Monday, October 19, 2015

Email to my Federal MP

The following is the text of an email I sent today (19/10/15) to Catherine King.

If you find any of it useful, please feel free to use it in writing to your MP.

Email addresses for MPs can be found on the Australian Parliament House website.


Hon Catherine King MP
Federal Member for Ballarat
5 Lydiard Street North
Ballarat, Vic, 3050

via email

Dear Ms King,

I understand from reports in the press that your colleagues Melissa Parke and Anna Burke have put a motion on the notice paper for next Tuesday's Caucus meeting calling for further debate on the ALP's position on asylum seekers and in particular calling for an end to the inhumane concept of indefinite detention.

As a constituent of the federal district of Ballarat, I urge you to take this opportunity to listen to, and to reflect in the Caucus room, the position of a great many people in Ballarat and the surrounding region. That is, that we welcome refugees and we abhor the bigoted and racist treatment currently being dealt to asylum seekers both in Australia and especially in our overseas prisons and torture camps.

Please take the opportunity in Caucus to remind your leader, Mr Shorten, that the Australian people want to see everyone treated fairly and with respect. This especially applies to those among the asylum seekers who are even more vulnerable than most; the children, the pregnant women and those suffering mental illness (probably caused by our treatment of them in the first place).

In short, please Ms King, I ask you to participate in and to encourage among your entire party, a full and frank discussion of how best to set policy that is fair, humane and reflects the standards of behaviour that we Aussies expect.


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