It’s an interesting question, isn’t it? Just how much do Aussies love their MPs?
The answer may surprise you but something that never surprises us are our amazing volunteers who banded together ahead of Valentine’s Day to send a very special message to their local MPs.
Right around country, Australian Aid volunteers attracted some strange looks as they marched along to their local MPs office, complete with…
Giant pink love hearts with the following poem:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Loving our neighbours
Is just what we do
So this Valentine’s Day
Let’s do what’s fair
Reverse the aid cuts
And show that we care
A few MPs such as Adam Bandt, Anna Burke and Andrew Leigh loved meeting our volunteers and personally accepted the love heart.
One of our love hearts even made it into Parliament House – don’t just take our word for it though. Look at this happy snap with Andrew Leigh.
And just in case you’re wondering how this unfolded:
“Walking through Parliament House holding this giant heart, a large bunch of flowers and some chocolate was definitely an interesting experience. We could all feel that eyes were on us.
As we headed into Andrew Leigh’s office, we were told that he wouldn’t be able to see us because a Minister had just announced their resignation. We were all very disappointed, but we wouldn’t take no for an answer!
As Andrew Leigh’s assistant began the process of leading us out of the office, we asked about organising a replacement meeting. The assistant’s response was something along the lines of: “Parliament House will notify you” asserting that they would get back to us… which realistically probably meant never.
After pushing to organise a near-future meeting with Andrew Leigh, we finally got the response we were searching for: “just give me two minutes.” And two minutes later, we were told that Andrew Leigh was on his way up to the office.
Once Andrew Leigh arrived, he was just as we imagined he would be: very welcoming and sincere. He answered some questions we had for him with very concise responses which revolved around his passion for ending inequality in the world, and his vision for the Labor party contributing towards the battle to increase Australian Aid.” – Zoe, Canberra
As you’ll see below, our team were out in full force.
At David Feeney’s office.
At Kelly O’Dwyers office.
At Josh Frydenberg’s office.
At Bill Shorten’s office.
And also at David Coleman’s office.
Of course, we couldn’t leave our Prime Minister out and clearly, Malcolm Turnbull’s office appreciated our efforts and said they really liked the heart.
Funnily enough, we found walking around with these…
Worked like a charm in terms of getting local MPs interested in why loving our neighbours is so important to Aussies.
So, back to our original question: just how much do Aussies love their MPs?
Well over 1,200 lucky MPs received love letters from Australians so with that in mind, it’s safe to say we have a lot of love for our MPs.
Now, it’s their turn to show some love because at the end of the day, we’re all in this together!
A huge thank-you to all of our amazing volunteers who gave up their personal time to pay a visit to their local MPs and support Australian Aid.