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Newcastle man’s 35 year crime spree


Well, they finally got me.  After more than three decades of refusing to vote in Australia’s compulsory elections the Electoral Commission has sent me notice I’m to be prosecuted. But before they levy the $110 fine for the two elections they’ve realised I didn’t vote in they’ve given me the opportunity to explain myself. Below is the explanation I’m offering. I doubt it will please them.


Reasons for not voting.

1. Illegitimacy.

The government of Australia is an illegal government of occupation that imposes its authority over the stolen lands of the indigenous inhabitants, including those of my own Cabrogal people. There has never been a treaty. We are still at war. I refuse to participate in a process that recognises or endorses the occupation. Even were I to spoil the ballot my informal vote would still be taken as participation in the process.

2. Lack of ethical options.

Australian political parties are criminal conspiracies that either facilitate the rule of this country by the tiny plutocratic elite who have appropriated the overwhelming bulk of wealth and resources of the nation or who seek to replace that elite with another that would be just as kleptocratic and unaccountable. Many so called ‘independents’ are either false flag candidates for those parties or individuals seeking power that they can then sell out to those same parties. From the information available to voters it is usually impossible to distinguish such fake independents from the small number who are reasonably sincere. To vote for such candidates would make me an accessory to a massive crime.

3. Contempt for the process.

There is nothing ‘representative’ or ‘democratic’ about contemporary representative democracy in Australia. Politicians represents their parties, their financial backers and/or themselves, not their constituents. To wring concessions out of our rulers we must confront them via participatory democracy, despite their efforts to suppress or criminalise such direct action. Modern elections are not exercises in democracy, they are exercises in marketing, PR, propaganda and spin financed by huge quantities of dirty money appropriated from the people by those who seek to appropriate even more. If voting could change anything important it would be illegal.

Whether by design or happenstance, the modern Australian electoral process ensures very few people enter parliament without owing favours to vested interests, particularly the media conglomerates who wield so much influence over their public image and the campaign donors who pay for the PR makeovers needed to make them seem acceptable to voters. It’s a mechanism for perpetuating precisely the corruption we see on a daily basis.

4. Life experience.

When I was a child I expected to get the opportunity to vote in perhaps one election before I got conscripted and sent to Vietnam to try to kill people who were demanding the right to vote in elections they had been promised since 1956 but which the ‘democratic’ rulers of this country and its allies were determined to deny them. Fortunately the Vietnamese defeated the invaders before I was forced to become one. Unfortunately they ended up with a system of government no more democratic than the one I live under, though at least Vietnamese citizens are not forced to participate in a farcical electoral process as well.

On November 11, 1975 it was demonstrated to Australians what happens when they elect a government that is unacceptable to those who really hold the reins of power. When you consider what happened to the people of Chile, Nicaragua and the Gaza Strip after they made similar errors, Australians got off lightly.

In 1978 I was elected as a prefect by staff and senior students at my high school but my election was immediately vetoed by the prefect master on the grounds that I was not suitable. So by the time I’d finished high school I’d been well taught how ‘democracy’ in Australia operates. The powers that be allow the people to select those who will oppress them on behalf of those powers, but if they make a ‘wrong’ choice it will be overturned.

In 1980 I cast a vote in an Australian election for the first and last time. I also campaigned on behalf of Australian Democrat candidate Paul McLean in the naive belief it might be possible to ‘keep the bastards honest‘. When Mr McLean was eventually elected to the Senate he exposed a conspiracy by Australian banks to defraud their customers via forex loans. For his trouble he was attacked by both sides of politics, persecuted by government authorities such as the ATO and vilified in the media by corporate funded think tanks. The banks continued to defraud their customers and have never been brought to book for their criminality.

In 1996 Albert Langer was imprisoned for informing voters of a legal way to avoid having their preference votes distributed to candidates or parties they despise. Section 329A of the Electoral Act (since repealed) demonstrated the willingness of Australian governments and the Electoral Commission to criminalise those who seek to inform Australians of their electoral rights. The amendment of section 240 shows their determination to force Australians to vote for those they do not believe are fit to govern.

Between 1998 and 2004 I worked as a criminal justice activist and spent considerable time in NSW and Federal parliaments lobbying for reform, giving evidence to inquiries, serving on committees, etc. In that time I got to see up close how Australian parliaments operate. I also got to see the effect such a work environment has on the minority of parliamentarians who enter parliament with noble intent. Several of my friends and colleagues ran for parliament and some have been successful, though I would never vote for them. I would never attempt to send anyone to such a dysfunctional, soul destroying workplace no matter how much they may desire it.

The only reason there was a by-election in Newcastle on 25 October 2014 was because the electoral process replaced a corrupt ALP government with a more incompetently corrupt Liberal/National one. It’s not the representatives that need to be changed but the electoral and parliamentary processes themselves.

Name: Michael S_

Signed ____________________________ on Invasion Day, 26 January 2015.


Vote one - Joylene

Joylene Hairmouth 1980 election poster

Actually I’m being a bit misleading in the account of my part in the 1980 Federal election. Although I campaigned for Australian Democrat Paul McLean my primary vote went to the Independent candidate Joylene Thornbird Hairmouth in the hope that if she entered parliament everyone else would leave. If you want to know what I thought Joylene would bring to Australian politics see ‘Butchy Boys’ in my earlier post Music to Pakistan. But only view the linked music videos if you are legally an adult.


Postscript (25 February, 2015) : As I mentioned in point #3 above, many ‘independent’ candidates are actually fakes who are secretly representing major parties. This is usually done in order to redirect preference votes back to that party. However there was a particularly blatant example of false flagging in last November’s Newcastle by-election.

The poll was called because the previous Liberal member had resigned after being caught out accepting illegal donations and lying to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) about it. Several other Liberal MPs resigned for similar reasons. The Liberal Party announced it was so contrite it would not be standing candidates in the resultant by-elections.

The highest polling ‘independent’ candidate in the Newcastle by-election was a lady called Karen Howard.

A new NSW election is coming up on March 28 and election posters have begun appearing around Newcastle. The Liberal candidate is a lady called Karen Howard.

  1. For Fox Sake permalink

    Cabrogal, don’t you get it? You are not being penalized for not voting.
    You are being penalized for not turning up to have your name crossed off the list.

    The List-Makers do not care about your politics, ethics, your righteous rants. They
    want to see the little line through your name.

    Anyways, it’s all a bit absurd, isn’t it, considering that for the second time this
    century, we’re about to have a PM foisted upon us that the People did not vote for.


  2. I object to even having my name on their list. State and Federal parliamentarians have full access to it, no questions asked. Law enforcement agencies and other bureaucracies have to fill out a form first. I felt much better during my activist days knowing that the MPs and public servants I upset didn’t have easy access to my home address.

    If you get crossed out without voting that counts as an informal vote. Whenever informal votes get high they declare the people too stupid to vote and simplify the ballot paper. Simplification usually consists of ensuring that even fewer non-party candidates get on the ticket and systems to make it easier to vote exactly in accordance with a party how-to-vote card.

    And don’t even get me started on preference deals.


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