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

Rob Leonard
Samuel Stevens
Chris Rowntree
Chris Smith
Pearl Salmon
Parker Forbes
Zachary Harte
Robyn Powell
Eileen Haley
William Brougham
Anne Simmat
Susan Huybensz
Artemide Almeria Baraldi
shae mclean
Phillipa Turner
Rob McCredie
Max Fleming
Damcoles Ong
Martin Rorke
Chrys Stevenson
Cathie Miller
Tash Hilton
Michael Barnett
Susan Wallace
Aaron Cosier
Bree Hargreaves
Rosalind Spencer
Matt McLeod
91 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Rob Leonard
    signed 2019-05-08 17:19:42 +1000
  • Samuel Stevens
    signed 2019-05-07 01:13:57 +1000
  • Chris Rowntree
    signed 2019-05-05 15:43:28 +1000
  • Chris Smith
    signed 2019-04-30 22:43:53 +1000
  • Pearl Salmon
    signed 2019-04-29 09:33:12 +1000
  • Parker Forbes
    signed 2019-04-29 09:10:15 +1000
  • Zachary Harte
    signed 2019-04-28 20:52:31 +1000
  • Robyn Powell
    signed 2019-04-28 13:44:07 +1000
  • Eileen Haley
    signed 2019-04-28 07:29:24 +1000
  • William Brougham
    signed 2019-04-26 18:08:12 +1000
  • Anne Simmat
    signed 2019-04-25 11:55:38 +1000
  • Susan Huybensz
    signed 2019-04-25 01:52:20 +1000
  • Artemide Almeria Baraldi
    signed 2019-04-24 17:35:16 +1000
  • shaemclean
    @2shaemclean tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-24 16:37:48 +1000
    Sign the petition: Australia must take action against Brunei https://www.equal.org.au/?recruiter_id=96488
  • shae mclean
    signed 2019-04-24 16:37:18 +1000
  • Phillipa Turner
    signed 2019-04-24 16:31:35 +1000
  • Rob McCredie
    signed 2019-04-24 15:23:20 +1000
  • Max Fleming
    signed 2019-04-24 14:40:13 +1000
  • Damcoles Ong
    signed 2019-04-24 14:05:56 +1000
  • Martin Rorke
    signed 2019-04-23 15:14:42 +1000
  • Chrys Stevenson
    signed 2019-04-23 11:28:03 +1000
  • Cathie Miller
    signed 2019-04-22 07:46:20 +1000
  • Tash Hilton
    signed 2019-04-19 17:56:16 +1000
  • Michael Barnett
    @mikeybear tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-19 17:22:59 +1000
    Sign the petition: Australia must take action against Brunei https://www.equal.org.au/?recruiter_id=143
  • Michael Barnett
    signed 2019-04-19 17:22:44 +1000
  • Susan Wallace
    signed 2019-04-17 10:31:41 +1000
  • Aaron Cosier
    signed 2019-04-16 17:28:52 +1000
  • Bree Hargreaves
    signed 2019-04-16 16:22:52 +1000
  • Rosalind Spencer
    signed 2019-04-16 15:49:24 +1000
  • Matt McLeod
    signed 2019-04-16 11:56:52 +1000

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