Our Australian Government may seem a long way away in Canberra but it makes decisions that impact your life on a daily basis. The role of our politicians is to represent us. By electing them, we give them the power to make decisions and laws on our behalf. Therefore, it’s important for them to know what we think and what we want them to do - and they don’t know unless we tell them!
So make your MP work for you! Your MP is your connection to Canberra and represents you there, so get them working on the issues you care about. You don’t have to be an expert. The simple fact that you care is a good enough reason to contact a politician.
Why now? There are state and federal elections in the next few months and it’s easier to influence the government or opposition parties before they make policy decisions rather than after. If you communicate your concerns before or during these periods you are more likely to get their attention - and before an election MPs will be more receptive to any issues that secure them votes.
Many Australians never attempt to use the democratic power they have because they don’t understand the political system or don’t feel confident enough to contact their MP.
One of the goals of these groups is to help you step up and exercise your democratic rights to let your local Member of Parliament (MP) and other relevant members of our government know you want more urgent action on climate change.
These resources are designed to give you some encouragement and guidance to get you started.
Happy writing and chatting with your MPs!
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