Speaking Truth To Power


                                    – 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.

To My Bankers: Please Talk With Me

To My Bankers

Dear Mike, Susan, Rachel, Mary and Alice

As I hope you all know, I am an Australian born artist who has created art displays at places important to four heads of national governments in the fourth biggest country in the world.

As I understand it, last month your bank came close to cancelling my mortgage and that would have set me on the path to homelessness and that course of action by you is still possible this month.

As I have outlined to you, I think there are better things you can do.

You have a choice.

If you want, you can lock yourselves in to making me homeless.

Or, can you sit and talk with me?

Why have you refused to discuss my ideas?

Geoff  Fox, Pearl Harbour Day, 2019, Terra Nullius.