Back in July 2017, 22,000 GetUp members took part in a national survey of the changes they wanted to see in the Australian economy.
- Over 43,000 people signed the petition
- Over 10,000 people called or emailed their MP
- 500 people shared their personal experience on income support
According to Campaign Director, Ed Miller, GetUp members dedicated more than half an hour to describing their vision of a fairer, and more just society. Their most popular ideas were put to leading economists, researchers, and partner organisations to understand how to bring those ideas to life in a project we called Future to Fight For.
Three years on, these policies are more relevant, and more popular than ever. A deadly bush fire season choked our major Australian cities with smoke over the summer, and a deadly pandemic has brought our economy to a standstill. That’s why GetUp has refreshed and updated these ideas for the new decade we’ve begun. A decade we want to remember for the opportunities we seized, not the possibilities we squandered. Re-imagining what’s politically possible is a process that takes time.
As John Maynard Keynes said last century: the difficulty lies not in new ideas, but in escaping old ones.
“A People’s Recovery” is an unapologetically bold vision of the country we aspire to be – building on the ideas and inspiration of GetUp members past and present.
A country where a secure, well-paid job is available to anyone who wants one. Where all our energy comes from clean, affordable sources like the sun and wind. Where our social safety net offers dignity to everyone.
Rethinking what’s politically possible isn’t easy. It takes time. But it begins by imagining the kinds of policies that take care of people, and the one planet we have. Will you share our budget submission with your friends and family?
Rethink what is possible. To find out how you can help and make a real difference Read more .
GetUp is an independent movement of more than 1,000,000 members campaigning for social justice, economic fairness and environmental sustainability in Australia. Go to www.getup.org.au to learn more.