How Lynn can help

Parliamentarians can:

  • Write to people to champion your cause or ask for information. For instance, we often write to local councils, officers in government departments, and other people or groups identified with high profile issue
  • Refer you to people with more information or a common interest
  • Working daily in an electorate office, we come into contact with people from a wide range of organisations and with many different interests.  Linking people together is one of our favourite tasks 
  • Talk to the media, other interest groups or other Parliamentarians about issues which concern you
  • Provide advice and organisational support for your campaign, like photocopy and fax facilities, research papers, issues files and library                                                     
  • Table petitions

Petitions addressed to the Legislative Council are tabled then referred to the Standing Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Statutes Revision for consideration.  We can help you to prepare a valid petition and advise you about the petition process

  • Introduce Private Members Bills

This is another way of drawing attention to an issue and even initiating changes to legislation that is causing problems

  • Refer an issue to a Parliamentary Committee

Anyone can ask a parliamentary committee to investigate an issue by writing a letter to the Chair of the Committee.  A Member of Parliament may lobby the committee members to accept the referral

  • Ask questions in Parliament without notice

These are used for maximum attention and must be fairly brief and simple.  Each MLC usually gets an opportunity to ask only one or two sets of questions each sitting day

  • Ask questions of Government Ministers with notice

More complex questions can be asked on notice.  Typically, answers are provided within two weeks.  However, many take much longer.  Answers are tabled, but not discussed.  This is a well-used research technique.

  • In the case of a regulation or planning amendment, move to “disallow” it
  • Move amendments to bills or existing acts
  • Speak about an issue during and Adjournment Debate

At the end of the sitting day, each MLC can speak for 10 minutes to draw attention to an issue.  Replies can be on any subject

  • Make an Urgency Motion

If an issue needs to be dealt with quickly, a Member of the Legislative Council can initiate an Urgency Debate.  After a 15-minute speech on the issue, others have up to 10 minutes to reply for a total of one hour.  Usually the Members of the Opposition negotiate for topic of the week.  An urgency debate raises awareness and can lead to Government action.