• Wentworth Must Fall
    The University of Sydney must owns up to its colonial history, to truly move forward we must first truthly acknowledge the past. William Wentworth is a colonial figure whose notability came through his "discovery" of a crossing through the Blue Mountains. In 1838, 7 white stockmen were convicted of murdering a large number of Gamilaraay people at Myall Creek in north-west NSW. A further 4 participants were identified by an Aboriginal witness, but the law of the time did not allow Aboriginal people to give testimony in court. A bill was introduced to the Legislative Council to rectify this and allow the white men to be tried, but the bill was defeated after Wentworth gave a speech describing Aboriginal people as “wild men” and comparing their testimony to “the chatterings of the orangutans.” At many other points in his legal and political career, Wentworth vociferously argued against Aboriginal people’s right to justice and expressed a hateful bigotry against them, providing a legal cover for the brutal dispossession and genocide occurring in the state at the time. This campaign is about more than Wentworth, it is about decolonising our university and our education. We must challenge our own complicity in the ongoing colonial oppression of Indigenous people. Decolonisation demands an Indigenous framework and the centering of Indigenous land, Indigenous sovereignty, and Indigenous ways of thinking. We call upon the University of Sydney to decolonise their buildings, practices and teaching. We call upon this institution to remove the statues of William Wentworth, remove his name from the building on City Road, and consult with local Indigenous communities on finding a replacement name.
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  • 2% late penalty for all USYD faculties
    Faculties across the university are currently in discussion around standardising late penalties, with daily penalties up to 10% on the table. University is a place for learning and education NOT arbitrary punishment that attack the most vulnerable students, such as parents and students who work to support themselves in already strenuous labour conditions. A late penalty of 2% is strong enough incentive to hand assessments in and anything above takes away from the quality of student education as our focus is placed on the anxiety of failing and our work becomes no longer an exercise in learning but in handing in sub-par assessments in order to avoid cruel penalties. In signing this petition I call for faculties to implement a 2% late penalty for the reasons stated above.
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  • Care for the public sector doctors that care for our community
    Doctors have a duty to make patients their first concern. Providing the best patient care relies on having access to specialist trained doctors. Sadly, patient care continues to be compromised by the State Government’s position on doctors’ workloads, staffing and professional development. Amidst a backdrop of constant change, driven by politics rather than patient care, the Government now wants to cut pay and are refusing the security of a new work agreement for doctors. In the end, it’s the patients who suffer.
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  • Tougher Penalties for Workplace Deaths
    SA Unions represents more than 160,000 working South Australians and their families and they deserve to safely come home from work every day. South Australia's work health and safety laws need to be toughened to match criminal penalties. Under existing law, a person who has a duty of care that exposes someone to a risk of death or serious injury of illness faces five years jail and a $300,000 fine. This should be matched with existing criminal law to insert a new offence - Causing Death Through Recklessness or Negligence - with a 15-year maximum.
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  • Save SODA: Don't Cut School of Design and Art at Curtin University
    Curtin University management is prioritising revenue over student's learning conditions and staff's teaching conditions. Tell Curtin University that they cannot ignore their students - we want guarantees that staff, facilities, courses and contact hours will not be reduced, and for the School of Design and Art to stay.
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  • Fair Pay for ANMF Nurses and Care Staff!
    We ask you to stand alongside our communities hardest workers by signing this petition demanding that Southern Cross Care Tasmania (SCCT) provide fair pay and conditions for their nursing and care staff! Aged care workers are faced with a number of tough working conditions on a daily basis; demanding overtime, inadequate staffing levels, and highly challenging emotional and physical conditions. Nurses and care staff look after some of the most vulnerable people in our community and are not being recognised for it! The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Tasmanian Branch are working alongside SCCT members in the hope of achieving a satisfactory agreement that values the work that staff do. On Wednesday 9 August ANMF members working at SCCT sites across Tasmania commenced industrial action against their employer. This action was not undertaken lightly, however, it was the only option left for them to pursue a fair and reasonable offer from their employer. “The current offer by SCCT is simply not good enough! It is completely unfair that Aged Care Staff with Certificate III qualifications are being paid seven cents an hour less than equivalent workers employed as hairdressers under the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010. Meanwhile SCCT’s Annual Report for 2015-2016 reveals that the organisation is in a strong financial position and their cash position has improved considerably from the prior year, by $24 million,” said ANMF Branch Secretary Neroli Ellis. We need your help to make Southern Cross Care stand up and listen. Listen to their staff, their residents, and the community. Aged Care staff deserve better! ANMF will continue to fight for fair pay and conditions. Learn more about the campaign here: anmftas.org.au/scc
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  • Tell Peter Dutton to immediately reject INPEX's application to bring in foreign workers
    We’ve heard from over a hundred qualified, Australian oil and gas operators who would be ready to take these jobs at INPEX, even if they had to move across the country. If INPEX wants to extract and sell Australia's gas, it should be employing Australians to do so. Peter Dutton claims he is committed to sticking up for Australian jobs. Well, here's the test. Peter Dutton, announce you will reject INPEX's application to bring in foreign workers when there are Australians who want the jobs. Australian jobs must be offered to Australians first
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  • Say Yes to Marriage Equality
    Whilst not everyone who is unsure about marriage equality is a homophobe, we also know that every homophobe in Australia will be loudly voicing their opposition anywhere and everywhere they can. We need every supporter of marriage equality enrolled to vote and we need them to make their voice heard.
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  • Release Report into WFTD Death
    By withholding this crucial information relating to the Work for the Dole tragedy, the Coalition is shamelessly trying to cover up Josh Park-Fing's death to protect the already damaged reputation of the Work for the Dole program. This is a national disgrace. Work for the Dole is dangerous - last year injuries sustained at Work for the Dole sites increased 5 times. According to a recent government commissioned report by Ernst and Young, 64% of Work For The Dole activities do not meet basic safety standards. The government cannot guarantee the safety of unemployed workers forced to attend Work for the Dole programs it must be shut down. Please sign this petition to demand Michaelia Cash release the report into Josh Park-Fing's death. The Turnbull government must take the necessary steps to investigate this program and ensure the safety of all Work for the Dole participants before another serious injury or death occurs at Work for the Dole.
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  • Save penalty rates in Geelong!
    Penalty rates help Geelong workers survive - yet the Chamber of Commerce thinks we deserve a pay cut. Everyday hard-working Australians deserve a pay rise - not to have their wages slashed. Workers in hospitality, retail and pharmacy are all having their penalty rates cut - and who will be next? Hairdressers? Nurses? Construction workers? Paramedics? Wage cuts are bad for business in Geelong. It's the workers who spend money at local business and keep our local economy strong. The Geelong Chamber of Commerce must come out in support of their local community. They must stand up to protect the pay of weekend workers. When workers don't do well, no one does well. This cut won't create jobs, it will just take money out of the Geelong economy, while locals struggle to make ends meet.
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  • Ouson – ditch Element 5/VCON before it’s too late!
    In the last two years, Element 5/VCON have had more than 124 visits from WorkSafe, 104 serious incidents and this year alone they have injured 4 workers to the point where they needed treatment in hospital. Tragically, a painter was killed on an Element 5/VCON site. This is a company that does not care about the health or safety of its employees. If we don’t take action, developers will continue to hire Element 5/VCON. This rogue builder should not be getting work in Victoria while it fails in its duty to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for its employees. It’s time to stand up for workplace health and safety and tell Ouson not to hire Element 5/VCON.
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