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PostSubject: Get Up! politically partisan.   Mon 06 Aug 2018, 11:42 am

It’s cash for ethics as GetUp! gets down and very dirty
Nick Cater
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12:00AM July 31, 2018

Environmentalism has never been a beauty contest. Who can forget those unkempt figures in the 1980s prostrating themselves before bulldozers to save a reptile of equally ghastly appearance?

The ugliness of today’s campaigners, however, is more than skin-deep. In their high-minded defence of clean energy, they are not afraid to get down and dirty.

Take the $2.4 million in kickbacks GetUp! cheerfully admits receiving from a subsidiary of Meridian, New Zealand’s largest energy producer, majority owned by the New Zealand government.

Could that financial inducement be driving GetUp!’s rabid campaign against Josh Frydenberg’s energy plan, which will put an end to the subsidies Meridian has been milking for years?

Meridian owns two wind farms, at Mount Millar in South Australia and Mount Mercer in Victoria. They receive subsidies in the form of large-scale generation certificates, something akin to a Woolworths rewards card except that they can be sold for serious money. It sells LGCs when the price is high to coal generators, jacking up their costs and so hastening their demise. And your granny gets to pay for it through her electricity bill.

Meridian, this paragon of green corporate virtue, trousered $65 million from selling LGCs in the past two financial years which, after deducting expenses, netted it $49m in straight profit, a windfall for New Zealand taxpayers who own 51 per cent of the company.

The smug people from GetUp!, who say they support economic fairness, seem to think this socially unjust arrangement is fair and are campaigning to keep the scam going. GetUp! is fighting a rearguard action to defend the renewable energy targets that Fryd­enberg pledges to abolish when the present round ends in 2020.

Slick TV ads, funded by GetUp! and Greenpeace, have been screening in Labor states and territories in the hope of persuading them to block Frydenberg’s proposal and his national energy guarantee, which will low­er the profits of speculators who trade LGCs and force the likes of Meridian to provide power 24 hours a day, not just when it feels like it.

If Labor gets in, it will be game over for common sense. Bill Shorten has pledged a target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2050, which would turbocharge the market in certificates to the benefit of Kiwi carpetbaggers and others who make a mint out of these pernicious financial instruments.

GetUp!, meanwhile, is urging its supporters to stop buying electricity from the “Dirty Three” — AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin — and take their business to Powershop, “the only energy company actively campaigning to save the RET”, and by extension the subsidies. Powershop is an offshoot of Meridian. It boasts of being Australia’s only carbon-neutral energy provider, a claim invalidated by the small print that notes Powershop “cannot guarantee that the electricity every customer receives is renewably sourced”.

The cracks in its green facade are papered over with UN certificates pegged to “renewable energy projects in developing countries”. It may not be the most trustworthy eco currency but it allows Powershop’s customers to buy the same electrons from the grid sold by their old retailer without having to ask where they came from.

“Switch in 5 minutes!” GetUp! urges. “Feel good that you’ve changed your energy provider to one that cares about the environment!” Feel good too, one presumes, about Powershop’s back­hander to GetUp! for every cus­tomer who comes across. It’s about $120 a customer, if GetUp!’s figures can be trusted. Should this glaring conflict of interest be declared by GetUp! in its TV campaign in favour of renewable energy subsidies? Why, of course.

A little honesty from these hired advocates wouldn’t go amiss, as it wouldn’t from Greenpeace, which leases its brand to Powerhouse for an undisclosed sum, and shares the cost of a pro-subsidy TV campaign. It’s a marriage of convenience; Greenpeace has tax-deductible charity status while GetUp! does not. Should any reader of The Australian be inclined to contribute, here’s a little tax advice: give your donation to Greenpeace and get half of it back.

GetUp!’s foray into the cash-for-ethics market doesn’t stop with demonising the Dirty Three. GetUp!’s Brighter Banks campaign invites us to register our disdain for the big four and the $70 billion they supposedly have lent to “climate-destroying fossil fuel projects”. One click on GetUp!’s website links supporters to Bank Australia, which claims to “share their values” and will do so by flicking $50 to GetUp! if they move their account across.

Bank Australia has much to lose if Frydenberg’s proposal gets through, having entered into a 10-year agreement to buy power and LGCs from Pacific Hydro’s Crowlands wind farm. Futures contracts for LGCs for 2020 and beyond were selling for less than $25 a megawatt hour last week, a fraction of the price they commanded when the RET was in full swing. If GetUp! succeeds in retaining the RET with its campaign of disinformation and backing for Labor, Bank Australia, along with Meridian, will be in clover.

Self-interest and crude hyperbole are the ties that bind the coalition of rent-seekers, working to destabilise the government’s energy market reforms.

Former national director of GetUp! Simon Sheikh now runs Future Super with $240m under management, invested in environmentally friendly causes “to produce a world worth retiring in”. No prizes for guessing where they stand on the RET.

GetUp!’s pro-Labor presence at last weekend’s by-elections, when it paid people to don cheap orange T-shirts, stand outside polling booths and take potshots against the government, removes any doubt that GetUp! qualifies as an associated entity under the Australian Electoral Commission rules. It might not stop GetUp!’s insidious campaigns but it would force it to reveal the identity of its paymasters. The activists who complain so long and hard about the vested interests of others seem strangely reluctant to have the spotlight cast on themselves.
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PostSubject: Re: Get Up! politically partisan.   Mon 06 Aug 2018, 4:50 pm

Like the Greens, Get Up is a branch of the Labor Party.  Independent? ... my giddy aunt!
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PostSubject: Re: Get Up! politically partisan.   Tue 07 Aug 2018, 9:16 pm

So true...
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PostSubject: Re: Get Up! politically partisan.   Sat 11 Aug 2018, 2:44 pm

ALP hired GetUp! anti-coal man at taxpayer expense
By Michael McKenna,
August 11, 2018

A veteran strategist for GetUp! was hired by Queensland’s Labor Deputy Premier Jackie Trad at taxpayer expense as a “temporary adviser’’ for last year’s state election that was dominated by the ­activist group’s anti-Adani campaign.

Just a day after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called the ­November 25 election, Josh Genner was made a senior political staffer — earning about $2000 a week — on a contract that ended on the eve of the poll.

The Sydney-based activist, whose Linkedin profile states he is still GetUp!’s political director, was formally appointed by the ­Department of Premier and Cabinet. A government spokesman yesterday said he worked as a media adviser for Ms Trad.

But a source told The Weekend Australian that Mr Genner was only hired “because of his campaign skills’’. Ms Trad was already long-served by the respected Anna Jabour as her media adviser.

Mr Genner had previously honed his campaign expertise by orchestrating the activist group’s strategies to flood social media and use volunteers to “push call’’ thousands of voters. In the campaign that returned the Palaszczuk government, GetUp! announced it was calling 100,000 voters in key marginal Liberal National Party seats — advocating a first-preference vote for Labor or the Greens. Several of the seats fell to Labor.

The hiring of Mr Genner, who could not be reached for comment, was revealed in a letter from Ms Palaszczuk’s department that was among a tranche of ministerial staff documents released under state right-to-­information laws. Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington last night accused Labor of breaching the ministerial staff code of conduct, introduced following recommendations of the Fitzgerald inquiry into police and political corruption.

The code states the government should “not use official resources for party political purposes’’.

“Labor and GetUp! aren’t just friends, they are in a formal ­coalition,’’ Ms Frecklington said.

“It is completely inappropriate for Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad to use taxpayer funds to employ GetUp! campaign staff to help Labor during a state election. It is a blatant breach of the Fitzgerald principles and code of conduct.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to refund taxpayers for salaries paid to GetUp! campaign staff.”

Ms Trad did not returns calls last night. GetUp! said Mr Genner no longer worked for it. One member said he had left a “number of months ago’’. Another said he had not been there “for years’’.

The campaign, called on October 29, was dominated by protests against Adani, some led by GetUp!, over the Palaszczuk government’s then support of a proposed federal $1 billion loan to the Indian firm. Ms Trad, targeted by the Greens in her seat of South Brisbane, had led opposition in the cabinet to facilitating the loan. At the end of the first week of the campaign, with polling showing Labor could lose government, Ms Palaszczuk made the shock announcement that she would veto the Adani loan. Ms Trad held her seat with Greens preferences.

Mr Genner’s letter of appointment did not indicate which ministerial office hired him, but a spokesman for Ms Palaszczuk last night issued a statement saying: “Mr Genner was employed as a media adviser in the office of the Deputy Premier. This role was within the existing staff budget for the Deputy Premier’s office. The government’s understanding is that Mr Genner had no role with Getup! in the period prior to his employment as a ministerial ­staffer.”
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PostSubject: Re: Get Up! politically partisan.   Tue 14 Aug 2018, 7:48 am


The power that is getUp!
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PostSubject: Re: Get Up! politically partisan.   Tue 14 Aug 2018, 4:40 pm

Patriot wrote:

The power that is getUp!

Only for the leftards. ;)
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PostSubject: Re: Get Up! politically partisan.   Tue 14 Aug 2018, 8:21 pm

yeah lots of GET UP!/Union/ALP Campaigners in my main street all day today.
Only idiots believe they are not campaigning for labor or The Greens they never support Conservative issues.
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