Make your voice heard

Let our politicians know that aged care is important to the people that vote for them

There have been 18 inquiries over the last 24 years into aged care. So why hasn’t anything changed? The truth is that all sides of politics only prioritise the issues they think people care about. We need to make our voices heard and our stories count.

That’s why we’re organising regular mail blitzes where we encourage our supporters, friends and family, to write to specific politicians during a specific time frame. 

Imagine the impact of 1,000 emails and or letters from members and friends of Aged Care Reform Now going into a politicians’ mail box in one day!

On this page, you will find:

  • Who we are targeting for each mail blitz. We want to target specific people at the same time.
  • Letter templates with key messages for you to use.
  • Tips for what to write — personalise your letters and share your thoughts and story.

Your local Member of Parliament
Mail Blitz #3

25 April to 2 May

In this, the third mail blitz we are asking you to join us in writing to your local federal Member of Parliament. We are asking for no additional funding to be given to providers without transparency and accountability. We have provided templates as a head start and how-to guide to write to your MP. Feel free to personalise these letters and make the message your own.

Find your local federal MP’s name and contact details easily here: https://polity.xyz/ 

Use these letter templates to get started

Hand-written or typed letters are most effective because they are personal, but email is ok too.

Share the campaign

Encourage your friends and family to get involved by sharing this campaign with them. Help those that cannot access or use a computer by assisting them with their letter, by adding their story to one of the provided templates, or using the template as-is. Alternatively, you can ask friends and family to add their name and signature to your letter.

Members of the Federal Opposition
Mail Blitz #2

11 April to 24 April

The upcoming Federal Budget to be released in May, is meant to be the Government’s response to the Aged Care Royal Commission. We need to ask leading members of the Federal Opposition to hold the Government to account on aged care spending and reform.

We are asking for no additional funding to be given to providers without transparency and accountability. See our templates below for further information on what we’re asking for. These are just a guide though. Feel free to personalise and make it your own.

Hand-written or typed letters are most effective because they are personal, but email is ok too.

Share the campaign

Encourage your friends and family to get involved by sharing this campaign with them. Help those that cannot access or use a computer by assisting them with their letter, by adding their story to one of the provided templates, or using the template as-is. Alternatively, you can ask friends and family to add their name and signature to your letter.

 Please send letters to all five people on this list if you can.

  1. Anthony Albanese
    Leader of the Opposition
    Postal Address 334A Marrickville Rd. Marrickville. NSW.2204
    Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au
  1. Mark Butler
    Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing
    Postal address P.O. Box 2038 Port Adelaide. SA.5015
    Email: Mark.Butler.MP@aph.gov.au
  1. Claire O’Neil
    Shadow Minister for Senior and Aged Care Services
    Postal address P.O.Box 5295 Clayton. Vic. 3168
    Email: Claire.Oneil.MP@aph.gov.au
  1. Dr. Jim Chalmers
    Shadow Treasurer
    Postal address P.O.Box 349 Woodridge. QLD. 4114
    Email: Jim.Chalmers.MP@aph.gov.au
  1. Katy Gallagher
    Shadow Finance Minister
    Postal address Unit 3, 40 Corinna Street. Phillip, ACT, 2606
    Email: senator.katy.gallagher@aph.gov.au

Use these letter templates to get started

It’s not too late for Members of Parliament 
Mail Blitz #1

1 April to 10 April

We can’t rely on the findings of the Royal Commission alone so we are lobbying for no further money to be given to providers without genuine reform.

Hand-written or typed letters are most effective because they are personal, but email is ok too.

 Please send letters to all five people on this list if you can.

  1. Prime Minister Scott Morrison 
    Send your letter by post:
    Parliament Office PO Box 6022 House of Representatives
    Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600. 

    Are you in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s electorate of Cook? (Postcodes: 2231,2230,2229,2228,2227,2224,2217,2219,2221)
    If so, address your letter to
    Electoral Office PO Box 1306 Cronulla, NSW, 2230

    Send your letter by email:
    You need to email Prime Minister Scott Morrison through a form on the website
    https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

    If you are in his electorate email him through his electorate’s website
    https://www.scottmorrisonmp.com.au/contact-me-in-my-role-as-the-member-for-cook/
  1. Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck 
    Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services 
    Postal address: PO Box 603 Devonport, TAS, 7310
    Email: senator.colbeck@aph.gov.au
  1. The Hon Greg Hunt
    Minister for Health and Aged Care. 

    Postal address: PO Box 647 Somerville, VIC, 3912
    Email: Greg.Hunt.MP@aph.gov.au
  1. The Hon Josh Frydenberg
    Treasurer

    Postal address: PO Box 1253 Camberwell, VIC, 3124
    Email: josh.frydenberg.MP@aph.gov.au 
    or the contact form at  https://treasury.gov.au/the-department/contact-us/ministerial-correspondence
  1. Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
    Finance Minister

    Postal address: 107 Sir Donald Bradman Drive Hilton, SA, 5033
    Email: financeminister@finance.gov.au

Use these letter templates to get started

Tips for writing to politicians

  • Start by saying who you are.
    Introduce yourself. If you live in their electorate make sure you include this. We encourage you to identify yourself as a member of Aged Care Reform Now. This will show the strength of our movement.
  • Keep it brief.
    Share what is most important in your letter but keep it to 1 or 2 pages if you can.
  • Your story matters.
    Share your story to help MPs understand why aged care reform is important to you and why they need to act. We have example letter templates to get you started — adding your personal thoughts and experiences will help your message stand out from the hundreds of letters that MPs receive from their constituents. Only share what you feel comfortable disclosing.
  • Be polite and respectful.
    Politicians are more likely to listen and keep listening if you are respectful with them and their staff.
  • Ask for a reply.
    Make them accountable. Ask for a reply to the letter. Ask them what they will do. If you have ideas about what they should do, tell them.
  • Ask for a meeting.
    If you are a constituent of their electorate, think about requesting a meeting to discuss your letter. If you are successful in organising a face-to-face meeting have your talking points ready.
  • Provide your contact details.
    Address your letter with your full name, address, a contact phone number, and email address if you have one.
  • Be patient.
    Be patient in hearing back from them with a reply, or about organising a time to meet with them.
  • Follow up.
    If you have not received a reply after one month, phone the MP’s office. Remind them you sent a letter and ask them when you are likely to receive a reply.  If you do not receive a response within a fortnight, try again. And keep trying until they reply. If you are a member of their electorate, remember that they have a responsibility to communicate with their constituents.
  • Let us know.
    Please let us know that you sent a letter. We can support you with further information and questions to ask if you need. Email us via our contact form or share with the community on Facebook
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