Sue McLeod, Myocum.
I have sent the following to my local MP, Justine Elliott:
‘As a member of GetUp, I ask you to oppose the Electoral Legislation Amendment Bill on Monday that will force organisations and charities to register with the government and follow new rules that will make their operations near impossible. This will force GetUp to align with one or more political parties and destroy its political independence.
‘The amendment requires that any donation above $4.80, (note not even $5!) needs a formal document signed by a JP with witnesses etc. This will incapacitate well meaning charities as well as groups like GetUp, Change.org and the SumOfUs.
‘It allows the hard right to get away with their agenda of stifling the political voice of the people while allowing the big businesses and the fossil fuel lobby to continue to manipulate the will of the parliament.
‘I hope that the ALP will support the people in blocking this highly contentious bill.’