Rowan Ramsey responds to GetUp campaign

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey is confident local voters will not support lobby group GetUp’s ‘Let’s vote out the hard right’ campaign which included his name among targeted candidates.

GetUp is asking people to vote online for which Member of Parliament the group should target to help unseat in the upcoming federal election.

Mr Ramsey is among a list of 18 MPs, who include Kevin Andrews, Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott.

GetUp national director Paul Oosting said there was a huge groundswell of support to vote out anyone with right wing views on climate change, refugees and social issues like marriage equality.

“Mr Ramsey is one of a bunch of hard-right MPs with out of date views on issues like climate change,” he said.

“He has also backed drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight and supports building a nuclear waste dump in South Australia.”

However Mr Ramsey has labelled the threat to campaign against him as a push from an organisation saturated with Labor operatives.

Mr Ramsey said he believed Grey voters would not get behind an organisation trying to tell rural and regional people how to vote.

“I am of the opinion that Australians are increasingly aware this organisation is a front for Labor and the Greens,” he said.

“I advise those who subscribe to GetUp to check the veracity of their statements which are often based on half-truths and distortions of the facts.”

Mr Ramsey said he had worked to pursue the best interests for Grey, which included projects like the London Street bridge and funding for regional aged care.

“I believe people will judge me on my record as a hard worker for the entire electorate, not on smear from some group based in the eastern states,” he said.

Once it has its targeted MPs GetUp plan to talk to voters over the phone and on doorsteps in the lead up to the election.

Mr Oosting said anti-progress MPs were on “borrowed time”.