May was such a fantastic period for MS Australia and our state member organisations which culminated in the brilliant World MS Day activities across the country. If I didn’t say so before, congratulations to all MS Australia staff, volunteers and of course people with MS who organised and participated in so many events.
In the wake of World MS Day we are continuing to follow up leads, meeting politicians and taking steps to ensure we maintain the momentum we obtained throughout May.
In this regard, prior to World MS Day, MS Australia issued letters to all Federal Members of Parliament (252 in total) highlighting our concerns about the 2014-15 Budget and how we predict they may impact people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). It has been particularly pleasing to observe that not only has our message been heard, but some politicians have indicated they will take up the issues we have raised. For example, here is a letter from Senator Clive Palmer, Head of the Palmer United Party.
This week saw me visiting Parliament House too speak with Greens Senator Rachel Siewert. Senator Siewert has been a long term supporter of the work of MS Australia.
Be assured MS Australia will continue to maintain our focus on advocacy and together with Andrew Potter, National Advocates Coordinator and our Advocates across the country, we look forward to updating you as we continue this work on behalf of our state member organisations and the MS community.