(Australia) Tell your Coalition Senators: Now You Answer To Us!

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 14/08/2005 - 13:21

Dear friend of MoveOn in Australia,

We have just received the email below from some great Australian friends who we worked with during the 2004 Presidential election. Jeremy and David have formed GetUp (www.getup.org.au)--a new political action group inspired, in part, by MoveOn. Please take a minute to read the message below.

You can join their campaign to mobilise Australians at: www.getup.org.au/campaign/nowyouanswertous

Thanks for all you do,

--Eli and the MoveOn.org Civic Action Team

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

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"Eli Pariser, MoveOn.org Civic Action"
moveon-help@list.moveon.org

Dear Friend,

This is a critical moment for Australia. Over the last nine years, John Howard's government has taken our country in a direction that many of us find profoundly distressing. But up until now, the damage has been limited: the opposition parties in the Senate have been able to check John Howard's worst excesses.

But this week all that will change.

John Howard's government is taking control of the Senate. For the first time in a generation, a government will have absolute power. It's time for Australians to Get Up:

www.getup.org.au/campaign/nowyouanswertous

We already know that the government is planning changes that--- if implemented--will fundamentally change our country. This includes radical industrial relations laws that will strip workers' rights, changes in media ownership rules that will limit independent voices, and big cuts to services on university campuses through the introduction of voluntary student unionism.

At times like this, people need to take politics into their own hands. We need to show John Howard's government that it can't just do whatever it wants.

Together with our friends, we have created a website to help mobilise Australians who care about where this country is going. It's called GetUp.org.au.

Now, we need your help. As we write this, John Howard is finalising his legislative agenda. Now that the other parties can't block the government's legislation, only public opposition can moderate John Howard's agenda. We know that when enough people speak out, John Howard backs down, just as he did recently on children in detention. If John Howard and his Senators know that enough Australians are watching them, we can moderate his agenda even before it arrives in parliament.

At this critical moment, John Howard and the Coalition Senators need to know that--even though the other parties can't hold them to account--we will:

Send the Coalition Senators in your state this video message from ordinary Australians telling them that, from August 9, we will be holding the Coalition government to account:

www.getup.org.au/campaign/nowyouanswertous

The more messages the Senators receive, the better chance we have of moderating Howard's agenda even before it arrives in parliament.

Once you've sent your message please take a minute to let all your friends know about GetUp. Together, we can build a community of people who are going to help build a more progressive Australia.

Thanks for being part of this.

--Jeremy & David & the GetUp team

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

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