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Should GetUp! stop associating with Simon Sheikh

By johnboy - 13 March 2013 32

Simon Sheikh was the only senate candidate I saw out and about the lake on Canberra Day (not saying that’s a scientific survey, just saying).

But Liberal head kicker the Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz is kicking up a fuss over the former GetUp! founder being involved in GetUp! events while running for the Greens in the Senate.

GetUp! has been caught red-handed promoting Simon Sheikh’s candidacy for the Greens.

Despite claiming to be ‘independent’ GetUp! was as late as yesterday promoting a ‘GetUp Simon Sheikh’ event next week at Fraser, in Canberra’s north.

GetUp is up to its usual trick, pretending to be ‘independent’ while blatantly supporting the Greens.

Its so-called ‘Gettogethers’ are cynically aimed at funnelling unwitting people concerned about particular issues into being foot-soldiers for the Greens during the election campaign.

GetUp was always going to be in the absurd position in the ACT of pretending not to campaign for their former national director.

Dangerous precedent Erica’s setting. Plenty of like minded groups do events with Liberal candidates around the place.

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Should GetUp! stop associating with Simon Sheikh
A_Cog 2:56 pm 13 Mar 13

A real conflict is what happened in late 2008 when Simon Sheikh applied for the job at GetUp!, after Brett Solomon moved on to Avaaz. Evan Thornley is a founding director of GetUp! During Sheikh’s interview for the GetUp! job, Thornley was on the selection panel, while also serving as a Victorian Labor MP and member of Cabinet.

switch 2:01 pm 13 Mar 13

poetix said :

Simon Sheikh was giving out lollipops to the kiddies at the Canberra Show.

Personally, I preferred the reptile display.

Could you tell the difference?

Alderney 1:21 pm 13 Mar 13

Dilandach said :

GetUp! is one of the worst activist groups I’ve come across in a while. They lurch from one topic to the next in quick succession and in some cases raising money for awareness in one particular issue but then use that same money raised for yet another issue unrelated to the one the money was raised for.

If you’ve ever contemplated giving them money, save it for organisations that actually follow through with their activities.

All these types of groups (charity’s included) work this way.

To hone in on the second part of your second sentence. What do you want these organisations to do, stand around and wait for the cash to roll in before they can go and purchase goods for the flood/fire/earthquake/famine victims?

They have a pool of funds lying around which they allocate on an as needed basis and people who donate for a specific purpose are replenishing that pool for the next need. So while technically your money isn’t used directly for the purpose for which you donated, it is in a roundabout way. It’s how the model works.

That said, I wouldn’t give GetUp! the time of day.

They lurch from one topic to the next because children have short attention spans. Now, where did I put my glasses?

poetix 12:51 pm 13 Mar 13

Simon Sheikh was giving out lollipops to the kiddies at the Canberra Show.

Personally, I preferred the reptile display.

thebrownstreak69 12:05 pm 13 Mar 13

GetUp are just a whiney rabble with a soapbox.

Bosworth 11:30 am 13 Mar 13

EvanJames said :

Laboril.

word of the day 🙂

HiddenDragon 11:06 am 13 Mar 13

So the Liberals really are concerned about their ACT Senate spot – they should be. I assume this was put out by Abetz because he is leader in the Senate, but it is difficult to think of a prominent federal Liberal (other, perhaps, than Abbott) whose criticism of GetUp! and Sheikh would be more likely to win votes for Sheikh in the ACT.

Diggety 11:03 am 13 Mar 13

I doubt it matters – the Greens seem to be stinking it up all over Australia – GetUp! or not.

p1 10:52 am 13 Mar 13

Getto-gethers

Targeting the ghetto vote is he?

EvanJames 10:47 am 13 Mar 13

It’s a tricky one. GetUp was to give a voice to the many who found themselves voiceless, faced with Laboril, or the Greens. The Greens are the only big alternative voice, but again they don’t speak for eveyrone who finds that LibLab no longer represent their views.

I expect that Sheikh chose the Greens as they are a wide church, and allow members to follow their own position on most things, rather than parroting a party position like LibLab. And hooking onto an established party presence was a better option wiht more chance of success than trying to start his own party.

GetUp’s various stances are best reflected by the Greens, but they’re not in lockstep, and GetUp range a bit more widely. It’s a tricky one though.

Abetz is a greasy idiot, but it seems that most of us nowadays buy whatever is reported and don’t look at who said it, why, when etc.

Dilandach 10:46 am 13 Mar 13

GetUp! is one of the worst activist groups I’ve come across in a while. They lurch from one topic to the next in quick succession and in some cases raising money for awareness in one particular issue but then use that same money raised for yet another issue unrelated to the one the money was raised for.

If you’ve ever contemplated giving them money, save it for organisations that actually follow through with their activities.

johnboy 10:33 am 13 Mar 13

or the tongue

iLazy 10:32 am 13 Mar 13

Poor Eric… always having a sex change with just a slip of the keyboard.

Solidarity 10:08 am 13 Mar 13

GetUp always have been, and always will be, a bunch of jerks.

Grail 10:00 am 13 Mar 13

There is a subtle difference between GetUp hosting an event to support Simon, versus GetUp hosting an event to which Simon is invited.

I think GetUp is getting a little carried away with supporting the political aspirations of their founder. This will end in tears.

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