Citizens use their (electronic) voices

The e-petition submitted to the House of Representatives about the Australian News Media has received over 270,000 signatures in less than a week.

Oct 16, 2020

The e-petition calls for a royal commission to “ensure a strong, diverse Australian news media” and was started by former Prime Minister the Hon Kevin Rudd. Mr Rudd called for the petition as a private citizen and not as a former member of parliament. Any resident or citizen of Australia has the right to submit a petition to the parliament.

The petition was launched on Saturday 10 October and received more than 38,000 signatures in the first 24 hours, with the high volume of users causing technical issues on the APH website. The petition has continued to attract signatures with over 270,000 people lending their signatures in support of the royal commission.

A petition is a request by a group of citizens for Parliament to take action to solve a particular problem. It is the oldest and most direct way that citizens can draw attention to a problem and ask Parliament to help them. The Australian Parliament receives many petitions each year on a range subjects.