Both major parties have had enough experience by now on this to surely have formulated a policy and procedure. If not, then I trust you at least have some bullet points penned.
E.g. Upon a petition being received in verbally or in writing, face to face, by email, or some other means:
- Within what timeframe will acknowledgement of receipt be given and what form will that acknowledgement take?
- What will the stages/levels of consultation be? (Assuming that some matters may be able to be dealt with by just a particular govt dept, whereas some may require extensive consultation and discussion)
- Within what time frame will a response be given?
- What form will that response take?
Mauke has still not received any formal response to their written petition (which holds over 90% of the voting public’s signatures) against purse seining. When people are prepared to put their names on the line one would expect the receiver to show some respect. I believe Grey Power have been more successful to at least elicit a response because they are on Rarotonga and in the politicians’ faces.
Does this mean that seven of the eight inhabited islands of the Cook Islands can expect nothing more than a passing glance?
If a child were to petition me, be it a negative or positive answer, I would do them the courtesy of responding.
Are there any leaders of integrity willing to make themselves accountable to those they serve?