I have been a GetUp member since its inception, as I wanted a body to represent me and others on issues we feel strongly about.
This type of organisation is the basis of any strong and free democracy.
The government is attempting to pass the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017, and this Bill should be blocked in its entirety!
This Bill will decimate GetUp's independence by forcing it to affiliate with one or more political parties, and strangle its funding by forcing anyone who donates more than $4.80 per week to get a formal document signed and witnessed by a JP. To further emphasise the fact that this Bill is intended to thwart the democratic power of individuals, it will not apply to corporations and the fossil fuel lobby.
This Bill will also force charities and other grassroots organisations to join a government register and follow complex new rules or face 10 years in prison!
The passing of this Bill would be the nail in the coffin of true democracy!