A huge win – and you might have missed it!

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You might have missed it amid the leadership chaos in Canberra – but our movement scored a massive victory: The Coalition's $80 billion corporate tax handout has finally been defeated in the Senate.

 

This giveaway to the big banks, mining giants and other massive corporations formed the centrepiece of three budgets handed down by then Treasurer Scott Morrison. They would have been disastrous - stripping billions from future school and hospital funding. But our movement – along with countless allies across civil society – stood up, fought back, and proved that corporate cash is no match for people power.

And it's worth remembering how we got here:

We took this fight to the doors of the nation's worst corporate tax evaders. Corporations like Apple could not look away as everyday people arrived in droves, armed with brilliant campaign material and a clear message that captured media attention and shifted the conversation around the country.

 
Rally against Apple for evading corporate tax  
 

Then – we made sure we were heard in the halls of power. You emailed and called members of parliament over 12,000 times – making sure that the voices of everyday people dominated the drone of cashed up corporate lobbyists. In fact, Australia's Big Business lobby were so terrified by our sheer force of numbers that they tried – and failed – to start their own "grassroots" movement.

 
Pictured: a newspaper ads thanking Senator Tim Storer for standing up to the big business handout.  
 

When it looked like the Senate crossbench might bow to the Turnbull government, 8,000 GetUp members chipped in to fund full page newspaper ads in strategic states. We backed in representatives ready to stand up to the corporate handout, and let everyone in parliament know that the people were paying attention.

 
Pictured four research pieces with leading tax academics: Closing the Caribbean Connection, Corporate Tax Cut Up in Smoke, Dark Money, and Into Thin Air.  

Over two years we made our case bulletproof, funding four pieces of cutting edge research with leading tax academics, and took the conclusions of that damning research to the streets, to the media and even to a Senate enquiry.

 
Billboard: ''Chevron paid $0 tax, honk if you''re angry''  
 

And when the Turnbull government tried to win a mandate for their tax cuts in by-elections across Australia, we painted the town with billboards, knocked on doors and made tens of thousands of phone calls to make sure voters understood just how much was at stake.

 
Headlines: Company tax cuts in focus after ALP by-election sweep; Corporate tax cuts take hit as coalition is served sobering lesson in Super-Saturday bye-elections  
 

After almost two years of standing shoulder to shoulder, each of us pitching in what time, energy and money we could – we won. And we can be so proud of the difference we made together.

Independent crossbench Senators Tim Storer and Derryn Hinch, the Centre Alliance, the ALP, and the Greens listened to the people, and shot this bill down. They stared down corporate lobbyists, and stood up for our hospitals and schools.

More than a legislative win - we've dealt a huge blow to the notion that economic policy should put profit before people. Even right wing shock jocks like Ray Hadley have begun to argue they're electorally unpopular and unnecessary.

 
Headline: Ray Hadley attacks Coalition''s tax cut strategy  

With the Coalition still in chaos, we're not taking our eye off the ball just yet - but we wanted to say thank you for everything you've achieved these last few years. Real people, taking real action will always be more powerful than cashed up lobby groups and special interests.

Thanks for raising your voice - there are 80 billion reasons to be proud that you did.

In solidarity,
Ruby, Ed, Patrick, and Ezreena for the GetUp team

 
GetUp! Australia :
PO Box A105, Sydney South, NSW, 1235, Australia Wide
GetUp! Australia
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