Guide to writing a letter to MPs 2021

  • Personal typed or handwritten letters are best, but emails are a good option if you are unable to send a letter by post. 
  • Local MPs are answerable to their electorates, and need to know your views.
  • Personal stories are very powerful. MPs need to understand the consequences of not supporting a voluntary assisted dying law.
  • Please maintain a respectful tone.

Addressee:

Lower House – Your local MP at their electorate office – Click here for contact details

Upper House MPsParliament House Offices – Click here for contact details

Click here to find your electorate

 


Subject:  Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws


Content:

  • Ask your MP to support voluntary assisted dying law reform in NSW.
  • Set out the reasons why this law is important to you.
  • If you have a personal experience which has influenced your views, please share it with your MP.
  • For example: are you suffering a terminal illness yourself or have you experienced the ‘bad death’ of a loved one?

Other points:

  • If you are a doctor, nurse or healthcare worker, please let your MP know how your experiences have influenced your thinking.
  • Explain that palliative care cannot always relieve a dying person’s suffering. 
  • If you have a religious affiliation, it would be helpful to state this and remind them that surveys consistently show that a majority of Christians support voluntary assisted dying
  • If you feel comfortable, request a meeting with your MP to tell them your views.
  • If you have shared a personal story, feel free to include a photo of the people involved.

 


Closing:

Provide your full name, residential address, phone number and an email address (if you have one).


 

Click to see our FAQs on assisted dying laws Click for background information to consider when preparing your letter