To: the Australian politicians in Canberra we ask that you vote for



To the Honorable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

We the undersigned signatories are aggrieved of being deprived of our inalienable right to a basic livable income derived from the resources of the Commonwealth to which we are entitled to as human beings and citizens of this country.

The right to social security is a fundamental right, affirmed under the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to which Australia is a signatory.

The signatories to this petition ask the Senate to consider the following proposition below and then cast a majority vote in the affirmative for the question to be presented in a referendum to the Australian People in the following form.

DO YOU APPROVE the proposed law for the alteration of the Constitution entitled-

“An act to alter the Constitution so that Australian citizens in the event of unemployment, have the inalienable right to a monetary allowance equivalent to the cost of living as measured in the closest capital city in the state or territory that the individual resides in, without Australian government interference on how the individual spends that allowance.”

*****Please note people who have signed this form will be asked to sign the same petition addressed to the Honorable Speaker and the Members of the House of Representatives. See below for more details on why this needs to be done separately.*****

Why is this important?

To all Australians of good will who believe in human dignity and social justice, a few moments of your time, please.

Poverty in Australia can be alleviated by placing within the Australian Constitution the right to a livable income derived from the resources of the Commonwealth. I realize that creating the right to a livable income is not enough by itself to solve the issue of poverty; there are other matters to consider such as creating cheap affordable quality housing while ensuring there are sufficient goods and services to meet the demands of the population without creating inflation. But for now, I ask that you sign this petition to help bring about a more enlightened society by lessening poverty.

One other reason for having a livable income for the unemployed, pensioners, students, single parents, and older job seekers is that there are insufficient jobs for everyone who wants one. Further, how many jobs these days are part-time, temporary or casual. These types of jobs are only going to increase. But how can anyone plan for the future when they don’t have enough money to get them through the week? Perhaps, one day you will lose your job too, and face age discrimination as an older Australian thrown on the unemployment scrapheap. , There needs to be an adequate safety net so people can live in dignity. Now on to some important points!

When I have the required signatures, I will ask everyone who signed the petition to sign it again at the House of Representatives e-petition website. The House of Representatives will not accept any signatures to a petition that has been created somewhere else, and they only allow petitions to be online for four weeks to collect signatures.

The petition will be scrutinized by the Standing Committee on Petitions for the House of Representatives. The Senate is handled differently. “Petitions that are posted and signed electronically are accepted if the senator presenting the petition certifies that they have been duly posted with the text available to the signatories. In presenting an electronic petition, the senator lodges a paper document containing the text of the petition and a list of the signatures submitted.” If this petition, fails, then:

Plan B We call upon the government of the day after the next election to hold a national plebiscite.
Plan C Have the Australian government ratify the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Plan D An independent body to decide what level of benefits are necessary for the well being of unwaged workers. (Unemployed, all pensioners, people on Austudy, Veterans on disabilities )

Before I go, consider the following; a petition concerning funding for community pharmacies was presented in 2014 to the Australian parliament it had 1,210,471 signatures. The second largest one was in the year 2000 which concerned taxation and beer prices that petition received 792,985 signatures. We should be able to do better. After all, our fellow Australians are more important than beer prices and taxation? Right?

Reasons for signing

  • This card destroys self-determination & creates further inequality for those already suffering.
  • The difficulty in trying to survive on DSP is beyond anyone who has never had to give this a go. Please think that we are sometimes given something we have to deal with through no fault or choice of our own.
  • Anyone over 50 in this country has a greater chance of living well under the poverty line. Get rid of elitist Auspol pensions - reroute the money to pensioners. Perfect.


2017-06-26 11:49:58 +1000

100 signatures reached

2017-06-07 07:18:48 +1000

50 signatures reached

2017-05-25 11:47:46 +1000

25 signatures reached

2017-05-19 10:32:11 +1000

10 signatures reached