Write to MLCs

An MLC is a Member of the Legislative Council, or the “upper house”. These politicians do not have a specific electorate or area, but represent the State as a whole. 

The most effective way of writing is to write a single email text, and send individual emails to the 15 Labor MLCs listed below. That way you can start each email “dear ***” with the MLCs name. If you send one email CC’d to everyone it will be taken less seriously.

Discussion points are below, and a sample email can be found at the bottom of this page. If you have already written an email to a Labor MP, then feel free to re-use that text.

Discussion Points

  • Introduce yourself to your MP, say where you live, something about your family, community, or church/mosque/temple etc.
  • Say that you are writing because you have heard that Labor is planning to introduce ‘conversion therapy’ legislation this November.
  • Thank them for the promises that Labor made:
    • To protect religious freedom by protecting religious teaching, prayer, and religious guidance on gender and sexuality
    • To allow individuals to voluntarily seek advice, assistance and prayer about gender and sexuality
  • Point out that in Victoria similar legislation undermines religious freedom and parental rights (you can read more here):
    • Definition of ‘suppression’ also covers conversations and prayer with individuals, and celibacy
    • Overrides consent by making these things illegal even if people wanted the support and asked for it
    • Includes conversations between parents and children
  • Ask the MP to:
    • Take the time to consult properly – not rush legislation through this year
    • Not copy the Victorian model
    • Only ban truly coercive and harmful practices, not conversations, prayer and consensual support
    • Protect religious freedom, and parental rights
  • Ensure you include your name and address. Letters without an address are often ignored

click here for more detailed discussion points

Attach a Summary

This summary document is designed for Labor MPs. Download it and attach it to your emails:

Heads of Faith – Summary and Reponse to Conversion Therapy Proposal

The Hon. Mark Buttigieg MLCoffice.buttigieg@parliament.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Anthony D'Adam MLCAnthony.DAdam.MLC@parliament.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Greg Donnelly MLCgreg.donnelly@parliament.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. John Graham MLCoffice@graham.minister.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Courtney Houssos MLCoffice@houssos.minister.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Rose Jackson MLCoffice@jackson.minister.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Dr Sarah Kaine MLCofficeof.mlckaine@parliament.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Stephen Lawrence MLCOfficeof.MLCLawrence@parliament.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Daniel Mookhey MLCoffice@treasurer.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Tara Moriarty MLCoffice@moriarty.minister.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Cameron Murphy MLCcameron.murphy@parliament.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Bob Nanva MLCbob.nanva@parliament.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Peter Primrose MLCpeter.primrose@parliament.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Penny Sharpe MLCoffice@sharpe.minister.nsw.gov.au
The Hon. Emily Suvaal MLCOfficeof.MLCSuvaal@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Example Letter

This letter is provided as an example, and is based on a few of the discussion points above.
Remember to replace the sections in **[brackets]**.

[write a paragraph about yourself, include what suburb you live in or how you are connected to the MP's electorate. You might mention your family, your cultural background, your faith, what church or place of worship you attend]

I am writing to you today because I have heard that 'conversion therapy' legislation will be introduced this November. I would like to thank you for the promises that Labor made, including allowing people to consensually ask for prayer and support, and not using the Victorian model. It is also important to protect religious teaching and prayer. However, it is concerning that no one has seen the proposal yet, as it is due in a month, and the media is reporting that the legislation will be similar to the Victorian legislation, which undermines religious freedom by banning religious teaching, prayer, and religious guidance on gender and sexuality.

In light of this, I kindly ask you to do the following:

1. Only ban truly coercive and harmful practices, while ensuring that individuals have the freedom to seek support that aligns with their beliefs.

2. Protect religious freedom and parental rights, understanding the importance of allowing parents to make decisions regarding their child's upbringing based on their religious beliefs.

3. Take the time to consult properly and avoid rushing the legislation through this year. It is crucial to have an inclusive and thorough consultation process, in order to fully understand the diverse perspectives and potential implications of such legislation.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I trust that you will carefully consider these points and act in the best interest of all Australians.

[enter your name, address and phone number. Your address is needed so MPs know you are contacting them legitimately.]