We write to politicians
. . . and they reply
An important part of our work is communicating with politicians - at all levels of government, and on all sides of politics.
Some of our recent letters - and the replies - are included here.
September 2021: we wrote to Matt Kean, NSW Minister for Energy and Environment, urging him to oppose Federal Minister Angus Taylor's proposed Physical Retail Reliability Obligation (PPRO) - otherwise known as 'CoalKeeper'.
August 2021: we wrote to Anthony Albanese (as our local member as well as Leader of the Opposition) deploring Labor's decision to support the government's funding of gas exploration in the Beetaloo Basin. We warned that Labor's unconvincing climate policies make it difficult for voters to support them.
August 2021: we wrote to Rob Stokes, NSW Planning Minister, asking that Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions be taken more seriously when considering approvals for new or extended coal mines, and monitoring existing ones.
July 2021: following a meeting with Chris Bowen's Chief of Staff, we wrote with a summary of our meeting, and repeating the main points that we raised. (Chris Bowen is the Opposition Climate Change Spokesperson. )
April 2021: we wrote to Ted O’Brien MP, Chair of the Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy, in support of the Zali Steggall Climate Act.
April 2021: we wrote to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian expressing our disappointment the Minister Matt Kean had removed Malcolm Turnbull from the NSW Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board, seemingly in response to pressure from a certain media organisation.
The Premier has passed our letter on to Matt Kean.
February 2021: following an hour-long meeting with Anthony Albanese's Policy Advisor, we wrote to her with a summary of our meeting and our views about many aspects of Labor's Climate and Emissions policy. We received an email acknowledgement and thanks almost immediately.
December 2020: we wrote to Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley, and NSW Minister for Planning Rob Stokes, asking how the 134 conditions attached to the approval of Santos' Narrabri gas project would be monitored and enforced, and insisting that compliance monitoring systems be established before the project commences.
October 2020: we wrote to cross-bench senators as well as relevant government ministers and opposition spokespeople expressing our disappointment at the missed opportunities in the budget for developing a clean energy industry.
October 2020: we wrote to cross-bench senators about the proposed changes to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act - in particular emphasising the need for an independent regulator as recommended by Professor Graeme Samuel.
September 2020: we wrote to several local Federal MPs, to relevant government ministers and to cross-bench senators, detailing our opposition to the pro gas recommendations of the National Covid Coordination Commission (NCCC). We received automatic acknowledgements from about half, but to date we have had just one reply.
July 2020: we wrote to Rob Stokes, NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, and Matt Kean, NSW Minister for the Environment, detailing our concerns about the government's approval of the Narrabri Gas project, and its general policy in favour of Coal Seam Gas extraction in NSW.
May 2020: we wrote to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, encouraging him to take the same co-operative, National Cabinet approach to tackling the growing climate crisis that he was taking to deal with the Corona virus crisis. We mentioned the need for stronger Federal emissions targets, investment in low-carbon technology, and the folly of continued reliance on thermal coal. We copied Anthony Albanese, Opposition Leader and local member (Grayndler).