Look up your local MP in the form below for a detailed guide
to writing to them with targeted talking points
Plan what you want to say before dialing. Write some notes or dot points to keep yourself on track. You may wish to use the discussion points below.
Don’t worry about having a highly polished message. Just relax, be polite and speak from the heart.
Politicians genuinely want to hear from their consituents. Political staff and politicians are nice to people professionally. Even if they disagree, they will listen politely.
Your opening line might go along the lines of ‘Hello, I am [name] and I live in this electorate. I would like to talk to [MP]. Would he/she be available for a call, or are you able to pass on a message for me?’
If your MP is a Minister, Shadow Minister or Parliamentary Secretary, then they are very unlikely to be able to take a call. However, a non-minister (or “back-bencher”) might be free and willing to talk.
The staff member might ask you for your name and address. They need this to verify that you are a legitimate member of the electorate. They will treat your details confidentially.
Leaving a message
If they ask you to leave a message, just say the main points you want to talk about. Check with the staffer that they got it all down.
Answer any clarifying questions from the staff member, this will help them pass on the message effectively.
Ask if the MP is likely to get back to you. Leave a number or an email address where they can respond.
Be polite at all times. You are talking to a staff member, not the MP. They are just doing their job.
Finishing the call
Make sure you thank the MP or staff member for their time and for taking the call.
Emphasise that this is an important issue to you, and it could affect your vote.
Outline some of your concerns about the legislaton. You do not need to cover everything that is wrong with it, instead focus on the issues that concern you personally the most.
Some options are:
Children consenting to medical treatment
This undermines the relationship of parents and children, and allows children to make life-changing decisions without their parent’s guidance and support.
Note how large and complex this bill is. You might want to point out that it is 50 pages long, or that it makes over 80 changes to 20 different laws.
You could also say that the different issues in the bill are tangled up together, and there is no good way of passing parts of it without unintended consequences.
Ask the MP to reject the bill completely, and not try to cut it up or pass bits of it.
If the Government wants to address any of these issues, they should write their own legislation and consider each issue separately.