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211. We say NO to permanent ISP-level internet filtering

The Australian government's ISP-level internet filter is a step back into the dark ages, besides existing as overlord censorship. Here is why:

- permanent ISP-level internet filters will reduce internet speeds by 30% to 40%

- reduction in web speeds will make innovative online businesses, and web development businesses nearly impossible to conduct, thus forcing these companies to relocate overseas

- the Australian public will have no control over what is filtered out, which is akin to fascist levels of censorship.

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212. Big W for Ulladulla

Letter To the editor Milton Ulladulla Times, August 5th 2009

Why Woolworths? Is it sustainable or just going to be an empty building that looks good!

We have seen many letters about the proposed Woolworths development with most complaints about how it will look. What about the main thing- what will it bring to our town?

1. Will it attract people from other towns to Ulladulla? Bunnings used to bring people from Nowra and further north till they got a store. With the development of anew larger Bunnings store in Batemans Bay on the drawing board we stand to lose transient shoppers from as far as Eden who help our local economy out of tourist season.

2. Why do we need another food retailer? We have five food stores in our town already, Coles, Aldi, Franklins and the two IGAs. Why allow another one who will do more harm than good to the smaller stores. It will also affect our independent butchers and liquor outlets. (Do we actually need another liquor store).

3. We have a growing population of adults and children and only one small major clothing outlet. We would benefit greatly from another player in this market. As a town it would be more beneficial to have a Big W from the Woolworths group as this would employ a large number of people,bring a larger diversity of products and clothing for the population and also attract shoppers from Nowra in the north and Eden and make Ulladulla a hub for weekend shoppers from otherlocal communities.

This will in turn bring the shoppers we actually need to make most of the variety stores viable in the Woolworths complex and in the other surrounding districts of Ulladulla and Milton. Why isn't our council looking into the sustainability of this development and not just its aesthetic appeal?

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213. Get Alice Nine to Adelaide/Australia

We have no J-Rock/ VisuKei bands performing here. PLEASE SIGN!

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214. Britain must compensate Aboriginal people for radioactive fallout

Joint Statement, Hiroshima Day, 6 August 2009 (EMBARGOED until 6 August 2009)
Britain must compensate Aboriginal people for radioactive fallout

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement of South Australia (ALRM) are seeking your support for the attached statement.

Aboriginal people affected by the British nuclear tests carried out in Australia in the 1950s should have the same rights as Australian veterans to compensation for radioactive injury from the British Government; and they need Australian government support to pursue their legal claims. Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation and the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement of South Australia want to see equitable access to legal processes for affected Aboriginal people following the decision of the British High Court to allow military veterans from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the UK to sue the British Ministry of Defence for compensation for damages related to radiation exposure from tests carried out on their Anangu lands.

To be launched on Thursday, 6 August 2009, the annual commemoration of Hiroshima Day, this statement will be circulated for six weeks seeking support before being formally presented to the governments concerned on 21 September 2009, which is the United Nations' International Day of Peace.

Media contacts:
South Australia ALRM Neil Gillespie 0417 086 025
National ANTaR Janet Hunt 0408 170 448

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215. Release Excitebots: Trick Racing in PAL regions

Excitebots: Trick Racing was released on the Wii in North America in the middle of 2009. In a recent interview with Kotaku, Nintendo Australia managing director Rose Lappin revealed that the company has no current plans to release the game in Australia, possibly due to the lack of success it had in North America. She claimed that there was a lack of buyer interest in the title.

This petition is in place to challenge that claim. Please sign the petition if you are from a PAL region and want to purchase the game. Also please leave the name of the region where you live (e.g. New Zealand, United Kingdom, Europe, or Australia), so when this information is shown to Nintendo they will know whether or not there is enough interest in that particular region.

Please note: People from other regions signing the petition is appreciated, but it is not likely that these signs will help us in the long run.

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216. Give NSW Students in years 10-12 in 2009 a free laptop each as well

In 2009, students in year 9, received a free laptop computer from the government, however the government completely disregarded the people in years 10-12 in 2009.

Please sign this petition if you think that the government should also give free laptops to students currently in years 10-12 in 2009.

If you want to know more please visit the blog!

http://thelaptopproject.wordpress.com/

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217. Reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act in the Northern Territory

Professor James Anaya, United Nations Human Rights Rapporteur, will be visiting Australia during the second half of August.

After his visit, he will be providing the UN Human Rights Council with a report on his assessment of human rights in Australia. The Australian government will be expected to respond.

This is a unique opportunity for us to highlight our concerns about the government's treatment of Aboriginal Australians.

Our government is now planning to reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act in the Northern Territory which we welcome, but we are concerned that their proposed changes will still not comply adequately human rights principles.

Our government is conducting inadequate consultations with a view to ensuring Aboriginal people accept the imposition of 'special measures' on those living in the 73 prescribed areas of the Northern Territory.

Under human rights principles people have the right to free, prior and informed consent in relation to any such measures. The extent to which our government's consultation process constitutes such consent is highly dubious.

Help us ensure that Professor Anaya addresses our concerns by adding your name to this open letter.

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218. Save All Saints from the axe!

All Saints is one of Australia's highest rating and most successful television dramas and has been incredibly popular in many countries since its debut in February 1998.

Channel 7 recently announced that All Saints will be axed in November, at the end of its 2009 season.

We have a growing Facebook group of 400+ Australian viewers who do not want to see this happen!

Not only is All Saints one of our favourite shows, it is also a source of employment for many talented Australians.

We are sick to death of Americal crime dramas, sitcoms and reality programs and we do not want to see quality Australian dramas such as All Saints replaced with this rubbish!

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219. An cafe to Australia

An cafe is a japanese visual kei rock band and they have been touring many countries. They consist of 5 members who are all funny and talented.

Having them come to australia would make many of their fans and future fanse very happy (nyappy). =D

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220. Meat Free Monday in Australia & New Zealand

AUSTRALIA Preamble (New Zealand below):

We urge the Australian government, especially the Prime Minister - Kevin Rudd; Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts - Peter Garrett; and Minister for Climate Change and Water - Penny Wong, to recognize the many benefits of a meat free diet and promote them to the Australian public in order to slow climate change.

It’s critical that we bring down our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions now. Dr. James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists and Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies recently said in an interview: “Yes, we’re really running out of time… this next year or two years are the critical time period."

In June this year, research by international climate scientists revealed grave news that the world is facing severe and irreversible climatic events due to the unprecedented accelerated warming of the earth. Though we definitely need to transition from our dependency on coal to renewable, sustainable energy, it takes several hundred years for the carbon dioxide that is already in our atmosphere to break down and dissipate. And meanwhile planetary warming keeps rising because we’re not limiting other greenhouse gases that can abate climate change much quicker than carbon dioxide reductions.

There is hope. We can quickly reduce our impact on planetary heating by focusing on limiting the short-lived greenhouse gases (GHGs) like methane. Reducing the short-lived GHGs will substantially slow down global warming over a short period of time - this is what needs to happen. Methane in particular has a very short atmospheric life. If we stopped all our methane emissions now, the methane currently in the sky will disappear within less than 20 years and that would reduce a substantial amount of warming effect.

According to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, methane has a warming impact 72 times that of carbon dioxide over a 20 year time frame. Limiting this gas is relatively inexpensive and will produce rapid results.

In Australia, sources of methane are derived from a variety of sectors but the one that produces the most is Agriculture. The emissions produced by livestock production alone have more impact than the emissions from all the coal-fired power stations combined!
(Source: Russell G., CSIRO Perfidy, Vivid Publishing (2009))

As well as being major contributors to global warming, livestock farming and feedlots have extensive impacts on our Earth’s resources:

Deforestation
o In Queensland, 96% of land cleared in 2006 was for animal grazing.

Water Scarcity
o Meat production, particularly ‘feed’ production for livestock consumes large amounts of critically important water resources.

Land Degradation
o About 70% of all grazing land in dry areas is considered degraded, mostly because of overgrazing, compaction and erosion caused by rearing of animals for their meat.

Water Pollution
o More than 2 billion tons of animal manure was produced worldwide during the late 1990s. Assuming an average nitrogen content of around 5%, this makes 100 million tons of nitrogen finding its way into our water systems.

Loss of Biodiversity
o Tropical forests hold half of the world’s species which are becoming extinct at an alarming rate due to deforestation for meat production.

Not to mention the energy resources used to transport, refrigerate and process livestock into meat, and not forgetting the black carbon generated from deforestation specifically resulting from livestock grazing. Black carbon may only stay in the atmosphere for a short amount of time but is an incredibly potent climate warming agent.

Avoiding the Tipping Points
It’s essential that we avoid the tipping points identified by climate scientists – climatic thresholds that are irreversible once exceeded. Surpassing these tipping points will lead to catastrophic climate events such as unprecedented food and water shortages, massive changes in weather patterns, and the further melting of ice sheets that could introduce unforeseen rates of rise in sea level. Focusing on reducing carbon dioxide emissions Even if we could shut down all the coal-fired power stations tomorrow a problem arises in that these power stations generate, as well as carbon dioxide, sulphate aerosols, which have an immediate cooling impact. They lessen the impact of CO2 emissions from coal-fired power stations. Taking out this cooling effect without a quick reduction in other GHGs at the same time, could rapidly lead to an even hotter planet, running the risk of crossing dangerous tipping points. By focusing on reducing methane and nitrous oxide emissions now, we can avoid going over these tipping points, buying us more time to transition to renewable energy.

What You Can Do
In light of the planetary emergency we face, the single most effective thing that individuals can do right now to bring down net GHG emissions that doesn’t cost the earth is, go vegan. If changing to a vegan diet is considered difficult at present then the next effective thing to do is:

* Eat less meat. Choose to eat vegan meals at least twice or more times per week. The less animal products consumed the greater the impact on rapidly reducing our net GHG emissions. If we are to save our world and ourselves from the impending dangers of runaway climate change we need to act as quickly as possible.



NEW ZEALAND Preamble:

Target audience: New Zealand Prime Minister - John Key, Climate Change Minister - Nick Smith and Environmental Groups and Organisations.

Today, almost 40% of NZ’s land has been converted from native forest to pasture for grazing animals.
(State of New Zealand’s Environment 1997, www.mfe.govt.nz)

Per head of population New Zealanders emit nearly twice as much greenhouse gases as the British- we are not far behind the Americans.

Our greenhouse gas emissions are growing rapidly – we are producing 22% more than in 1990.

Our growing dairy herd and energy demand mean that our net emissions are expected to grow to over 70 percent above 1990 levels by 2012. NZ is also the world’s largest exporter of meat and dairy produce.

Despite being a small country, our carbon footprint per capita is very significant. NZ emission per capita greenhouse gas emission in 2000 is 19.3 tonnes of CO2 compared to 22.9 tonnes of CO2 in the USA being a much larger country.
(World Resource Institute WRI)

Expected level of deforestation in NZ between 2008-12 will result in 40 million tonnes CO2 emissions above 1990 levels= excess agricultural emissions.
(www.maf.govt.nz/climatechange)

The risk of drought is expected to increase in already drought-prone areas

The frequency of severe droughts is expected to increase across many eastern parts of New Zealand by 2080.

Droughts may happen in spring and autumn, not just summer

Temps expected to increase, increased risk of forest fires

Very heavy rainfall events predicted to increase in many parts of New Zealand, even in those areas where the average annual rainfall decreases. Increased floods predicted. The sea level is expected to rise.
(www.maf.govt.nz/climatechange)

In 2007, the agriculture sector was the largest source of emissions, contributing 48% (36.4 Mt CO2 -e) to total emissions. As a result, NZ has a unique emissions profile compared to other developed countries where agricultural emissions are typically 11% of national emissions.
(NZ's GHG Inventory 1990-2007)

Plus - obesity, heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer are big killers in NZ - there are already recommendations to reduce meat consumption just for health reasons but meat consumption remains high especially in Maori and Pacific communities.

There are two main issues - first, that we are consuming far too much protein over and above the levels recommended by the World Health Organization. And second, to dispel the myth that it is necessary to consume meat in order to obtain an adequate amount of protein. It is very easy to obtain adequate protein levels through the consumption of plant foods, whilst the over-consumption of protein through the high meat and dairy diet is avoided which also gives the added benefit of reducing certain diseases linked to consumption of animal fats such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes and
obesity.

But we don't need any figures to show that one can obtain adequate protein through a 100% plant-based diet - there is a multitude of vegans out there in Europe, USA and other developed countries - and most are healthy and well-educated about their diet - including Olympic athletes such as Carl Lewis. Protein deficiency is pretty much unheard of in vegans! (That is those with a well-balanced vegan diet - it goes without saying that this may not refer to the malnourished people in developing countries who may be living on a diet of rice and potatoes).

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221. Support People of Iran

The Honourable The Prime Minister,

We, the undersigned, express our deepest concerns about the situation in Iran. The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to respect the outcome of an electoral process which had already been restricted to four trusted candidates. In reaction to the peaceful protests by citizens and voters who felt cheated, the government resorted to outright violence, further suppression of rights and restriction of all media coverage. University dormitories have been attacked and students and faculty savagely beaten and detained. Most tragically, tens of innocent citizens have already been killed.

In the past few days, the Iranian government has disregarded the aspirations of the citizens and their basic rights. The students and the youths of the country are being killed, injured and imprisoned.

Iranian citizens are calling for change.

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222. Support Democracy & Human Rights in Iran

To the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd,

On June 12, 2009, millions of Iranians, many of whom have friends and family here in Australia, went to the polls to elect their next president. Unlike the 2005 presidential elections where 48% of the electorate voted in run-off elections to choose Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, many more voters were expected to and did turn-out to vote against his disastrous domestic and foreign policies.

However, even before a tally of the votes could be taken Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his supporters declared victory with 63% of the popular vote. With lightning speed his rival’s campaign headquarters were closed, many of their leaders were arrested and a heavy police and paramilitary presence was brought into the streets. Are these the actions of someone who has won a free and fair election?

Although the world does not yet realize it, on June 13th we witnessed an unprecedented coup d’état veiled in the guise of a popular election. If this coup is allowed to succeed and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) are allowed to consolidate their power, not only will they pose a danger to the Iranian people, but will also become a much greater threat to the outside world.
The implications of this coup are far-reaching. Whereas before the hard-line elements in the IRGC were held in check by the Supreme Leader and the clergy, over the last four years they have come to assume a position of immense power in Iran.

This coup represents the consummation of their new position in the state, and has grave implications for the Iranian people, Australia and the Western world.

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223. Bring Projekt Revolution to Australia!

Each and every year since it's birth in 2002, Projekt Revolution has toured the United States, and just recently, begun to include Europe in it's touring cycle. It has gradually grown from a single stage, with a small handful of bands, to having two stages, the Main Stage (where Linkin Park and various others play), and the Revolution Stage (where a selection of smaller bands play), and a much larger group of small and big name bands.

Through Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution, and the way in which they choose new bands, from a variety of genre's each to travel with them each year, many bands have received the attention and spotlight so many of them deserve, through their inclusion in such a popular festival.

A festival such a Projekt Revolution touring Australia, would not only mean brilliant music from the likes of Linkin Park, but also the opportunity for many smaller Australian bands, chosen by Linkin Park, to follow them around and gain the attention needed for possible widespread success.

It is because of this that I believe Australia should be included in Linkin Park's annual Projekt Revolution tour.

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224. Ban DHMO in Australia

Dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) is colourless, odourless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there.

Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.

Dihydrogen monoxide is the major component of acid rain. It contributes to both the “greenhouse effect” and the erosion of our natural landscape, and may cause severe burns. DHMO accelerates the corrosion and rusting of many metals, may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes, and has been found in excised tumours of terminal cancer patients.

Contamination is reaching epidemic proportions! Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in Australia today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage all over the country.

In spite of the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used in the production of nuclear power, the manufacture of Styrofoam, and the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce still remains contaminated by this chemical. Dihydrogen monoxide is also used as a fire retardant, and as an industrial solvent and coolant. It is used in many cruel forms of animal research, and has often been taken by athletes to improve their performance. DHMO can also be used as a food additive, and is frequently found in junk food. It even has a tendency to accumulate in dairy products.

Dihydrogen monoxide is found in all municipal water supplies, and there is no filter on the market that is able to remove this hazardous substance from our drinking water. Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer! This horror MUST be stopped!

Despite strong evidence linking DHMO ingestion with cancer, the Australian Government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its supposed “importance to the economic health of the nation.” In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use.

It’s not too late to put an end to the use of DHMO in Australia. By signing this petition, you can help to secure the health and safety of all Australians in the future.

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225. Stop "Curry Bashing" Attacks on Indian Students

Violent and unprovoked attacks on Indian students are on the rise in Sydney and Melbourne. There have been at least 20 bashings of Indian students in Sydney in the past month, but most went unreported out of fear. There are estimated over 100 attacks on Indian students in the last 12 months, numerous robbings and random bashings on Indian students at night and in daylight, on trains and near their homes, often in western Sydney.

"There's a name for [the racist attacks]: 'curry bashing' ... [as in] 'lets go curry bashing'..."

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226. Stop Media Curtailment in Fiji

Media curtailment through the "Emergency Regulations" in Fiji is the worst thing that can happen to a country.

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227. New Zealanders call for the end to the US Blockade of Cuba

To: US President, Barak Obama
US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton
US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi

50 years ago the Cuban Revolution succeeded in gaining independence for Cuba. From this moment the United States of America, a country born out of its own revolutionary struggle for independence began to impose sanctions on Cuba. For the last 40 years these sanctions have developed into an illegal blockade.

Since 1992 the United Nations General Assembly has passed resolutions calling for the lifting of the illegal US blockade of Cuba. In 2008 the resolution was passed 185 for 3 against and 2 abstentions.

In 2009 the winds of change have started to blow in the USA. These winds of change must also blow on US policy towards Cuba. The US must respect the independence and sovereignty of Cuba and the right of the Cuban people to decide their own political system.

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228. Get Paramore To Australia!!

GET PARAMORE TO AUSTRALIA <3

All you Australian Paramore fans,all you guys really want them to come to Australia dont you ??
WE NEED TO GET THEM HERE ! ASAP

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229. No to The Amendments Of The Anan Plan

Five years have passed since the showdown between the Greek Cypriot people and their History of more than three thousand years. This showdown resulted in 76% of the population to reject the dichotomy proposed by the Anan plan, a plan of foreign inception and partly of Greek acceptance, and as such with their vote save the Republic of Cyprus, signify their refusal to self-endorse their own condemnation and refuse to encumber their own future and the future of the next generations.

With their historic “NO”, the Greek Cypriot people denied the incomprehensible monstrosity that is contrary to the well accepted principles that apply to all free, democratic and well governed states in the 21st century, and which plan:

Was contrary to the UN’s spirit, resolutions and decisions relating to the invasion and continuous occupation of northern Cyprus by the Turkish military.

Ignored International Conventions concerning human rights and the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights condemning Turkey.

It attempted to cause the deprivation of the European vested rights of the citizens of a state that fulfilled all criteria of entry in the European Union exactly on the eve of its full acceptance in the European family.

Attempted to dissolve the Republic of Cyprus.

Today, on the 5th anniversary of the Referendum...

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230. Bring Kyle Newman’s “Fanboys” to theatres “Down Under”!

“Fanboys” is a comedic Star Wars “Fan-film”, with mainstream production values & funding.

Set in 1998, “Fanboys” tells the tale of a group of hard core Star Wars fans, who decide to travel across America to Skywalker Ranch, in order to steal a pre-release work print of “Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” (the most anticipated film of all times), to ensure that their cancer stricken friend can see the film before his death.

Staring; Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel & Kristen Bell, Fanboys features cameos by Carrie Fisher, Ray Park, Billy Dee Williams, Seth Rogen, Ethan Suplee, William Shatner, Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes, making it a "Must see" movie for Star Wars fans Everywhere!

Originally to be released on August 17th 2007, during post-production director Kyle Newman acquired funding to shoot additional scenes, pushing the release date back to January 2008. Trouble re-assembling the cast for the re-shoots in 2007 caused the release to be pushed back further, tentatively April 2008. At the San Diego Comic-Con, on July 24th 2008, it was announced that “Fanboys” would be released to theatres on September 19 2008. On Sep 4th 2008, release date was pushed back yet again to November 26, 2008.

After 5 delayed release dates, spanning 18 months (making it now the most anticipated “Fan-film” of all time), “Fanboys” finally received a limited theatrical release in the US on February 6th 2009. Release markets were expanded across the US several times through-out February & March.

The film was released in Canadian & Greek theatres, on April 3rd & 9th respectively.

April 8th 2009, it was announced that Australia & New Zealand (among others) would be deprived of a theatrical release of “Fanboys”, with the film being scheduled for a “direct to DVD release” in these markets.

“Fanboys” is currently screening in Cinemas through-out: USA, Iceland, South Africa, Canada, Singapore & Greece. It opens in theatres across Portugal & Denmark on the April 30th & May 7th respectively.

The US DVD release is slated for the 18th of May 2009.

Are you a Star Wars fan living in Australia or New Zealand? If so, you should be insulted by the dismissal of a South Pacific Star Wars Fan base, as is implied by the decision to deprive the region of a theatrical release!

If you, as an Aussie or Kiwi Star Wars fan, feel angered, & perhaps even alienated by the decision to exclude the South Pacific from a theatrical release, please join this call to arms now.

Sign this petition now, then immediately urge every like minded Star Wars fan you know, to do the same!

The Australian DVD distribution is to be handled by “Village Roadshow”, & it is as yet unclear to the author of this petition, whether it was Weinstein or Roadshow responsible for the decision to deprive South Pacific based Star Wars fans of a theatrical release.
Therefore, this petition is directed to both “The Weinstein Company” & “Village Roadshow Limited”.

Dan Sobolewski.
Brisbane, Australia.

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231. The Jonas Brothers Need To Come To Australia!

Jonas Brothers are too hot to not be able to come to Australia!

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232. Protest the South Australian parliamentarians for passing a defamatory motion

South Australian Parliament's Legislative Council passed a motion on 25 March 2009 recognizing the so-called “Armenian Genocide” as “one of the greatest crimes against humanity”.

The motion, which is based on groundless and debatable Armenian allegations, while condemning the events of 1915 as “the genocide of the Armenians” also calls on the Australian federal parliament “to officially condemn the genocide of the Armenians”.

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233. Thank Senator Ferguson for his remarks in the Senate

On March 18 2009, the Hon. Alan Ferguson, Australian Liberal Senator for South Australia delivered a speech in the Senate criticizing Michael Atkinson, the Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs in the Labor government in South Australia for the latter's slanderous remarks during the opening of a so-called "Pontian" genocide plaque in Adelaide, Australia. The Hon. Ferguson said that Mr. Atkinson’s remarks were ill-judged and damaging to the excellent relations between Turkey and Australia.

In his speech Senator Ferguson also commended the achievements of the Turkish-Australian community living in Australia. He also referred to the unforgettable remarks of the founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to the mothers of the fallen ANZACs at Gallipoli.

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234. Stop new anti-bikie laws in NSW!

"PROPOSED laws in NSW will put the power to ban bikie gangs in the hands of a Supreme Court judge, Attorney-General John Hatzistergos says. Mr Hatzistergos and NSW Premier Nathan Rees on Sunday outlined tough new legislation calling for jail terms of two to five years for bikie gang members caught associating with one another after the gang is banned.

Mr Hatzistergos said a NSW Supreme Court judge would decide whether a bikie group should be banned after an application from the police commissioner.

"The judge will be the one who will make the orders, and those orders will be both in relation to the group and the individuals,'' he told reporters.

Mr Hatzistergos said the NSW approach would differ in several ways from the strategy adopted in South Australia's anti-bikie legislation.

"In South Australia the orders are different - the order is only made in relation to the group by the attorney-general, but individuals who then constitute the offence have to be the subject of an order by a magistrate.''

Bikies who continued to associate with each other would be given no warning before charges were laid, he said.

"We're not proposing to have a system of warning like they have in South Australia,'' he said.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said the proposed laws were "very appropriate'', noting that NSW had a particular problem with bikie gangs because half of the nation's 40 outlawed groups reside in the state.

NSW Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell welcomed the laws, saying it was time to stop "pussyfooting around''.

He said the move could finally give the police the tough powers needed to smash outlaw motorcycle gangs and put an end to them.

"With parliament about to take a break until May, it's important it deal with any legislation this week so that police have the powers needed to shut down the criminal bikie gangs and their activities,'' he said.

"We have to stop pussyfooting around.

"The violent and criminal activities of these outlaw motorcycle gangs requires a strong response which is what the Liberal/Nationals have been urging for weeks.''

The new laws have been proposed following last Sunday's fatal brawl between the Hells Angels and rival gang the Comancheros at Sydney Airport."

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235. Jonas Brothers 3D Movie in Imax Theater in Sydney Australia

It would be AMAZING,AWESOME,FANTASTIC if the Jonas Brothers 3D movie was playing at one of the BIGGEST movie screens in the WORLD, right?

RIGHT!....... so i need your help to get this to the IMAX theater it's self, so it WILL show!

We have to wait all the long time till MAY! so why not get the BEST out of it?! and have one of the most awesome experience's of your life

PLEEEASE, tell all of you Jonas Brothers fanned friends to sign, we need ALL the help we can get, to get them to play it!

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236. Demand Alan Ferguson apologise for Genocide denial

On March 18 2009, Alan Ferguson, Australian Liberal Senator for South Australia criticized the Hon Michael Atkinson for stating that "The nationalist Turks led by Mustafa Kemal's forces and their frenzied followers began to persecute them through beatings, murder, forced marches and labour, theft of their properties and livelihood, rape, torture and deportations."

Alan Ferguson goes on, in reference to the above comment, to say "We can all rewrite history" calling the issue "debatable" and stating that the Pontic Greeks and Armenians are "trying to put today's moral judgement on events that took place 100 years ago."

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237. Kyle and JackieO are the Best

Austereo’s Today and Triple M Networks have maintained solid results in 2008, paving the way for a strong 2009.

Sydney’s breakfast team Kyle and Jackie O finished the year with an audience share of 10.2 per cent maintaining their number one position and 2Day FM increasing listeners to stay number
one FM.

Kyle and JackieO broadcast Australia's number 1 interactive Countdown the hot hits which has number 1 since 1998.

Kyle and jackieO are on Australia's biggest station like 104.1 2Dayfm, 101.9 the fox, b105, 92.9, SAfm, 104.7 and NXfm.

They are also on other good stations across the countrysuch as Starfm and Snowfm.

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238. Create Cat Laws in Australia

There are currently NO cat laws in Australia.

Cats a getting out of control.

They destroy our native wildlife, wander the streets, getting into garbage, Breed excessively, fight with other cats, males 'spray' in other people's yards to mark their territory from other cats, even if that person does not own a cat or dog. They run across people's roofs & fight.

They are also a danger to themselves, by running across roads, getting attacked by dogs, getting trapped in small confined spaces or up trees & power poles.

Irresponsible owners allow the cats to wander, fail to have them desexed & quite often own a large number of cats, well in excess of over 2 or 3 cats. When this occurs, the odor of cat urine on the property or neighbouring properties is disgusting & annoying, they fight in neighbours yards, kill birds & other small animals & become a nuisance to everyone.

Cats are not required to be licensed. There are no cat laws for a cat that is constantly noisy or meows a lot or if a cat is mistreated.

The animal laws in Australia are way out of date, far behind & need updating to include cats.

Thousands of cats become strays, are run over on busy roads or are put to sleep every day.

ONLY IF YOU LIVE IN AUSTRALIA, & you believe there should be laws for cats, then please sign this petition.

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239. LIMP BIZKIT TO TOUR AUSTRALIA

MAKE SURE YOU JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/inbox/readmessage.php?t=1107846651904&mbox_pos=0#/group.php?gid=61409822049&ref=ts

The original lineup of Limp Bizkit (i.e. Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, John Otto and DJ Lethal) are back together!

So far they have announced tour dates for the UK and Europe. It's time for us Limp Bizkit fans to shout out loud and tell the dynamic five that we want an Australian tour!

The mere fact that the first Melbourne show for Linkin Park sold out (with the second show not being far behind it) as well as the 2008 Big Day Out selling out when Rage Against The Machine were headlining is a clear indication that the love for nu-metal and rap/rock alike are very much alive and well in Australia.

The best way to make this happen is to first invite ANYONE you know who is even remotely interested in nu-metal and/or rap/rock to this group.

Second you should contact members of Limp Bizkit and let them know, as an Aussie fan, that you'd really like them to tour Australia. Here are some of Limp Bizkit's and individual members contact details;

DJ Lethal's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=622947728&ref=ts

Limp Bizkit's My Space page: http://www.myspace.com/limpbizkit

Send the bikkie boys a Twitter message: http://twitter.com/limpbizkit

Send Gabe (dude that works closely with Limp Bizkit) a twitter message: http://twitter.com/gabekaron

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240. Reduce Business Taxes in Australia

Australian businesses are slugged with some of the highest Tax rates in the world. Australia has a flat business tax rate of 30% which is much higher than following countries:-

UK - 21% (starting)China- 25%Austria-25%Bulgaria-10%Uzbekistan-12%Slovenia-22%Belarus-24%Spain-25%Russia-20%Slovakia-19%Switzerland-13%Cyprus-10%Croatia-20%Czech Republic-21%Denmark -25%Estonia-21%Finland-26%Greece-22%Hong Kong-16.5%Iceland-18%Hungary 16%South Korea-13%Malaysia-26%Netherlands-25.5%Poland-19%

We should specially be worried about Singapore (18%- to be reduced to 17% next year), Malaysia (26%), China (25%), Hong Kong (16.5%) and Korea a mere 13% (starting tax)

These countries are Australia’s nearest competitor in Asia-Pacific and their reduced tax rates will affect Australian companies especially now that we are in worst recession of all times.

Similarly, Australian Government should learn something from Russia which is getting stronger day by day with a mere 20% tax rate thereby becoming an attractive destination for FDI’s. Why would people invest in Australia or build bigger businesses if close to 1/3rd of their profits are going to government?

Why is that Hong kong doing so well as compared to say a city like Melbourne?

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