Simon Sheikh

Simon Sheikh

Simon is the National Director of advocacy group GetUp. Simon has been behind campaigns on climate change, changes to our anti-terrorism laws and GetUp’s work on internet censorship.

Simon was born and raised in Sydney and studied Economics at the University of New South Wales. In a career change Simon left Government in 2008 instead choosing to make change by working to inject community voices into the political system.

Prior to joining GetUp Simon represented Australia at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Uganda in 2007 as Australia’s Commonwealth youth representative and in the same year was named the NSW Young Professional of the Year.

Simon has travelled widely, this year tackling the question of who was really behind the Obama campaign while over in the US. Unfortunately, everyone he met in the US claimed that they were a part of the victory and so he’s none the wiser.

Twitter: @SimonGetUp

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Harvey’s massive Aussie forest clearance must stop

Harvey’s massive Aussie forest clearance must stop

14 Feb 12 If a tree falls in a native Australian forest, should anybody care?  That’s the question effectively being asked by critics…... Read more

Leaked Copenhagen draft is bad news for the planet

Leaked Copenhagen draft is bad news for the planet

09 Dec 09 Just hours ago printers started running wild in Copenhagen with the leaking of tightly held negotiating text that rich countries…... Read more

Abbott’s challenge now is to renew the Liberal Party

Abbott’s challenge now is to renew the Liberal Party

08 Dec 09 GetUp’s latest poll has found the public are hoping Tony Abbott will take the party down a progressive path. It’s…... Read more

We all pay the price of buying access in a democracy

We all pay the price of buying access in a democracy

18 Nov 09 Can our politicians win elections based on good old-fashioned debate and sound policy, or will they continue their crass cash…... Read more

The emails may be fake but the donations aren’t

05 Aug 09 “Democracy is not cheap.” That’s what the former NSW President of the Australian Hotels Association John Thorpe had to say…... Read more

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