Your MP is counting on you not to ask.
They’re busy. They’ve got lunches with the big end of town, and galas funded by the Minerals Council. The Hotels Association, the tobacco lobby and Business Council are on their case, too. Not to mention the powerbrokers and party elders to appease so as to make sure their next pre-selection is in the bag.
That’s a lot of vested interests for your MP to fit in one day, NEVILLE. That’s why they’re counting on not having to hear from you too. People like us are supposed to remain the silent minority, and to leave lobbying to lobbyists, so that they can get on with business as usual.
But in this still new Parliament, more than most that have come before it, we need to make sure that the voices of the 650,000 Australians behind the GetUp movement are heard loud and clear over the special interests of a select few. Because if we don’t, the agenda will be set without us.
Together we can set out a progressive mandate on the issues we care about by sitting down to meetings with every MP in the country. For us to reach the 150 MPs in our Federal Parliament, GetUp members are banding together in every electorate, forming local teams and holding face-to-face meetings with their MPs. That’s how we can make sure our issues are on the minds of decision-makers in 2014.
The good news is that a GetUp member in your electorate has already volunteered to be a team leader in your community. That means there’s someone taking care of contacting your MP, and booking in a meeting time for the whole team. All you need to do is volunteer some time and energy to meeting up with nearby GetUp members so together you can plan your sit-down with your MP.
Can you join your electorate team, and help to organise a meeting with your MP? Click the link to find and join your local team:
So far, Federal MPs from both sides of the aisle have been meeting with GetUp members, from Christopher Pyne to Andrew Fraser, Melissa Parke to Anthony Albanese. And each meeting has had its own impact. Here’s what Kate Ellis, the MP for Adelaide, tweeted after meeting GetUp members Deanna, Jeff and Abby:
“Great to meet with some of the 8500 #Adelaide based @GetUp members and hear their views & concerns – passionate community members speaking up.”
And GetUp members have been enjoying the meetings too. Local GetUp member Juanita in Wide Bay didn’t expect to see eye-to-eye with her Liberal MP, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, but was surprised how well the meeting went:
“Mr Truss gave our team a full half hour, listened politely and the meeting was really pleasant. Best of all, this whole experience brought me in contact with a whole bunch of vibrant people who it has been a pleasure to meet and swap ideas with!”
Meeting your MP isn’t as scary as you might think. In fact, chances are your MP would love to hear from you over the lobbyists they’re usually stuck with. And you don’t need any experience to take this project on: just a little time, passion and energy to work with a local team of GetUp members to organise and carry out a 30 minute meeting with your MP.
Sound like something you can do? Click the link to find and join your electorate team:
Meeting with your MP is how we ensure our views on the issues that matter to the silent majority aren’t lost on the bottom of the pile. Issues like real action on climate change, a better approach for asylum seekers a more equitable taxation system, and an independent media we can all enjoy.
But it’s also our best chance yet to build meaningful relationships with our politicians, relationships we can revisit well into the future. This is how we build community power from the ground up. Inch-by-inch, meeting-by-meeting. So NEVILLE, are you in?
Thanks for all that you do,
Jess, Carl, Emma and Sophie, for the GetUp team.