POLICE STATE BASTARDRY

I denounce the police state bastardry of Premier Daniel Andrews’ Labor Party government in the State of Victoria.

In 2016 when I lobbied them for memorial tree plantings, they trashed my civic and democratic rights to protect a Labor Party politician from doing her job.

Then they trashed the basic legal rights of Australia’s second most successful ever Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, and imprisoned him. The High Court Of Australia set him free in a resounding 7-0 judgement.

Now they are isolating old people from their families without giving them any choice.

This socialist left government is forcing most businesses in the state to stop normal trading.

This “government” is imprisoning millions of innocent Victorians in their own homes.

That is Victoria.

I condemn “Dictator Dan” for the anti-democratic, anti-freedom practices of his Big Government.

May God help us all wherever such “socialists” destroy people’s lives.

Geoff Fox, September 3, 2020, Victoria

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.)

Happy Birthday, Tulsi Gabbard. Peace.

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Happy Birthday Tulsi.

Late on America’s Easter Sunday, I say that I miss your candidacy.

It should have been a resurrection for your party.

You gave the Democrats what my political heroes Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul gave and give the Republicans: uncompromising modern anti-war integrity.

But only a tiny number of Democrat primary voters embraced your presidential bid.

Why has the party of Bobby and Jack Kennedy become a party for Hawks?

I wish you well, Tulsi.

Peace.

Geoff Fox , Down Under, Easter Sunday,, 2 p.m. Hawaian time.

Augurs Of Freedom

Americans love celebrating their tradition of freedom, especially the presidents on January 20, evry four years when the presidential inauguration takes place.

In his 1953 Inaugural Address, Dwight Eisenhower said, “We are called as a people to give testimony in the sight of the world to our faith that the future shall belong to the free.”

On January 20, 1961, JFK said “……. the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

In 1969, on the same date, Richard Nixon said, “The essence of freedom is that each of us shares in the shaping of his own destiny.”

Australia does not have the same robust and articulate commitment to liberty.

A few days ago, I asked a bloke, who is the Australian equivalent for me of England’s Samuel Johnson and who knows a fair bit about my situation, “….. do you recognise the trashing in 2016 of my rights under articles 19 and 21 of UDHR?” (freedom of speech and the right to participate in government in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Aussie Sammy answered, “I do. You and many other citizens and non-citizens will experience such outrages but when a Court is involved, they are lawful under the law for the land that applies them – even when, as I say, the greater human right is being trashed.”

This fella was talking to me about a country he loves more than I can. He showed great personal integrity in speaking so honestly.

I cant live with this sort of “legality” where The Law and those responsible for it can destroy the foundations of democracy with impunity. In my case this was done when I was trying to celebrate democracy and freedom.

I cannot pretend to be willing to be a part of such a country.

Geoff Fox, 20th January, 2020, 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

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 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

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 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 SARAH CARTER, MARIBYRNONG, AUSTRALIA.

Councillor Carter,

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