Dear King Charles,
Perhaps few people understand as well as you do, just how hard it is for the traditional values of family, church and state to survive unchanged in this w0rld.
I fully understand that you are not a monarch who directly rules the people.
Like your mother, you are a monarch who serves the people both symbolically and in assenting to decisions of parliament which can be discussed with you.
I understand that, in the normal course of events, I should discuss problems I encounter in society with democratically elected people’s representatives before writing to you.
But my attempts to find those discussions, when my human rights were trashed by police and the courts in Melbourne, Australia in 2016, were so miserably unsuccessful that I flew to Indonesia in 2019 and renounced Australian citizenship, hoping to get a better life in Java.
I was returned to Australia from Indonesia against my will, but have never withdrawn that renunciation.
On 9/11 last year, outside St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, I was physically and sexually assaulted by Victoria Police as a result of standing up for the human rights of an Aboriginal man. Now police are taking me to court, as if I were a criminal, despite the fact that the only independent witness said that I did nothing wrong.
Following the Augustinian idea that “Unjust law is not law at all.” and the Ghandian commitment to Satyagraha, “holding firmly to truth”, which Ghandi developed in an earlier era in your realm, I now reject the legal authority of both Victoria Police and Melbourne Magistrates Court, because of their moral failure to deliver justice.
This failure is not only true of what happened to me in 2016, it is true of what was done by them to Cardinal George Pell. From 2016 to 2019, Victoria Police trashed Pell’s rights and used Victorian courts against Pell, including Melbourne Magistrate’s Court.
The Cardinal was thrown into jail for 406 days, when what he had done, beyond reasonable doubt, was to conduct a mass.
Yesterday a Man Of God, a man who understands Christian life and political life, said to me that the treatment of Cardinal George Pell was a “modern inquisition tarted up to be something else.”
King Charles, if your realm, of both the Anglican Church and the British Commonwealth Of Nations, is to be a civil, democratic realm, where human rights are respected and not trashed, then I believe you have a crucial role, even if it is a politically symbolic role, to play now in speaking up for human rights, for democracy and for freedom.
Immoral injustice implies no rule of real law in this part of your realm.
I await your response.
Telling my story,
Geoff Fox, 23rd January, 2023, Melbourne, Australia