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      Friday 11 March 

2.00  to   6.00 pm:  Malcolm McClure and Eve Hilary;  Common Law Workshop 
7.30  to  9.30 pm:  Senator Len Harris 

                                              Saturday 12 March

  7.45 to  8.50 am  Registration
  8.50 am     Welcome, Notices
  9.10           John Rivett
10.10          Open Session
10.30  Morning Tea
11.00          Tony Pitt 
12.00 pm    Peter Taubert
12.35           Bevan O'Regan
  1.00 Lunch
  2.10           Brett Dawson  
  3.10           Dennis Stevenson 
3.40           Citizens Commission on Human Rights 
  4.00 Afternoon Tea
  4.30           Viv Stott
  5.35           Open Session
  6.00 Close
  7.00           Assembly for those booked in for the dinner for a 7.30 pm start.

       Sunday 13 March 

  7.45 to 8.50 am  Registration
  8.50 am    Opening
  9.00          Eve Hillary 
10.00        Open Session
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00        Malcolm McClure     
12.05 pm  Jeremy Lee 
1.00 Lunch
  2.10         Tony Pitt 
  2.45         Sandy Thorne 
  3.55         Sandy Stevenson 
  4.40 Close                    
        Afternoon Tea

      Monday 14 March


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By Peter Wilkinson. Editor of The Independent Australian

An unusual forum in an unexpected place, run by people of talents not widely recognized, where you can hear information ignored by the mainstream media. Not easy to get to except by car, but well worth a visit. Some impressions of the 2005 forum from your Editor.


Inverell is in Northern NSW , right between the main N-S routes of the New England and the Newell highways. It has little passing trade, although the gem stones attract tourists and the town itself has retained many old buildings, attractively presented, and an excellent information centre.

Inverell is an important service centre for surrounding agriculture and, as usual, the power brokers centre around the National Party and Rotary (the voters prefer Independent MP, Tony Windsor, interviewed in Winter 2004, Issue 3).

The Inverell Forum is where unorthodox opin­ions, rarely given a mention in the mainstream media, can be expressed and receive an audience. The Forum receives no recognition or mention from the town power brokers, despite the economic spin-off from up to 200 people attending over the weekend. The organizers are local which highlights that in the country one finds an independent strand of thinking.

Initially the key organizers were Betty Moore, a local councillor of independent views, now less prominent in the organization, and Robert Balgarnie who has assumed the chief organizer position, and has continued to record the meetings. In the early years they found it difficult to cope with the number of attendees, having two meetings one year. There was a great upwelling of feeling about the constitution and other issues. Many proposals were put forward, but it was difficult to get people to cooperate. The organizers decided to ban motions as they caused too much friction. The forum does not have a `line' that it is trying to promote, or any link with any political party, and that has kept it alive for 17 years, despite changing concerns. The only consistent issue is championing freedom of expression. The mainstream media will not mention the forum, so publicity is by word of mouth and mention in the freedom papers and magazines.

The forum was held in the comfortable RSL Club Function Centre. The format included both scheduled speakers and five minute contributions from attendees; I was given a spot to make a pitch for The Independent Australian. A bookshop, which covers anything from printed and tape material to herbal medicines, was open for participants to sell or give away their wares. You could pick up a list of pro freedom groups with over 300 contacts, some admittedly state branches of on organization. The chairman, Dennis Stevenson, was professional, with plenty of jokes to keep people awake (maybe too many at times) and kept the program rolling along on time,

[These notes reflect my interests, rather than a record of events.]

Senator Len Harris, (One Nation), keynote Speaker gave a valedictory address covering his interests and career during his term of office.

He was particularly harsh on the Australian Elec­toral Commission, accusing it of usurping legislative powers, trampling on rights of individuals. He cited deregistration of PHON based on correspondence with the ex-secretary, who had not been a member for two years. He was disillusioned about politics as played out by parties. His solution was that since there were no provisions for political parties in the Constitution, none should be recognized, because they were too easy to infiltrate. Each electorate should be represented by an independent.

He was equally hard on the judiciary, described the separation of powers as a myth.

Harris is a strong supporter of property rights, regarding them as basic in human nature. He spent some time on a case in Queensland where the magistrate signed a blank warrant which the police filled in later to gain entry. The case went all the way to the High Court, where the evidence was ruled obtained illegally. He was also attempting to set aside Queensland land laws on the basis that they breached a contract between the Queen and citizens.

After politics, he will be promoting extensive saltbush planting as an alternative to trees as a carbon sink in areas where salinity is a threat. The foliage can be grazed, while the extensive root system can be a basis for carbon trading.

The concluding joke was about what a surgeon found on opening three cadavers:

Japanese - all bits colour coded  
German - all bits numbered, unique connections between them.  
Politician - no spine, no guts, no heart, no brain!

[Len Harris was treated as a hayseed by the metropolitan press, but at Inverell he came across as well read as well as speaking well. Reputation of being a bit naive/genuine for politics. A bit eccentric; regrettably there is no room for that today..]

Health issues had a common theme - we should be free to choose what goes into our bodies.

Peter Taubert started as a trade teacher and then became an occupational health and safety officer at the SA Trades & Labour Council for many years. He has written three books around the subjects of food additives, household chemicals and reading the labels, knowing the risks.

Taubert built up a case against unnecessary additives used to enhance colour or flavour in food products, and unnecessary fragrances in many household products. There is not a great deal of direct evidence to pinpoint harm for individual additives, but there is a well substantiated rise in asthma, hyperactivity, kidney disease and dermatitis among children, who are more at risk than adults in these matters. Medical advice is to avoid additives and fragrances in such cases. Taubert linked a rise in cancer to additives as well. Some food additives that are permitted in Australia are banned overseas. He strongly advised reading the labels; the less numbered ingredients the better.

Taubert was strongly against fragrances used unnecessarily in toilet paper, “blu loo”, fly spray, deodorants, air fresheners, hair spray. All contain chemicals which have been shown individually to have damaging effects. A good fan is the best way of removing smells. Some deodorants work by paralysing the olfactory nerves, temporarily, but with unknown consequences over the long term. Also there is a well accepted view that children should be building up immunity instead of being over protected by antibacterial agents. [A good case against voluntary intake of unnecessary chemicals as a precautionary principle.]

Dennis Stevenson spoke against fluoridation. When he served in the ACT Government he was on a committee inquiring into fluoridation. As a result he became a committed anti-fluoridation advocate, indeed, wrote the 176 page minority report against by compiling the evidence presented against .

The presentation covered a wide range of arguments against fluoride. Certainly toxic in small doses and has been suggested as causing cancer. Standard dose for everybody, regardless of age, sex or general health is wrong. Undoubtedly fluoride can cause mottling in children's teeth if intake is high enough.

A persuasive presentation. He quoted a newspaper report of a debate he had with the Australian Dental Association in Canberra . It featured a photograph of him under heading 'The Singer, Not The Song', ie, he won, but on his debating ability, not on the facts. [My feelings too, I still have an open mind about the dangers of the minute quantities of fluoride in drinking water.]

Kim Cullen's theme was the rising number of mental disorders being diagnosed and treated with a pill, instead of thoroughly searching for physical and dietary problems, which are often hard to detect. Eve Hillary spoke against the assault on natural medicines by the legislators. [Lost my notes. Both made some good points. I am personally cautious, but one should not dismiss natural remedies; many old wives' remedies have been found to have a sound basis.]

John Rivett wants a simpler taxation system. He went through the ills of the current system. He proposed a debit tax or a spending tax to replace all other taxes for simplification. [Simple, yes, but both are regressive, impacting strongly on families. These matters were dealt with in the last issue of The Independent Australian.]

Tony Pitt agreed with Len Harris on parties being white-anted. He made a pitch for a loose federation of independents, Save Australia Alliance. A CD of helpful hints and lists of possible supporters was available for prospective candidates. [Save Australia Alliance has been discussed in the last issue and in an advertisement on page 2. It is an interesting concept, but will need a lot of willing volunteers,]

Jeremy Lee, an accomplished speaker, gave wide ranging address on the ills of the world and a well reasoned case for saving Telstra. Most were familiar with his line of argument.

Malcolm McClure is the founder of UPMART (an acronym which changes according to issue under consideration), which uses the Common Law to maintain people's rights UPMART runs seminars to train people in com­mon law, He claimed that UPMART number plates are legal and there is no need to pay road tolls. They run car rallies with No Toll plates. He advocated self representation in court, despite the judiciary demanding legal representation. A number of cases of citizens standing up for their rights were detailed; but be careful in sticking closely to the script and be prepared for possible imprisonment while awaiting court appearance. [A barrister got up at the end and said that he en­joyed the forum, but he would be very careful about some of UPMART advice. If you enjoy bucking the system, go to www.upmart.org]

Brett Dawson's title was analysing the Pauline Hanson Electoral Fraud Case. This analysis was only to support his main thesis - in the law look for self interest. Only a lawyer could make the case against the legal profession as he did. Dawson has had 30 years experience in prosecution and defence as well as in property and litigation and legal train­ing. He has written a book `The Evil Deeds Of The Ratbag Profession'.

The law is anything you want if you are a judge, there is a law to back up whatever you want. This was the sequence of events.

1/8/99 (civil). His Honour Mr. Justice Ambruse dismisses Sharpies case to freeze money on basis that registration of One Nation was illegal.

18/8/20 (civil). Justice Atkinson declares registra­tion was illegal.

10/3/00 (civil). Court of Appeal, Justices deJersey. McMurdo and Helman uphold Atkinson.

May 02 & 03 (criminal). Magistrates at committal hearing find enough evidence for trial.

August 03 (criminal). Chief District Court Judge Patsy de Wolfe 'jury can find you guilty of fraud on this evidence' at trial of Pauline Hanson for fraud.

20/8/03 de Wolfe at sentencing `fraud with a cir­cumstance of aggravation'.

4/9/03 (criminal). Justice Chesterman - no bail because Hanson won't win the appeal.

15/9/03 (criminal). Justices Jerrard, Phillipides and Dutney refused bail appeal because the fraud finding was right.

November 2003 (criminal). Three Court of Ap­peal Judges upheld the appeal.

They delivered a nine page judgment the very next day. Did they sit up all night? Dawson could not find any other case so expeditiously decided. Average was 33 days for coming up with a judg­ment. Nine judicial officers and a jury, almost the entire Queensland justice system, were wrong.

And two judges, Chief Justice deJersey and Jus­tice McMurdo ruled in different directions in the civil and criminal appeals! What happened?

Look for self interest. Dawson suggested that deJersey has aspirations to be promoted to the High Court, following Callinan's appointment (regarded as a Howard nominee) or a gong. At the civil case Sharpies was being bankrolled by Tony Abbott, Howard's henchman.

But Howard then came out with `like many other people I find the previous sentence certainly very long and severe'. NSW Premier Bob Carr said she should have been sentenced to community service. The politicians were beginning to get a message from the public. Howard was dog whistling the One Nation supporters.

What could deJersey do? In Alice in Wonderland the Queen of Hearts says `Sentence first, verdict afterwards'. Judges make decisions, then write the reasons. deJersey said in a speech `frequently one thinks one has the answers, but on sitting down, it will not write'.

Having decided Hanson was innocent he had to reach into civil law. He pulled the contract rabbit out of the hat. The members were members, in civil law intent doesn't matter, so the fraudulent claims didn't matter.

The Hanson case was covered in Independent Australian, Issue 2. There we took the view that the political and judicial system had taken the politi­cally correct view that Hanson must be punished up to the final Court of Appeal. Now Dawson is saying the same, but as the political opinion changed, so did the judiciary. And people keep on talking about the separation of powers!

Dawson 's book is great reading, but it is thoroughly depressing to have chapter and verse of the abuses of the legal system spelt out with many examples. If you want a copy of the book, email bsdawson@bigpond.net.au]

 I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend. Some material was a bit way out, but you go to get away from the bland diet of the politically correct media.

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