[LINK] Electronic petitions to Parliament, Post Offices, Communications and Use of Government Images

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Fri Mar 4 13:40:45 AEDT 2011

Further to my email about Glebe Post Office Petition:
> Photo of Peter SlipperPeter Slipper (Fisher, Liberal Party) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source
> The minister as a minister is able to table a document but because it is a non-conforming petition it cannot be received as a petition.
> Photo of Tanya PlibersekTanya Plibersek (Sydney, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Social Inclusion) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source
> Thank you. I will take the opportunity of tabling it as a document. Australia Post decided that the community?s energy and passion for this service was a storm to be weathered rather than a force to be harnessed. I also share residents? anger at the model of corporate governance bound by the letter of legislated community service obligations but blind to the spirit of community service itself.

By the way, I have recently dug into the history of the
Annandale Post Office (I am still negotiating permission to
display NAA Historic Photos so, for the moment you will
have to click on links to see them)

Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>> On 1/03/2011 10:21 AM, Philip Argy wrote:
>>> John Murphy, Member for Reid, mentioned in this speech to Federal Parliament
>>> yesterday that electronic petitions were imminent:
>>> http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2011-02-28.16.1&s=speaker%3A10473#g
>>> 16.2 - not before time!  Surprisingly, no mention of Government 2.0 and the
>>> work that Kate Lundy and Pia Waugh (and many LINKers) have done in that
>>> space.
>>> Philip
>> Petitions were useful in the days when communications between the 
>> citizenship and the government were generally slow and non-coherent. A 
>> petition solved (or helped to solve) the problem of drawing the 
>> attention of the executive to concerns held by groups of people, the 
>> size of the petition being an indicator of the size of the group. It 
>> also brought a degree of coherence to the message.
>> In today's communications rich environment, does that problem still 
>> exist? What problem does an e-petition solve?
> Firstly,
>> It is the right of any person or organisation to petition Parliament. Petitions generally express views on matters of public policy and ask the Parliament to take?or, in some cases, not to take?a particular course of action.
>> The presentation of a petition to the Senate is a proceeding in Parliament and is protected by parliamentary privilege. The publication of a petition before presentation is not similarly protected. (See Chapter 2, Australian Senate Practice, Parliamentary Privilege, Circulation of petitions.)
> <http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/work/petitions/index.htm>
> Secondly, I came across two petitions last year, both to 
> local councils. Then there was this - interesting as to 
> whether the petion should be presented directly to 
> parliament or Senator Conroy - but I guess it was him they 
> were petitioning in the first instance:
>>  An army of volunteers stood outside Glebe Post Office talking to residents getting signatures for the petition. As a result, we had a very successful rally with close to 600 residents in attendance. Speakers included the State Member Verity Firth, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Councillor Meredith Burgmann, Sofi Lidgren, President Glebe Chamber of Commerce and the Federal Member Tanya Plibersek.  At the rally, petitions with nearly 5,000 signatures were handed to Tanya Plibersek in order that she hand them to Senator Conroy when Parliament resumed.
> ...
>> At this point in time, it is not clear if members of the public are aware of Australia Post?s decision. Members can still write to Senator Conroy and Ahmed Fahour, CEO of Australia Post and to David Mortimer, the Chair of Australia Post Board. It is important to ask the hard questions for which we seek answers.
> <http://glebesociety.org.au/?p=4441>
> Marghanita
>> Anyway, those working in the field may already know about the EU - 
>> EuroPetition project. More details are at 
>> <http://itc.napier.ac.uk/ITC/ProjectInfo.asp?ID=34>.
> <snip>

Marghanita da Cruz
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