I have just been talking with an MP to find out what our best approach should be in fighting a Bill.
Our Bill is the Social Security Bill. We have less than 6 weeks left. The report from the Select Committee needs to be into Parliament by 20 March 2013.
This MP encouraged us to:
1. Write emails and letters to the Select Committee members
2. Write emails and letters to all the MPs
3. Ring your local National MPs
4. Visit personally the MP in your electorate
This MP said that they get about 200 emails a day and just a few letters each day. Some MPs might take more notice of letters but most MPs do notice the emails that come into their accounts – especially if there is a groundswell of emails on a particular topic. MPs spend a lot of time at their computers so they are used to being contacted by email.
Even 3 families visiting each Electorate Office on this issue will seem like a lot to the MPs and it gives them a feel that there might be a lot of people against this issue. It is important to be visiting the National Party MPs in particular – they want to stay in office. If a large number of us visit the National Party MPs then they will take notice as we are the voters. Feel free to take your children with you – this will be very educational for them.
The Select Committee members are Jacinda Ardern, Simon Bridges, Melissa Lee, Jan Logie, Asenati Lole-Taylor, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Tim Macindoe, Alfred Ngaro, Rajen Prasad, Mike Sabin and Su’a William Sio. Letters to individual MPs should be sent to this address (no stamp necessary):
Private Bag 18888
email addresses of Select Committee
Against the Bill at the 1st reading:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Jan.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Those who voted for the Bill at the 1st reading
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Asenati.Lole-Taylor@parliament.govt.nz, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Alfred.firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Please feel free to use this sample letter. Please try to put it in your own words: Sample letter to Select Committee members
Phone calls and visits
Please also write, phone and/or visit all the Members of Parliament (MPs)
In every letter and contact that you have with the Select Committee members please ask them to “PLEASE REJECT THE SOCIAL OBLIGATIONS AND SANCTIONS IN THIS BILL (Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill) .”
When contacting the MPs please ask them to use their influence on the Select Committee members to reject the social obligations and sanctions in the Bill – particularly the NATIONAL Party MPs.
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Please do so with the whole post. Thankyou
Related Links to Social Security Bill:
- Media Release 16 – Call For Letter Writing Campaign Against Social Security Bill
- Media Release 15 – Home Educators Appeal To Human Rights Commission On ‘Discriminatory’ Social Security Bill
- Social Security Bill and the Human Rights Commission
- Home Educators on Benefits
- John Key: Let us target and focus more on those who are in need.
- New Zealand, Sweden and the Johanssons
- Contacting the Select Committee
- International Human Rights Day 10 December 2012
- Media Release 14 – Social Security Bill Is Unjustifiably Discriminatory, Says NZ Law Society
- Media Release 13 – Australian Benefit Reforms Bow to Parents’ Rights
- A few more tips when giving an oral submission
- More experiences before the Select Committee
- Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill: Best Scenario?
- Home Educators happy with benefit revamp in Australia
- Kate’s oral submission and some questions
- Submissions published for the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill
- Presenting Oral Submission to Social Services Select Committee
- About Early Child Care in Sweden
- ECE linked to obesity in kids: study
- BERLIN DECLARATION
- Media Release 12 – Early Childhood Education Brings Social Drawbacks, Uncertain Benefits
- New Zealand Law Society Submission
- Australians have common sense where it seems our NZ Government does not
- ECE (Preschool) is no good for 4, 5 and possibly 6 year olds expert says
- Presenting an oral submission to the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill
- Social Services Select Committee members
- Barbara Smith’s submission
- Media Release 11 – Parents Are Responsible for Education, Says HEF National Director
- Media Release 10 – Preschool Associated With Social and Academic Disadvantage
- A Bit of Political Advice to Home Educators by Craig Smith
- Samuel Blight’s submission
- Home Education Foundation’s submission
- Media Release 9 – Social Security Bill Should Treat Home Education as a Legitimate Choice
- Media Release 8 – Social Security Bill Will Cause Real Hardship to Real People
- Family Integrity’s submission
- Media Release 7 – Paula Bennett’s One-Size-Fits-All Approach Leaves Parents With No Options
- 2nd letter from Paula Bennett to Barbara Smith
- Why should I put a submission into the Select Committee about the beneficiaries?
- Media Release 6 – Social Security Bill Will Punish Responsible Parents Who ‘Can’t Be Bought’
- Beneficiaries: Policy and Law
- 66 Submissions
- Submission: Trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, slavery and deception
- Media Release 5 – Beneficiary Parents “Not Able to Home School” Under Social Security Bill
- Media Release 4 – Social Security Bill Targets Responsible Parents for Toughest Penalties
- Letter from Paula Bennett to Samuel Blight
- Opinion Piece in Truth
- Possible timeline for Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill
- Media Release 3 – Social Security Bill’s ECE Obligations Breach Human Rights
- Media Release 2 – Vulnerable Children Not Benefited By Social Security Bill
- Media Release 1 – Social Security Bill Coerces Parents, Removes Freedom
- Make a submission: Reject compulsory Early Education for 3 year olds
- Some of the main links
- Comment on Q+A: Social Development Minister Paula Bennett
- Human Rights in New Zealand Today: The right to education
- Raymond S. Moore on Early Childhood Centres
- Should preschool be compulsory?
- TVNZ One this morning Q&A with Paula Bennett
- Maxim Institute: What is best for children?
- HUGE Concerns over the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill
- Letter from Paula Bennett concerning beneficaries and home education to Barbara Smith
- Toby Manhire on Benefit-slaying Nats starting to look plain nasty
- Linking welfare to preschool attendance a world first
- New Update on: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?
- How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?
From the Smiths:
Updated 2 February 2013: One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here
Needing help for your home schooling journey:
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill