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Meet 'The Blockers'

'The Blockers' are a hardcore group of Abbott-era crusaders who work relentlessly to drag our politics to the right – blocking progress on so many of the issues our movement fights for.

Malcolm Turnbull has proved himself unwilling – or unable – to stand up to their ultra-conservative agenda. So, GetUp members are taking matters into their own hands, doing everything they can to unseat them come election day.

We know GetUp's how-to-vote cards have the power to change the election outcome for these blockers – but not without volunteers to get them into the hands of undecided voters on election day. That's where you come in. Do you have a few hours spare this election day to hand out how-to-votes alongside other GetUp members at a local polling booth? Click here to find out more.

Research tells us that making a personal connection with a voter is the most effective way to change their vote. That's why, this election, hundreds of GetUp members around the country have been calling swing voters in target electorates – changing the outcome of the upcoming election for these blockers one conversation at a time. Click here to find out more.
'The Blockers' are a group of MPs who do the bidding of Big Business, the coal lobby and right-wing groups like the Institute of Public Affairs — behind closed doors.

Their terrifying influence ranges from promoting bigotry, to denying the threat of climate change, to attacking our local schools and hospitals.

All up, the GetUp community is targeting a dozen MPs we've identified as blockers on our issues. Here are a few facts about some of our key targets:

Andrew Nikolic (Bass): Nikolic is no household name, but he is a force to be reckoned with in the hard-right of the Liberal Party. In addition to fighting tooth and nail against meaningful climate action, Nikolic remains a staunch Abbott supporter and has a nasty reputation as a bully.

George Christensen (Dawson): Christensen is one of Parliament's most outspoken and controversial MPs. He's likened the Safe Schools program to peadophile grooming, dismisses anthropogenic climate change as fiction, and has spoken at Reclaim Australia rallies in his very own electorate.

Peter Dutton (Dickson): Australia's Immigration Minister needs no introduction. Between covering up human rights abuses in offshore detention camps and claiming refugees would simultaneously manage to steal Australian jobs and claim unemployment benefits, Dutton's bigotry attacks the multicultural fabric that holds Australian society together. He was also voted the 'worst health minister' in Australia's history by the Australian Medical Association.

Other Blockers GetUp members have in their sights include: Brett Whiteley (Braddon), Jamie Briggs (Mayo), Michael Sukkar (Deakin), Barnaby Joyce (New England), Luke Hartsuyker (Cowper), and Kevin Andrews (Menzies).
This election, the GetUp community is championing the issues that matter most to GetUp members. As a movement, you voted – and this election our priorities are:

  • Stopping the enormous handouts to fossil fuel companies and instead pushing politicians to invest in big, ambitious renewable energy projects.
  • Ensuring our local hospitals and health services are properly funded and Medicare stays in public hands, so every Australian – no matter their income – can access the care they need, when they need it most.
  • And disrupting the power that big business has in our politics.
We'll rate candidates based on these issues, and get this information into the hands of voters on election day.


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