Sharing a Dream of a Better Maribyrnong.

An Open Letter to the Patriotic Leaders of Australia.

The defence department want to sell the explosives factory site in Maribyrnong, 127.7 hectares of unused land with great historic value. It was the only bullet factory in Australia in World War One.

I want this land to retain all of its precious military heritage and become a much greener place with much more trees.

When I wanted to discuss this and other ideas with the ALP in Maribyrnong I was told that my proposals were harassment. When I objected to this description of my lobbying, I was arrested by the police.

I now believe it is impossible for the Australian Labor party to respect me and my ideas.

Their police state tactics against me lead me to say that they are unfit to govern in a democracy.

But Australia has other better leaders and people’s representatives than those offered by the Australian Labor Party in Maribyrnong.

So here is my dream:

Instead of selling that magnificent peninsula of land, we must consider preserving it as a place where the military heritage and the natural environment can be enjoyed by Australians and international visitors for generations to come.

A national park. More open space freely available for all the people.

I have seen Eagles flying in this place. In inner Melbourne.

The land is said to have contaminated soil.

Would planting the right trees be the best way to get Mother Nature to help us clean up this contamination?

Lets build elevated walkways so that visitors can enjoy the natural beauty and historic heritage without being exposed to the contamination.

Who is willing to help me explore ways of making this dream real?

authorised by Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, Anzac Day, 2019

Kebersamaan Kartini: We Want To Stay.

I LOVE KARTINI. SHE TEACHES ME.

On the 25th of April 1903, Javanese princess Raden Ajeng Kartini wrote about her dream (shared with her sisters) of studying in Europe:

“We want to stay (in Indonesia) ……. We saw this as soon as we ceased to think of ourselves, but only of our cause ……. Our aim is our people …… The people for whom we wish to work, must learn to know us. If we went away, we should become as strangers to them ……. Always we wish to work for the good of our people, and we must not set them against us by crushing with relentless hands the ideas upon which they have thriven and grown old through the centuries.”

Kartini’s greatness is born from her choice of her own country and her own people ahead of foreign education. By choosing “Indonesia First” she became an education pioneer and a national hero.

The search for truth is dead in Western Universities. Seeking wisdom has been replaced by left wing political correctness and radical man-hating feminism.

I hope more modern Indonesians can do what Kartini did. Learn in Indonesia from Indonesians and from those foreigners here who love Indonesia and the glories of Indonesian culture. Kebersamaan. Panca Sila. Gotong Royong. Kekeluargaan.

Send fewer young people to unhealthy foreign cultures but bring more foreign teachers and intellectuals to Indonesia instead.

Be like Kartini and say,”We want to stay.”

Geoff Fox, Jakarta Pusat, 19/04/19

Christian Israel Folau’s Faith and Freedom Of Speech

Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union have threatened to terminate the contract of a star player as a result of his passionate defense of conservative sexual morality in one meme.

This is the text of that meme from Christian footballer Israel Folau:

“WARNING

Drunks

Homosexuals

Adulterers

Liars

Fornicators

Thieves

Atheists

Idolaters

HELL

AWAITS YOU

REPENT !

ONLY JESUS SAVES”

These are very strong words. But much of the online response focusses on this meme as if the only thing in it is an attack on gay people.  Folau is also very hard on people with drinking problems AND on people who lead liberated sex lives AND on atheists AND on people who idolize things which Israel Folau doesn’t idolize.

I believe it is reasonable to say, as Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has done this morning, that Folau’s words are “terribly insensitive.”

But I think Folau’s meme can also reasonably be described more positively. Is it a clarion call to oppose excessive drinking which ruins many lives? Does it uphold a traditional sexual morality which has long been foundational to most family life? Does the meme’s condemnation of theft deserve support? Is upholding belief in God something which a modern secularizing nation like Australia needs? (Faith in God has been part of the bedrock of western civilization for almost all of the two millennia preceding this one.)

If the focus shifts to more positive ways of describing Folau’s Christian moral passion, his meme raises issues worthy of discussion not kneejerk condemnation.

Conservative Christian Folau names 8 types of people he believes are bound for hell. You could say that 12.5 % of this meme is an attack on homosexuals. Yet Folau is now being attacked by some people online as if the only thing he has done is to condemn gay people. He names these eight groups of people because he wants all of them (in the terms of his belief system) to be “saved.” He wants what he believes is the best for them. Even if he is wrong and being unfair, at least part of what is in his heart is compassion and love.

To get a broader and fairer picture of what Folau believes, here are some more quotes from him from the Player’s Voice website where he is called a “founding contributor”:

“I used to believe I was defined by my actions on the footy field, but I see now that’s not true.”

“…… my faith is far more important to me than my career and always will be.”

“I will not compromise my faith in Jesus Christ, which is the cornerstone of every single thing in my life. People’s lives are not for me to judge. Only God can do that.”

“I have sinned many times in my life. I take responsibility for those sins and ask for forgiveness through repentance daily.”

“No man or woman is different from another – if you sin, which we all do, and do not repent and seek forgiveness, you will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

 “I believe when Jesus died on the cross for us, it gave us all the opportunity to accept and believe in Him if we wanted to. To enter the kingdom of Heaven, though, we must try our best to follow His teachings and, when we fall short, to seek His forgiveness.”

Are these the publicly expressed beliefs of a man we should condemn or of a man we should praise?

Bill Shorten’s response is to say, “There is no freedom to perpetuate hateful speech …….”  What right does a man aspiring to be Prime Minister of a western nation like Australia have to be so forgetful of our heritage that he suggests that passionate Christian morality is “hateful speech”? Two days before Holy Week.

A year ago, after Folau made another allegedly anti-gay comment online, one of his current bosses was quoted by New Zealand website newshub like this “The situation cooled after Rugby Australia’s CEO Raelene Castle said she was proud that he holds so strongly to his Christian beliefs.”

But a year later it looks likely that, for expressing his beliefs, his bosses will terminate his contract. The Rugby Australia Chief Executive yesterday released a joint statement with the New South Wales Rugby Union CEO with this conclusion: “In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.”

Now, as a philosopher, I suggest that Rugby Australia (RA) and NSW Rugby Union consider the following principles for fairness as mitigating factors:

  1. Freedom Of Speech. Freedom of speech has to be robust for it to work. Sometimes that will be offensive and hurtful to some people. But robust freedom of speech is the foundation of genuine democracy. Being really good at a game is not a reason for taking away anyone’s fundamental civic rights.
  • 2. Freedom of Religion. Please look at the whole package of his religious beliefs before condemning Folau for one part of his beliefs as if that were the only thing he has said.
  • 3. Openness. It is better to discuss Folau’s beliefs and to include him in the discussion than to risk driving those beliefs underground by trying to ban their expression.
  • 4. Inclusivity. Excluding Folau from the sport in which he is a champion is the opposite of inclusivity.
  • 5. Consistency. A year ago the RA CEO praised Folau’s religious beliefs. Now part of one tweet gets Folau sacked? If RA were able to resolve a similar issue last year without punishment, why cant a lesser punishment, like a fine, be considered this year?
  • 6. Fairness and Public Health. Folau has taken a stand against the abuse of alcohol. Doesn’t that aspect of his meme deserve our support?

Is Israel Folau going to be metaphorically crucified as we enter the Holy Week of Easter because of his conservative moral passion in one meme? Or are we grown up enough in 2019 to discuss and try to consider everything that he has said?

Geoff Fox, Resident Of Maribyrnong

12th April, 2019

GIVE US LIBERTY NOT A.L.P. DEATH

244 years ago, American founding father, Patrick Henry, spoke the famous words, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Those words describe exactly how I, as a victim of Australian Labor Party (ALP) police state tactics in Maribyrnong, feel about the possibility of a federal Labor government.

There are 5 ways in which I believe a Shorten Labor government could bring death to Australia.

1. THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY.

The ALP and its people do a better job of taking foreign money than at representing patriotic Australians like me.

Former ALP Senator Sam Dastyari received Chinese money and then promoted Chinese interests in the Parliament and was forced to resign because of it.

And Bob Carr has been described from within the ALP as “a pro-Beijing extremist paid by the pro-Beijing think tank, Australia China Relations Institute.”  

But the foundation of democracy is freedom of speech:

2. THE DEATH OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Last week Bill Shorten wrote in The Australian: “If individuals at a cafe or a pub spoke in the way that some people are allowed to speak online, there would be a call to the police.”

Bill Shorten believes it is police business to deprive people in cafes and pubs of freedom of speech. I know this ALP mentality. After I tried to talk about memorial tree plantings and acts of friendliness towards Indonesia lobbying an ALP politician in Maribyrnong, the police arrested me.

In 2012, Julia Gillard criticised then Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott for being “very light on accepting responsibility himself for the vile conduct of members of his political party” who had heard very offensive remarks about her father’s death and did not object to those remarks at the time.

Applying the party leader standards for responsibility for his own party to Bill Shorten which Julia Gillard set for Tony Abbott, the Australian people have a right to judge Shorten’s leadership by how he responds to the misuse of police services from within the ALP in Maribyrnong.

As bad as the comments about Gillard’s father’s death were, I believe arresting a citizen for communicating with a politician on matters of national interest is worse. Because the right to freedom of speech implied in the Australian Constitution’s establishment of representative government is at stake. In Maribyrnong. In Bill Shorten’s backyard.

3. THE DEATH OF FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

I believe Bill Shorten doesn’t want religious schools to be free to teach their children their religious beliefs.

4. THE DEATHS OF MEN DRIVEN TO SUICIDE.

I believe Bill Shorten and the ALP are prisoners of modern feminist misandry.

We have a new stolen generation in Australia. Children alienated from their fathers in a system where justice for fathers is impossible. This is driving men to suicide.

But I don’t believe Bill Shorten will call the Royal Commission into this tragic crisis which Australia needs.

5. DEATHS AT SEA.

According to the an Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) fact-check, at least 1100 asylum seekers are known to have died at sea trying to get to Australia the last time Labor was in power in Canberra.

Another fact-check by the ABC verified the claim of conservative Peter Dutton, when he was Minister for Immigration and Border Protection that “Nobody has drowned at sea under Operation Sovereign Borders.”

It looks to me like a vote for Labor is a vote for deaths at sea.

This is because Labor can’t protect our nation’s borders.

Or fathers. Or Religion. Or democracy. Or freedom of speech.

The Australian Labor Party kills the things I love.

Geoff Fox, Jakarta, March 23, 2019

“The Covered Wagon” – a long lost freedom.

“The Covered Wagon”, released on March 16, 1923, was the first feature length western movie. It is a meticulously authentic portait of the life of American pioneers, who traveled huge distances through hardship and adventure to look for a better life. The following video clip shows some highlights:

In his memoir “Reminiscences”, World War Two hero General Douglas MacArthur, who was born in 1880, wrote that his childhood was spent in “ …… the Old West of frontier days ……. nowhere else has there been the savage turbulence, the striking vitality and the raucous glamour of the struggle for law and order in the American West.”

Do we want to restore some of that freedom now?

Geoff Fox, Solo, Indonesia, March 16, 2019

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