• 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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  • Stop the cuts to NSW Public Libraries
    NSW currently pay the lowest percentage of their budget towards public libraries currently paying only 7.8%. With this cut the funding levels will be the lowest they have been since the These cuts will cause serious damage to the ability of public libraries to provide their current services and could threaten services, and local jobs. This does not only affect NSW state libraries but affects grant money towards local government libraries, as a result affecting every level of the community.This directly effects the most disadvantaged communities with grant funding going directly to provide community services, resources, and programs. The leader of the opposition Luke Foley has committed an additional $50m funding to Libraries at next election Support this petition to gain a parliamentary debate and reverse these cuts
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  • Kick wage theft celebrity chefs off Masterchef
    These chefs are not role models to anyone, especially current chefs and upcoming chefs in the hospitality industry. They are the ones causing problems in our industry. They have created the wage theft culture. Their behaviour is unAustralian and they need to face consequences to show other hospo bosses that wage theft is never ok. MasterChef judge George Calombaris' restaurant empire has been sprung ripping off staff to the tune of $2.6m. These wage theft celebrity chefs exploit hospitality workers, but instead of facing consequences for their actions they are being rewarded by being allowed on Masterchef. They make millions ripping off their workers, and then get a platform to make even more money. Keeping them on the show sends a message to other bosses in hospo that it's ok to steal from your workers. It’s a disgrace. These celebrity wage theft chefs have taken workers rights away and they need to be stripped of their privileges.
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  • Save The Checkout
    This program was informative and provided a generation of Australians with information about their consumer rights in a unique and engaging way. This program has been axed because of cuts to the ABC. These cuts are having real consequences. We the petitioners call on Scott Morrison to restore funding to the ABC and for Michelle Guthrie to bring back the program.
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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
  • Protect renewable energy jobs
    A renewable energy jobs boom is just starting to get underway across the state thanks to the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET). The initiative is expected to create over 10,000 jobs, attract $9 billion worth of investment to our state, and helps us tackle climate change. Meanwhile David Southwick, Liberal spokesperson for energy has: ⚫ Promised to scrap the Victorian Renewable Energy Target, which is already creating thousands of renewable energy jobs around the state ⚫ Voted against stronger climate laws for Victoria ⚫ Voted against a fairer price for electricity from rooftop solar Sign the petition to call on David Southwick to protect renewable energy jobs.
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    Created by Cam, Caulfield resident
  • 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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  • Royal Commission into corporate tax avoidance
    Every year the Australian public goes without vital public services due to the tax avoidance of companies that trade within Australia. The recent revelations of high scale systematic corporate tax avoidance within the Panama papers show the need for a widespread review of Corporate taxation within Australia. Everyone needs to pay their fair share...
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  • Support the Coles Somerton workers fight for fair redundancy!
    Workers at Somerton Coles warehouse need a fair redundancy package of 4 weeks - the same as other Coles sites, no less! NUW Members will be taking protected industrial action outside Coles HQ in Glen Iris where community supporters will also be invited to gather and send a message to Coles until we win a fair deal. Unity is Strength! #ChangetheRules so workers have the ability to collectively bargain across sites and industries. We should not have to fight for fair pay and conditions separately across multiple sites when we are all working for the same company. "It's ridiculous. Every Coles site should have one EBA and be done with it" - NUW delegate Andrew
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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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  • The Federal Government must intervene to save Telstra jobs
    Unless the Government acts to stop Telstra putting profit before people, these job losses will devastate Telstra workers, their families and the local communities that these jobs support. Telstra isn’t just an ordinary phone company, it’s a former public asset that still provides essential telecommunications services such as 000, and other vital services in rural and regional Australia. The Federal Government needs to intervene now.
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