Police State Crits #8 Unnecessary And Counter-Productive Police Involvement In Charity Work

This morning at breakfast at an historic church, I met a homeless guy, whom I will call D, with what looked like wonderful sporting memorabilia which he was seeking to sell. I told him I would like to help and to be involved as a filmmaker and/or photographer.

With his permission, I sent a text to P, a fantastic but overloaded worker at a nearby charity organisation which both helps the homeless and is well connected enough to arrange an auction to get a good price for the memorabilia. I told him that I believed this organisation would be a worthy recipient of some of the money raised if he were willing to give them a commission.

I asked P by text if she would help selling the memorabilia. Earlier in the morning I had sent P another text message pushing hard for discussion of two unresolved incidents of bullying at the organisation earlier in the year.

D and I walked to the organisation’s premises.

When we arrived, I made a follow up phone call to P, who said that she was nearby and would meet us in front of the building.

As a film maker, I told P that her involvement in an auction would help get a better price because she is beautiful. Which she is. Both the inner beauty of someone who cares deeply about others and physical female beauty.

P arrived at our meeting with two police officers in full uniform. No crime had been committed or was likely to be committed, as far as I knew, so I saw no need for their presence, but I kept quiete about that initially. (The primary role of a police force should be to deal with crime, not to oversee charity fund raising efforts among vulnerable people who might actually be put off by police involvement.)

But in a police state, the police can become involved in everything and far too often nobody ever says how ridiculous it is for police to do things like being involved in someone’s desire to help a homeless man and a charity.

I asked P if she was willing to be filmed sighting the guys memorabilia. She said she wasn’t camera ready. Assuming this mean she wasn’t wearing make-up, I asked if she’d be willing for her hand to be onscreen handling the goods and her voice offscreen. She declined. No worries. Move on.

Seeing no further role for myself in the likely exchanges that morning, I asked her to focus on D. She said she wanted to deal first with the bullying issues I had raised. I asked her to step aside as that was not a conversation I wanted to happen in public. The two police followed us as we did so. I stated my opinion to one of them that this was not a police matter.

I then found myself facing one of the police officers whom I will call B adopting the pose in the photo the reader can see of him as the feature photo of this post and below in another photo which was taken about a second or two later and is slightly different emotionally.

I get very angry when I see officers of Victoria Police force concealing their identity in public. I demanded that B tell me why he was concealing his identity and told him that he was breeching professional standards by doing so.

He than lowered his hands so his identity was visible and told me in an incredibly condescending and patronising voice something to the effect that he wanted to help me. Condescension is not police work.

This made me even angrier and I started to demand an explanation from him for his organisation’s appalling treatment of Cardinal George Pell. One intention I had underlying this change of topic was to test out B’s professed desire to help by redirecting our focus towards a real crime (the false imprisonment in Victoria for over 400 days of Cardinal George Pell) which has not yet been properly investigated by the organisation primarily responsible for doing so: Victoria Police.

I had an appointment for WW2 military heritage work with a veteran’s organization in another part of town, so I decided that I could not contribute positively anymore to helpng D and left.

I asked P to contact me ASAP to deal with things better.

I think she made a big mistake involving the police, if that is what happened, but she is a kind hearted hard working over loaded charity worker so I dont want to get too critical on that.

For all I know, Officer B might be a great bloke who could become a fantastic friend to me. But concealing his identity and talking in a condescending way were not good. I hope he apologises. If he does apologise, its case closed as far as I am concerned with respect to what he did. If he doesn’t, then concealing his identity is a clear breech of professional standards. It happens far too often. He should be held to account.

It. Is. not. Acceptable.

The really big issue here for me is over-policing in Victoria. Bad government in this state has created horrible problems for far too many people, when police are used to trash freedoms for stupid reasons.

In my non expert opinion, up to half of Victoria Police Force should be redeployed to the Australian Defence Force and retrained to help face Australia’s real security and safety problem which is the unknown future of the nation’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China.

But I don’t know everything. Being omniscient is God’s job. Not mine. Not P’s. And not B’s.

But God help us all when unnecessary police interference stops good people doing good things.

Geoff fox, 1 p.m., 31st August, 2022, Down Under

Open Letter To My Fellow Libertarians: Where Is Ingram Spencer?

A libertarian United Australia Party candidate at the recent federal election, Ingram Spencer, has disappeared from public view into the injustice system of the police state of Victoria.

I have been warning people about this sort of thing since the 8th of November 2017.

Here is my understanding of the chain of events based mostly on my reading of reports in the mainstream media.

Spencer’s political rivals in the seat for Higgins called him “toxic” and “aggressive” (the Greens candidate for Higgins) and his Liberal Party opponent, the sitting member for Higgins, said that he was “scaring everyone” at the draw for positions on the ballot paper. Australian Federal Police (AFP) then became involved.

A few days later, it appears that a uniformed police officer, M. Kirby of Prahran, took legal action against Ingram Spencer. The most recent publicly available information about this case which I can find is this:

This raises so many questions for me about the integrity of democracy in Australia.

Did AFP become involved because of things said by either or both of the Greens or Liberal candidates?

Did AFP have any direct or indirect contact with Officer Kirby before this action was taken?

If so, does this mean that Ingram’s political rivals directly or indirectly, deliberately or inadvertently, used police action against him to remove him from the race because they were scared or uncomfortable about things he had said or done?

If so, what are the things he said or did to lead to this police action against him?

The following is a recording I made of Ingram articulating some of his opinions about healthy communication prior to the events which lead to his imprisonment:

Ingram Spencer states 4 basic principles of communication for individuals, families and communities.

Does this sound like a man who deserved to be imprisoned because of secret allegations of menacing criminal communication?

Most importantly, where is Ingram Spencer now?

Is he a political prisoner?

Is his current disappearance from public view a part of the death of democracy in modern Australia?

My father “Rick” Fox, and both grandfathers, Professor A.C. Fox and the Right Reverend J.R. Blanchard, all stood up strong for freedom, democracy and human rights for Australia, when the primary enemies of freedom were the Northern Hemisphere’s fascist leaders of the 1930’s and the 1940’s.

Now it looks to me like the most dangerous enemies of what is left of Australian freedom and democracy are in Australia.

I believe that only the sort of genuine freedom of speech, which Ingram spoke up for, can solve this problem.

So I speak up and ask questions about what has happened to Ingram Spencer.

I use freedom of speech to defend free speech.

And I pray to God to save us all from tyranny.

Sincerely,

Geoff Fox, 26th May, 2022, Terra Nullius

Police State Crits #6 Shooting People on The Streets

The culture of silence appropriate to a penal colony is still strong in Australia. But some people are not afraid to speak up.

Morgan C Jonas is an independent candidate for the Senate in the election due in May this year. He does not back away from naming the real problems threatening freedom and democracy in Australia

The shootings by police last year of people protesting inhumane lockdowns is one such issue. The rubber bullets used are lethal weapons which kill 3% of the people they hit. Victoria Police call this a public order response.

Assault with a deadly weapon is a crime. Attempted murder is a crime.

But if those things are done by Victoria Police they are swept under the carpet in so-called professional standards investigations.

They are above the laws which apply to everybody else. They are arrogant. They are put of control.

They are a political tool of the Australian Labor Party.

Gods Bless the independents taking on tyranny.

Geoff Fox, 20th March, 2022

Police State Crits #5 Shame

On the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne I pressed a young police officer to stop hiding his identity.

He couldn’t look me in the eye. (At least he had that much shame. The corrupt superiors cannot hide the remnants of human decency in the faces of their young subordinates.)

The people need to see the decent police officers stand up strong and unafraid to do what’s right.

Geoff Fox, March, 2022, Down Under

Police State Crits #4 – Becky Spelman Awake To The World

Henry James died on this date, the 28th of February, 106 years ago, in 1916, in the middle of the Great War.

He wrote: ‚ÄúLife is, in fact, a battle. Evil is insolent and strong; beauty enchanting, but rare; goodness very apt to be weak; folly very apt to be defiant; wickedness to carry the day; imbeciles to be in great places, people of sense in small, and mankind generally unhappy. But the world as it stands is no narrow illusion, no phantasm, no evil dream of the night; we wake up to it, forever and ever; and we can neither forget it nor deny it nor dispense with it.”

People like Beck Spelman confront the world as it is and by doing so they make it better. They name problems which others deny and that naming is the first step to solving any problem.

Becky Spelman calls out arrogant bureaucrats at the Melbourne Freedom protest on 26/02/2022

Geoff Fox, 28th February, 2022, Down Under

Police State Crits #3 Terra Tacitae

(Shine Of The Moon communicates in a fantasy world.)

Meanwhile in Terra Nullius, the Goddess of Silence reigns.

Modern Australia is her home.

Mars is her mate.

Geoff Fox, 20-02-2022, the twentieth anniversary of the day my father died.

(The Hosier Lane Street Art is by John Lawrie.)

Police State Crits #2 – PLURES EX UNO

The Word.

Omnia Omnibus.

Christianity has what humankind needs right now within its reach but way out of its current capacity to grasp and hold.

The Word. Logos. Logic. Rationality. Discourse.

Omnia Omnibus. Everything for everybody.

Put the two together and the result should be democracy and freedom.

But what do I see?

A magnificent heritage which proclaims a welcome for all refugees.

(Just as long as its not someone like me alienated from the land of my birth by a police state bastardry whose rhetoric and propaganda the church supports whenever it can.)

Tries to be local ……..

(…… but then hits out in fear with the accusation of attempted murder when other persecuted peoples’ desperations for freedom upset its comfort zone.)

I could go on.

But what I seek on the whole of this website is dialogue with others.

Living in The Word.

Beneath Bunjil‘s skies.

Geoff Fox, 16th February 2002