• Stop native forest logging for biofuel
    Wood chipping for biofuel is highly destructive for our environment and will have a negative impact on biodiversity, water quality and be a major contributor to climate change. In Europe, South Eastern America and in Asia the biofuel industry has caused the destruction of millions of hectares of native forests. In NSW there are plans by the Forestry Corporation to clear-fell 140,000 hectares of native forest between Taree and Grafton. There are also plans to recommission the Redbank Power Station near Singleton. If this power station is used for biofuel about 1 million tons of wood chips will be needed and 1.8 million tons of CO2 would be emitted each year. Other key points: - Electricity from biofuel is 3 times more expensive than solar. - Biofuel emits up to 80% more CO2 than coal (IPPC figure). - The wood chipping of native forests is a cost to the people of NSW while saving the forest will generate millions of dollars per year in tourism. A University of Newcastle Study (The Great Koala National Park Economic Impact Analysis and Environmental Benefit Assessment. 2021) found that the protection of 315,000 hectares of native forest would generate $1.2 billion in economic output and create up to 10,000 new jobs. - The biofuel industry is not renewable - it would take many decades for trees to take up carbon again and soils are often depleted after tree removal. Trees store carbon so cutting them down greatly contributes to climate change.
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  • Tour Down Under - #BreakAwayFromGas
    While the ever-expanding oil and gas operations of Santos may have been necessary in the past, this is no longer the case. The 2018 International Panel on Climate Change report makes a clear scientific case - fossil fuel extraction and use must be rapidly phased out in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Santos must change gears, BreakAway from gas and sprint towards clean technologies such as green hydrogen. However the company shows no sign of changing its climate damaging business model and remains intent on expanding oil and gas exploration, including controversial fracking projects, while pushing unproven non-solutions like carbon capture and storage (CCS). We understand the current sponsorship arrangements with Santos are in place until 2022. We urge Events SA to seek new green sponsors for the Tour Down Under 2023. Only then will it be an event that South Australians can be truly proud of.
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    Created by Kelly Albion
  • Stand up to gambling bullies
    My name is Anna Bardsley. I'm a retired business woman, mother of five. I am a singer and a writer, a gardener, a grandmother — and I lost ten years of my life to the pokies. I learnt the hard way that gambling corporations will stop at nothing to extract as much money from people as possible. They ruthlessly prey on vulnerable people, destroying lives, tearing families apart, and harming our communities in the process. For decades, reforming the gambling industry has been close to impossible. But in March, the NSW Liberal Party is taking the first step by proposing a new law to reduce their harmful powers, and Labor might very well add their support too. But we need NSW MPs to stand strong against the huge lobbying power of the gambling industry, which will be putting enormous pressure on them to stop or water down this law. That’s why I’m asking you to sign my petition to show our MPs that the community is watching and demands they stand strong against big gambling bullies and vote to pass this law. *Anna Bardsley won a Victorian Senior of the Year Award for raising awareness of the impacts of gambling. She is a passionate advocate for gambling reform after battling with poker machines for ten years and has helped others as part of her work with the Alliance for Gambling Reform.
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  • End the crisis in rural and remote health
    NSW rural and remote health and hospital services are in crisis due to a lack of engagement with rural and remote people in decision-making, the absence of a clear strategy for rural health and accountability for rural health outcomes, and poorly targeted investments in recruiting and retaining doctors, nurses, mental health and allied health staff by the NSW Government. Rural and remote communities need the help of the NSW Government to fundamentally reform our rural and remote health and hospital system so that it is responsive to the needs of individual communities and has the resources to address the causes and consequences of poor health. People who live in rural and remote NSW have a higher rate of chronic diseases compared to people living in regional and metropolitan cities, will die up to 11 years earlier and have inadequate access to primary health care and hospital services. The median age of death of rural and remote people is going backwards, while more than 3,000 rural and remote residents in NSW die unnecessarily every year from preventable causes. Rural and remote people need a health and hospital system that is designed around their unique needs and circumstances. Metropolitan approaches has failed to deliver the right care in the right place and at the right time for rural and remote communities. Building the right health system will help is to save more rural and remote residents from ill-health, and premature and avoidable death. Rural and remote residents produce the fresh food we eat and generate more than 65% of the nation's export wealth. Access to appropriate health care is not just a human right, it is critical for the future of jobs and economic development in our country.
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    Created by Mark Burdack
  • Extension of footpath along Parsons Road, Forest Glen to improve local connectivity
    Parsons Road is a busy cut-through road for motorists accessing the Bruce Highway, Kunda Park, Forest Glen Village, Sunshine Coast Grammar School and local area. It is currently not safe to walk or ride along this section of road. The developer of Forest Pines Estate was conditioned to build a section of footpath along Parsons Road but it does not connect anywhere. The Council is allowing more residential, retirement and retail development in the local Forest Glen and Mons area such as Nature's Edge, Forest Pines estate, Azure, Greenwood, Halcyon and the future Forest Glen Village (IGA) precinct but none of these developments have little or no active transport connectivity. Council want people to use more active transport options but they are not providing the infrastructure. Extending the footpath on Parsons Road would connect up most of these developments and given people the option to walk or ride safely off an extremely busy road.
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    Created by Fleur Thresher
  • Pay award rates Arafura Traffic Darwin
    This company is the only one in Darwin that does not pay their staff properly thereby giving them an unfair advantage on tendering for work at the expense of the poorly paid workers. They are known by NT DIPL to act in this way and Darwin council. They are ripping of workers.
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    Created by Mark Gillard
  • QCAT: People with disabilities must be able to make their own choices
    Under the NDIS framework, it encourages disabled people to make their own choices, and to take their views into consideration. It's very important to disability people and their rights.
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    Created by Glen Taylor
  • Free World Vision's Mohammed Al Halabi
    Australia suspended aid to Gaza after Israel jailed and tortured World Vision's Gaza director Mohammed Al Halabi, falsely accusing him of diverting millions of dollars to Hamas. World Vision and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) conducted thorough audits finding no evidence to support Israel's outlandish claim. Nevertheless, Mohammed remains in jail despite 130 court appearances. Australia has a moral obligation to support Mohammed. DFAT cleared him of any wrong doing but Israel forced him to confess under torture. Mohammed has withdrawn that forced confession and insists he will not confess to what he has not done. Australia knows the facts and boasts a deep friendship with Israel so it can demand the release of this innocent man. This is a matter of justice in which Australia is complicit. Suspension of aid to Gaza undoubtedly caused more suffering for these besieged and impoverished people so aid needs to be reinstated as soon as possible..
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    Created by Gareth Smith
  • Cat curfews and containment policy
    According to the ANU, feral and roaming domestic cats kill 1.5 billion native animals every year in this country. We cannot begin to reduce this number without the introduction of practical support in the form of cat containment policy.
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    Created by Indra Dhanusha
  • The Right To Return Home
    Up to 100,000 Australians remain stranded abroad, abandoned by the Morrison government during an international pandemic. The introduction of flight caps has made it impossible for stranded Aussies to return home as flights are cancelled one after another, month after month, almost one year since the pandemic hit. Many Aussie expats are stuck overseas illegally, jobless, homeless, broke and desperate to get back to Australia and unable to do so due to the implications from the flight caps. Expats and long term travellers were told to 'take one for the team' and let the desperate travellers get home, only to know be hung out to dry, totally abandoned by Scott Morrison and his empty promises. The only way they can get home is if Scott Morrison and his government stop the fear-mongering, steps up with an effective COVID safe strategy and removes the flight caps now. Our Aussie mates need to return to the safety of their homeland and they have the right to do so. No one's asking for handouts or free flights - they're asking for the right to return home. Let's help them get home. Remove the caps now.
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  • Morrison: Stop MPs spreading dangerous misinformation
    I was a nurse on a Covid screening ward in Melbourne last year. I saw my colleagues get Covid. And people died on our ward without having all of their family present. It's a real slap in the face that Scott Morrison isn't holding MPs to account when they spread disinformation. It lets down healthcare workers, and people who've lost family and friends to Covid. Liberal MP Craig Kelly is peddling dangerous misinformation that threatens public safety. He’s been promoting unproven “treatments” for coronavirus, encouraging his Facebook followers to use drugs medical experts say do not work, and compared wearing masks to child abuse. The Australian Medical Association has called it “torching the foundations of community health” and has urged the government to crack down hard on MPs spreading misinformation. But so far, Morrison has refused to criticise and correct Kelly's comments — even though three in four people in Australia want him to do so. On top of that, Deputy PM Michael McCormack has defended Kelly by saying “facts are sometimes contentious”. Morrison might be reluctant to pull his MPs into line, but as our Prime Minister he needs to enforce ZERO TOLERANCE for MPs eroding public trust in the advice of health experts. Especially in the midst of a deadly global pandemic. Luckily, Morrison can be pressured on this issue. He’s very protective of his reputation when it comes to his handling of coronavirus and a huge show of public outrage could force him to come out hard. So can you sign this petition and then share it with your friends and family? Everyday people in Australia should feel proud of how we’ve handled the global pandemic. Compared to most other countries, we’ve done well to contain the crisis and keep case numbers down. But we’ve only been able to achieve this because — as a community — we’ve agreed to listen to the health experts, follow their advice, and do the right thing by one another. But all that’s under threat unless Morrison immediately puts a stop to the reckless spread of misinformation by people in his government. References: • Craig Kelly's Covid claims not backed by evidence, chief medical officer says, The Guardian, 13 Jan 2021 • Senior Government figures refuse to condemn Craig Kelly for spreading misleading coronavirus information, ABC, 13 Jan 2021 • We regret to report that Craig Kelly MP is at it again, Crikey, 13 Jan 2021 • Three-quarters of Australians say Scott Morrison should rebuke Craig Kelly for Covid misinformation, The Guardian, 18 Jan 2021 • Australia's acting PM Michael McCormack says 'facts sometimes are contentious', The Guardian, 12 Jan 2021
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    Created by Emilie (a nurse in Victoria)
  • Stop logging at all cost
    After last summer's bush-fires, we have lost so much of our native fauna and flora and many of the animals affected by the bush-fires are on the brink of extinction. We are now in a climate emergency and we cannot lose any more of our native forests, which are important carbon sinks. We cant sit around and do nothing, we need to stand up and fight for a living planet for everyone and every living creatures.
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