• 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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  • Support laws against non-fatal strangulation in South Australia
    CONTENT WARNING A woman surviving non-fatal strangulation is eight times more likely to be later murdered by her domestic violence perpetrator. Like Joy Rowley who was choked unconscious eight months before her murder. Her assailant “wasn't charged for six months amid police concern there was insufficient evidence". https://goo.gl/xHSG8k Strangulation can cause disability or later death, with no external signs of injury. They may be incorrectly attributed to other causes. See: https://goo.gl/XEQFe9 It’s a weapon to instil fear and increase control over a victim. Professionals may miss subtle signs. Training can improve practice and policy. Victims' participation in life is affected, as are families' and communities'. Child witnesses suffer disrupted education and their physical and mental health may be affected. Laws not recognising the impact of non-fatal strangulation have been shown to let perpetrators get away with their crimes and leave victims living with violence under threat of death.
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  • End Illegal Asbestos Imports
    Asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003 however every week illegal asbestos imports are stopped at our border. Some new asbestos products are also still making their way into our communities and workplaces in the form of building materials, car parts, children’s crayons and even home decorations. Once they inside Australia, it’s hard to detect them and then hard to get them removed without strong government regulation and enforcement. As long as countries in our region such as China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, India and Cambodia continue to manufacture asbestos products, we will continue to get illegal imports. Asbestos isn’t safe at any level of exposure. That’s why we’re supporting campaigns to ban asbestos throughout our region. In November 2017 the Senate Inquiry into Non-Conforming Building Products delivered an interim report into illegal asbestos imports. The recommendations included: • The Australian Government supporting asbestos bans internationally • Increased prosecutions and penalties for illegal imports • A whole of Government approach to ending illegal asbestos imports • Funding for the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency • More education and training on illegal asbestos imports • Funding to adequately screen imports • Compulsory recalls for consumer products containing asbestos The Liberal and Nationals members of the Inquiry called the recommendations ‘overreach’. Though a response has been due since May, the Government is yet to respond. We’re calling on the Government to support the recommendations of the inquiry, will you join us?
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  • Ichi Group: Stop Exploiting Migrant Workers
    I’m calling on the Fair Work Ombudsman to conduct a comprehensive audit of the Ichi Group and ensure they are paying correct wages and that ALL former and current employees receive their correct back pay. It’s not fair that the most vulnerable workers, who were paid even less than me, should miss out on being repaid their stolen wages. Hospo Voice members don’t want to see this kind of exploitation of migrant workers in our industry. That’s why we are demanding ALL current and former staff are paid back everything that they are owed.
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    Created by Oscar Shaw, Hospo Voice member
  • Save Safe Schools in Victoria
    Safe Schools saves lives. As a former teacher I constantly heard what the students were saying after class. You would hear kids making fun of “tr*nnies” and “fags”. You can see how isolated and vulnerable children become. But every single homophobic and transphobic remark is preventable. Safe Schools is an anti-bullying program that gives teachers resources and training materials to ensure they can provide an inclusive environment for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex. Growing up feeling different or not belonging is something we can all relate to. But being constantly bullied, attacked or feeling isolated should and can be prevented. We need to protect Safe Schools that support students in creating respectful learning environments for them and their peers, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Everyone has the right to be safe and feel safe. Especially young adults figuring out where they fit in this confusing world. We have seen in every state across this country, the Liberals obsession with LGBTIQA+ children. Katie Allen, Victorians in Prahran overwhelmingly voted for equality, its time you listen and leave Safe Schools alone. The community of Prahran deserves a candidate who is willing to stand up for their community.
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  • Fair Go for Pensioners!
    Fair Go for Pensioners calls on our respective ministers and parliamentarians to recognise the significant hardship facing pensioners and other people on low income as they struggle with the rising cost of living issues and urge the Federal Government to commit to national policies to reduce poverty and inequality. Fair Go for Pensioners reference to "pensioners" means all those receiving income support payments and payments to families provided by the Federal Government and administered by Centrelink. Fair Go for Pensioners call on the Federal Government to: 1. Increase the age pension rate from 27.7% to 35% of male total average weekly earnings (MTAWE). 2. Adopt quality indexation for all income support payments using age pension indexation measures. 3. Increase over the median term (i.e. 4 years) all single case rates of publicly funded income support payments from 27.7% to 35% MTAWE. 4. Prioritise over the longer term (i.e. 7 years) a publicly provided decent living income for pensioners. 5. Raise the inadequate Newstart Allowance to at least $100 per week for the singles basic rate as a matter of urgency. 6. Revert retirement age to 65 years of age and not continue to increase to 67 years by 1 July 2023. 7. Outline plans to achieve zero hunger so that everyone in Australia has enough safe and nutritious food to thrive. 8. Implement a new Affordable Housing Agreement to include for renters the growth of affordable public housing at 25% rent to total household income. 9. Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) maximum rate for retirees renting by at least $30 a week for couples and $50 for single - dis-proportionally women - and that CRA be indexed to housing costs not CPI. 10. Ensure pensions/alowances are not restricted due to overseas travel to visit loved ones. 11. Prioritise improved healthcare measures for all people on low incomes. An expanded range of culturally appropriate medical services are delivered for free or at lower cost under the publicly administered Medicare system including optional, hearing and pharmaceutical service and free care as a public patient in a public hospital. 12. Conduct and subside for healthcare card holders an awareness campaign to increase knowledge of medical supplies. 13. Establish and fund Medicare a free national public dental care system for all pensioners and other in low incomes. 14. Increase significantly the level of funding for aged care services and extend services to meet growing demand in this area. 15. Enact tough legislation and penalties for unscrupulous operators to protect older people and other concession card holders considering taking out reverse mortgages. 16. Outline plans to reduce the impact of the GST on all income support recipients and introduce a fair pricing policy for goods and services. 17. Introduce a new and expanded 4-year National Partnership Agreement on Concessions for Pensioners including for all utilities, public transport, motor vehicle registration, council rates and a broadband supplement or applied to to applicable hardware purchases of $40/month. 18. Reform the tax system for a fairer one including closing superannuation tax concession loopholes e.g. taxing all super pensions at 15% rather than zero and cutting maximum pre-tax contributions to $11,000 from the current $25,000. 19. Ensure these superannuation reforms reduce those ordinary default members' account fees and that such fees are invested in MySuper default products. 20. Increase the low income superannuation contribution payment up to $1,000 to assist low-income earners save towards retirement.
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  • Tell Turnbull to apologise to aged care workers!
    Malcolm Turnbull has just shown us what he really thinks of aged care workers and the care we give. We provide quality care to older Australians and help ensure they have dignified lives. It’s hard to imagine what a “better job” could be, but our rate of pay doesn’t reflect that. Honestly, Malcolm Turnbull’s attitude towards aged care is nothing new. He has already cut funding for aged care by more than a billion dollars, leaving aged care service providers struggling to provide the care our older Australians deserve. Turnbull has done a massive disservice to aged care workers like myself and the people we care for. The people we care for have done so much for our community and now I feel we’re failing when it’s our turn to care for them. He claims he values aged care but his words and actions don’t line up. Turnbull needs not only to apologise for his comments, but put his money where his mouth is and increase funding to aged care. Let’s make it very clear: Turnbull needs to value aged care workers and the people we care for!
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  • KEEP RAMSAY CENTRE OUT OF USYD
    The Ramsay Centre is a private body with $3 billion to establish a “Western Civilisation” arts degree at major universities, funded by a bequest from private health magnate and top Liberal Party donor Paul Ramsay. The Ramsay Centre aims to give academic respectability to racist ideas under the guise of celebrating “Western Civilisation” and its supposed supremacy. Board members of the Ramsay Centre include hard right former Liberal Prime Ministers, John Howard and Tony Abbott. Speaking to the course content of the proposed Ramsay Centre, Abbott affirmed the Centre’s conservative and Eurocentric vision, emphasising “it’s not just about Western Civilisation but in favour of it”. Structural discrimination will be introduced to the humanities with enormous resources, including $25,000 scholarships and small tutorial sizes, given to students who study “Western Civilisation” but not to students that study areas they deem inferior; those Abbott decries as “pervaded by Asian, Indigenous and sustainability perspectives”. University staff have expressed well founded concerns regarding academic independence. Ramsay Centre CEO Simon Haines has said they will review all course content, not hire teachers who have criticised Western civilisation and will withdraw funding if they think the course isn’t sufficiently pro-West. Universities should be a place to challenge dominant ideas, institutions and systems - not a place where billionaires can buy influence over curriculum, staffing and pedagogy in order to pedal racism disguised as appreciation for “Western Culture”. The University is selling control over its curriculum to the highest bidder and turning a blind eye to academic freedom and integrity to do so. We are strongly opposed to the University entering into any arrangement with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation.
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  • Hairy Little Sista: Stop Stealing Wages
    Across the hospitality industry, from Barry Cafe to Chin Chin to Vue de Monde, wage theft has become a business model. Hospo workers are fed up and now we’re fighting back. We have joined together to launch Hospo Voice, a powerful new union just for hospo workers so we can hold employers to account. We're calling on the Fair Work Ombudsman to conduct a full audit of Hairy Little Sista and order repayment of unpaid wages to all past and present staff. Right now.
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    Created by Harry Connor
  • Job Security for Court Security
    Governments should support safe and secure jobs. In the interest of community safety. The Barnett State Government put the WA Court Security work out to tender, saving $36 million. Won only at the expense of the wages of the court security officers and at the expense of communities that rely on the risk these officers take at their jobs every day. These officers are now being sentenced to a deal that: 1. Divides the workers on 2 different rates of pay 2. Does not pay allowances for working in the regions (much to the detriment of communities that rely on the risk these officers undertake.) These workers have been fighting for 12 months and have had ENOUGH. Now they are taking action. Sign this petition to support them holding their employer and the WA State Government to account. Read more about the history of this fight here: http://www.twuwa.org.au/articles/view/job-security-for-court-security.html
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  • Steven Marshall: Fund the Gap for Critical Mental Health Services by June 30
    Community based, mental health support programs like the Personal Helpers and Mentors Service (PHaMs) are crucial in supporting people dealing with mental health issues to live a good life. With federal funding for the program being cut by 50% on June 30, thousands of South Australians currently benefiting from the program will be left without support and the jobs of approximately 150 highly trained workers have been put at risk. Join Australian Services Union members and key organisations in the mental health sector in calling on South Australian Premier Steven Marshall to step up and fill the funding gap before June 30 to save this crucial mental health program.
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    Created by Australian Services Union SA & NT