• Real for UQU Councillor Barclay Mcgain Must Resign
    On Monday, the Gold Coast Young LNP posted a video that has been widely condemned as racist and offensive. The Empower team was shocked and horrified by the statements made in the video, and did not hesitate to condemn them unconditionally. No such condemnation, or comment, has been heard from Barclay's electoral group - Real for UQU. The attitudes promoted by this video and by Barclay are the kind of attitudes that keep racism against people of colour well and truly alive in Australia, and should be met with outrage, not silence. Unfortunately, Barcaly's behaviour in this video mirrors what many students reported witnessing from multiple Real campaigners during the 2019 UQU election: casual racism and discrimination. Empower stood up to this behaviour then, and we will stand up to it now. These beliefs have no place at our university, or in our student union. Barclay Mcgain must resign.
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  • Stand with Tess
    The proposed redundancy of Tess comes at a time when she is more needed than ever. Recent changes, budget cuts and instability at Nura Gili Centre at the Kensington campus as well as the shockingly low employment of Indigenous (and, further CALD) staff at UNSW marks this as a part of a larger, ongoing issue at an institutional level that needs to be remedied rather than exacerbated. Diverse staff are crucial to not only the education of students but further, to their well-being. Tess remains one of the few staff members that Indigenous, CALD and other marginalised students feel they can turn to and rely on. As well as her role as a mentor, Tess is also professionally and pedagogically a boon to the institution. Her course Aboriginal Art Now has influenced countless students and has led many to pursue further and higher research - academically, curatorially and artistically - in a more considered and critically rigorous way. In addition, Aboriginal Art Now remains one of the few Indigenous art courses available at UNSW Art & Design. She has also been instrumentally involved in a vast number of exhibitions in the Indigenous arts community in the last 30 years. The volumes of academic, artistic and curatorial output of Tess evidences her prolific reach and influence in the arts sector. As Associate Professor David Garneau suggested, her contribution to the arts sector deserves an honorary doctorate. Her removal would constitute a massive loss to the UNSW community, and the wider ripple on effects of this would be unimaginable.
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  • Save Medevac for Refugees
    The petition of the undersigned shows: • that approximately 800 refugees and asylum seekers remain on Manus Island and Nauru after nearly six years; • that there is no possibility that all of these people will be able to go to the United States; • that the medical condition of many of them has deteriorated alarmingly; • that necessary medical treatment is often not available in either Papua New Guinea or Nauru and can most appropriately be provided in Australia.
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  • Coles and Woolworths must end labour exploitation on their farms
    The majority of Australians do their grocery shopping at Coles or Woolworths. Yet the farm workers who feed us, who pick and pack the fruit and vegetables we all eat, are enduring wage theft and exploitation on Australian farms. Two thirds of surveyed workers reported earning below minimum wage, sometimes as low as $4.80 per hour. Cash contractors act as controlling mediators between farms and workers, often resulting in stolen wages, no superannuation, sexual harassment, bullying and harassment. Coles and Woolworths must not continue to profit from this exploitation. Add your voice to stand with farm workers today!
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  • #WhatThePho? Wages stolen and staff sacked via WhatsApp at Hochi Mama
    Hochi Mama is a Vietnamese restaurant at the top of Melbourne’s Chinatown. It’s also Melbourne’s number one Asian restaurant on the venue rating site, TripAdvisor. I worked there as a bartender. And I was on a flat rate of $20 per hour, no penalty rates. In just four months I had over $3000 (including super) stolen from me. Often, we felt we were treated like dirt. Hochi Mama had a staff WhatsApp group where we got our rosters, we swapped shifts and management would give us instructions about our jobs. This was also how workers found out they’d been fired, by seeing we’d been deleted from the staff WhatsApp group. It happened to me. It happened to lots of other staff. In front of everyone. Most bosses have the decency to actually TELL you that you'd been fired. Not these guys. And it left everyone feeling afraid and wondering: who’s next? Migrant kitchen staff were treated even worse. They worked double shifts of 13-14 hours for a flat rate of $70 or $100, in cash. I even saw them sleeping on milk crates out the back of the restaurant between shifts. It’s not okay for any worker to be treated like this, particularly in a wealthy country like ours. All over this industry, we see migrant workers treated like an underclass. It’s just wrong. We need to stand together and demand fairness and respect for ALL hospo workers. That’s the only way anything is ever going to change.
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  • Stop the threats & harassment
    Workers at Della Rosa have come forward about wage theft and bullying and harassment. From a recent SBS report: “...we were bullied by our seniors to not speak to anyone regarding poor working conditions and systematic underpayment. We were threatened that we would be out of work if we didn’t toe the line.” After several attempts to resolve widespread wage theft by the NUW, we are taking the fight for workers wages to the next level. Soon, NUW members will go to the Federal Court of Australia, with our legal representatives at Maurice Blackburn, to seek stolen wages for a group of Della Rosa workers to the tune of over $600,000. But there is another problem at Della Rosa in Melbourne's northern suburbs. Migrant workers have told the union they have been bullied and harassed. Workers say they are shouted and their jobs are threatened. Workers say management targets them based on where they come from or what visa they are on, that they are threatened if the speak up. The problem must be fixed from the top. Emilio de Lorso can fix this problem. He can weed out threatening and racist behaviour and put an end to it. The community is now watching to see that workers have a safe and discrimination-free workplace. A group of NUW members have broken their silence, read more at SBS news here: https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/article/2019/05/23/migrant-workers-allegedly-underpaid-600000-melbourne-pizza-manufacturer
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  • Keep Destroyer 666 from touring Australia
    In a world of Christchuch shootings and Sri Lankan bombings we need to collectively work to stop the spread of hate speech and bigotry - the seeds that manifest in physical violence. Destroyer 666, a band of expats now based in Europe, are about to embark on a tour of Australia and New Zealand. Throughout their decades-spanning career, Destroyer 666 and most notably their vocalist "K.K. Warslut", have left a trail of racist, misogynistic, and violent hate speech. Supported by a dedicated legion of fans, the band resorts to extreme fear and intimidation tactics when confronted with resistance to their behaviour and politics. Warslut’s hateful rhetoric is from the same playbook that helped radicalise the Christchurch terrorist: channeled into the ear of disaffected young men in the metal scene, coaxing them into a world of radical hatred. In 2012 while opening a show, K.K. Warslut shouted: “This one’s for all the Muslim immigrants that are invading. They’re invited to invade our fucking continents. Fuck you Allah! Yeah everyone’s busy being anti-Christian… fuck being anti-Christian, let’s be fucking anti-Muslim for once!” Warslut punctuated his Islamophobic rant by Sieg-Heiling with his right hand. https://youtu.be/97tXzR4n7HE In 2016, after music journalist and photographer Blair Hopkins mentioned being inappropriately groped by a fan at a Destroyer 666 show in New York she reviewed, K.K. Warslut took to Facebook (in a since-deleted but widely reported post) to write: “Clearly your [sic] insecure about your looks woman and felt a burning desire to advertise just how irresistible you are. To drunks. Sad desperate bitch” and labels Hopkins a “little lying dishonest whore [sic].” In Hopkins’ review she documented ‘stage banter’ from K.K. Warslut that included asking the audience to ensure there were “NO FAGG*TS” in attendance and responding with “That’s the attitude we need tonight” when another audience member shouted “We need more white women in here!” During a concert in 2018, K.K. Warslut referred to #MeToo activists as a bunch of “C*nts” who need a “hard dick”. His room of devoted fans met these words with approval. This came after the #KillTheKing movement, a #MeToo offshoot operating within the metal world that specifically singled out K.K. Warslut for his history of misogynistic and sexist harassment of women in the metal scene. At a previous concert at Metal Magic Festival in Denmark, K.K. Warslut began their set with a sexist rant to the effect of “You guys are a bunch of wankers. You live in a matriarchal culture. I get nauseous from you guys.” K.K. Warslut and Destroyer 666 use their stage time to spread messages of hate, and their offstage time to circle their wagons, and encourage fans to threaten writers, editors, and reviewers. It seems that one of the main reasons you can’t read a play-by-play of Destroyer 666’s racist bigotry over the years may be attributed to the threats of physical violence by the band’s fans towards editors, prompting many to un-publish their content. There are real physical consequences of white supremacist hate speech: incitements turn to real world violence. (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/03/world/white-extremist-terrorism-christchurch.html) Warslut has prominently displayed a Wolfsangel tattoo on his stomach – an ancient Germanic rune adopted as the insignia of several Waffen-SS units, and the official symbol of the US-based Neo-nazi terrorist group Aryan Nations. Before fans decry this as simply “bigotry by association”, let’s look at an interview K.K. Warslut gave a Melbourne radio station following the release of their album Unchain The Wolves. After referring to Norwegian black metal musicians as “skinny fagg*ts,” Warslut described the white wolf motif as representing “the spirit of the white man.” Just over a month ago, 50 innocent people were gunned down by a neo-Nazi terrorist in Christchurch while they prayed. Next month, Destroyer 666, a band who seem to share the terrorists ideology, are set to tour Australia. Hate speech and incitement to violence should not be a profitable venture on our shores. We need to ask their promoter Soundworks Touring, what margin of ticket sales from white supremacists is acceptable to them. We need to ask the Australian venues hosting this tour (Factory Theatre in Sydney, the Wooly Mammoth in Brisbane and Max Watt’s in Melbourne) how many drink sales make it worthwhile to platform an Islamophobic rant on their stages. Some Destroyer 666 fans may have remained apolitical, but now need to reflect what side they are really on — because the music scene can no longer pretend there is a neutral ground. The delusion of neutral ground was erased when 50 people were murdered by an Australian neo-Nazi in two mosques in Christchurch. We all have a social role to play in combating hate speech and violence and working to prevent terrorism. Let’s make sure our music scenes in no way profit from or promote white supremacy, or play a role in radicalising yet another white supremacist terrorist. Let’s not leave it solely to a 16-year-old with an egg to stand up for us as a nation this time.
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  • Hold Officeworks accountable for allowing the printing of nazi propaganda and hate at their store
    While the majority of the Christchurch terror attack victims are still yet to be burried, Officeworks has ALLOWED the printing of swastikas for the second time since the massacre.  On three occasions, local Werribbee neo nazi Len Reynolds ('Lensta Reynolds' on Facebook) has printed these hate symbols on Officeworks equipment. If this isn't abhorrent enough, Len threatened to bash a now ex-worker of Officeworks. Officeworks did nothing when Len came back instore, except tell this ex-worker to stay in the tearoom whilst Len Reynolds printed his nazi propaganda. Officeworks response to instant outrage has been to relegate themselves to the 'tearoom' in hiding. Deleting comments on their page, refusing to acknowledge and address their absolute complicity in the printing of nazi hate symbols and the perpetuation of facists ideology.  Please sign and leave comments.  This petition will be taken to the local authorities and to Officeworks head office. Hate, facism and nazism must be stopped in it's tracks. To do nothing is to be complicit.  SHAME ON YOU OFFICEWORKS!!! We see you!
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  • Stop cruel cuts to support for asylum seekers living in the community
    The Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) Program provides vital support to individuals and families living in the Australian community while they wait for their refugee status to be finalised. It provides help with the basics of life like housing, food, clothing, medical services and the costs of putting kids through kinder and school. It also provides access to counselling and mental health support. The Federal Government has a responsibility to provide support to people until they get the outcome of their asylum claims and can move forward with their lives in a positive way. Australians support each other when we hit hard times and we are asking the Federal Government to do the same. We need to back our neighbours, friends and local communities instead of leaving the people who need our help most to suffer in silence. The Back Your Neighbour Campaign is a coalition of Australian local governments working with community groups, welfare organisations and ordinary Australians who oppose cuts aimed at the most vulnerable members of our community. Find out more at www.backyourneighbour.com.au
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  • Don't privatise our visa system!
    This work should be done by public servants who are highly trained and experienced, not private companies who just want to make a profit. Time and time again the Liberals put profits before people and the good of our nation. You can’t trust the Liberals with our public services. Tell the Liberals that you don’t want to see Australia’s immigration system become more expensive and more difficult for migrant families like mine – sign the petition now.
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  • Don't Deport Commonwealth Games Asylum Seekers
    Following the Commonwealth Games held at the Gold Coast in April this year roughly 250 athletes fled, seeking protection and safety in Australia. In May, then Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton told 2GB Radio that he needed to "round them up as quickly as possible". A number of these athletes are LGBTI. If they are forced to return to their home countries where homosexuality is illegal, they face the prospect of vicious punishment including "corrective" rape. Others face persecution for having political opinions that oppose their home governments. One of the athletes recently told the Canberra Times, “I just want to live a normal life where I can be free and nobody judges me.” All of these athletes should have the right to live safely in a country which will protect them. More information: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/i-don-t-think-i-will-survive-if-i-go-home-20180727-p4ztz6.html
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  • Don’t deport Huyen- Stop separating families
    Vietnamese asylum seeker Huyen is facing deportation and indefinite separation from her 4 month old baby Isabella and husband Paul. Catholics are a persecuted minority in Vietnam, and Huyen fled this persecution in 2011. She arrived in Australia by boat, and was detained in Darwin, Christmas Island, Villawood, and then in community detention. In November 2017, Huyen was living in St Albans in Melbourne with her husband Paul, and was 4 months pregnant when she was taken into MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows. In January this year Border Force loaded her onto a chartered flight to Vietnam, but she was 8 months pregnant and so was taken off the plane just before it departed. Huyen is now in MITA detention centre with her 4 month old daughter, and there are no legal barriers to her deportation. Her husband Paul, Isabella’s father, must submit to drug tests, metal detectors, and notoriously elaborate application forms to visit them after work each day. Isabella has inherited her father’s 457 visa status (he is Mauritius Chinese), and if she is deported Huyen would be indefinitely separated from her daughter and husband. Catholic asylum seekers who were returned to Vietnam from Indonesia last year were harassed, arrested, and threatened with imprisonment. Government led and government sanctioned land confiscations, church burnings, violence and threats of torture continue against Catholics and other religious minorities in Vietnam. The UNHCR has just condemned Australia for separating a Sri Lankan refugee family, where the father was deported leaving the mother and 11 month old baby in Sydney. UNHCR is urging the Government of Australia to uphold the fundamental principle of family unity, and allow family members to be together. XIN ĐỪNG TRỤC XUẤT HUYỀN – ĐỪNG CHIA RẼ GIA ĐÌNH HUYỀN Kính gởi Ông Peter Dutton , Bộ trưởng bộ di trú Cô Huyền là một người tầm trú vượt biển tìm tự do đang có nguy cơ bị trục xuất về Việt nam đau xót lìa xa con thơ Isabella 4 tháng và chồng là Paul Đàn áp Công giáo tại Nghệ an Việt nam đã đẩy Huyền trốn chạy khỏi Việt nam bằng ghe vượt biển ,đến đảo Chrismas Island , rồi trại cấm Darwin , trại cấm Villawood , nhà quản thúc . Tháng 11/2017 , đang sống ở St Albans với chồng thì Huyền bị bắt đưa vào trại biệt giam MITA lúc đang mang thai được 4 tháng . Tháng 1/2018 Huyền bị đưa ra sân bay để trục xuất về Việt nam , nhưng lúc đó thai nhi đã được 8 tháng , vì sự an toàn cho thai nhi nên nhân viên bộ di trú đã đưa Huyền xuống khỏi máy bay trở lại trại MITA Bây giờ Huyền đang ở trại MITA với con gái 4 tháng mà không được tí ân huệ nào ngăn chận nguy cơ trục xuất về Việt nam . Anh Paul mỗi ngày sau khi đi làm về phải trải qua nhiều khám xét về ma túy , vũ khí và độc dược để điền đơn vào thăm vợ con . Bé Isabella thừa nhận visa 457 của cha ( Paul là người Trung Hoa) visa làm việc tạm thời , do đó nếu bị trục xuất cô sẽ đau đớn xa con thơ và chồng Năm ngoái bộ di trú đã trục xuất những người tầm trú vì bị đàn áp tôn giáo về Việt nam từ Indonesia , những người này đã bị quấy nhiễu , bị bắt bỏ tù , bị tra tấn và đe dọa đến khủng hoảng Nhà nước Việt nam đã ra sắc lệnh tịch thu đất đai , đốt cháy nhà thờ , đập phá các nơi thờ cúng của đạo Công giáo và các đạo khác Cao ủy tỵ nạn Liên Hiệp Quốc cũng lên án bộ di trú Úc đã tàn nhẫn trục xuất người chồng người tỵ nạn Sri Lanka về nước bỏ lại vợ và con 11 tháng ở Sydney . Cao ủy tỵ nạn Liên Hiệp Quốc cũng yêu cầu chính phủ Úc phải quan tâm và xét lại đạo luật nhân đạo để giữ cho gia đình được ở chung với nhau Chúng tôi xin Ông Bộ trưởng Dutton hãy cho Huyền một ân huệ cuối cùng để được ra khỏi trại biệt giam MITA và ân xá cho Huyền được theo visa của chồng và con .
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