Letter to your State Minister for Health
We encourage you to use this template letter to send/email the Minister for Health in your state or territory, encouraging them to take action on Closing the Gap.
To the Honourable <MP Full Name>,
My name is <Your Name>, and I live in <Suburb> — part of your electorate of <Electorate> OR <Suburb, State/Territory>. As one of 50,000+ Australian Christians that are part of the Common Grace movement, I am writing to you today, on National Close the Gap Day, to voice my concern about the abhorrent treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.
As Christians, we believe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are, and always have been created in the image of the Creator. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have an ancient and important God-appointed role as custodians in these lands now called Australia. For too long this nation of Australia has not listened to, and not sought justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We are tired of waiting for a Treaty and treaties over 250 years overdue, we grieve the lives lost due to lack of action and investment to Close the Gap, we call for the implementation of the recommendations to stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and we fight for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be embraced as the world’s oldest living continuing cultures.
While we know that Closing the Gap has been a Federal initiative, as the State Minister for Health, <Mr/Ms MP Last Name>, you must know that it will take all people from all states to Close the Gap. It is important to the very lives of your Aboriginal constituents, and non-Aboriginal constituents such as myself are concerned. I am writing to you today to ask what you will be doing to help Aboriginal people in <your State/Territory> to help Close the Gap.
<MP Full Name>, the closing the gap targets were established over 10 years ago and Australia has failed to Close the Gap. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to die too young, and too often, and face overrepresentation in the prison system. How will you ensure Australia actively works, and sufficiently funds, the responsibility, to Close the Gap?
As a non-Aboriginal Australian Christian, and a resident of <State/Territory>, your action on these asks is vital for this state and nation groaning with injustice against First Nations peoples. Your action on these asks, <MP Full Name>, will save lives and help bring justice that is long overdue.
<Your Full Name>
Minister for Health contact details:
|Minister||Portfolio||Electorate||Email / Contact||Phone No.||Office Address|
|QLD||The Hon Yvette D'Ath||Minister for Health and Ambulance Services||Redcliffe||[email protected]||(07) 3035 6100||GPO Box 48
BRISBANE QLD 4001
|NSW||The Hon (Brad) Bradley Ronald Hazzard||Minister for Health and Medical Research||Wakehurst||Contact via website||(02) 8574 6000||
GPO Box 5341
|VIC||The Hon Martin Foley MP||
Minister for Health, Minister for Ambulance Services and
|[email protected]||03 9096 7500||
50 Lonsdale Street
|SA||The Hon Stephen Wade||Minister for Health and Wellbeing||[email protected]||(08) 8463 6270||
GPO Box 2555,
|ACT||The Hon Rachel Stephen-Smith||Minister for Health, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, and Minister for Children, Youth and Families||Kurrajong||
or contact via website
|(02) 6205 2661||GPO Box 1020,
Canberra, ACT 2601
|WA||The Hon Roger Cook||Deputy Premier, Minister for Health, Mental Health||Kwinana||[email protected]||(08) 6552-6500||
2 Havelock Street
WEST PERTH WA 6005
|TAS||The Hon Sarah Courtney||Minister for Health,
Minister for Strategic Growth,
Minister for Women,
Minister for Small Business,
Hospitality and Events
|Bass||(03) 6165 7794||
2 Willis Street, Launceston TAS 7250
PO Box 5140 Launceston 7250
|NT||The Hon Hon Natasha Fyles||Minister for Health; Minister for Tourism and Hospitality; Minister for National Resilience; Minister for Major Events; Minister for Racing, Gaming and Licensing; Minister for Alcohol Policy||Nightcliff||[email protected]||(08) 8936 5610||GPO Box 3146, Darwin, NT 0801|