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My interest in politics goes back a long way. It had it's roots in my attendance as a 10 year old at the protest rally outside the gates of Government House in Melbourne on November 11, 1975 - the day the Whitlam Government was dismissed. It expanded in 1980 when my Geography class diverted to the electoral system at the time of the federal election that year.

Political activity though didn't begin until after I left Australia Post. I attempted to battle them through the political system, and as a part of that I joined the Australian Democrats and handed out how to vote cards for the party at the 1993 election in the seat of Deakin. I only remained a member for 12 months as I felt they were not promoting some of their best policies properly - some of which were borrowed as Action Party policy when it was first formed.

My two years living in Canberra added intensity to my interest, with a number of attendances at Question Time and a contribution to the Youth Allowance debate. In more recent times I had a meeting with the lady who was Prime Minister from 2010 to 2013, Julia Gillard when she was still a humble back bencher (that was in 2000) and I was fortunate enough to be able to walk through the bowels of the House with the then Member for Maribyrnong (my local member at that time) Bob Sercombe, and share a government car with the then future Health Minister and later Attorney General Nicola Roxon. In February 2010 I attended the Community Cabinet in Ballarat.

In late 2010 I was approached to run for the Victorian Legislative Council in the state election, but a running mate could not be found. The party - Civil Society - was a dog's breakfast with last minute activity that mitigated against a proper campaign. It was probably a good thing in the end, given that the man who ran it has upset every disability peak body I know of! He consequently formed another party - Voice for the West - that flopped at the 2014 state election.

In 2014 I had another crack - this time as a member of People Power Victoria No Smart Meters. This time I got through to the campaign stage with a running mate and I had more time. But we couldn't compete with the other more established minor parties. I subsequently left the party upon finding that they were in fact a crank party. Just before Christmas in 2016 I was accepted into the ALP.

Here are the federal seats that I have been a constituent of over the years;

  • Casey (1983 to 1990)

  • Menzies (1990 to 1991)

  • Chisholm (1991 to 1992)

  • Deakin (1992 to 1996)

  • Canberra (1996 to 1999)

  • Deakin (1999)

  • Lalor (1999 to 2001)

  • Gellibrand (2001 to 2003)

  • Maribyrnong (2003 to 2005)

  • Ballarat (2005 to the present)

The links are explained as follows;

ACTION: The home page for the Action Party (may be on borrowed time now).

COMMENTARY: Past and present commentaries on various political subjects.

PARTIES: History of Australian political parties of note.

AMERICA: A reflection on the USA by me and by website member Cube Demon.

REACTION: A "lament" for a former opponent to the Action Party.