The pamphets and leaflets have started to appear, handed out or mailboxed by volunteers. Some people have even taken leave from their full-time employment to do volunteer electioneering for their party. I don’t belong to any political party, although it’s no secret that my sympathies are largely Green, but I’m tempted to get actively involved this year anyway.At least electioneering of some sort will get me out and about, and most parties will accept volunteers from people who aren’t actually members if I wanted to choose that route, but what I’m particularly interested in is GetUp!’s call for volunteer activists to be part of GetTogethers aiming to coordinate local action within their electorates, focussing on 3 main issues for the 2010 Federal election:
- turning around rising carbon pollution;
- fixing our broken mental health system;
- demanding a more compassionate approach to asylum seekers
That’s certainly 3 points that progressives can get behind, and I’m willing to look further into what they plan to do to keep those issues front and centre this election. It’s also important to me that, as one who regularly complains about the primacy of personality over policy in election campaigns, GetUp! aims to look beyond the personality posturing and keep the policy promises closely scrutinised.
Of course, I may end up going to my local GetTogether and finding that I can’t stand the personalities of the people there :)
Addendum: I meant to add this blockquote from the e-newsletter I just received, about how even those in safe rather than marginal seats can still make a crucial difference by campaigning for progressives in the Senate.
Whether we live in the safest electorate or the tightest marginal seat, every one of us can make a difference in the next 5 weeks. It begins by taking part in your local ‘Election Action GetTogether’.
Here are 3 reasons why you can make a difference if you turn up and decide to stay involved:
1 – we will help you contact local papers, radio and television to generate media attention for your actions;
2 – even if your local electorate isn’t likely to change this year, every Senate race in the country is up for grabs so your area could impact the crucial Senate balance of power; and most importantly
3 – if they’re going to represent us, every politician needs to know that we’re here to hold them accountable.