• 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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  • 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
  • Save Melbourne City Child Care Centre
    As parents of pre-school kids at the Melbourne City Childcare Centre on A'Beckett Street, we are upset and angry about the hastily announced proposal from Melbourne City Council to shut the centre in four weeks. We have been given an unreasonably short consultation period of two weeks and are feeling rushed and stressed by the sudden announcement. We want the decision reversed because it is going to be bad for our kids, bad for our families and bad for the early childhood educators and carers who work at the centre. Our kids need to stay with their friends and educators and carers they trust. The educators and carers need their jobs. Our families need accessible care near our work for our kids. Melbourne City Childcare Centre provides a safe, fun and professional service to our pre-school kids. This centre offers a unique 'family' like environment. Our MCCC community is irreplaceable and the value cannot be seen in budgets and bottom lines. Our response to this proposal is a reflection of the respect and support that we have for one another. As parents, we worry about moving our kids from their established friendships and relationships at the centre. We also worry about the confusion and stress caused by finding and settling in to new childcares. As working families it is important that we have access to childcare near our workplaces, we know that finding other good quality centres for our kids in such a short timeframe will be incredibly difficult and stressful. We ask that you sign this petition to call on Melbourne City Council to keep our childcare centre open. - Parents of Melbourne City Childcare Centre, A'Beckett Street
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  • We need jobs you can count on
    All across our country – and especially outside the larger cities – people are crying out for good secure jobs. It’s vital to being able to plan and live a decent life. The Turnbull Government is making choices that ignore working peoples’ needs. Under this government, nearly half of us are in some kind of insecure work. Increasingly people are in jobs that are casual, forced into part-time work, engaged in labour hire or on rolling fixed-term contracts. Recent research shows that Australia has the highest level of temporary work in the OECD. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can use government purchasing power to create good, secure jobs instead of insecure work or sending our money overseas. We can make sure that that when the government hires teachers, nurses and other public servants they provide good, secure jobs instead of leaving people in limbo for years. And we can make a better country for everyone by putting the needs and lives of working people ahead of big business bottom lines. Please tell Scott Morrison we need jobs we can count on.
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    Created by Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Don't Deport Refugees and Asylum Seekers to Danger
    Australia continues to forcibly deport asylum seekers back to places such as Sri Lanka, Iraq, and Afghanistan where they face imprisonment, torture and death. Article 33 of the UN Refugee Convention, to which Australia is a signatory, states “No Contracting State shall expel or return ('refouler’) a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his [sic] life or freedom would be threatened on account of his [sic] race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.” Thousands of asylum seekers in Australia are at risk of deportation particularly because the Coalition government changed asylum assessment processes and abolished the Refugee Review Tribunal. An investigation by the Edmund Rice Centre in 2011 found that of 179 refugees who were forcibly returned to Afghanistan 20 had been confirmed killed and dozens more had disappeared. An update of the report in July 2017 concludes “it would be impossible for Australian, European and other governments to guarantee the safety of Afghan returnees in this period of instability”. Deportation itself is a brutal process often involving physical or chemical restraint. It breaches Australia’s obligations under international law. People deported by Australia have been bound and gagged. Deportations sometimes occur in the middle of the night with little to no warning for the person being deported. In 2010 Jimmy Mubenga, was suffocated to death while being restrained on a British Airways flight during deportation by the UK government. Deportation invariably puts passenger safety at risk because asylum seekers will often rightfully resist the process. Abdlmoneim Khogali, a Sudanese asylum seeker handcuffed to a passenger seat ripped the seat from its floor mountings in an attempt to avoid deportation from Australia. He was then beaten by guards in front of passengers. Several attempts were made to inject him with tranquilliser, the needle missed and bent into the seat. He was eventually injected with that same bent and contaminated needle, and bears scars from it. Deportation is self-evidently harmful for asylum seekers and can also be traumatic for airline staff and passengers. Airlines are not legally required to carry out forced deportations. In Germany pilots refused to carry out deportations 222 times between January and September 2017. Lufthansa spokesman Michael Lamberty told the Westdeutsche Allegeimeine Zeitung newspaper that pilots were able to make such decisions if they thought that flight safety could be affected. Deportations are happening here in Australia quite frequently. Just weeks ago a Tamil family from Biloela in Queensland were ripped from their beds in the middle of the night. Priya, Nades and their two young girls now face imminent deportation from MITA detention centre in Melbourne. We know that Tamils face torture and even death upon their return to Sri Lanka. This petition has been endorsed by: - Dr Gillian Triggs - Julian Burnside - People Just Like Us - The Edmund Rice Centre
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  • Cook is a crook!
    For a lot of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, the commemoration of the arrival of the first fleet promotes the highest degree of negativity. The arrival of the first fleet marks the beginning of the oppression of our mob - the continued disadvantage and structural violence perpetrated towards First Nations people began on this day. I am an Aboriginal man whose mob is from the NT, and I am cut up inside whenever I see anything to do with Captain Cook or the First Fleet, because these things represent the suffering that my family have historically faced and continue to face. We do not think this is an appropriate use of tax payers funds, working people earned these funds, including our Mob, and this is a shocking misuse of government money. We want this funding redacted from the government, and you should too! Sign our petition and share with the hashtag #cookisacrook! Like our Facebook page to support our campaign: www.facebook.com/cookisacrook
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    Created by Ethan Taylor, UATSIS National President
  • Accessible Playground for Urunga
    Inclusive Playgrounds are important for all to enjoy. Bellingen prides itself on being an inclusive community and it's the right thing to do to extend this to the children in our Shire and beyond. We support playgrounds for all. Increasingly playgrounds across the state and country are being updated to include accessible elements. We believe that Bellingen Shire Council, our State and Federal Governments should support extending this initiative to Urunga.
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  • Please save Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    As Buzzfeed stated so eloquently yesterday: 1. Captain Holt's ADORABLE corgi Cheddar needs to make Daddy proud for 10 more seasons. 2. The world needs to see more of Terry's mesmerizing pec dance. 3. Jake and Boyle's endearingly weird bromance is the purest friendship in history. 4. The show is funny even when it's DARK. 5. The diversity and representation in the cast is amazing. 6. Gina is always 10 steps ahead, and life without her wisdom on a weekly basis would be meaningless. 7. The world needs more, not less, of Captain Holt's hip slang. 8. We need to find out whether Jake ever gets around to cleaning out his locker. 9. And then there's the epic action sequences ... 10. ... the top-tier police tactics ... 11. ... and the incredible, iconic musical performances. 12. The show deals with relevant social issues that other shows won't even acknowledge. 13. The show's creator, Michael Shur also created Parks & Rec and The Good Place, as well as writing on The Office. Oh, he also played Mose Shrute. 14. We cannot allow the next Halloween episode to be the last. 15. "Title of your sex tape" is the new "That's what she said," and it's nowhere even close to getting old yet. 16. Hitchcock and Scully are national treasures and they need to be protected. 17. We need to spend more time exploring Jake's relationship with his worst enemy/best friend Doug Judy. 18. Adrian Pimento has so much more to give. 19. Boyle has so many more mistakes to make with the English language. 20. We will all be lost if we don't have Rosa to protect us. 21. And our lives will be sadder and smaller without Jake's countless Die Hard references ... 22. ... the deep and beautiful office friendships ... 23. ... Gina's never-ending sass ... 24. ... Terry's emotional coping mechanisms ... 25. ... Captain Holt's joyful demeanor ... 26. ... Jake and Amy's adorable romance ... 27. ... and Terry's yogurt obsession. 28. Without the team's expert interrogation techniques, we would never learn anything about ourselves. 29. And without Jake's naive optimism, we would be forced to give up hope. In conclusion WE CANNOT LET THEM CANCEL Brooklyn Nine -Nine. Together we can save this show, and in the process, the planet.
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    Created by Tess Corkish