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“Advance Australia” – a group of older rich white men, aiming to get richer.

What is Advance Australia, the new conservative lobby group taking on Get Up! 7.30, By Ashlynne McGhee, ABC News  21 November 2018  Australia has a new conservative lobby group that wants to knock on your door, get in your ear and ultimately swing your vote.

Advance Australia’s named with a nod to our anthem and the hope it can rival the powerful left-wing lobby Get Up!

It has some prominent backers and a bold mission — but can it succeed?    The group’s financially and ideologically backed by a group of prominent business leaders including storage king Sam Kennard, businessman and former ABC chairman Maurice Newman and the Australian Jewish Association’s Dr David Adler.

Its national director is Gerard Benedet, who was the chief of staff to former Queensland LNP Treasurer Tim Nicholls in a previous life.   “We’re not aligned to any political party,” he told 7.30.

“We’re an independent movement of mainstream Australians, who are determined to protect, advance and defend mainstream values and freedoms.”

Get Up! National Director Paul Oosting says that’s rubbish.

“Advance Australia is a group of rich white men on a campaign to make themselves richer,” he said.

“They want to work on issues that are in their own self-interest, that are the vested interests of the corporate lobby they represent.”………..

Who’s donating and who’s joining?   It’s a little unclear.     Membership is free, so money isn’t necessarily flowing from new recruits…….. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-21/what-is-advance-australia/10520122

July 20, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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