The GetUp! Effect: Movement Mobilisation and Australian Electoral Politics
Paul Oosting, National Director of GetUp!
Dr Glenn Kefford, University of Tasmania
Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory, University of Tasmania
GetUp! is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most influential social movements. During the recent federal election, the capacity of GetUp! to mobilise their volunteers and supporters meant they were able to make 40,000 telephone calls and hand out over a million how-to-vote cards.
The GetUp! effect was particularly pronounced in the three Northern Tasmanian seats of Bass, Braddon, and Lyons. In each of these seats, the three sitting members from the Liberal Party - dubbed the ‘three amigos’ - were defeated and GetUp! was said to have played a critical role. With the election now behind us, what role GetUp! - and other third party campaigners - have played and will continue to play in Australian politics is a question worthy of further analysis. Come along and hear our panel discuss these important issues.
Presented in partnership with the Institute for the Study of Social Change and Electoral Regulation Research Network