Australian Federal Police raids on union -- are we next?
Late yesterday the Australian Federal Police (AFP) stormed the offices of the Australian Workers' Union. Why? To see whether they had their paperwork in order for a donation made to GetUp 12 years ago. Our lawyers warn we could be next.
Paul, for the GetUp team
Late yesterday the Australian Federal Police (AFP) stormed the offices of the Australian Workers' Union. Why? To see whether they had their paperwork in order for a donation made to GetUp 12 years ago.1
Our lawyers warn we could be next — due to a very separate, but equally twisted investigation into GetUp's independence, pushed by Senator Eric Abetz and the hard right.2
At the behest of a government agency, the AFP could knock on our door — seizing computers, phones and files, effectively disrupting critical campaigns on corporate tax cheats, the Reef and social justice.
It's part of a disturbing pattern of this government abusing power to silence its critics. They defund scientists3 and the ABC,4 bully the Human Rights Commissioner,5 sack independent experts,6 attack charities7 – and now use the police and government agencies to intimidate.
We won't be silenced. We won't be intimidated. We won't stop holding power to account. But to stand up to these government-funded attacks, we need a major fighting fund for a top notch law firm, respected barrister and a full-fledged campaign to protect our democracy.
Chip in to help protect against the government's strong-arm tactics to stifle dissent.
We don't know what the Turnbull Government will try next to silence its critics. We do know they refuse to take action against corporate tax cheats like Adani, corrupt money-laundering bankers, or the hard right faction pushing our country in a dangerous direction.
So it falls to us. We've got to be prepared for raids, legal threats and smear campaigns. Most of all, we can't let these attacks distract us from campaigning for what's right.
Chip in to keep us holding power to account in the face of this unprecedented government overreach.
Thank you for all you do.