• Permanently remove Jocko: the little black boy statue in Maitland NSW
    With the global Black Lives Matter movement in the media at the moment this has also put the spotlight on other forms of institutional racism in Australia. For me this has led to my own personal reflection about racism and the effect it has had on my own family and community. For several years I have complained to the Maitland Council about a racist statue in Maitland called “jocko: the little black boy”. Pic below. Apparently it has been around since the 1800’s and was once used as a hitching post for horses back in the day. This statue represents a racist caricature of an African boy in a subservient role. Not to mention it’s links to slavery. Blackface is not acceptable so why should a minstrel style statue be acceptable in a public place in 2020? It is symbolic of a time and culture that demeaned and dehumanized people of colour. I have written to council many times to ask them to permanently remove both statues but they have either not responded or responded by saying that it’s been around since the 1800’s and they have no intention of removing them. I would like to seek you support with this petition and present it to Maitland Council with a clear message that this racist symbol has no place in our community. I would like to ask if you also find the statue offensive and agree it should be removed immediately could you please join us in signing the petition and circulate it as widely as possible.
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    Created by Jessica M
  • Stop Caged Dogs Tasmania
    Pet dogs can be kept in cages 24/7 in Tasmania without exercise due to badly worded, outdated and unenforceable animal welfare laws. The RSPCA and local councils say that confined dogs is a common problem in Tasmania.
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    Created by Stephanie Gleeson
  • Stand up for our ABC!
    “A rigorous broadcaster that pursues the truth, asks telling questions, substantiates its positions, and genuinely cares about local communities is an essential foundation of a healthy democracy" - Ed, an Eden-Monaro voter from Akolele The ABC was there for Eden-Monaro during the bushfires, delivering critical emergency broadcasts, saving lives and keeping our communities connected. The ABC was there for us before and after too — helping us stay informed with stories we can trust and holding truth to power at a time when misinformation is on the rise. It enriches our children's lives. Many Eden-Monaro locals grew up with the ABC and it’s hard to imagine our lives without it. But years of budget cuts are pushing it to breaking point with more programmes facing cancellation and hundreds of job losses to come. By 2022, $783 million of funding will have been cut from the ABC since 2014. We need to act now, before it’s too late. The ABC is the most trusted news source in the country. We love our ABC. This is why we are asking our future representative to commit to championing it.
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  • Save Victoria's food bowl and Gippsland Lakes.
    The Lindenow Valley vegetable growing area is only 500m downwind from a proposed mineral sands mine in Glenaladale, East Gippsland. We want the Australian public to know that the area where their veggies are grown is under threat from this mine that is being proposed in an already severely drought and fire affected area, and a traumatised community. If this mine proceeds it is highly likely their veggies will be contaminated from radioactive and highly toxic substances, as well as putting at risk up to 1,500 jobs. If the more than 4GL of water that will be needed by the mine for processing and dust suppression was redirected to growing vegetables, five times more jobs would be created than the 197 jobs the mine proposes to create. 82% of the directly impacted landholders said, in response to a survey question, that they want their land mineral sands mining free. Kalbar is an investment company not a mining company. They propose to dig up 1600 hectares of farm land above subterranean water courses to reach ancient sand dunes 45 metres down, which contain a spectrum of useful but toxic and or nuisance chemicals including Zircon, Rutile, or Titanium Metals with traces of Thorium in the region of the RAMSAR listed Gippsland Lakes. The company proposes to create ten pits from which heavy mineral ore will be extracted and processed on site before transport by road to a port in Gippsland where it will be loaded on to ships for Worldwide distribution. The mining company, or another entity that may buy the mining lease from Kalbar if approval is granted by the Victorian Government, will not be obliged to restore the properties to the state they were in prior to mining commencing. In this conflict, the farmers and some of the landholders of Lindenow, point out that their properties are watered from under the ground by aquifers that fill a chain on ponds even in times of drought. They believe that those water sources are below the surface of the land and above the ore body that will be extracted by open mining techniques. They contend that if approved, the mine will destroy the water courses making restoration of their properties impossible. In addition, the East Gippsland region was recently severely impacted by drought and then bushfire and we cannot afford this blatant destruction of our already damaged and fragile environment. A recent Queensland (2018) mine did not have the financial capacity to restore hundreds of square kilometres of land following a disastrous mining venture. Dont let this happen in our back yard!
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    Created by Sarah Lamble
  • Water Bombers for all Aussies
    Because funds raised were done so in good faith that they would benefit all the people who had gone through bushfires. In planning and ensuring that Australia can fight better next time bushfires come through people will be happy that we have learned a lesson and will be better prepared for next time. This is something that many survivors hope for the future.
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    Created by Catherine Tydeman
  • No removal of 14 parking spaces on Pacific Hwy Hornsby
    These 14 parking spaces are used by local residents, customers of local businesses and couriers. It is unnecessary to remove them to make way for a bus lane as it will not improve traffic flow or travel times since the buses will still have to merge. It is also unnecessary to move the bus stop 35m south of its current location to allow for more buses and passengers to use it in the future as there are multiple bus stops available at Hornsby Station less than a block away, where it would cause less pedestrian congestion & not negatively impact local residents & businesses.
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    Created by Fiona Osborn
  • The Inner West Needs More Recycling!
    With more people working from home than ever, it has become clear that our communities are in desperate need of more recycling pickups. Inner West Council is already behind on this – City of Sydney Council has been doing weekly recycling pickups for a while now. This is not good enough from our council that claims to have environmental credentials. We've heard stories from people who have been putting recycling in their general waste, and this has been a particular problem for the many share houses in the area. As one person said, "this is no way to live." An added benefit is that this will create jobs for many waste collectors and sanitation engineers. Many people in this industry worked in commercial waste collection, which has seen a decline due to less people working in offices due to the pandemic. Sign this petition and tell the Inner West Council that enough is enough – for the environment and for our homes, we need more recycling pickups!
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  • Install a Crosswalk on Hill View Terrace
    Recently, my daughter was involved in a collision with a vehicle whilst riding her bike and trying to cross Hill View Terrace after leaving school. She was knocked off her bicycle by a car going 60km per hour, luckily escaping serious injury. Due to the slight incline in the road towards Berwick Street and the blind crest, it is extremely difficult to gain full visibility of vehicles approaching at this intersection. Upon signing this petition you are agreeing that as a parent of a child attending Millen PS, you would support the installation of a traffic warden permanently at or around the intersection of Hill View Terrace/Devenish Street. I sincerely believe that there are parents in St James that presently don't allow their kids to walk or ride due to safety concerns in crossing Hill View. However, if a traffic warden was stationed at this intersection, many of these concerned families would feel at ease allowing their children to walk or ride to school using the crosswalk. But for now, it remains too dangerous.
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    Created by Abby Rohde
  • Take a pay cut Scomo.
    The country is in crisis like the PM has said, times are tough, people have lost jobs, the financial outlook is grim. The PM should show some leadership and take a pay cut.
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    Created by Stewart Amery
  • No construction work Sundays, Good Friday and Easter Sunday
    Neighbours need a break from construction noise and concrete dust. They deserve to be able to participate in on-line church services and to be able to hear these. They deserve to be able to sleep past 7am or 8 am and to be able to go outside in the garden or hang washing out without noise and dust. Those with respiratory problems need a break from the dust. We cannot go out to escape the noise and dust except for brief periods. The impact on physical and mental health of residents and construction workers and their families need to be taken into account especially at this time.
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    Created by Anne Terry
  • Bimblebox Nature Refuge the last intact forest in West Queensland under threat of destruction
    The proposed mining lease includes Bimblebox Nature Refuge's land, which holds a Nature Refuge status due to its environmental value; the status received in 2002 under the Bimblebox Nature Refuge Agreement (category VI IUCN protected area) with the Queensland state government to permanently protect the high conservation values of the property. As Nature Refuges and the protected areas that make up the National Reserve System are not automatically protected from mineral exploration and mining, which in Australia are granted rights over almost all other land uses, the Bimblebox Nature Refuge's owners are in the process of applying for a status of Special Wildlife Reserve due to it is being the last wildlife refuge area in the almost entirely cleared from vegetation Queensland Desert Uplands area. An Environmental Assess Report draft produced shows several species, including endangered Black-throated Finch will be very likely become extinct if the Bimblebox Nature Refuge is destroyed. https://bimblebox.org/about/bimblebox-fact-sheet/
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    Created by Dmitri Charov
  • Safety First for Medical Staff
    Medical Staff are on the frontline of the fight against Covid 19. They're fighting for us so lets support them.
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    Created by Sean Pickard