Sent: Monday, April 08, 2013 6:30 PM
Subject: Arrogant and brazen: the right-wing lays out their plan for Australia
It was the most exclusive of events: a $500 minimum per head gala fundraising dinner last week for a right-wing think tank. Tony Abbott, Gina Rinehart and Rupert Murdoch took turns sharing the stage. Andrew Bolt was MC. Tony praised his fellow key-note speakers, especially Rupert, and promised the crowd a “big yes” to many of the think tank’s list of 75 policies to radically transform Australia.
So what, exactly, is on this mob’s wish list?
•Public broadcasting – gone. The ABC to be broken up and sold off, SBS to be fully privatised.
•Corporations to be allowed to make secret payments to political parties.
•Medicare gone for most Australians.
•A return to WorkChoices, just by another name.
•The clean energy fund and the renewable energy target – scrapped.
•Funding for sport and arts – including the Australian Institute of Sport – axed. Same for science, with the CSIRO to be privatised.
It goes on. Never before has the extreme conservative agenda been laid out so clearly, but as they get more arrogant and brazen, our movement has the opportunity to do something we can’t count on the other parties to do alone: fight back, effectively.
Click here to become a core supporter of GetUp’s pepole-powered election campaign, and help stop this radical conservative vision of Australia in its tracks.
GetUp members can change elections. We’ve done it before, twice in fact. And we know how to do it on tight budgets, with a small team of staff and an amazing community of volunteers. The more core supporters we can count on to fund our election efforts now and into the incredibly important months ahead and the more empowered we’ll be to go big.
Big like in 2010 when we overturned the Orwellian ‘Electoral Integrity Act’ in the High Court, and allowed 169,000 young Australians the chance to vote. Or in 2007, when we helped end a decade of Howard government rule, once it became clear we couldn’t trust government with the issues we cared about.
Through it all, the fundamental truths haven’t changed: you don’t have to have Rupert or Gina’s wallet to make a difference and make your voice heard. With GetUp, when we all get together and chip in what we can, it adds up to a lot.
Together, we can target ads that cut through, expose the truth, mobilise a grassroots network that spans every electorate in the country and reclaim our public debate from the voices of narrow-self interest and greed. We know that most Australians, including conservative-leaning voters, don’t want to see Medicare wound back, the ABC abolished, help for families scrapped and our environment handed over to Big Mining and run away climate change. Most of us take tremendous pride in Australia’s ethos of equality and a fair go — and believe that fair taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilised, prosperous nation, instead of a third-world Banana Republic.
Fortunately, the conservatives aren’t the only ones with an agenda for our future. While their elite right-wing donors were busy bidding on the chance to visit Fox news headquarters in America or go behind the scenes of Andrew Bolt’s show, ordinary Australians have been gathering in living rooms, cafes, libraries and pubs around the country to talk about what matters to us this election. Our top priorities are taking shape, and the two visions for our nation couldn’t be more different:
1.Climate change: expand renewable energy, keep a price on carbon and cut massive public subsidies to fossil fuels.
2.A humane policy on refugees and asylum seekers.
3.More funding for education and a high quality education system.
4.A progressive tax system and effective mining tax.
5.Stopping the expansion of the coal seam gas industry.
Our vision is worth fighting for, and we can change this election if we try. The last thing we want is to look back and think, ‘we could have done more.’ Become a core supporter, and join thousands of other Australians refusing to give up, and deciding to GetUp. www.getup.org.au/core-membership
Thank you, always, for all that you do,
The GetUp team
PS: You can read the full text of the think tank’s list of policies to “radically reform Australia”, verbatim, on our webpage here: www.getup.org.au/core-membership
PPS: Your donation now will make a huge and lasting difference to the election and beyond. Last election, GetUp members:
•Won a High Court case that put 169,000 disenfranchised voters on the roll — so many new enrolments that in 11 electorates, those voters determined the result.
•Raised over 4 million dollars to run national TV and print ads, becoming one of the biggest political media buyers in the country and reclaiming the airwaves from vested interests like Clubs Australia and the Minerals Council.
•Volunteered on the ground in our tens of thousands, speaking directly with our neighbours through doorknocking, local events, and handing out election scorecards.
•Helped keep climate action on the agenda, fought for a fair go for aslyum seekers, and won over 2 billion dollars in commitments for mental health care.
GetUp is an independent, not-for-profit community campaigning group. We use new technology to empower Australians to have their say on important national issues. We receive no political party or government funding, and every campaign we run is entirely supported by voluntary donations. If you’d like to contribute to help fund GetUp’s work, please donate now! If you have trouble with any links in this email, please go directly to www.getup.org.au. To unsubscribe from GetUp, please click here. Authorised by Sam Mclean, Level 2, 104 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010.
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