Tell the Premiers of NSW, Victoria and WA #NoMoreExcuses, it’s time to step up and #BanTheBag
It is critical that we, as a community, continue to increase the pressure on the three states that are yet to commit to a ban on single-use plastic bags. We’re calling on the Premiers of NSW, Victoria, and WA, to #BanTheBag!
Help our voices be heard loud and clear by calling the office of the Premier of your state. Don’t worry if you don’t live in NSW, Victoria or WA. You can still call the Offices of the Premiers of these states and let them know that you support a ban on single-use plastic bags across Australia!
- Carefully read through the talking points below to help guide you with what you could say.
- Call the premier's office:
NSW Premier's Willoughby Electorate office*: 02 9439 4199
VIC Premier's office: 03 9651 5000
WA Premier's office: 08 6552 5000
- Take notes during the call so that you can feedback how it went later.
- When you're finished, fill in the form below to tell us how the phone call went.
What to say
- When you get through, clearly state your name and the town/city you're calling from.
- Tell them why you're calling (check out the talking points below)
- The person taking your call may tell you that they aren't the best people to talk to about this issue, but don't be put off! Tell them you'd like them to pass your message on to the premier.
- If they ask you to send an email, tell them that over 1300 people have sent emails to the premiers through Boomerang Alliance #BanTheBag page and over 160,000 have already signed the #BanTheBag petition launched by The Project.
- Remember to be polite with whoever you're talking to.
Here are some points to include in your call:
- Plastics are made from non-renewable natural resources such as crude oil, gas and coal.
- Australians use 3.92 billion plastic bags a year, that's over 10 million new bags being used every day.
- An estimated 3.76 billion bags or 20,700 tonnes of plastic are disposed of in landfill sites throughout Australia every year.
- Plastic bags escape and float easily in air and water, travelling long distances.
- Plastic bags will eventually break down into tiny pieces of plastics that will last for years in the water.
- Many thousands of marine mammals and seabirds die every year around the world as a result of plastic litter.
The call-taker may ask you for your email address or phone number, so the team who will be dealing with your complaint can get back to you. Do leave your contact information if you feel comfortable doing so - it means they're more likely to look at and respond to your complaint rather than just ignoring it.
Finally, ask the call-taker for their name (if they haven’t given it already) and thank them for their time.
*NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has only provided her Willoughby Electorate Office number, to contact the Premier's Office directly you will need to submit your enquiry online by filling out the form here.