Green lawfare hits projects worth $65bn

Original article by Dennis Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 6-Mar-20

The Institute of Public Affairs claims that 28 projects between 2000 and 2019 were delayed as a result of action by activist groups using section 487 of the federal Environment Protection Act. The IPA claims that these projects have a combined value of more than $65 billion. They include Adani’s $16.5 billion coalmine in Queensland, a $140 million port in the Northern Territory and a $30 million salmon farm in Tasmania. Kurt Wallace from the IPA claims that 94 per cent of the cases instigated by activists under s 487 failed to bring about any significant change to the original project.

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INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS LIMITED, ADANI MINING PTY LTD

Activist threat to blockade airport

Original article by Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 25-Nov-19

Extinction Rebellion has demanded immediate action on climate change in the wake of the recent bushfires. The climate activist group has warned that federal MPs will be prevented from accessing Canberra airport when parliament rises for the year on 5 December unless they take action to shut down the fossil fuel industry and adopt a target of net zero emissions by 2025. Shadow resources minister Joel Fitzgibbon says the latter demand would destroy the Australian economy. The proposed blockade has also been criticised by Liberal-National Party MPs Michelle Landry and Keith Pitt.

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EXTINCTION REBELLION, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL-NATIONAL PARTY OF QUEENSLAND

Senator dubs Morrison plan attack on democracy

Original article by Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 6-Nov-19

The federal government requires the support of four Senate crossbenchers for its legislative crackdown on protestors who engage in secondary boycotts that target mining companies. However, the proposed legislation has been criticised by Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick, who has expressed concern about the increasing erosion of civil liberties under the Coalition. Labor and the Greens also oppose the legislation.

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CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Regrets, GetUp has a few, over hard-right assault

Original article by Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 6 : 17-Oct-19

GetUp’s national director Paul Oosting has told the National Press Club that he is proud of the activist group’s campaign during the 18 May federal election. However, he concedes that GetUp erred in targeting conservative MPs in traditionally safe seats, with five of the six seats that it focused on having been retained by the Coalition. Oosting says GetUp choose this strategy as it had expected Labor to win the election.

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GETUP LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN GREENS

Activists call for blanket cap on Qld LNG exports

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 26-Sep-19

The Australia Institute and the Lock The Gate Alliance are among the activist groups that have urged the federal governance to impose a cap on Queensland’s LNG exports. They contend that such a cap would put downward pressure on domestic gas prices. Another option that has been advocated by some activists is to amend the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism to include a price trigger. The federal government is reviewing the ADGSM, which has not been utilised to date.

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THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE LIMITED, LOCK THE GATE ALLIANCE INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, ENERGY USERS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA, ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, ESSO AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, REMAPAK PTY LTD, CLAYPAVE PTY LTD

Fed-up Lib MPs ready to call out GetUp’s attacking moves

Original article by Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 4 : 19-Jul-19

Federal parliament’s electoral affairs committee will undertake an inquiry into the conduct of the 18 May election. Liberal backbenchers Nicolle Flint and Kevin Andrews say they plan to make complaints to the committee about the behaviour of left-wing activist group GetUp during the election campaign. A GetUp spokesperson said the group would be happy to appear before the committee, while also rejecting claims that it was not transparent about its financial accounting.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, GETUP LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

GetUp to get what’s coming: Dutton

Original article by Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 5 : 21-May-19

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton claims activist group GetUp spent over $1 million in its unsuccessful attempt to remove him from his seat of Dickson at the federal election. Dutton has accused GetUp of being a front for the Greens and Labor, and says it engaged in "deceptive", "undemocratic" and "unrepresentative" conduct. Dutton says he would back efforts by Liberal MPs Ben Morton and Eric Abetz to get the Australian Electoral Commission to declare that GetUp is an "associated" political entity of either the Greens and Labor, which would damage its stance of being independent.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, GETUP LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN GREENS

Workers join the barricades for ALP

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 5 : 12-Apr-19

ACTU secretary Sally McManus has described the federal election as an opportunity to "restore fairness" for working people, arguing that the Coalition’s legacies include record low wages growth, record levels of inequality and lack of job security. The ACTU intends to campaign in 28 seats during the election, while unions will target 17 seats in a national door-knocking campaign on the weekend of 13-14 April. Meanwhile, political activist GetUp will target 30 seats during the election, including those held by Peter Dutton, Greg Hunt and Tony Abbott.

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ACTU, GETUP LIMITED, VICTORIAN TRADES HALL COUNCIL, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. REGISTERED ORGANISATIONS COMMISSION

Dutton, Abbott top GetUp hit list

Original article by Luke Griffiths
The Australian – Page: 4 : 17-Jan-19

GetUp has carried out an online poll in which respondents were asked to nominate three federal MPs who should be ousted from parliament at the next election due to their views on issues such as climate change and immigration. Peter Dutton attracted 22,028 votes, ahead of former prime minister Tony Abbott and George Christensen. Paul Oosting, the national director of GetUp, say the results of the poll will influence the activist group’s campaign strategy.

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GETUP LIMITED, EUROPEAN CLIMATE FOUNDATION

GetUp’s $500k donation to change poll climate

Original article by Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 21-Dec-18

Activist group GetUp has received a $495,000 donation from the Sunrise Project, an Australia-based charity that campaigns for 100 per cent renewable energy. GetUp’s national director Paul Oosting says the donation will be used to finance its activities prior to the 2019 federal election, when it is expected to hand out how-to-vote cards for the Greens and Labor. Western Australian Liberal MP Ben Morton claims that the Sunrise Project is a "clearing house of political donations from others". Sunrise Project executive director John Hepburn denies that it is a clearing house for activist groups.

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GETUP LIMITED, SUNRISE PROJECT, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, GREENPEACE, MINERAL COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA