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Can you believe that in 2013 we don’t allow same-sex couples to get married? It happens in countries all around the world. Not just where’d you expect like Holland and Sweden. But places like Spain and South Africa. It makes Australia look a little behind.
As president Obama said when referring to the American people "Its time that our brothers and sisters of this nation are all treated equally"
It's time to show Australian parliament that the majority of Australians want to legalise same-sex marriage.
For far too long now, our political members have been giving themselves EXTREME and UNJUSTIFIED payrises every year while the rest of Australians suffer undignified financial losses in all sectors.
Nor do they need the pension on top of their superannuation payout.
This is pure greed and nothing more.
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The definition of "human being" is of fundamental importance to the governing of Canadian society and the functioning of the Canadian judicial system. The definition present in the Canadian Criminal Code (under section 223(1)) is potentially outdated, and should be revised in light of more recent medical evidence.
The purpose of Motion 312 is to update this definition, and then petition Parliament to make all necessary legal changes in light of revision, if there are any.
Canadian residents of any age may sign.
Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982):
Section (1) "...guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society."
If the unborn are persons, abortion reform is a "reasonable limit" to guarantee "rights and freedoms" of all human beings.
Section (7) "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice."
If the unborn are persons, they must be granted "the right to life", and abortion reform would be necessary to reach such "fundamental justice".
The Canadian Human Rights Act (1985):
Section (2) "...that all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have and to have their needs accommodated, consistent with their duties and obligations as members of society, without being hindered in or prevented from doing so by discriminatory principles...."
If the unborn are human beings, they must be granted "opportunity equal with others to make for themselves...lives". Abortion reform would not be part of "discriminatory principles" against women, but part of ensuring equality in opportunity to live.
If the unborn are persons, then Parliament has the moral duty to give the unborn the right to life. Parliament must, then, also grant pregnant women more federal support, by any just means, so that the child(ren) may be born, and that she does not suffer financially or otherwise.
There is a significant and undeniable link in society between animal cruelty and general criminal behaviour.
Offenders who commit acts of serious crime such as murder, sexual and indecent assaults, domestic violence, and arson, often have a history involving some degree of animal abuse.
Establishing an Animal Cruelty Register – which operates successfully in a number of states in the USA, including three New York County’s – would require every person convicted of an act of cruelty against an animal within New South Wales to record their names and personal details on the register.
The register would operate similar to the Child Protection Register where offenders will be responsible for ensuring their most up-to-date details and identifiable information is recorded, failing to do so would result in a fine.
Each offender will also be fined for the offence committed and this money would directly support the operation of the register.
The establishment of an animal cruelty register would benefit both humans and animals and would allow the fight against animal cruelty to shift to being more proactive. Rather then consistently fighting cruelty in a reactive manner, the register would allow authorities to keep an eye on offenders and to, effectively, prevent future abuse occurring.
All pet shops, shelters, breeders and rescue groups will have the ability to review the register prior to selling or adopting-out an animal to an individual.
The register would also enable law-enforcement bodies to search for potential offenders when an animal cruelty offence, or linked criminal offence, takes place in a certain region.
Please support, sign and share this petition. This will then be taken to NSW Parliament with all the signatures to show the government that members of the voting community want to see the establishment of an animal abuse register.
Thanks for supporting the animals.
The Harper government has proven time and time again, by act and word, that they do NOT have the best interests at heart for Canada, her people, her economy, and her environment.
Please sign this petition if you disagree with Harper's habit of passing laws in secret, the blatant disregard he has for the Canadian people and country, or if you're just had enough of Harper's despotism.
Here is a very small collection of some crimes performed by the Harper government to the Canadian people:
* The Harper government has used voter suppression techniques and overspending to control the elections from 2005-2012. The latest being the Robocall scandal, which is currently under investigation.
* The Harper government passed crime Bill C-10 at night, despite strongly voiced opposition from the People. This bill will unjustly send many people to prison, at an conservative estimated cost Canadians $108,000 / prisoner per year. Avenues of crime and poverty reduction, diverting young offenders from adult prison systems, and offering more services to the mentally ill, while proving very effective, have been neglected or cut.
* The Harper government requested the Governor General to dissolve/prorogue the Parliament to AVOID THREE separate votes of No Confidence by the minority parties.
* The Harper government has cut funding to a number of charities and organizations over the years simply based on ideological or policy reasons, including: Rights and Democracy; International aid group Kairos; research and advocacy work funded by the women's program at Status of Women Canada; and the NRTEE (National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy). CBC and Radio One, the only national not-for-profit news organization is under going massive cuts over the next 3 years for disagreeing with the Harper Government's policies.
*If passed, online spying bill C-30 will have the Canadian people paying for a range of authorities to invasively access your private online information, at any time, without a warrant, which is a breach of UN's Declaration of Human Rights - Article 12
*Broke UN's Declaration of Human Rights - Article 9 - No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile. - During the G20 and the Quebec student protests
*Ignoring and mistreating of the First Nations reserves including education and housing cuts, and lack of clean drinking water available to over 50% of the reserves.
*Unwanted privatization of areas of international ecological significance, such as Brewsters Jasper National Park walkway, and the prime grizzly bear habitat of the proposed Jumbo Glacier Ski development.
*Broken UN's Declaration of Human rights - Article 27 - Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author - by stifling information and scientists on Climate change.
We, Canadian people, have lost confidence in the ability of Stephen Harper's Conservative Government to democratically govern Canada and to respect the foundational democratic structures and institutions of our country and the democratic aspirations of the Canadian people.
THAT we have lost confidence in the ability of Stephen Harper's Conservative Government to democratically govern Canada and to respect the foundational democratic structures and institutions of our country and the democratic aspirations of the Canadian people;
THAT the following actions of the Government and its ministers have added to a growing loss of confidence in the Government by the people of Canada and we the undersigned believe their occurrence is cause for the dissolution of Parliament and the calling of a new, democratically-monitored election:
-There is growing evidence exposing massive, intentional, structured vote-suppression of non-Conservative votes in the last federal election.
-The Government of Canada, through its Minister of Agriculture, has publicly stated it need not heed a ruling of a Canadian court of law with regard to the need to consult with prairie farmers via a plebiscite before dismantling the Canadian Wheat Board's single desk monopoly over sale of wheat on the prairies.
The Conservative Party of Canada during the last federal election, along with the Minister of Defence of the current Conservative Government, has consistently misled both the Canadian public and Parliament about the true cost of purchasing F-35 fighter jets, in addition to not opening these contracts to competition.
-The intervention and biasing by the Minister of Natural Resources of a federal Joint Review process of the Northern Gateway Project before the process had even begun, along with the Minister's contempt for Canadians expressing divergent opinions from that of the project's proponent, whose side the Government has chosen to take.
As members of civil society and representatives of People Living with HIV (PLHIV), Men who have Sex with Men, Sex Workers and Injecting Drug Users -
We note that the HIV/AIDS Bill, which was finalized by National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) in July 2006, continues to be pending with the government and has not been tabled in the Parliament till date.
Constant delay in bringing the Bill to Parliament is a cause of great concern.
Currently, students from polytechnics and universities pay twice as much in bus fares compared to their peers in junior colleges (JCs) and Institutes of Technical Education (ITE), who are classified as post-secondary-level.
Polytechnic students, who in all technicalities are doing their post secondary studies, are considered tertiary education students. We end up paying adult fare! Our counterparts in junior colleges get to enjoy the subsidies while we are denied the subsidies.
"With the comparison of MRT concession pass between JCs and Polytechnics, JC student pay about $25 while Polytechnic student pay about $45 per month for the same service." Quoted from Edison Lim's Speech, titled : Student Rate For All Polytechnic Students.
Even as a soon to be polytechnic student, he/she would too have started paying adult fares even before entering a polytechnic. He/she is no longer given student subsidies, even though their age is clearly below that of an adult.
What is most absurd is that, when queried by MP for Nee Soon GRC about student concessions on trains and public buses, the Transport Minister Mr. Lui Tuck Yew, response was that it would cost transport operators $28 million more per year.
Can’t the government fork out the $28 million dollar per year, to provide subsidies for polytechnic students who are doing post-secondary studies? Isn’t the job of the government to provide for the welfare of its people? And would a $28 million pay cut from SMRT’s $895.1 million, or SBS’s $720 Million, affect them? I think not.
Plas Cwrt yn Dre, also known as Owain Glyndwr’s Old Parliament House was moved from Dolgellau to the Dolerw Park, Newtown in 1886.
The Quakers, who currently own it can no longer afford to maintain it and are selling it for £55,000. It is undoubtedly a national treasure and we think it should be purchased by the Welsh Government for the nation.
The Boundary Commission plan to abolish the current Streatham constituency, tearing Streatham itself into three parts in the process.
The Boundary Commission's own guidelines state that they will aim to preserve existing historical and geographical links when proposing changes to constituency boundaries.
Streatham is a vibrant town with a strong sense of identity, evidenced by a broad variety of clubs, events and organisations, from The Friends of Streatham Common and the historical Streatham Society, to the online community Streatham Pulse, the Streatham Redskins ice hockey team and the hugely successful annual Streatham Festival at which both local and global acts perform.
The uniqueness of Streatham has been recognised by Lambeth Council which has agreed a Streatham Town Masterplan Strategy to give overall direction to regeneration and development in the area.
It is no surprise that the current MP put significant emphasis on the fact that he was born and raised in Streatham at the last election and that undoubtedly contributed to his success in a tight campaign.
The existing Streatham constituency is only marginally larger than the upper size limit of 80,473 electors by just a few hundred people.
But rather than trim some of the wards from Brixton, Tulse Hill, or Clapham that are attached to the Streatham constituency, the Boundary Commission's proposals rip the existing constituency into four different constituencies, tearing Streatham itself into three in the process.
The proposal to bolt the Streatham South ward onto the Mitcham constituency shows a complete lack of understanding of the area. Streatham Common is the focus of the community's leisure activities and home to the Streatham Festival. The Mitcham MP, not to mention the residents of Mitcham and Morden themselves, will naturally be focused on their own needs and are unlikely to have any interest in or understanding of the needs of Streatham’s residents. Residents from Norwood or Norbury are more likely to use Streatham Common than those from Mitcham.
And to call one of the newly proposed constituencies 'Streatham and Tooting' is completely misleading considering that it will include less than half of Streatham town itself.
Streatham faces on-going issues, such as the Streatham Hub development, that require dedicated representation in Parliament. To make Streatham's issues the marginal concerns of three different MPs will seriously damage our community.
In a perfect world the existing historic constituency of Streatham would continue to exist in its current form. We do however understand the difficulties the Boundary Commission faces in trying to implement Parliament’s wishes to cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600, and to ensure that constituencies have a similar number of voters so that everyone’s vote counts equally. We are not protesting against that, just the implications of the way it is being proposed.
We feel strongly that a constituency with Streatham in its name should continue to exist and should include all four Streatham wards (St. Leonards, Streatham Hill, Streatham Wells and Streatham South), regardless of which other neighbouring wards are added to it to create a constituency that meets the Boundary Commission's criteria.
As it currently stands, petitioning Federal Parliament, and most state parliaments, must be done on paper.
This petition is to have the relevant levels of government make online petitioning and submissions an acceptable form.
Please join CRY’s campaign for justice for families of fit and healthy young people who are dying from undiagnosed but inherited heart conditions.
Every week in the UK, 12 young people (under 35 years) die from undiagnosed heart conditions and CRY believe there are hundreds more ‘broken hearts’ which are not being sent to heart specialists for proper examination due to short-comings in the coroners’ system.
This means other family members are at risk if a genetic heart defect is present; and bereaved families suffer even more heartache from not knowing the true cause of death.
To stop these short-comings, a Chief Coroner must be at the heart of the coroners’ system.
A Bill is going through Parliament NOW which proposes to abolish the role of Chief Coroner for England and Wales and this needs to be stopped.
The cyclist free lunch needs to come to an end.
I want to send this idea and my reasons to the sleepy heads in parliament.
I would really appreciate your support on this as these pious Cyclists constantly flout the highway code and then complain about the people who pay an ever increasing amount of money for the roads that they ride for free.
So please help me end this discrimination and make things fair, right safer, and equal for everyone.
Tobacco kills many thousands of Australians every year, adversely affecting tens of thousands of families.
80% of Australian smokers would like to quit. That's 3 million Australians being left in harms way. Smokers almost universally regret starting to smoke.
Australia is a world leader in tobacco awareness and is in a position to end the scourge.
Delay of ending tobacco sales equals EXTRA tobacco deaths.
Australian governments are still locked into tobacco reduction strategies rather than enacting the only measure that will end the tobacco deaths. They will not take that step unless very seriously pushed to do so. The Australian people are the only ones who can push them that hard.
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Σύμφωνα με τους υπολογισμούς της Εξεταστικής Επιτροπής, το ελληνικό Δημόσιο έχει χάσει τουλάχιστον το 10% του συνόλου των προμηθειών και υπηρεσιών της Siemens στην Ελλάδα. Το ελληνικό κράτος υπέστη τεράστιες ζημίες και η αγανάκτηση των πολιτών είναι τεράστια. Η ομόφωνη απόφαση της Εξεταστικής Επιτροπής, χαρακτηρίζοντας την υπόθεση Siemens ως «διεθνές οργανωμένο έγκλημα» με σκοπό την εξαπάτηση του ελληνικού Δημοσίου το κάνει ξεκάθαρο. Όλοι οι Έλληνες πολίτες απαιτούμε την άμεση αποζημίωση του ελληνικού κράτους από την εταιρία Siemens.
A fundamental of British democracy has always been that a simple majority can bring an unpopular government to a vote and eject it from power.
Now the Tories want to change this so that they can stay in power, even if the Liberal Democrats abandon the coalition and they are in a minority.
Stability is not an excuse for tyranny. We believe that this is undemocratic, unfair and un-British.
Members of Parliament should NOT have 2nd OR 3rd JOBs Yes we need someone to represent OUR interests, not self-interest as a full time MP.
Above all, we need someone to always put their constituents' interest above any political career. Stop the apathy by voting which is in our interest, stand up and be counted.
On March 3rd 2010 during The Throne Speech,it was said that there is a concern about the gender inequality of Canada’s National Anthem. Which leaves Parliament to assess if a more gender-neutral version should be considered.
We are serious about Our Right to Feel Safe in Queensland and we are calling on you to take action.
We feel less safe because criminal behaviour is not sufficiently punished in Queensland.
Whereas the citizens of Canada have duly elected the Members of the 40th Parliament, and
Whereas the first session of the 40th Parliament was prorogued during a period of profound economic instability, while the Government resisted a coalition helmed by a Member whose continuing leadership of his Party was in question, and
Whereas no such economic or political crisis currently plagues Canada, and
Whereas the Prime Minister's prorogation request appears to be concerned more with insulating his Government from the scrutiny of Parliament than from serving the interests of Canada, and
Whereas proroguing Parliament is a direct threat to the function of Parliament and the will of the Canadian electorate:
Taxation is the oppressive or coercive requirement for all Australian's to pay tax. Few people would question the need to contribute to the provision of services, but we are ill-served by governments with the arbitrary power to impose taxes.
There is no logic to taxation, and contrary to the rhetoric, it does not help the poor, but instead results in recessions, self-delusion, psychological repression, and a great deal more. It makes all concerned victims. Every MPs are not served by the system.
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."
MP’s of the British Government have been accused of fraud with regards to their expenses claims. This includes Elliot Morley, David Chaytor, Ben Chapman, Bill Wiggin, Julie Kirkbride, Andrew MacKay, Fabian Hamilton, Alistair Darling, Anne Keen, Hazel Blears, Greg Barker, Jaqui Smith, Tony McNulty and Margaret Beckett.
Despite receiving hundreds of complaints, the Metropolitan Police have still not arrested these people. Any other person in the UK would have been arrested immediately.
In May 2009 the focus on politics in the UK was very heavily overshadowed by issues of politicians expense claims and there was little evidence of the government machine working behind the scenes. In the beginning of June however the conviction of two men responsible for the appalling murder of two French students managed to drag the Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, into the headlines to make a public apology to the deceased's parents.
The reason for this apology was that unsurprisingly serious problems within the justice system had been identified in a report to parliament years prior to the offence. It is an inescapable fact that failure to properly address these issues at government level definitely contributed to the ability of Dano Sonnex to be in a position whereby he could commit the crime.
A further catalogue of blunders throughout the justice system each played their part in Sonnex being at large when he should have been in custody including Magistrates granting bail when he was on probation and a quite bizarre circumstance whereby police departments couldn't decide which were responsible for his apprehension. This resulted in a further 2 week delay during which time the offence was committed.
Although shocking this incident may not be the only such one in recent years as details of another case of ongoing debate continue to plague Kenny MacAskill MSP north of the border. Contrary to his parliamentary obligations under paragraph 7.2.1 in Volume 2 of the Code of Conduct for MSP's, Mr MacAskill refuses to release information which could show that another convicted person was possibly responsible for the suspicious death of Kevin McLeod.
"7.2.1 In representing people’s interests, members have a duty to respect individual privacy, unless there are overwhelming and lawful reasons in the wider public interest for disclosure to be made to a relevant authority, for example, where a member is made aware of criminal activity."
There is no other way to read this paragraph than to recognise that Mr MacAskill's refusal to disclose the requested information breaches the code of conduct. What is more worrying is that this breach could be impeding the course of justice which as Justice Secretary he is obligated to ensure does not happen.
It seems that while Kenny MacAskill is prepared to reveal that "efforts are under way to update police conduct regulations to plug the loophole", he is not prepared to release information resulting from the loophole. Information which could be preventing the parents of Kevin Mcleod from ever seeing justice done for their son. He has answered questions put to him by John Thurso MP directly related to the Kevin Mcleod case while publicly denying any knowledge of it which is not technically possible. In short his actions are actively preventing justice from being done rather than ensuring that it is.
Alex Salmond who faced charges of breaches in the ministerial code of conduct relating to misleading information regarding absconded prisoners on 30th May continues to publicly supported Mr MacAskill's position. In doing this, Mr Salmond has suggested that Mr MacAskill's continuing position demonstrates a lack of public opposition to it.
“The [ministerial] code says all ministers, including the First Minister, must not only give accurate and truthful information but correct an error at the earliest opportunity. Any minister who knowingly misleads Parliament should offer their resignation.”
Despite the above, Alex Salmond, Jack Straw and Kenny MacAskill continue to hold their positions while the flaws in our justice system which continue to wrongly release or fail to apprehend the guilty while equally through misconduct cause similar devastation to families through wrongful accusations and convictions.
It is time that the public are made aware of the full extent of misconduct within the justice system at all levels and demonstrated what it's position truly is regarding the effects of it on everyone in society.
Gordon Brown unveils a reshuffled cabinet and says he will fight on despite calls for him to step down.
They have abused their positions, some have stepped down, and all of them have said sorry. That is not good enough, they have abused our trust by taking money that was not theirs to take.
The government has no credibility, parliament itself is held in contempt, meanwhile the economic crisis is deepening and national morale and international standing is plummeting.
We need to close the door on the corruption and incompetence of this current government, and cleanse the Commons of corrupt, greedy, self-serving MPs.
Only a general election can do this, and only the Queen can force this on a PM who refuses to face reality.
EUROPE des VALEURS – EUROPA der WERTE est une liste citoyenne pour les élections européennes 2009 née, en Belgique, de l’incapacité du gouvernement d’apporter une réponse crédible et efficace à la crise économique, sociale et politique dans l'Union Européenne.
EV lance une pétition, ouverte à tous les citoyens, à destination des gouvernements et des parlementaires de l‘Union Européenne, pour que chaque citoyen ait droit d’accès au crédit.
Il s’agit d’une mesure indispensable pour sortir de la crise économique en Europe, pour y renforcer l’égalité des chances et mettre effectivement en œuvre la liberté pour tous d’entreprendre et de se développer.
EUROPE des VALEURS propose un droit universel à l’accès au crédit
Tous les citoyens de plus de 18 ans ont le droit d’emprunter 10.000 EURO (1) pour financer :
- les appareils électro-ménagers, la voiture familiale ou professionnelle, l’équipement professionnel (max. 50% du prix d’achat) ;
- la construction et la rénovation de l’habitation familiale et/ou du local professionnel ainsi que de leur environnement (voies d’accès, jardins, …) ;
- la mise en place d’une nouvelle activité professionnelle ;
- les frais d’éducation et de formation.
Chaque Etat veillera à mettre en place les mécanismes nécessaires pour garantir ce droit universel. Le produit de la confiscation de l’argent d’origine criminelle et de la grande fraude fiscale sera prioritairement affecté au financement de ce programme pour une Europe des Citoyens.
EUROPE des VALEURS http://europedesvaleurs.wordpress.com,email@example.com, EUROPA der WERTE www.europaderwerte.be, firstname.lastname@example.org
(1) Emprunt de 10.000 EURO maximum, au taux de la Banque Centrale Européenne + 0,5% (plafonné à 4%).
Our "politicians" and "business" leaders are criminals and criminals are not going to pass laws against themselves.
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."
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, agreed to the request of The Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, to suspend Parliament even though the Prime Minister did not have the confidence of Parliament.