• Our Gear Should Be Made Here
    The Turnbull Government has quietly signed a deal meaning Australian defence dress uniforms will be outsourced and manufactured in China, costing Australian jobs. They don’t want you to know about it. We have a procurement policy that says procurement must be made here in Australia but they’re drawing this artificial distinction when those jobs, that work, could be done here. They’d rather have something as iconic as our defence uniforms made cheaply in China, than keep Australian industries strong. They don’t care about the conditions of workers making these uniforms. One of the Federal Government’s first decisions was to abolish Procurement requirements that uniforms be made by companies accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia. These decisions should focus on the long term benefit of the country – not simply find the cheapest price in the short-term. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9voXByuVM4 And it’s not the first time: In 2014, the Defence Department snubbed South Australian company Rossi for boots made in Indonesia, a deal worth $15 million. It’s not just our defence uniforms, last year the Liberals refused to support Aussie seafarers, allowing them to be replaced by a foreign ship, with exploited workers on $2 an hour. Be a part of the public push to support keeping jobs in Australia and for local ethically made uniforms, sign the petition.
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  • We demand a Banking Industry Royal Commission
    Australia's big banks mishandle, mismanage and misappropriate our hard earned wages on a daily basis. And the Liberals haven’t done a thing about it. If former investment banker Malcolm Turnbull is serious about cleaning up the banks, he can't sit on his hands any longer while workers are getting ripped off. We're sick of the way we're being treated by the banks, and believe the best way to get to the bottom of the problems in an industry riddled with fraud, corruption and mismanagement is with a royal commission.
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  • Solar hot water for public housing!
    Support a #justtransition for the Latrobe Valley The Latrobe Valley community has powered Victoria for almost 100 years, and deserves to be supported through the inevitable transition of our energy system. This means new employment opportunities as the inevitable closure of Hazelwood Power Station looms closer. Help avert a manufacturing crisis #supportmanufacturing At the same time, Victoria is facing a manufacturing jobs crisis, especially as the car industry closes over the next two years. Make sure no-one is left behind in the #energytransition It should not just be the rich who are able to benefit from energy efficiency and clean energy technology. #equality. Households who can benefit the most from lower energy bills should be supported to access these options. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions #climatechange The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transform our economy so that it is sustainable is growing more pressing every day. The State Government’s own operations make a significant contribution to carbon pollution, and the government can lead by example in reducing emissions from its own buildings. This would also have a long-term benefit for tenants of public housing, whose energy bills would be reduced, giving a tangible boost to their disposable income. Encourage the cooperative economy and more secure work #securework Earthworker is a community initiative established by unionists and environmental activists to help Victorians work their way out of the climate crisis. It is committed to providing decent, secure work in factories owned by workers to manufacture the renewable energy technologies that we so badly need to transform our future. More information can be found at: http://earthworkercooperative.com.au/ In the UK, the Labour Party is pushing for the right for workers to buy out enterprises, and States in the US are legislating to support worker co-ops. The worker cooperative model can be the basis of new jobs and a just transition in places like the Latrobe Valley and Geelong, where old energy-intensive industries are under threat. Earthworker already has all the required factory machinery in a factory site in Morwell, Latrobe Valley. The project has the intellectual property, experience and skills in manufacturing and installing solar hot water systems across Australia, and is in the process of setting up the Morwell factory. With a sizable order of solar hot water systems for public housing, this first cooperative factory could be up and running quickly, with this kick-start, building itself into a long-term and community-sustaining cooperative business – the first of many across Australia. The Victorian government’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ensuring local content in Government Projects, and growing employment opportunities in renewable technologies can be achieved in partnerships with organisations like Earthworker
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  • Bill Shorten, reconsider your position on the China trade deal
    The deal that was done on ChAFTA is inadequate. This agreement is a threat to Australian jobs, safety and sovereignty. Without giving effect to these commitments, CHAFTA and any future agreement will seriously undermine Australia’s national interest.
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  • Don't support freezing public health workers' pay
    Cassy O’Connor has said she supports a wage freeze for public sector workers, including hospital workers. RHH cleaners have gone above and beyond over last few months keeping people safe. They work in the heart of Cassy O’Connor’s electorate, Clark, and most live in the electorate too. They don’t understand why Cassy O’Connor and the Greens want to freeze their wages. In real terms, that amounts to a wage cut. Cleaners are calling on Cassy to change her position and support them, by allowing them to have the wage increase that the government agreed to. The agreements were negotiated in good faith and should be honoured. Health and community services workers deserve a pay rise that keeps up with the increases to their cost of living.
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  • LANTITE Campaign
    Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education Students [LANTITE] and the administration of LANTITE. We can understand your frustration given Education and the COVID-19 pandemic; We believe you can understand and appreciate our frustration in regard to the LANTITE and our inability to graduate. As a result, we implore you for your support in removing the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education Students (LANTITE) administered by ACER. There are currently a number of petitions to abolish LANTITE in Australia. In total there are 7,854 signatures. This number continues to grow. The removal of LANTITE now, more than ever, is imperative due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effects on both the Australian economy and Education sector specifically. As a result of these unprecedented times, testing centres are closed and the students only option is to sit the LANTITE test online, for the foreseeable future. As the online version of LANTITE is run by an overseas company (U.S), spaces are limited and the majority of education students are being left without access or alternatives, forced out of their degree and are having their degree’s withheld from them. This is stopping thousands of pre-service teachers from entering the profession, progressing in their education degrees, graduating, and registering. This will not only stop people from graduating and entering the field this year but also delay students in graduating for years to come. These students have successfully completed the units in their degrees, as well as professional practise in the form of placements. Throughout degrees and placements, the importance of literacy and numeracy is highlighted, and students are graded on their abilities to successfully implement these areas in their teaching. According to the Australian Education Union, we are facing a federal teacher shortage. In fact, the NSW Secondary Principals Council President Craig Peterson has stated that this year such a shortage will be “critical”. When you add the comments of Prime Minister Scott Morrison “We need more people working" (2020). The ramifications of the LANTITE become crystal clear. It must be made clear that a standardised test will never successfully measure the quality of an education student. This is why teachers use multiple modes of assessment. Pre-service teachers’ abilities are assessed throughout their degrees and practicums, and as such the need for LANTITE is not valid. It is time for a new way to measure teacher quality. We teachers are constantly participating in professional development to further our understanding and knowledge to better our teaching and student learning and engagement. For four years now, universities across Australia have decided who graduates and who does not which is purely based on the universities individual implementation of LANTITE. There needs to be a blanket effect when it comes to graduating students, that being allowing students to graduate without sitting the test and as a result, not leaving them with a HECS debt of $40,000 or more. Robbery. There are thousands of qualified, competent teachers who are prevented from graduating and being employed due to LANTITE. These individuals should be teaching, allowing them to graduate and gain teacher registration. This will allow them to seek employment which will not only help the critical teacher shortage being felt across Australia but will also give the economy a much-needed boost in a time where Australia’s unemployment is at a level never seen before. Below is a list of demands that we are making along with the participants and supporters of the petitions and petition to come. • The removal of LANTITE in its entirety. • The removal of LANTITE during COVID-19 based on the critical teacher shortage and the fact that ACER cannot keep up with the testing demand via ProctorU. • Unlimited attempts of the LANTITE in conjunction with point (2 &4) • To allow all students Nationally to graduate without the LANTITE. It will provide students with the choice to participate in the LANTITE or use their degree for other avenues of study or employment. • All students who began their degree prior to July 2016 to be exempt from the LANTITE. No student was informed of the LANTITE prior to entering leaving them with a HECS debt of $40,000.00 or more, with no degree and the inability to pay the debt they incurred for a degree they have not received. We implore you to support the removal of LANTITE. In doing so, you will be contributing and assisting Australia’s economic return through this pandemic as well as ensuring that our children continue to have access to quality teachers.
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  • Western tunnel layoffs , workers stood down
    Rapid growth of Werribee, Geelong and Craigieburn There's no North South Express way. PT Cook gridlock needs bypassing to get to employment mecca's in the North, Trucks from Geelong to Bypass Pt Cook princes Hwy. Link Both Airports , has potential of removing 50 % of inner west traffic. (A Manhattan city) to decentralize, located on E6 And Werribee River, Central between Geelong & Craigieburn , accessible for all western regions of Victoria. Such economic potential Compared to West gate tunnel.
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  • Reduce the tuition fees for international students for semester 1 and 2 2020
    This should be recognised and compensated for since it is unjust treatment of international students who are paying a high price for something they are not receiving, and who in addition are not eligible for Job keeper payments or Centrelink (but are still expected to pay full tuition fees which is causing extreme financial distress). The University is offering Emergency Support grants for students who have lost their income. However these are not guaranteed and are addressing another issue. They are not a recognition of the change in quality of the teaching and learning experience; a change which should be reflected in the pricing of impacted semesters. For approximate pricing per year for international students see: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0033/84399/2020-tuition-fee-tables-for-international-students.pdf
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  • All risk no incentive? Pay rise for essential service workers
    The recent Covid 19 income support package has resulted in an imbalance. A hospital cleaner working full time is earning around $1000 per week before tax, and usually takes home around $750. The worker must meet all personal expenses including housing, transport, food, childcare, education and medical costs. The essential services workforce is being severely affected by the current crisis as many workers are having to stay home to care for families. We are not going to be able to recruit new workers to replace those who are unable to work. Potential employees would be better off on Centrelink benefits, safer and wealthier.
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  • Reduce painting & decoration course fee
    As all you know, Covid 19 is having a devastating affect on small businesses, workers and non - salaried student employees. We are international students and although we have proven family financial support, the whole world is in crisis and in need of help. A lot of schools already have adopted the reduction of fees up to 50%. We are having all our jobs cancelled and this help would be a great opportunity to allow us to continue staying and studying in Australia. Also, we recognise the importance of us for the Australia economy, mainly for the schools that offer courses to international students in general. We are seeing big part of us going back home and leaving the courses and all the investment behind. We really want to finish our course and make this investment worth it and gain this knowledge as we planned.
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  • Assign Poker Machine Revenue to Health Care
    Poker Machine owners have done very well from Australians for decades, and in troubling emergencies like COVID 19, it is time for Governments to call for emergency measures. By re-assigning 85% of poker machine takings, it still allows all related employment to be saved. It avails money to be spent on childcare workers to care for Medical Professional's children
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  • Contain the virus and support the vulnerable
    There is nothing normal about the COVID-19 outbreak or the devastating economic impact it will have / is having on the most vulnerable. Some estimate that up to 60% of the population may be affected, and a catastrophic overburdening of the health system seems inevitable. Moreover, countless workers, artists, and students will have to deal with devastating economic conditions on top of these biological worries. With the Reserve Bank of Australia announcing that it is commencing Quantitative Easing (QE), and the treasury preparing another stimulus package, it is essential that the government embrace policies and programs which will actually address the source of the problem and which will secure a basic standard of living / survival for those who have neither the incomes nor savings to sustain themselves. By honouring the demands above, and sparing no expense in their pursuit of a best-practice response, the government has a genuine chance at minimising the economic and biological damage of the COVID-19 outbreak. A failure to institute any of the above demands, however, would amount to gross negligence: anything short of a significant economic response, which supports casual wage earners and the vulnerable, will lead to increased transmission rates or, worse, a serious and perhaps fatal deterioration in people's quality of life as they lack the liquidity and income to secure accommodation and acquire essential goods. Moreover, without social distancing and rapid investment in health provisions the number of cases will start increasing exponential. If implemented these demands will not only "flatten the curve", but raise the system's overall capacity, saving many lives. Honouring these demands (among others) will minimise damage to the largest degree, and is ultimately the only way the government can truly protect its citizens. Anything less is negligence.
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