We understand that GetUp! hate Tony Abbott MP. The left-wing activist group is working hard to oust him in favour of independent candidate Zali Steggall for the seat of Warringah in the upcoming federal election. So not two days have passed since the tragic news that a father and son volunteer surf lifesaver team (SLS) drowned trying to save a stranded tourist, GetUp! thought this campaign was appropriate to take a pot shot. It has since withdrawn it.
Australia has a proud record of volunteer spirit. There are 150,000 people registered as surf lifesavers. Abbott happens to spend his spare time serving in both the SLS and the Rural Fire Service NSW. He isn’t there for photo shoots but actually puts his life on the line to help his community. Talk about cheap political point scoring.
For the record the Surf Lifesavers this season have rescued 5,353 people and performed first aid on 21,470 others. To put that in context, that is 30 people rescued and 451 preventative actions every hour. The SLS patrol 12,000km of beaches, 36,000km of coastline and 100 million beach visits annually. This is SLS’s creed:
We are a can-do movement.
Optimistic at every turn.
Forever serving Australia.
For we believe in life.
In the sanctity of life.
And in our great Australian way of life.
We support it. We protect it. We celebrate it.
We are Surf Life Saving.
You can donate to the SLS here. CM just did.