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GetUp "is an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation giving everyday Australians opportunities to get involved and hold politicians accountable on important issues.

"Whether it is sending an email to a member of parliament, engaging with the media, attending an event or helping to get a television ad on the air, GetUp members take targeted, coordinated and strategic action.

"GetUp does not back any particular party, but aims to build an accountable and progressive Parliament - a Parliament with economic fairness, social justice and environment at its core.

"GetUp is a not-for-profit and receives no money from any political party or the government. We rely solely on funds and in-kind donations from the Australian public." [1]

"GetUp was founded by Jeremy Heimans and David Madden, two young Australian graduates of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government who have worked at the intersection of technology, new media and politics in the United States. David and Jeremy are now co-founders of, a new global online political community inspired by the success of GetUp and the US group" [2]

Advisory Board

Accessed August 2007: [3]

"GetUp will soon announce additional board members to replace entrepreneur Evan Thornley and union leader Bill Shorten who recently stepped down as they are now pursuing their own party-related political activities."

Former Staff




  1. About GetUp!, GetUp!, accessed August 21, 2007.
  2. About Us - FAQ, GetUp!, accessed August 21, 2007.
  3. About Us - FAQ, GetUp!, accessed August 21, 2007.

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