Fight the GetUp! campaign against Australian businesses [Update]


I received this email from CANdo – the Conservative Action Network – today and thought it was worth passing on.  It’s time for us to have a go at fighting back against the bully-boy tactics of the Greens/union-funded astroturfers from GetUp!.  They may have had a win in getting clubs like the Broncos to cancel Chris Monckton’s speech at the last second, but the lifting of the ban on our live cattle export industry shows that if enough ordinary people get motivated to make their concerns known, true grass-roots movements can be just as effective.

Anyway, have a read and pass it on.  Also, think about joining Australia’s Conservative Action Network. They won’t swamp you with emails, only contacting you when there’s real action needing to be taken, and once you’re a member how much or how little you do is completely up to you.  Hey, as our Mole has found out, taking action can be fun!

Plus! Haven’t you really always wanted to be able to add “Community Organiser: VRWC Division” to your CV?  ;-)

A message to all members of CANdo

Dear CANdo members

There has been a disturbing development in the carbon tax debate, led by left-wing activist group GetUp!

GetUp! is engaging in a campaign to blackmail businesses into dropping their public opposition to the proposed carbon tax. To blackmail legitimate businesses that are doing nothing more than exercising their freedom of speech is simply unacceptable.

The letter sent by GetUp! is available here for you to read.

What CANyoudo:

  1. Contact your local talkback radio stations and let them know how disgusted you are by this latest scare campaign
  2. Write a letter to your local paper to make people in your area aware of this atrocity
  3. If GetUp! does indeed publish a list of businesses that it is boycotting (we’ll let you know if they do) go along to those businesses in your area and support them.

Australian businesses do not deserve to be intimidated by Labor-Greens front groups like GetUp!

Visit CANdo at: http://network.conservative.org.au/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

As soon as we get word of the businesses GetUp! plans to target, I’ll post them here and we can go to work letting these businesses know (as several of us did with Max Brenner) that they have our support.

And seriously – read the GetUp! letter, especially the questions they’re demanding that businesses answer.  McCarthy had nothin’ on these people.

UPDATE:  More on this GetUp! boycott at the Australian – CLICK.  (via James)

UPDATE II: Bolt goes with the McCarty analogy as well – “The New Warming McCarthyists” – and makes a good point about their claim to as many as 570,000 “members”:

It’s time more people realised the GetUp’s power is wildly overstated. Those more than 400,000 members it boasts [EDIT: The boycott letter actually claims 570,000 members] are just names on petitions. Fewer than 18,000 people have actually sent it money – less than $100 each on average.

Update III:  Quadrant, March 2011 - Inside GetUp and the New Youth Politics 

 In its most recently published annual report for 2008-09, the total number of individual donors was just 17,295 with an average donation of $96.78.

Since most of the donated money came from big unions, the actual amount given by individual members must have been very small.

UPDATE IV:  Via CANdo, The Galileo Movement and Menzies House comes this plea - URGENT: Help Us Stop GetUp!’s Blackmail.  It appears that the AFGC are really feeling the heat – the CEO reports that their members are feeling “intimidated” – and they need to hear that they do have support out here.  Click over to MenziesHouse for details.

 

 

20 Responses to “Fight the GetUp! campaign against Australian businesses [Update]”

  1. bingbing Says:

    Have signed up to CAN and twitter @jimmybingbing

    Now, wat do?

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      I just sent you your first tweet:

      Whacked you on The List as well:
      http://twitter.com/s_dog/aussiesontheright

      I’m a bit busy just now but hopefully will be on later tonight – if not, definitely in the a.m.

      Just watching others for a while will give you some idea how it all works – feel free to email me as well and I’ll help you out however I can. We’ll definitely pimp you around a bit, get you some followers :)

      Yay! Another convert!

    • Carpe Jugulum Says:

      I’m onboard, just look for Kurisu.

    • bingbing Says:

      Cape, can you find me, pls? Too many Kurisus.

    • Carpe Jugulum Says:

      Evening Bing, When you go to the new members menu, mine is next to yours and i sent you a message. Failing that i’ll just change my user name. :)

    • Carpe Jugulum Says:

      Sorry Bing, change of plan, I’ve changed my user name to Carpe Jugulum. Confused yet??? I am. :)

    • bingbing Says:

      ?

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      I am here: http://network.conservative.org.au/profile/s_dog
      Carpe is here: http://network.conservative.org.au/profile/Kurisu
      Bingbing is here: http://network.conservative.org.au/profile/JamesBoard

  2. Campaign against Australian businesses | Cranky Old Crow Says:

    [...] Campaign against Australian businesses [...]

  3. The Wizard of WOZ Says:

    I too struggle to separate face from fiction…

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      ??

  4. Morrie Meerkat (@Climate_con) Says:

    Who is funding these un-Australian traitors?

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      They get a lot of funding from the Greens and from unions, with the average age of GetUp! members actually 55 and one in thirty Canberra residents is a member (so much for the “grass roots” and “yoof” narratives – sound more like a mob of old public servants), but other than that I don’t know much about them.

      I actually signed one of their petitions against Internet censorship back in the day, before it became evident that they weren’t interested going against the Labor government in any way (and of course mandatory Internet censorship – something they’d love to blame on Howard-Abbott type Liberals, is Labor’s baby). More fool me – they probably still count me as a “member”.

      I’m always cautious about labeling people with emotive terms like “un-Australian” or “traitors”… too much over-wrought hyperbole carries the risk of making our side look as unhinged as they do, IMHO. But I have no problem calling their tactics bullying and dishonest, and indeed the whole set-up disingenuous in the extreme.

      But in a free democratic society we have to accept that groups like GetUp! have the right to exist, so there ya go. They have the right to freedom of expression, and we have the right to counter the free speech & actions of theirs we don’t like with free speech and actions we like better.

      Freedom & democracy can be messy and frustrating sometimes, but it still beats all the alternatives :)

  5. Merilyn Says:

    GetUp is showing its true colours, they are Anti-Australian, they could almost be the “Storm troopers”, for communism.

    Saw this this on “Tips for the day at Andrew Bolt’s blog”.
    Re Simon Sheikh, part of a post from Watty of the Far left coast Friday 8/7/2011 12.50am pg1].
    “His response on last night’s SKY AGENDA as to whether he agreed the the Gillard phone hook up to her fellow MP’s on Sunday displayed his total arrogance.
    His response: “They [MP's] can read it in the papers won’t have to wait for phone call”.
    Perhaps Simon Sheikh thinks he is part of the Government.

  6. Gregoryno6 Says:

    Check out this story at Vexnews: How Greens Govern.

  7. spot_the_dog Says:

    UPDATE: Bolt goes with the McCarty analogy as well – “The New Warming McCarthyists” – and makes a good point about their claim to as many as 570,000 “members”:

    It’s time more people realised the GetUp’s power is wildly overstated. Those more than 400,000 members it boasts [EDIT: The boycott letter actually claims 570,000 members] are just names on petitions. Fewer than 18,000 people have actually sent it money – less than $100 each on average.

    Hmmm…

    Another UPDATE:  Quadrant, March 2011 - Inside GetUp and the New Youth Politics 

     In its most recently published annual report for 2008-09, the total number of individual donors was just 17,295 with an average donation of $96.78.

    Since most of the donated money came from big unions, the actual amount given by individual members must have been very small.

  8. spot_the_dog Says:

    By the way – 42 retweets of this post on Twitter so far… a good start!

    (edit: Actually 69 retweets – this link as well)

  9. twitter and CANdo « James Board Says:

    [...] Speaking of doing something, pretty soon GetUp! is going to come out with a list of companies they want boycotted – boycotted for simply not wanting to go along with the governments ineffective and expensive carbon (dioxide!) tax. s_dog is keeping things up-to-date on that one. [...]

  10. FRED Says:

    SOME ARTICLES ABOUT THIS COMMUNIST ORGANIZATION “GETUP”…………….

    Sanctimonious hypocrites GetUp our nose | Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/sanctimonious_hypocrites_getup_our_nose/P40/

    GetUp and its strange but well-heeled bedfellows – Crikey

    http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/02/04/getup-and-its-strange-but-well-heeled-bedfellows/

    Broken promises? GetUp! takes a month to count them | Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/broken_promises_getup_takes_a_month_to_count_them1/

    GetUp! hides Labor’s broken promises | Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/getup_hides_labors_broken_promises/

    GetUp a SellOut | Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/getup_or_sellout/

    The Soros Plan To Kill Capitalism – Big Government

    http://biggovernment.com/mvadum/2009/11/05/the-soros-plan-to-kill-capitalism/

    GetUp exposed: George Soros’ tentacles reach into Australia

    http://www.australian-news.com.au/Soros/GetUp_exposed.htm

    Why Don’t We Hear About Soros’ Ties to Over 30 Major News Organizations?

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/05/11/dont-hear-george-soros-ties-30-major-news-organizations/#ixzz1M8trgdMt

  11. FRED Says:

    PROFILE OF THE TRAITOR Simon Sheikh – NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF GETUP

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/simon-sheikh/5/363/a51


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