All Right to Lifers and indeed other members of not for profit groups who campaign on a range of issues with Parliamentary representatives should be concerned about the Coalition Government’s planned Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017.
If passed the legislation will require groups such as ours to ask our donors of $250 or more to send a statutory declaration indicating that they are “an allowable donor”. This is meant to prevent political parties receiving donations from other countries. However, this means appeals for funds would be affected, and more critically our voice in defence of the unborn and vulnerable aged will effectively be silenced.
Please contact by letter, email or phone:
The Prime Minister:The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, Prime Minister of Australia, PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House,Canberra ACT 2600
Email: email@example.com Telephone: (02) 6277 7700
The Treasurer: The Hon. Scott Morrison, MP, Treasurer, PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: (02) 6277 7340
Your federal member of Parliament:
If you don't know your electorate, you can look it up at https://electorate.aec.gov.au/. Once you know your electorate, you can check our attached PDF for your MP contact details, or check at https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Guidelines_for_Contacting_Senators_and_Members/. Please contact your House of Representatives MP first. You can also contact your state/territory Senators if you wish (also attached).
Please ask them to withdraw the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017. An example of a start of a letter/email:
I am very opposed to the Government’s electoral funding bill which will seriously damage the fundraising of small not-for-profit groups. It is an attack on freedom of speech.
For more points to write on, you can check the IPA's excellent short report on the issue.
The Right to Life Australia Inc.