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Let’s play a game – can you guess whether these organisations are genuine grassroots political movements, or just a bunch of Liberal mates running fake campaigns to drum up support for the Liberals’ unfair policies to benefit the big end of town? Thread👇
First, we have @4_TheCommonGood
They sprouted up in March during the debate over the Liberals’ corporate tax cut. According to their Facebook bio, they were just an ordinary group of Australian citizens concerned about the plight of underpaid CEOs in this country.
It quickly became clear that ‘For the Common Good’ bore a striking resemblance to @BCAcomau. The Business Council of Australia kindly clarified their involvement with the campaign – see if you can spot the subtle changes they made to the FTCG bio after being outed.
‘For the Common Good’ wielded their 108 Twitter followers to devastating effect during the corporate tax cut campaign, but were ultimately unable to convince anyone that the Liberal Government should give an $80bil tax handout to their mates in big business and the banks.
They haven’t posted anything since November – around the time FTCG mastermind @ajamesbragg was put on the NSW Libs Senate ticket. Clearly those unparalleled astroturfing skills were enough to sway the Libs to replace incumbent @JimMolan with Mr. Bragg – ‘on merit’, no doubt.
Second, we have the ‘Stop The Retirement Tax’ website. Although it has @TimWilsonMP’s name all over it, he is refusing to ‘fess up and tell us who is paying the bills for the webpage – apparently because he’s not strictly legally obliged to do so. That’s a red flag.
Now, @ErykBagshaw has revealed that @TimWilsonMP and @WilsonAssetMgmt have been colluding for months to coordinate their very own taxpayer-funded double act roadshow to attack Labor’s dividend imputation reforms. smh.com.au/politics/feder…
Geoff Wilson was even caught shamelessly boasting to investors that he used his connections with the Chair of the House Economics Committee to pick and choose the dates on which the hearings would be held. The cost to the taxpayer thus far for this farce? Roughly $160k.
Geoff Wilson profits from the fake outrage that he’s concocted with first-cousin-once-removed and @WilsonAssetMgmt shareholder @TimWilsonMP – and taxpayers are footing the entire bill. Tim should resign as Chair immediately.
Third, @michaelkoziol is reporting today that another ‘grassroots campaign’ involved in the Liberal Party’s attacks on dividend imputation reform – the Defenders of Self-Funded Retirees – aren’t quite what they seem either. smh.com.au/politics/feder…
In another effort straight from the Liberals’ astroturfing playbook, the ‘Defenders’ say that they’re just a group of “hard-working Australians”, but fail to mention that a failed former Liberal Senate candidate and a few of his lobbyist mates are behind the whole sham.
For those keeping score at home, all 3 are fake grassroots campaigns (also known as astroturfing) funded by big business.

No wonder the economy isn’t working for everyone - except the top end of town.

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