It’s almost National Youth Week. Here is THE BEST thing you can do to celebrate.
Young people want to be heard on many issues, from tax and justice to marriage equality and climate change. But the Australian Government has removed ways to hear from or engage with young people.
This Youth Week (31 March – 9 April) you can help fix this. Youth Week is a chance to celebrate young people, but also to make your opinion count.
We need you to contact your Member of Parliament (MP) TODAY and make sure young people are a part of national decisions.
- Find out who is your local Member of Parliament here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members
- Copy and paste the wording below, and send them an email. Change it up, or use it as is – it’s up to you; we’re grateful for your help. If you want some more tips – check out this toolkit
- Let us know that you sent your MP an email! It’s really important. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for speaking up,
CEO - Youth Action
Chairperson - Australian Youth Affairs Coalition
Insert name and address of MP
Dear Mr/Ms [enter first name and last name]
I live in your electorate, and Youth Week matters to me. This year is the last year Australia will celebrate National Youth Week.
National Youth Week (31 March to 9 April 2017) is held across Australia for young people between 12 and 25 years of age.
Youth Week 2017 is an opportunity for young people to engage with their local community, express themselves and their ideas, to increase awareness of issues that are important to them and participate in the decisions that affect their lives.
Will you or your party will ask a question during question time, in the week 27-30th March on behalf of young people?
To the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull
Next week is the last National Youth Week. The Mission Australia National Youth Survey 2016, found that young people were concerned about a number issues including the lack of equity in today’s society. Can the Minister inform the House of the support the Government provides to young people to be heard in the development of policy in Australia? Are you aware of any opportunities to support organisations that provide a national voice for young people in Australia? Are you prepared to meet young people and hear their concerns?
[enter your name]