What can you do?
letters to the editor
Publishing letters in newspapers is a good way of raising awareness, and demonstrating a level of community concern. Keep the letter short, and use some of the information from here to support your letter.
Email addresses for major newspapers are below:
- The Australian: email@example.com
- The Sydney Morning Herald: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Age: email@example.com
- The Canberra Times: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Courier Mail: email@example.com
- The Advertiser: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The West Australian: email@example.com
- The Mercury: firstname.lastname@example.org
contacting members of parliament
A handwritten letter is generally considered a more effective method of contacting politicians. Write to your local member, and the Health Minister and Shadow Health Minister to express your support for a sugar tax.
- Member of House of Representatives:
To find the name of the Member who represents your electorate, enter your postcode on the Australian Electoral Commission's Find page which will give you the name of your electorate and then find the name of your electorate on the list of Members by electorate on the Federal Parliament's site.
To find the names of Senators who represent your State/Territory, see the list of Senators by State/Territory on the Federal Parliament's site.
- Minister / Shadow Minister responsible for the matter. The Parliament web site contains lists of Ministers and Shadow Ministers.
- Other members of Parliament who have an interest in the matter, for example, members of a relevant Parliamentary Committee. See Senate Committees and House of Representatives Committees.