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

Union campaign forgot voters

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 2 : 9-Aug-19

Former Labor executive Evan Moorhead has undertaken a review of the ACTU’s ‘Change the Rules’ campaign, which is estimated to have cost about $10m. The confidential review has concluded that the campaign did not resonate with voters because its policy objectives were too complex and it was ‘swamped’ by competing messages from the Coalition, Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party and Labor’s own election campaign. Moorhead also found that many union organisers did not fully embrace the ACTU campaign due to complacency that Labor would win the election.

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ACTU, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, UNITED AUSTRALIA PARTY

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

Turnbull ally caught in political crossfire

Original article by John Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 7-Sep-18

Federal Liberal MP Julia Banks has rejected claims she mistreated party volunteers during the 2016 election campaign for the seat of Chisholm. The allegations were made in a report by a Liberal adviser after the election, with Banks winning the seat from Labor. Banks says the allegations in the leaked report are "false". Banks has recently threatened to quit her seat, claiming she was bullied and intimidated during the recent federal Liberal leadership turmoil that saw Malcolm Turnbull ousted.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Unions double down on trickle down Morrison

Original article by Dana McCauley
The Age – Page: 5 : 29-Aug-18

The ACTU has signalled that industrial relations will be a key focus of its campaigning in the next federal election. ACTU secretary Sally McManus has described Prime Minister Scott Morrison as the "architect of trickle-down economics" and accused him of being out of touch with working people. The ACTU’s national president Michele O’Neil has urged Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O’Dwyer to support the introduction of paid domestic violence leave. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has committed to introducing such leave if he wins office.

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ACTU, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF JOBS AND SMALL BUSINESS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Missing PM not sign of white flag

Original article by Luke Griffiths
The Australian – Page: 4 : 27-Jul-18

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not campaigned in the seat of Mayo since 4 July, ahead of the by-election on 28 July. Georgina Downer, who is contesting the seat for the Liberals, denies that Turnbull’s recent absence is a sign that the party has given up on winning Mayo, which her father Alexander held from 1984 to 2008. The seat is being contested as a result of Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie having to resign over her dual citizenship.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, GALAXY RESEARCH PTY LTD

Labor spends up big as leadership pressure builds

Original article by Mark Ludlow, Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 25-Jul-18

Labor has made spending commitments totalling $155m during campaigning in the seat of Longman, compared with the $44.6m that has been pledged by the Coalition. Likewise, Labor has announced spending measures in excess of $183m in the seat of Braddon, while the Coalition has committed to spending $122.7m. The other three seats in which by-elections will be held on 28 July have attracted significantly fewer spending promises from both sides of politics.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, LIBERAL-NATIONAL PARTY OF QUEENSLAND, ONE NATION PARTY, CENTRE ALLIANCE

GetUp! accused of strategy switch in support of Labor

Original article by Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 4 : 7-Jun-18

The role of activist group GetUp in Labor’s "Mediscare" campaign during the 2016 federal election is under scrutiny. Liberal MP Ben Morton has questioned why GetUp put healthcare funding at the top of its campaign agenda for the election. He notes that the issue of Medicare ranked eighth in GetUp’s membership survey in 2015, but it suddenly ranked as a high priority in the election year. Morton alleges that GetUp switched its campaign focus in order to complement Labor’s Medicare campaign.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, GETUP LIMITED, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION

Labor wants Bennelong vote to rattle PM

Original article by Aaron Patrick
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 20-Nov-17

Labor launched its campaign for the seat of Bennelong on 19 November, with the by-election for the seat to be held on 16 December. The by-election has been prompted by John Alexander’s discovery that he held British nationality. Former New South Wales Premier Kristina Keneally, who is running for Labor in Bennelong, urged voters to send a message to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that they are tired of his "awful government". Alexander, who has represented Bennelong since 2010, currently holds it with a margin of 9.7 per cent.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, NBN CO LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HUMAN SERVICES. MEDICARE AUSTRALIA

United Voice penalty rates push key to marginal swing

Original article by Sarah Martin
The Australian – Page: 8 : 7-Jul-16

David McElrea, the assistant secretary of United Voice, says the union movement’s campaign on the issue of penalty rates in 10 marginal was a significant contributor to the large swing to the Australian Labor Party in the federal election. The union-backed campaign included text messages, robocalling and digital advertising, and played on fears that the Coalition would reduce weekend penalty rates in the retail and hospitality sectors if it is re-elected.

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UNITED VOICE, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, REACHTEL PTY LTD