• Right To A Fair Trial Within A Reasonable Period QLD
    This can happen to any visa holder. If you are charged with a crime you did not commit in Queensland you have three options. 1. Accept visa cancellation and deportation without conviction. 2. Accept a criminal conviction and deportation without trial. 3. Wait for in excess of four years remanded in custody, or in immigration detention for a trial date. Whilst you wait for four years you are unable to work and support your family. On conviction in Queensland, most people charged with murder are convicted of Manslaughter, and are sentenced to 8-9 years (2.5-4.5 years of which will be served in prison). This means someone wrongly accused of a crime who is a visa holder, on the most trivial charge, spends longer detained or incarcerated than almost any convicted person except convicted Murderers. This is unlawful, but is accepted best practice in Queensland. Surely no visa should be cancelled prior to a conviction bring recorded. Also a charge may never exceed 12 months progressing to trial for a detained or remanded person. Further, time in detention awaiting trial, should never exceed the base (incarcerated) sentence, let alone the head sentence. The Crown (Federal Government) interfering in a Queensland charge, by cancelling the visa of a defendant was expressly protected at the time the Criminal Code was written. Now QLD Police request that the Federal Government cancel any charged persons visa, as it gains them an insurmountable advantage. Clough v Leahy, Griffith CJ, speaking for the Court, had said[200]: "Nor can the Crown interfere with the administration of the course of justice. It is not to be supposed that the Crown would do such a thing; but, if persons acting under a Commission from the Crown were to do acts which, if done by private persons, would amount to an unlawful interference with the course of justice, the act would be unlawful, and would be punishable."
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  • Calling for a vote of no confidence in the Morrison government.
    I created the petition based on the myriad of scandals the Morrison government is embroiled in. The prime minister isn’t honestly dealing with allegations of corruption and rorting. He isn’t taking climate action seriously and the political/financial interference of the fossil fuel industry is likely behind that. He’s hell bent on rolling out of the Indue card despite evidence of how it disadvantages the most vulnerable people. And there’s an overall lack of accountability, transparency and integrity. Where is a Federal ICAC? The list goes on. I could also include the unwillingness to implement recommendations from Royal Commissions, the poor response to the bushfire crisis, and the rise of right wing extremism, and claiming a surplus from the NDIS underspend while splashing money around dodgy contracts with Indue, Paladin and others with links to the LNP. I truly believe that if enough ordinary people stand up we can let politicians know that democracy belongs to us and not to them. They should serve the public good and not just be in it for themselves, and the power that comes with their elected positions. When they make bad decisions, they need to take responsibility and be answerable to us. I’m sure there’s enough of us who want to give the prime minister the message: Scotty from marketing - we’re not buying what you’re selling.
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  • Channel Nine: cancel Pauline Hanson Now
    Because Pauline Hanson’s rhetoric is dangerous -- it inflames and radicalises those who seek to do violence to others. It emboldens far right extremists. Many recent perpetrators of mass shootings in the US have closely echoed the kinds of racist, inflammatory comments broadcast on Fox News and other parts of the media. Let’s stop our media from becoming a platform for hate. Sign the petition to Channel Nine now.
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  • We need a proper health response
    The ban prevents temporary migrants who have recently been in China from travelling to Australia. This approach is not backed by the World Health Organisation. The Coronavirus doesn't know your visa status. We need a proper health response. This ban discriminates against international students and workers on temporary visas who can't return to their communities. Many of those affected have lived in Australia for years and call this country home. Temporary migrant workers are more likely to be in insecure work, have less access to paid leave and there has been no consideration of the hardship this ban will create. People stand to lose their jobs, their ability to pay for rent and there will be ongoing impacts on visa eligibility into the future. The Migrant Workers Centre supports all temporary visa holders and will offer assistance to those whose employment has been impacted. Sign up here to call on Scott Morrison to end the ban 近日,澳洲政府决议禁止所有非澳洲籍公民及持永久居民签证者,並且有中国大陆旅游史的旅客入境。这措舉并不符合日前世界卫生组织針對新型冠狀病毒所發布的规章。新型冠状病毒并不认得个人是持有 何種簽證。我们要的是更严谨的防疫措施。 澳洲政府此項规定,不僅是政策歧视國際學生,更让所有持证短期签证的劳动者,无法返回工作职位。 很多无辜受遭殃的旅客都居住在澳洲很多年,他们也称澳洲为他们的家。多数短期移工签证者在澳洲,工作都极为不稳定,都沒有休假給付;这个政策的祭出,完全没有考虑到这一群签证持有人的难处。他们极有可能失掉工作,未来可能面临付不出房租的窘境;甚或是对签证资格造成影响。 所有的外籍人士短期移工签证者,若因依該政策导致工作权利受到影响,移工中心将会进行协助。 请支持该份连署要求斯科特·莫里森下架禁飞令。
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  • 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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