Lobby for Change: call on the government to end the detention of children

Directly contacting members of parliament is the most direct way to tell politicians that they must end the harsh and debilitating process of mandatory detention.

FIND THE CONTACT DETAILS FOR YOUR LOCAL MP OR SENATOR

Follow this link to find your local MP and Senator.

Download a list of Cross Bench Senators here.


SEND A POSTCARDBefriend a Child in Detention_smaller

Raise awareness for the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers by distributing postcards in your community and/or sending postcards to politicians.

Postcards state:

“Dear….

There are still over 150 child asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru. 

I want these children to have education, security and a future. 

This matters to me. 

Please bring the children to Australia. 

Signed:…

Address:…”

There are three postcard address options:

  • Postcards addressed to Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull
  • Postcards addressed to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten
  • Blank postcards for you to address to your own MP or Senator

Order a bunch of cards from us (free of charge) by emailing project@befriendachild.com 

Please provide your name, mailing address and the number of postcards you would like.

These postcards were designed by children’s writer and illustrator Gabrielle Wang.


 

WRITE A LETTER TO THE GOVERNMENT

Taking a stand can be as simple as writing a letter to your local MP to tell them how important ending the detention of children is. Use the link above to find the mailing address of your local MP.

Here are some tips for writing your letter:

  1. Clarify your key message
    What is the change that you want this politician to enact? One simple, clear message that is the central purpose for writing this letter.
  1. Define your argument
    What are the reasons that you have taken on this view? What is your understanding of this situation and why is it important to you and your community?
  1. Confrontation, not conflict
    Speak with respect. Avoid demands, offensive statements, jargon and personal attacks. The aim is to find a common middle ground on which a productive conversation can be had; a person will not be bullied into forming an opposing view.
  1. Define the next steps
    What do you want the politician to do after reading your letter? Reconsider a policy? Give you some information? Introduce a change? Be clear about what action you want taken and request a response.
  1. Keep it concise
    A one page letter of no more than 250 words (handwritten is a nice touch!).


EXAMPLE STRUCTURE

Full name and title/role
Organisation (if applicable)
Address/contact details
Dear Prime Minister ________/Senator_______/Minister_______/Member_________,

 Re: ____”insert your central message here”_________

Content

….

….

I ask you to consider the following actions:

….

….

I look forward to receiving your response.

Yours Sincerely,

Signature
Name
Address & contact details

 

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