Editor's note

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants the progressive lobby group GetUp investigated – again – for its perceived links to Labor and the Greens.

In a stunning attack over the weekend, he also said the group was like a “wolf in wolf’s clothing” and should be treated like a political party. “We need to shine a bright light on this shady group that operates in the shadows,” he said.

As Krystian Seibert points out, however, GetUp is already subject to more regulation and oversight than most “third party” political organisations. And despite being regulated like a political party, GetUp doesn’t get any of the benefits – it can’t field candidates in elections or benefit from taxpayer funding.

Seibert argues the Coalition’s aim is not more accountability for GetUp, but to strip away the group’s claim of independence and, thus, some of its political power.

Justin Bergman

Deputy Editor: Politics + Society

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