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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 oppose this legislation?  

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. I am concerned that it will undermine churches and other faith groups. The legislation restricts faith-based organisations from maintaining their community of faith by selecting employees based on their faith.

Faith groups should have the freedom to employ individuals who not only share their beliefs but also live out these beliefs in all parts of their lives. This ability to choose staff is essential for maintaining the integrity and purpose of faith communities. Without this, faith-based organisations might struggle to sustain a genuine community of faith which reflects their core values and beliefs.

The draft bill specifically imposes different rules for religious organisations than for others, presenting a form of religious discrimination. And, I have attached a letter from a broad group of faith leaders who share their worries with the bill.

I request your response on this critical issue. Will you stand up for religious freedom and the right of faith groups to maintain their faith identity in their hiring practices? I urge you to consider the concerns raised and reject the draft bill.

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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