Standing Committee on Petitions

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How to petition the House of Representatives

Dr Dennis Jensen, Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions, explains the process for petitioning the House of Representatives.

Petitions – Making your views heard

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Australians have long had the right to petition Parliament directly, asking for action to be taken on an issue.

In early 2008 the House of Representatives changed standing orders (the rules of the House) relating to the way petitions are dealt with, and a Petitions Committee was established to ensure that all petitions presented to the House are considered and receive a response.

All petitions are examined by the Petitions Committee prior to presentation to ensure that they comply with the standing orders. To make sure your voice is heard, read this advice on the technical requirements of a petition.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Standing Committee on Petitions
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2152
Fax: +61 2 6277 4627

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About this committee

The Standing Committee on Petitions is appointed under Standing Order 220.

The Committee receives and processes petitions, and inquires into and reports to the House on any matter relating to petitions and the petitions system. After receiving a petition, the Committee will decide if it complies with the Standing Orders.

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