Speaking Truth To Power

 “WE MAKE THE PATH BY WALKING.”

                                    – Robert Bly, born 23rd December, 1926

Dear Mike Baird, Susan Ferrier, Rachel Slade and Mary Scoutas

I cannot accept your collective refusal to take up my offer to talk with you.

This is about more than money.

It is about civilised humanity. (I believe that being both a midwife and an Indonesianist over three decades has taught me more about truly civilised humanity than most people, especially Australian people, ever have the privilege to know.)

This is also about the fundamental right to freedom of speech – in this case the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas.

This is the right to communication which your bank’s negligence ignored in my case in the middle of the year. To your credit, you have apologised for that, but then perpetuated your failure to communicate by rejecting my offer to talk.

My father faced Japanese bullets for this and other rights in July 1945 and I will not betray that legacy.

I have wanted to celebrate freedom and our humanity with you.

You can. This is about what we allow ourselves to be and to grow into.

You cant know how to deal with me now, if you wont talk with me.

Not everyone dedicates themselves as I have to a life that springs from poetry. It doesnt lead to money but to unique skills with words. As Robert Bly wrote: “I have spent many years trying to recover a common language, one that can cross the distance between people.

Real human communication and trust are indeed more than money.

I give you a choice: you CAN talk with me.

Or you can cancel my account with you and make me homeless.

Its up to you.

Geoff Fox, 23 December, 2019, from Maribyrnong, in Victoria, a part of Terra Nullius.

Human Rights Trashed in Terra Nullius.

Too many Australians dont know what it is to be human anymore. Or maybe that is not so new. The continent was once called Terra Nullius (Nobody’s Land) so that colonisers could ignore the indigenous inhabitants and claim ownership for their own nation.

Many people in Australia believe Australia has a good human rights record, but, so far, not a single one of them from the Prime Minister down has been willing to say publicly and openly for me on this blog that what happened to me was wrong: in 2016 when I wanted to celebrate human rights in Australia, my own human rights were trashed.

So I renounced my citizenship and sought asylum in Indonesia, a nation built on civilised humanity.

After two weeks of sanctuary in a tertiary level madrassah and three months in Immigration Detention, I was deported back to Australia against my will.

I might become homeless this Australian summer.

But I wont back down: I stand on and I speak up for my right to be free.

For freedom of speech.

For the integrity of representative democracy.

For the right to self-determination.

Geoff Fox, Human Rights Day, 2019, Terra Nullius

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