Open Letter to Bill Shorten: You Are Not Fit to Lead Australia.

Bill Shorten (BS),

I live in Maribyrnong where I have learnt how unfit you and your party are to govern Australia.

You cant deliver three things Australia needs:

  1. Secure borders.
  2. Democracy and Civic Rights.
  3. Mutual respect with America.

It appears that people smugglers want your Australian Labor Party (ALP) to win the next election because Labor governments in Canberra let them do business.

All around the western world, peoples are realising that immigration must be controlled and that open borders don’t work.

The last time the ALP did a good job on border protection was in World War Two under John Curtin. Curtin redefined Australia’s place in the world when he told the nation: “Australia looks to America.”

When I tried to celebrate that triumph over fascism, through your ALP in your political home in Maribyrnong, I was arrested by the police.

I have written about this to you, BS, many times.

You haven’t replied once.

What chance does Australian democracy have under your leadership if a Maribyrnong politician from your party can get a patriotic citizen arrested as a result of lobbying and you say nothing.

40 days before the police force that answers to your party colleague Daniel Andrews arrested me, you said, “I think Donald Trump’s views are just barking mad on some issues.”

Here are some of Donald Trump’s commitments:

  1. Patriotism.
  2. Border Protection.
  3. Tax Cuts.
  4. Fair Trade.
  5. Fairness for men.
  6. Avoiding unnecessary war.

Do you, BS, think all of these ideas are “barking mad” or only some of them?

Are you going to apologise to the President of our long standing ally?

Or are you going to let the insult stand as proof that you are not fit to lead Australia?

Geoff Fox, Dieng Plateau, Indonesia, 25/1/2019

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis: A Metrosexuality that Nobody Needs?

Is Fritz Lang’s Metropolis a film about a metrosexuality that nobody needs?

Does the film suggest urbanisation makes healthy life impossible?

In Fritz Lang’s cinematic story of one man’s giant industrial mega-city, the beautiful religious figure Maria, played by 18 year old BrigItte Helm, is pure and caring and gives hope to many people by her faith in fraternity and communication. But then Maria’s physical likeness is stolen to empower a robot who is first presented as an erotic dancer for the rich and who then, under orders, uses manic sexuality to lead people to conflict and destruction.

While still a movie star, BrigItte Helm told one critic that she didn’t care about making movies and she would rather be a housewife, cooking, bringing up her children and looking after her husband. She went to court at great cost to fight for the right not to be forced to play vamps and retired from cinema and moved to Switzerland in disgust at the Nazi takeover of the German film industry.

So in real life Helm wanted to be the motherly Maria not the destructive seductively malevolent dancing Machine imitating Maria.

In modern western nations the sexual liberation of the 1960’s and following decades has given way to the moralistic crusades of the #metoo movement which attacks and destroys men but not women for their sexuality.

Do we want a return to a much more conservative sexual morality imposed on men or do we want gender equal sexual freedom for everyone?

Right now I don’t think many people in The West know what we want with respect to that question.

BrigItte Helm had no doubts about how good it was for her to be a mum.

Geoff Fox, Malang, East Java, 10th January 2019, the 92nd anniversary of the release of Metropolis.

The Philadelphia Story and our changing presumptions of innocence.

“I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” – Bob Dylan, 1964

On December 26, 78 years ago, during the golden era of The Greatest Generation, a work of art called The Philadelphia Story was released. It told the story of a spirited, independent woman’s awakening to love. In this Katharine Hepburn vehicle, monogamous heterosexuality was seen to meet human need. The film poked fun at marriage and shows its weaknesses but does not reject the institution.

How times have changed in the western world. Marriage is not the place it was.

Heterosexuality as the norm can no longer be assumed or championed.

The story debunked the idea that the Hepburn character Tracy Lord should be treated as a goddess. Her real need was not to be worshiped but to be loved.

Hepburn’s character was shown due to marry an up and coming politician but the night before the wedding she gets very drunk with a writer she admires who is there to report the wedding. They shared two kisses and a late night swim but to some others including her fiancé it appeared like an affair.

When Hepburn said, “I was guilty straight off until I was proven innocent.” Cary Grant, playing her first husband, who still loves her, commented, “Downright un-American if you ask me.”

In the modern world of suffocating political correctness far too many men are now “guilty straight off”.

On the October 2nd, 2018, President Trump described this modern phenomenon by saying: “It’s a very scary situation when you are guilty until proven innocent. My whole life I have heard you are innocent until proven guilty. But now you are guilty until proven innocent. That is a very, very difficult standard.”

As an Aussie fan of America’s great capacity for self-criticism, the anti-male modern climate of fear sounds downright un-American to me.

Geoff Fox, East Java, Christmas Day, 2018

Open Letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison: What would a Maribyrnong PM Bill Shorten do to our democracy?

 

Ming and Ike 4

 

Prime Minister,

I write to you on this 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbour as a big fan of American World War Two hero, General Douglas MacArthur.

MacArthur’s words “A better world shall emerge based on peace and understanding.” summarised the world’s hopes when fascism was defeated in 1945.

But the world has changed. Many of our traditions are being attacked and sometimes replaced by “social justice warriors” who don’t care about the rights, values or lives of people like me.

 

In 2016 I was stripped of my democratic rights in Maribyrnong by police action originating from within the ALP when I tried to promote reaching out in friendship to Indonesia.

The current mayor of Maribyrnong has described my treatment then as “unnecessary” and “unfair”. It has devastated me.

Australia’s alternative Prime Minister Bill Shorten has ignored my questions.

 

Prime Minister Morrison, can you offer Australia a better future than the police state tactics I have suffered from the ALP in Maribyrnong?

Abraham Lincoln warned: “If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Or as Robert Menzies said in his forgotten people blueprint for a free and prosperous nation in 1942: “……. we must be not pallid and bloodless ghosts, but a community of people whose motto shall be, “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” ”

In our own time, political scientist Jennifer Oriel writes about the broader situation in Australia: “The battle between Morrison and Shorten is shaping up as a contest between founding values ……. In reaction to the resurgence of the democratic spirit, “progressive” elites are tossing Newspeak at the plebs. Thus far, they have turned patriots into xenophobes, democrats into populists, conservatives into ­autocrats, free speech into hate speech and diversity into demagoguery. They have introduced state censorship to silence dissenters from correct ideology.”

 

Without democracy and free honest speech, the Australia I have loved cannot survive.

 

My father faced Japanese bullets on the beach at Balikpapan in 1945 and 229 Aussies died there for freedom and democracy.

 

What will Bill Shorten’s Labor Party do to that dream?

 

Geoff Fox from Maribyrnong, 7th December, 2018

 

Open Letter to Maribyrnong Mayor Martin Zakharov

gender bigotry declaration

In Maribyrnong, the “thoughts, ideas and opinions” of “mothers, daughters and sisters” are “heard and respected”. My thoughts, ideas and opinions got me arrested by the police. Is this misandry? Why wasn’t my goal of a better relationship with Indonesia which I have worked towards in unique ways for 3 decades “celebrated and supported” as opposed to what happened in 2016?

 

Dear Mayor,

Thank you for your honesty in acknowledging that the police actions initiated against me from within the ALP and Maribyrnong City Council in 2016 were unnecessary and unfair.

It has broken me to be arrested as a result of trying to talk about ways I wanted to help Australia have a better relationship with Indonesia.

The resulting PTSD leaves me unable to get income and I am resigned to death because fairness for me in modern Australia looks impossible.

While I am still alive, please attempt to publicly address all the following unanswered questions ASAP.

I direct them to you, an elected representative I know, not some bureaucrat incapable of caring about me.

I do this as early in your term as Mayor as I can. My PTSD stopped me writing this last week.

I ask these questions of you because of the human decency which I, as a midwife, believe you may have inherited from your mum, Senator Olive Zakharov.

I sought answers to the first three questions in an open letter published on November 8th 2017. That’s how long it took me to recover enough from the trauma of July 2016 to be able to write publicly about it.

  1. With respect to the 2016 action against me, what are the implications for democracy when an elected representative can be up for reelection and facing the possibility of a formal complaint from a citizen voting in that round of elections and then Personal Safety laws are used by the police to threaten that voter with jail if he mentions the candidate online or contacts her?
  2. How did Personal Safety legislation and police intervention come to be a substitute for a complaints process at local government level?
  3. Why is it that in discussions with police, I was never allowed to see the full argumentation for the charges against me and the evidence for the “personal safety” concerns which were allegedly justified by my conduct, the sending of electronic communications when I lobbied an ALP politician?

Unanswered questions to Daniel Andrews from the 8th of February, 2018 redirected now to you:

  1. Premier Andrews has boasted that Victoria is the most “progressive” state in Australia. Is pre-election police protection of an ALP candidate from showing respect for patriotic lobbying what is meant by “progress” here?
  2. Will you, Martin, as the elected head of government in Maribyrnong, unequivocally support gender equality for men?

From an email of 5th March 2018, unanswered by the recipients, your predecessor as Mayor and the Maribyrnong CEO.

  1. How many women in Maribyrnong have been murdered by their partners or been the victims of domestic violence in the past decade and in each of the past five years and what are the equivalent figures for men in Maribyrnong?
  2. How many men have committed suicide in Maribyrnong in the past decade and in each of the past five years and what are the equivalent figures for women in Maribyrnong?
  3. Who makes money from suicide in the City of Maribyrnong?
  4. Does any of this money come to Council?

Democracy, civilised humanity and human rights are life or death for me now.

Your predecessor in 2015, Mayor Nam Quach, wrote that my art: “……. provided a unique expression of Indonesian humanity, history and culture, with the underlying theme of an appreciation for the Indo-Australian relationship. The Bahasa phrases used, referring to ‘kesatuan’ and ‘keragaman’, certainly reflect the strength and unity found within diversity, striking a chord to the spirit and values we share here in the City of Maribyrnong.”

As a fellow independent artist, Martin, you have made a good little contribution to 3 of my 5 art displays at places important to 4 heads of government in Indonesia, art displays where shared Austral-Indonesian history, democracy and human rights were and are vital themes.

Now, instead of us working together for Australia for those values through art, the above questions arising for me from undemocratic Maribyrnong human rights violations from within the ALP against me, must be addressed.

 

Written and authorized by Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, if that’s what’s necessary this week.

Too Many Men Want To Die: #metoo4mentoo?

My fellow western men, we must tell our stories: when we are silent, we die.

We have as much right to #metoo as women do.

This poem is my story of unresolved PTSD induced by police state practices in Australia in 2016:

 

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GEOFF FORKS DAY

(#metoo for men too)

 

Remember. Remember. This 5th of November,

I remember childhood, when Stranger Danger

hadn’t been invented: the streets were free.

 

I remember Repat: nursing with the diggers

then Brisbane midwifery: in being with women

twenty eight years I had felt free.

 

I remember Morotai, Douglas MacArthur’s waterhole,

where I am proud to see my dad look good,

but Maribyrnong took me down:

was that cos I was free?

 

I remember these 28 months

of too much wanting to die:

can men like me be free

with women now?

 

Or has hatred

grown too strong

@ us too?

 

Geoff Fox, 5th of November, 2018, Australia.

 

Relevant links:

https://freedom-demokrasi-and-civilised-humanity.com/2017/11/08/freedom-demokrasi-and-civilised-humanity/

Austral-Indonesian Tujuhbelasan #1 My Dad In Morotai.

Prosaic explanations:

  1. I studied General Nursing at Heidelberg Repatriation hospital where there were many war veterans (diggers in Aussie parlance) and followed up with midwifery in Brisbane. The Old English word “wyf” meant “woman” and the “mid” syllable means “with”. Think of the modern German word “mit” meaning “with”. A midwife now is someone who is with women in pregnancy, birth and breast feeding.
  2. I have created an art display at General Douglas MacArthur’s waterhole in Morotai in Indonesia. My Dad was in Morotai in WW2. His image is now part of the sacerd heart of this grassroots art display. It means a lot to me. I wanted to share and replicate my Morotai achievements in Maribyrnong. I was arrested by the police.