Case Study: How Policy Payback Works
The recent so-called “Medivac” legislation that weakened Australia’s border protection regime and resulted in the reopening of the Christmas Island Detention Centre is a typical example of how these alliances warp Australia’s political process.
Labor, the Unions and GetUp worked closely together to elect so-called “Independent” Kerryn Phelps.
Kerryn Phelps drafted legislation, in response to a confected “medical crisis” campaign by GetUp, to satisfy the refugee activists who backed her - including GetUp.
Labor supported the legislation, despite security briefings detailing that it was not in the national interest - because they owe GetUp too. After all, GetUp always campaigns for a Labor government.
When some MPs were unsure whether to vote for the legislation as a result of the security briefings, GetUp orchestrated a campaign that bombarded MP offices with emails and phone calls demanding support for the legislation.
The legislation was passed by one vote in the House of Representatives. It’s no surprise that GetUp-backed “independent” Cathy McGowan also sided with Labor and the Greens to vote for it.
Australia’s border protection laws were weakened, despite the fact that the vast majority of voters support the current system or actually want it to be stronger.
This is how the left-wing activists’ agenda was advanced - all due to the cosy, incestuous relationship between Labor, the Greens, so-called Independents and GetUp and their affiliates.