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GetUp has withdrawn a proposed election ad after it was accused of poor taste for parodying Tony Abbott refusing to rescue a drowning beachgoer.

Royal Life Saving Society Australia said the ad was inappropriate and insensitive, particularly after seven people drowned over Easter including Victorian father and son lifesavers Ross and Andy Powell, who died trying to rescue a tourist at Port Campbell.

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We have heard the criticism of the Royal Lifesavers and are pulling our satirical ad about Tony Abbott’s inaction on climate change, which was slated to begin airing in cinemas next week,” the group said in a statement.

We have the greatest respect for Australia’s lifesavers and apologise for the insensitivity of the timing and subject matter of our planned ad.”


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