and the “Voices of” movement
A well-funded, co-ordinated network of so-called "independents" are targeting Liberals, while deceiving voters.
They are being put forward by the "Voices of…" movement, which is only targeting Government MPs, despite claiming to be non-partisan.
Media reports confirm many of the "independent" candidates running against prominent Liberals in key seats are being backed in by GetUp and are using the services of a campaign house with deep links to the Labor Party and GetUp.
Recent media reports note a number of activists behind the "Voices of" movement are active in extreme groups like Extinction Rebellion.
Others have expressed fringe views, like comparing mining ("ecocide") with the Holocaust.
Despite campaigning on "transparency", these "independent" candidates refuse to reveal who they’d support in a hung parliament.
Despite campaigning on "transparency", they were caught out not complying with Google’s transparency register with their online political advertising.
They are being funded by wealthy donors, led by activist Simon Holmes à Court. Around $9 million has reportedly been raised so far, with their goal being to raise $20 million.
An Australian Electoral Commission audit revealed Independent Zali Stegall failed to disclose a $100,000 donation from the family trust of a coal investor, who is accused of tax fraud.
The person blamed for this (Ms Stegall’s former accountant), remains a director of the group funding “independents” (Climate 200) and reportedly charged a number of independents $30,000 to set up their financial structures.
$304,000 of donations were hidden, being paid to Climate 200 (which funds “independent” campaigns) through the supposedly independent “Climate Outcomes Foundation”, which has not disclosed where these funds came from.
Simon Holmes a Court recently admitted to having past dealings with the controller of the Climate Outcomes Foundation, who is now a business partner.
Mr Holmes à Court has pointed to the Gillard/Rudd minority government between 2010 and 2013 as what they want to achieve. In that hung parliament, independents put Labor into minority government, leading to the world’s biggest Carbon Tax and three years of chaos.
The last thing Australia needs is the gridlock of a hung parliament.