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Writing Guide

Email

Send the email to: MP not found 

Copy the Premier and Attorney General:

premier@dpc.nsw.gov.au
office@daley.minister.nsw.gov.au

Introduce

Address them as “Dear MP not found”, or “Dear MP not found”

Introduce yourself and say where you live, something about your family, community, or church/mosque/temple etc. 

Say that you are writing about the “Conversion Practices” bill introduced by the Government. 

Thank

Thank the MP and the Government for their commitment to protecting religious freedom, and the genuine negotiations with faith leaders.

Concerns

Point out that the legislation is not clear at some important points, including not defining “suppression”. 

Tell the MP that you do not understand (or it is unclear) what you are allowed to do and say. You may include not being sure whether:

  • Parents can set rules and standards for their family, not just “discuss” sexuality.
  • Faith leaders can directly teach individuals their faith’s teaching on sexuality and encourage them to follow those teachings.
  • People can respond to genuine requests for support and advice without fear of being prosecuted.

Tell the MP that you have attached a letter from heads of faith explaining the issues.

Your request

Ask the MP for a response – will they take the time to consider the letter from faith leaders and support amendments that clarify areas of uncertainty.

Conclude

Thank the MP for their attention and their commitment to religious freedom.

Ensure you include your name and address. This is so the MP’s staff can confirm that you are a member of their electorate. Letters without an address are often ignored

Attach the letter

This letter has been written by faith leaders to all MPs to point out concerns with the legislation. It is asking for moderated and sensible refinements to the bill that would help the Government fulfill its promises to protect religious freedom.

Click to download letter

We recommend you don’t simply put the link in your email, but make it an attachment. Attachments to emails are usually taken more seriously than links.

Your next step

If you have written to your local MP, the next step is to write to MLCs (the Upper House). Upper House MPs could be voting on the bill as early as Thursday.

Authorised by Mike Southon, Freedom for Faith, 168 Chalmers St, Surry Hills NSW