I don’t usually publicise Get-Up campaigns, but here is the text of their latest campaign. I agree with them:
“In a disgusting ploy to win votes, Peter Dutton — the Minister for Immigration — just slandered many of our immigrant communities:
“They won’t be numerate or literate … They would languish on unemployment … These people will be taking Australian jobs.”1
This kind of rank bigotry and stupidity has no place in our politics. But it won’t stop until we make it cost votes and cost bigots like Dutton their place in parliament.
According to experts, Dutton is vulnerable in his electorate of Dickson.2 It’s no easy task unseating a cabinet minister, so to beat him, we’ll really have to fight.
But just imagine if we brought the full force of our national movement to bear on Dutton. That’s on the ground organisers, door-knocking, massive phone banks, a data-driven digital advertising program, sophisticated message testing and electorate-wide advertising.
He won’t know what hit him. And the only thing worse than enduring Dutton’s divisive drivel, is knowing we had a shot to end it, and didn’t give it everything we’ve got.
Peter Dutton isn’t just the Minister for Immigration. He’s said to be the leader of the conservative wing of the Liberal Party, pulling our government and politics further to the right on everything we care about.3
And Malcolm Turnbull is so bound to the hard right of his party he couldn’t bring himself to rebuke Dutton yesterday — instead calling him “an outstanding Immigration Minister.”4 So if we want change, we’ll have to cut those strings to the hard right ourselves.
Even if we can’t get Dutton chucked out of office, cutting deeply into his vote in Dickson would deal a serious blow to his reputation and power in the party.
Critically, it would prove that bigotry doesn’t win votes or elections — it causes you to lose them. That’s the message we need to send to Dutton, Turnbull and politicians everywhere.
Our strategy to beat Pete is big, strategic and sophisticated:
- On the ground. On the ground organisers in Dickson — who know the people, know the streets and know how to organise. They’ll be leading door-knocking events, starting next week.
- On the phone. Massive phone banks, with the power to make thousands of calls a week to the people of Dickson — straight through to the voters who can make a difference.
- On message. A sophisticated, data-driven program to identify the swing voters in Dickson and determine the messages that will influence their vote.
- On the airwaves. Ads in cinemas, on the streets, in papers and online with the messages proven to shift the most votes away from Dutton.
It’s a lot to do, and we have to put it in place right away. Can you chip in to make it happen?
Thanks for all you do,
Shen for the GetUp team.
PS – And if running offshore detention camps doesn’t convince you, here’s 10 more reasons Peter Dutton needs to go.5 Click here to chip in, when you’ve heard enough.
Here are some of Dutton’s “achievements” in parliament:
- Forced a raped, pregnant asylum seeker onto a late-night charter flight to Nauru.
- Only front bencher to boycott the apology to the stolen generations.
- Sent text calling a journalist a “mad f—ing witch” (to the journalist).
- Spent $55 million to resettle almost no asylum seekers in Cambodia.
- Responded to two refugees tragically setting themselves on fire by blaming activists.
- Caught joking about climate impacts on low-lying Pacific Islands while on diplomatic visit.
- Border Force’s ‘Operation Fortitude’ fiasco to randomly check visas of Melbourne pedestrians.
- As Health Minister, cut $57 billion from our local hospitals.
- As Health Minister, tried to bring in a GP co-payment.
- Voted “worst Health Minister in 35 years” by doctors.
 “Peter Dutton says ‘illiterate and innumerate’ refugees would take Australian jobs”, The Sydney Morning Herald, May 18 2016.
 “Queensland: up to 10 LNP seats could change hands in federal election”, The Guardian, April 29 2016.
 “Peter Dutton supersedes Scott Morrison as Liberal Party’s conservative champion”, The Sydney Morning Herald, December 1 2015.
 “Election 2016: Malcolm Turnbull backs ‘outstanding’ Peter Dutton after refugee comments”, ABC News, May 18 2016.
 “View from the Street: Peter Dutton, strategic Coalition distraction-goose!” The Sydney Morning Herald, May 18 2016; “Refugee rape victim says Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is telling lies about abortion”, Sydney Morning Herald 19 October 2016.
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