Thursday, October 26, 2017
I don’t know how many times I heard Cory Bernardi – when he was a Liberal – say that the conservative side of politics needed an activist group like GetUp!. He understood how effective and successful they are.
It seems to me that the conservative side of politics would be only too happy to have such a successful activist group, and it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to suggest that there are those who are very jealous of GetUp!’s success.
Instead of using the vast resources of the Liberal and National parties to bring about such an efficient communications organisation the conservatives have decided to try to destroy GetUp!, and in the process get up Shorten’s nose and smash his character. Mind you, this has been an ongoing cause for some time. Speaking of time, it’s a pity that the government couldn’t spend more of it running the country rather than devoting so much of it trying all this character destroying.
And so it was that Tuesday of this week the AFP raided the offices of the AWU with the view to finding evidence that Shorten hadn’t followed the Union’s rules when donating a sizeable sum of money to GetUp!. AWU national secretary Daniel Walton labeled the raids:
“An extraordinary abuse of police resources” and part of an attempt to smear Mr Shorten.
“We’re extremely concerned about the actions of the Registered Organisations Commission and extremely concerned of the actions of the Turnbull government,” he said.
[And] In a statement, GetUp! said the dramatic police actions raised “concerning questions” and said the organisation handled the 2005 donation appropriately.
“This is part of a pattern from this government trying to silence its critics or anyone who challenges it,” GetUp! National director Paul Oosting said.
Then we find out that it was Ms Cash’s own media adviser, David De Garis, had tipped off the media. Ms Cash claimed no responsibility even after telling a Senate Estimates Committee that neither she nor her staff had tipped off the media. It often seems that the AFP is only to willing to investigate things that concern the conservative side of politics but the concerns of the left often fall on deaf ears, or fizzle out to nothing.
Late on Tuesday, Opposition employment spokesman Brendan O’Connor said:
“It’s clear from what has happened today that Malcolm Turnbull has intervened and has abused his position in power and abused the resources of the police to make an attack on the leader of the Opposition.”
Mr O’Connor said the ROC, re-established by the government after the double dissolution election, had used its “coercive powers” to deploy police and called on Mr Turnbull to explain his involvement.
Mr Turnbull told reporters the union “has got questions to answer [and] Bill Shorten has questions to answer”, and lashed Mr O’Connor’s comments.
Is GetUp! an associated entity? Well, might I suggest that the Government would be hard-pressed to prove it. What then is the IPA? I’m a member of Getup and I admire the work they do in combating this dreadful excuse for a government. Remember the Registered Organisations Commission is a body only recently set up by the Government. Was it set up for this very purpose? Who knows, but “it’s a bit sus” as we say in Aus.
Is Bill Shorten guilty of donating money to GetUp! without the members approval?
Only time will tell, but given his record thus far I would be surprised if it were so. When you have nothing to sell or say, attacking the man is often the method of last resort.
My thought for the day
“Just because we are governed by clowns it doesn’t mean we have to laugh.”