Australia must take action against Brunei

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Brunei has finalised laws that will see gay people imprisoned, tortured and, potentially, stoned to death. In the strongest terms Australia must work harder than it ever has to protect the human rights of LGBTIQ citizens in our region. Other conservative nations are watching and, if Australia and other western nations do not activate now, which country will be next to begin murdering us?

To: Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

What do we want?

1. Continued strong, public condemnation from Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten of Brunei’s new penal code, which includes death by stoning for homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy.

2. Withdrawal of Australia’s High Commissioner to Brunei.

3. Expulsion of Brunei’s High Commissioner to Australia.

4. A ban on Royal Brunei Airlines from Australian airspace.

5. A moratorium on Australian Government use of commercial services owned by the Brunei Government or any of its business and agencies, including accommodation venues, conference facilities, restaurant and catering outlets, professional services, transport and any other commercial operations.

6. A declaration that Brunei is in breach of the Commonwealth of Nations charter, and the Commonwealth’s Harare Declaration, and that Brunei’s membership of the Commonwealth must be suspended.

Why do we want it?

A human rights emergency is developing on Australia’s doorstep. Not only do Brunei’s new laws represent a dire threat to Bruneians, they set a dangerous new precedent in neighbouring South-East Asia.

Australia, more than most countries, had the power to do something about it.

Australia was one of the first nations in the world to establish diplomatic relations with Brunei. The two nations have traditionally enjoyed a warm relationship with strong ties in defence, security, education and trade.

Both nations are in the same region of the world, both are full members of the Commonwealth, and both are parties to the ASEAN-Australian-New Zealand Free Trade agreement, among other treaties and agreements.

Australia is therefore in a unique position to influence Brunei and address the worrying new developments in South-East Asia.

Who's signing

Annette Bryan
Terry Atkins
Sharon Boyle
Ron Micallef
Peta Hay
Luke Lister
Vicki Sharman
Dan Williams
Mardhie Coleman
Gabrielle Hansard
Bella Salas
Luke Warden
Ant Farrimond
Rachel Jordan
Bridie Taber
David Kershaw
Andrew Taylor
Temisan Musa-Ogbe
Tim Downey
Kevin Hawkins
Claudia Neubauer
Glenn Boyd
Martin Roberts
Helaina Robinson
Evelyn Gray
Jean Tilly
Jeff Hughes
Andrew Little
Lauren Bianchi
Don Davies
231 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Annette Bryan
    signed 2019-04-13 18:17:30 +1000
  • Terry Atkins
    signed 2019-04-13 18:16:29 +1000
  • Sharon Boyle
    signed 2019-04-13 17:59:39 +1000
  • Ron Micallef
    signed 2019-04-13 17:58:31 +1000
  • Peta Hay
    signed 2019-04-13 17:43:38 +1000
  • Luke Lister
    signed 2019-04-13 17:33:16 +1000
  • Vicki Sharman
    signed 2019-04-13 17:32:10 +1000
  • Dan Williams
    signed 2019-04-13 17:29:33 +1000
  • Mardhie Coleman
    signed 2019-04-13 17:12:37 +1000
  • Gabrielle Hansard
    signed 2019-04-13 17:11:56 +1000
  • Bella Salas
    signed 2019-04-13 17:02:37 +1000
  • Luke Warden
    signed 2019-04-13 16:48:15 +1000
  • Ant Farrimond
    signed 2019-04-13 16:41:26 +1000
  • Rachel Jordan
    signed 2019-04-13 16:23:07 +1000
  • Bridie Taber
    signed 2019-04-13 16:13:58 +1000
  • David Kershaw
    signed 2019-04-13 16:09:21 +1000
  • Andrew Taylor
    signed 2019-04-13 15:59:25 +1000
  • Temisan Musa-Ogbe
    signed 2019-04-13 15:44:49 +1000
  • Tim Downey
    signed 2019-04-13 15:44:02 +1000
  • Kevin Hawkins
    signed 2019-04-13 15:38:07 +1000
  • Claudia Neubauer
    signed 2019-04-13 15:15:18 +1000
  • Glenn Boyd
    signed 2019-04-13 14:56:57 +1000
  • Martin Roberts
    signed 2019-04-13 14:16:35 +1000
  • Helaina Robinson
    signed 2019-04-13 13:55:18 +1000
  • Evelyn Gray
    signed 2019-04-13 13:28:46 +1000
  • Jean Tilly
    signed 2019-04-13 13:00:32 +1000
  • Jeff Hughes
    signed 2019-04-13 12:52:12 +1000
  • Andrew Little
    signed 2019-04-13 12:51:25 +1000
  • Lauren Bianchi
    signed 2019-04-13 12:48:02 +1000
  • Don Davies
    signed 2019-04-13 12:38:59 +1000

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