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Australian Senate to vote on National Autism Strategy — we need your help!


Posted on 20 March 2019 under News

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This is BIG.

When the Australian Parliament resumes on 2 April 2019 (World Autism Acceptance Day), we’re expecting the Senate to vote on a motion supporting a National Autism Strategy for all of Australia. We need Australia’s senators to vote YES!

A National Autism Strategy will provide a targeted approach to support autistic people and drive inclusion, support and well-being of all autistic Australians. It will address:

  • Diagnosis — make it easier to access and reduce waiting times
  • Education — reduce the education disparity so autistic students can thrive
  • Employment — create more pathways for autistic jobseekers
  • Mental health — improve the understanding and support of individuals
  • Autistic women and girls — invest more research and tailor NDIS support
  • Life expectancy — educate healthcare professionals and increase autistic life expectancy
If the Senate votes no, it will slow the progress of this instrumental piece of policy work. That’s why we need your help.
Contact Victorian Senators and tell them that they MUST support the motion! Call them, email them, message them on social media — make sure your voice is heard and the message gets through.
If we all get to work, together, we can help take the first step to delivering a National Autism Strategy for Australia! 

Below you’ll find the contact details of the Senators you need to contact to make real change for autism. You’ll also find some suggested subject lines, example social media posts and other helpful resources.

 

List of Victorian Senators

 

Kim Carr
Email: senator.carr@aph.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9639 2798
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/senatorkimjcarr
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenKimCarr

 

Raff Ciccone
Email: senator.ciccone@aph.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9890 7022
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SenRaffCiccone
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/senraffciccone

 

Richard Di Natale
Email: senator.dinatale@aph.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9654 0430
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/senatordinatale
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichardDiNatale

 

Mitch Fifield
Email: senator.fifield@aph.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9584 2455
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorFifield
Twitter: https://twitter.com/senatorfifield

 

Derryn Hinch
Email: senator.Hinch@aph.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9820 2222
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justiceparty.com.au
Twitter: https://twitter.com/justicepartyau

 

Jane Hume
Email: senator.hume@aph.gov.au
Phone: 03 9232 8820
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorHume
Twitter: https://twitter.com/senatorhume

 

Kimberly Kitching
Email: senator.kitching@aph.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9374 1640
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kimbakit

 

Gavin Marshall
Email: senator.marshall@aph.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9348 9699
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/senatormarshall/

 

Bridget McKenzie
Email: senator.mckenzie@aph.gov.au
Phone: (03) 5441 4251
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/senatormckenzie
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/senbmckenzie

 

James Paterson
Email: senator.paterson@aph.gov.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/senatorpaterson
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenPaterson

 

Janet Rice
Email: senator.rice@aph.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9384 6199
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Janet.Rice.Greens
Twitter: https://twitter.com/janet_rice

 

Scott Ryan
Email: senator.ryan@aph.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9326 1088
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorRyan/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenatorRyan

 

Example subject lines to use in an email

  • Please vote yes to a National Autism Strategy on Tuesday 2 April 2019
  • Will you vote yes on the motion for a National Autism Strategy?
  • Victoria’s autism community is counting on you to pass the National Autism Strategy motion

Facebook

  • Share a status, photo or video on your Facebook page and tag the Senators you want to see it.

Twitter

  • Example: At least 164,000 Australians are #autistic. Unemployment is 6x higher than ppl w/out disability. Worst education outcomes of any group. @[Victorian Senator Twitter handle] will you vote yes on the motion for a National Autism Strategy? www.australianautismalliance.org.au/election2019 #Change4Autism
Australian Autism Alliance’s #Change4Autism campaign has an advocacy toolkit, election manifesto and everything to make change for autism this federal election.