Cry Me a River

That Face When the Electoral Commission threatens to take your toys away. Picture: Kym Smith

For over a decade, greenshirt bully-boys GetUp! have had free reign to act as the activist front for Labor and the Greens. But now their days may be numbered.

GetUp! has warned it would be wiped out by new electoral laws, as the nation’s charity sector conceded “thousands” of its members were violating current rules by failing to report political spending.

GetUp! national director Paul Oosting told a parliamentary committee that a proposed bill ­requiring donors to provide statutory declarations when donating more than $250 a year would choke the organisation’s revenue stream and impose an unmanageable administrative burden.

More than $250? You can see why they’re worried: that hundred grand (possibly more) of union members’ money, courtesy of Shifty Shorten wouldn’t be kept secret anymore.

“It would simply wipe out ­organisations like GetUp!,” Mr Oosting told the joint standing committee on electoral matters

Oh, dear, now that would be a tragedy, now, wouldn’t it? Perhaps GetUp! should stop pretending to be unaligned with political parties, while it repeatedly campaigns against the Coalition – and only the Coalition.

Their protestations of innocence are also a little hard to swallow considering that Bill Shorten was a founding board member, and Labor figures poured cash into their pockets. Former Labor Party member Simon Sheikh served as its National Director, before unsuccessfully standing for the Greens.

The committee heard many charities were already violating electoral laws by failing to disclose political expenditure to the Australian Electoral Commission.

And here we get to the bigger problem. Too many “charities” have basically become taxpayer-subsidised left-wing activist groups.

It’s all very well to whine about “chilling”, but it’s time for these head-tilted shysters to make up their minds: are they going to use their money to actually help needy people, or are they going to splash “charitable” donations on lefty causes célèbre?

They can’t do both. If they want to play politics, then they’ve no right to cry foul when the Electoral Commission gets up ‘em.

– The Australian

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

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