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Monday, 25 June 2018
Page: 6093

Mrs WICKS (Robertson) (10:01): Today I present the 25th report of the Petitions Committee for the 45th Parliament.

Each petition received by the committee is carefully examined against standing orders 204 and 205. These standing orders determine the form and content of petitions and the rules for signatures and allow the committee to ensure that all petitions presented in the House are genuine petitions from people with genuine concerns.

The standing orders also determine that members are not permitted to sign a petition or be a principal petitioner to a petition.

The secretariat regularly works with petitioners to ensure that their petition meets the standing order requirements and provides advice and education on petitioning matters to all interested parties.

I'd like to take this opportunity to advise all members that the secretariat is available to provide advice to members' staff, constituents and them, and I encourage members to contact the committee with any questions they may have about petitions and/or the work of the committee.

The Petitions Committee are heartened by the level of engagement that petitioners are having in this parliament and we look forward to this continuing.

Thank you, and I will continue to provide updates to the House on the work of the Petitions Committee.