Speaker Dunne has the thrilling news that we can now petition the Legislative Assembly online!
“Petitioning parliament has long been an avenue used by citizens to have their say and it has always been a feature of the ACT Legislative Assembly,” Mrs Dunne said.
“ACT residents will now be able to add their names to petitions from their PCs and mobile devices. Paper-based petitions will continue, of course, but e-Petitions will make it easier for Canberrans to have their say.
“Anyone interested in starting an online petition should contact a Member of the Assembly to sponsor the petition. When the wording is agreed, it is uploaded to the Assembly’s website. Residents then can add their names.
“Once the petition period closes, it is presented to the Assembly and forwarded to the relevant Minister, who then has three months to respond. The response will be published online for residents to view.
Requiring an MLA to sponsor the petition does seem to reduce the scope for fun.