NSW

Write to Labor MLCs

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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.

MLC Contact Details

The Hon. Mark Buttigieg MLC
The Hon. Anthony D'Adam MLC
The Hon. Greg Donnelly MLC
The Hon. John Graham MLC
The Hon. Courtney Houssos MLC
The Hon. Rose Jackson MLC
The Hon. Dr Sarah Kaine MLC
The Hon. Stephen Lawrence MLC
The Hon. Daniel Mookhey MLC
The Hon. Tara Moriarty MLC
The Hon. Cameron Murphy MLC
The Hon. Bob Nanva MLC
The Hon. Peter Primrose MLC
The Hon. Penny Sharpe MLC
The Hon. Emily Suvaal MLC

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]**

Dear [MLCs name],

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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 writing about Alex Greenwich's 'Equality Bill' that will be debated on February 8th. I would like to express my concerns and urge you to reject this bill. The bill, as it stands, will have several negative impacts.

The 'Equality Bill' will promote prostitution by removing existing laws that protect women, including laws against coercing a woman into prostitution. It could also lead to public acts of prostitution and soliciting prostitution near schools or places of worship.

The bill will also allow children under 16 to consent to treatment without their parents' approval if a doctor deems the child capable of making that decision. This undermines the relationship between parents and children. It gives children a way to make significant, life-changing decisions without their parents' guidance.

In addition, the bill threatens the operation of faith-based institutions. It removes the right of these institutions to employ staff who share their faith values. This means they would have to operate like secular organisations and would likely face constant discrimination complaints.

The bill is extremely long and complex. It mixes together many different issues, making it too complex to consider as one piece of legislation. I suggest that the bill be rejected entirely. If the Government wants to introduce changes, it would be better to write separate bills for each issue and engage the community in thorough consultation for each one.

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[enter your name, address and phone number. This adds weight to your letter.]
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