Paul Oosting

National Director of GetUp!
'Politics Belongs to Everyone'
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30, concludes 1.30pm
Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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The online activist GetUp has been called “the most powerful political organisation with over a million supporters, staff of 50 and a turnover of $10.38 million. It has dramatically grown its organisation by the use of facebook and twitter to be a major player in the political landscape.

GetUp is controversial and is not without its critics; Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton claims GetUp’s conduct during the campaign and on election day was “deceptive, undemocratic and unrepresentative”

There have been several attempts to place scrutiny on GetUp and end its stated independence by having the Australian Electoral Commission classify it as “associated” political entity.

Getup’s National Director, Paul Oosting, makes the case for greater scrutiny on our political class at the National Press Club .

Supporters and detractors will find this address fascinating and it is sure to be widely debated on social media.

This is a critical time in Australia’s democracy. There is a declining membership of political parties and a sinking trust in our political institutions. Many people are fed up with the state of politics and want to see real leadership on issues. Instead we are witnessing a government bent on punishing disagreement and silencing dissent. We’ve seen raids on the press, the prosecution of whistleblowers, laws to shut down unions and attacks on everyday people participating in elections.

In the context of our changing political reality, GetUp stands for greater democratic participation and shining a brighter light on politics as usual. Our campaigns are funded and driven by everyday people from all walks of life, with more people participating every day. Whether it’s the need for urgent climate action or building an equitable economy, we believe we can only solve big problems by coming together, engaging people and giving them a new sense of power through collective action. And we have a positive democratic reform agenda to offer, that begins with greater transparency. 

Our politics needs more democracy not less. Because politics belongs to everyone.


Paul Oosting is the National Director of GetUp!, a 1,000,000+ strong people-powered organisation that has campaigned for progressive policy in Australia for more than a decade. 

As National Director, Paul has led GetUp through two federal election campaigns and pioneered a raft of innovative campaign tactics and tools. This includes the successful Yes Campaign for Marriage Equality that helped thousands of people mobilise and enrol to vote. 

Paul works alongside GetUp’s one million members and talented team of world class campaigners, organisers, technologists and analysts. Together, they drive a campaign agenda focused on enhancing participation in our democracy. 

Before joining GetUp, Paul led the successful campaign to stop Gunns’ proposed pulp mill in Tasmania. His negotiations resulted in the protection of over 160,000 hectares of Tasmania’s ancient forests.