Letter to the State Police & Corrections Minister
We encourage you this National Reconciliation Week to use this template letter to send/email the Minister for Corrections and Minister for Police in your state, encouraging them to take action to stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
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>. It is currently National Reconciliation Week across Australia, and as one of 40,000+ Australian Christians that are part of the Common Grace movement, I am writing to you today 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 at the lives lost due to lack of action and investment to Close the Gap, implement 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.
As the State Minister for <Police/Corrections>, <Mr/Ms MP Last Name>, you must know about the overrepresentation of Aboriginal women, men, and children in detention facilities, and the ongoing issue of police violence and deaths in custody. These are issues that are of vital importance 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 stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in <your State/Territory>.
<MP Full Name>, we have been waiting as a nation since 1991 for the 339 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody to be implemented. This requires cooperation between Federal, State and Territory governments. How will you actively work towards implementing the long standing recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody so that Aboriginal peoples stop dying in custody?
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>
State Minister contact details:
|Minister||Portfolio||Electorate||Email / Contact||Phone No.||Office Address|
|Anthony Roberts||Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections||Lanecove||
|(02) 9817 4757||The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP PO Box 524 GLADESVILLE NSW 1675|
|David Elliott||Minister for Police and Emergency Services||Baulkham Hills||
|(02) 9686 3110||The Hon. David Elliott, MP Suit 1 25-33 Old Northern Rd BAUKHAM HILLS NSW 2153|
|Ben Carroll||Minister for Crime Prevention, Corrections, Youth Justice, Victim Support||Niddriefirstname.lastname@example.org||(03) 9379 5879||473 Keilor Road, Niddrie, VIC 3042 PO Box 554, Niddrie, VIC|
|Lisa Neville||Minister for Police and Emergency Services||Bellarineemail@example.com||(03) 5250 1987||G066, Gateway Plaza Leopold, 641-659 Bellarine Highway, Leopold, VIC 3224|
|Mick Gentleman||Minister for Police and Emergency Services||Brindabella||
|(02) 6205 0218||GPO Box 1020 CANBERRA ACT 2601|
|Shane RATTENBURY||Minister for Corrections and Justice Health||Kurrajong||www.shanerattenbury.com/get_in_touch||(02) 6205 0005||GPO Box 1020 CANBERRA ACT 2601|
|QLD||Mark Ryan||Minister for Police, Minister for Corrective Services||Morayfieldfirstname.lastname@example.org Morayfield@parliament.qld.gov.au||(07) 5343 5100||Unit 3, 67 Morayfield Road CABOOLTURE SOUTH QLD 4510|
|SA||Corey Wingard||Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Police and Emergency services||Gibson||
|(08) 8377 3500||Level 2, 1 Milham Street, OAKLANDS PARK SA 5046|
|Michelle Hopkins Roberts||Minister for Police||Midlandemail@example.com Minister.Roberts@dpc.wa.gov.au||(08) 9274 8811||Unit 34, 6 Keane Street
Midland WA 6056
|Francis (Fran) Logan||Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Corrective Services||Cockburnfirstname.lastname@example.org Minister.Logan@dpc.wa.gov.au||(08) 9414 3266||Unit 5 816 Beeliar Drive Success WA 6164|
|NT||Natasha Fyles||Minister for Justice||Nightcliffemail@example.com||08) 8999 6743||Shop 5, Nightcliff Shopping Town, Pavonia Way, Nightcliff NT 0810|
|Nicole Manson||Minister for Police||Wangurifirstname.lastname@example.org||(08) 8999 6795||Shop 9B, Hibiscus Shopping Town, Leanyer NT 0812|
|TAS||Mark Shelton||Minister for Police||Lyonsemail@example.com||
|Elise Archer||Minister for Corrections and Justice Health||Clark||(03) 6212 2210|