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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
Page: 1704

Mr HANSEN (Wide Bay) - I second the amendment. I agree with the honourable member for Corio (Mr Scholes) that we should place a responsibility on Ministers to notify the House within a certain time what action has been taken in regard to petitions. In recent times we have seen a considerable number of petitions presented in regard to the Post Office. I think that sufficient have been presented to indicate that there is a national interest in what is happening.

Honourable members are often asked what happens to petitions. As far as I have been able to ascertain they are filed away underneath this chamber. I think that if a petition is to be worth anything some action should be taken in relation to it. Whilst it is proposed that a Minister will accept some responsibility for petitions that concern his department I think that he should be obliged to report on what action is proposed to be taken. Therefore, I am pleased to support the amendment.

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