Calling Out Tanya Pilbersek on Misandry and Freedom of Speech

Tanya Pilbersek, today is your 50th birthday and the 65th anniversary of the censure of Joseph McCarthy by the US Senate.

Today I remind you of the great words of one of the pioneers of the long campaign to bring McCarthy under control. On June 1st 1950 Senator Margaret Smith of Maine said to the Senate: “Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America.  It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others.”

Senator Smith took a courageous stand against what she called “hate and character assassination”

Today I ask you, Tanya Pilbersek, to repudiate the misandry of #metoo and White Ribbon Day which has created a climate of fear where an elected people’s representative of your political party can use the police against freedom of speech and not be held to account.

I call on you to unequivocally reject the sexist campaign to end violence against women. This is a gross affront to all male victims of violence.

Today, on the day of your birth, I, writing as a former midwife of 3 decades standing, ask you to remember all mothers and recant your politically motivated opposition to Tony Abbott’s sadly ill fated but ground breaking proposal for a more generous paid parental leave scheme.

Mr Abbott wanted to tax the biggest companies in Australia to give all mothers 6 months 100% income replacement for income up to $150,00 a year.

You said that this showed his “lack of respect” for women.

The truth is that you showed your lack of respect for mothers.

Shame on you.

Geoff Fox, Terra Nullius, 2nd December, 2019

THE CULTURE WAR

I am now a stateless refugee.

I have a chance of sanctuary and a meaningful life in the Republic of Indonesia.

 I flee from a western world which is at war with itself and at war with human nature.

This war is a cultural war. To paraphrase and borrow from former Reagan White House Director Of Communications Patrick J Buchanan from his landmark 1992 speech in Houston:

This modern war is about more than who gets what. It is about who we are. It is about what we believe, and what we stand for as human beings. It is critical to the kinds of nations we shall be. It is a war for the soul of the world. And in this struggle, the values of the Republic of Indonesia are on my side.  But the Maribyrnong and Victorian Australian Labor Party governments, in my country of birth, Australia, are on the other side.

Please pray with me for freedom, decency and civilised humanity.

They are dying in The West.

Geoff Fox, Malang, Indonesia, August 8th, 2019

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

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

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

 

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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 the Prime Minister: AN ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY FROM WITHIN THE ALP IN MARIBYRNONG

 

Prime Minister Turnbull,

In 1986 you said: “The public interest in free speech is not just in truthful speech, in correct speech, in fair speech …… The interest is in the debate.”

My rights to freedom of speech and participation in democratic debate have been denied to me in my home of Maribyrnong by misuse of police services from within the Australian Labor Party (ALP).

Seventy three years ago, in the first week of July, 1945, over thirty thousand Australians, including my father, landed at Balikpapan, Indonesia, in the final major battle of World War Two. 229 died.

In 2015, after a series of successful tree plantings in Indonesia, I lobbied all elected members of the Maribyrnong Council about memorial tree planting and reaching out in friendliness to Indonesia.

Subsequently, I was arrested for the alleged crime of sending two many electronic communications to Councillor (Cr) Sarah Carter of the ALP. Victoria Police treated me as a potential sex criminal till December that year. I now suffer PTSD as a result.

Two open letters about this, the first written to Cr Carter last November and the second to Victorian ALP Premier Daniel Andrews this February remain unanswered. So I now write to you.

As recently as February the 2nd this year, Maribyrnong City Cr Martin Zakharov of the ALP has written to me that the action against me was “unnecessary and unjust”.

I have created art displays in Indonesian places important to four heads of governments. I wanted to share this in Maribyrnong and I was arrested by the police.

In 2015, the mayor of Maribyrnong, Cr Nam Quach, viewed a selection of my art works and wrote, “Thank-you for the opportunity to view your exhibition.

Having spent some time working and living in Indonesia, I can say that I found it to be a deeply rich and fascinating culture which, has been often misrepresented in decades gonepast. My impressions of your artwork was that it 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.”

Cr Quach’s political career, based on providing an independent alternative to the Australian Labor Party, came to an end some time after he “was picked up and “body slammed” to the floor and kicked, leaving him dazed and nursing a cut lip.” (Herald Sun November 18, 2015) by an angry citizen at a council meeting. I believe this attack may be what another independent Councillor was referring to when warning me not to speak up about my loss of democratic rights. This other independent said; “I know what they can stir up.” I still wonder who “stirred up” the violence which this Indonesia-literate man, Nam Quach, suffered prior to his departure from local government.

 

Prime Minister, can you acknowledge my patriotism better than the ALP and Maribyrnong City Council have done?

I call on you, Prime Minister, based on the civic rights of our British heritage and on the human rights the world declared universal in response to World War Two, to make sure freedom of speech and open debate are protected at all levels of government in Australia.

 

Bill Shorten has ignored what happened to me in Maribyrnong. In his own backyard.

 

Do you care more about our democracy, Mr Turnbull?

sincerely,

Geoff Fox, Jakarta, Indonesia.

3rd of July, 2018

 

MAL T AND JOKOWI with caption

 

 

 

SOME QUESTIONS FOR MOTHERS DAY FROM A VICTORIAN MIDWIFE.

I have been a midwife in Australia for 30 years.

I believe that human babies have a right to human milk.

Who agrees with me?

6 months exclusive breast feeding is the recommended minimum. According to the latest publicly available comprehensive figures, 96% of Australian mothers initiate breast feeding for their newborns. At 5 months only 15% have been exclusively breast fed for that time. To achieve better breast feeding rates, mothers need more support.

The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities states: “Every child has the right, without discrimination, to such protection as is in his or her best interests and is needed by him or her by reason of being a child.”

The first few days are crucial to establishing breast feeding.

Since breast feeding is unarguably the best foundation for a baby’s life long physical, psychological and social health, why have successive Victorian governments whittled away at the publicly funded lying in period spent among midwives for new mothers?

When I became a midwife in the late 1980’s, we were very reluctant to send a breast feeding woman home if the milk supply was not established. Sometimes that could mean midwifery care in hospital for a week. Most mothers stayed for three to five days.

Since then the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative made Victorian hospitals much better places to establish breast feeding than they were. But the question, “Is the milk in yet?” has been replaced in public hospitals by the question “How soon do you want to go home?” The common length of stay is one to three days or earlier if the mother wants. For some women going home quickly is highly desirable and not a problem at all. But for others, undisturbed bonding with the baby under the care of experts in breast feeding is a need that it is impossible to meet at home.

Why have women and their newborn babies been denied the right to a publicly funded lying-in period to establish breast feeding?

I believe this has happened because it is cheaper for new mothers to be sent home quickly than it is to care for them.

Earlier this decade, I told Labor Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, that I believed new mothers were being sent home too quickly. Her immediate response was to ask what impact would that have on breast feeding rates. She promised to discuss my concerns with me, but did not deliver on the promise till she became Attorney General: she knew there was a problem but she didn’t make the time to listen to me when it counted.

At that time if you googled “Liberal Party breast feeding” Tony Abbot’s generous paid parental scheme was what you found: this policy would have helped breast feeding rates; he clearly did care. Who cares now?

If you googled  ”Labor Party breast feeding” the result was policies about cattle feedlots.

Australia’s latest national comprehensive breast feeding figures are from 2010.

Share market prices can be dealt with in seconds or even milli-seconds.

Who wants a better balance between our attention to our breast feeding rates and our attention to stock prices? I know I do.

Why don’t we have regular updates on breast feeding rates?

Is there a single candidate running in this year’s Victorian state election who cares about breast feeding and who will push for better midwifery postnatal services and the return of a publicly funded lying-in period available to all mothers?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/breastfeedingsupportinvictoria/?ref=group_browse_new was my attempt to raise awareness prior to the previous election. Who wants to revive this effort?

Mothers want to give their babies the best.

But they need more support.

Who else cares about this?

Societies which neglect the needs of mothers and their babies cannot survive.

Geoff Fox, Midwife. 08-05-2018.

An Open Letter to Daniel Andrews: New Police State Tactics from the ALP

Premier Daniel Andrews,

Injustices against men have lead social commentator Bettina Arndt to describe the State of Victoria as Australia’s “Deep South”.

With this letter, I now call upon you to address the misuse of police services against me and to commit your government to better protection of human rights especially the need for freedom of speech in democracy.

On July 5th 2016, the police force which answers to and is directed by your government arrested me for communicating with an elected representative of the Australian Labor Party, Councillor Sarah Carter of Maribyrnong City Council.

On June 18, I had warned that councillor by email that I would renew and extend an unresolved written complaint about her unless she discussed and resolved my concerns about her conduct. Two days later on June 20, police were ready to arrest me. But I wasn’t at home that day. I phoned the police station twice within twenty four hours in response to the calling card left by Senior Seargeant SW, but nobody returned my calls. On July 5th I was arrested for the alleged crime of sending too many emails and text messages to Sarah Carter via the communication channels made available to the public via the Maribyrnong City Council website. The Senior Seargeant later told me that the grounds for the arrest were events prior to June 20.

I believe this arrest was both illegal victimisation and a violation of various sections of the Victorian Charter Of Human Rights and Responsibilties including sections 15 and 18, relating to freedom of speech and the right to participate in public life.

In communicating with Sarah Carter, I started out wanting to commemorate the momentous achievements against fascism of the victorious allies in World War Two and to promote friendliness with Australia’s giant neighbour the Republic Of Indonesia.

My patriotism was rewarded with my arrest.

Under your government, Daniel Andrews.

Shortly after the arrest, I went back to the police station to try to tell the police that I believed they had violated my human rights. One constable laughed at me and Senior Seargeant SW told me in defence of the police action. “We have all these councillors coming over here about you ……..” I replied with words to the effect that if a number of councillors had come to his police station about me, then Victoria’s police force was at risk of becoming part of a police state. To his credit, the Senior Seargeant was visibly shaken by my words. He is no longer working at Footscray Police Station. I do not know why he left or where he is now.

Subsequently the investigating officer was Senior Constable PM. I told him how profoundly suicidal I had become after the arrest. He told me that officers at Footscray Police Station had been under instructions “from head office” which lead to the arrest. As a citizen who cares about democracy, I wish I knew what those instructions were.

Daniel Andrews, please ask the Chief Commissioner of Police, Graham Ashton, what sort of instructions lead to the victimization and human rights violations outlined above.  I have written to both you and Graham Ashton numerous times about my trauma and neither of you has begun to address my concerns.

I cant live with that.

Not in the State Of Victoria.

My home base for 55 years.

At the age of 60 years, my life as a citizen in your state is in ruins.

In your state, I am at war with the local government in Maribyrnong: that is the psychological truth of my life.

This war was started from within that local government when police services were misused to protect an elected representative of the ALP from communicating with me.

Will you, Daniel Andrews, and Graham Ashton, ever start to take your responsibilities and Labor Party Human Rights legislation seriously?

I believe the White Ribbon Day campaign demonises men and helped to create a climate where a feminist driven panopticon made my determined patriotic lobbying a crime. Will you repudiate this demonization of men and unequivocally support gender equality for men?

Now I have almost no income as I focus over and over on trying to understand why an apparently decent police officer like SW, who I believe does or did his best to serve and protect the Victorian community, came to be involved, during the lead-up to an election, in the denial of basic human rights essential to democracy.

In an open letter made public on November 8, 2017 and addressed to Sarah Carter, I asked her some hard questions:

I wanted to know what she had to say for herself with respect to the use of the police services to “protect” her from my lobbying when she was facing an election.

I wanted to know, and still want to know, 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 make that voter liable for two years jail if he mentions the candidate online or contacts her.

I asked, “How did Personal Safety legislation and police intervention come to be a substitute for a complaints process at local government level?”

These questions remain unanswered by Sarah Carter, who is your party colleague, Daniel Andrews.

I now call upon you, Premier, to address those questions and to make certain that Graham Ashton, your appointee as Chief Commissioner of Police, addresses those questions too.

A different question, which has been answered, is a question asked online about your government by Andrew Bolt on October 14th 2016: under the heading: “Victorian Government to brainwash students on male “privilege”, Mr Bolt wrote:

“Victorian students will be taught about “male privilege” and how “masculinity” encourages “control and dominance” over women, as part of a mandatory new school subject aimed at combating family violence. The Victorian government will push ahead with the rollout of its $21.8 million respectful relationships education program, despite claims the program fails to consider the multiple and complex drivers of family violence, ignores male victims and amounts to the brainwashing of children. Evidence has emerged the program risks alienating men — by presenting all men as “bad” and all women as “victims” — a point highlighted in a report evaluating a pilot of the program in 19 schools last year.

The sheer impertinence of Labor politicians and Leftist bureaucrats to think they have a right to impose their ideology onto the children of others, including the children of the parents who definitely disagree with their toxic ideology.

What kind of person thinks they can misuse power like this?”

A powerful answer to this question comes from Professor Janice Fiamengo of Canada. She writes:

“These people believe, as do all revolutionaries in the causes of so-called “social justice”, that the end justifies the means. If one woman might be saved from harassment or abuse, any number of potential male abusers can and should be sacrificed. In third wave feminist ideology, men are collectively guilty and are not deserving of compassion or fairness; women are collectively innocent and must be ‘protected’ by any means necessary. This modern revolution threatens everybody else’s basic rights.”

Professor Fiamengo has this piece of advice for government leaders, Premier Andrews:

“Anyone who makes rules for people to live under should read Charles Dickens’ novel “A Tale Of Two Cities” in which possession by a radical ideology undermined rational thought and fair dealing.”

The Professor made this comment to me on the significance of what happened to me in July 2016: “……. in your case and in many others that are now occurring as a result of feminist lobbying and propaganda, the response of authorities is an “over-reaction.” You did not threaten the woman in question. There was nothing in your correspondence with her that warranted your being treated by the police as a danger.”

Premier Andrews, you have boasted that Victoria is the most “progressive” state in Australia. Is police protection of an ALP candidate from showing respect for patriotic lobbying what you mean by progress?

Professor Fiamengo writes:

“Utopian social experiments are not new. The story can end like the Reign of Terror in “A Tale of Two Cities” and can begin like our modern demonisation of men and feminist promotion of  victimhood for women.  In order to purge dissident opinion, punishments must be created for those who disagree. As time progresses, more and more people must be put in the real or metaphorical gulag until that ever growing prison is far larger than the tiny utopia. The agitators always find new reasons to conduct further purges.

So, in Maribyrnong, to protect local government’s “gender equity ambassador” from the emails and text messagess of a male midwife who wanted to plant memorial trees on vacant military heritage land in the community, Victoria Police arrested the man. And this is going on now all around us, in every major institution of western societies. And it will go on for a long while as totalitarian practices replace the long evolved and evolving traditions of Western democracies.”

Daniel Andrews, the trauma of being arrested at the age of 59 with no previous criminal record has left me battling PTSD.

What the police force can be used to do in your Victoria scares me.

It is not the democracy I once had faith in.

Shame on you.

Geoff Fox

feeling safe in Java, Indonesia, February the 8th, 2018