Letter to Your MP

tanyaplibersek.jpgWriting to your MP is a great way to let them know what issues are concerning their constituents. It can, however, be difficult to differentiate your letter from the large amount of mail and email your MP receives - especially if it forms a part of a bulk petition.

Handwritten or printed letters that have been signed, with your name and address clearly stated, will help your issue cut-through. Writing to an MP to invite them to an event related to your issue is also effective - just remember to explain how their attendance will help them understand or lend their support to the matter at hand.

When writing your letter, here are a few tips to follow:

  • Address the MP by the title given to them. This can be found on the Australian Parliament’s website.

  • Start your letter by introducing yourself, the group you identify with, and the issue you would like to present (e.g. My name is _______________ (your full name) and I am an early childhood educator. I am writing to you because I believe that my profession has been underpaid and undervalued for far too long).

  • Use simple language, be concise and keep your letter to a single page. You may wish to provide facts and figures if they are relevant, but try to keep your letter conversational so that your MP understands it’s coming from a real person.

  • Finish the letter by asking your MP to take a certain action (i.e. what you want them to do in response to your issue).

  • Include your contact details in the letter and request a reply from the MP about how they will respond to the issue you have raised.

  • Sign the letter and address it to the MP’s electoral and/or parliamentary office.

To help you get started, we’ve put together a template. Click on the link or the thumbnail below to download it.