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Further notes on my position on various issues

A few days ago I had responded to a voter here about a number of issues. The ACL had asked me for my views, so I responded. See this. At the Church gathering on Wednesday I provided my position (and in many cases the Australian Federation Party’s position) during the QA session – e.g. on:

  • should we force Australia Post to become  a bank
  • why are human rights of Palestinians, and (alleged) atrocities against children in Palestine, not a concern for Australian politicians
  • What about a voice for Australia’s indigenous community? An advisory body to the Parliament was suggested by the commentator. – I made a FB live on this on 12 May.
  • Climate change “existential threat”
  • NDIS – need for more funding
  • consultation with the community
  • overseas aid (should be increased?)
  • Federal corruption commission – I made a FB live on this on 12 May.
  • etc.

Now I have received a few more questions from a voter:

1. Do you believe “woman” is an adult human female, or a gender identity?
2. Do you stand for affirmative action for women in government?
3. Do you acknowledge the sex-based oppression of women, and stand for protecting women’s sex-based rights, such as protected private spaces and categories in sports?
4. Do you believe men should be entitled to purchase sexual access to others’ bodies?
5. What is your stance on LGBT rights?
6. How would you strengthen equity for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations?
7. What is your stance on climate change and environmental protection?
8. How would you support public health and education?

I’d like to request voters to spend 10 minutes to listen to this speech: It will give you a strong indication of my stance on almost everything.

Then please consider this video in which I explain how public policy should be made – based on reason and values (including freedom). I’ll

You might consider browsing through my manuscript, The Discovery of Freedom.

I have written millions of words over the past 3 decades on liberty. So if you search my blog you’ll find plenty of hints about my views on different policy issues.

If I find time I’ll make a video on which I address many of the commonly asked questions from voters. Please bear with me – I’ve just come off a major piece of work: a cost-benefit analysis of lockdowns in Victoria. We need to fight the LibLabs on many fundamental issues, and I haven’t had time to even prepare a flyer for my constituency.

Let me revert on this. Please use the material I’ve provided at this stage to develop a better understanding of my views. Further, I have been flat out working to finalise a cost-benefit analysis led by Gigi Foster (released on 11 May 2022) – so have not been able to respond to everyone. In brief, I’m a classical liberal with a conservative approach to society and family.


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My response to questions from the Australian Christian Lobby

A few days ago I completed this questionnaire (below | PNG ) for the ACL. You can find this also by going to, then to Victoria > Menzies then looking for me. I’m the only candidate to have completed the questions for Menzies. Clearly not many people in Menzies who stand for religious freedom.

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Had my first covaxin dose today.

In the end I assessed that there were potentially higher benefits (even though only temporary) than costs at my age. The vaccine will supposedly bring down my risk of severe covid disease (which remains a potentially lethal but modest disease – overall – from all known data) to the level of risk faced by someone 20 years younger. On the other hand, there is a small risk of side effects, including death.

We are dealing with relatively small numbers all around, given the official UK IFR of covid of 0.1%.

I’ve taken flu shots all my life without thinking too much about them, but there was never before a vaccine for coronavirus. That is what has made things more complicated in this case.

While I might have taken the vaccine at this stage anyway given the data, this decision was not truly based on informed consent.

I’d have liked to wait longer but totalitarian governments have boxed the unvaccinated into a corner as part of their disproportionate response everywhere except in Sweden.

For instance, from 1 January 2022 I can go practically nowhere in India – proof of double vaccination will be demanded everywhere.

To get back into Australia I will need 2 vaccines else will have to pay for a 14-day quarantine. And that won’t be where the thing ends.

Even the private sector is involved in imposing high costs on the public. My Australian travel insurance doesn’t insure for covid so if I land up in ICU here in India the cost can go into the tens of thousands of dollars very quickly. The risk of such a thing was very low and is now even lower – given India achieved herd immunity by July 2021. But the fact that covid must be self-insured adds to the pressure.

Overall, the principle of genuine informed consent has been breached and the way governments have acted and continue to act remains a matter of eternal shame for each politician and bureaucrat who has participated in this breach of human rights.

India is extraordinarily incompetent in 99% of the things that governments are supposed to do, but on covid vaccine they seem to be pretty competent: everything was managed electronically and certificate issued electronically immediately.

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