Looking at and being in the presence of an extraordinary work of art about men by Melbourne artist John Lawry from Wodonga, my first reaction was to channel Walt Whitman.
This micro-movie and talking with John has subsequently lead me to start re-reading the works of Publius Vergilius Maro (a.k.a Virgil, the great Roman epic and bucolic poet) which I studied at Norwood High School and Melbourne University in the 1970’s and continued reading and rereading in the 1980’s.
Where will this all lead me now?
I dont know.
But one thing is certain.
When you have genuine freedom of speech, you dont always know where it will take you.
Geoff Fox, (YawpMan ?) 8th August, 2020, Terra Nullius
Maribyrnong Mayor, Cr Carter, stresses “how important it is to practice social distancing – this is the most effective way to minimise the spread of this virus.”
Here is film of how teams of people “working” this week to decontaminate public surfaces in the Maribyrnong shopping precinct were “social distancing”:
I want to know:
A. Why are teams of 5-10 people who are employed to reduce the spread of Coronavirus violating “social distancing” rules over and over again in Maribyrnong as they walk along the streets?
B. Who employs them? Is it the council?
C. Why dont they split into two groups and walk down each side of the street so that they could get more “work” done quicker and keep further apart more easily?
They dont keep one and a half metres away from each other and make it impossible for other people to use the footpaths legally. Is this a deliberate policy from Maribyrnong City Council to keep customers away from businesses which are in danger of going out of business because of nanny state fear of freedom and fear of death?
The broad thrust of Coronavirus policy from the Socialist Left leadership of Victoria seems to me to be to make certain that we get a new Great Depression so that the private sector will be ruined and the government will control everything.
Are They All Evil Or Just Plain Morons?
Is Maribyrnong City Council doing anything to moderate the stupidity of the over reactions in the name of a “safety”, which it is impossible to achieve, in order to save the economy on which people’s lives depend?
What I have just practised above is freedom of speech.
Maribyrnong should try it sometime. They might learn something.
My father faced Japanese bullets for western freedoms on the beach at Balikpapan almost 75 years ago.
I will practice freedom of speech till the day I die.
Maribyrnong, you make me sick. (Specifically PTSD)
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.
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.
Attention: Stephen Wall, CEO, Maribyrnong City Council
Today is the 74th anniversary of the start of the Second Battle of Balikpapan, the last major Battle in World War 2 (WW2). My father landed on that city’s beach back then and saw his fellow Australians die for a freedom which I more recently wished to celebrate in Maribyrnong. But instead of celebrating the allied victory over fascism in 1945 with you and your team, I now condemn you for your negligent failure to defend democratic rights and freedom of speech in accordance with your responsibility as CEO for the daily running of the Maribyrnong government.
In 2015 one of your councillors dismissed my efforts to lobby
her on WW2 commemoration as “harassment”. When I complained to you, you wrote
to me early in the morning on May 27 that year: “I am sorry that you have felt
distressed and I look forward to speaking with you soon.” and repeated later in
the morning: “I can assure you we will speak once I have had a chance to speak
with Cr. Carter.” Despite many emails from me in the intervening four years about
the events that followed you have never communicated with me again. Why did you break that promise?
In the time since then, my civic and human rights to freedom of speech and to participate in local government via elected representatives have been trashed by your team leaving me unable to survive in Australia.
Furthermore, not one of my many attempts to discuss my situation in Maribyrnong with you and your team has been fully addressed. To his credit, Martin Zakharov has attempted to address some of the issues and has admitted the unnecessary unfairness of what was done, but the fundamental questions raised about your team’s police state action against me remain unanswered.
German musician and round the world cyclist Philipp Zey describes my decision to leave Australia like this: “I met Geoff Fox in Indonesia and spent time with him in Australia. He has chosen not to suffer but to seek to live in honor, peace and respect.”
I cannot live under a government that panders to a misandry which listens to women but my male story of many fathers’ sacrifice got criminalised by the police.
I will not live in a municipality where people make money out of suicide.
I cannot live where the simple act of trying to resolve problems by discussion is ignored.
I cannot live without freedom of speech which means both being heard and getting a response.
In short, as my Indonesian friends love to say, “Merdeka
atau Mati” (Freedom or Death.)
If you had done the job you promised to do on May 27, 2015, maybe my faith in living in the country of my birth would not have been destroyed.
Shame on you.
Geoff Fox, refugee, Jawa, Indonesia, 1st July, 2019
Out of 39 candidates in the 2016 East Gippsland local government election, 82 year old aviator, Ben Buckley, topped the poll with 8.91% of the vote and was the first elected to Council. Ben cares deeply about transparency and openness in government and about increasing freedom and reducing fear. I believe he is a national treasure. A profoundly Aussie epitomy of freedom, democracy and civilised humanity which I established this blog to champion.
As for the nation around him:
FREEDOM OF SPEECH ????? ………….. REST IN PEACE ?????