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How Murdoch ‘ruperters’ operate 18

April 28, 2019 - 09:13 -- Admin

A piece by Brad
Norington in Murdoch’s pretend newspaper The Australian demonstrates how this
malevolent media enterprise and its employees operate. This piece was headed “GetUp
had been found to be linked to Labor and the Greens”1. Norington has
been the subject of another essay here, in which he with Andrew Clennell
attempted to paint Dr Kerryn Phelps as a government destroying independent2.
Norington’s piece starts off with “GetUp was found ‘prima facie’ to be an
associated entity of Labor or the Greens by the Australian Electoral Commission
[AEC], in a detailed investigation of the activist group’s campaigning activity
during the 2016 federal election”1. The second paragraph noted that
the preliminary finding was reversed after the AEC sought further submissions
from GetUp and obtained legal advice. If the person who wrote the headline for
this article had been honest, they would have worded it differently; maybe: ‘GetUp
not found to be linked to any political party’. However, honesty and The
Australian are not commonly associated.

As GetUp national
director, Paul Oosting said, it was the third time the AEC had ruled in the
organisation’s favour, despite accusations by “hard-right politicians”. He
stated “The hard right forced this expensive two-year investigation on the
GetUp movement, in the hope it would silence all one million of us. But it has
done exactly the opposite…. You don’t make our democracy stronger by penalising
a grassroots organisation for talking to voters.”3

The reason the ‘hard
right’ were foaming at the mouth was because of the extraordinarily successful GetUp
campaign in Tasmania to unseat three Tasmanian far right Liberal Party politicians
referred to as the ‘Three Amigos’: Andrew Nikolic, Eric Hutchinson and Brett
Whiteley. As Oosting said, they particularly focussed on Nikolic’s seat, as he “was
one of the leaders in the hard right faction of the Coalition nationally, who
have led the charge against things like the proper funding of our schools and
our hospitals” and have attacked renewable energy4.

The Liberal Party has
moved farther to the right in recent years and the moderates are leaving the
party in droves5. In addition, it is leading to a rise in
conservative independents running against hard right members of the Liberal
Party6. The irony is, Getup’s targeting of hard right Liberals may
lead to the survival of the Liberal Party as an electable entity. Therefore, this
targeting of GetUp by the Liberal Party is akin to them holding a gun to their
own head and screaming: ‘Stop or I’ll shoot!’ You have to laugh.



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