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to writing to them with targeted talking points

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If you have already written to your local MP, you can have further impact by writing to Members of the Legislative Council.

Writing your letter

By Post

The most impactful letter is one that has been printed out or hand-written and sent through the post. Send to:
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By Email

A personally written email is also very effective. You can send the email to
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Discussion Points

Introduce

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 your are concerned about Alex Greenwich’s “Equality” Bill, which is being debated on February 8th. 

Concerns

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:

Religious Freedom

  • Hollows out protections for faith-based institutions from the Anti-Discrimination Act. This will open up faith-based institutions to constant complaints of discrimination and allow judges to decide what is “reasonable” faith.
  • Removes protections for faith-based schools or any religious institutions considered to be “providing services” to the general public.

Children consenting to medical treatment

  • Allows young people 16 or over to make medical decisions for themselves (including life-altering surgery) as if they were an adult, regardless of their parent’s wishes.
  • Permits a child under 16 to consent to medical treatment against the will of their parents, so long as a doctor says that the child is capable of making the decision, this includes the use of puberty blockers.

This undermines the relationship of parents and children, and allows children to make life-changing decisions without their parent’s guidance and support.

Sex Self-ID

  • Allows young people from 16 years old to change their sex on their birth certificate whenever they want, regardless of biology or surgery.
  • Forces schools, prisons, places of worship, and other women’s spaces to treat people as their newly-declared sex regardless of how it impacts other people in those places.

Prostitution

  • Makes prostitution a ‘protected class’ like race and disability.
  • Removes laws protecting women, including against coercing a woman into prostitution.
  • Permits public acts of prostitution, and soliciting prostitution beside a school or place of worship.

Commercial Surrogacy

  • Allows and assists the commercialisation of surrogacy, including paying disadvantaged women in third world countries to bear a child who is then taken from them and brought to Australia.

Complexity

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.

Your request

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. 

Conclude

Thank the MP for their attention. 

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 a summary

This summary document is designed for all MPs, as a summary of our concerns and requests. Print it out and include it in a mailed letter, or download it and attach it to an email.

(Click to download)

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.

Example Letter

This letter is provided as an example. It is always best to write your own letter, however this example is based on a few of the discussion points above and is provided to help you start. 

If you are basing your letter off this template, make sure you replace the sections in **[brackets]**

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[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]
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I am reaching out to express my concerns about the 'Equality Bill' brought forth by Alex Greenwich, which is set for debate on February 8th. I believe this bill presents several issues, and I kindly ask for your support in opposing it. One significant problem with this legislation is that it may pave the way for the commercialisation of surrogacy. The bill could lead to the exploitation of women in poorer countries who might be paid to bear children. These children are then separated from their birth mothers and brought to Australia, which raises ethical questions about the practice.

Another worry is the bill's provision for individuals as young as 16 to alter their sex on their birth certificates at will, without the need for surgery or consideration of biological factors. This aspect of the bill has far-reaching implications. It affects how schools, prisons, worship places, and women’s spaces will have to accommodate individuals based solely on declared gender, potentially impacting others who use these spaces.

The bill also contains a provision that would allow children under the age of 16 to consent to significant treatments without their parent’s approval, given a doctor’s agreement that the child can make such a decision. This could greatly weaken the parental role in guiding and making decisions with their children, particularly in relation to life-altering medical procedures.

It's important to note that the bill seeks to make over 80 alterations to 20 different pieces of legislation, all interconnected. Each issue warrants individual and careful consideration due to its complexity and potential impact. I urge you to reject the bill in its current form. Should the Government wish to address these matters, it would be more appropriate to draft separate bills for each topic. This would allow for thorough community consultation and careful deliberation.

In light of these points, I kindly request that you vote against the 'Equality Bill' and advocate for a more measured approach to any proposed legislative changes in these areas. Thank you for taking the time to consider my views on this matter.

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