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People power: GetUp after the shock

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letter-icon-nov2018WE TOOK ON Tony Abbott and we took on Peter Dutton, because it was the right thing to do. Because of powerful campaigning by GetUp members, Tony Abbott is no longer in our Parliament. The 12.7% swing against him is a rejection of his climate-wrecking and divisive politics.

Peter Dutton only hung on through massive campaign spending and full-throated backing by the Murdoch Press. Our hard work blunted the swings to the LNP in Dickson: only +2.5 compared to +5.7 in the neighbouring seat of Petrie. Our work in Boothby and Flinders also saw swings away from the hard right that exceeded statewide trends.

It seems that a Morrison Government will be returned. What is unclear is whether they will have a bare majority or will need to rely on a clutch of independents who strongly support climate action, our ABC and increasing Newstart.

Either way, it will be up to us to speak up for our values and deliver on our issues in this next term of government. To do what we always have — find innovative, people-powered ways to get real climate action wherever we can, however we can.

There is much to think about and much to do. But, for a moment, let’s look back at what we did together as an inspiration for what we can do in the days ahead:

9,433 volunteers made an incredible 712,039 calls and knocked on 36,315 doors. And our work together was funded by 37,335 everyday people — nearly one third of them donating to GetUp for the very first time. We also ensured that many more people were enrolled to vote, especially among First Nations peoples.

— Paul Oosting for GetUP


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