• Save the Penguins of Lipson Island!
    Lipson Island may be more important as a bird rookery than we know. While Centrex's public environment report predicted the colony to be in decline, that was misinformation based on a flawed assumption. It was reported elsewhere as "stable" although the species is generally believed to be in decline statewide. Better sites for future grain export exist, away from sensitive receptors like Lipson Island.
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    Created by Dan Monceaux
  • Stop the Super Trawler
    One of the world’s biggest fishing trawlers with a history of over exploiting fish stocks, the FV Margiris, wants to trawl for small pelagic fish – some of the most critical species in our marine ecosystem. Small pelagic fishing around Tasmania already has a bad record. The surface schools of jack mackerel that were once common off southeast Tasmania have not returned after the collapse of that fishery over 20 years ago. The fish are a vital food source for important species like the critically endangered southern bluefin tuna, marine mammals, seabirds and game fish. Trawlers like this not only catch the target species, they also get tonnes of bycatch - unwanted marine life like dolphins, seals and seabirds, that gets thrown back dead. This fishing trawler is the opposite of the fishing activities we need to ensure healthy oceans and healthy communities – we need better valued seafood that doesn’t rely on government subsidies, sustainable employment for local fishermen, science based fisheries management, and no unwanted by-catch. Learn more at http://stopthetrawler.net Follow us on twitter @stopthetrawler
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    Created by Rebecca Hubbard
  • Streamline applications for small bars in Newcastle LGA
    Newcastle's nightlife has not undergone the same transformation as the city's dining and cultural scene. Locals and visitors to our city are limited in their options after dark and recent findings suggest most do not feel safe in the city centre at night. Small bars will give our city's nightlife the personality and vitality that it needs to move beyond a "booze barn" mentality. The City of Sydney has recorded a dramatic fall in alcohol-related assaults since supporting small bars and their working model should be appropriated by the City of Newcastle.
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    Created by Matthew James Endacott
  • Don't build a coal mine on Queensland's Bimblebox Nature Refuge
    The beautiful 8,000 hectare nature refuge named Bimblebox situated in central-west Queensland is about to get bulldozed to make way for one of the earths largest coal mines. Australia’s mining boom is creating more extensive and intrusive coal than ever before, and the majority of Australians are unaware of this reality. The "China First" project will destroy Bimblebox Nature Refuge to supply energy to Asia for the next thirty years. Locals and conservation groups have banded together to purchase the land that is Bimblebox in a bid to protect it from mining. Resisting the might of the coal industry and the political bodies that back it is a huge job for a small group of citizens; this campaign needs you and those like you to make a stand and appeal to the better sense of those that appear to forget the importance of this nations uniqueness and diversity.
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    Created by Robyne Smith
  • Ph.D Researchers are getting paid below minimum wage
    Ph.D students do a massive amount of research and development in Australia. For Australia to remain competitive on a global scale, we need to support and encourage as many scientifically minded people to participate in research as possible. This research allows us to be at the forefront of technological advancement in a wide range of areas such as molecular science (cancer, vaccine and drug development), computer science (AI, technology innovation) and many other disciplines. Currently the legislated minimum stipend payrate for a Ph.D student is $28,854 p.a (2022 data). Most, if not all Ph.D students are only ever awarded the minimum amount or slightly higher for the duration of their degree (Often up to four years). Ph.D students have all undertaken between 4 - 6 years of previous study to begin their doctorate degree and all possess several degrees in their own disciplines. This minimum payrate needs to be increased to fall into line with the current costs of living in Australia, and at the least should be equal to or greater than the legal minimum wage. Doing a Ph.D is full time work and working weeks well exceed 40 hours. Ph.D students are highly skilled and qualified workers that are undertaking work critical to Australia to be competitive on a global stage. Lets start to support them during these formative years as Australia's young scientists and researchers and award them minimum wages at the least.
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    Created by John Peterson
  • SBS: All programs need subtitles! ABC iView does this, why not SBS?
    There are plenty of old and disabled people who need subtitles on the wonderful English programs on SBS. I'm disabled and blind in the left eye and half blind in the right and I need subtitles.
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    Created by Carol Huxley
  • Claim Back Community in Byron
    Short term holiday letting in residential areas is having a huge impact on communities. Many long term residents are surrounded by short term rentals which mean no consistent neighbours and loss of all that neighbourhoods have to offer. Many young people are unable to afford to buy a home in the place where they were born and their family live because short term holiday rentals have forced the price of homes out of the reach of ordinary working Australians. Many workers are unable to afford to rent near their work because of the lack of permanent rentals. Short term rentals bring greater returns to absentee landlords. Communities are suffering with the loss of permanent population influencing availability of workers, numbers of students in schools, volunteer numbers and general mental health of those who reside in communities that are consistently disrupted by partying short term renters. Having a continual turnover of strangers as neighbours is not sustainable for a community. The community of Byron Bay ask the Local and State governments to act on this issue. Ban short term holiday letting in residential areas.
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    Created by Catherine Henniker
  • Put Gender affirming top surgery on Medicare
    It’s affecting my mental and physical health, it puts me in pain everyday and it’s getting to the point we’re I can’t wear my binder for long periods of time anymore. And I don’t have the money for it
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    Created by Jordan Hockley-Cutting
  • COVID 19 Hospital Surge Support Allowance for ALL Staff
    The Victorian Government has clear guidelines for Covid 19 high-risk working areas within public hospitals. Those areas are marked as RED and Amber Zone areas. In simple terms, there is a higher risk of catching Covid 19 in those areas. But it will be only patient-facing staff who receive the surcharge, not the admin staff members who work within that area. The government also tells us that you need to work for six hours or more within those areas to be eligible for the Hospital Surge Support Allowance, but at the same time tells Victorians that it's a high risk to go and dance for an hour or attend music concerts. This policy is an apparent attempt by the Victorian Government to offer support to workers at high risk but in reality, excluding thousands of workers who work and risk their health to keep our public health system functioning. We need the Victorian Government to change this policy and make this a fair policy for all public health workers.
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    Created by Avraham Arditi
  • Dissolve recency of practise requirements for nurses
    There is obviously a massive need for more registered nurses in the healthcare system that is under an overwhelming strain. More nurses may return to their profession if given an opportunity. It does not make sense that 10 years should be a magic timeframe that you suddenly have no ability to perform your duties. If you can pass the re-entry program then surely that should enough to satisfy the Nurses board that they are safe to practise.
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    Created by Paul Klix
  • Fairfield Heights public school continued participation in P.S.S.A sport
    The N.S.W Primary School Sports Association (P.S.S.A) sporting competition provides opportunity for all students, no matter their family's financial situation to be involved in team sports. For a lot of our families, P.S.S.A sport may be the only team sports children are able to participate in due to the costs associated with outside club sports. Our school is located in a low socio economic area with a high non English speaking back ground and refugee community. P.S.S.A allows everyone to be involved. Our local government area was the focal point of the N.S.W 2021 Sydney lockdown and our children need to return to our normal school routines wherever possible. We as a community value the many benefits gained through sport including those to health and personal development, working as part of a team, sportsmanship and fun and we want our children to continue to enjoy P.S.S.A sport.
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    Created by Melanie King
  • Listen to the Kids - Build a Mountain Bike Track to Support our Physical and Mental Health
    Canada Bay Council should build us a track for our Mountain Bikes, this is so kids stay active, fit and social while in lockdown and out of lockdown, in a way that we enjoy on our bikes and in the sun. We have nowhere to go to ride our bikes, riding our bikes is the only thing that keeps us from staying inside all day on our devices.
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    Created by Giorgio Altomonte