This just in, shady lobby group linked to subversive international billionaire complains about others lobbying:
“A cashed up weapons industry is trying to weaken our gun laws in order to boost their profits. But when their influence is exposed, politicians are forced to side with our popular gun laws.
We need to fund a critical new investigation tracking the money and political influence of the weapons industry and a public campaign to let people know.
Can you chip in to stand up for public safety by exposing the influence of the weapons industry in our politics?
A 4Corners report showed gun companies taking politicians on ‘shooting trips’, amassing a warchest of over $1.2 million,1 and bankrolling political advertising campaigns under other names and issues.2
But when we shine a light on the weapons industry, the politicians scatter, because Australians are rightly proud of the gun laws that are keeping our communities safe.
That’s why we need to support experts at Gun Control Australia to commission a critical report from The Australia Institute to see who is under the thumb of the weapons industry.
Will you chip in to help us fund it and to support a public campaign to let people know?”
Gun Control Australia ‘experts.’ LOL.
Complete with a picture of school children to invoke your inner Helen Lovejoy and hit you right the feels. Predictable.
Standard hypocrisy from GetUp. Essentially GetUp are complaining about other people using their own private funds to lobby for their own interests. It’s ok if they lobby Australian politicians for their own (usually nefarious) ends, but god forbid anyone they don’t approve of does it.
SIFA aren’t required to discuss firearms at all.So what if SIFA wants to use it’s own money to get involved politically? It’s not just firearms under attack at the Victorian election but just about every regional Victorian as well, with issues such as the Great Forest National Park and proposals to hunting laws on the table.
And at least SIFA are using their own cash to do it, unlike GetUp using other people’s money.
It’s also apparently ok for GetUp to have a notoriously anti-gun Police Minister in their back pocket:
They were also whingeing earlier in the year about Peter Dutton actually listening to Rob Nioa about setting up a consultative committee on firearms, to avoid debacles like the Riverman OAF from happening again. Because god forbid people who know anything about firearms be involved in the process.
To be honest, GetUp have no business being in the firearm debate, if not only for the fact they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about and pull the same old “muh Port Arthur” and “think of the children” emotive drivel. It’s this kind of inane authoritarianism to further the cause of civilian disarmament at all costs, that has no place in the debate.
To be fair, GetUp are nervous about continued probes into their actual structure and funding model resulting in them changing their constitution last week:
“GetUp has removed any suggestion it operates as a charity in a reworking of the left-leaning campaign group’s constitution.
A swag of amendments to GetUp’s internal management rules appear to be part of resistance to efforts by Liberal senator Eric Abetz and other government MPs to end its independent legal status. Senator Abetz is pushing to have GetUp formally recognised by the Australian Electoral Commission as an “associated entity” of Labor, and possibly the Greens, claiming it is a really a campaign front dominated by party operatives pretending to be non-partisan.
A decision by GetUp to abolish in its “objects” that it was formed to advance progressive policy “where that advancement furthers a charitable purpose” follows the Liberal senator’s claim in June that GetUp was “falsely” posing as a charity to help boost its appeal by appearing independent.”
Guess George is trying to cover his tracks.
GetUp have already caused a lot of trouble in Australia with their meddling on immigration, political correctness, energy and the rest.
They could do Australia a favour and GetUp and leave the country.