Tony is just like you and me: stable, grounded, family-focused and hardworking. But he is also passionate, compasionate and tenacious; capable; and motivated to ‘be’ the change that he seeks in this country, and protect those whom the system fails.
For him, that meant he must: up skill; acquire new knowledge; speak a new political theology; and all of that means he needed to get uncomfortable, at great personal cost and financial discomfort over a long period of time, so that his head, hands and feet matched his heart.
“A good government is as easily corrupted by bad policies, as a bad government can be revived by good policies. My job is to know the difference and act as a agent for the good of the people.”
Tony believes that the people deserve more than what we have received. He believes that Queensland deserves representation that is not filtered through party policies or hijacked by nationally deployed party agendas or interests. The role of independent representation is key to controlling political parties in this country, he says.
“The last thing Australia needs is a ‘rubber stamp Senate’ to be the muse of who-ever has power and control of the House of representatives, often reflecting their overt gross neglect of the people’s interests. This kind of dictation, is not only a waste of public money, but offensive to our democracy and importantly our Constitution, which is the contract between the people (the electors) and those they elect to govern them (the elected)”.
Tony believes that it’s not parties that have to change, but the people. He suggests the major political parties Liberla/Nationals and Labor/Greens are actually beyond reform. That “in many ways, party behaviours, attitudes and self indulgent actions are the nature and consequence of party-ism”. Recent, changes to Senate voting rules in 2016 highlight this uncontrollable compulsion to serve the self and wilfully deceive the people; presenting the Senate voting changes as in the ‘people’s best interests’. But Tony suggests “since when has a monopoly, duopoly, tyranny or dictatorship ever operated in the people’s best interests.”
“This trouble”, he says, “increases as political competition decreases. As such ‘two-party preferred’ pursuits breed a self-interested and an American cash-for-access style of politics which are little more than entrenched duopolies of revolving dictatorships and financial partnerships, designed and constructed around rules that elect and reelect the same two parties – giving them the special title of so-called ‘two-party preferred‘ – gifting them enduring revolving power and to make laws that keep them in power and keep the people in ignorance and silent”.
Tony believes that personal motivation and intention are the basis of all performance and politically set the tone for the public’s expectation. He suggests that the people have a very low expectation of politicians and their governments. “This comes down to their self-interest, and total fixation on re-election efforts from those we elect, and in this, on the balance, we are left wanting.” He says.
He adds, “our Australian constitution was built on the values of independence from political parties, ‘fairness’ for all and fair representation of the people and their will, known as ‘representative governance’. A two party preferred system, or any corrupted party system is the exact polar opposite of independence, fairness and representing the people, as it railroads the people, disguised as democracy, it rewrites social values and beliefs, and it funnels them into party silos of party centric policy, dictation, self-orientation and selfish party pursuits, power grabs, manipulations and gains.”
Tony says that “unless Australians soon change how we vote, and why we vote that way, self interest, political and party corruption, towers of power and opportunism will consume every pound of flesh from us and our children, and they will lay waste to our bones in hidden places, silent, beaten and without challenge, hope and/or the proper representatives or champions to stand in our place.”
But Tony is not going away, he has a vision and a plan, “When all you have left are hope and dreams, anything is possible.”
Prior to 2017, Tony had long been a supporter of conservative (coalition) governments, sharing their publicly declared conservative values and insuring that those who trusted Tony with their first vote, would also share preferences to conservative parties as a “back-stop” and protection to unnecessary, minority progressive influences. However “the last five years has been an eyeopening bitter pill for us conservatives”, he says, revealing that “conservative” for the coalition is little more than a trading name, a brand or gesture to retain swinging voters by tickling their ears”. As such, Tony says “two significant political, cultural and global abuses of society have allowed Australians to see the coalition for nothing more than the liars, deceivers and political con-artists that the Coalition’s performance – in and of-itself – reveals.
Firstly, the 2016/17 gay-marriage debate, plebiscite and parliamentary conscience vote was an outstanding peddling of lies, omission of representation, and cowardice that few egotistical Mp’s before could have ever let drizzle out of their false presentations. Simply, when push came to shove, the gay-marriage vote saw most of the Coalition MP’s MIA (missing in action) from both the lower House of Representatives and the Senate, the People’s House of Review; and those Coalition MP’s that voted? well most voted against conserving Marriage.
Second, was the massive atrocity and bungled national handing of the Australian Coalition’s covid conscription into tyranny from 2019 and ongoing. What started out as an unknown virus, led to a more unknown vaccine, that wasn’t even a vaccine 1st, 2nd or 3rd trial round. And so, instead of the threat of the virus killing us, it was the vaccine – which the 2-party [un]preferred Premiers, aided by the blue federal government who weaponised the vaccine roll out, that killed hundreds and maimed tens of thousands of trusting Australia’s, according to the TGA weekly results and ABS data on “covid deaths”.
But it was not just these heinous and completely insane assaults on the Australian population, but the Federal government’s back door “assistance’ to the States and Territories to create a final solution to suit a globalist agenda and the ability to wash clean their finger prints from the roll out of the corporate vaccine economy and universal voluntary vaccine. All of which was about as voluntary as a ‘gun to the head’ of Australians. Yet all of which, allowed Prime Minister Morrison to consistently say that “we will not be mandating any vaccine”, while the States and Territories effectively mandated the vaccine and locked out any and all unvaccinated – the hesitant, those with medical contraindications to a covid shot and those recovering from adverse events following a covid injection – all discriminated against and locked-out from their jobs, careers, study, graduations and placement, as well as tracking us and restricting our free movement both local travel and even national… even rejecting people from accessing basic health care, basic health services or shopping for basic foods, and at times, essential supplies.
Over the last two years, what is clear is that the ‘2-party preferred’ parties haven’t been preferred for a very long time as they can never be trusted again; but more than that, a viable financially resourced and equipped alternative party or political agent just hasn’t been in the people’s minds nor has their message been living in the people’s hearts and cries, until now (2022).
Essentially, those 2-party [un]preferreds exchanged our trust and the truth for deceit and lies, and instead of protection, they led us into a trap of ‘2-party preferred’ totalitarianism, having to suffer under a litany of overreach of powers and a horrendous assault of unconstitutional intra and inter State/Territory abuses perpetrated on everyday Australians, mums and dads, small business owners and self employed; on churches, the elderly and those in ‘high risk’ settings like aged care and children.
These 2-party [un]preferreds manipulated the lack of information available to us, by way of the frightening manipulations from the media, into a fear of Covid to re-found a new political heyday and hegemony used to assert sovereignty over the people and rule over us all, but they have failed. The cries have been heard, the people have been assembling, not participating in the mandates, rejecting their power and directives and this is a good thing, as this is the the beginning of the people taking back their authority and sovereignty of the people over parliament’s and power in Australia.”
What is most disappointing however, is the great let down; the shattering of our just world hypothesis.
“At least the Labor party lies to your faces, but the Coalition pretend that they are your champions, your friends, your party even – they even tell you as much – yet do the very opposite behind your back and blame all but themselves for the disappointment it, like their goal was something else entirely. Remember the ‘coalition of conservative’s’ promise to protect marriage and keep us free and our values protected. So how did it end up in Covid-19 so quickly that it was ok by them assault us and our freedoms?”
The Coalition of Liberal and National parties who swore to protect Marriage and also the unborn, the elderly, the poor, the ill, the vulnerable, our jobs, our freedoms, and also value our education, careers, lifestyles and contributions; but instead of conserving these things, they gave us gay-marriage in Australia, abortion and euthanasia in Queensland and many other States and Territories; and during the last two years… both Liberal/Nation and Labor/Greens MP’s have allowed their Prime Ministers and Premiers to give us in endless lock downs, lock ups and lock outs, all because the “good people” failed to show up to work that day. As such: they failed to do their job to protect us; they failed to represent the will of the Australian people; they failed to conserve our freedoms. They are political cowards, shepherdS who feed only themselves, they chose themselves and their party, they chose “reelection” rather than spend political capital on the defence of our freedoms. They chose aligence to the party system of power, over us. ‘Lest we forget’
“More to the point, the Australian parliament, The Australian Constitution and the safe guards set up for our protection – like the judicial system and accountability systems – have all largely and failed to protect us, rather appear to be redesigned and calibrated to protect these politicians and their parties from us. So just like the so-called Covid-vaccine has failed to protect anyone from the virus, and instead has now been seen to cause more damage to our health, families, societies and future than any virus, variant or some random flu, but not the flu, could entertain – so too it is clear that we have we the people have been stripped down of our power and sovereignty.
This leave only one day every three or four years, where not even the corrupt or corrupted can prevail against the people, and that is at an election, if the people have the will to change their vote to claim back our freedoms.”
It’s now more clear than ever in Australia political history that The Australian parliamentary system, the electoral system and this notion of a ‘2-party preferred’ ideology is broken and has corrupted or disabled all reasonable hopes of help. Therefore the only way to correct or remove this corruption from our electoral and political system is to break the 2-party preferred system all the way to the ground and shatter any ability for reassembly. This requires Constitutional change. In the mean time, we do this by breaking the stronghold and advantage that these 2-party [un]preferred parties have. The way is simple, we simply send them from the poll position that they seek on every ballot to the last positions on every ballot; voting blue/red/green absolutely last. This! with 30% of electors doing the same is enough to shatter the 2-party preferred system , breaking us back together again to unite Australia by choosing to vote for one and only one party – who has the greatest chance of forming government – in the number 1 position.
“This is not a dress rehearsal. This is not wishful thinking. If you – the electors – want your freedom, you will have to fight, work and campaign for it.”
Late 2021, I was endorsed by the United Australia Party as their Candidate for the seat of Fisher on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Across the whole country UAP, had equal quality candidates by any measure really; matched volunteers; and enough money to get the message out. Sure the media had their usual bias, and servitude towards the majors. They are their meal ticket, we know this and can’t change that. But UAP pushed hard, very hard. They also had equal oversight in the form of scrutineers during counting. However, regardless of the effort, when the results came in. It was the same old two party [un]preferred government who were elected. Ok, UAP got one Senator up, but something in the machinery was clearly a mis, now for certain.
“I’ve been around the rodeo many times. Many nationally known political actors such as, Slipper and Brough have come and gone and yet I still remain, and sadly, remain unelected. So in the 2022 election, I was clearly looking for the unseen. The micro manipulations, or tactical advantages being maximised which seem the give the major parties a down hill advantage everytime.”
“After awhile, the same or similar election results become to be consider almost like a conspiracy theory. It’s not just elector’s laziness in researching candidates, nor a lesser quality candidate, nor less appealing policy or an unconvincing messaging to breakthrough. Some results become inevitable, a matter of actual advantage.”
I remember back in 2013, when Riky Lee Muir standing for the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party was elected to the Senate at the 2013 federal election on a primary vote of just 0.51%, or 17,1022 primary votes. No one was more shocked than the Labor and Liberal political machinery, really! They had been using ‘preference whispering’ or preference deals in the Senate ballot for all of their modern history to perfection. But the Preferential Voting System (PVS) was little more than a means for manipulation of the system voted in by the very same people who needed it in place to keep the power just between the two party [un] preferreds. The election of Ricky Muir signalled to them that they had been found out and the Senate voting rules changed immediately. Again! to benefit those who changed them.
A decade later, the Senate voting rules keep changing and still keep favouring the major parties in the way they have been constructed, even penalising ‘ungrouped’ candidates to below the line, where instead of an elector being able to vote one of two ways, to vote for an ungrouped candidate, they only appear below the line. Therefore, an electors only has one way to vote this way but it requires much more precision and effort. A candidates has ten to fifteen times more electors vote above the line. Making it almost statically impossible to be elected as an ungrouped candidate from below the line. Add to this discriminations imposed and favoured to parties with brand, logos and name recognitions not equally afforded to ungrouped and you have all those micro benefits tipping the playing field further down hill to the major’s advantage.
Well it’s my personal experience and that of our scruiteneers in all our elections, but also across the nation in the 2022 Federal election which highlights the perpetrations here. Again, one could argue and claim “conspiracy” or now realise that what is happening here, simply exists because the process of electing Liberal or Labor to government has become the exact outcome that all elements and roles are serving right down the chain during the political election cycle; from the subconscious media and their bias, to the advertising agencies, the the electoral commission and their counting processes, particularly of the lower house, that short cut the counting of ballots so to return a result back the the ABC in a lightening fast time, for Anthony Green to announce to Australia who they elected.
“Remember, as a cabinet maker, we had a saying when it came to pushy, pretentious or demanding customers “you can have any two of the follow: quality, speed, or price. But you can’t have them all, and only one can be guaranteed.”
The same is true for election. It’s simply impossible to count the sheer volume of ballots in the House of Representatives over dinner-time only to declare a winner in each seat before the ABC election show concludes at 10pm. The fact that the senate ballots, which are the same in number, only more complex are all computer counted now at lightening fast speeds and with great accuracy, and yet still require weeks to complete that count. So if we are getting “speed” we certainly aren’t getting quality or accuracy, and here is why.
The only thing each polling booth returning officer is concerned with is… First, confirming that the two “preferred candidates” given to them in an envelope by the electoral commission to guide their counting are actually being preferenced 1st in reality. This means the first focus for the electoral commission is only preference number 1 across all lower house ballots.
Now keep in mind there are two counts here really. One is the pre polling ballots, which represent almost 50% or more of the total vote (which is hugely significant), and which are now being counted and collated privately and before polling booths close (which is without scrutiny I might add). Once preference number 1 is known they are stacked into counted piles for each candidate according to a voters 1st preferences. Note, that scruiteneers are not present during this preliminary count and cannot check these piles later because “they have been checked and there is not enough time to recount” said one Returning Officer.
The second count are the ballots taken on polling day. These are counted in the same way and propelling and also postal votes, with the focus only on the Comission’s two preferred candidates. The issue here it that what ever your attention is on will get the accuracy and attention.
The is no better example of this in demonstration than back in the 2013 Federal election in the Queensland seat of Fairfax. You may remember that the Liberal party’s Ted Obrien and Labor’s Elaine Hughes were the electoral commission’s 2-candidate preferred and so all counting effort were on them. Ted O’brien was winning the count on all counts. However, a studious scruitineer for Clive Palmer noticed the sheer volume of first, second and third preferences for Palmer in comparison to Labor’s candidate and raised their concern, that the focus (legally) should be on the two-candidates preferred. This triggered a profound set of events and likely one of the first election commission upsets.
The returning Officer for the booth, was then pressured by Palmer’s team to recount with palmer and Obrien as the two preferred candidates. this was then what the counting revealed, a surprising and very close race. However, before the elected member could be known, 768 ballots for Palmer disappeared between counts only to reemerge after a holiday at another polling booth. Then, after three full recounts, Palmer emerged as elected by voters as most preferred over Obrien by literally a handful of votes.
in the 1st recount there was a difference in Palmer’s favour of 36, then to Palmer again with 7 votes in the lead, and finally Palmer won the seat with a margin of 53 votes.
It’s absolutely imperative and important to remember that firstly, this would not have been the result if the polling booth kept their attention on only Labor and Liberal as the Commission’s two preferred-candidates while counting. Now there is a compelling reason here why, to do with how the counters handle the other preferences, but I’ll keep that for another discussion at another time. That said, please note, that the term is “two-candidate preferred”. Not two-party preferred. Second, the ‘proper’ count in Fairfax in 2013 for just this one seat took from September 7 until October 31 to complete and they had almost half a dozen different results, and the winner was neither of the Commission’s “two-preferred- candidates”.
As such, I now believe that the people as electors in a democratic system (by name only) are all but powerless to change the result and that drastic electoral policy and procedureal change and oversight must take place, including a move to electronic voting to handle all preferences, and remove the many micro benefits and advantages that the current system rewards Labor and liberal in obtaining their desired results.
Finally, political branding or references should be banned from all election materials and commentary. As the Constitution is designed to elect Candidates, NOT political parties.
Political parties since the early 1900’s but certainly the last 60 years have corrupted our elections, regulations, and procedures, and fiddled with election policy and practice so that the result rewards either of them a return to governance. The result is hardly democracy. But hey! lets keep all the little workers busy working to pay their taxes and tell them that “high inflation” is a bad thing that must be kept low, just like your wages. So we will penalise you with higher interest rates and expensive fuel. But what they don’t tell you is that “inflation” is a code word for “money in our pockets”. The government doesn’t want us to have money in our pockets because if we had time and resources we might just work out what they have been donning all along. They prefer us all on the bread line, fighting to survive.
So yes, we are the resistance, it’s true: we are the underdogs; the reformers; the pioneers; the salt shakers and history makers.
No longer can we blindly and silently trust our politicians to be “working tirelessly for us”, they have been working only for themselves all along.
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