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While you were sleeping... [Aug. 12th, 2005|10:37 am]


Alrighty, Politivate has taken a deprioritised position in many of the key participants minds, but while we're away other people are doing stuff that we can only condone:

Dear GetUp member,

Thanks for being there at the beginning of a new movement to build a more progressive Australia .

Because of you, something exciting happened in our democracy last week. From every corner of the country, more than 20,000 emails were sent to the Coalition Senators. Our message was simple: now you have control of the Senate, we will be holding you to account. Thousands of you added personal messages to your representatives about the issues you care about.


The Government's response to this outbreak of political participation was anything but democratic. Coalition MP and key strategist Andrew Robb appeared on national television to condemn the emails you sent to your elected representatives as "highly irresponsible" and "spam". Coalition MP Tony Smith called your messages an "email scam". And Senator Eric Abetz was so upset he complained to the Australian Electoral Commission!

This government is already rattled. But our work has only just begun. This morning Senator Robert Hill announced that the Government plans to roll back the Senate budget estimates process, which plays a crucial role in exposing government bungles and cover-ups.

The traditional checks and balances in our parliamentary process are under threat, and we know the other political parties are incapable of a strong or effective opposition. If this government is going to be held accountable, GetUp needs to grow in strength and numbers - and we need your help to do this. Please forward this email to your friends and tell them to join the campaign:

http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/NowYouAnswerToUs <http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/nowyouanswertous%20>

As we write, the government is preparing to unveil a raft of new legislation that we deserve a say on. In the crucial period ahead, GetUp will help you take action on the major issues of the day. Stay tuned -- we are just getting started.

Thanks for being part of this,

David, Jeremy & the GetUp team


Action for Australia
www.getup.org.au <http://www.getup.org.au/>