Time to reach out to your local MP

The dust has settled from the Federal election and our freshly- elected politicians have descended on parliament house in Canberra. Now is the time to reach out to your local member of parliament and tell them that human rights matter.

Time to reach out to your local MP

With the Turnbull government having been returned and some new MPs in the mix, we’re encouraging groups all over the country to reach out to their elected MPs using our calls to the new government.

Now is a great time to get to know your new MP, build your relationship with an existing MP, or even start a clean slate with an MP who may not have been too friendly in the past.

Get in touch with your MP

Through a letter, email or meeting request, show your MP that Amnesty supporters in their electorate share a human rights agenda:

What should you include in this initial letter or email?

  • Congratulate your MP on their election.
  • Introduce your group. Let them know you’re a group of local community members who care passionately about human rights and that you’re urging your MP, as your representative in the parliament, to be a strong voice for human rights.
  • Also mention that your group will be keen to develop a relationship with your MP and their office during this parliamentary term.
  • Find your local MP’s contact details here.

Tips for meeting your MP

  • Focus on building a relationship with your MP. Ask what human rights issues they’re interested in and keep them up to date with Amnesty materials on that issue.
  • Share with them info about your group and your activities.
  • Encourage them to become a member of the Amnesty International Parliamentary Group, which is a cross-party friendship group of MPs that discusses international human rights issues. (Write to govt.rels@amnesty.org.au if they say yes!)
  • Share your group’s human rights priorities and concerns. Remember, they represent you in Canberra as their constituents!
  • When you meet, make sure to bring along a printed copy of Amnesty’s calls on the new government.
  • After you meet, complete the MP meeting feedback form so we learn how to better advocate for human rights.
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