GetUp targets Goldstein
High-profile advocacy group GetUp has named Goldstein’s contested seat as its top electoral priority in Victoria, announcing a climate change campaign aimed at ousting incumbent Liberal MP Tim Wilson.
The campaign received a lukewarm reception from independent candidate Zoe Daniel, who is already criticized by Wilson and the Coalition for Foreign Activists Support for her candidacy.
GetUp national director Paul Oosting said Goldstein was the group’s main interest in Victoria in a $2.5million national election campaign, followed by Kooyong, held by treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
Other seats targeted include those affected by climate-related disasters or where climate is a key issue, including Macquarie, Eden-Monaro, Gilmore and Page in the NSW region, Mackellar in Sydney and Ryan in Brisbane.
Oosting said Goldstein was chosen in part because of the group’s many active members in the region, the prominence of climate issues in the election campaign, and because of what he described as Wilson’s poor record in on climate action.
Mr. Wilson is the Deputy Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction. He has a long association with climate policy, including during his time at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs.
“We aim to see progress on these (climate) issues from whoever forms government,” Oosting said. “We want to send a message that we need urgent action on climate change.”
He described a campaign that included street signs, booths at malls, and “community call parties” where volunteers run call centers contacting Goldstein voters by phone.