I Will Tell My Story #3: Free In A Madrassah But Not In Victoria

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In the past year, I have lived in three very different places.

First, there was almost three weeks as a non-paying guest receiving asylum in an Indonesian Pondok Pesantren (madrassah). This learning institution gave me asylum under Islamic law after I explained to them my reasons that I went to Indonesia to renounce Australian citizenship under Indonesian law. My long standing commitment to studying the 99 Islamic names of God, asmaulhusna, from a western perspective is probably the biggest reason that I received this rare privilege. Or perhaps I should call it a rare recognition of my fundamental human rights.

Then in the second week of August last year, I was arrested and placed in solitary confinement in an Immigration Detention Centre in Indonesia for three months.

Thirdly, after being deported to Australia against my will, I have been living in Premier Daniel Andrews’ Police State Of Victoria.

 

What follows is a comparison of life in these three places.

 

In the Pondok (madrassah) I had the most freedom, and was in the most democratic and civilised environment of all three places. The Islamic lifestyle is one of clean living and devotion to God. The People talked softly and modestly and were always friendly.

I could come and go whenever I liked, and on the rare occasions, when a door was locked but I wanted to enter, someone would invariably unlock it for me.

The religious tolerance was extraordinary. In an institution dedicated to the very devout Islamic practice, I was totally accepted even though I was not a Muslim and not engaging in all Islamic rituals. This is because Islamic people in Indonesia have a very widespread and deep tolerance for their own principle La Ikraha Fiddin. (There is no compulsion in religion.)

I learnt a lot among those students about good calm living and made a little film about the liberation and enrichment which can be gained by prayer.

The Islamic environment was democratic because all the people there had freely consented to be there and were proud to be there. In any democratic organisation governing by the consent of the governed is essential.

 

The immigration detention centre was obviously very different. I was there because immigration officials believed I had broken Indonesian law. I disagreed with them and still do. The head of the madrassah and the very devout mayor of the large city in which it was located both agreed that from the religious point of view I had the right to seek “aman” (meaning safety) in Indonesia.

I was not in the detention centre by consent but my basic needs were met. There were lots of great people there. I got enough exercise and the food was nutritious and I was always delivered three meals a day. The ventilation of my cell was great. It was never too hot or too cold. I had all the sterile drinking water and washing water and toiletries  I needed. I received the medical care I needed.

I was able to communicate with a senior guy in America’s National Coalition For Men who wrote a letter to the head of the Detention Centre explaining why he thought my actions were justified. For two months I was able to engage online in artistic collaborations with Australians of which I remain proud.

There was a good balance between privacy and social interaction.

I also became much more accurate at kicking a soccer ball.

 

Compared to those two Indonesian places Daniel Andrews’ Victoria just doesn’t measure up. In this sad state all of the worst traditions of Terra Nullius are fully maintained. (It has to be said that there are a few great people here who have ensured that my experience here these last 8 and a half months has not been as bad as I feared it would be.)

This is a state where too many people live in fear.

Thats not surprising. If anyone was silly enough to go and sit on a park bench here in Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, that person would risk being fined $1,600.

Widespread fear now means that the economy is being trashed to fight a disease which is well under control by global standards.

Daniel Andrews has had the most draconian lockdown laws in Australia but this severity has given him the least success in getting the sort of community effort going where a virus can be controlled.

Freedom works, Daniel Andrews. Your Police State tactics don’t.

Democracy dies when the governing political party uses scandalous branch stacking the way it’s been used in Daniel Andrews’ branch of the Australian Labor Party and that party stays in power.

Being civilised is impossible when the government treats outdoor activities like golf and fishing in wide open spaces as dangerous.

Australian Rules Football is sometimes said to be the religion of  Melbourne. AFL footy was born in Victoria and none of the best clubs are playing here anymore. The grand final appears more likely to be played in Brisbane or Perth than in its normal home of Melbourne.

 

For any government in the world, getting the balance right between the economy and the Corona-virus pandemic is going to be hard.

 

Daniel Andrews and his political party proved to me in 2016 and 2017 that they don’t respect people like me or our rights or needs.

Nothing has changed.

Compared with being in Victoria, life in the Pondok in Indonesia was very very good.

I miss you, Gus.

Geoff Fox 23rd July 2020, Melbourne, Victoria, Terra Nullius

(“Gus” is an affectionate honorific title frequently used to address Islamic leaders in the Indonesian island of Java.)

Religious Persecution – Joan Of Arc and Cardinal George Pell

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Joan of Arc was executed on the 30th of May 1431.

She was a religious warrior.

What was done to her by the English forces invading France and their French allies was wrong.

Joan wore male clothes to protect her from rape and this dress was part of the “reason” she was executed.

Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of molesting two boys while wearing garments which made that molestation impossible. These traditional garments worked to prevent what Pell was shamefully accused of. easons which make me believe that the conviction and imprisonment of Australia’s second most successful catholic was an injustice on a par with what was one to Saint Joan.

I dont have time now to state all the other reasons I believe the treatment of Pell can be compared with what was done to Joan Of Arc. (I am going out this Sunday afternoon in Australia to have a kick of the footy (a.k.a. football) with a Man Of God.)

Suffice to say the High Court Of Australia overturned Pells’ conviction in a 7-0 judgement.

I too suffered injustice in the so-called justice system of the police state of Victoria.

Shame on you, Socialist Left Premier Daniel Andrews.

Shame!

Shame!

Shame.!

Geoff Fox,7.26 p.m. 30th May, (San Diego time)

 

The Socialist Left King – Premier DAN ANDREWS

The micro-movie in the above link is a comedy. Will anybody laugh or is leftist stupidity already boring?

Jim Cousens has been struggling for work as Santa Claus in recent years because the shopping centres have preferred to have good looking young women as Father Christmas nowadays.

Gender confusion is the new black.

And now Premier Daniel Andrews in Australia’s Deeply Leftist Deep South has made it even worse with one of the most draconian sets of Coronavirus laws in the world.

Geoff Fox, 15th May, 2020, Terra Nullius

Using Fear To Spread Socialism And Attack Human Rights

On the birthday of Karl Marx, let me count some of the ways fear is being used during the Corona-virus pandemic and has been used to spread Socialism and attack Human Freedom:

1. Premier of the Police State of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has banned golf and said “I don’t need to play golf, and me playing golf is not worth someone’s life.” As if golf courses are not big enough to allow social distancing.

2. We are scared of approaching and touching each other.

3. Human contact is illegal.

4. Leaving our homes is also against the law.

5. Around the world countless threatened businesses want government bailouts. Is there a government in the world which can afford to give everybody everything they want?

6. U.S. Congress Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uses the occasion of the pandemic to write, “We have to start demanding ……. that we strip profit motive out of our decisions and reprioritize for the public good …….” Whether this is right or wrong, it is not capitalism. It is not free enterprise. It IS socialism. How many of the congresswoman’s “demands” are affordable?

7. Marx himself wrote: ” ……. there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.”

8. In 1927 Mao Tse Tung first used the statement, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” at the start of the Chinese Civil War. Many other people like me prefer to follow Abraham Lincoln in believing that legitimate power is of, by and for the people. History has shown that Abe was right. Will the future agree?

Guys like President Lincoln didn’t just spread the Christmas spirit all year round.

He played a major role in creating it.

But Socialists like Daniel Andrews want to deprive people of the fresh air and sunshine which kills the Corona-virus.

God help us All.

Geoff Fox 5th May, 2020, Down Under

REMEMBERING MY MIDWIFERY

Today is Karl Marx’s birthday.

He was a guy who was supposed to be pro-worker but whose thinking has constantly lead to totalitarian tyranny.

Including for me.

I was a midwife in Australia for 30 years.

It was a wonderful way to earn a living. Working with couples (and single mums) as they built families.

But it didn’t survive this modern age of Phlegminism.

The destruction of this part of my life happened in the state of Victoria under the government of Socialist Left leader Daniel Andrews. A man who supports feminism but has shown me that he doesn’t care about mothers at all.

The foundations of the modern Third Wave of Feminism are like Marxism.

Both depend on victimhood. According to Marxism, as I understand it, workers are inevitably the victims of rich people and in feminism women are the victims of men. This has nothing to do with healthy social reality.

In the real world, in free civilised societies, people benefit by being decent to each other because they need each other.

They can build good lives together based on love and understanding if they are free.

This is becoming harder and harder in The West for both genders.

I think most men and women are good people, but in the modern world they are so often lost and confused; family life suffers badly as a result.

“Shelly” of San Diego writes:

“Millennial women are turning away from motherhood.

Mothers and their needs are often ignored by society.

For me, being married to a Taiwanese man is different than being with an American man in many different ways. 

Nowadays many American men expect sex by the third date and refuse to commit.

I understand that sex is important to men but putting an arbitrary number on it just kills it for me. I’m a human being, not a trained seal who performs on command. My husband was content to let things unfold at a pace that was comfortable for me. At the same time many American men refuse to commit and call a woman who wants marriage rather than a hookup “pushy”.

Whereas my husband proposed to me after 10 months of dating.”

Isn’t that beautiful?

Geoff Fox, 5th May, (a.k.a. International Midwives’ Day), 2020, Down Under

Cardinal Pell Was Crucified – Premier Andrews MUST Resign

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I make this statement as the proud grandson of two distinguished Christian theologians, Professor Arthur Clampett Fox and senior Presbyterian leader, Rev Julian Ralph Blanchard, who finished life in the Uniting Church.

I make this statement because I know how badly justice and western traditions have been trashed in Daniel Andrews’ Victoria.

I make this statement as a poet proud of the power of metaphor in the English language which I love.

Cardinal George Pell was crucified.

Socialist Left misleader Daniel Andrews MUST resign.

Geoff Fox, 8th April, 2020, The Police State Of Maribyrnong

Socialist Daniel Andrews Channels Donald Trump

Let me be upfront and disclose my personal history with Daniel Andrews, premier of the Australian state of Victoria.

I met the man once.

I talked to him from the heart about breast feeding.

This is what the prefeminist era used to call a motherhood issue.

It was on the steps of the state parliament in Melbourne. He listened as I told him that I had been a midwife for a quarter of a century and that I felt really strongly about the need to improve breast feeding rates. For public health. For mums. For families. For babies.

Without any reaction at all, Daniel Andrews turned his back on me and walked away.

A few years later, his government’s state police force arrested me as a result of my memorial tree planting lobbying of an elected local government politician from Daniel Andrews’ political party.

Daniel Andrews has history with me. It is not good. I dont like him.

But it does give me great pleasure to point out that, in his response to the coronavirus pandemic, Socialist Left factionalist Andrews has quickly followed in the footsteps of master politician Donald Trump by declaring a state of emergency.

As we face this crisis, without the public health benefits of good breast feeding rates, nobody knows yet what new strategies will work best.

Perhaps the apparent British approach, lead by Boris Johnson, of welcoming the acheivement of herd immunity, would give better longterm protection, if a much more virulent, more deadly strain of this virus emerges later.

Who really knows?

Only God is omniscient.

The Daniel Andrews I have met knows nothing of public health.

And didnt even care.

Geoff Fox, 17th March, 2020, Down Under

Open Letter to Maribyrnong Mayor Martin Zakharov

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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.

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