• Change the Age: Lower the Age of Independence from 22 to 18
    The Centrelink Age of Independence for Youth Allowance sits at 22. Young Australians can drink, smoke and drive at the age of 18 but are not considered independent. Even students moving out of home to attend university can be denied access to income support based on a parent or partner's income. For students in the higher education sector, the global pandemic has meant that students are more vulnerable and poorer than ever before. Students are the victims of the casualised workforce, penalty rate cuts and the shutdown of industries predominantly worked in by young people due to COVID-19. With funding provided by Universities drying up and the Federal Government income support being reconsidered, anyone can see the impending impact on young people. . The health crisis isn’t over and the economic crisis certainly isn’t over. We should be ensuring that Australia’s future is well protected by investing in young people to be able to live and study and not sending them through the cracks of our welfare system to potential lifetimes of poverty. We need to fund our future. A liveable wage is essential so students are not skipping meals, going without medication, sleeping rough or couch surfing. Recognising that young people are independents from the age of 18 and the current age of independence makes life incredibly difficult in unstable households and for queer youth. The Government must act to ensure that means testing is genuine and that we keep students out of poverty. Arabella Wauchope National Union of Students (NUS) Welfare Officer Zoe Ranganathan NUS President
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  • Support the people of Myanmar - End Support to the Military Junta
    The people of Myanmar are in a knife-edge moment in history as they fight for democracy through the widespread civil disobedience movement. Workers are on the frontline of this movement, and many are taking strike action to reject the military takeover. These workers and the broader movement need our solidarity and support if they are to force the military to end the coup. The Australian government must act quickly and now to assist the people of Myanmar and stop this military takeover. On 1 February, the military took power and arbitrarily arrested President Win Myint, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, leaders of regional and national governments and of the National League for Democracy (NLD), civil society activists and public figures. This compounds the grave damage that the military has done to Myanmar’s political, economic, social and cultural life and to human rights more broadly over the past 60 years. The Myanmar military’s coup follows their 2017 campaign of terror against ethnic and religious minorities, which included credible allegations of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya people, as well as war crimes and crimes against humanity in Kachin and Shan States. The Australian Government has been a key development partner for Myanmar since 2012 and has had diplomatic relations since 1952. Australian businesses, including mining and gas companies are currently operating in Myanmar. They must withdraw immediately. The Australian government must now take urgent action to support the civil disobedience movement through the Australian Embassy in Myanmar in all approaches, both diplomatic and practical. It must take steps to isolate the Myanmar military from access to funding and wealth via all Australia-Myanmar cooperation and via Australian businesses in Myanmar. We demand Australia support human rights, justice and accountability for the people of Myanmar.
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    Created by Union Aid Abroad APHEDA, Victorian Trades Hall Council and Australian Unions
  • Save the park at the South Croydon Primary School site
    Since the closure of the South Croydon Primary School site, residents have fought to protect the public open space and environment that remains on site. Thankfully to date the site remains undeveloped. However, it has recently been announced that a portion of the land, owned by the State Government (shown as purple border in picture), is to be sold off, most likely to property developers. Open space in our already dense community provides many aesthetic and intrinsic benefits. Open space encourages physical activity, can aid in the reduction of pollution, is a place for children to grow and play, provides and important wild-life corridor and can be of mental health benefit to the local residents who use it. With the increase of our population, open space is getting harder and harder to come by and local residents do not want to see high density development on this site. We want this land to remain in community hands and call on the State Government to protect this site as a park of public open space.
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  • Declare the “Proud Boys” a Terrorist Organisation in Australia
    In the past week we’ve seen people in ‘Proud Boys’ gear at the Invasion Day rally clashing with protesters and 38 young white men in the Grampians spouting racist slogans, wearing Nazi symbols and doing Nazi salutes. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation revealed recently that 40% of its priority case load involved right-wing extremist groups, up from 10-15% before 2016. These groups cannot remain unchecked – Scott Morrison must declare the ‘Proud Boys’ a terrorist organisation.
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    Created by Ruby M
  • Apprentices Are Sugar's Future
    The AMWU is the Union for Sugar Industry maintenance workers. The Sugar Industry has a proud history in Regional Queensland, supporting jobs, families and communities. We will always fight to protect the longevity of the industry – which means training the next generation of tradespeople. MSF has a responsibility to workers, communities and the industry to act.
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  • Say no to teaching nursing online!
    Recent changes by the School of Nursing to teach students largely online is at odds with our expectation to study in a way that is accessible, effective and engaging. Whilst other degrees at Curtin are returning to face-to-face labs and tutorials, nursing students are being forced to learn largely online. Nursing requires both physical and social skills, neither of which can be taught effectively through a screen. The decision to teach largely online in 2021 was not communicated, and no students were consulted. We are only finding out about this after enrolment. Clinical nurse managers have reported that they are concerned about the capability and confidence of Curtin students studying in a largely online environment. Students unhappy with the quality of online education are switching to other universities, and telling their peers not to study nursing at Curtin. Online-only study takes away opportunities to network, both with other students and with teachers. It worsens the overall university experience and results in decreased engagement and motivation. On top of this, students are being made to pay full price for less contact hours. We are not receiving value for money for our course fees. If you want to see a change to this decision, made on behalf of students without any consultation, please sign and promote this petition. This petition will be sent to the Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine.
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  • Stop the Carpark Price Hikes
    As your FUSA Student Council, we fight for all students, especially those facing financial vulnerability. Flinders University has announced a campus carparking price hike from $200 to $420 over three years. This will unequally impact lower socio-economic students, students with disabilities, students with families, and all those already facing financial hardship due to the effects of COVID19. These increases disincentivise student attendance on-campus, risking lower participation in both classes and community culture. Making parking unaffordable for many will also significantly jeopardise the safety of students, especially those forced to walk or take public transport after-dark. Increasing parking fees to a cost that many simply can’t afford will inevitably hinder accessibility to higher education for those most affected by the pandemic. In the long-term, it will create a significant barrier for prospective students. In addition to demanding the price hike is stopped, we’re also calling upon Flinders University to increase transport accessibility on campus that ensures the University is a place where we can all participate. To guarantee that Flinders is a place that we can freely access, we need your support to stop the parking price hikes.
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    Created by FUSA Student Council
  • Protect nationally strategic languages (Chinese & Japanese) at Swinburne University
    1. Chinese and Japanese are "nationally strategic languages" --- Australia needs graduates who are culturally and linguistically competent. 2. As language students at Swinburne, we will be disadvantaged by not being able to complete our language studies at Swinburne.
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    Created by Emily Dunn
  • SAY NO TO IN-CAB SURVEILLANCE
    Rail companies already have an extensive amount of data available (data Logger/Event recorders, Driver Advice Systems, radio voice recordings, and forward-facing camera) for investigation, compliance and assessments. Adding surveillance inside the cabin of locomotives will not prevent an incident from happening. Better training, support and a “no blame” culture will. We believe that the extended use of in-cab recording devices will have little if any impact on the efficacy of rail safety investigations and will have a significant detrimental effect on the mental health of Traincrew.
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    Created by Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) Picture
  • Marjorie's Law: Better Protection for Transgender People in Prisons
    TW: Sexual assault & R*pe. Marjorie's Law is a campaign for better recognition and protection of transgender people in Australia's prison services. In July 2017, Marjorie Harwood, a transgender woman, was brutally raped by five men in Risdon Prison, Tasmania. The severity of the assault saw her hospitalised and needing to use a colostomy bag. In 2018, Marjorie was hospitalised again for a kidney-related illness. With a period of custody in Risdon looming, she refused medical treatment and accepted death rather than going back to prison where she knew she would be beaten and sexually assaulted again. Marjorie identified as a woman, prison staff referred to her with female pronouns, yet she was not placed in the female prison where she would have been able to safely serve her prison sentence. Transgender prisoners deserve to serve their sentences safe from abuse and assault. It is time for change so no one has to go through what Marjorie faced.
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    Created by Benjamin Dudman
  • Make Wage Theft A Crime Across Australia
    Employers in every industry commit wage theft. Whether it’s stolen super, unpaid hours, penalty rates or overtime, if you show up, they should pay up. Wage theft has become a business model – where the fines for stealing are less than the wages stolen! Without change to the law, employers will keep thieving over and over. Currently, workers only have protection in Queensland and Victoria. All Australian workers should be protected from thieving bosses.
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  • Liverpool City Council must maintain Christmas leave for employees
    It is important that Liverpool City Council employees sign this petition to ensure their working rights are upheld and maintained. Employees need to advise the CEO Dr Eddie Jackson, that it is unfair to close council early and require staff to use their own leave. Further by cancelling staff Christmas celebrations Council has already saved money and therefore requiring staff to use up to 3 hours of annual leave is unfair and not in the spirit of the season.
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