Media Watch

Keeping an eye on the social justice issues

Our Social Justice Committee has a watching brief on issues that arise in the media. When action seems appropriate they will write to politicians, government officials, newspapers or public bodies – anyone who could help in the struggle for justice.

The following resolutions have been adopted.

1. When a letter is written, a copy will be included on the website.
2. Our monthly Media Watch item will decide which member has initial responsibility for the month plus some issues to watch for.
3. An individual who begins a topic and gets a response will stay on the topic and follow up the response (particularly if there is no response or a pro forma response that does not address the issue raised).
4. Anyone following up an issue will notify the designated Media Watcher that an issue is being pursued.
5. When the Research Officer writes letters for any sub-group or the whole group, a copy will be posted on the website.
6. The Research Officer will assemble information for members to use in composing letters.
7. Remember to write letters of commendation when appropriate!
8. We all write different types of letters – short, long, witty, serious – feel free to be yourself!
9. Media Watch is freeing, empowering, a fantastic process – one of our better ideas!

Letters written

Premier Baird re NSW issues. April 2014 PDF

Former AG Smith re thanks for role. April 2014 PDF

MP Andrew Forrest re anti slavery action Mar 2014 PDF

Minister Bishop re Sri Lankans March 2014 PDF

MP Morrison re Syrian refugees Mar 2014 PDF

Email message to PM Abbott re re-introduction of knighthoods Mar 2014 PDF

MP Morrison re Syrian refugees Mar 2014 PDF

MP Morrison & Abbott re asylum seekers Feb 2014 PDF


Letters received

Reply from Anthony Roberts mp Ministry for Industry, Resources and Energy re increased enforcement powers with respect to illegal protests  May 16 PDF

Reply from Parliamentary Secretary to Luke Foley mp NSW Leader of the Opposition re Liberal-National Government’s anti-protest laws May 2016 PDF

Reply from Hon Catherine Cusack MLC Secretary to the Premier re Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016.  April 2016 PDF

Reply from Assistant Secretary Attorney-General’s Department re counter-terrorism legislation.   February 2016 PDF

Reply from Peter Arnaudo Assistant Secretary Honours, Symbols and Legal Policy Branch re counter-terrorism legislation. December 15 PDF

Reply from Andrew Goledzinowski Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues re settlement of refugees currently in PNG and Nauru. December 15 PDF

Reply from Lachlan Wilson Senior Adviser Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet re resettlement of asylum seekers   December 15 PDF

Reply from Alan Tudge Assistant Minister to the PM re indigenous plans for community consultations on constitutional recognition. Oct 2015 PDF

Reply from John Sidoti mp Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads re transport concessions for asylum seekers.   July 15 PDF

Reply from Senior Adviser, Immigration Section, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet re Australian citizenship. June 15 PDF

Reply from Assistant Secretary Budget Branch re Australian Government’s aid budget June 15 PDF

Reply from Gabrielle Upton MP Attorney General re increasing Prisoner population in NSW May 15 PDF

Reply from Acting Director Office of Coal Seam Gas NSW Trade & Investment Resoures & Energy re Coal Seam Gas Exploration   March 15 PDF

Reply from Director Briefings and Correspondence Unit NSW Premier & Cabinet re correspondence under caretaker conventions pending outcome of State Election  March 15 PDF

Reply from Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier re portfolio of Resources and Energy   March 15 PDF

Reply from Department of Immigration and Border Protection re Resettlement of refugees in Nauru December 14  PDF

Reply from Department of Immigration and Border Protection re Treatment of asylum seekers October 14 PDF

Reply from Office of Clive Palmer MP re with thanks for words of support July 14 PDF

Reply from Hon Brad Hazzard MP  re concerns about funding for the Prisoners’ Aid Association to provide a property storage service to inmates June 14 PDF

Reply from Premier of NSW Mike Baird mp re enabling reform on key areas of concern in NSW  May 14 PDF

Reply from Director Programme Management and Decision Support Section Humanitarian Branch Sue Merlino re Australia’s Response to the Syrian Crisis May 2014 PDF

Reply from Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Richard Marles mp re offshore processing May 2014 PDF

Reply from Assit Sec Domestic Security re illegal maritime arrivals Mar 2014 PDF

Reply from Department of Immigration and Border Protection Julie Campbell re Well being of pregnant transferees at the Nauru Offshore Processing Centre Feb 2014 PDF


Access archives of letters from previous years here.

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