Lobbying - A 'How To' Guide

Writing a Letter

Non-profit organisations rely greatly on mail campaigns to gain political support. Whether you are organising a mail campaign or writing just one letter, it is important to keep in mind that there are many lobby groups clamouring for attention, so give careful thought to your letter.

Effective use of research can help you convey your position to politicians, the public and members.

Credible data can complement personal stories and anecdotes about your cause, thereby making your point more convincing.

Gathering research and pulling out the important points that support your position, as well as points that negate the argument of those who oppose your position, will help you to gain supporters for your cause.

Know the Legislative Process & Players

  1. A bill is introduced in at least one chamber of the legislature.
  2. It is then assigned to the committee(s) that oversees the issue addressed by the bill.
  3. Sometimes, a committee refers a bill to a subcommittee for deeper consideration.

Make a Personal Visit

Politicians want to hear from you. The first time you meet your politician face to face, you may be nervous. Keep in mind, however, that politicians and their staff people repeatedly say that the information non-profits provide is important to their decisions, so don’t be afraid to voice your message.


On Thursday 16 November the New South Wales Legislative Council narrowly rejected the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 by 20 votes to 19. The vote took place at almost midnight after a long debate through the day.

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating welcomed the news, saying:

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The Right to Life Australia Inc. defends the right to life of all human beings from conception until natural death. We lobby government for legal protection of the most vulnerable in society – the unborn baby, elderly, sick and those with disabilities. Right to Life Australia provides free counselling to women facing crisis pregnancies.  We are non-party political and non-denominational.

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