Petition Tag - politics

91. The Campaign for Political Education

As a group, young people have the lowest turnout in elections and we believe this means that they are underrepresented in politics.

92. Stop political robo calls

It is time to put an end to political robo calls for Federal and Provincial elections in Canada. What is happening with this latest scandal in our House of Parliament just begins to show the political corruption in this country.

It is very hard to be patriotic and proud to live in a country where our political leaders are pulling stunts like this. I don’t know of a single person that appreciates getting computer generated calls from anyone let alone our politicians.

93. I will get 40 Petition Signatures for Bill Windsor to be on the ballot for Chief Magistrate Judge of Cobb County Georgia

Bill Windsor is simply asking people to give him the opportunity to have his name on the ballot. This is all that a signature does; it is not an endorsement of Bill Windsor as a candidate.

Bill will be a great candidate. For more information, see http://www.VoteBillWindsor.com

94. I Support Honesty in Government and the rights we were granted under the Constitution and Bill of Rights

Our forefathers established this country with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that are supposed to provide us with fundamental rights. Every candidate for political office, every elected official, and every government employee should be willing to commit in writing to always defend our fundamental rights. Sadly, many do not -- people in all parties and people in no parties.

GRIP, the Government Reform & Integrity Platform, is a non-partisan coalition of organizations and people who simply seek honesty and our fundamental rights from government. This all that we stand for, and getting signatures from our fellow Americans will be used to send a message to every candidate, elected official, and government employee.

GRIP is also asking every candidate to sign a contract, and we ask every American voter to vote only for candidates who sign the Contract agreeing to always be honest and protect our fundamental rights.

We ask you to vote only for people who say they will be honest and remain accountable - regardless of party. Dishonesty is the fundamental problem with government today. We must all do something about it, and signing this petiiton is quick, easy, and important.

95. Political Candidate Contract with the Citizens of the United States

Every candidate for political office, every elected official, and every government employee should be willing to commit in writing to always be honest.

Our forefathers established this country with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that are supposed to provide us with fundamental rights. Every candidate for political office, every elected official, and every government employee should be willing to commit in writing to always defend our fundamental rights.

This is what this petition provides. GRIP, the Government Reform & Integrity Platform, is a non-partisan coalition of organizations and people who simply seek honesty and our fundamental rights from government. This all that we stand for, and getting signatures on this petition is our mission.

Everyone should be willing to sign this petition, but dishonest candidates and government officials will be unwilling to sign because the contract provides that they may be removed from office if they violate the petition contract.

GRIP will ask every American voter to vote only for candidates who sign this Contract. Platform First - Party Second. Let's vote only for people who say they will be honest and remain accountable - regardless of party. Dishonesty is the fundamental problem with government today. This Contract can make a difference.

96. Adjust Politicians' Pay Rates

PM $384,000 - $473,000
Deputy PM $287,000 - $369,000
Opposition Leader $259,000 - $333,000
Speaker $245,000 - $315,000
Deputy Opposition Leader $220,500 - $283,500

US President $A388,162
UK PM $A205,662
French President $A293,484
Canadian PM $A287,628
German Leader $A275,225
Japanese PM $A265,587

Departmental Secretaries have received a minimum payrise of 31% and yet the Public Services were only granted a 3% payrise, by this Tribunal, which did not even match the average of 4.1% for the Private Sector. So for these Senior staff they warranted a 10 times larger wage rise than their staff that do all the work in the Departments.

We insist that your first Coalition Government review this and have it amended to a more acceptable wage.

97. Remove Politics from JEEP

* We the People of Jamaica are sovereign...

* We are equally entitled to the resources of the State...

* Members of Parliament have no right to select who will benefit from the resources of the State...

SIGN THIS PETITION to tell the Prime Minister to remove political affiliation as a factor in employing workers for the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).

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[SUMMARY]

This petition is being organised by Activists, who believe that there is a better way to govern Jamaica in which all Jamaicans benefit. We are critical of the JLPNP's approach to governance, which has prevented all Jamaicans regardless of political affiliation from benefiting equally from state resources. Each Jamaican has the right to freedom from discrimination on the grounds of political opinion under the Charter of Rights Section 13(3)(i)(ii).

The distribution of state resources along political lines has resulted in the birth of garrisons and gangs in Jamaica, has undermined democracy, increased inequality, resulted in political tribalism and waste, and engendered hopelessness amongst people on the one hand, and forced others to become involved politically only to benefit from such resources. It is wrong, not only because of the negative repercussions but also because the resources are not political but rather money which belongs to the people of Jamaica in equal share.

The details of the JEEP programme revealed so far demonstrate that the resources of the people will be divided along political lines, because workers will be selected by Members of Parliament. Therefore, it is highly probably that only those who will be recognised by the Member of Parliament, who is no more than a politician who successfully ran for office, based on their service to that political party will be rewarded with work, rather than giving equal opportunity to all Jamaicans regardless of their political affiliation. Removing politicians from the process will ensure that all Jamaicans have an equal opportunity to be employed under the programme, regardless of political affiliation or opinion.

We demand that politics be removed from the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).

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[Background]

In September 2011, then PNP head Portia Simpson-Miller announced that if elected the PNP would implement the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme, or "JEEP." Very few details of the JEEP were revealed prior to the election. During the campaign the PNP however revealed that the programme:

* would be implemented to provide short-term help with the current unemployment problems

* would be funded primarily from JDIP and the Tourism Enhancement Fund

* persons would be employed in labour-intensive infrastructure projects, such as the construction of retaining walls, paving of gullies, and reforestation.

* the programme would be transparent and non partisan.

To date there has been no public consultation on the JEEP or its details. The results of the meetings

On Sunday, January 22nd, Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller revealed that the first leg of the JEEP would involve a $340 million road maintainance programme, covering the northern coastal highway from Negril to Port Antonio. All details of the programme are expected to be revealed at a launch in Salem, Runaway Bay, at 2:30pm on January 24, 2012.

From statements by the Prime Minister, and Richard Azan, state Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, the following information has been revealed:

* The programme will be funded by the IDB. The JLP released a statement that the agreement with the IDB was negotiated by them and signed on December 5, 2011 before they left office involving the same road works. Minister with responsiblity for information Sandra Falconer conceded that the programme was funded by the IDB.

* The works take place in 11 constituencies across 7 parishes, including East and West Portland, South East, Central and Western St Mary, North East and North West St Ann, North Trelawny, West Central St James and East and West Hanover. East Central St. James, which is along the same corridor, represented by the JLP's Edmund Bartlett, has been excluded from the works programme. The PNP stated that his constituency is benefiting from the Tourism Enhancement Fund.

* Nine of the constituencies were won by the PNP, and two by the JLP.

* Members of Parliament will select 600 of the 700 workers who will carry out the work.

Both major newspapers have already reported concerning the JEEP programme. Members of Parliament, including Jolyan Silvera, the MP for West St Mary, was able to identify the political allegiance of the workers he submitted, claiming 10 of the people selected are supporters of the JLP, five did not vote in the last election and 35 were PNP supporters. By granting Members of Parliament such wide powers to select workers, it is inevitable that political affiliation will determine which workers will be selected. Neither politicians nor those who supported them are entitled to distribute scarce resources, or to preferential treatment or to benefit from such resources solely on the basis of political affiliation. In the same way, persons of a different political opinion or of no political opinion should not be discriminated against during the selection process.

98. Let UK citizens vote in a Scotland Idependance Referendum

I believe this is the ideal opportunity to decide what United Kingdom citizens collectively wish to happen with regard to Scottish Independence.

It costs the UK billions every year to support Scotland. Similarly Scotland would be left with huge debt following separation.

The implications are serious for all UK citizens so it should be the decision of all United Kingdom citizens.

99. Build a Culture of Peace, Not of Violence, in Our Country. Support the CITIZEN PROTECTION ACT OF 2010.

The possession in public places of firearms and deadly weapons should be authorized only for those directly and primarily engaged in police, military, or security services, and even then, only to enforce the law under strict and clearly defined guidelines. Such measure does not in any way impair the privilege of responsible and qualified citizens to keep licensed firearms at home or sports clubs.
 
On 21 September 2010, Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, Inc., ABA Party-List and Ang Kapatiran Party petitioned the House of Representatives to enact the Citizen Protection Act (CPA) of 2010 – an Act to Regulate the Bearing of Firearms and Deadly Weapons in Public Places, Provide Penalties for its Violation, Provide General Amnesty and Financial Rewards for Voluntary Surrender and Decommissioning of the Same and Appropriate Funds Therefor, and for Other Purposes.​

The CPA of 2010 is a practical measure that, among others, will:
 
1. Bring Down Gun-related Crimes: Statistics from the PNP show that from 2004 to 2008, 97.7 percent of gun-related crimes involved loose firearms, making the Philippines 10th in gun homicide rates worldwide.  However, during the imposition of the five-month gun ban in the 2010 elections, the incidence of crime in the country fell by nearly 70 percent as compared to the same period in 2009, from 502,655 reported crimes to 157,674 cases nationwide.  
 
2. Assist the PNP and Empower Communities in Peace-Keeping:  This Act will help the police fight crime and violence on the streets, isolate and easily identify outlaws and violators of this Act, thus facilitating their arrest and confiscation of their weapons.  Concerned citizens can blow their whistle without fear that they are pointing to the wrong person.  Without this Act, it is difficult to distinguish criminals from plainclothesmen or from those with permit to carry, or from bodyguards. Sometimes, criminals pretend to be plainclothesmen, at other times plainclothesmen pretend to be criminals.  It is about time to separate the grain from the chaff.
 
3. Keep in Jail Gun-bearing Criminals and Insurgents:  Criminals and insurgents, who are caught with the illegal possession of firearm even on crimes in which bail is allowed and whose cases are being heard, are immediately liable for the violation of this Act, punishable by imprisonment of not less than 12 years and 1 day nor more than 20 years without parole and a fine of not less than P50,000 nor more than P300,000. What this Act seeks to implement are measures to control if not eradicate the presence of firearms in the streets and unauthorized areas or places.  We cannot allow our country to have a proliferation of firearms, which are the main instruments of violence in the country and also the main instruments used by threat groups like the CPP-NPA, the renegade MNLF and MILF, and even the syndicates.
 
4. End Private Armies.  Section 6 (Who may be assigned security personnel or bodyguards) of the Act provides:  When circumstances warrant, including but not limited to threats to life and security, a private individual or public official, may, upon application, be assigned regular members of the PNP or the AFP or the National Bureau of Investigation, and as augmentation, duly licensed/authorized Protective Agents of Private Detective Agencies, to provide security, for a specified duration.
 
5. Put an End to Illegal Firearms:  Section 10 (General Amnesty) of this Act provides for financial rewards to those who take advantage of the general amnesty whereby individuals may voluntarily surrender unlicensed firearms with no questions asked and without incurring any criminal or civil liability. Section 11 provides for decommissioning of surrendered and confiscated firearms and deadly weapons.

The CPA of 2010 brings with it a counterpart bill in the Senate, SB No. 129 or the Firearms Regulation Act of 2010, filed by Sen. Franklin Drilon.

In an open letter dated 30 January 2011, supporters of both bills - Mga Tagatulak ng Kapayapaan - beseeched President Benigno Aquino III to certify both bills as urgent for immediate approval by both House of Congress.

Among all Filipinos, only a little over 1% have registered firearms and a fraction of this with permits to carry.

Government's indifference to this measure is inconceivable.

For more details, go to www.kapatiranparty.org

100. STOP THE PLANNED CHANGES TO THE DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE

The UK Government plans to making drastic changes to the Disability Living Allowance including taking away many of the current travel concessions thus leaving many disabled UK Citizen's housebound.

Whilst we at the National Liberal Party would understand a "means" test to assist in stopping benefit fraud, we oppose the changes being put forward by the UK Government and would ask you to support us on getting these changes stopped.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/dla-reform-consultation-easyread.pdf

101. Stop Politician Ads

Election years destroy perfectly good television watching time. It's bad enough that we are bombarded with drug ads and make-up ads and car ads that people could careless to see.

Then to add a layer of slanderous, obnoxious, distracting insults from one candidate to the next. It's nauseating.

102. Κυβέρνηση Εθνικής Σωτηρίας Τώρα!

Η οικονομική κατάσταση επιδεινώνεται διαρκώς. Η κατάσταση στο εσωτερικό γίνεται διαρκώς και λιγότερο διαχειρίσιμη, το ίδιο και οι σχέσεις με τους εταίρους μας.

Το βάρος της κρίσης είναι τέτοιο που απαιτείται επειγόντως η επίτευξη εθνικής συναίνεσης.

Διακυβεύονται τα πιο σημαντικά κεκτημένα της μεταπολίτευσης: η συμμετοχή της Ελλάδας στην Ευρωζώνη και στον κεντρικό πυρήνα της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης.

Ζητάμε από τους πολιτικούς αρχηγούς, κυρίως των δύο κομμάτων εξουσίας, να στηρίξουν υπερκομματική Κυβέρνηση Εθνικής Σωτηρίας από προσωπικότητες, κυρίως όχι ενεργούς πολιτικούς, που γνωρίζουν τι χρειάζεται να γίνει, και δεν υπολογίζουν πολιτικό κόστος. Εθνικής Σωτηρίας και όχι Εθνικής Ενότητας (ή Συνασπισμού) γιατί δεν θα είναι αποτελεσματική αν βασιστεί σε πολιτικούς που ενδιαφέρονται για επανεκλογή.

Υπογράψτε και ζητήστε και από τους φίλους σας να υπογράψουν κι αυτοί.

103. Concerned Sierra Leone Citizens: Call to Action

In light of recent politically motivated violence in Sierra Leone, this is a call to active engagement and action among concerned Sierra Leone citizens to ensure that our 2012 elections are just and peaceful.

104. Urgent Change Needed for our Children

Since Australian parents were told there was a very long wait before/if the Family Law Reform actually happens there has already been another child die due to abuse,
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8293046/toddlers-death-was-suspicious-police-say

Today we have another news article where a father has stormed into a court office with a bomb strapped to himself and is holding a girl (believed to be his 11 year old daughter) hostage inside the Family Court building.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/father-straps-bomb-to-himself-holds-daughter-hostage/story-e6frf7l6-1226130337269

Australia urgently stopped the live export of cattle to 11 Indonesian abattoirs after footage of animals being mistreated in a slaughterhouse.
http://www.news.com.au/national/government-told-to-end-live-cattle-exports/story-e6frfkw0-1226065999439#ixzz1X8mOG5bv

Why are Australia's cattle given better protection than Australia's children?

105. ΔΙΑΣΩΣΗ ΑΓΩΓΗΣ ΠΟΛΙΤΗ ΣΤΟ Ν. ΛΥΚΕΙΟ & Ν. ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟ

Λαμβάνοντας υπόψιν το αυτονόητο –πως, αφού όλοι οι μαθητές θα γίνουν Πολίτες, δικαιούνται σοβαρή Πολιτειακή-Πολιτική Παιδεία, ιδίως κατά την εφηβεία-, αλλά και το Ελληνικό, το Κοινοτικό & το Διεθνές Δίκαιο (λ.χ. Σύνταγμα της Ελλάδος, Άρθρο 16, § 2: "H παιδεία αποτελεί βασική αποστολή του Kράτους και έχει σκοπό[…] τη διάπλαση των Ελλήνων σε ελεύθερους και υπεύθυνους πολίτες.", Νόμος-πλαίσιο για την Παιδεία 1566/85: "1. Σκοπός της πρωτοβάθμιας και δευτεροβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης είναι οι μαθητές […]: α) Να γίνονται ελεύθεροι, υπεύθυνοι, δημοκρατικοί πολίτες, να υπερασπίζονται την εθνική ανεξαρτησία, την εδαφική ακεραιότητα της χώρας και τη δημοκρατία.", κ.ά.)

106. Free Francis Fernie

On 07/07/2011, York based student Francis Fernie was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

Francis was involved in the anti-cuts protests that took place on March 26th in London.

When police attacked the crowd outside Fortnum and Mason, Francis was hit repeatedly (including over the head) by police batons.

In a moment of 'hot headedness', Francis threw two placard sticks towards a crowd of heavily armoured police officers.

It has not been proven that he hurt anybody.

Frank is a hard working student, with no previous offences, a solid background in voluntary and community work and to everyone that knows him, he is a brother.

Frank should not be in prison.

It is easy to see that Frank's sentence is disproportionate to the crimes that he has commited and his background is one of lifelong kindness.

The full story as reported by York's Press can be found on at the following link:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/9128855.Talented_student_jailed_over_riot/

107. The Gillard Government should call an election immediately

Federal politicians in Australia need to renew their mandate with the people of Australia. A hung parliament that must wed to vested minority interests is not the will of the people.

The current Government does not represent the interests of a majority of Australians and it has implemented and is implementing policies it said it would not implement.

The people should be given the opportunity to make another judgement and an election should be called.

108. President John F. Kennedy's National Holiday

I recommend a national holiday for deceased President John Fitzgerald Kennedy because of all his accomplishments inside and outside of his presidency.

During World War II, John F. Kennedy joined the Navy Branch and became in control of a boat called PT-109 on April 23, 1943 which Kennedy choose to create a new crew with different positions of work for each member. On August 2, 1943, Lieutenant Kennedy was attacked by a Japanese warship called Amagiri which resulted in a sank for PT-109 and a death in Kennedy's crew but Kennedy still found a way to safety for his navy crew. Kennedy's crew gave up to fight and gave up hope because the crew was hurt and damaged but Kennedy pulled his crew together to get rescued by a group of scouts after six days of hiding from the Japanese soldiers.

John F. Kennedy was declared a hero and received six honorable military awards (1.The Navy and Marines Corps Medal, 2.The Purple Heart, 3.The American Defense Service Medal, 4.The American Campaign Medal, 5.The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars, 6.The World War II Victory Medal).

On January 20, 1960, President Kennedy was giving his Inaugural address to the American public and one very important statement was said from Kennedy "And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you- ask what you can do for your country... "One important deed that President Kennedy took into action to save America and Russia from complete destruction and or going into Wold War III was ending the Cuban Missile Crisis that started on October 14 to November 20, 1962. After the Bay of Pigs failed, the Cold War heated up between the Untied States and Russia meaning Russia had given Cuba secret missiles aimed toward the United States which still today is one of America's darkest history stories.

Kennedy planned a peace treaty between the United States and Russia that stated the U.S. will never again invade Cuba in exchange Russia will take the missiles out of Cuba. President Kennedy saved America and Russia and maybe the world because if Kennedy had no idea of a peace treaty and went to war with missiles, the U.S. and Russia could have destroyed the world.

Another great action that President Kennedy took was the creation of the Peace Corps. because he wanted young men and women to serve their country with love and understanding the education of other countries such as Iraq, Italy, China, and much more instead of fighting in a military branch in a war.

109. Take politics out of the Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London

The Annual Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall is the nation’s homage to all those from the British Isles and Commonwealth who laid down their lives in two great world Wars and other conflicts to preserve our freedom.

The Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem parties clearly have little or no regard or respect for the citizens of our country, the defence of this country, the Commonwealth, HM The Queen and the principles for which the fallen we are remembering, died for. They are even sending dead servicemens' coffins down the back streets to prevent the public from paying their respects.

Please support this petition by signing HERE.

110. Julius Malema for President

Julius Malema for President.

The youth of South Africa deserve the best leadership at all times, Julius Malema. I propose a Lifetime Presidency but for now let's give him his well deserved 2nd Presidential term of the ANCYL.

Viva! Julius Malema Viva!

111. Australian People Demand an Early Election

This Labor government is dead in the water. It has lost its way… yet again. Its incompetence and arrogance has led it to be effectively at war with Australia. Its call to class warfare and attempts to divide and conquer Australians in order to enforce incompetent policies have failed.

Citizens, businesses and whole industries are now in unprecedented open revolt against its insane carbon tax, its brainless spendthrift programs and disastrous refugee policies. Labor now trashes our economy and neighbours with one bizarre political quick fix after another. Worst of all, it has no idea how to regroup and get back to governing and has no answers other than to pathologically project all its failings onto Tony Abbott. It no longer listens to it’s citizens and we no longer listen to it. It is now incapable of learning, condemned to repeat their bungling from East Timor to Malaysia, from roof insulation to TV set top boxes.

For it’s own sake and that of Australia, Labor needs to be removed from government and be allowed to disassemble and be reborn again. After all, it is not in our interest for Labor to self-destruct – we need two healthy and vibrant, competing political parties.







112. Acknowledgement of frustration over essay deadlines at the University of Bath

During this second semester of the 2010-11 Academic Year repeated complaints have been raised about essay deadlines being set too early - some of which were set before the relevant lectures relating to essay questions had taken place.

Compounding the problem this year were events such as staff strikes and lecturers failing to turn up for scheduled lectures, leading to rescheduled lectures taking place up to 3 weeks after modules were due to end. This in turn led to lower turnout for post-deadline lectures and seminars, as well as complications for students.

However, we do acknowledge that unforeseen problems do arise within the process of organising and coordinating degree structures, and remain grateful to all staff who have worked tirelessly this year to ensure a high quality of teaching and support.

113. Chris Gibson VOTE NO on the Latest Budget Compromise

This petition is being sent to the members of the Upstate Conservative Coalition. We will use these petitions to let our Congressman Chris Gibson know how we feel on the upcoming legislation before he votes on it.

If he intends on being the voice of his constituents in congress, then sign the petition and be heard.

114. The Invisible Voters

The Invisible Voters are a campaign group aiming to educate the youth in politics and to make aware the importance of voting. We believe it is the perfect time to try to get through to the younger generation considering the recent developments in cuts from our government that have directly affected students, most of them being 18-24.

Our main aim is to get students of middlesex to understand the Alternative voting system coming up in May.

115. We demand the 2010 National ALP Review be implemented in full

Our party needs leaders with a demonstrated following at every level of the party. We need party structures that prevent vested interests permanently capturing power. We need a party with a commitment to Labor values and principles.

We need real change, change of the sort recommended by the 2010 National Review, most especially an end to interventions in preselections and increases in direct democracy.

116. ΚΑΤΑΡΓΗΣΗ ΜΟΝΙΜΟΤΗΤΑΣ ΣΤΟ ΔΗΜΟΣΙΟ ΤΟΜΕΑ

Προς την κυβέρνηση της Ελλλάδος και τον κύριο Πρωθυπουργό προσωπικά

Κύριοι,

Σε λίγες μέρες ολοκληρώνεται ένας χρόνος από την προσφυγή της χώρας στο μηχανισμό στήριξης που τέθηκε από την τρόικα. Κατά τα συμφωνημένα με το ΔΝΤ και παρά τις προεκλογικές σας δεσμεύσεις, επιτεθήκατε στα χαμηλότερα εισοδήματα και επιβάλατε λιτότητα που βύθισε τη χώρα στον πανικό.

Ενόψει των κρίσιμων διαπραγματεύσεων στις Βρυξέλλες, αισθανόμαστε ντροπή για την υποχωρητικότητα και την ατολμία που δείξατε απέναντι στους δανειστές μας, την αδυναμία συντονισμού σας, καθώς και για την αδυναμία του πολιτικού κόσμου γενικότερα να σταθεί στο ύψος των περιστάσεων.

Λαμβανομένου υπ'όψιν ότι

Παρά τις βάρβαρες περικοπές στους μισθούς και τις συντάξεις, η Ελλάδα εξακολουθεί να βρίσκεται στο χείλος της χρεωκοπίας. Σε αυτές τις τραγικές στιγμές για τον τόπο, συνεχίζετε να αποζημιώνετε την εκλογική σας πελατεία με δημόσιο χρήμα το οποίο θα μπορούσε να πηγαίνει στις πραγματικά ευπαθείς κοινωνικές ομάδες ή αλλιώς να εξοικονομηθεί.

Λαμβανομένου υπ'όψιν ότι

Η κομματοκρατία είναι για την Ελλάδα ότι ήταν τα καθεστώτα για τον αραβικό κόσμο, που τα γκρέμισε με εξεγέρσεις και τώρα διεκδικεί την ελευθερία του. Επίσης, ότι οι πελατειακές σχέσεις είναι, μαζί με την οικονομική κατάρρευση, οι κύριοι λόγοι για τους οποίους οι Έλληνες, και ειδικά οι νέοι, φεύγουν στο εξωτερικό και εγκαταλείπουν την πατρίδα.

117. Letter to PM Julia Gillard regarding Carbon Tax

The Australian Prime Minister introduced a Carbon Tax after being elected on the back of a promise to the Australian people that "there will be no Carbon Tax under any Government I lead".

Besides the tax being a horrendous imposition on the Australian electorate, without ANY Scientific evidence of man polluting the atmosphere with Greenhouse Gases and in particular Carbon emissions. The Prime Minister of Australia LIED to the Australian Electorate purely to get herself elected.

We MUST show her this is not acceptable to the people of Australia.

118. Save our Upper House!

With the NSW election on in just a couple of weeks, there's a real possibility that on March 26 right wing conservatives will gain power in the Upper House.

What does this mean for NSW? It means that religious zealots, against, same-sex relationships and euthanasia will be making the decisions that count; that the Shooters Party, who will move restrictions on gun controls, may hold the balance of power; or, worse still, Pauline Hanson just might gain a seat. Let us not forget some of her statements that have shocked us in the past:

"...we are in danger of being swamped by Asians"

And

“Immigration must be halted in the short-term so that our dole queues are not added to...”

This election there's only one way to Save our Upper House - if you're voting Greens, preference Labor. Or if you're voting Labor, make sure you preference the Greens.

Here’s one last taste of what NSW could look like with a right wing lead Upper House:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KedTNaSnDA8&feature=related

Help Save our Upper House on March 26!

119. Abolish the Welsh Office

On the 3rd March 2011, the people of Wales voted YES in a referendum to grant the Welsh Government additional powers to legislate in twenty devolved areas without being granted permission by the House of Commons and the Lords.

This means that the workload of the Office of Secretary of State has been vastly reduced to such an extent as to question its viability as a cost effective and efficient service to the people of Wales.

Secondly, the change in constitutional arrangements between Wales and the UK Government indicates the need for a change in relationships with direct contact between the two Executive bodies rather than through the bureaucratic 'middle person' as the Welsh Office now is.

120. Include Patrick Harvie in the Holyrood 2011 leader debates

The BBC and STV have selected only four leaders from the five political parties in the Scottish Parliament to take part in the showpiece leader debates, scheduled to be broadcast during the crucial last week of campaigning, excluding the Scottish Green Party's male co-convener Patrick Harvie.

Recent polling has shown that the Greens may well be part of a formal coalition that forms the next Government after the May 5th election and may well help to shape the policies that the next Scottish Government enacts.

It is not too late to send a message to the broadcasters that it should not be for them to decide which political parties get to take part in the primetime debates discussing Scotland's future and it is not too late to pressure the broadcasters into ensuring that there are five podiums in place for these debates rather than four.

Scotland deserves as thorough and as wide-ranging a debate as can be realistically and fairly achieved.