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Dec 16, 2009

Bernard Keane’s guide to writing to Ministers

Want to vent your fury about net censorship? Bernard Keane offers some tips for making your correspondence to your local MP as painful as possible, drawn from his sordid, blood-soaked and adventure-filled time as a public servant.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

If your first instinct upon hearing about the Rudd-Conroy plan to censor the internet is to email Stephen Conroy, your local member and Labor senators from your state to protest, wait up.

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47 thoughts on “Bernard Keane’s guide to writing to Ministers

  1. Bullmore's Ghost

    Methinks Bernard may have been named after Jim Hacker’s principal private secretary.

  2. surfer

    Wow Bernard, I’m in shock. You actually wrote an article without ridiculing Abbott or Liberals.

  3. Keith is not my real name

    Wow Surfer, I’m in shock. You actually wrote a comment without embarrassing yourself.. no wait

  4. David Sanderson

    Yeah, Bernard, and, yair, everyone knows there is nothing ridiculous about the Liberals. Well only a little bit. Well, OK ALRIGHT, there’s a lot that’s ridiculous. Yair maybe they’re totally ridiculous. Leave off willya.

  5. Paulg

    Actually Bernard, if you write to your local member and they are on the government benches, then the reply will likely be from the electorate office using the same standard words as used in Canberra. But your letter will actually be read and considered. It may well assist the local member’s understanding of the issues and the feeling of the electorate, and may get brought up in caucus, notwithstanding the standard respone issued. Think about writing to members who you know are supportive of human rights issues including freedom from censorship. You will give them good ammunition for the party room.

  6. Venise Alstergren

    What a beautiful and informative piece of prose, Bernard: inspirational actually. I will love following your advice. Olé. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Alex Campbell

    Does writing your letter in opaque, impenetrable prose make it more or less difficult for them to respond?

    I’m considering adopting some Sir Humphrey style but I’m concerned that it make actually help the bereaucritters understand and respond to it with less effort.

  8. apathy1

    This is goin’ straight to the pool room.

  9. Julie McNeill

    Thankyou Bernard – Knowledge is Power and Sharing it is very good Karma!
    Also, if you are a person passionate about causes and consequences, why not become a member of a political party? At branch level you have good, regular contact with your Federal and State MP’s and may influence them………Bernard are you reading this?

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