Writing to MPs

Why write?

The word from insiders in MPs’ offices is that emails and letters are taken very seriously – and counted! For everyone who takes the time to raise an issue with them, they know there are many more people who feel the same way. If they receive lots of correspondence on a particular issue, it will be discussed in policy meetings and can have an effect on decision-making.

MPs are supposed to respond to all communications from their constituents, but they are much more likely to sit up and take notice of a personal email or letter as it shows their constituent cares enough to take the time. And it doesn’t matter if it’s an email or handwritten letter - they all count.

You don’t have to be an expert. Keep it short (a page or less) and personal. Write what you feel. Explain why the issue matters to you and, most importantly, what you want your MP to do about it.

Track your contact with elected reps here!

 

Here are some examples, tips and issues to get you started!

 

Issue briefings with email examples

We’ve prepared some briefings on current important climate issues for you - each briefing has a summary and background notes with suggested questions to ask, who to send it to and an email example of how to do it. Choose an issue that appeals to you, click on the photo, and go for it!

Then, when your MP replies (or doesn't!), follow up and keep them accountable - check out the tips in the speech bubbles below.

If you'd like to have some company while you're writing, join one of our MPEGs (MP Engagement Groups)!


Energy transition

 

 

 

No to Viva’s proposed floating gas terminal in Corio Bay

Ask the federal government to stop mining coal and gas now

Demand an end to government subsidisation of fossil fuels

Say NO to the Narrabri gas project, and a ‘gas-fired’ recovery

Upgrade building and construction standards to net zero

Demand stronger EV and vehicle emissions policies  

Gas cooking, heating and hot water is cooking the planet

Oppose government funding for new gas at Beetaloo

Demand investment in clean green hydrogen, not blue or brown

Demand a stop to gas drilling near the 12 Apostles

 

 

Climate and environment

 

 

 

Demand the Samuel Review recommendations are implemented

Demand protection for our Great Barrier Reef

More stimulus for conservation and land management projects

   Demand governments preserve wildlife habitat

Demand governments join the dots on bushfires, drought and climate

Ask government to support better agricultural practices 

Demand an end to native deforestation

 

Climate justice

 

 

 

Our food security is at threat from global warming

 Demand government enshrine a duty of care for future generations 

Human Rights claim due to Australian inaction on climate

 

Ask governments to back BZE's Million Jobs plan

Ask for an active response to the Climate Council’s Clean Jobs Plan 

 

 

Democracy and governance

 

 

 

Congratulate and connect with your new or re-elected MP

Make an appointment to meet with your MP

 Stop the influence of the fossil fuel industry on politics

Ask your council to set net zero targets

Submissions and briefs

 

 

 

Links to climate-related projects accepting public submissions 

Issues of democracy and parliament influencing climate outcomes

 

 

Brief notes on some extra climate topics

 

 

 

 

More helps and tips

Email template

Write one from scratch

Writing tips

General guidelines

Get published

Write a letter to the editor

Following up

My MP has replied!

No response

It's been a month!
         

 


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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia, whose sovereignty was never ceded. We acknowledge that Indigenous peoples around the world are at the forefront of climate change, both in experiencing its effects and leading solutions for change. We pay our sincerest respects to all elders, past and present.