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

Alberto Giglia
Mikayla Williams
Sarah Dobie
Craig Laforest
Jay Tan
Nicole Faulkner
Deb Farnworth-wood
Rob Leonard
Samuel Stevens
Peter Russell
Chris Rowntree
Kylie Vierne
Bernard Gee
Rebekah Cutcliffe
Saoirse Ewart
Tony Ierufi
Russell Hoile
Alison Thorne
Liz Aitken
Martine Delaney
Chris Smith
Alby Wall
Andrew Foy
Pearl Salmon
Mina Turnbull
Parker Forbes
Zachary Harte
Warren Kealy-Bateman
Robyn Powell
Eileen Haley
310 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Alberto Giglia
    signed 2019-09-13 14:41:29 +1000
  • Mikayla Williams
    signed 2019-07-04 00:31:52 +1000
  • Sarah Dobie
    signed 2019-06-25 15:45:03 +1000
  • Craig Laforest
    signed 2019-05-22 09:17:36 +1000
  • Jay Tan
    signed 2019-05-21 09:30:19 +1000
  • Nicole Faulkner
    signed 2019-05-10 20:04:30 +1000
  • Deb Farnworth-wood
    signed 2019-05-09 10:15:04 +1000
  • Rob Leonard
    signed 2019-05-08 17:19:42 +1000
  • Samuel Stevens
    signed 2019-05-07 01:13:57 +1000
  • Peter Russell
    signed 2019-05-06 02:32:04 +1000
  • Chris Rowntree
    signed 2019-05-05 15:43:28 +1000
  • Kylie Vierne
    signed 2019-05-04 22:32:13 +1000
  • Bernard Gee
    signed 2019-05-04 10:33:57 +1000
  • Rebekah Cutcliffe
    signed 2019-05-03 20:18:38 +1000
  • Saoirse Ewart
    signed 2019-05-02 13:14:49 +1000
  • Tony Ierufi
    signed 2019-05-02 13:12:59 +1000
  • Russell Hoile
    signed 2019-05-01 22:53:40 +1000
  • Alison Thorne
    signed 2019-05-01 19:11:15 +1000
  • Liz Aitken
    signed 2019-05-01 18:51:47 +1000
  • Martine Delaney
    signed 2019-05-01 13:03:43 +1000
  • Chris Smith
    signed 2019-04-30 22:43:53 +1000
  • Alby Wall
    signed 2019-04-30 07:37:03 +1000
  • Andrew Foy
    signed 2019-04-29 23:55:01 +1000
  • Pearl Salmon
    signed 2019-04-29 09:33:12 +1000
  • Mina Turnbull
    signed 2019-04-29 09:14:12 +1000
  • Parker Forbes
    signed 2019-04-29 09:10:15 +1000
  • Zachary Harte
    signed 2019-04-28 20:52:31 +1000
  • Warren Kealy-Bateman
    signed 2019-04-28 14:29:05 +1000
  • Robyn Powell
    signed 2019-04-28 13:44:07 +1000
  • Eileen Haley
    signed 2019-04-28 07:29:24 +1000

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