After months of silence, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has bowed to pressure and formally called out Craig Kelly MP for spreading dangerous misinformation about coronavirus.1
On top of that, Kelly could soon be out of a job — with reports that Morrison is now unlikely to save Kelly from a preselection threat ahead of the next federal election (something he's done several times before).2 It's a huge turnaround!
While a lot of people deserve credit for piling pressure on Morrison, one thing is certain.
Two weeks ago, Emilie, a nurse from Victoria, started a petition on GetUp's Campaigns by Me platform calling on Morrison to hold Kelly to account. And soon after, more than 35,000 people added their names in support.
This huge show of public outrage has helped keep the media's spotlight shining on this issue and force Morrison to crack down hard — sending a strong signal to hard-right politicians, like Kelly, that endangering public safety won't be allowed. Here's how Emilie's feeling right now:
"This is such great news! Craig Kelly finally being pulled into line sends a message to healthcare workers like me that we matter. A big thank you to everyone who supported my petition...[It] worked!"
So, what issue will you start a campaign on? Perhaps you'd like to improve wheelchair accessibility at your local train station or know a chain restaurant underpaying their staff. Maybe you're like Emilie and have noticed someone in a position of power doing the wrong thing.
Whether your idea for change is small or revolutionary, GetUp's Campaigns by Me platform can help turn that idea into a powerful online petition and people-led campaign. Click here to start a petition now or to check out what's involved.
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Emilie's decision to start a petition matters and so could yours. Because, as you can see: public pressure, outrage, and support in the form of petitions like Emilie's can have a huge impact on what the media pays attention to and the decisions our leaders ultimately make.
With thanks to Emilie and all the frontline workers,
Emma, Mike, and Clodagh, for the GetUp team
PS - In case you missed his statement, after a 30-minute scolding on Wednesday, Kelly conceded:
"I had a meeting with the prime minister... I agreed to support the government's vaccine rollout which has been endorsed by medical experts. I believe that the spread of misinformation can damage the success of our public health response during the pandemic".3
 Scott Morrison publicly rejects Craig Kelly's views on unproven COVID-19 treatments after mounting pressure, SBS. 3 February 2021
 No election protection as Scott Morrison rebukes Craig Kelly, The Australian. 4 February 2021
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