Meeting your MP
Member for South Brisbane, Jackie Trad passed on some useful information about meeting your MP:
TIPS FOR MEETING WITH YOUR LOCAL STATE MP
- Research your local member – Who are they? How long have they’ve been in Parliament? Read their first speech. What did they do before politics? This will help tailor the lobbying approach.
- Write (email is fine) formally requesting an urgent meeting – clearly convey why you want to meet, who and how many of you will be in attendance and the urgency to your request.
- Follow up in a week’s time to confirm they have received the request and that a meeting will be granted.
- Suggest meeting at Parliament if that’s more convenient for the MPs. Everyone is on a roster so there is down time for LNP members.
- There are only 9 sitting days over the next two months so that shouldn’t be a reasonable excuse.
- For information on sitting days and a list of members and their contact details go to http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/
- Work out the points you want to make – eg. Why a repeal would be discriminatory, why this is a breach of faith, the communities determination to run a campaign against such a move.
- Present well for the meeting – the less intimidating you are the more listening they’ll do.
- Ask what position your MP will take in the Party room; will they speak up for your rights in the Party room?
- If they’re yet to decide their position, request that they call you when they have determined their position to inform you as an affected constituent and before the party room discussion takes place.
Contact details for your MP can be found here: Members List
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