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Sending your letter

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Copy the Premier and Attorney General:

premier@ministerial.qld.gov.au
attorney@ministerial.qld.gov.au

Writing Guide

An effective email is polite, friendly and short.

Emails are first read by the MP’s staff, who are extremely busy and are usually dealing with a very full inbox. If they can quickly scan the email and understand your point, they are able to convey your concerns to the MP – especially if dozens of other people have also written expressing the same issues.

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. 

Concerns

Say that you are writing about the draft Anti-Discrimination bill.

Say that you are concerned that the bill will undermine religious organisations (or religious freedom) in Queensland. You could mention:

  • It will stop religious organisations and schools from employing people who live out their faith
  • It introduces tough restrictions on speech
  • Judges will be authorised to decide what is “reasonable” for religious organisations
  • The law allows politicians and other groups to choose who they employ, so faith groups should be able to do the same.

Attach the letter

Say that you have attached a letter from heads of faith explaining their concerns (see more details below)

Your request

Ask the MP for a response – will they take the time to consult with the community and fix this draft?  

Conclude

Thank the MP for their attention and their service to the electorate.

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 draft legislation. 

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.

Example email text

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 MP not found,
or Dear MP not found,

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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 the new draft of the anti-discrimination bill which presents significant challenges to religious organisations in Queensland. The proposed legislation restricts churches and faith-based schools from making it a requirement for most employees to share and express their faith through their way of life. It's my belief that faith groups should have the freedom to hire individuals who actively embody their faith, as every staff member plays a crucial role in setting an example of the faith within a school. The essence of a faith-based community is maintained by ensuring all members authentically represent the group's beliefs and values.

In respect to politicians who can insist their staff share their political beliefs, I find it reasonable that faith groups should hold the same right. This consistency would respect the unique characteristics of each community, be that political or religious.

Attached to this letter is a document signed by numerous faith leaders which details their concerns regarding the bill. I ask you to read their letter carefully. Could you please let me know your thoughts on this matter? Will you act to safeguard religious freedom and the distinctiveness of faith-based employment? We are hoping for amendments that would allow faith groups to maintain their religious identity.

I look forward to your reply.

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