THE online advocacy group GetUp! plans to target the key Sydney marginal seats held by Maxine McKew and Malcolm Turnbull to wrench the attention of both major parties back to climate change before the federal election.It claims to have raised almost $500,000 in Mr Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth alone.In its 2010 election strategy document, released today, the organisation says it aims to have more than 10,000 members on the ground for the election – and more at polling booths than the major parties themselves.GetUp! will also mount a major enrolment drive aimed at getting 30,000 unenrolled young people, indigenous Australians and migrants to sign up to vote.The Herald has obtained the results of a survey GetUp! commissioned to Auspoll on key issues it has targeted for the election: climate change, mental health and asylum seekers.The poll of 1500 Australians, conducted nationally over four days this week, showed 72 per cent of respondents wanted a plan to reverse Australia’s rising ”pollution” in the next three years. Sixty-six per cent said they favoured faster processing of refugees, and 83 per cent said they would favour increasing government spending on mental health by $500 million a year.GetUp! has teamed up with the Australian of the Year and leading psychiatrist Patrick McGorry to drive its mental health agenda.”This campaign with GetUp! is about making sure that all sides of politics get moving now, because lives are at stake,” Professor McGorry said yesterday.The national director of GetUp!, Simon Sheikh, said Wentworth and Bennelong, held by Ms McKew, would not be the only marginal seats targeted by the organisation.Ryan in Queensland has also been selected as another ultra-marginal electorate, and the ACT will be in the spotlight because of its closely contested Senate race.”The stories we keep hearing are that Rudd and Abbott would like to get away this election without speaking about the issue of climate change,” Mr Sheikh said. ”This is our way of making sure they can’t get away with that.”GetUp! has had a major publicity coup this week by securing a surfing lesson from the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, for a former Afghan asylum seeker, Riz Wakil.
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