Learn how to kickstart the changes in our economy that we want to see

We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, at the most prosperous time in human history — but for too long the system has been rigged against us. 'A Future To Fight For' maps our pathway to making a better economic future a reality.

By GetUp!

We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, at the most prosperous time in human history — but for too long the system has been rigged against us.

Last night, 140,000 of our neighbours went to sleep in an unfamiliar place, uncertain about their futures. Last week 700,000 people sent off yet another job application, desperately hoping to find steady work. And last year, the cost of living rose more than wages, making it harder for some people to pay for basic dignities like a hot shower or a decent meal.

An antidote is desperately needed. So we've spent the last year in conversations with the GetUp community, experts and partner organisations about what a fairer, more flourishing and just Australia would look like. And now, it's here.

A Future To Fight For is our vision, and it maps our pathway to making a better economic future a reality.

Our community of over a million Australians has an incredible power — to change public conversations in our masses, and change minds one to one. It's an unapologetically bold vision, but together we can make it come to life.

Join us for the launch of a Future to Fight For, and learn how to kickstart the changes in our economy that we want to see.

What: Future to Fight For Launch
When: Monday 30 April, 6:30-7:30pm AEST
Where: Online from the comfort of your own home, study or office!
RSVP: click here to register

We all know how bad the current system is. The top 1% now control as much wealth as the bottom 70% of Australians combined. Income inequality is worse now than at any time in the past 67 years.

But we don't need statistics to know that our economy is rigged against us. We see it every single day.

It's the car window repaired with duct tape, or the overcrowded bus that gets us to work late. It's the forgone family holiday, and the postponed trip to the dentist. It's the oppressive feeling that there is never enough — enough work, enough money, enough time with those we love.

It can change. And who better to lead the charge here in Australia than one-million-plus GetUp members — united by our shared values and built on our dreams for an economy that works for everyone.

Here's a sneak peek of what our economy could look like:

A guaranteed job for anyone willing and able to work.
A public-interest banking system run through our postal system - that doesn't profit from predatory payday loans.
A free connection to the electricity grid guaranteed to all.
Space in a publicly funded early education centre for all children from the age of 1.

For the first time in human history, we have the resources, technology, and skills to build an economy that works for the people. And as the federal budget approaches, it's up to us to make sure that the public conversation is dominated by real solutions, not bandaids for a broken system.

With the budget fast approaching and an election looming, it's up to us to set the standard of what real solutions would look like, and make sure that conversation is on our terms.

Join us for the Future To Fight For launch — to find out how we'll make this bold vision for a people's economic future a reality.

For too long, billionaire corporations have held a stranglehold on power. But they don't have power at the ballot box. They don't have control over the conversations we have with our neighbours. They don't have control over our movement of more than a million people, and what we demand of our politicians. Only we have that power.

With a solid set of solutions on the table, if we come together now, we could see the start of a whole new economic future.

Thank you for everything you do,
Paul, for the GetUp team

PS — You might remember all this as the People's Manifesto, it's the same project with a brand new name! Join us next week to hear how we make our plans a reality.

References:
[1] Top 1% of Australians own more wealth than bottom 70% combined, The Guardian, 22 January 2018

GetUp is an independent, not-for-profit community campaigning group. We use new technology to empower Australians to have their say on important national issues. We receive no political party or government funding, and every campaign we run is entirely supported by voluntary donations. If you'd like to contribute to help fund GetUp's work, please donate now!

Our team acknowledges that we meet and work on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We wish to pay respect to their Elders - past, present and future - and acknowledge the important role all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within Australia and the GetUp community.

Authorised by Paul Oosting, Level 14, 338 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

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