Guide to writing a letter to MPs 2020

• Personal 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.

• If you have a personal story to share with MPs, feel free to include a photo of the people involved.

• Please maintain a respectful tone.

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Addressee:

Your local MP at their electorate office

Click here for the your local MPs contact details (NSW Lower House MPs)

To look up your state electorate click here

Click here for the contact details of all NSW Upper House MPs 

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Subject: Voluntary assisted dying

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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. eg. 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.

• 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 (eg. the Vote Compass survey in May 2019 indicated that 77% of Catholics support assisted dying laws).

• If you feel comfortable, request a meeting with your MP to tell them your views.

• If you have questions about voluntary assisted dying please see our Key Questions section of this website

Click for background information you might like to consider when preparing your letter

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Closing:

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

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