Largest ever e-petition presented to Parliament

A petition is a request by a group of citizens for Parliament to take action to solve a particular problem. The largest ever e-petition, with over 400 000 signatures, has been presented to the House of Representatives.

Climate emergency petition.

A petition of more than 400000 signatures calling on the government to declare a climate emergency

House of Representatives Petitions Standing Committee

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This photograph shows a stack of pages, which is a petition of more than 400000 signatures calling on the government to declare a climate emergency.

Oct 22, 2019

The petition, which calls on the government to declare a climate emergency, was presented to the House of Representatives by the Member for Warringah, Ms Zali Steggall OAM, MP. In presenting the petition, Ms Steggall said, ‘I rise to present a historic petition signed by 404,538 fellow Australians, who are calling on their parliament to take urgent action on climate change.’

In the House of Representatives, a petition can be presented on paper or electronically. To be accepted it must follow the standing orders of the House and be about something for which the House is responsible. It also must be clear what the petition is asking the House to do.