to represent our views, not his ideology, as that is his job! Tony Abbott is a backbencher, and as such, it is his job to represent the people who live in Warringah, not to use his position as a platform to promote views that the majority of people in Warringah do not hold.
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  • Commit funding to resolve Belgrave's parking issues
    Belgrave is the ECONOMIC HEART of the Dandenong Ranges; a town which plays home to many much needed services including Centrelink, the local library, a local cinema, the soon to open Belgrave Community Hub as well as many small businesses and Victoria's premier tourist destination; Puffing Billy. Belgrave township is also located at the END OF THE 'Belgrave' Metro LINE. A consequence of this being that residents from across the Dandenong Ranges, from as far afield as Monbulk, Emerald and Olinda, use Belgrave as a day parking facility whilst commuting to the city. However, as Belgrave commuter numbers has significantly increased - allocated train station parking is at full capacity. Commuters are then forced to park in 'all day' street parking areas - leaving no available parking for customers of the established businesses in Belgrave. Furthermore, Belgrave's parking challenges are being seriously stretched by day visitors to PUFFING BILLY. With significant funding committed by the State Government to develop this local asset, Puffing Billy visitor numbers are expected to increase three fold from 260,000 p.a in 2012 to 484,000 in 2017 and an anticipated 700,000 visitors by 2022. Yet no consideration has been given as to how Belgrave may accommodate this significant increase of visitor numbers and the further pressure placed on on already overstretched parking. The ultimate impact of this lack of parking is that many residents of the Dandenong Ranges ARE UNABLE TO TO VISIT OR SUPPORT THE BUSINESSES OF BELGRAVE. We urge the State Government to urgently commit funding to address this issue by moving the current train station further along the line (behind the Cameo Cinema) thereby freeing up large sections of land for additional parking. In addition, the building of a multi layered carpark upon this land would alleviate this serious problem catering for the growth in Metro commuters and Puffing Billy visitors whilst leaving parking for the customers of Belgrave businesses.
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  • Don't widen Wynnum Road at East Brisbane
    Because it is a lot of money to achieve nothing. Poor transport planning of outer suburbs and lack of world class infrastructure leads to ineffective temporary fixes being applied and this one must be stopped. It affects many people in the suburb and tears a community apart. It won't solve the problem for commuters.
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  • Stop The Light Rail Project
    We believe cancelling the light rail project will: Save 200 trees (some, 150 year old). Save endangered wildlife in the trees. Save Aboriginal Artefacts. Save Shade for Sydney People. Save 37 million Customers that will be lost to Sydney per year. Save Sydney Businesses. Save NSW $3 billion by having Electric Buses.
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    We are being lied to by the meat and dairy industry. Fact. Just like what the immoral Monsanto has done to seed diversity and the food foundation for the globe, the meat and dairy industry and governments, particularly in the USA, have infiltrated health boards and lied to the populations around the world in the name of economic growth. - it's time to stand up for our health rather than corporate wealth! - it is a form of child abuse. - it is lies and is poisoning all of us. We are a sick, unhealthy society. - we have been tricked into eating like mankind has never eaten before. It is "black and white" (the scientific facts stand for themselves) but these bodies, backed by big $ and lawyers and lobbyists cunningly have learned from the tobacco industry's defeat and created "a shade of grey" to confuse society, hiding resultant heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, etc. let alone a massive public health bill. Please do your own research. We need to eat foods based on a Starch diet. (see John McDougall's presentation) But that's just the start, not to mention: - it's trashing the globe and a major contributor to global warming. - mass farming of animals is so cruel. In the USA today they kill 100 million animals per hour. It's immoral; such mass cruelty. There is no money in food nutrition as a form of medicine. It is about the corporate profits of the meat and dairy industries and the big pharmaceutical companies joining in on the gravy train. Oh yes, we will be told ...the jobs...jobs and oh yes, the nanny state argument. Big food corporations don’t play by moral rules. They deceive and they lie. They don't give a damn about our health. What about our health and the cost of healthcare? It's the animal foods. It's not the exercise, although that is useful. It is the animal foods. It's not the sugar that is the main problem, as bad as that is. (see Dr. Barnard's presentation) It's the meat and dairy industries which are by far the major contributors to our massive health problems. It's time to fight back and as a nation, get our health back. It's the animal foods. I encourage you to undertake your own research for your health, our children's health and for the nation's health. It is not easy to make the change and it's not your fault! It is NOT your fault. (see Dr. Lisle's presentation on The Pleasure Trap.) Last week at the airport I witnessed a family load up on a meal from McDonald's, an added purchase of large soft drinks and 6 Krispy Creme donuts (2 x 3 pack) for the 2 boys. Their two teenage boys were obese, their skin was covered with acne from these type of foods and by the time these boys will be 20 they will have suffered serious heart disease, obesity diabetes, etc. and the quality of their lives has been hijacked by corporate greed. However, the elephant in the room is the Recommended Diet. A so-called balanced Western diet will do the same to you by the age of 50-60 and is the major cause of unnecessary and prolonged suffering, a huge public health bill and premature death. After doing your own research you will learn there is no such thing as a safe balanced western diet that includes meat and dairy. Make the dairy and meat industries tell the truth! I have less of an issue, given the level of awareness now of the health issues and mandated appropriate branding on cigarette packets, if one chooses to smoke cigarettes. But the same needs to be done for meat and dairy products. The health benefit claims are false. They are cancer and heart disease-promoting products. Make these companies market the truth on their products. Just tell the truth. Eliminating cheese from one's diet will have enormous health benefits. Cheese, you will see in Dr. Barnard's presentation, is the single major contributor to obesity around the world. Dairy products weaken your bones and promote cancer. (see Dr. T Colin Campbell presentation) Just tell the truth! Label the foods truthfully. I ask you please sign and share my petition to increase the education so our nation at least knows the truth. This will be a major step forward. Thank you Mark Preece +61 (0) 401 775 999
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  • hands up for democracy
    HANDS UP FOR DEMOCRACY From a very early age I have been interested in justice, democracy, helping others and fair play for all. As a child I saw inequalities when some poor child was abused or bullied, and I think this was my grounding for my empathy for my fellow man and the politics that would deliver a humane answer to issues. As a young adult I joined a political party in the hope of making a difference, but as a married woman became disillusioned with policies that affected the family income. Now I am also discovering that policies damage our environment as well as harm our workers. I discover that the rich have the ears of the politicians and feel no concern when they rape our country, harm our environment and damage our precious icon The Great Barrier reef. Terrorism and the refugee issues are not adequately addressed. Our returned soldiers are left on the streets. Workers are losing their standards of living, their wages are being reduced while the cost of living is increasing. It is time. It is time for the Aussie Voter to stand up and be counted. It is time for the Aussie Voter to claim his Right and his Heritage. The People are Sovereign. We need to re-assert our rights to govern. We need to do this before the multinationals gain too much power through our politicians. We no longer have Democracy when the politicians listen to the few over the majority. The few are the multinationals who are not Australians and do not have a company in Australia. They are foreigners and yet they have the ear or our politicians. Why? Our desire is to bring Democracy back into politics and the Parliament; to have a government that will be concerned with, and connect with, the interests of the voters. We envisage a Parliament with greater diversity, not aligned to a single ideology, and more Democratic in their pursuit and application of governance. Scientists and environmentalists as well as the Voters are screaming bout climate change and the damage to the Great Barrier Reef, but our politicians are not hearing us. We aim for a more Direct form of Democracy that will give all people access to governance and the opportunity to be heard, in a just, fair and democratic way; to restore the rights of the Voter, to bring Democracy to all, and to have our wonderful Nation governed according to the will of the Aussie Voter who lives, breathes and works in our beautiful country. Switzerland has managed to do this for over 130 years and has a very stable economy - there is no reason why we cannot do the same. Switzerland has four referendums per year, I propose that we have two. At each referendum we can introduce laws that can be voted on by our people, and the majority will pass or reject each proposal. This is a much fairer method of voting and a better form of Democracy. Enough signatures on this petition will make this a plebiscite referendum, something our Parliament cannot ignore. Will you join us for a better future for all Aussies now, and for our future generations, our children and grandchildren and their grandchildren. This is our gift to all the future generations of Australian Citizens.
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  • Politicians, donate your raise
    On July 1, 226 Federal MPs and Senators received a pay rise and a tax cut – including me. I didn’t want it. But because it’s set by an independent tribunal, I can't reject it. None of us can. All we can do is decide what to do with it. We’re paid well for the job we do. The annual salary of an Opposition backbencher is more than 98 per cent of Australians make in a year. We can’t really claim that we need an extra $5,000 or more. But there are plenty of people in our local communities who do. There are pensioners who are shivering in their homes because they’re worried about being able to pay their electricity bill. There are students who can’t pay for their textbooks. There are parents who aren’t opening their mail because they know what’s inside is a Final Notice. I know what that feels like. I’ve met them. I’ve been there too. They're why I don’t think the best way to spend this money is by giving it to a bunch of overpaid MPs and Senators. The value of my raise and my tax cut was about $4,600. I decided to donate it to my local Make-A-Wish Foundation. It’s going to help sick children in my local community, to help make their dreams come true. I chose to donate my raise. I’m calling on all Federal MPs and Senators to do the same. And you can help me, by asking your local representative if they think there’s no better way to spend that $5,000 than on themselves. Senator Jacqui Lambie Independent Senator for Tasmania
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  • Stop Land Clearing That Will Wipe Out Koalas
    Koala populations are already struggling in certain parts of Queensland such as Dalby. Habitat is critical to the survival of the koala and up to 80% of koalas who lose their habitat are likely to be wiped out. The proposed destruction of koala habitat is for new coal seam gas wells on Queensland's Western Downs. Coal seam gas mining is a threat to farmlands and water resources not to mention the public health risks which have not yet been properly assessed. Potential harm could include an increased risk of cancer. What else can we do? Write to minister Hon Jackie Trad deputy.premier@ministerial.qld.gov.au Write to the Premier of Queensland Hon Anna Palaszczuk https://www.thepremier.qld.gov.au/tools/contact.aspx Join the Animal Justice Party Queensland https://animaljusticeparty.org/join/ Donate to the Australian Koala Foundation https://www.savethekoala.com/
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  • Ban apartment smoking (ACT)
    The harmful health effects of second hand smoke are well documented. In addition to these health effects the nuisance of having second hand smoke infiltrate your apartment, your furnishings, and your clothes is unacceptable. Residents are living in apartments with their doors and windows closed 24/7 to avoid smoke drift entering their apartment. This is not a healthy lifestyle.
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