UN Convention

UN Convention

Write to Australian Parliamentarians and Government Ministers calling for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons

Many EveryAGE Counts supporters and organisational members have expressed a desire to voice your own support for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.  A good way to do this is to write to the Australian Government to encourage them to support the Convention and to take action to make it a reality. 

To assist with this, we have drafted two letters (one for use by individuals and one that might suit organisations better).  You can draw on these for ideas for your own letter.  The more you are able to personalise and tailor your letter to your own ‘voice’ and concerns the better, but you might find our drafts helpful. 

Here a few tips, if relevant to you.

  • Add into your letter how ageism affects you, your family, your friends, your community and how you see it undermining your human rights.
  • Express why you think a UN Convention would help improve the rights of older people.
  • Feel free to use recent, relevant public examples and reference to media/news items if they moved you on this issue.
  • Remain courteous and polite.
  • Keep a focus on the politician taking action.
  • Encourage a reply from them and write back again if you don’t receive one in good time – but be patient.
  • If you are writing to your local member or Senator make sure to let them know you are their constituent. If that local member is not part of the Government, tailor your letter to asking them for a commitment to support Government action on a new Convention.
  • Provide your own contact details.

We suggest that, in addition to writing to your local member/Senator, you write to one or some of the following Ministers in the current federal Government voicing your support for a UN Convention:

  • The Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister of Australia
  • The Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care
  • The Hon Anika Wells MP, Minister for Aged Care
  • Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Attorney-General

Draft letter for Individuals

Draft letter for Organisation


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