THE GREEN SHIRTS MOVEMENT

Our vision and goals

“We take forward action to bridge the city-bush divide.”

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STATEMENT OF INTENT

We are a grassroots, not for profit, movement of individuals and families across our nation, that hold a collective concern about the increasing divide between food and fibre consumers, and primary producers and associated industries.

Our movement aims to bridge this divide by inspiring trustworthy communication channels and real-world connections that will clearly but respectfully separate facts from fiction.

We will not take a backward step in defending our families, businesses, workers, and communities.

Where we see inaccurate or misleading allegations masquerading as fact, we will unapologetically take a public stand – in whatever method is deemed appropriate – to correct the record and defend the truth.

We are not aligned politically, however will be active in the political sphere, in promoting and supporting good policies and outcomes for our people. In doing this we will be working with a diverse range of organisations, groups, and parties.

Our community of people – and the generations of provincial families that have fed and supplied our nation – are at the heart of our endeavours

Why do we need to exist?

"It's politics that got us into this mess...
it'll be politics that gets us out!"

We need you, as the consumers and producers, to rally behind us to keep the produce on our shelves Clean, Green and Local.

If we don’t produce it, someone else will, and we can assure you, it won’t be to the standard we have set ourselves.

OUR OBJECTIVES

Communication and Engagement

We need you, as the consumers and producers, to rally behind us to keep the produce on our shelves Clean, Green and Local.
If we don’t produce it, someone else will, and we can assure you, it won’t be to the standard we have set ourselves.

Science and Economics

To develop industry capacity for commissioning, collating, curating and disseminating credible science, economic context and policy development and advice.

Politics

Increase our influence through proactive, efficient and targeted political engagement to ensure good policy outcomes.

Governance

Establish and maintain an optimal legal vehicle that meets legislated requirements that is overseen by a guiding coalition of representatives to ensure relevance, adherence to purpose and longevity of the Company.

Fundraising

Develop a sophisticated multi-channel fundraising competency that generates consistent and reliable funds, free from political interference.

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THE GREEN SHIRTS MOVEMENT

Our Committee

Queensland Cluster Coordinators

FAR NORTH QLD

Penny Johnson

NORTH QLD

Mario Quagliata

ROCKHAMPTON

Joanne Rea

SOUTH BURNETT

Jim Wilmott

WESTERN QLD

David Hardie

DALBY

Mary O'Brien

IPSWICH

Suzie Holmes

BRISBANE

Jewel Burbidge

TEXAS

Geoff Somerville

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It’s time to make a difference. You can help as little or as much as you like. Every little bit counts.

DONATION DISCLAIMER

Green Shirts Movement Australia (GSM) is a not-for-profit organisation campaigning to ensure that the grassroots Australia is represented and governed by good people and good policy.

GSM is not a deductible gift recipient (DGR) organisation or fund that registers to receive tax deductible gifts, nor is it a registered political party under State or Federal legislation. Therefore, contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes.

To help us continue to be the voice for rural, regional and reasonable people we raise money through donations help pay for things like advertising, billboards, print advertisements and representing your voice to governments at all levels.

We are NOT apolitical – we are very political – however we are NOT party aligned. We expect and will support GOOD PEOPLE and GOOD POLICY, no matter from whence we find it. We will not blindly attach ourselves to any political party. We expect parties to put themselves SECOND to the welfare of the people they purport to represent. We are driven by you. As political parties are abandoning the grassroots, we will fill that void. We will give our all to ensure policy is driven from the grassroots up, and not inflicted on us from those that feel they are our betters.

Your donation makes our movement stronger and strengthen your voice.

DONATIONS POLICY

By donating to Green Shirts, donors confirm that:

The individual or entity making the donation is not a Foreign Donor, as defined by the Commonwealth Electoral Act (1918).
The funds they are donating are not being provided to them by another person or entity for the purposes of making their contribution.

Persons or entities are required to register as a political campaigner when:
electoral expenditure exceeds $500,000 during that financial year or any one of the previous three financial years; or electoral expenditure exceeds $100,000 during that financial year, and electoral expenditure during the previous financial year was at least two-thirds of the revenue of the person or entity for that year.

As such, if Green Shirts Movement Australia’s expenditure reaches such levels, we are obliged under the Commonwealth Electoral Act to disclose to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) cumulative donations of $14,500 or more in a financial year. The AEC will publish these reports on its website.

QLD ELECTION GIFT PROVISIONS

When donating specifically towards our Queensland State Election campaigns when held, Qld Electoral laws prevent us from receiving and prohibit donations from Property Developers and their associates. Therefore, when donating, donors confirm that the following statements are true and accurate:
The funds they are donating are not being provided to them by another person or entity for the purposes of making their contribution.

The payment is not made by or on behalf of a ‘prohibited donor’ (being a ‘property developer’), or a ‘close associate’ of a ‘prohibited donor’ as defined by the Electoral Commission Queensland.
By law, donors who contribute an amount of $1,000 or more in aggregate are required to be disclosed to the Electoral Commission Queensland.

This disclosure is made by Green Shirts Movement Australia Pty Ltd and must include the name and address of the donor. Donors which are companies or trusts must provide details of financial officer or trustee(s) as applicable.