Kicking the Gas Habit: Call Your Planning Minister

Kicking the Gas Habit: Call Your Planning Minister

State and Territory Governments have shown us that they are ready to lead the way when it comes to acting on climate change. 

And it’s our State and Territory Governments that have the real power to help our homes, schools and businesses kick the gas habit and move towards cleaner, cheaper and healthier alternatives.

Will you call your local Planning Minister and tell them why it’s time to kick the gas habit? 

Together, our voices can’t be ignored.

Watch our video below for a quick how-to on calling Your MP:

State and Territory Governments have shown us that they are ready to lead the way when it comes to acting on climate change. 

And it’s our State and Territory Governments that have the real power to help our homes, schools and businesses kick the gas habit and move towards cleaner, cheaper and healthier alternatives.

Will you call your local Planning Minister and tell them why it’s time to kick the gas habit? 

Together, our voices can’t be ignored.

Watch our video below for a quick how-to on calling Your MP:

Call your Planning Minister

Getting started:

  • If you haven’t yet, read our tips and tricks to Calling Your Minister, or watch our quick video showing you exactly how easy it is to make the call. 

  • When making the call, start by introducing yourself and ask to speak directly with your Minister. 

  • You will most likely only speak to a staff member - and that’s okay! Just remember to be calm, patient and friendly ...

Getting started:

  • If you haven’t yet, read our tips and tricks to Calling Your Minister, or watch our quick video showing you exactly how easy it is to make the call. 

  • When making the call, start by introducing yourself and ask to speak directly with your Minister. 

  • You will most likely only speak to a staff member - and that’s okay! Just remember to be calm, patient and friendly, and make sure you’re concerns are being listened to.

  • Read our talking points below to help guide your conversation!

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Making the Call:

  1. I’ve just read a new report from the Climate Council that finds that gas is harmful to our health. The report found that even everyday use of gas for cooking and heating can significantly increase the risk of children developing asthma, as well as other health issues such as respiratory illness and carbon monoxide poisoning.

  2. Not only is gas dangerous, it is also a fossil fuel that contributes to climate change, and that puts everyone in ...

Making the Call:

  1. I’ve just read a new report from the Climate Council that finds that gas is harmful to our health. The report found that even everyday use of gas for cooking and heating can significantly increase the risk of children developing asthma, as well as other health issues such as respiratory illness and carbon monoxide poisoning.

  2. Not only is gas dangerous, it is also a fossil fuel that contributes to climate change, and that puts everyone in danger. Gas is not a safe fuel source and we must start doing everything we can to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and kickstart the move towards electric alternatives that are healthier, cleaner, and cheaper to run.

  3. As our State/Territory’s Planning Minister, you have a chance to show real leadership and help Australian families, schools and businesses get off gas. I am urging you to:

    • Provide support for Australians to switch homes, schools and businesses to electric appliances.

    • Ban gas connections in new housing estates and remove planning rules that require new estates to be connected to the gas network.

    • Remove any unnecessary rules that restrict local governments from banning gas connections in new residential developments.

  4. The ACT has already taken practical steps to wean itself off gas, including removing requirements for new suburbs to be connected to gas and implementing programs to help households become all-electric.

  5. The solutions to move away from gas are here, we just need to get on with it. Can I count on you to raise this issue with your cabinet colleagues?

Once you're done:

  • Give yourself a big pat on the back for speaking up and demanding real change! 

  • Jot down a few thoughts about how you think the call went. Did they listen to your concerns, or plan to follow this up and get back to you? What about offering any solutions? 

  • Then make your call count by hitting the submit button and letting us know how it went. 

Make your call count, tell us how it went