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.

November 2021: we wrote to Anthony Albanese, Chris Bowen (Climate Change spokesperson) and their advisors Skye Laris and Andrew Garrett, pressing Labor to announce, post Glasgow, a much stronger 2030 emissions target (in line with many other countries as well as Australian business organisations) as an election policy. We also sought stronger support for electric vehicles.

November 2021: following our letter to Matt Kean, we wrote to Dominic Perrottet regarding the need for a stronger 2030 emissions reduction target and noting the inconsistency of continued approval of gas exploration and extraction, when the related emissions would undo all reductions in other areas.

October2021: we wrote to Matt Kean, now Treasurer as well as NSW Minister for Energy and Environment, congratulating him on becoming Treasurer, but pointing out the inconsistency of so many gas extraction approvals in NSW, which undo all the gains made in his renewable energy policies.

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 a selection of Federal MPs and Senators in support of Zali Steggall's Climate Action Bill, due to be presented in parliament on 9 November .

Replies from: Tanya Plibersek Mark Butler Josh Wilson

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.

Rob Stokes' reply

Matt Kean's reply

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).

April 2020: we wrote to Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW, supporting the NSW Government's commitment to Net Zero Emissions by 2050, but urging stronger action . Our reply, in July, came from Energy & Environment Minister Matt Kean.