• 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
  • The federal government needs to take action on domestic Violence
    Announcing the federal budget, Treasurer Scott Morrison stated that "keeping Australians safe" was one of five commitments prioritised by the Turnbull government. They demonstrated this by an increase in funding to tighten visa processing scrutiny, increase security at airports, and assist police and crime agencies to fight crime and terrorism. A WOMAN DIES EVERY WEEK AT THE HANDS OF HER CURRENT OR EX PARTNER. How can this government possibly say they are committed to keeping Australians safe when they have so heinously overlooked those so vulnerable, in such desperate need. This is not a responsible government, they do not prioritise and care for the needs of their people. Sign this petition to send a message to Canberra that the Australian people aren't okay with this and we won't tolerate it.
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    Created by Alana Egan
  • Change the rules in aged care!
    I have seen the crisis in private aged care firsthand. My mum spent her last years there, and died in aged care one week short of her 90th birthday. It was devastating for us to see how she was looked after. The number of times I visited her and she was sitting in a sopping wet chair or wet clothes. She'd say I've been trying to call out to the people walking past and no one's coming in. It wasn't their fault - they were understaffed. The hardest thing was to see my mum suffering, it was really difficult. I know old age is not going to be easy for me, but I hope that I don't have to suffer in the same way that she did. I remember going to visit my mum one afternoon, and she said every time I sit down it really hurts. She was in so much pain. It took more than six weeks to find out that she had a bed sore the size of a fifty cent piece - and only when I got her GP to come to the nursing home. My mum deserved better. We need to change the rules. I am campaigning for legislated ratios to ensure our loved ones living in private or not-for-profit nursing homes have at least a minimum number of nurses and carers on every shift to ensure they are safe.
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    Created by Sue, We Are Union volunteer
  • Wilson: Fair pay rates, not V8s.
    Guards underpin Wilson Security and have helped them make over $1bn in revenue. Guards aren’t asking for much – a new EBA with pay rises to help keep up with the increasing cost of living and help their families get ahead. But Wilson Security say they can’t afford it. Meanwhile, they’re pouring millions into car racing. It’s not fair. It’s time for Wilson Security to stop taking advantage of a broken system and pay up so workers don’t have to compete with Supercars to get fair pay.
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  • Julia Banks: Spend one week on Newstart or resign!
    In Australia, the Newstart Allowance is $350 per fortnight below the poverty line. It has not been increased in 24 years. It is the lowest unemployment benefit payment in the OECD. The latest data shows that there are only three rental properties affordable to the 855,000 Australians collecting Newstart. According to the Salvation Army, after housing costs it is estimated that unemployed workers only have $17 per day, The Business Council of Australia, Deloitte Access Economics, and even former Liberal Prime Minister John Howard, all believe that Newstart should be raised as the payment is so low it becomes a barrier to work. What they don't recognise is that Newstart recipients are not only locked out of the labour market because they can't afford to look for work, they are also locked out cause there is not enough to go around. The latest ABS data shows that on average there are 15 jobseekers competing for every job. For this reason, the average period spent on Newstart is over 4 years. And yet despite this, Julia Banks - who has a base salary of $200,000 per year and owns 6 investment properties - stated that she could live on Newstart. When we went to her office to ask her how, she locked the doors. As an Member of Parliament, Julia Banks should be fixing this crisis, not kicking the unemployed while they are down. Well its time to put up or shut up, Julia. Live on Newstart for one week or resign.
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    Created by Wil Stracke
  • Stand Up for All Workers - Dump Maltzahn
    For decades Kathleen Maltzahn has spearheaded anti-sex work activism, including the founding of Project Respect - a group that lobbies to extend police powers over sex workers, widely condemned by unions and workers. Maltzahn will again contest the 2018 state election to be held in November this year, despite failed campaigns in 2010 and 2014. Her platform includes implementation of regressive laws that would expose sex workers to police raids and violate their safety at work. Maltzahn’s radical policy agenda is championed by the far right within the Victorian Liberal party and supported by the Australian Christian Lobby. Maltzahn stands completely at odds with member-endorsed Greens policy, which has long called for an end to the criminalisation of consensual adult sex work - a policy endorsed by the United Nations, Amnesty International, the World Health Organisation and workers rights groups across the world. Recently Maltzahn was asked whether, if elected, she would vote with the Liberals on this issue. She refused to answer. When Maltzahn was asked by the ABC what she would do if this came before her in parliament, she stated, “I would vote with my conscience which would put me in conflict with my party.” The same conservative groups that support her stance on this are calling to scrap transgender rights, ditch the Safe Schools program, ban sex education in schools and gut funding for LGBTIQ health programs. How can we trust Maltzahn to stand up for the issues we all care about if she holds the balance of power in state parliament?
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    Created by Mitzi McKenzie-King
  • Sacked for requesting fair pay!
    Hospo workers are too often exploited. We work without breaks, we're not treated with respect and our wages are stolen. I stood up to my employer and was fired for exercising my rights! Businesses like BARRY get away with this kind of behaviour too often. I'm calling on the Fair Work Ombudsman to conduct a full audit of BARRY and order repayment of wages to past and present staff. Send a clear message that it's time to take wage theft off the menu.
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    Created by Anna Langford
  • Sorry means you don't do it again
    • The number of Indigenous children taken from their families has doubled in the decade since the 2008 apology to the Stolen Generations. Less than 35 per cent of these children are placed with their Aboriginal family. • Funding continues to be directed to removing children. There is no serious investment in early intervention that help keep families together, or to meet the unmet needs for housing, employment and other basic services, the root cause of the “neglect” that leads many children to be removed. • Once kids are removed families struggle to get them back, with little support provided and a system biased against return. Current reforms are placing children in foster care until they are 18 years old almost immediately and there is a further push to ease restrictions on adoption.
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  • Increase to the Newstart payment
    Newstart at $269 per week, is $177 per week below the poverty-line. It is less than 41 percent of the minimum wage, less than 18 percent of the average wage, and has not been raised in real terms for 23 years.
 Even the Business Council of Australia has advocated to the government that the low rate of Newstart presents a barrier to employment and risks entrenching poverty. 
 Increasing Newstart would benefit local economies, by increasing the spending power of those on low incomes, whose extra funds would circulate through local businesses. It would also reduce the strain on Council community services assisting the growing number of people experiencing hardship. Eleven local councils in South Australia and Victoria have added their voices to the chorus of business, union and welfare groups which have called for Newstart to be increased. The South Australian councils which have passed motions are Adelaide, Clare and Gilbert Valley, Copper Coast, Kangaroo Island, Mount Gambier, Onkaparinga, Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield, Salisbury, and Streaky Bay. In Victoria, the Moreland City Council has also passed a motion. The inadequacy of the Newstart payment entrenches poverty and contributes to homelessness. With the growth of gentrification and development in Melbourne's inner west the Newstart payment is no longer providing the means for Maribyrnong's working-class and migrant population to live in the area. The Maribyrnong City Council should support the motion to increase Newstart and protect the area's identity as being one of the most diverse and accessible places to live in Melbourne.
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  • Stand with Ratha! Stop #everydayracism and #everydaysexism
    Ratha works at Butler Market Gardens, a farm in Victoria that supplies Coles Supermarkets. She has been a casual worker for almost 10 years. Ratha has been standing up for Cambodian casual workers in her workplace. She has stood up against the unfair treatment of the Cambodian casual workers including unfair rosters. She stood up against a supervisor bullying non-English speaking workers demanding that they work in silence. Ratha is one of the few workers confident to speak English and to stand up for her rights and the rights of other migrant workers in this workplace. Her boss is now trying to punish and maybe even sack Ratha for her courage. We need to send her boss a message that strong migrant women who stand up against unfair bullying behaviour and defend the rights of other migrant workers should be protected not targeted. We are asking you to support Ratha and help protect her job. Tell Rick Butler that #everydaysexism and #everydayracism will not be tolerated and don’t sack Ratha for standing up for her rights and rights of other migrant workers.
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