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Formation 2005
Headquarters Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

GetUp! is a left-leaning Australian activist group.[1] It was launched in August 2005, the same week that the centre-right

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ Massola, James (3 June 2011). "GetUp! rejects call by Tony Abbott to mount a campaign against the Malaysian solution". The Australian. 
  2. ^ "Who funds GetUp?". Retrieved 26 November 2008. 
  3. ^ in The Age 24 February 2007The mouse-click that roaredLarissa Dubecki: . Retrieved 13 July 2010
  4. ^ "Howard wins control of Senate". The Age (Melbourne). 28 October 2004. 
  5. ^ in Crikey, 4 February 2009GetUp and its strange but well-heeled bedfellowsAndrew Crook: . Retrieved 13 July 2010
  6. ^ Massola, James (8 March 2011). "Climate change campaigners back PM amid Newspoll disaster". The Australian. 
  7. ^ a b "GetUp! national director Sam McLean quits".  
  8. ^ GetUp!: FAQ. Retrieved 13 July 2010
  9. ^ Australian Government: ABN Lookup. Retrieved 13 July 2010
  10. ^ BEN PACKHAM (22 October 2012). "Former GetUp director Simon Sheikh tilts at senate seat for Greens". The Australian. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Hicks may face two-year delay: Mori".  
  12. ^ Kirk, Alexandra (14 August 2006). "Howard faces defeat on Migration Bill".  
  13. ^ Peatling, Stephanie (6 August 2005). "You've seen the future and it (a) works, (b) is just a load of spam".  
  14. ^ Schneiders, Ben (25 February 2011). "GetUp! warned on how-to-vote site". The Age Melbourne. 
  15. ^ "GetUp gets behind Assange". 9 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  16. ^ "Safeguard our future". Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  17. ^ Grinley, Lucas (25 November 2011). "Possibly the Most Beautiful Ad for Marriage Equality We’ve Seen".  
  18. ^ "Gays send pollies Valentine's Day roses". Herald Sun. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  19. ^ Kerr, Christian (22 February 2012). "Same-sex advocates hope dinner date can sway Gillard on marriage". The Australian. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Every float, every group – Mardi Gras Parade 2012 revealed". Same Same. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Brother hits back a ‘homophobic’ ad". Star Observer. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "Gay marriage advocates attack Catholic campaign". ABC -  
  23. ^ "'"Obama 'can't change biological truth. SBS. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  24. ^ "'"Celebrate your right to say 'I do. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  25. ^ a b Ferguson, John (9 February 2012), Kim Carr hammers GetUp! ad campaign, AAP, retrieved 12 February 2012 
  26. ^ Penberthy, David (12 February 2012), A campaign without a leg to stand on, The Punch, retrieved 12 February 2012 
  27. ^
  28. ^ Piotrowskif, Daniel (1 October 2015). "'"GetUp! group that led campaign to ban Chris Brown from Australia now APOLOGISES to singer for 'supporting racist narrative that black men are more violent. Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  29. ^ "Our top campaign issues". 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  30. ^ Ben Birchall (1 March 2012). "My GetUp has got up and gone". ABC, The Drum. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 


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In an article published in 2012, entitled My GetUp has got up and gone, journalist Ben Birchall postulates as to why GetUp! campaigns have not "resonated" for him and concludes, "GetUp's arrival was a breath of fresh air on the political landscape. It might be our fault, but it seems to have gone stale".[30]

Criticism of GetUp!'s campaigns

A 2015 survey of GetUp! members showed they wanted the organisation to focus on refugees, fossil fuels and climate change, and coal developments near the Great Barrier Reef.[7] In the survey, members ranked same-sex marriage as 16th priority.[29]

Prioritising campaigns

In October 2015, GetUp! unreservedly apologised to US Rapper Chris Brown for their visa-denial campaign after GetUp! said their campaign, "played into a harmful, racist narrative".[28]

In August 2015, emergency services were called to the office of Craig Laundy MP, a federal Liberal party member who blocked a free vote on same-sex marriage. Mr. Laundy was one of a number of MPs who received an envelope containing glitter from the organization, as a protest to the dissents. Laundy later called it a "stupid stunt". [27]

During a campaign in 2012 considerable criticism of GetUp! was generated after they claimed the timber used in the furniture sold by Australian retailer, Harvey Norman contributes to the destruction of Australia's native forests. In response, the Furniture Industry Association of Australia said that, "Get Up! are effectively campaigning for rainforest destruction in other countries instead of sustainably harvested Australian timber".[25] David Penberthy writing in The Punch says, "there have been a lot of dumb campaigns launched over the years but this one is hands down the stupidest thing I have ever seen."[26] The Minister for Manufacturing, Kim Carr has said, "the GetUp! 'No Harvey No' campaign runs the risk of deterring people from buying Australian-made furniture and supporting Australian jobs".[25]

In 2012 GetUp! campaigned with Australian Marriage Equality for same-sex marriage by sending 3,000 roses to federal politicians on Valentines Day[18] and by hosting a dinner for three same-sex couples with the Prime Minister.[19] GetUp! also had a Marriage Matters float in the Sydney Mardi Gras.[20] In Queensland, GetUp! commissioned a response to a controversial anti-gay marriage advertisement.[21] In response to Catholic bishops in Victoria asking their parishioners to campaign against same sex marriages, Simon Sheikh of GetUp! said, "every time they act, they only entice our members to do even more".[22] In May 2012, "GetUp slams PM Gillard" for not following the lead of President Obama on marriage equity.[23] In June 2012, at events in Sydney and Melbourne, GetUp! joined with Marie Claire and Sunrise to show support for marriage equality and "everybody's right to say 'I Do'".[24]

In 2010, GetUp! placed full page ads in The New York Times and The Washington Times in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and condemning calls for violence against him.[15] In 2011, GetUp! campaigned to create a permanent Climate Natural Disaster Fund funded by reduction of fossil fuel subsidies[16] and released a video supporting same-sex marriage starring Julian Shaw entitled It's Time that was described by The Advocate as "possibly the most beautiful ad for marriage equality we've seen."[17]

In 2007 the Australian Electoral Commission warned GetUp! that it felt its how-to-vote website was "misleading and deceptive", because it always recommended against voting for Coalition candidates, since they did not provide information to GetUp for the online tool.[14]


[13] running television commercials, and hiring a skywriter to write "Vote No" above [11] While GetUp's primary methodology to date has been to encourage its membership to email or call their elected representatives, the organisation has also employed a range of campaigning techniques, such as taking out advertisements in major daily newspapers, holding local events,


[10] In the vein of [9] registered as GetUp Ltd.[8] GetUp is a non-profit organisation,


Sam McLean was the National Director of GetUp! from July 2012 (at the age of 24) to July 2015.[7]

Simon Sheikh was the National Director of GetUp! from September 2008 (at the age of 22) to July 2012.

In March 2011, Getup! endorsed the controversial decision of the Gillard Labor Government to reverse its 2010 Election promise not to introduce a carbon tax as a means of addressing Australia's contribution to carbon emissions.[6]

Founded by Howard Government accountable" after it won a majority of seats in the Australian Senate on 9 August 2005, following the Australian federal election, 2004.[4] GetUp! encouraged visitors to send an email to Coalition senators that read "I'm sending you this message because I want you to know that I'm watching. Now that you have absolute power in the Senate, it is only people like me who can hold you accountable. And we will."[5]



  • History 1
  • Structure 2
  • Lobbying 3
  • Campaigns 4
    • Prioritising campaigns 4.1
    • Criticism of GetUp!'s campaigns 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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