• Investigate human rights breaches in Australian onshore immigration detention
    In any situation where people are deprived of their liberty, they become particularly vulnerable to violations of their human rights. In December 2017 the Australian government ratified what is known as the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). This measure should in effect increase the transparency of institutions and facilities such as immigration detention centres, juvenile detention facilities and prisons with respect of their compliance with human rights law. THE PROBLEM: There is a systemic culture of human rights abuse existent in the present administration of the onshore immigration detention regime by the Department of Immigration & Border Protection which substantially and consistently contravenes rights and protections outlined in International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) articles including: ICCPR Article 9(1): “Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedure as are established at law.” ICCPR Article 17: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence.” ICCPR Article 23: “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.” RIGHTS BREACHES ARISING FROM DETENTION INCLUDE: Immigration detention, unlike a custodial sentence is indeterminate in length and typically sees a detainee being held for periods of at least 9 months on average. Many have remained in detention for years awaiting finalization of their cases. The number of detainees suffering mental and emotional problems as a direct result of their detention is unacceptably high, and these health concerns extend to include many distraught family members. Detainees are routinely moved from centre to centre with no prior warning to the detainee or his/her family. Detainees are estranged from their families as a result of routine relocations to detention centres inaccessible to family members - this includes remote Christmas Island. Detainees so affected have little opportunity for personal contact with family members, many of whom are Australian citizens with lawful rights of protection from the Australian government and its authorities. Many detainees have provided information to DIBP showing evidence warranting their location in close proximity to family members for reasons of health, welfare and compassionate considerations. These legitimate pleas are routinely ignored by DIBP who cite administrative grounds necessitating the placement of detainees in remote detention centres. Visas of long-term permanent residents have been cancelled in numbers not seen since World War 2. Many have significant ties to Australia and have homes and jobs here. They are denied the right to apply for temporary visas and support themselves financially whilst awaiting outcome on their substantive visa. Instead they are detained indefinitely at substantial taxpayer expense. CONCLUSION This is by no means an exhaustive list of concerns; however it should be enough to demonstrate a grave systemic problem with the administration of the detention regime which has spawned a culture of broadly based contravention of human rights and dignity. These concerns have been known to both the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Australian Human Rights Commission, who have challenged the Department of Immigration & Border Protection on numerous occasions without success. ACTION: The government claims it is committed to preventing mistreatment and human rights abuses in detention centres. Please sign and share our petition and help us to hold them to that stated commitment. End this injustice once and for all.
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  • No more cover ups: Rolf Harris mural must go
    We consider the decision to only cover up this mural an inadequate response to survivors of sexual abuse, particularly in light of the recent cases against Harvey Weinstein and Don Burke that have demonstrated victims will no longer be silenced by the fame or creative talent of the perpetrator. We believe for the WCC to continue to cover up this mural is also at odds with its commendable support for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (#16Days), the White Ribbon campaign and the recent adoption of its Child Safe policy. To erase this mural by a convicted sex offender sends a strong message that Warrnambool will not tolerate sexual abuse – by anybody.
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  • EGP (Equal Gender pay)
    There are several reasons why there should be no pay gap: > There is no proof that being a mother, makes a woman less productive on the job. > It is a basic human right to be treated fairly! > Equal Work, Unequal Pay... NOT FAIR!!! > Women deserves equal pay as they work as hard as men.
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  • Sugar Tax
    A healthy lifestyle will make sure you have a long and bright future!
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  • She Chooses
    There are plenty of points on why abortion is important like, - Women have a moral right to decide what to do with their bodies. - The right to abortion is vital for gender equality - The right to abortion is vital for individual women to achieve their full potential. - Banning abortion puts women at risk by forcing them to use illegal abortionists. - The right to abortion should be part of a portfolio of pregnancy rights that enables women to make a truly free choice whether to end a pregnancy.
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  • Shut down Manus island
    This is important as people fleeing from war torn countries want to start a new life free from war and extreme poverty yet we put them in prison for it, even though they committed no crime!
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  • Make Commercial Whaling Illegal
    Killing whales for food has occurred in some cultures for thousands of years, but commercial whaling is quickly devastating the world's whale populations. Commercial whaling involves hunting down these majestic creatures and turning them into barrels of oil for profit. Whales are essential for healthy oceans - they play an important role in the food web and help the oceans deal with the impacts of climate change. Japan is one of the world's biggest whalers. Although they say the slaughter happens for "research", the same research can now be conducted without killing the animals. Most whale populations have decreased by 90% in the last 200 years. If we don't act now to ban commercial whaling, our grandchildren may only see the beauty of whales in museums.
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  • Illegal for tech companies from selling personal data to advertisment companies
    Tech companies are giving your digital information away without your consent to the world and it is legal. It is an invasion of privacy and this is the only way to stop it.
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  • Equal Marriage for Equal Love
    Equal Marriage means every relationship is equal and has the same value. LGBT+ Australians and their family members and friends just want the same recognition and value for life long committed relationships. If you sign this petition you are helping Australians all over the country to gain the recognition and equality they want and need. And equality is a necessity for a well functioning society.
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  • Ban Ben Stokes from coming to Australia
    In 1882 a small group of men from the Colony left for the Motherland and did what no one thought was possible; beat England at their own game, on their home soil. We must do everything in our power to honour this 135 years of history to regain and rightfully hold on to that most holy Urn. The Ashes. Oh and to stop further bloodshed and uninvited guests to our beautiful shores.
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  • Build a Welcoming Community Through Friendship.
    To permanently change policies towards people seeking asylum we need to change votes so that politicians are always motivated to have much more compassionate policies towards people seeking asylum. To change votes we need to create personally meaningful relationships, where all voters become emotionally committed to compassionate people seeking asylum because of friendship and the difference it makes in the voter's life. We need to create opportunities for people to feel the difference their making through their daily and weekly actions, that they are part of a loving supportive community. A community where they make a difference and are also cared about and supported. A community where those who have their doubts about people seeking asylum want to participate in, invited by people they love to an event that offers them something they're interested in such as learning how to cook a new cuisine from a refugee homeland. Where provided their willing to be sociable are accepted as they are so that in their own time and space they may choose to change their attitudes and beliefs.
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  • Autism is not an insult! Apologise NOW Barry
    The language we use is impactful. Language matters. Senator O'Sullivan has implied the 230 000 Australians with Autism are callous, insensitive, and uncaring when he used the term "Austistic disregard" to insult the banks on live radio. Let him know it's not OK and that he needs to apologise.
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