Tuesday, August 9, 2005

GetUp! Stand Up! Stand Up For Your Rights!

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights! Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!

Thanks for being there at the beginning of a new movement to build a more progressive Australia!

hoWARd man, don't tell me, heaven is under the earth. I know you don't know, what life is really worth.
It's not all that glitters is gold; 'alf the story has never been told:

So now you see the light, eh! Stand up for your rights, come on!

Because of you, something exciting happened in our democracy last week. From every corner of the country, more than 20,000 emails were sent to the Coalition Senators. Our message was simple: now you have control of the Senate, we will be holding you to account. Thousands of you added personal messages to your representatives about the issues you care about.

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights! Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!


The Government's response to this outbreak of political participation was anything but democratic. Coalition MP and key strategist Andrew Robb appeared on national television to condemn the emails you sent to your elected representatives as "highly irresponsible" and "spam". Coalition MP Tony Smith called your messages an "email scam". And Senator Eric Abetz was so upset he complained to the Australian Electoral Commission!

Most people think, great God will come from the skies, take away everything and make everybody feel high. But if you know what life is worth, you will look for yours on earth: And now you see the light, you stand up for your rights. jah!

This government is already rattled. But our work has only just begun. This morning Senator Robert Hill announced that the Government plans to roll back the Senate budget estimates process, which plays a crucial role in exposing government bungles and cover-ups.

Get up, stand up! (jah, jah!), Stand up for your rights! (oh-hoo!), Get up, stand up! (get up, stand up!), don't give up the fight!, (life is your right!), Get up, stand up! (so we can't give up the fight!), Stand up for your rights! (lord, lord!), Get up, stand up! (keep on struggling on!), Don't give up the fight! (yeah!)

The traditional checks and balances in our parliamentary process are under threat, and we know the other political parties are incapable of a strong or effective opposition. If this government is going to be held accountable, GetUp needs to grow in strength and numbers - and we need your help to do this. Please forward this email to your friends and tell them to join the campaign:

We sick an' tired of-a your ism-skism game - Dyin' 'n' goin' to heaven in-a jesus' name, lord. We know when we understand: Almighty God is a living man. You can fool some people sometimes, but you can't fool all the people all the time. So now we see the light (what you gonna do? ), we gonna stand up for our rights! (yeah, yeah, yeah!).

As we write, the government is preparing to unveil a raft of new legislation that we deserve a say on. In the crucial period ahead, GetUp will help you take action on the major issues of the day. Stay tuned -- we are just getting started.

Thanks for being part of this,

David, Jeremy & the GetUp team

Action for Australia

So you better:

Get up, stand up! (in the morning! git it up!)
Stand up for your rights! (stand up for our rights!) Get up, stand up! Don't give up the fight! (don't give it up, don't give it up!) Get up, stand up! (get up, stand up!) Stand up for your rights! (get up, stand up!)
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Don't give up the fight!
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Stand up for your rights!

Get up, stand up!
Don't give up the fight!

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