send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper

It’s not acceptable that in a wealthy country like Australia, 1 in 10 households are in housing stress and young families are increasingly staying in rent due to difficulty affording a home.

In this election year, let your elected representatives know that you expect action to address the housing crisis.

Housing affordability affects renters, home owners, parents, the whole community and future generations.

We need your help.

The closer the election draws near, the more attention members of Parliament and hopeful candidates will pay to their own community, and to voters in their own electorate. We’ve identified a number of MPs who we think we need to pay more attention to the housing crisis.

We’re asking you to write a letter-to-the-editor of your local paper. If you are in one of our target electorates, you can send this letter direct from our website.

If you live outside these target areas, you can still use this website to write to a major metropolitan newspaper in your State.

To get action on affordable housing, we need people like you to add their voices to the public discussion. Your support can make a huge difference to the success of this campaign.

Tips on writing your letter to the editor

An unwritten letter won’t be published, but sending a letter does not guarantee that it will be printed. Here are a few tips that would make your letter more likely to be published:

  • 1. Keep your letter short, around 150 words. Keep it to one or two clear points.

  • 2. Be personal, say why housing is important to you and speak from your experience. What motivates you to write the letter, and what do you think needs to be done?

  • 3. Keep it civil. You are trying to persuade people that the housing crisis has affects on the community and needs to be addressed, not lay blame or abuse anyone.

  • 4. Sign off with your full address and a phone number. Editors like to check that you are who you say you are and if they cannot find you in the White Pages, on the electoral roll, your letter is not likely to be published.

You can request that your name and address be kept private, but they must be included in the letter.