They say that a week is a long time in politics, and surely this week has been the longest of them all. But – amazingly – in a news cycle flooded with resignations, spills and stoushes, GetUp members continued to stay focused on the issues that matter.
There’s some pretty amazing news that might have flown under your radar this week. For instance, did you hear about the Senate recommendation that could prevent three million cubic metres of seabed from being dredged and dumped in the Great Barrier Reef? Or how you can now bet on seeing fewer live-odds gambling feeds during sports broadcasts? Or why you can rest easy knowing your private internet data will not be stored by the government?
These stories, and more, are further proof that no matter who leads our political parties and no matter what shenanigans go on in Parliament, GetUp members will keep on doing what we do best: holding our politicians to account, standing together, and championing progressive issues.
There’s nothing like a little bit of good news on a Friday – below are updates on some of the developments GetUp members helped to make happen:
Tasmania’s forests protected
After many years of negotiations it’s finally official: this week UNESCO approved the World Heritage Listing of an additional 170,000 hectares of Tasmania’s forests. This means the highest level of environmental protection will defend some of Tasmania’s most stunning old-growth forests for generations to come, including the Southern Forests, the Styx, the Florentine and the Great Western Tiers.
In moments like these, it’s important to give credit where credit is due. Congratulations to all the forest campaigners who helped make it happen – Groups like The Wilderness Society, the Australian Conservation Foundation, and GetUp members like you, whom have sent more than 83,000 emails to MPs, Premiers and Ministers in support of protecting Tasmania’s forests. Environment Minister Tony Burke, in particular, deserves a resounding thank you for his nomination of the 170,000ha area for heritage listing.
…We’ll keep you posted. For now, it’s hats off to you.
Have a great weekend!
The GetUp team
 Free TV agrees to bet ban during broadcasts. The Australian.