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Have you ever written a letter to your local member, or ANY member, for parliament about an issue you have? What was the issue? What was the response?

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Yes, about eight or ten years ago, urging them to take measures towards achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. Actually, we sent individual letters and sent them of as a class. We each received a generic response back, so nothing much came of it.
by Vee
Yes, quite a few times! Once I was treated unfairly by a jury selection team, and fined for being unable to attend even though I had a valid excuse. Anthony Albanese had the fine reversed.

I've also made parliamentary submissions about birth related issues, and written to local MPs about the lack of choices and the aggressive practices of obstetrics either directly with women or in the way they have monopolised the services pregnant women can access.
'Why' even bother.

I would be wasting good time and effort.

The letter to follow would say this :

Not sure what happened here.
I had a long answer to this and it stopped at 'Dear'?
by jonaja
Yes, I've written to my MP on several occasions over different issues! I think it's important to speak up and be involved.

I have campaigned against building a new airport near to my parents' house, I have written urging my MP to vote in favour of equal marriage for everyone, I have written about funding for local services such as doctors and schools..... I can't remember all the different issues to be honest. Whatever was a hot topic at the time! The MP is supposed to represent his constituency but he or she can't do that effectively if they don't know what the constituents think on the issues of the day.

If you sit back and are passive, thinking there's no point writing or making your voice heard, then your opinion cannot be taken into consideration and you will struggle to hold your MP to account.
Oh and sometimes I get a thoughtful well-considered response and sometimes just a generic "thank you for your interest". On one occasion, I got a really enthusiastic thank you, as the MP had wanted to raise some queries but found it easier to do this with a letter from a constituent. I felt really proud that time!
Yes, I have several times, and have phoned.

Each time, the response has been excellent and they generally come out to see me -this was in the country as well as in the City.
by Finy
Yes & Tony Abbott.

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