Grassroots campaign aims to oust conservative Australian MPs

Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is one of the right-wing MPs targeted by GetUp's campaign. GetUp is a progressive grassroots organisation that is playing a major role in the current federal election campaign in Australia. The group
GetUp is a progressive grassroots organisation that is playing a major role in the current federal election campaign in Australia. The group has raised almost A$13 million (S$12.6 million) in donations over the past year as it seeks to promote policies such as stronger action on climate change and a more humane approach to asylum seekers. PHOTO: GETUP
Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is one of the right-wing MPs targeted by GetUp's campaign. GetUp is a progressive grassroots organisation that is playing a major role in the current federal election campaign in Australia. The group
Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is one of the right-wing MPs targeted by GetUp’s campaign. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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In the Australian city of Brisbane, residents have been receiving phone calls and knocks at the door from hundreds of activists urging them not to vote at the coming election for Mr Peter Dutton, a staunch right-wing MP from the ruling coalition who is Home Affairs and Immigration Minister.

But the activists are not supporters of the rival Labor candidate.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2019, with the headline 'Grassroots campaign aims to oust conservative MPs'. Print Edition | Subscribe