GetUp, Action for Australia

November 20, 2007 at 12:02 am (Uncategorized)

Now that the final countdown to Saturday’s federal election is underway, it seems a good time to mention an organisation that offers a directed outlet for those of us frustrated by the current political direction of Australia. One of the toughest challenges seems to me to be overcoming the entrenched apathy of the broader community; I think people are feeling defeated by constant evidence from the country’s leaders that what we think no longer counts for anything. Well, I hope Saturday brings a result that undermines that attitude once and for all. If John Howard hadn’t been such a deaf, blind autocrat all these years, more people might still believe that Australia’s a democracy, and therefore might still believe in their individual power and responsibility to contribute to the community in which they live.

It really is time to GetUp.

Here’s what GetUp says about itself on the website:

GetUp is an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation giving everyday Australians opportunities to get involved and hold politicians accountable on important issues.

Whether it is sending an email to a member of parliament, engaging with the media, attending an event or helping to get a television ad on the air, GetUp members take targeted, coordinated and strategic action.

GetUp does not back any particular party, but aims to build an accountable and progressive Parliament – a Parliament with economic fairness, social justice and environment at its core.

GetUp is a not-for-profit and receives no money from any political party or the government. We rely solely on funds and in-kind donations from the Australian public.

An accountable, progressive Parliament? A Parliament with economic fairness, social justice and environment at its core? Gee. Imagine. I like the sound of that. In fact, it’s exactly what I’m looking for. If I could find a political party that genuinely, unequivocally stood for these same principles, I’d join them. I used to think it was the Democrats. Maybe it still is, they’re just so powerless at the moment I haven’t heard a peep from them in years. Bummer about crossing the floor, Cheryl – your party really had potential for a while there. But at least I can join GetUp, and at least that way I know I am not alone or anything like it in wanting Australia to prosper socially, ethically, culturally, peacefully, environmentally – not just economically. And in order to work towards that Australia, I do believe that in some small way, each and every one of us needs to get up and bloody well do something about it.

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