Federal Election 2016
Advocating for better policies for people with blood cancer is an unwavering commitment, however the approaching 2016 Federal Election is a great opportunity to be particularly heard.
What commitments have we received?
The below lists reflects the response of political parties to our calls for change. We will update this to reflect official responses we receive.
- COALITION (Liberal/National) - Click to download PDF response. Received 1/7/2016
- Andrew Wilke MP (Independent) - "Andrew is happy to support the Leukaemia Foundation’s three initiatives. He’d be more than happy to meet with you or your CEO after the election if you would like to discuss any of these matters further." - Tim Hurd, Legislation and Media Adviser, Office of Andrew Wilkie MP, 30/6/2016.
What are we advocating?
We are stepping up our petitioning of political parties and members of parliament ahead of the 2016 Federal Election. There are a few key actions that we know - if addressed - will significantly lead to better survival and quality of life for people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders.
We are advocating key priority areas with three specific actions:
- Continuation of reforms to TGA and PBS to improve access to new medicines for Australians with blood cancers.
- Commitment to ensuring the Clinical Trials Action Group recommendations are implemented in full as soon as possible.
- Accelerating the development of a national e-clinical quality registry for blood cancers.
You can learn more about each of these actions in the 2016 Federal Election Committments document (PDF 2882kb) we have prepared or by tapping the points above.
How can you help?
1. Understand the issues
We have put together an easy to read document to explain the changes the Leukaemia Foundation is seeking, and why these are important. Tap on this link: 2016 Federal Election Committments document (PDF 2882kb)
2. Contact your your local Member of Parliament
Send a copy of the document (by letter or email) to your local member. Include a cover letter or message explaning why these actions are important to you, and ask them to advise you of their stance on each area. We have not provided a pre-drafted letter template. This is because we know politicans prefer a personal communication from constituants.
3. Share your local member's response on social media
If you receive a reply (or you don’t) share the information with your friends through social media. We suggest including a link back to this page so others can learn more about the issues that are important to you.
Find out more
If you would like to learn more about the Foundation's Federal Election Advocacy activities, please email Anna Williamson or call her on 0412 008 407.