The Duty of Care bill only has a chance of passing if the government sees that there is a wide base of support for the bill from people all around the country. You can help us achieve this by talking to your MP about it, through a phone call or an email, or even by having a meeting.
BEFORE TALKING TO YOUR MP
1. First you have to find out who your MP is and get their email address! Pop your postcode into this website https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members and look for your Federal MP.
2. Do your research on your MP. Know which party they’re from, and what their party’s climate policies are, so that you can be prepared for any counterarguments they might throw your way. Know what they’ve said about climate change, and pull any good quotes that you might be able to use to leverage their support.
3. If your MP hasn’t signed the pledge to support a Duty of Care, print out a copy and have it ready to take to your MP’s office if you’re meeting with them in person.
5. It’s also a good idea to research your electorate. Is it climate vulnerable? Is there a high demographic of young people? Did it swing or change hands during the last election, potentially due to climate change?
CALLING OR EMAILING YOUR MP
- If you’re calling your MP, find their office number and give them a call. You’ll most likely reach one of their staff.
- If you’re emailing your MP, their email will be listed on the Australian Parliament House website. Make sure you include your address and phone number in the email. You’re much more likely to secure a meeting if your MP is aware that you live in their electorate.
EXAMPLE CALLING SCRIPT OR EMAIL TEMPLATE
Hi, my name is [ INSERT NAME ] and
I’m from your electorate of [ INSERT ELECTORATE / STATE ].
I’m calling to express my support as your constituent for the Duty of Care bill tabled by Senator David Pocock. Currently, there is no policy mechanism that compels the government to take into account the interests of young people in the context of climate change, and I don’t think this is good enough.
I would appreciate it if you could pass on my concerns to (name of your MP).
After the call/email:
MEETING WITH YOUR MP
Send your Federal MP an email and ask them for a time to meet to discuss the Duty of Care bill. You can use the template meeting request below, or write your own!
Include why you care about the issue: are you a young person who feels climate anxiety? Have you lived through climate disaster? Are you a parent/grandparent who wants to ensure a safe future for your children?
Make sure you include your address and phone number in the email. You’re much more likely to secure a meeting if your MP is aware that you live in their electorate.
EXAMPLE MEETING REQUEST
Dear [ INSERT NAME ],
My name is [ INSERT NAME ] and I’m a [ INSERT ELECTORATE / STATE ] constituent. I’m writing to request a meeting to discuss the Duty of Care Bill currently before the Senate. As a [ young person / parent / grandparent / etc. ], I’m incredibly concerned about the increasing severity of climate change and the impact on our community.
As a politician the decisions you make today will set the course for our future. We ask that you consider the duty of care that you have to future generations.
I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss the benefits of this bill for our community and to hear your views on legislative mechanisms that can safeguard our world from the most drastic effects of climate change for current and future generations.
Please contact me on (email) or (phone number) to arrange a suitable time for a meeting.
[ INSERT NAME ]
[ YOUR ADDRESS ]
IN THE MEETING...
1. Breathe!! Remember, MPs are responsible to us, not the other way around.
2. Be brief and to the point - if you have something to ask for, just ask for it! Don’t feel scared to ask.
3. Share your story and why you care. Make it as emotive as possible. If you voted for your MP, make sure you emphasise that as their voter base, you expect them to help pass this bill.
4. If they’re hesitant to make commitments, make sure you ask them why, and take notes!
5. If you’re asked specific or technical questions that you don’t know, take them on notice and offer to email them once you have an answer -- this is not a bad thing! You are not expected to know everything, you are just expected to be passionate <3
6. Ask them to vote in favour of the bill. Ask them to sign the pledge to support a duty of care.
KEY TALKING POINTS
If meeting with a Liberal politician:
If meeting with a Labor politician:
If meeting with a Greens/Independent politician:
After the meeting:
Celebrate! Thank you for doing your part to give this bill the best chance it has to pass.
Email [email protected] and let us know how it went!