Get Up! target Abbott and Turnbull with strategic outdoor for Protect Our ABC campaign

Activist group Get Up has taken their campaign to protect the ABC to the streets with two outdoor executions strategically placed in the constituencies of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The posters funded by Get Up members and created by Motion Picture Company feature the characters from the ABC’s long running children’s show Bananas in Pyjamas looking distressed next to the slogan “Protect our (ABC)”.

Get Up Protect our ABC outdoor

Rushcutter’s Bay poster

Get Up outdoor ABC Military Road

Military Road poster

The image on display in Bayswater Road, Rushcutter’s Bay – Turnbull’s constituency – was celebrated with a launch event this morning as Tony Abbott’s denigration of the ABC in a radio interview on Radio 2GB yesterday dominated the news.

Turnbull defended the ABC today following Abbott’s public attack on the public broadcaster for being critical of Australia during an interview with 2GB shock jock Ray Hadley.

The outdoor campaign funded by donations from more than 12,500 people is expected to be seen by 250,000 in the East Sydney suburb.

A second poster, showing the Bananas in Pyjamas next to a blender, has been installed in Military Road, Mosman, which runs between Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s home on the Northern Beaches and the Sydney CBD. Both posters will be on display for the next month.

A spokesman for Get Up! said: “They’re very tactically placed in the electorate of the PM and the Communications Minister, ministers who will have a deciding factor on the future of the ABC and both electorates where we have strong Get Up memberships as well.”

The campaign was launched last month in response to attacks on the public broadcaster by politicians and commentators and Sam McClean, national director of Get Up, said nearly 215,000 people signed up to support it within 72 hours.

“That makes it our fastest growing petition ever – underlining the community’s strong support for the national broadcaster,” he said.

Almost 160 Get Up members have signed up to letterbox Tony Abbott’s electorate of Warringah and Malcolm Turnbull’s electorate of Wentworth, he said.

Benita Collings, who presented children’s show Play School for 30 years on ABC TV, will be the ambassador of the campaign. She said at the launch event this morning: “I don’t want to imagine an Australia without the ABC and it’s clear from the polling and the momentum of this campaign that most Australians feel the same.”


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