Where does Get Up! get off?
Political donations seem to be a hot agenda item.
The besieged NSW Labor machine suddenly comes up with a solution to starve the Coalition of funds for the forthcoming March 2011 election.
NSW Labor, long the recipient of donations for decisions suddenly thinks only 3rd parties should be allowed to spend large amounts of money on election campaigns, but under their scheme unions as well as left wing fellow travellers such as Get Up are deemed to be 3rd parties.
The term 3rd parties usually conjures up a notion of impartiality – you know, weighing things up, getting the balance right (to borrow a phrase) judging things on their merits.
But no. Under NSW Labor it means allowing your union affiliates to spend $1 million dollars each, including $20,000 in each electorate to influence voters.
NSW has 22 affiliated unions, so there’s a war chest of over $22 million for Labor for starters plus all the ‘help’ we now have documented as coming from Get Up.
Get Up is a front if ever there was one. Prior to the 2010 election, we now know, they took $1.12 million in cash from the CFMEU during the election and funded TV ads attacking Tony Abbott’s ‘archaic’ views on women and indigenous affairs.
Pleading their independence they call themselves an independent, grassroots community advocacy organisation and say they receive no money from politicians or government.
They perpetrated a fraud on the voters. They then exacerbate this fraud by pretending they have more than 300,000 members, whereas there is no membership fee or any other formal membership – just a click on any single issue promoted by Get Up and they claim you. Just try and resign.
Let’s examine just how non third party the unions are (including the CFMEU).
First they have a 50% say in all Labor preselections. A 50% say in State and Federal conferences which establish policy and 90% of all Federal MP’s come from Trade Union backgrounds.
In NSW alone the NSW Branch of the AMWU set out set out its 2008 spend in its Annual Financial Report. Just how non third party are they? The report was not published, just leaked:
ALP affiliation fees $401,846
Donation to ALP: $209,591
Election advertising (for ALP) $8,120
And most tantalising $150,352 for its marginal seats campaign.
Nearly $800 thousand from just one branch of one union. But this is just a fraction of the picture. Between 1st July 2006 and 2009 the unions gave Labor a whooping $76.7 million.
Nice work if you can get it – but they are not even at fingers length, let alone arms length.
Perhaps the voters just get the finger!
But now the Greens are on the Gravy Train as well.
Now wonder they demanded Gillard re-introduce the twice defeated Federal political donations Bill, which like the NSW legislation is designed to disadvantage the Coalition and advantage Labor and the Greens.
By setting the amount at which donations must be disclosed at $1000, instead of the existing $11,500 relatively small donors to the Coalition will be disclosed and subject to intimidation from the ALP operatives and unions, demanding an equal donation to the ALP or face the consequences.
But the Greens are now the recipients of union largess as well and no doubt hope that they can persuade more and more socialist left unions to support them as their true bedfellows rather than the Labor Party or at least share the bounty.
The Greens are the lefts version of One Nation. Both Pauline Hanson and Bob Brown are said to be somewhat charismatic (can’t see it myself) but, both certainly had and have their following.
In 1998 One Nation got 1,007,439 votes and the Greens got 305,228. In 2010 the Greens got 1,667315 votes and One Nation negligible. One extreme demises and other extreme rises.
The constant policy of putting One Nation last killed off One Nation. Ted Baillieu for the 2010 Victorian Election says put the Greens last and has started the trend.
The Greens and One Nation have reversed their positions in just over a decade.
We are beginning to realise what a corrosive influence the Greens are at both the State and Federal level. Letting the unions give the Greens a financial blood transfusion is not in the nation’s interest.
The cynical left preferring the currently offered political ‘reform’ agenda is no answer to the need for real electoral reform.
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