Advocacy — Letter Writing

You can make a difference

Writing to your MPs, to council, and to government bodies can and does make a difference. It is said that for each letter that a politician receives with a particular view, they assume that there are many more with that view who can't be bothered to write. Writing to a newspaper's editor lets you broadcast your thoughts to a huge audience. So writing is a way of multiplying your vote many times over!

Helpful tips

Get to the point. Write without a lot of waffle. Make reference to relevant documents or policies.

Ask for a written response. That way your letter won't get 'lost' in some filing cabinet.

Approach the appropriate person/body. You need to understand who is responsible for the matter you're concerned about. It may be a council, State, or Federal issue.

Use technology to your advantage. Prepare and use letter templates to make the task quicker. Use email. Share letters with friends so they can send them too.

Use statistics well. These will add authority to your letter, but ensure you get them right. Always quote where you got your numbers from.

Watch your timing. There are times when your letter will count even more than usual. For example, when governments are seeking public comment on EISs. Make sure you write at these times, even if it is a very brief letter or email.

If writing to a newspaper, you need to be real short (100-250 words). Being witty and straight to the point will increase your chances of getting published. Make sure you include your details. If quoting statistics, mention their source.

Sample Letters

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Newspaper Details

Click on the link to email, or fax them at the following:

Sydney Morning Herald email: or fax: 9282 2492

Daily Telegraph fax: 9288 2608 or PO Box 2808, GPO Sydney, 2001

Sun Herald or fax: 9282 2151

Sunday Telegraph or fax: 9288 3311