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A TOOLKIT: How carers in QLD can
         advocate for change

www.caringfairly.org.au                    Caring Fairly is represented in QLD by:
   www.facebook.com/caringfairlycampaign
   @caringfairly
   @caringfairly
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WHO WE ARE
Caring Fairly is a national campaign led by unpaid carers and specialist organisations that support and
advocate for their rights. Launched in August 2018 and coordinated by Mind Australia, Caring Fairly is led by a
coalition of over 25 carer support organisations, NGOs, peak bodies, and carers themselves. In Queensland,
Caring Fairly is represented by Arafmi Ltd, Carers Queensland, and Eating Disorders Queensland.

We need your support, and invite you to join the Caring Fairly coalition.

Caring Fairly wants:
• A fairer deal for Australia’s unpaid carers
• Better economic outcomes for people who devote their time to supporting and caring for their loved ones
• Government policies that help unpaid carers balance paid work and care, wherever possible
• Politicians to understand what’s at stake for unpaid carers going into the 2019 federal election
To achieve this, we need your help.

WHY WE ARE TAKING ACTION
Unpaid carers are often hidden from view in Australian politics. There are almost 2.7 million unpaid carers
nationally. Over 850,000 people in Australia are the primary carer to a loved one with disability. Many
carers, understandly, don’t identify as a ‘carer’.

Caring Fairly wants visibility for Australia’s unpaid carers. We are helping to build a new social
movement in Australia to achieve this.

Unpaid carers prop up Australian society. Like all Australians, unpaid carers have a right to a fair and
decent quality of life.

Caring Fairly is advocating for vital reforms needed to bring fairness to the hidden world of unpaid
care in Australia.
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We need your support.

With your support, we can shape a new public conversation about the value we attach to unpaid carers in
Australia, and advocate for the changes urgently needed by so many Australian families.

We can only do this together.

Join the movement, shape the conversation, and lend your support to the Caring Fairly campaign and
coalition at:

      www.caringfairly.org.au/takeaction                               @caringfairly
          www.facebook.com/caringfairlycampaign                        @caringfairly

WHAT’S UNFAIR? THE KEY ISSUES
There are 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia, and over 850,000 primary carers.

Unpaid carers aren’t able to go on strike, but if they did, the Australian Government would have to spend over
$1 billion per week on formal health and social care services.

Australia’s reliance on unpaid carers is unsustainable and unfair. Over two thirds of primary carers are women.
Many carers aren’t able to get paid work on an equal footing to other Australians. Many older carers retire with
limited savings.

Young carers get a raw deal. Many children and young people who provide care to a loved one have poorer
educational outcomes and fewer employment and training opportunities than other Australians.
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WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE?
THE KEY MESSAGES
Caring Fairly believes the Australian Federal Government must take urgent action to bring fairness to care. It
must look beyond short term policies, and invest in long term solutions. It must drive a cultural change in how
we as Australians, value the unpaid carers in all our communities. Ahead of the 2019 federal election, our three
key messages are:

                                                    1
          Government must invest in the long-term economic
                     security of unpaid carers

                                                    2
        Government must make it easier for unpaid carers to
        balance work and care, on an equal footing with other
                            Australians

                                                    3
     Government must make sure that all young carers can be
                   identified and assisted

 These three key messages are drawn from Caring Fairly’s 2019 policy platform. To read the full document, and
 our evidence base, visit www.caringfairly.org.au.
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TAKE ACTION
GIVING QUEENSLAND CARERS A VOICE IN THE
2019 FEDERAL ELECTION
Within the next few weeks or months, Australians will go to the ballot box to elect a new federal government.
Caring Fairly wants unpaid carers to shape the outcome of this election. We want to use our collective voice to
achieve a fairer deal for carers, and a fairer society for all Australians.

It is essential that federal politicians hear from you to understand exactly what’s at stake in this election - in
Queensland, and for you, your family, and your community. Here are some ideas about how you can use your
voice.

Pressure your local senator to take action
Meeting with Queensland’s federal senators is a great way to influence the people who represent you at the
highest levels of government. Senators hold substantial power within their respective political parties. Senators
serve six-year terms in Parliament, making them the perfect driver for the long term policy changes we are seeking.

Queensland has twelve senators. You don’t have to meet with all of them, but you can ask for meetings with each,
or with one senator from each of the major parties, or any senator that you’d particularly like to speak to - the
choice is yours.

As a constituent you are entitled to request a meeting with your Senators on any issue of importance to you. Here
are some tips to make the process as easy as possible:
• You can request a meeting by calling or emailing the Senators from your state. You can also use the letter
    template attached in this pack for some ideas on what to say
• Expect to wait a few weeks before the meeting occurs
• Plan what you’d like the Senator to know about your experience or situation and why you are passionate about
    changing things
• Have a clear idea of what you’d like to ask them to do on your behalf - you can refer to the Caring Fairly key
    messages for some ideas
• You can encourage your friends and family to sign the Caring Fairly petition in this kit and present this to
    your senator to show the widespread community support for change.
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• You can request a follow up meeting for a few months time to discuss and track progress on the issue
• The more voices your senators hear from on this issue, the harder it beomes to ignore our voice, and our
  demands for change

Your Queensland senators
Senator Fraser Anning                                               Senator James McGrath
Independent                                                         Liberal Party
(07) 3221 9099                                                      (07) 5441 1800
senator.anning@aph.gov.au                                           senator.mcgrath@aph.gov.au
    @fraser_anning                                                       @JamesMcGrathLNP
Senator Matthew Canavan                                             Senator Claire Moore
The Nationals                                                       Australian Labor Party
(07) 4927 2003                                                      (07) 3252 7101
senator.canavan@aph.gov.au                                          senator.moore@aph.gov.au
    @mattjcan                                                            @SenClaireMoore
Senator Anthony Chisholm                                            Senator Barry O’Sullivan
Australian Labor Party                                              National Party
(07) 3229 4477                                                      (07) 4638 7555
senator.chisholm@aph.gov.au                                         senator.o’sullivan@aph.gov.au
     @AnthonyChisholm                                                    @BarryOQld
Senator Pauline Hanson                                              Senator Amanada Stoker
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation                                         Liberal Party
(07) 3221 7644                                                      (07) 3001 8170
senator.hanson@aph.gov.au                                           senator.stoker@aph.gov.au
     @PaulineHansonOz                                                    @stoker_aj
Senator Chris Ketter                                                Senator Larissa Waters
Australian Labor Party                                              Australian Greens
(07) 3881 3710                                                      (07) 3367 0566
https://www.chrisketter.org/contact/                                senator.waters@aph.gov.au
     @SenChrisKetter                                                     @larissawaters
Senator Ian MacDonald                                               Senator Murray Watt
Liberal Party                                                       Australian Labor Party
(07) 4771 3066                                                      (07) 5531 1033
senator.ian.macdonald@aph.gov.au                                    senator.watt@aph.gov.au
                                                                         @MurrayWatt
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WHAT’S AT STAKE THIS ELECTION IN YOUR STATE?
Every election is often decided by a few marginal seats in each state. If you live in one of the following federal seats, it
is worth contacting your local MP and candidates as well as your senator. If you are not sure which federal electorate
you live in you can check at www.aec.gov.au. Do you live in one of the following?
        Herbert                Longman                Moreton                 Dawson
        Capricornia            Flynn                  Petrie
        Forde                  Griffith               Dickson

 If you live in one of the following:
 Check out the Marginal Seats Guide at the end of this toolkit to discover a bit about the candidates in
 your local electorate and how to contact them.

Engage with your local supports
Whether it’s an online support group or one you might attend in person - let your support networks know about this
campaign and why you support it yourself. You can share our posters, petitions or social media graphics with the group
but don’t forget to explain your personal perspective as a supporter of the campaign.

  Not sure what supports are available in your local area?

   Head over to www.caringfairly.org.au/takeaction and fill out the contact us form. We can give you some
   information on what supports are available through our affiliated support organisations.
   You can also visit our QLD partners’ websites directly:
   • Arafmi - www.arafmi.com.au/
   • Carers QLD - carersqld.com.au
   • Eating Disorders QLD - eatingdisordersqueensland.org.au
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Host an event
One of the best ways of spreading our message is through face-to-face conversations in a social setting. Hosting an event is also
a really helpful way of engaging with other carers. The following ideas could be used to bring people in your community together to
discuss this important issue.
• A carers morning tea, hosted at your own home or at a community venue. This can be as informal or formal as you would like
• Offer to run a social event as part of a carers support group or community group
• Organise some friends to go with you to your local shopping strip and ask people to sign the Caring Fairly petition
• Hold a carers craft afternoon
• Anything that incorporates fun and social activities with activities to provide information about the Caring Fairly
    campaign

Get creative
There are creative ways to tell your story, and to be a voice for change. You might want to:
• Write a poem;
• Paint or draw;
• Write a blog post;
• Engage with your local community radio station;
• Develop an outdoor display or mural;
• Anything else you can think of that engages your artistic skills and expression.

Once your project is complete, be sure to share it with us online, through our website or the other links below.
You can also tag us in anything you post on social media if you are posting it to your personal page.

www.caringfairly.org.au                                           @caringfairly
    www.facebook.com/caringfairlycampaign                         @caringfairly

Use the petition
The Caring Fairly petition can be found at the back of this toolkit. It is a simple and effective tool to start conversations
about this important topic, and to demonstrate to politicians the collective power of unpaid carers in this election. You can
ask your friends, family, neighbours and online community to sign to encourage government to prioritise carers at this
election.
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You might want to keep a copy on your kitchen bench or deliver a copy of the petition to the letterboxes
    in your street. Most people will be happy to support the cause but they do need to be asked to do so.

    Please let the Caring Fairly team know if you are using the petition, so that we can help you maximise your local and
    national impact. Send any completed copies of the petition to campaigns@minasutralia.org.au and let us know how we
    can support you.
         :

Advocate online
Modern elections
           :       are fought online as much as offline. Using your social media presence to share your story, voice your
demands, and amplify the messages of the Caring Fairly campaign are important ways to get the attention of
politicians, and advocate for change.

•     Follow and engage with Caring Fairly’s social media channels
•     Share Caring Fairly graphics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can find these at caringfairly.org.au
•     Use Caring Fairly frames on your profile picture on Facebook. You can find these at caringfairly.org.au
•     Share part of your story online, and set out the reforms you want to see from politicians in this election (more on this
      in the next section)
•     Create a 30 second online video (see below)
•     Engage in online support groups where appropriate and let people know about the Caring Fairly campaign and how
      they can get involved
•     Engage with politicians and political parties online to raise awareness of the campaign
•     Engage in respectful conversations on Twitter and Facebook about your experience

When publishing your story - be sure to tag Caring Fairly on social media so we can help spread the word. You can use
the links below to share.

      www.caringfairly.org.au                                        @caringfairly
             www.facebook.com/caringfairly                           @caringfairly

Not sure how or what to share online?
    Head over to www.caringfairly.org.au/takeaction and fill out the contact us form. Someone from the
    campaign will be in touch to give you some advice about how to share your story online.
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Share your story online
Sharing your experiences is one of your most powerful advocacy tools. It is one of the best ways to build a sense of
connection and a way to captivate, and compel people to action.

Writing down your own experiences as a carer can be confronting, emotional, and traumatic. It is important to reflect on
your own boundaries around what you are comfortable sharing with other people; be they your family, friends, neighbours,
local community or your online environment.

Tips to try in your storytelling:
Always keep in mind what the purpose of your story is. What message are you trying to convey? Why do you want
people to hear about it? This will help guide the shape of your story and give an idea of where the particular points of
focus should be.

Don’t worry about figures, data or metrics to include in your story. The value of your story is in your experience and the
perspective you have as a result.

You don’t need to disclose every personal detail. Sharing your story gives you power over how much you disclose and to
whom. You can choose to highlight particular aspects of your story depending on your comfort levels and your audience.

Allow yourself some vulnerability. This gives your audience something to relate to emotionally.

Make sure your story includes characters. Although you won’t want to disclose everything about them, don’t gloss over the
participants in the story and their point of view.

There is political power in voicing common experiences. Most people will find it very easy to understand issues as they
relate to family, or friendships, or suffering, as they are universal human experiences. Use this to your advantage and
focus on the most universal aspects of your story.

Finish with a call to action. What do you want people to do now that they’ve heard your story? What action do you want
to inspire from them? Crucially, what do you want your elected representatives to do? If you share our vision of ‘what
needs to change’, we ask you to use our ‘key messages’, found earlier in this toolkit.

 Need help crafting your story or not sure how best to take action?
  Head over to www.caringfairly.org.au/takeaction and fill out the contact us form. Someone from the
  campaign will be in touch to give you some advice about how you can be involved!
Create a 30 second video
Filming a short video on your phone is a great and easy way of sharing your story, adding a human face to this important
issue and getting public attention.

Caring Fairly can help make it even easier for you.

Examples of short videos from campaign supporters can be found on our facebook page at facebook.com/caringfairlycampaign

Caring Fairly would love to hear your stories via video and help you reach a wide online audience. We can edit, brand, and
‘polish’ your videos, if you want us to. When you tag Caring Fairly on Facebook or Twitter with your 30 second video, we will
help you share and promote your video.

We are collecting the stories of carers to help raise public awareness of the campaign and make sure a wide variety of voices
are heard. We are asking Caring Fairly supporters from Queensland to record a 30 second video of themselves and submit
the footage via our
Facebook inbox or email: campaigns@mindaustralia.org.au. Make sure you tag us if you upload your video on social
media as well.

          www.caringfairly.org.au                                       @caringfairly
              www.facebook.com/caringfairlycampaign                     @caringfairly
QLD MARGINAL SEAT GUIDE: THE TOP 10

 Caring Fairly is non-partisan and apolitical. We want to see improved government responses, policies, and
 committments from all parties, politicians, and candidates.
 This information is accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change.
 To stay up to date with election developments follow /CaringFairlyCampaign on Facebook.

Herbert
ALP Candidate: Ms Cathy O’Toole MP
Ms Catherine “Cathy” O’Toole has been the Labor member for Herbert since the 2016 federal election. One of Ms
O’Toole’s policy interests is affordable and accessible health care and childcare. She has held a position on the
national peak body Community Mental Health Australia. In her maiden speech, Cathy explained, “In 2002 I moved into
the mental health community sector, firstly as the CEO of a mental health specialist Disability Employment Service,
then as the CEO of a medium-sized community-managed mental health organisation.This change in career enabled
me to become active in advocating at the peak body level for the most vulnerable people. I am absolutely committed to
working with the community sector in order to ensure that the needs of vulnerable citizens across all ages and cultures
are met.”
Email: Cathy.OToole.MP@aph.gov.au
Phone: Parliament office (02) 6277 2296 / Electorate office (07) 4725 2066
Twitter: @c_otoole
Facebook: facebook.com/CathyOTooleMP

LNP Candidate: Mr Phillip Thompson
Mr Phillip Thompson is an ex-serviceman who was injured in Afghanistan and then came back to Australia, suffering
from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and decided to help others who were going through similar trauma. He is an am-
bassador for R U OK? a suicide prevention charity, where he advocates for veterans’ employment, health and
wellbeing, which has seen him appointed to national and government boards on mental health, self-harm and suicide.
Mr Thompson shares his story and his life experiences to empower other injured and ill ex-servicemen to have
meaningful employment and community engagement. His volunteer efforts saw him recognised as Queensland’s Young
Australian of the Year for 2018.
Email: herbert@lnpq.org.au
Phone: 0497 814 158
Twitter: @P_Thompson88
Greens Candidate: Mr Sam Blackadder
Mr Sam Blackadder has a background as an executive within the renewable energy sector. He has lived childhood
experience of domestic violence and homelessness, which has informed his beliefs in universal access to
essential services, including housing, education, and mental health services.
Email: sam.blackadder@qld.greens.org.au
Phone: (07) 3357 845

Capricornia
ALP Candidate: Mr Russell Robertson
Mr Russell Robertson is from Moranbah and has worked at the nearby Goonyella mine for the past seventeen years
operating heavy mining vehicles. He has previously stated, “My number one priority as the Member for Capricornia will
be to fight for local infrastructure and real local jobs.” Mr Robertson was heavily involved in the proposal for
Labor’s $11.1 million investment in a cardiac theatre for Rockhampton Hospital, working closely with Ms Catherine
King, Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare. His opinion has been that this investment is a step towards making
sure that there are more nurses and doctors, more outpatient visits and more support available for people in
communities across Queensland. Email: russell.robertson@queenslandlabor.org Phone: 0429 081 998

LNP Candidate: At the time of writing in late February 2019, the Liberals have not announced a candidate for the seat
of Capricornia. For more information on the Liberal Candidates in the 2019 federal election, see
 https://www.liberal.org.au/our-team

Greens Candidate: At the time of writing in late February 2019, the Greens have not announced a candidate for the
seat of Capricornia. For more information on the Greens’ candidates in the 2019 Federal election, see
https://greens.org.au/candidates.
Forde
ALP Candidate: Mr Des Hardman
Des Hardman, Labor’s candidate for Forde, works as a Senior Radiographer and MRI team leader at Logan Hospital,
where he coordinates patient care and works directly with members of the community from Logan, the Gold Coast, and
surrounding areas. Having been part of healthcare service delivery through his working life, Mr Hardman is a big believer in
accessible, affordable healthcare for all members of our community. He’s seen firsthand the damage that can be caused by
cuts to health care funding, and he will always stand up for local hospitals and health workers. Mr Hardman is focussed on
securing the vital infrastructure developments Forde needs including funding for hospitals. Mr Hardman has been a strong
campaigner against the federal government’s $6 million cut from Logan Hospital and almost $11 million from Gold Coast
University Hospital. If Labor should win the election, they have promised an Urgent Care Centre for Logan Hospital, which
Mr Hardman commented, “Would see around 15,000 patients a year freeing up vital resources at the Hospital for more
serious cases.”
Email: des.hardman@australianlabor.com.au
Phone: 0478 776 198
Twitter: @Des_Hardman
Facebook: facebook.com/deshardmanlabor

LNP Candidate: At the time of writing in late February 2019, the Liberals have not announced a candidate for the seat of
Forde. For more information on the Liberal Candidates in the 2019 federal election, see
 https://www.liberal.org.au/our-team

Greens Candidate: Kirsty Petersen
Ms Kirsty Petersen grew up in Bundaberg, and now lives in Logan. She believes in equality of opportunity for all people,
Longman
ALP Candidate: Ms Susan Lamb MP
Ms Susan Lamb is the member for Longman as well as the Deputy Chair of Standing Committee on Employment, Edu-
cation and Training. Ms Lamb has challenged the Coalition to invest more into mental health services, saying: “There’s
a huge mental health issue in this country and in my community. From 2015 to 2016, the people in my
community spent nearly 27,000 days in hospital beds due to mental health. Tragically, from 2011 to 2016, 124 people
in my community took their lives. That is 124 people too many. It’s pretty clear that there’s a big problem in our society.
It’s a huge problem, and we must work together to prevent and to reduce the impact of mental ill health and suicide.”
During her maiden speech, Mr Lamb expressed commitment to addressing mental health issues, saying: “I do not
 underestimate the challenge of tackling mental health issues, but with unity of purpose and our strong sense of
community we must confront this issue. Together we must work in partnership with community groups to reach out to
those in distress when they are in need and to work cooperatively and with commitment on preventative measures.
Inaction is not an option.”
Email:Susan.Lamb.MP@aph.gov.au
Phone: Parliament office (02) 6277 4532 / Electorate office (07) 5432 3177
Twitter: @SusanLambMP
Facebook: facebook.com/LambforLongman

LNP Candidate: Mr Terry Young
Mr Terry Young is a businessman from Kallangur who has been vocal about funding for healthcare, stating “At the
Longman by-election last year, one of the greatest lies told was the Coalition had cut medical care in the electorate.”
This statement was in line with the LNP’s proclamations that funding for Queensland hospitals between 2012-2013
under the Labor government was $2.7bn in comparison to LNP’s funding between 2017-2018 of $4.9bn which was
an increase of 82%. Mr Young also shared stats that showed in the same time frame, Caboolture hospital emergency
patients seen within 10 minutes had increased by 7%, and the amount of Longman GP visits bulk-billed was up 27%.
Email: longman@lnpq.org.au
Phone: (07) 3844 0666
Facebook: facebook.com/Terry4Longman

Greens Candidate: Ms Simone Dejun
Ms Simone Dejun is a telecommunications lawyer, and long-term resident of Kallangur. She was the Greens candidate
for Murrumba at the 2015 election. A passionate environmentalist, Ms Dejun also advocates for changes to the practice
of corporate political donations.
Email: simone.dejun@qld.greens.org.au
Phone: (07) 3357 8458
Twitter:@SimoneDejun
Facebook: facebook.com/SimoneDejun
Flynn
ALP Candidate: Mr Zac Beers
Mr Zac Beers has been an industrial organiser fighting for the rights and conditions of thousands of workers across the
Central Queensland region. Mr Beers passions lie in the health and education systems as well as the employment sector.
He plans to fight against the LNP’s $17 billion tax handout for the big banks, and fight for proper funding for local hospitals.
Mr Beers has said his campaign is “focused on the same issues I have fought for my whole life – access to real, secure
jobs & world-class health care”. Mr Beers is running a petition led campaign for a new public MRI machine at Gladstone
covered by Medicare. He has expressed his support for Labor’s announcement for over $15 million funding for a brand new
dedicated community mental health centre for the Bundaberg region, which includes Moore Park Beach, Gin Gin and other
areas in the south of Flynn. Mr Beers commented, “It shouldn’t matter whether or not you live in a big city or a regional
centre - Labor believes you should be able to access quality mental health services. We will always prioritise the health of
Queenslanders over the interests of multinational corporations and big banks.”
Email: zac.beers@queenslandlabor.org
Phone: 0437 580 726
Twitter: @zac_beers
Facebook: facebook.com/ZacBeersforFlynn

LNP Candidate: Mr Ken O’Dowd MP
Mr Ken O’Dowd has represented the Flynn electorate in Central Queensland since 2010. Mr O’Dowd has spoken on the
importance of improving support for mental health, alcohol and other drug issues within the Gladstone region, stressing
the need to help make accessing and getting help easier for the Gladstone Community. Mr O’Dowd has shown his sup-
port for his government’s commitment to invest a further $47 million to continue to support the mental wellbeing of young
Australians through headspace. He said, “Our Government’s strong economic management ensures we continue to invest
record amounts of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.”
Mr O’Dowd has been clear since the start of his political career that he is focussed on improving rural health, saying “The
health network is incredibly complicated in Queensland and therefore it’s necessary to ensure that we are all on the same
page. The LNP has time and again called on Labor to start listening to our regional communities and the health profession-
als that work here in order to better understand their need.”
Email: ken.o’dowd.mp@aph.gov.au
Phone: Parliament office (02) 6277 4380 / Electorate office (07) 4972 5465
Twitter: @KenODowdMO
Facebook: facebook.com/kodowdmpflynn

Greens Candidate: Mr Jaiben Baker
Mr Baker is a farmer, with a background in environmental work with the Queensland government, and in the construction,
mining and gas sectors.
Email: jaiben.baker@qld.greens.org.au, phone: (07) 3357 8458
Griffith
ALP Candidate: Ms Terri Butler MP
Ms Terri Butler is the Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Workforce Participation and Future of Work - she fights for
better schools and affordable and accessible health services. Ms Butler has a passion for fighting the hospital cuts that Scott
Morrison proposes as they will hurt local communities. She has spoken out about this, stating “Scott Morrison and the Liber-
als are destroying Medicare, implementing a GP-tax by stealth which is driving bulk billing down and out-of-pocket costs up.
They are ripping funding from pathology and diagnostic imaging, making people with chronic illnesses pay more for vital tests
and scans. Scott Morrison is already making health care even more unaffordable for those who need it most – their attack on
Medicare will hurt families already struggling with the cost of living and wreck our universal health care system.”
Email: terri.butler.mp@aph.gov.au
Phone: Parliament office (02) 6277 4877 / Electorate office (07) 3899 4031
Twitter: @terrimbutler
Facebook: facebook.com/butler4griffith

LNP Candidate: Ms Olivia Roberts
Ms Olivia Roberts is a Coorparoo local, volunteer at Stones Corner and a lawyer. Upon meeting with the Minister for Health,
Greg Hunt she commented “The Government’s $185 million medical research package is focused on dementia, ageing and
aged care. There is currently no cure for dementia, and with an increasing number of Australians living with dementia, I am
very pleased that we can afford to invest in research to develop treatments and improve care.” On her page, she has also
stated that “Funding for public hospitals will more than double under the Coalition from $13.3 billion in 2012–13 to $28.7
billion in 2024–25. More doctors, more nurses, more services. Now compare that with Labor’s effort while in government.”
Email: griffith@lnpq.org.au
Phone: (07) 3844 0666
Facebook: facebook.com/Olivia4Griffith

Greens Candidate: At the time of writing in late February 2019, the Greens have not announced a candidate for the seat of
Griffith. For more information on the Greens’ candidates in the 2019 Federal election, see https://greens.org.au/candidates .
Dickson
ALP Candidate: Ms Ali France
Ms Ali France is Labor’s candidate for Dickson. She is a disability advocate and also works for a palliative care charity. Ms
France lost her leg in 2011 in a car accident and as a result, has spent a lot of time in hospital or doctor’s surgeries - she has
strong views about the need for reliable health care. Despite her injury, Ms France went on to represent Australia in the sport
of outrigger canoeing and win gold for the country. In 2017 to mark World Mental Health Day, she posted on social media
about how sport helped her overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ms France says “Many people with a disability strug-
gle to find work and it doesn’t matter whether you acquire your disability later in life or whether you’re born with it there is an
assumption out there that you’re going to be a burden. We need to change that.” As well as health, Ms France is passionate
about education and social justice.
Email: ali.france@queenslandlabor.org
Phone: 0499 299 976
Twitter: @alifrance5
Facebook: facebook.com/AliFrance4Dickson

LNP Candidate: Hon Peter Dutton MP
Mr Peter Dutton is Minister for Home Affairs. He was elected to the House of Representatives for Dickson, Queensland, 2001
and re-elected in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. He was Minister for Health from September 2013 to December 2014. In
this role, Mr Dutton oversaw the establishment of a $20 billion medical research fund and received praise for a comprehen-
sive mental health plan. Mr Dutton announced a number of actions by the Government to progress mental health as a key
priority area. As part of this, he initiated a review of mental health services in 2013 when he said: “People with mental illness
deserve the same standards of access and treatment as those with a physical illness.”

In 2016, the Liberal Government announced funding for The Carers Foundation in Dickson. Mr Dutton said, “carers are self-
less people who give up their time to help those who are most needy and are not recognised enough for their contribution”.
In December 2018, Mr Dutton also shared a video on Facebook about his visit to The Carers Foundation to mark National
Carers Week.
Email: Peter.Dutton.MP@aph.gov.au
Phone: Parliament office (02) 6277 7860 / Electorate office (07) 3205 9977
Twitter: @PeterDutton_MP
Facebook: facebook.com/peterduttonmp

Greens Candidate: Mr Benedict Coyne
Mr Benedict Coyne is an international lawyer, and the former president of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.
Email: benedict.coyne@qld.greens.org.au
Phone: (07) 3357 8458
Twitter: @bennarama
Petrie
ALP Candidate: Ms Corinne Mulholland
Ms Corinne Mulholland was a staffer for Labor MP Arch Bevis and manager of strategy and engagement at Moreton Bay
Regional Council until September 2018. Ms Mulholland stands up against cuts to local schools and hospitals including Red-
cliffe Hospital - she supports affordable, quality health care. In 2018, Ms Mulholland took part in a 24 Hour Suicide Preven-
tion treadmill challenge. She was raised by a single mum and says “it gave me an appreciation and understanding as to the
struggle parents go through in raising their families and maintaining a job in harsh economic conditions with very little sup-
port.”
Email: corinne.mulholland@queenslandlabor.org
Twitter: @Corinne4Petrie
Facebook: facebook.com/CorinneMulholland

LNP Candidate: At the time of writing in late February 2019, the Liberals have not announced a candidate for the seat of
Petrie. For more information on the Liberal Candidates in the 2019 federal election, see https://www.liberal.org.au/our-team

Greens Candidate: Mr Jason Kennedy
Mr Jason Kennedy lives in the Moreton Bay Region, and has a twenty year background working in technology industries. He
is passionate about innovation and technology.
Email: Jason.kennedy@qld.greens.org.au
Phone: (07) 3357 845
Moreton
ALP Candidate: Mr Graham Perrett MP
Mr Perrett is Opposition Whip and Deputy Chair of Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. He was elected
to the House of Representatives for Moreton, Queensland, 2007 then re-elected in 2010, 2013 and 2016. Mr Perrett
describes himself as a lawyer, author, teacher and dad. Mr Perrett attends a number of health events including Macgre-
gor Lions Health & Wellbeing Expo, the Health Forum and Brisbane Convention Centre and met with Australian Medical
Association President in 2015. He posted on Facebook to mark Carers Week in 2018. He said “I want all the carers in
my community to know I value the work that they do. There are 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia. Each week they
spend an incredible 36 million hours caring for family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic
condition, terminal illness or who are aged. I thank you for the selfless work that you do.”
Email: graham.perrett.mp@aph.gov.au
Phone: Parliament office (02) 6277 4542 / Electorate office (07) 3344 2622
Twitter: @GrahamPerrettMP
Facebook: facebook.com/GrahamPerrettMp

LNP Candidate: At the time of writing in late February 2019, the Liberals have not announced a candidate for the seat
of Moreton. For more information on the Liberal Candidates in the 2019 federal election, see
 https://www.liberal.org.au/our-team

Greens Candidate: Ms Patsy O’Brien
Ms Patsy O’Brien has a twenty year background in administration and management in both the public and private sector.
She has been a committed campaigner and advocate for vulnerable people for many years.
Email: patsy.obrien@qld.greens.org.au
Phone: 0423 455 960
Facebook: facebook.com/patsygreens
Dawson
ALP Candidate: Ms Belinda Hassan
Ms Belinda Hassan is a small business manager, domestic violence support worker, volunteer and advocate for
the rights of vulnerable people. She has volunteered for the Domestic Violence Resource Service, Cancer Council
Queensland and the Mackay Region Suicide Prevention Network. After enduring the tragic experience of the death of
her grandson in a swimming pool, Ms Hassan was drawn to serve as the Manager of Mackay Funerals, where she cur-
rently works. This experience has made Ms Hassan even more passionate about maintaining a first-class public health
system. Ms Hassan says, “I’ve heard firsthand so many stories about families hit hard by extra costs of GPs. Mackay
hospital is over capacity. Our local health system is in crisis, and I will always stand up for our community over Malcolm
Turnbull and Canberra politicians.”
Email: belinda.hassan@queenslandlabor.org
Phone: 0412 421 451
Twitter: @Belinda_ALP
Facebook: facebook.com/BelindaALP

LNP Candidate: At the time of writing in late February 2019, the Liberals have not announced a candidate for the seat
of Dawson. For more information on the Liberal Candidates in the 2019 federal election, see
 https://www.liberal.org.au/our-team

Greens Candidate: Ms Imogen Lindenberg
Ms Imogen Lindenberg is a part-time social work student, with a passion to represent the interests of young people.
Email: imogen.lindenberg@qld.greens.org.au
Phone: (07)3357 8458
Facebook: facebook.com/ImogenLindenberg.Greens
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A letter to your senator: a guide
You can use this template to write to your senator via mail or email and use it to accompany the
Caring Fairly peitition. Be sure to include some details about your personal experience if you can.

Dear Senator,

Re: Caring Fairly campaign

I am writing to ask you to take action in support of the Caring Fairly campaign.

There are almost 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia, across every electorate and in every state and territory. Over 850,000 people
in Australia are the primary carer to a loved one with disability. I am one of these people. [A bit of background about yourself, your
family, and your caring responsibilities].

Unpaid carers get the rawest of deals in Australia. As you may know, consistent evidence has shown that unpaid carers like me sacrifice
own economic security, employment, and health and wellbeing. We are taken for granted in Australian government policies, because our
‘work’ sits outside of the formal economy. The current systems and services that we have in place to support people like me are insuf-
ficient, unfair, and at breaking point.

There are lots of big social problems that Australian politicians will have to grapple with over the coming years, but our growing need for
‘care’ should be high on that list. Across Queensland, adults and children alike are caring for loved ones at a scale far above and be-
yond ‘normal’ family care arrangements. We do this at the expense of our careers, education, and long-term economic security. As our
population ages, this is an issue that will affect more and more Australians.

This is not sustainable, and it is not fair. Things need to change. If people like me are to continue propping up the formal health and
social care systems in this country, then we need radically more support from government. We don’t need short-term policies, or empty
commitments. We need long term commitments, from politicians like you, to rethink how Australian society values people like me.

Caring Fairly has developed sensible policies to bring about these changes. You can read in detail about the campaign’s policy platform,
research base, and supporters at caringfairly.org.au

I seek your public support for the Caring Fairly campaign. Caring Fairly was launched in 2018 by a founding coalition of over 20 spe-
cialist carer support and service delivery organisations, NGOs, and peak bodies from across Australia. What we are asking for makes
sense, and is supported by evidence and the community sector in Queensland and across Australia.

I ask you to support the Caring Fairly campaign by [Action: meeting with me / pledging your support to the Caring Fairly campaign
online and through your social media channels / committing to raise these concerns at the highest levels within your party]. As
a senator, your voice on this issue can make a vital difference to my family, and the lives of so many others in Queensland.

Yours sincerely
[Your name]
Unpaid Carers
Aren’t Able To
Strike

                                                                           We care too much about
                                                                            the people we support,
                                                                               and what we do isn’t
                                                                              recognised as ‘work’.

If we did, the Australian Government would
have to step in and spend over $1 Billion a
week on replacement services.
Find out more about Caring Fairly, a campaign and coalition advocating for a fairer deal for Australia’s unpaid carers.
www.caringfairly.org.au          www.facebook.com/caringfairlycampaign              @caringfairly          @caringfairly
A FAIRER DEAL
FOR
AUSTRALIA’S
UNPAID CARERS

         Find out more about Caring Fairly, a campaign and coalition advocating

Take     for a fairer deal for Australia’s unpaid carers.
         www.caringfairly.org.au/takeaction                             @caringfairly
Action        www.facebook.com/caringfairlycampaign                     @caringfairly
Most unpaid care
is done by women

On average women retire
with almost half the
superannuation of men.
Help bring fairness to unpaid care
Find out more about Caring Fairly, a campaign and coalition advocating for a fairer deal for Australia’s unpaid carers.
www.caringfairly.org.au           www.facebook.com/caringfairlycampaign             @caringfairly          @caringfairly
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