Petition Tag - australia

211. Support the promotion of a cashless society

A future cashless society will have several benefits for the community. Firstly, it will increase the detection of crime and be a catalyst for its reduction. As a consequence, it will lower violence in the community.

Secondly, it will reduce the black market that is based on cash and promote the integrity of the income tax base. This will give governments the funds to implement social welfare programs, pay off debt, as well as increase spending on all forms of needed infrastructure.

Thirdly, it will promote greater efficiency in the economy by eliminating the costs of managing cash in terms of counting, securing, and transporting it to banks and other commercial establishments.

The privacy of all Australians is currently protected by national privacy laws. National privacy legislation can be strengthened if needed before the introduction of a cashless economy.

There is absolutely no need for any person or business to apply for any form of credit from any institution, in a proposed Australian cashless society, in order to execute day to day transactions. All Australians can currently apply for and obtain Eftpos Cards, Visa Debit Cards, or Mastercard Debit Cards from any bank or credit union.

The technology for cashless transactions for the visually impaired can and will be developed so that they are not left-out of the means to excecute cashless transactions.

The use of the internet and mobile phone to perform cashless transactions are with us already, or in the case of mobile phones, will be further developed in future using currently available technology called radio frequency identification (RFID).

Australia currently has the technology to become a cashless society. With future research, current cashless methods can be refined while new cashless methods of making purchases can be developed.

212. Not Made in China: the taste of Australian apples


My family grows apples in Manjimup, Western Australia, and I think you should know that a final report from Biosecurity Australia recommends allowing Chinese apple imports subject to quarantine conditions. So we are very close to seeing Chinese apples onto our supermarket shelves. But China has pests and diseases that could potentially decimate our apple industry.

We believe that Biosecurity Australia's risk analysis report is flawed, on the basis that it puts the onus on China to say how risky it would be for us to import their apples. But wouldn't Chinese exporters have a vested interest in finding a low risk outcome? We think it should be Australia authorities determining whether or not imported produce poses too greater a threat to our clean, green environment.

As farmers, WE ARE DOING OUR LEVEL BEST to produce delicious, clean, and fair fruit for you. If Chinese apples are allowed in without stringent import risk analyses, we face having new diseases and pests to combat: among them, European canker, oriental fruit moth, and apple brown rot.

THE COST WILL BE HUGE. It will cost our pristine growing environment, it will cost our production methods, it will cost the reputation of our industry, it may cost you at the supermarket, and eventually, it may even cost you your Australian-grown apples.

Come on Biosecurity Australia: you’re our last line of defense. In this case the risk is too great, and the consequences too dire. We demand a review of the report.

We’ve got until MAY 2 to appeal the final report from Biosecurity Australia, and let our pollies know how we feel.

What you can do TO HELP:
1) Add your name to our petition.
2) Become a fan on Facebook:NOT MADE IN CHINA: the taste of AUSTRALIAN APPLES.
3) You can also email and quote BAA 2010/08- Provisional final import risk analysis report for fresh apple fruit from the People's Republic of China.
4) If you’re really keen, lobby your local pollie. Contact details for relevant ministers are below, and there's a cut and paste letter for you if you don't want to write your own:

Federal Agriculture Minister Tony Burke

WA Premier Colin Barnett

WA Agriculture Minister Tony Redman

NSW Steve Whan;

VIC Joe Helper

SA Michael O’Brien

TAS David Llewellyn

QLD Tim Mulherin
Dear Honourable Sirs,

I would like to direct your attention to a "grassroots" online campaign began this month, of which I am a supporter: "NOT MADE IN CHINA: the taste of Australian apples". The campaign stems from Biosecurity Australia's final provisional import risk analysis report recommending the importation of fresh apple fruit to Australia from China be permitted subject to quarantine conditions ­- a recommendation I vehemently oppose. If, like the petition signatories, you are a consumer and supporter of premium quality Australian-grown apples - fairly produced and possessing unmatched integrity - then I ask you to consider the call from your constituents and contest this report.

Thank you for your time on this matter,




Thanks for your time, and remember, buy local!
Lucinda Giblett and family Newton Brothers Orchards Manjimup, Western Australia


Reasons are as outlined in the petition.

214. Bring Torrid to Australia

Here in Australia we're big - We accepted it a long time ago, but we need more fashionable clothes here in Australia for a BETTER PRICE! We have city chic, but really there clothes are too ridiculously priced, if there was another market for plus size women the price we pay for the clothes would go down.

So sign my petition to bring fashion to Australia!

215. Omnipod in Australia

Life is hard enough with Type 1 Diabetes. Why is it so hard to allow us to access essential health aids?

The Omnipod tubeless insulin patch pump is approved for sale in Australia by the TGA but the Federal Government's Prostheses legislation and NDSS has not approved equal reimbursement for new diabetes technologies like the Omnipod. This is not right.

Why Minister do you not change the policy that would force the Private Health Funds to reimburse new diabetes technology like Omnipod?

216. Stop kangaroo Killings!

Late at night while peacefully grazing, thousands of kangaroos are faced with the threat of being hunted for their meat or skins.

These quiet herbivorous creatures which are an important part of the Australian ecosystem and have become part of Australia’s huge landscape for thousands of years are brutally killed for nothing other than profit. The killing of kangaroos has been described as the largest global massacre of wildlife in the world. The largest killing is taking place right here in Australia right now!

Millions of kangaroos are killed each year in Australia for their meat or skin as I mentioned before. The slaughter occurs in the most brutal way, most of the time, the kangaroos are still alive after they’ve been shot, and are dragged through the dirt in such awful pain and hung up by their feet. Kangaroos are not the only ones who get affected by this slaughter, so do the joeys. If the joeys are left in their mothers pouch, the killers rip it out by its delicate legs, and throw it on the ground, violently stomping on their heads and bodies just like a kid would do to a bug leaving their bodies crushed with pain. If the Joey isn’t stomped on, the killer just tosses the baby Joey onto the ground, so that any predator, whether it’s ants or dogs, can eat it alive. The orphaned older Joeys that don’t end up dying, are either killed completely, or sold into the cruel wildlife pet trade to spend the rest of their lives in cages as “entertainment”.

The scene is repeated all night long. Older joeys may hop away when their mothers are shot as the Joey dies a slow and lonely death from cold or starvation. This is the reality of kangaroo killing. But the killing continues.

The shooters are supposed to legally wound the kangaroo by a single shot to the head to avoid suffering, many kangaroos are shot in the jaw, neck, or chest, which causes enormous suffering. The pouch dependant joeys are ripped from their dead mothers pouch and either hit over the head with a metal pipe - a practice that is considered acceptable by the Australian government.

The Kangaroo has been a part of Australian history long before European settlement; it is seen on the Australian coat of arms, the fifty cent and one dollar coins and is the mascot of Australia’s largest Airline Qantas – However, the Australian government still allows the slaughter of several million kangaroos a year. The dead bodies of these beautiful animals are exported all over the world. Australia exports approximately 3 million kangaroo skins each year – mainly to Europe and the USA. Kangaroo skins are used to make handbags, wallets, sports gloves and mitts, golf bags, shoes (including athletic football boots and cycling shoes) coin purses, beer can holders, and other ridiculous products.

Lots of rumours go around about the kangaroos but most of them are just lies and reasons to shoot these innocent kangaroos and just so the government gets his way with money. But what is written below is no lie and is proven.

Myth - Kangaroos destroy wheat crops
A four year study by CSIRO(Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation) found that 95 per cent of wheat crops are never visited by kangaroos. Yet farmers and the Australian government still refer to kangaroos as pests. "Pests is an emotive word. It conjures up visions of animals destroying crops. I can think of no situations where this is likely to be true for kangaroos." (Dr. Graham Arnold, CSIRO) In fact, commercial killing takes place in the outback where crops are never grown.

Myth - Kangaroos compete with sheep for grazing
A six-year study by Dr Steven McLeod (NSW Agriculture) - the biggest ever undertaken - examined whether red kangaroos affected sheep farming. It found that there was no competition for food between sheep and red kangaroos and that the presence of kangaroos had no negative impact on the number of lambs born to the flock, nor their size.

Myth - Killing kangaroos helps preserve them
The kangaroo massacre destroys the process of natural selection. The repeated targeting of the 'alpha' males, the largest and fittest animals (who provide the industry with the big skins they want), means younger, smaller animals are left to breed, weakening the gene pool. "This has the potential to cause the extinction of a number of species". (Dr Ian Gunn, Animal Gene Storage Resource Centre of Australia.) Australia has the worst wildlife record in the world - six species of kangaroos extinct, four more extinct on the Australian mainland, 17 species endangered or vulnerable.

Myth - The killing is strictly controlled
No one monitors, let alone controls, the killing in the field. Kangaroos are shot at night in the vast outback, far away from public scrutiny. The Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos, which hunters are supposed to adhere to, is a guideline document, not a law, and is not even linked to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. In order to obtain a licence to kill kangaroos commercially, all hunters have to do is read the Code, 'understand' it, and pass a one-day marksmanship course. "Shooters often have a thorough contempt for the law. They commit cruelty on a regular basis." (Dr John Auty, veterinary scientist and former Chief Agronomist).

Myth - Kangaroos are killed to save the environment
Kangaroos are an integral part of Australia's environment. They have evolved to live in harmony with the fragile landscape and often hostile weather conditions. Destruction of the environment comes from 160 million hard-hoofed sheep and cattle.

Myth - Kangaroos are in plague proportions
Kangaroos have never been a plague. They have been wiped out in many regions. In others, their numbers build up in order to withstand the regular droughts which wipe out half the population. Kill quotas for 2001 were 5.5 million, for 2002 7 million and for 2003 6.5million (the figure has decreased only because the government has had to acknowledge the sheer number of kangaroos who are dying in the drought that Australia is currently in the midst of). The official quota ignores joeys, road deaths, illegal and non-commercial kills. This annual death toll could amount to 10 million - a patently unsustainable figure.

Fact - The kangaroo industry exists in its own right - to make money by slaughtering the animals for their meat and skins. The meat and leather is promoted and marketed around the world to earn valuable foreign currency. Having built an industry with political clout, self interest will ensure it carries on killing, whatever its impact on kangaroos.

- Ways you can help:
Show your support to encourage people to let these poor kangaroos into their natural habitat in Australia and not rotting on the ground or even in boxing rings! And the best way to help is not to purchase any kangaroo meat or leather. And finally, demand an end to the biggest massacre of wild animals in the world.

No animals, whether human or beast should be forced to live a life they don’t want to live, or killed for selfish reasons. We should be sharing our resources and learning to live in harmony, not destroying the original inhabitants because we selfishly want the land for our own purposes and it just isn’t funny, imagine how scared they must be, all the noise and pain, we need to stand up and say this is not right, this is cruelty to Kangaroos, and remember this, animals have feelings too.

217. Adidas Stop Using Kangaroo Leather

Australia has the LARGEST killing of any land animal. The kangaroo is a NATIVE species, which is a symbol on our national coat of arms.

In 2009 the quota of kangaroos to be shot was just under 4 million. This does NOT include at-foot or in-pouch joeys that are killed by blows to the head by shooters.

218. Australia Post mailbox for residents at Mercy Health Aged Care-ILU, Parkville

Australia Post Letterbox not located near to this Facility of Aged Residents, nearest is 15kms away.

Most Residents are elderly and don't have any means of transport.

219. Support the continuation of funding for chaplaincy

This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the National School Chaplaincy Program, built on the excellent history of school chaplaincy in Australia, which was introduced by the former Coalition Government in 2007/08 with a commitment of $165 million for its first three years. It was endorsed by Prime Minister Rudd who said “they (Chaplains) actually are providing the glue which keeps school communities rolling”.

The program offers pastoral care and spiritual guidance to all. Chaplains necessarily have religious beliefs which underpin their work. These beliefs are representative of the school communities the chaplains work in and they do not hinder chaplains from working with those of other beliefs or none. It operates in 1915 schools and enjoys strong support among principals, schools and in the community generally.

The Rudd Government has extended funding for the program, at a reduced level, until the end of 2011, after which time there may be no more funding despite the program's social benefits, sound administration and strong community support. If elected, the Coalition would continue funding the program in its current form, at its current level of $165 million over 3 years.

220. Tougher Pet Ownership Laws

Most puppies and kittens are sold in pet shops are bred in 'mills' where dogs and cats are kept in sub-standard conditions and continually bred until they die. However there are also bred at home in the suburbs where there are no controls.

Cute puppies and kittens are sold or given to friends without the necessary vet inspection or the necessary de-sexing for control. The animals are then dumped when people realise the time, cost and responsibility of caring for a pet.

RSPCA statistics show that in 93-94 - 43,762 dogs were received and 50% were euthanased, 42,126 cats were received and 74% were euthanased. In 96-97 - 69,956 dogs were received and 48% were euthanased, 62,163 cats were received and 75% were euthanased. And this figure is at least doubled when the many overcrowded animal shelters all over Australia are factored in to the equation.

221. More Government Assistance for the Severely Disabled

Some of you may have watched Channel 7's 'Sunday Night' program on 21 February 2010 detailing stories of young people with brain injuries in aged care facilities. For those who didn't, a link to the story is below:

For those of you who do not know us, we have a young son, Jake, who was born with a very severe brain injury. Jake does not sit, roll, crawl or walk. He does not talk and he has most of his meals fed to him through a tube in his stomach. Jake cannot play with his toys and when he is awake, he is either doing therapy, being fed or being entertained. He is 100% dependent on others.

Jake's needs are very intensive and only become greater as he gets older. We are now confronting the reality that Jake will rely on someone for his essential needs (mobility, eating, communicating) for the rest of his life.

The Australian Government does very little to assist us in terms of the additional cost of caring for a severely disabled person or providing therapists to assist with therapy that will improve their quality of life. In fact, the Australian Government treats all people with a disability equally when it comes to financial assistance; we receive $106.70 per fortnight as a carers allowance. The carers allowance is the same whether you are caring for a severely disabled person (such as Jake) or for a person with a relatively minor disability. We think this is wrong.

For Jake's therapy needs, Disability Services Queensland provides very limited support from their therapists. On average, we would see a therapist once a month. This is insufficient for Jake's needs, so we see many therapists privately. Again, we think this is wrong, the Government needs to do more to assist.

Please support us in lobbying the Australian Government to provide additional support to people who are living with a severe disability. These people are literally unable to speak for themselves and it is up to us to speak for them to get the message heard.

222. Australian Anti-Bullying Law Reform

This petition is to gather all the people of Australia to press for nationwide reforms in relation to psychological abuse in the Criminal and Workplace Codes.

Due to the increase of suicide, complaints and the economic cost of bullying reaching into the billions, the current legislation has been proven inadequate in dealing with the matter. Prevention only works when there is an incentive to implement the proper procedures to eliminate it.

Therefore we also seek an amendment of the Penalties and Sentencing Acts, so that mandatory counselling and rehabilitation programs are implemented, with an option of incarceration made available in cases where suicide or other extreme outcomes may occur.

223. Increased Awareness and Support for Younger Onset Dementia/Alzheimer's

I have decided to start this petition in favour of improving the current services available to those suffering from younger onset dementia. Many of you may not realise it is even possible to develop dementia before the age of 65, yet a family member of mine has this devastating illness at only 42.

It is hard to describe the exact feeling when first confronted with such a tragedy. Before I had seen the effects with my own eyes, I found it hard to empathise and to take into account how serious it actually was. To see a person you love in such a state, who only a few years ago had everything going for them - a wonderful family and two young children, a newly built home, a career - is dreadful and hearbreaking to say the least. We have come to accept this; these are the cards that were dealt to him. But what we shouldn't and won't accept is that there is very little assistance available to alleviate and manage this horrific situation.

People tend to accept dementia as a product of old age, but imagine having to accommodate and manage a person who is barely half way through their lives. These sufferers do not deserve to be cast aside and placed into aged care. They deserve to receive the same dignity that any middle aged person would require and expect. There is plentiful support for the physically disabled, the depressed, the addicted, the injured and the aged, so why not for this? It may be less common than other ailments, but even in it's rare state the severity and impact far outweighs the figures. For each young person who has completely lost thier identity, personality, and normal functioning, there are family members and friends struggling to come to terms with the concept; feeling woefully helpless, and failing to understand how this illness works. Too often we are faced with the questions, "What is he thinking?",'Is he suffering?", "Does he understand or acknowledge that he is ill?", "Has he forgotten me?". There is just not enough public awareness which ultimately leads to total frustration and isolation of everyone involved.

This personally affects me, and I feel that if there's nothing that can be done to fight this vicious disease, then perhaps the only thing we can do is strive to make it easier for the sufferers, families and children who's lives have been shattered by this. With dementia, the grieving process is ongoing. There is no solace and no closure; you're essentially grieving each and every day for the loss of someone who is still physically with you.

"Dementia profoundly affects the quality of life for thousands of younger Australians every day. Younger onset dementia is the term used to describe any form of dementia with onset of symptoms in people under the age of 65. It is estimated that younger onset dementia affects approximately 10,000 people in Australia today. The needs of this group are special because there is low awareness, even among health professionals, that younger people may have dementia. Due to this, there is poor access to services that provide care and social support for younger people and their carers and the condition can have a devastating impact on the person with younger onset dementia, their family, their children and their friends. People have a right to tailored dementia services regardless of age" -

As it stands, aged-care facilities and private carers are among the only respites for younger Alzheimer's and Dementia sufferers and their families. Why should the middle aged be caught in limbo and grouped with the elderly? Why don’t tailored, specific facilities and respite centres exist for the approximate 10,000 early-onset suffers? Why should their quality of life deteriorate so completely for them and those around them, when resources could exist to improve the circumstances for everyone involved?

Please help push for better facilities, more understanding, less isolation and more funding.

224. Bring a Skatepark 2 Crown Street Mall in Wollongong


225. We want Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki to come back to Australia for the All Hell Breaks Loose II Convention

Australia is having another Supernatural convention in Sydney and Melbourne on the 8/9 of May 2010. We have been told by the Hub Productions that the stars of the show (Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki) Will not be attending as they are too expensive.

While we are excited to have stars such as Misha Collins and Jim Beaver in attendance we were very upset to hear this. And have decided to do anything in our power to prove that this isn't true. That no matter what the cost if Jensen and Jared are signed that the hub will see a huge interest among the Supernatural fans and we can make this happen.

We hope that by providing the hub with feedback of our interest that they will see that it is feasible to bring the boys out here and that the amount of fans interested will cover the cost.

226. A New Theme Park in Western Sydney NSW

Western Sydney needs a new theme park. Wonderland Sydney was Australia's Largest theme park in the southern hemisphere. It supplied a lot of people with entertainment on the weekends and plenty of jobs.

For 19 years Wonderland supplied the children of Sydney with a fun place to visit and explore.

227. Stop abuse of Indigenous Students

Abuse of Indigenous student Scott Parker, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

228. Stop Human Rights Abuse In Fiji

I am writing to strongly urge the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to lobby for the immediate return of Fiji to the rule of law and Democracy.

Human rights have been abused, citizens are terrorised, umiliated and interrogated without counsel. Citizens have been killed, brutalised and tortured by the military. Women raped by the military has become a daily occurrence.

229. Australia needs an 'R18+' rating for video games

Australia should have a 'R18+' rating for video games because there have been so many good games (Left 4 Dead 2 and the upcoming Aliens vs Predator) which have been unclassified because they exceed the MA15+ rating, and there is no R18+, so therefore these games will not be sold to the general public.

230. Review Australian Federal Government Allocation of Tax Dollars to Community Television

Since the early 1980s, media enthusiasts set out to establish what was labelled "Public Television" services. The US, UK and Canada have had their main public television stations, and numerous satellite station affiliates spread out across their countries during this same period and to date.

Denied by the federal government at the time, the local television industry was authorized to create a community access television service for each metro area’s public, but these stations later dropped the “access” from their branding.

It was in 1994, that this third-tier industry in Australia began using commercialism that to date have increasingly encroached with each station, where it has become more stylized like commercial and public television rather than maintaining the philosophical principles of what a community broadcaster should be. On 4 Nov 09, the federal government gave your publicly owned digital spectrum and $2.6 million dollars to launch another commercial-style television network. Did the federal government seek the public’s opinion prior allocating your public ownerships?

Please sign this Petition and let the Australian Federal Government, under Senator Stephen Conroy know that the public should have been consulted on whether or not current community television stations met their philosophical principles as a community broadcaster, and let the public decide their faith and change for a newly designed television service that can live up its principle intentions.

231. Politicians Representing the Voting Public's Interests

Often our politicians put forward motion or act in ways that are not representative of the majorities interest.

As we now have advanced technologies such as the internet their is no reason why our politicians cannot more accurately represent the wish of the majority of thier constituents instead of acting on matters loudly extolled by the loud minorities.

232. Grant long term dependent visas

We write to you on behalf of the Australian Indian community.

Majority of the Indians endorsing this letter are first generation immigrants who willingly chose Australia to make it their home, bring up family and lead a peaceful life. Again, a majority of the undersigned have been granted visas under the skilled migration category, having come into the country ranging from about 10 to 20 years before.

We all hold responsible jobs, and live as model citizens of the country. We work as doctors, engineers, industrialists, teachers and many other professionals, contributing to the society and the local economy. We also form a sizeable portion of the electorate in this country. In most cases we have very little or no family here, obviously, all of them living in India or else where.

We hereby wish to address with the department of immigration, a very grievous concern regarding the granting of visas to our immediate family (our parents in most cases) residing in India or overseas (holding Indian passports).

Most of us have parents aged from their early 60’s, who are already in their twilight years. All they want is to spend some quality time with us, their children and their grand children.

Our concern is regarding the period for which the visitor visa is granted, which is only for a single entry and for a period of 6 months to 1 year. Every time, they have to undergo the bureaucratic application process, and face the uncertainty of rejection.

We do understand that Permanent Residency is possible for dependants. However, the process is time consuming in the normal channel, and too expensive in the sponsored category. The permanent migration will further burden the existing ageing population. Also, not all parents may wish to migrate permanently.

As you might be aware, many developed countries including the UK and USA have a visa sub class permitting a multiple entry for visitors up to a maximum period of five years to ten years.

We request to consider a long term ( 10 years) multiple entry visas. We believe it is a win-win solution for the Australian Government, overseas born Australians and the dependent parents.

233. Stiffer penalties for animal cruelty

This is for anyone who believes that penalties in Australia for animal cruelty are not harsh enough for what the poor little darlings go through.

234. Immigration processing priority changes of January 2009 are UNFAIR!

As you may be aware, in January 2009, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, announced a range of changes in response to the global economic crisis to ensure the Skilled Migration program is better targeted and more responsive to industry needs.

In short, these changes retrospectively affected many potential immigrants pushing them to the end of the processing queue, despite the fact that a huge number of applicants have already been under review for up to two years. Lives, hopes and expectations of many people were ruined in one day, and the heaviest impact was on applicants from “high-risk” countries like Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine who expected soon grant of long-awaited visas. However, DIAC tried to calm down unhappy applicants by informing us that new changes are not for long and our applications will soon be finalized as it was expected.

The full drama was revealed in September 2009 when another set of retrospective priority changes was introduced (which is protested against here - and it was announced that non-priority applications will not be finalized until the end of 2012!

We are potential migrants, who have met the criteria for which we have applied in 2007-2008, who were pushed to the end of the processing queue after already waiting for up to two long years; we seek for your support through signing this petition!

235. Save Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary

Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary, Home of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, is currently leased by Prudentia Investments and its future is uncertain.

We, the community, do not want this land to become just another housing estate. We cannot allow this to happen, this is a beautiful piece of land and an iconic part of Australian History. This is a matter of urgency! NSW Lands needs to take responsibility & claim back this land and return it to the community.

We call on the Government to acknowledge the dire state of affairs that currently confront Waratah Park. The Government must acknowledge the historical significance of the site and the recognition it commands throughout Australia and world wide. We also call on the Government to direct the Heritage Council to consider the inclusion of Waratah Park, particularly the iconic ranger cottage, on the State's Heritage Register.

We must ensure that the site is preserved under public ownership and remains open for the enjoyment and benefit of the people of New South Wales. This is a real challenge for the current Government, and we urge it to meet that challenge.

236. End Compulsory Prayer in the Aussie Parliament

Since 1901, Australian Parliamentary Standing Orders have required the House & Senate to open daily with a Christian prayer, to the exclusion of all other beliefs and disbeliefs.

"Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee to vouchsafe Thy blessing upon this Parliament. Direct and prosper our deliberations to the advancement of Thy glory, and the true welfare of the people of Australia.

Our Father, which art in Heaven: Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

237. 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.

238. 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?

239. Get Alice Nine to Adelaide/Australia

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

240. 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