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A "petition" is a written request to parliament for action, such as a need to change an existing law or to pass a new law. It is accompanied by a collection of signatures that shows the signatories to be concerned about the issue or problem and to support the specific request. Petitions must be presented to parliament, or a member of parliament, for them to be tabled in parliament. They must refer to a matter that is within the power of parliament to address, and contain a request to take action. The more signatures present on a petition, the more successful it is likely to be influencing change, as it demonstrates to parliament the high level of community support for the issue. For example, throughout the parliamentary debate on the Abortion Law Reform Bill 2008 a number of petitions were received by both houses of parliament. In the colloquial sense, a petition is a document addressed to some official and signed by numerous individuals. A petition may be oral rather than written....
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