WRITING TO YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT TO REQUEST A MEETING ABOUT RAISING THE RATE – EXAMPLE E-MAIL
Dear Mr. Smith,
My name is X Y, I am writing to request a phone/Zoom meeting to discuss JobSeeker Payment, and why we cannot cut the payment back to the old rate.
I am a local resident, living at_____________.
The old rate of JobSeeker (previously Newstart) was only $40 a day, or less than $15K per year.
I care about this issue because: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
I am/was on JobSeeker, and I found it very difficult to get by because: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
That low rate made it impossible for people to keep a roof over their head and put food on the table. People struggled to cover the cost of bills, medical, dental, and other essential expenses. It also made it harder for people to search for paid work, which requires access to resources such as being able to maintain a car, and an internet and phone connection.
There is a growing consensus that JobSeeker and other allowances cannot return to the old rate, with support not only from community organisations, but also business representative bodies, like the Business Council of Australia, Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia, and the Australian Industry Group, along with support from health groups, regional groups, local councils, and a majority of people in Australia, according to recent polls.
I look forward to hearing from your office to arrange a suitable time to discuss this important issue.