Tips For Calling Your MP

06.05.21 By

Taking the time and effort to call your local MP is one of the most effective ways of making positive change on your patch of the planet. A phone call says: I am engaged and this issue is meaningful to me. From the perspective of an MP, hearing a voice of a fellow resident is more personal, more immediate, and harder to ignore! Remember: they’re your elected official, they work for you.

But we know that calling an MP can seem a little daunting, so that’s why we’ve whipped up this simple guide to making the call to your MP easy and effective.

1. What to do before the call

Learn what you can about the MP and their position on climate change, energy or the specific topic you’re calling about. Often their parliamentary biography or personal website will have useful information on this. We recommend jotting down the three key points you’d like to make during the call. To find your local representative and their contact details, you can visit the government’s directory here. (Note: Many MPs will not have stated their phone numbers.)

TAKE ACTION: Use our tool to look up your state planning minister and give them a call to demand they help Australian families, schools and businesses get off gas.

2. Making the call

Now, it’s time to call the MP’s electorate office! State your full name, mention that you live in their electorate and that you’d like to speak with the MP about climate action (or another more specific topic). You may not actually get to speak to the MP. If that’s the case, make sure you leave a message to pass along (you can follow this up with an email if you like). Politely answer any questions the electorate officer may ask – they provide feedback to their MP about what the local electorate thinks or wants.

3. During the call

4. Following the call

Feel like giving it a go? We just released a report that found gas is harmful to our health and are calling state planning ministers to help Australian families, schools and businesses get off gas. Click here for some key facts and to use our simple tool to find your minister’s number.