How to Lobby Your MP
Writing a personal letter or phoning the office of your local member of parliament (MP) or a Government Minister is the most powerful thing you can do to influence them from home.
While petitions are useful to show the power of numbers, a personal contact is always more powerful.
As the saying says, the squeaky wheel gets the grease! The more an MP hears about an issue, the more he or she feels they need to respond.
Even better is if you can get a meeting with your MP and sit down to discuss your concerns about climate change!
1. How to write to your MP
- Write a personal letter – handwritten is great or type if up if you prefer.
- Put it in an envelope and send it by post – yes you can email them too, but often emails get lost or ignored, whereas letters are more likely to get answered.
- In your letter it’s good to ask for a response to your concerns and they will usually refer it to the relevant Minister for a reply.
- You can also write directly to the Minister in charge of the issue – here are the main Federal Ministers related to climate change:
o Minister for Energy – Angus Taylor MP
o Minister for Environment - Melissa Price MP
o Minister for Water and Agriculture – David Littleproud MP
Click here to find their contact details: https://www.directory.gov.au/commonwealth-parliament/cabinet
Click here for a full list of Federal MPs to get the contact details for your local MP:
If you are unsure which electorate you are in, go here to find out:
You can also write to the Senators for your state:
We have prepared some letter templates for you which you can use for inspiration!
- Letter to your MP - general climate concern >>
- Letter to MP for referral to Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy >>
2. How to phone your MP
Possibly even more powerful than a letter, is phoning an MP's or Minister’s office. If they get a lot of calls about an issue it starts to show up on their radar!
- Phone the Minister or your MP’s office (links above) and ask to speak to them – you will invariably be told they are out or in a meeting!
- Ask if there is an advisor you could speak to who is responsible for climate change (or the specific issues you’re phoning about) – you may get transferred to them in a Minister’s office and you can tell them your concerns. (MPs who are not Ministers won’t have advisors on specific issues.)
- Simply speak from the heart – you don’t have to be an expert on climate science or economics!
- If there is no advisor to speak with, then ask the staff member to pass on a message to the MP or Minister and state your concerns – 1-2 minutes is plenty!
3. How to meet with your MP
And the most effective method to get on the radar of your MP is to meet with them. It is part of their job to meet with constituents and take their concerns to the government. So you have every right to simply phone their office and ask for an appointment!
- Phone or drop in to your MP’s office and ask to make an appointment to meet with him or her. State what you want to discuss.
- Once you manage to get an appointment (it may be some time away), you may wish to organise a group of locals to attend or just go on your own.
- Prepare a few dot points about what you want to say just so you feel more confident. You don’t need to do lots of research and be an expert!
- When you attend the meeting, be courteous and calm – getting angry will only alienate them to your cause. Speak from the heart about your children’s future and your concerns about climate change. If the MP has children you could connect with them about this.
- Ask for a photo with the MP and post it to our Facebook page after the meeting! www.facebook.com/ap4ca.