44 Procedure for presenting petitions



Every petition must:




be presented by a member who has not signed the petition; and




be given to the Clerk at least one day before the meeting of the House at which it is to be presented; and




be examined by the member to ensure that the petition is not offensive in its language or tone, and that it complies with the rules of the House; and




be signed by the member at the top of the front page.



The Clerk must certify that the petition is in accordance with the standing orders and procedures of the House.

45 Content of petitions


A petition will:



Be legible.



Be addressed to the Legislative Assembly of Victoria.



Be in English or accompanied by an English translation certified to be true and correct by the member who presents it.



Be respectful and temperate in its language.



State the action or remedy sought from the House on the top of every sheet.



Contain at least one signature.



Contain the original signatures, names and addresses of the petitioners. Only a petitioner incapable of signing may get someone else to sign for him or her.



Not contain signatures which have been pasted or in any other way transferred or attached to the petition.



If from a corporation, be made under its common seal.

46 Attachments to petitions


A petition must not have letters, affidavits or other documents attached to it.

47 Offence to add names of others


It is a breach of privilege of the House for a person to add the name of any other person to a petition to be presented to the House, except with the consent of a person who is incapable of adding his or her own name.

48 Time for presenting petitions


Unless a member reads the terms of a petition under SO 49, a petition must be presented during formal business at a time when no debate is taking place.

49 Reading of petitions



A member may read the terms of a petition and the number of signatures during statements by members under SO 40.



Prior notice of not less than one day must be given to the Clerk and the Clerk's confirmation received that the petition complies with standing orders.



After reading the details under paragraph (1) the member must give the petition to the Clerk and cannot later move that the petition be taken into consideration under SO 51.

50 Clerk announces petitions


The Clerk, subject to SO 49, announces to the House the petitions lodged for presentation stating, for each petition, the name of the member who lodged it, the identity of the petitioners, the subject matter and the number of signatures. The terms of each petition must be printed in Hansard.

51 Dealing with petitions



When a petition is presented, the only questions the House can consider are 'That the petition is tabled' and 'That it be taken in consideration' (on a stated future day). These questions must be decided without amendment or debate.



The House may consider a petition immediately if it concerns a personal grievance which may require an urgent remedy.

51A Petition order of the day lapses


If an order of the day for the consideration of a petition has remained on the notice paper for 30 sitting days without debate, the Speaker will announce it will be removed from the notice paper on the next sitting day. A member who moved that a petition be taken into consideration may write to the Clerk and require the order of the day to remain.

52 Copy of petition to responsible minister


A copy of every petition received by the House must be referred by the Clerk to the minister responsible for the administration of the matter that is the subject of the petition.