Monday, 18 February 2019
There are a number of elements in the petitions that I present today that are noteworthy. This includes a petition that has gathered over 30,000 signatures. I also present a record number of ministerial responses received for this parliament. I also present a petition from Alex, a year 6 student, who's requesting a reduction in planned obsolescence. It's very pleasing to see young Australians who are committed to making a difference and who are drawing to the attention of the House issues that they are passionate about. The committee continues to be interested in hearing from young Australians and is considering ways to facilitate this engagement further.
The committee is very pleased to see a continued interest from the public in petitioning. We are also grateful for the ongoing support from ministers in providing responses. Throughout this parliament the response rate has remained high, with less than 14 per cent of petitions currently awaiting a response. This important act assures petitioners that their petition has reached the office of a minister responsible for their area of grievance and that their grievance has been heard. I look forward to updating the House further on the work of the Petitions Committee.