Start a petition
Organising a petition can be a fantastic way of making those in decision making roles aware that the community is concerned about a particular issue. The general rule is that the more people speak out, the more an issue is noticed, and the less it can be ignored.
Some things to consider
- Know your issue – our series of factsheets is a good place to start for key facts and stats. Sign up to the Alcohol Action Station e-newsletter for regular updates.
- Who is responsible for the problem you’ve identified? The target of a petition may be a company or organisation, a Minister, or it could be closer to home such as a local government, or a decision maker within your school or university.
- How will you raise awareness of your petition to get signatures?
- How will you deliver your petition? Once you’ve collected the signatures, you’ll need to choose the best way to present it to the target to ensure it has maximum impact.
Here are two past examples of petitions by concerned parents who channelled their concerns into action.
The Hon Terry Waldron MLA – stop adults giving alcohol to other people’s children is a petition by a Perth mum, Samantha Menezes calling for the introduction of secondary supply laws as part of the Liquor Control Act Review. The petition drew media attention and quickly gained momentum in WA.
Cricket Australia and Australia’s other major sporting codes to stop the promotion of alcohol, junk food & gambling is a petition by a Aaron Schultz, a Tasmanian father, who was concerned that Australians – including children - are being targeted by alcohol, junk food and gambling ads through sport. He is committed to ensuring Australians aren’t influenced into making poor decisions by associating sport with unhealthy choices.