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Talkback radio is enormously popular in Australia and a great way to reach millions of people from the comfort of your own home.

Many radio programs also have text lines, or you can tweet at the station.

You can help the campaign by contacting talkback radio, either by call, text or tweet, and sharing the message: Essential Workers Deserve Better.

It’s important to prepare, so below are some tips and tricks to help you in making your voice heard.

Before you start

First things first, you’ll need to choose a radio station. Here’s a list to get you started:

ABC Sydney 702

Talkback number: 1300 222 702

Text line: 0467 922 702

Twitter: @abcsydney

Listen online

2GB Sydney 873

Ben Fordham. Monday to Friday 5.30–9am 
Ray Hadley. Monday to Friday 9am–12pm 
Deborah Knight. Monday to Friday 12–3pm 
Chris O'Keefe. Monday to Friday 3–6pm

Talkback number: 131 873

Twitter: @2GB873


Find your local ABC radio station at


Get ready for the call by listening to the show and finding out about the audience and presenter. Prepare what you are going to say to stay on topic.

Below is a list of “killer facts” you can cite to support your point:

  • Hospitals are understaffed with patients waiting up to 36 hours in emergency according to a parliamentary inquiry

  • Schools are without enough teachers with staff vacancies tripling in the last 10 years

  • The NSW Government is capping the wages of exhausted essential workers meaning they will be $10,000 worse off over the next three years due to increased cost of living

  • 2 out of every 3 essential workers are thinking of changing professions.


If you can, include an action that you’d like to see. The primary ask of our campaign is for the NSW Government to scrap the wages cap and retain our workforce of essential workers.

Making the call

When you are ready, you can follow these steps to get the message out.

  1. Make sure you have good phone reception

  2. You will first speak to a producer who will ask you some questions. They’ll then move you to the queue or might call you back

  3. When you’re in the queue, make sure you turn off the radio as there the delay can be distracting and you stay focused.

  4. As you speak to the presenter, be concise and get your message across. You may not have long so don’t ramble or get distracted.

Tell us how you went!

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