• Discrimination has no place in our schools
    The Morrison government's proposed legislation will entrench the right to discriminate in all faith-based institutions across Australia, and will bulldoze the protections which have been hard-fought for in individual states and territories. We are also deeply concerned about the cover provided by this Bill for bigotry, misogyny and homophobia – not just in non-government education, but in all schools and workplaces. Insulting, hurtful and offensive statements about women, members of the LGBTIQ+ community, single parents, people with disabilities or illness will be afforded legal protection and harder to call out. We support religious freedoms, including the freedom against discrimination. However, the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill does not protect against discrimination – it enables it. It must be stopped. We call on all politicians to oppose this dangerous and misguided legislation.
    4,328 of 5,000 Signatures
    Created by Independent Education Union
  • More super yacht mooring
    Luckily, in Scott Morrison we have a true champion of the super-yachting-community. Scott. Sco-Mo. Maaaate. What's a few million bucks of Australians' taxes between friends? Especially since you know we have your back at the next election.
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    Created by Edwina Byrne
  • Safe Space for PoC at UTS!
    There is a high population of students from a variety of ethnic and migrant backgrounds who deserve a safe space to feel supported and validated in their time on campus. In 2020, UTS had 46,382 students enrolled and of those students, 13,963 were international students, 47% of students spoke languages other than English at home and 48% were born outside of Australia. Experiences of racial discrimination are common among students of colour, however, only 300 complaints have been reported to the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion entirely with an even smaller amount of these complaints being relevant to racial discrimination. The equity complaint sector itself is a relatively new sector with minimal data and offering students a space to explore the options available to them is vital. It is important for the plight of racial justice to extend beyond merely celebrating diversity. For an authentic sense of inclusion to be fostered, it is required of institutions to implement systems of support for bipoc students. The introduction of a safe space for the Ethnocultural Collective would allow students of colour the chance and space to discuss, dissect and reflect on their experiences by connecting with other students who face similar barriers and difficulties. This would also allow space for students of colour to raise awareness among students and pointing them towards processes of resolve in the face of discrimination and utilise the complaint system that is currently existent, but not particularly accessible. Urging the need for an allocated room and therefore Ethnocultural safe space, is the University Senior Executives’ plans for the “phased reactivation” of campus, as quoted in Andrew Parfitt, Provost and Senior Vice-President’s email sent to students on Monday the 11th of October 2021. With the reactivation and reopening of campus, comes the obligation of UTS Senior Executive to fast-track the bureaucratic process, and align the Ethnocultural safe space’s establishment with the return of students to campus. An Ethnocultural safe space would improve the campus experience for students of colour by firstly cultivating an active, ‘sticky campus’; but also filling the gaps that the university’s formal complaints processes aren’t able to address for students of Colour. Ultimately, a safe space would give students an outlet to express frustrations and anxieties of systemic and interpersonal racism, resulting in improved student wellbeing.
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    Created by UTS Ethnocultural Collective Picture
  • STOP PROFITING OFF OUR CHILDREN!
    Parents would be horrified to learn that for profit services are more likely to be understaffed, to fail to meet quality standards and to commit safety breaches. Private ECEC companies are enriching their owners and executives at the expense of the care provided to children and wages and the wellbeing and security of their employees. These practices are contributing to the worst staffing crisis the sector has ever seen, with educators leaving the sector in record numbers. That’s why educators like me are calling on the Federal Government to: • Make what really happens in early education transparent by requiring every business to publish their profit and how much tax they pay because parents and taxpayers have a right to know, • Cut the fat cats out of early education by investing in not-for-profit and public provision; • Regulate how much profit you can take out of early education to ensure taxpayers’ money goes to supporting little children and their educators, and not obscene profits. Sign this petition to tell the Federal Government to stop the private sector from profiting off our children! - Pixie, Early Childhood Educator
    6,449 of 7,000 Signatures
    Created by Pixie and Big Steps Campaign Picture
  • Stop Scott Morrison's Undemocratic Voting Laws
    The Australian Parliament will vote on these laws in the next two weeks. We need you to add your voice to hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations who have called for the rejection of Scott Morrison’s undemocratic laws. There are already enough barriers to casting a vote in an election, especially if you live in a remote community. This is not the answer. Will you sign this petition to help us stop Scott Morrison’s undemocratic laws?
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    Created by United Workers Union Picture
  • Let's Win Gender Affirmation Leave @NAB
    Imagine a situation where you wake up and realise, you’re living in a body that does not feel like your own, that the way you look and the way the world perceives you, does not align with who you are. Put simply, this is gender dysphoria. It is an everyday distress that affects most, though not all people who are transgender. Easy and unhindered access to assistance for people experiencing gender dysphoria is extremely important. Gender dysphoria can be alleviated in a multitude of ways including (but not limited to) counselling, hormone therapy, surgery and updating legal paperwork. We believe people who have to go on this journey should have access to an additional paid leave to assist with their affirmation simply and easily. As union members, whether this is a situation that affects us directly, indirectly, or something we have no experience of, we stand for equality. We ask you to stand with us.
    502 of 600 Signatures
    Created by Finance Sector Union
  • It's time for the people of Ireland to decide their future
    2021 marks 100 years since the partition of Ireland. The imposed division of Ireland triggered decades of injustice and conflict, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives. The signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 ended decades of political conflict, and also provided a path for the achievement of Irish national self-determination through peaceful and democratic means. It was endorsed through referendum by an overwhelming majority of the people of Ireland, north and south, and is an internationally binding Treaty that places legal obligations on both the Irish and British Governments to ensure full implementation of all its provisions. The Good Friday Agreement provides for concurrent referenda north and south, to determine any change in the Constitutional status of the north of Ireland. Specifically, the Agreement provides for a poll to be triggered by the British Government. Recent historic political developments in Ireland, including the detrimental impact on Ireland of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, and the failure to provide an all-Ireland response to the global Covid19 Pandemic, have resulted in an unprecedented and building momentum for Constitutional change. The most recent polls have shown that a majority of citizens in the north of Ireland now favour a Referendum being held within the next five years. Recognising that Australia and Ireland have long and deep historic links – with an estimated one-third of today’s Australian population having Irish ancestry – we share many common bonds and democratic values. In this spirit, as part of the Diaspora of generations of Irish people in Australia, we call on the British government to honour the requirement set out in the Good Friday Agreement and to hold a Referendum on Irish Unity. We say – ‘It’s Time’ to let the People decide. I believe its time for the people of Ireland to decide their future
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    Created by Peter Moss
  • Keep COVID Protections For Essential Workers
    Paramedics have made immense sacrifices throughout the pandemic. At times, many have felt scared to go home to their families, worried they will bring home COVID-19. The amendment provided the small comfort of knowing that if the worst did happen and we did become infected with COVID-19, at least we would not have to face the stress of proving our infection occurred at work. We cannot stand by and watch while our Government turns its back on the workers that carried this state through the pandemic. We're sending a clear message that NSW will not accept the cruel and short-sighted repeal of this amendment.
    378 of 400 Signatures
    Created by Zoe Power
  • Mantle Group: Respect Your Workers
    We are aware of at least three expired agreements within Mantle Group. Young workers have been speaking out and request Mantle Group agree to: 1. Terminate any expired workplace agreements within the Group; and 2. Recognise and promote the Union in the workplace.
    169 of 200 Signatures
    Created by Young Workers Hub Picture
  • We need a royal commission into the organised far right in Australia
    The organised far right in Australia is tapping into fear in our communities. They are sowing uncertainty and doubt in public health messages, and co-opting democratic values to spread conspiracy theories among everyday Australians. Although the riots in Melbourne appeared chaotic and disorganised, pulling in a mix of anti-vaxxers, white supremacists and others, the common thread was authoritarianism. They targeted a union office to force their fringe agenda onto the whole construction industry by threatening the union’s democratically elected leadership. They assaulted journalists who were there to cover the protests because they object to independent scrutiny of their actions. They converged on the Shrine in the hope of appealing to nationalist militaristic sentiment – desecrating, in the process, a sacred monument that commemorates tens of thousands who died fighting fascism. They marched on Parliament, an obvious target to those who decry the legitimate health directions made through democratic process. Despite their use of anti-authoritarian rhetoric and appeals to “freedom”, what unites these disparate groups is an interest in undermining trust in democratic institutions. We have seen how social media companies have a financial incentive to promote misinformation, whose algorithms feed a cocktail of conspiratorial content, sowing division and right-wing extremism. We have seen how mainstream politicians are loath to call out far-right violence without equating it, nonsensically, with anti-fascist activism. Tragically, when a white-supremacist terrorist gunned down dozens of New Zealand citizens in mosques, we saw how far-right extremism in Australia can pose a violent threat to Australia’s neighbours. And while major news investigations and even a formal police inquiry have highlighted the dangerous rise of the far-right in Australia, we have yet to see any coherent public policy response. That's why unions are calling for a royal commission with powers to investigate links to foreign influence, social media, commercial interests and media platforming of known far-right agitators.
    7,668 of 8,000 Signatures
    Created by Luke Hilakari
  • COVID RETENTION BONUS FOR VICTORIAN PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS
    Without these health workers, the public health system would come to a grinding halt. It's not enough to call them heroes. These workers need an annual $500 COVID retention bonus in recognition of their drastically increased workload. It's the least the Victorian Government can do. Sign this petition. Join the campaign to recognise the hard work of Victoria's non-clinical public hospital workers. The Victorian Government needs to show it values these workers.
    4,055 of 5,000 Signatures
    Created by Health Workers Union Picture
  • Tax avoidance and evasion costs Australia $50 billion each year
    The mega-wealthy should pay the same average rates of tax as everyday Australians, but the Morrison Government has failed to change bad laws that offer incentives and loopholes for mega-millionaires to reduce their tax to less than the average rates. The end result is that when mega-millionaires and billionaires use these tax loopholes, it costs billions of dollars each year. Tax avoidance is not a victimless crime. This is money that could fund hospitals, schools and job-creating infrastructure.
    1,837 of 2,000 Signatures
    Created by Australian Unions