Lobby group GetUp meets Social Services Minister Christian Porter in Ellenbrook


Meeting of minds: Keith Schekkerman, Steve Shilkin, Christian Porter, Barbara Hopla and Deborah Harris.
Picture: David Baylis           d461313
Meeting of minds: Keith Schekkerman, Steve Shilkin, Christian Porter, Barbara Hopla and Deborah Harris. Picture: David Baylis         d461313

ECONOMIC fairness, fracking and same-sex marriage were on the agenda for local representatives of apolitical lobby group GetUp on Thursday, when they met Social Services Minister Christian Porter in Ellenbrook.

GetUp is a national organisation that gives citizens a voice to lobby their elected parliamentarians about social, economic and environmental injustices.

Mr Porter, who is also the Member for Pearce, said he was always happy to meet members of the community.

“I met representatives from GetUp today who live in the Pearce electorate,” Mr Porter said.

“I am always happy to engage in respectful, if somewhat robust, conversation with groups that are passionate about what they believe in.”

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Keith Schekkerman, Steve Shilkin, Barbara Hopla and Deborah Harris met Mr Porter at his |office to present the three main concerns of the 3517 GetUp Members in his electorate.

“Despite some perhaps passionate differences in individual political ideology, the discussion went well and Mr Porter promised to provide the delegates with information about any fracking licenses in Pearce,” Ms Harris said.

“On economic fairness, Mr Porter pointed out that it was with great difficulty that he has achieved parliamentary discussion regarding a tax on the superannuation of |extremely wealthy retirees and it is his belief too, that large corporations should be paying taxes which are commensurate with their profits from Australia.

“Mr Porter also explained that he was bound to the coming marriage plebiscite by the extreme right |majority in federal parliament, as his personal views were those of the GetUp delegates.”