GetUp, a high-profile law firm, has made Goldstein’s controversial chair its top election priority in Victoria and announced a campaign against climate change to overthrow incumbent Liberal Tim Wilson.
The campaign met with lukewarm reception from independent candidate Zoe Daniel, who is already under fire from Wilson and the coalition to support her candidacy from outsiders.
GetUp members bring their climate action agenda to Goldstein voters.
GetUp National Director Paul Oosting said Goldstein was the group’s main concern in Victoria as part of a $ 2.5 million national election campaign, followed by Kooyong, who held Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
Other targeted areas include those affected by climate-related disasters or where climate is a key issue, including Macquarie, Eden-Monaro, Gilmore and Page in NSW Regional, Mackellar in Sydney and Ryan in Brisbane.
Oosting said Goldstein was chosen in part because of the group’s many active members in the area, the importance of climate issues in the election campaign, and because of what he described as Wilson’s poor climate performance.
Mr Wilson is the Deputy Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction. He has a long association with climate policy, including while working for a free market think tank, the Institute for Public Affairs.
Goldstein candidates: Independent candidate Zoe Daniel and Liberal MP Tim Wilson. Credit: Photo: Simon Schluter
“Our goal is to see progress on these (climate) issues from anyone who forms the government,” Oosting said. “We want to send a message that we need urgent action on climate change.”
He outlined a campaign involving signs, stalls in shopping malls and “community call parties” where volunteers run call centers that contact Goldstein voters by phone.