It is the responsibility of Members to ensure that any petitions they present conforms to the Legislative Assembly's rules about petitions (see below).
Members must sign the front sheet of any petition that they present and, if applicable, certify that the petition has 500 or more signatures, or 10,000 or more signatures.
You may contact the Legislative Assembly Table Office on 9230 3505 before you begin a petition, to check that the petition is in order.
Petitions must not:
A petition must contain at least one signature, and every signature must be original hand-writing and must not be pasted on, photocopied or transferred in any way. Every person signing a petition must write their full address after their signature.
Members must lodge petitions with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, via the Table Office, by 12 noon on the day it is to be reported in the House. Petitions lodged after 12 noon will be presented the following sitting day.
The subject matter of petitions and names of the Members that lodge them are published in the Votes and Proceedings, and the terms of the petitions are printed in Hansard.
Petitions are Tabled Papers and are published along with the Ministers' answers.
A copy of each petition received is sent to the Minister responsible for the subject matter of the petition. Ministers are required to provide a response to petitions signed by 500 or more persons. Responses must be provided within 35 calendar days from the date a petition is received. The response is also reported to the House and published.
Petitions containing 10,000 or more signatures have a 'take note debate' in the Legislative Assembly on sitting Thursdays at 4.00 pm. Dates for specific 10,000 signature petition discussions are published on the Parliament's website and in the Business Paper.