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Progressive Organisation Raises Massive War Chest To Fight Peter Dutton

Thousands of people have kicked in to a campaign aimed at unseating the immigration minister.

Progressive volunteer organisation GetUp! has raised more than $190,000 from its base to fight against the re-election of immigration minister Peter Dutton, BuzzFeed News has learned.

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GetUp! is trying to unseat Dutton in the Queensland seat of Dickson, which the controversial government minister holds on a margin of just 6.7%

It's believed GetUp! put a call out for donations to fight Dutton and raised more than $190,000 in a few days.

According to the group, the money is not from a single large donor, but instead, more than 5,200 people gave an average of $38 each.

A spokesperson told BuzzFeed News the group had organised more than 100 volunteers around Brisbane for the campaign, and that the money would be spent on a big local media blitz.

The person likely to benefit from the war chest is Labor's candidate for Dickson (and former Queensland MP), Linda Lavarch.

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BuzzFeed News told Lavarch how much had been raised. She replied, "wow! Oh my goodness! That is a lot of money."

"GetUp! are doing their own mobilisation and their own campaign," said Lavarch.

"As you can imagine, there are a lot of people with strong feelings about Peter Dutton. People think his agenda is cruel."

To put the $190,000 anti-Dutton fund into perspective: Labor has reportedly spent $500,000 on advertising across the whole of the country so far this election.

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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