Organise an event or BBQ and invite your MP
Write to your local Member of Parliament to tell them what you think and ask for a meeting.
The only thing a politician likes more than meeting with a constituent is meeting with two constituents. Hosting an event like a BBQ or a morning tea can be a really effective way of communicating with your representative. You could also invite your MP to a regular church or local group meeting.
Set reasonable goals, identify supporters that can help you, and develop a plan of action.
Find contact details for your local Member of Parliament
Head to this site and search for your local Member.
Grab their email address to send an email OR their Electorate Office address to send a letter.
Pick your topic
We are asking you to contact your local Member about any or all the following:
- A National Inquiry into the causes of wage stagnation,
- Increasing wages in aged care, and
- Paying superannuation on top of Parental Leave Pay.
Draft an invitation to your MP
Below we have provided a template for you to get your thinking started but in practice the most effective communication with your local Member will always be personal. The template below outlines why we think each of these proposals are important, we strongly encourage you to add why you think these proposals are important.
Numbers and policy briefs are important to win minds, but it is always sharing experiences that wins hearts.
You might want to tell your MP about an aged care worker who went above and beyond in the care of someone you love. Alternatively, you might have visited an aged care facility that couldn’t deliver the care its residents deserved because of staffing issues.
Personal stories also help Parliamentarians grasp the broader story. If you have struggled to meet the costs of day to day life, or if you know someone who has, telling your local Member about it will make them a better representative for you and your community.
It will also be helpful to tell your MP who is likely to be attending the event.
Add some local data
An optional step is to include some local data to help tell the story.
In the template, the segments coloured in grey are opportunities to add data about your electorate.
You can find the data for your electorate in the table below, just find your electorate in the list. (You can search your electorate here.)
Ask your MP to come along to the meeting or event
Choose a time and ask your MP to be there!
Hold the event and discuss the proposal
It will be helpful to have a plan of what you would like to talk about before event. This doesn’t need to be pages of detail, just a few key points you would like to mention during the discussion.
- What is the policy?
- Why is it important?