What Is The Monster Climate Petition?

A petition by Australians to the House of Representatives demanding immediate and effective action to significantly reduce carbon emissions. Original, pen on paper signatures are being collected across Australia,  demonstrating to the world that many Australians want effective action on reducing carbon emissions.

Already, we have collected over 72,000 signatures making this one of the biggest ever House of Representatives petitions. We alerted G20 Leaders in mid-November 2014 and we delivered the first batch to our Parliament on the 3 December 2014.

In response to fantastic public support we have now extended the petition period until 30 August 2015. We want to draw the world’s attention to it prior to the critically important Paris Climate Summit in December 2015.

If you have any trouble downloading the Petition, please email women@vwt.org.au or call (03) 9642 0422.

Please join us in this second phase. Let’s make our voices heard. Download the petition now. Ready to act!

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The Petition Says The Following:

To The Honourable The Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives

This petition of Australia’s daughters and sons, parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts and uncles, draws to the attention of the House the damage to the earth’s climate and its oceans from humanity’s continuing and increasing carbon emissions and the consequent severe risks to the future health, safety and well-being of our children and our children’s children and future generations. We remind the House that it is the fundamental duty of parliament, including this House, to protect Australia’s people, land and seas.

We therefore ask the House to respect the science and build a safe climate future for our children and grandchildren and generations to come by enacting immediate and deep reductions to Australia’s carbon emissions. We also ask the House to commit to and actively promote and support global strategies for immediate and deep reductions to global emissions at every relevant international forum.

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The petition is available in 7 other language versions:
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If you are using a Mac computer and are having trouble downloading the Petition, please right click on the ‘Download’ button and select ‘Save linked file as...’ Save the Petition to a location on your Mac, and open it from there.

Who Can Sign The Petition?


Everyone of us can sign our names. There are no formal eligibility requirements. Signatories do not have to be on the electoral roll. Addresses are optional, but they add legitimacy. The only people who can’t sign are current members of the House of Representatives.

While the Monster Climate Petition is organized and led by women, it is for all Australians to sign, men and women, boys and girls. Climate change is affecting us all.

State parliamentarians and senators can sign. Ex-parliamentarians can sign.

Why Should You Sign?

• In a 2014 Lowy Institute Poll, 63% of Australians said they wanted the government to take a leadership role in reducing emissions.

• To let our politicians know that huge numbers of ordinary Australians want urgent action to reduce carbon emissions.

• To make climate change a bi-partisan national priority rather than a political football.

• To let world leaders in Brisbane for the G20 know that ordinary Australians desperately want their national government to step up and act on climate change.

• To stand up and be counted for the sake of Australia’s children and the land and seas we love.

• To do something that will make a constructive difference rather than languish in despair or cynicism.

it’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake 

because my great great grandchildren

won’t let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unraveling?

Drew Delinger
Extract from Hieroglyphic Stairway

The Petition


How You Can Help

All Petitions to the federal House of Representatives must be pen and ink original signatures on paper.


Download the petition form here:

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This petition is available in 7 other language versions:

Turkish | Vietnamese | Arabic | Italian | Greek | Mandarin | Spanish

Print the number of pages you might need to collect as many signatures as you can. Every page has space for 15 signatures.


Start with your own signature, then gather signatures from your household, family and friends.


Take it to your neighbours and workmates, playgroup, sports team, faith community, book club, men’s shed, kindergarten or school committee, land care group – in fact any and every community group or organisation you belong to!


Mail the signed petition to:

The Victorian Women’s Trust
Level 9, 313 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Mail by 30 August 2015, but preferably as soon as you have collected signatures!


Share the link to this website through your social media networks. Email it. Facebook it. Tweet it.

What’s the best way to introduce the petition to people?

Be simple and straight forward and simply ask: Are you worried about climate change? If they say yes, tell them about the petition and ask them to consider signing. If they say no, say ‘Fair enough’ and change the topic of conversation, or move on and ask someone else.

Don’t try to convince people who don’t believe that climate change is an urgent problem. The aim is to give a voice to those who do. There are more of us than you think.

If people say it won’t make any difference, tell them that change comes about when people act together. From little things big things grow.

If you don’t have a computer and printer, contact us at the Victorian Women’s Trust and we will send you hard copies of the petition at your request:
03 9642 0422

What will happen to the Monster Petition?

We have already drawn national and international media attention to the petition prior to and during the meeting of the G20 Summit in Brisbane in mid November 2014.

We then submitted it to the Federal Parliament on 3 December during the last parliamentary session for 2014.

Each instalment of our petition goes to the Petitions Committee Secretariat where signatures are checked to remove ‘Donald Ducks’ and people signing more than once. It then goes to the Petitions Committee which forwards it to the Speaker for tabling in Parliament. The petition is then referred to the relevant minister who usually responds in some form.

Because the petition has to be tabled and referred to the Minister, a petition to the House of Representatives cannot simply be ignored as can happen with open letters or petitions to a minister.

Please join us. Let’s make our voices heard.

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The petition is available in 7 other language versions:
Turkish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Italian, Greek, Mandarin, Spanish

If you are using a Mac computer and are having trouble downloading the Petition, please right click on the ‘Download’ button and select ‘Save linked file as...’ Save the Petition to a location on your Mac, and open it from there.

Who Are We?

A dozen Australian women, worried about the future for Australia’s children, land and seas, have come together to provide a mechanism for people across our country to give collective voice to their concern.

Lead petitioner: Dr Fiona Stanley

We are inspired by the women of 1891 who in Victoria collected almost 30,000 signatures in five weeks requesting the vote for women. Almost one in ten of Victoria’s adult women signed this unprecedented petition. The sheets of signatures were glued onto a 260 metre roll of cloth and rolled on a spindle. It took two men to carry the petition into parliament. It became known as the ‘Monster Petition.’

We are not aligned with any political party.

The administrative base supporting the Monster Climate Petition is the Victorian Women’s Trust, a proudly independent women’s organisation with a long track record in policy, research and community advocacy. We thank the generous and supportive women who have funded this initiative without the privilege of tax deductibility.

Fiona Stanley AC (WA)

ABC Board members

Fiona is a doctor and an epidemiologist who has devoted her life to improving the health of Australia’s mothers and children. She is the Founding Director of the Telethon Kids Institute, a multidisciplinary independent research institute on children’s health, and the Chair of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.  In 2003, in recognition of her research on behalf of Australia‘s children and her contribution to social justice for Aboriginal people, she was named Australian of the Year.

If our governments are to develop effective policy responses to climate change they need to work with the science and the scientists. Science is never perfect, but to ignore it is very dangerous. My whole life has been about prevention, getting the best scientific data to develop preventative strategies in public health. Where are our Departments of Climate Change and Health?  Or similar units in other depts. We need a coordinated, whole of government, climate change strategy. And we need it now!

Mary Crooks AO (VIC)

Mary Crooks

Mary is the Executive Director of The Victorian Women’s Trust, overseeing the Trust’s advocacy, philanthropy, research and public projects, including violence prevention programs and law reform. In this role she also designed and led the Watermark Australia project and authored, in 2012, A Switch in Time: Restoring Respect to Australian Politics.

I have watched with increasing frustration the recent assault on climate science, our scientists and the dismantling of climate change initiatives by those who seem to have little regard for the common good. We are better than this. For the sake of our next generations, we need to ramp up our efforts to secure a safe climate.

Judy Brett (VIC)


Judy has taught, written about and commented on Australian politics for more than thirty years. She has written prize-winning books on Robert Menzies and on the Liberal Party, and Quarterly Essays on John Howard, and on the politics of country Australia.

I am dismayed by the failure of our politicians to develop effective carbon emissions strategies, by the prominence of climate denialism in public debate, and by the way the issue of climate change has been hijacked for short term political gains. I want our political leaders, whom we elect to protect our futures, to treat the threat of climate change as seriously as they do the threat of budget deficits.

Dur-e Dara OAM (VIC)

Dur-e Dara

Dur-e is the Convenor of The Victorian Women’s Trust. She has worked in youth welfare and philanthropy and as a restaurateur. She is passionate about equality for women and indigenous people, democracy and environmental sustainability.

I have a granddaughter. We surely must strive to make her future, and that of others, a priority by securing a safe climate and the care of our planet. As a matter of urgency, this conversation needs to be re-opened and maintained.

Clare Wright (VIC)

Clare Wright

Clare is an historian, author and broadcaster whose most recent book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize. She wrote and presented the ABC TV documentary Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote and co-wrote the ABC TV series The War That Changed Us. Clare’s research and writing focuses on women’s political activism, advocacy and leadership role in democratic movements for social change.

Australia was once the most socially and politically progressive country in the world, internationally recognised for its innovation.  It makes my blood boil that we have lost sight of this heritage of moral courage and leadership, opting for short-term electoral and corporate advantage over the long-term future of our planet.  A nation with such mineral and intellectual resources as ours should be setting the agenda on climate action, not glancing over our global shoulder – let alone denying there is a problem to begin with.

Leanne Miller (VIC)


Leanne is a Director of Koorie Women Mean Business. A member of the Dhulanyagan Ulupna clan of the Yorta Yorta people, Leanne has represented Indigenous women’s interests on the United Nations (UN), Convention of Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and the UN Convention on the Status of Women, Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.  She has made significant contributions over many years to Aboriginal communities in the areas of economic development, employment, community development, tourism and the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in business.

Indigenous communities are the most vulnerable affected by climate change as we often lack the economic and technical resources available to respond to social and environmental challenges. On Yorta Yorta lands, my people have witnessed the on-going effects of climate change on our traditional bush foods, rivergum forests, wetlands and significant sites.

Our Clans country is highly exposed to the impacts of climate change. Our people have asserted pressure and demanded discussions to ensure our proposals are grounded in the reality of our men and women in the communities.

Susan Mitchell (SA)

Susan Mitchell

Susan Mitchell broke new ground when she wrote her first book Tall Poppies, intimate portraits of successful Australian women. In her following 16 publications she has continued to narrate and document major aspects of Australian life. Margaret& Gough: The Love Story will be published in November. Her passion for communicating with the widest possible audience includes broadcasting on radio and television for both the ABC and commercial outlets.

It’s time for us all to act. It’s time to put pressure on all our political representatives for a bipartisan solution to deal with Climate Change. It’s time to force them to take notice of the majority of Australians who want this to happen. It’s time for us all to take control of this issue. We cannot afford to wait. The time for talking is over. I can remember a time when politics was about positive change, a time when Australians believed in their power to achieve it. It’s time to make that happen again.

Sam Meers (NSW)

Sam Meers headshot

Sam is a businesswoman and philanthropist. She began her career as a corporate lawyer and subsequently held senior management positions in the media sector. Over the past fifteen years, she has held a diverse portfolio of board appointments, particularly in the not-for-profit sector. In 2013, she was a winner of the Westpac/Australian Financial Review Women of Influence Award.

The fog of political rhetoric often obscures the development impact of climate change – the way in which, in our increasingly interconnected world, the effects of climate change are exacerbating and entrenching some of our most significant global issues, such as poverty, food scarcity and inequality. As a nation, we need to rise above the toxic climate politics that are preventing us from participating in the global action required to ensure a resilient and prosperous low carbon future for our planet.

Eileen Mitchell (QLD)

Eileen Mitchell

Eileen is an environmental educator and current Chair of the Network of Environmental Education Centres in Queensland. For the past 30 years she has been a member of Soroptimist International (SI), a service club for women who use their professional skills to advance human rights and the status of women. She has worked at all levels of the organisationand served on a number of SI delegations to a variety of UN Prep-Coms, Commissions and Summits on the environment.

As an educator and a Soroptimist, I am stunned by our government’s lack of commitment to the mitigation of, and preparation for, increasing climate change effects. Any sense of climate justice makes it imperative that we do our part as a nation and act with urgency to address our overuse of resources and to actively seek and promote alternatives. We must recognise the disproportionate effects of climate change on women and girls, particularly those in poor, rural, and indigenous communities and involve women in decision-making.

Pam Robinson OAM (NT)


Pam is currently an Environmental and Climate Change Strategic Planner in the Northern Territory. She has had a life-long relationship with natural resource management, through childhood activities, farming, landcare, local government and volunteering. As Chair of various federal and state governments’ environmental panels and enquiries, she has a keen sense of people, their needs and ‘what works on the ground’.

Climate change is not just another issue. It is a critical issue that, if we ignore it or leave it unchecked by splitting into opposing factions for short term political point scoring, it will have the most costly of all outcomes. Nature has given us a wake-up call, science has warned us, and the link to peace, health and economic wellbeing cannot be ignored. The good news is we know what to do. I want a bigger and better response from government to meet the challenge.

Kim Rubenstein (ACT)


Kim is Professor and Director of the Centre for International and Public Law and a Public Policy Fellow at the Australian National University. As Australia’s foremost citizenship law expert she has appeared in the High Court of Australia in key cases on citizenship, advised the Government on citizenship law and policy, and taught students in this area for decades. In 2012 Kim was in the first batch of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ for her work in Public Policy, and in 2013 Kim won the Edna Ryan award for ‘Leadership for leading feminist changes in the public sphere’.

My work on citizenship has been concerned with the link between the formal status and what it means to be an active citizen in our community. Over a century ago, the women of Australia saw voting rights as fundamental to being active citizens. Their ultimate success has enabled women of this century to be in a position to call upon their fellow citizens to action. Climate change is an issue requiring Australian citizens to tell their Parliament that there is no time for waiting – Parliament must act now!

Patmalar Ambikapathy (TAS)


Patmalar is a barrister. After qualifying in England, she has worked in commercial law, property law, tax and estate law, family and children’s law in three countries. She was chosen for the investigative team War Crimes Tribunal East Timor and was the First Commissioner for Children Tasmania, from 2000 – 2004. Patmalar received a Lucy Cavendish College Booker award and an International Peace Fellowship after university in England. In 1999 she was named National Children’s Lawyer of the Year.

We all need to nurture the environment as neither those we nurture nor any other organism can survive if we continue to degrade and deplete the planet. I urge our leaders to understand that people and the environment are far more important than our economy and businesses as they too cannot survive without the existence of a healthy planet.