Helpful Tips for Writing to your Member of Parliament

Contacting your MP by writing letters/emails is a valuable way for your MP or the Prime Minister to hear what their constituents are thinking and want. The MP’s role is to represent you, if they don’t meet the needs of the people in their electorate they risk not getting voted back! It it is your right to hold them to account.

If we want to help strengthen the voice for climate change action in Australia, we need to let our politicians know our thoughts. The more people who make contact the better, as it increases the chances of the matter (climate change issue) being raised.

It is important to know sometimes you might receive a stock standard reply, but do not be perturbed as your opinion and the action of writing that letter/email holds a lot of weight, as it represents the opinion of not only you but gives an indication to politicians that there are many others just like you who feel the same way.

Another option is to consider contacting your state’s Senators or the Minister whose portfolio relates to your topic area (e.g. Environment Minister or Energy Minister).

Get started writing to your MP!

Finding the Contact Details

Make sure you use your MP’s/Senators/Ministers correct title and contact details. You can find them here, in the document titled Mail Labels for Members: All Members Electorate Offices.

How to locate and address your Member of Parliament: https://www.aph.gov.au/senators_and_members/members

If you want to write directly to the Prime Minister:

Constituents of the Cook Electorate email to: https://www.scottmorrisonmp.com.au/contact-me-in-my-role-as-the-member-for-cook/

If you are not in the Cook Electorate you email to: https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

Guidelines to Writing an Effective Letter

  • Personalise your letter, it is more meaningful, it will stand out and have a better impact.

If you do use a campaign letter in support of a particular issue, it is important to take the time to put the key points in your own words and add in your own thoughts. Eg highlight a local connection to the issue; include a personal experience, find relevant facts/figures or a recent news article to strengthen your personal case, regarding the issue.

  • Always use a polite and respectful tone, aggressive language won’t achieve any positive outcomes.
  • Keep it simple, to the point and no more than 2 pages.
  • If you are requiring a response from your letter, give it about a month, remember your MP is extremely busy and receives many requests. Contact the MP’s office to follow up and remind them about your letter and when you might receive a response. If you still don’t receive a response after 2 weeks call again. Be polite about it and keep on it until you do get your response.  Your MP has a responsibility to represent you and to communicate with you. That is why they were elected and why they are paid.

Sample Letter to your MP

Here is a template as a guide:

                                                                                          Your Address here

                                                                                          Email address here

Date here

Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr First name, last name MP

Their address here

Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr Last Name, MP

Begin the letter by stating who you are and tell them if you are a member of their electorate. Include a personal experience relevant to the issue, or add if you have applicable connections with a community group.

Identify the issue and use simple points and facts to state your case. Write clearly and logically in well set out paragraphs.

Next tell your MP want you are asking of them and want you want them to do. Your aim is to bring about change so your letter needs to say more than just how you feel about the issue. Make sure you state what you want your MP to do clearly and to the point.

Finally finish your letter requesting a reply to your letter.

Yours faithfully

Your name

Signature

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