31 March 2022
HOW TO WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR MP ABOUT POWER ISSUES
As a community you have the opportunity to lobby the State Government into taking action to address these ongoing regional power issues that are affecting people and businesses across the Mid West.
Letters are one of the most simple and effective ways to engage your Member of Parliament about an issue.
How to format your letter:
- Set out the name and address of your MP in the top left-hand corner of the page.
- As a rule, MPs should be addressed Mr/Mrs/Dr/Ms, first name initial, last name, MLA or MLC.
- For example:
Ms S. Carr MLC
Member for the Agricultural Region
Unit 1, Druids Hall,
Geraldton WA 6530
- Politicians who have been or are government ministers will have the title “The Honourable” prefixing their name. For example, Hon B. Johnson MLA.
- Start your letter as follows: ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ or ‘Dear Mr/Mrs/Dr/Ms Last Name’.
- Introduce yourself and your issue
- Start the letter by telling your MP who you are and why you are writing to them – make sure you have a specific and focused purpose. In your opening sentence, mention that you are a constituent (a voter!).
- At the end of your letter be sure to ask for a reply and request that you be kept updated on the issue.
- As one of their constituents, your opinion holds a lot of weight, as it could be your vote that can win or lose an election.
- Remember Members of Parliament are there to represent you – so tell them what you want.