Get Involved

HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

On 23 August 2018, the Parliamentary Committee into End of Life Choices handed down its report.

The Committee recommended that the Minister for Health establish an expert panel to undertake and develop legislation for voluntary assisted dying in Western Australia.

The legislation has now been introduced and is currently being debated in the lower house of the WA Parliament.

This legislation will be a conscience vote, meaning that MPs may vote according to their consciences rather than according to an official line laid down by their party.

When MPs hear from their constituents on an issue - especially one such as end of life choices that will touch the lives of every one of us - it has the power to influence their vote. In relation to voluntary assisted dying this is true especially if you have a personal experience to share.

We know that this issue is close to the hearts of many in our community, with 88% of Western Australians telling us they are in favour of voluntary assisted dying legislation. However, many people don’t know that this legislation will be drafted and tabled this year. You can help to spread the word by raising awareness in the community and encouraging your friends and family to support the campaign.

Dying with Dignity will be with you every step of the way. We can provide any training and advice you may need to help you take action.

You can download a copy of our 'GET INVOLVED' booklet by clicking on this image.

Now is the time to let MPs know how the wider community feels on this issue. Can we count on you?

CALL YOUR LOCAL MP

Did you know that there are seven Members of State Parliament who represent your local area? You have one Legislative Assembly representative and six Legislative Council representatives. The Legislative Council is similar to the Senate in Federal Parliament, and is broken up into six regions as shown in the maps at the bottom of this page.

While the Legislative Assembly will vote on the legislation first we know that it is the members of the Legislative Council who will ultimately determine whether the proposed voluntary assisted dying legislation passes into law. 

Getting in touch with your Legislative Council representatives is an important way you can make an impact.

Members of Parliament receive phone calls from constituents every day. They actively encourage members of the community to get in touch to share their views. So why don’t you take this opportunity to pick up the phone and let them know how you feel?

It can be as simple as saying “Hi, I’m calling to let my local representative know that I support voluntary assisted dying.” You can also share your own personal experience.

Remember they might ask you for your name and contact details. You don’t have to give these if you don’t feel comfortable but your opinion will hold more weight if you identify yourself.

WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL MP

Letters can be powerful, especially if they include your own personal experiences.

Put pen to paper or write an email to tell your Legislative Council representatives why you support voluntary assisted dying.

Although handwritten letters and personal emails are most effective, if you want the quickest way to email your representative you can use an easy online tool at www.dwdwa.org.au/dogooder

SO, HOW DO I GET STARTED?

At the bottom of this page is a map of the regions and a contact list for Members of Parliament.

The priority is to contact your Legislative Council MPs, but you can also find your Legislative Assembly MP by visiting www.dwdwa.org.au/mp-search

Please be sure to use a respectful tone whilst explaining your reasons for supporting voluntary assisted dying.

ENCOURAGE A RESPECTFUL DEBATE

We know that some Members will use all tactics available to delay voluntary assisted dying legislation.

We have already witnessed Members of the Legislative Council use parliamentary tactics to filibuster (debate with the purpose of delaying or preventing a decision being made) other legislation in a bid to delay as much as possible or force the Government to withdraw the legislation.

We can’t let this happen to the voluntary assisted dying legislation.

We need to encourage Opposition Leader Liza Harvey to allow debate on this important legislation to take place unimpeded and without delay.

Please contact the Opposition Leader and show your support for:

  • A respectful debate; and
  • The legislation to be voted on without delaying tactics.

You can contact the Opposition Leader at liza.harvey@mp.wa.gov.au, or you can call the Opposition Leader’s Office on 9222 7351.

CALL TALK BACK RADIO

You’ve already written to your local Members of Parliament or spoken to them on the phone, so you know what you want to say.

Why not get your message out to a broader audience and encourage listeners to contact their MPs too?

WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

All change starts locally. Where better to spread the word than in your local community newspaper? 

We know Members of Parliament take an interest in the content of their local newspapers and your letter can have a significant impact.

Your letter also has the power to encourage others to take action.

We also encourage you to write to The West Australian and The Sunday Times.

At the bottom of this page are the contact details for newspapers in our high priority areas, as well as the state-wide newspapers.

VOLUNTEER AT A STALL

You might have already seen us at a community stall. Maybe that’s how you got involved.

Volunteering your time to help us at a community stall is a valuable contribution. By being present in the community, we can talk to other supporters about how to get involved, and raise the profile of our campaign by being visible. As the campaign intensifies we’ll be running even more stalls.

Get in touch with our community campaign coordinator and let him know when you’re available to help out: volunteer@dwdwa.org.au or phone 0437 902 710.

JOIN US AT A PHONING SESSION

Members of Parliament aren’t the only people we need to call. Dying with Dignity WA has thousands of supporters, and we need your help to get in touch with them and encourage them to take action, just like you have.

Our phone sessions are run at various times throughout the week. At your first phone session one of our volunteer leaders will provide you with all of the training and information you need to get started. We’ll be with you every step of the way.

Get in touch with our field organiser and let him know when you’re available to help out: volunteer@dwdwa.org.au or phone 0437 902 710.

TALK TO FAMILY, FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES

There is nothing more powerful than a one on one conversation with someone you know.

Help us spread the word: this issue is coming up for debate and the time for action is now. Talk to your family, friends and colleagues: tell them what’s going on, encourage them to step up, to contact their Members of Parliament or to volunteer with you.

You can also spread the word on social media. Share your story alongside a photo for the most powerful impact. If you don’t have any photos, you can take one holding the sign on the back cover of this booklet.

 

MLC CONTACT LISTS

North Metropolitan Region
For the full map visit www.dwdwa.org.au/metro-north

Hon Peter Collier MLC
peter.collier@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9203 9588

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC
Alannah.MacTiernan.MLC@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9344 1686

Hon Michael Mischin MLC
michael.mischin@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9301 1896

Hon Martin Pritchard MLC
Martin.Pritchard@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9201 0582

Hon Tjorn Sibma MLC
tjorn.sibma@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9440 4422

Hon Alison Xamon MLC
alison.xamon@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9388 3955

East Metropolitan Region
For the full map visit www.dwdwa.org.au/metro-east

Hon Tim Clifford MLC
Tim.Clifford@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9274 8484

Hon Alanna Clohesy MLC
clohesy.emetro@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9272 1718

Hon Donna Faragher MLC
faragher.eastmetro@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9379 0840

Hon Samantha Rowe MLC
samantha.rowe@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9477 3855

Hon Charles Smith MLC
Charles.Smith@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9250 7901

Hon Matthew Swinbourn MLC
Swinbourn.Emetro@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9452 8311

South Metropolitan Region
For the full map visit www.dwdwa.org.au/metro-south

Hon Kate Doust MLC
doust.southmetro@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9470 3511

Hon Sue Ellery MLC
sue.ellery@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9312 1566

Hon Nick Goiran MLC
nick.goiran@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9398 3800

Hon Simon O’Brien MLC
simon.obrien@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9364 4277

Hon Aaron Stonehouse MLC
Aaron.Stonehouse@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9226 3550

Hon Pierre Yang MLC
Pierre.Yang.mp@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9337 9176

South West Region
For the full map visit www.dwdwa.org.au/south-west

Hon Diane Evers MLC
southwest.evers@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9486 8070

Hon Adele Farina MLC
southwesteo@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9721 1165

Hon Colin Holt MLC
colin.holt@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9724 1181

Hon Sally Talbot MLC
sally.talbot@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9725 3711

Hon Steve Thomas MLC
Steve.Thomas@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9757 9555

Hon Colin Tincknell MLC
Colin.Tincknell.MLC@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9486 8106

Agricultural Region
For the full map visit www.dwdwa.org.au/agricultural

Hon Martin Aldridge MLC
martin.aldridge@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9576 0141

Hon Jim Chown MLC
jim.chown@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9481 0082

Hon Colin de Grussa MLC
Colin.DeGrussa@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9921 4818

Hon Laurie Graham MLC
Laurie.Graham@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9621 1999

Hon Rick Mazza MLC
rick.mazza@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9481 6070

Hon Darren West MLC
darren.west.mp@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9964 1001

Mining and Pastoral Region
For the full map visit www.dwdwa.org.au/mining-pastoral

Hon Ken Baston MLC
ken.baston@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9193 7044

Hon Jacqui Boydell MLC
Jacqui.Boydell@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9144 4187

Hon Robin Chapple MLC
robin.chapple@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9486 8255

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC
stephen.dawsonmp@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9172 2648

Hon Kyle McGinn MLC
MiningPastoral.McGinn@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9022 7003

Hon Robin Scott MLC
Robin.Scott@mp.wa.gov.au
08 9093 1455

CONTACT LISTS

Letters to the Editor


If you need assistance finding your local paper’s letters-to-editor address details or if you would like someone to read over your letter before you send it, get in touch: email campaign@dwdwa.org.au or phone 0408 000 058.

The West Australian                              letters@wanews.com.au

The Sunday Times                                 letters@sundaytimes.com.au

The Australian                                      letters@theaustralian.com.au

Southern Gazette                                 southerngazette@communitynews.com.au

Stirling Times                                       stirlingtimes@communitynews.com.au

Wanneroo Times                                  wannerootimes@communitynews.com.au

Weekend Courier                                 weekendcourier@communitynews.com.au

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times                editor@mbtimes.com.au

The Advocate (Swan Valley region)        advocate@communitynews.com.au

Canning Times                                      canningtimes@communitynews.com.au

The Senior                                            edit@thesenior.com.au

Avon Valley Advocate                           editor.avonadvocate@ruralpress.com

Bunbury Mail                                        editor.bunburymail@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Esperance Express                                editor.espexpress@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Mandurah Mail                                     editor.mandurahmail@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Augusta-Margaret River Times              editor@amrtimes.com.au

Busselton-Dunsborough Times              editor@bdtimes.com.au

The Examiner                                       editor@examinernewspapers.com.au

Great Southern Weekender                  editor@gsweekender.com.au

Halls Creek Herald                                editor@hallscreekherald.com

Harvey Reporter                                   editor@harveyreporter.com.au

Sound Telegraph                                  editor@soundtelegraph.com.au

South West Times                                 editor@swtimes.com.au

Busselton-Dunsborough Mail                editorial.bdmail@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Fremantle Gazette                               fremantlegazette@communitynews.com.au

Guardian Express                                  guardianexpress@communitynews.com.au

Melville Times                                      melvilletimes@communitynews.com.au

 

Talkback Radio

If you hear voluntary assisted dying being discussed on talkback radio and feel comfortable sharing your story, you can reach the relevant radio station with the below contact details.

882 6PR News Talk                    Talkback                       08 9 22 11 882

ABC Radio Perth                        Talkback                       1300 222 720
                                               SMS Line                       0437 922 720

GET INVOLVED BOOKLET

You can download a PDF copy of our 'HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED' booklet by clicking on the image on the right or here.

It contains all the information that has been provided above.