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Labor, the Unions and the Greens

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Guess who was a founding board member of GetUp? Bill Shorten. He was the head of the Australian Workers Union at the time and personally authorised $100,000 in members’ funds to be given as a donation to GetUp!

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Another founding Board Member was Cate Faehrmann - she’s a Greens NSW MP, and before that was Chief of staff to Greens Leader Richard di Natale.

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Australia’s most militant union the CFMEU gave the largest single donation in GetUp’s history with a $1.2 million gift to GetUp – which in turn campaigned against controls on union thuggery and lawlessness.

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But wait, there's more...

  • One of the three original founders of GetUp is AmandaTattersall - a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Unions NSW and former staffer for NSW Labor MP.
  • Former Victorian Labor MP Evan Thorley is a major private donor to GetUp.
  • Lachlan Harris, a founding staff member of GetUp, went on to work for Wayne Swan and then became Kevin Rudd’s Senior Media Adviser.
  • GetUp’s National Director from 2012-15 was Sam McLean - he joined Bill Shorten’s staff in 2016.
  • GetUp’s National Director from 2008-12 was Simon Sheikh – he’s a former ALP member, and was a Greens candidate as well.
  • Skye Laris is a former GetUp Campaign Director – she’s also the partner and former Chief-of-Staff to Labor frontbencher Tony Burke.