RAJ REPORT

Is Get Up a DEMOCRATIC ORGANISATION and why is it TRYING TO STOP PORT DREDGING in Queensland—-These 589,261 Australians do not have any of the rights which normally attach to membership of an organisation. They cannot attend the annual general meetings of GetUp! They cannot vote for its office-bearers. They have no say as to how its income is to be spent (they have no role, other than to supply their email addresses to GetUp! and donate to its campaign funds). It is a fundamental principle in all political, industrial and other organisations in Australia that they protect the rights of members. GetUp! denies its members the rights which apply to similar organisations in Australia. It is not even possible to find a copy of the constitution of GetUp! on the organisation’s website.

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If you look at GetUp!’s home page on the internet, it shows an unidentified photo of a candle-lit rally, for an unknown cause, with the words in bold next to it: “Join the movement of 589,261 Australians”.

And under it are two boxes. The first is to be filled out by you, with the words “yourname@email.com”, and the second, again in bold, “Become a member now”.

These 589,261 Australians do not have any of the rights which normally attach to membership of an organisation. They cannot attend the annual general meetings of GetUp! They cannot vote for its office-bearers. They have no say as to how its income is to be spent (they have no role, other than to supply their email addresses to GetUp! and donate to its campaign funds).

It is a fundamental principle in all political, industrial and other organisations in Australia that they protect the rights of members.

GetUp! denies its members the rights which apply to similar organisations in Australia. It is not even possible to find a copy of the constitution of GetUp! on the organisation’s website.

This is not a trivial matter, because GetUp! raises millions of dollars in donations every year and claims to speak for nearly 600,000 Australians. It says much about the credibility of the organisation.

 

 

POLITICS:
Is GetUp! a democratic organisation?

by Peter Westmore

News Weekly, March 17, 2012

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