Summary Inverell Forum 1999
By Lindsay Johnson
Inverell Forum for 1999 has been and gone and those of us who were lucky enough
to be able to attend are chafing at the bit to get out and put into practice all
we have leant.
Balgarnie's organisational flare and Dennis Stephenson's Compering ability made
for a well-run event yet again.
desire to get out now and accomplish things is matched only by my eagerness to
see who will be speaking at next year's forum.
was the equivalent of a $200 a ticket business motivation session, only better.
Everyone who is anyone in the patriotic and freedom movement in Australia
was there. Ray Platt from the
Strategy was there. Tony Pitt debating the preferential voting system and
Bryant of Trojan horse fame. Joe
made the point among others that millions of dollars are spent on sex education
in schools, but not a cent on teaching about our own constitution.
Politicians would not get away with a fraction of their rot if we had
informed young populous who were intimately conversant with the rules under
which this country was supposed to run.
discussed the refusal of his request for a jury trial after throwing
paint at a judge. John openly calls
the Judges "liars, criminals and traitors" for the treatment they have
given him right up to the High Court in relation to a case between himself and a
bank over variable interest rates. He
is a truly inspiring man, who needs supporters in the court in Sydney on 16th
Clampet told us why he doesn't have to pay speeding fines and why his clients
don't pay any income tax. His talk
was entertaining and wide ranging from how to educate your local bank staff that
you don't have to wait 5 days to clear a cheque, to the invalidity of the
Constitution as a result of the letters patent for the Governors General dying
with Queen Victoria in 1902.
Constitution and the republic were dealt with in a very erudite fashion by Dr
Nigel Greenwood, which was very timely with the referendum set down for this
Zammit gave an amusing address about his campaign against the Gatton local
government council. Dennis is a
very intelligent, well organised activist who told us in a dry understated way
how he is having wonderful success bringing this renegade council to its knees
using the Judicial Review. Like Ken
McFadzen last year in another sphere, Dennis is turning their own overwhelming,
stupid system of law, which was designed to control us, against themselves. They just can not handle it.
Many of us can not wait to put his methods into action in our own areas.
O'Regan was there and spoke of satellite technology identifying timber and
native vegetation clearing without a permit.
One farmer has been fined $300,000.
Australian's "letter writer of the year", Antonia
Feitz, was there as
an enthusiastic observer.
Balson gave an after dinner speech on his book "Murder by Media, Death of
Democracy in Australia", drawing attention to the way in which Dymocks had
withdrawn his book from sale after it had been on their book shelves for three
weeks. He also spoke of the
apparent collaboration of the press during the various election campaigns to
sink both Pauline Hanson and her One Nation Party.
David Thompson and Jeremy Lee gave their appraisals of the current political
situation both here and around the world, including the threat of the millennium
bug. Many of us are eagerly
awaiting the tapes of the speeches which were every bit as thorough and
veracious as any speech these men have given.
McNivan gave a serious talk in an amusing manner on the firearm situation in
Australia. David is the face from Gympie that the television stations
still use after several years, when they want to raise hysteria about
"redneck, gun toting nutters". It
was good to see the thinking man behind the opposition's shallow image.
Ziema McDonnell and Heidi Adams gave health talks with a leaning towards
alternative medicine. These were
very well received as is usual at the Inverell Forum.
There seems to be a real thirst for knowledge on this subject in the
Mc Dermott about his recently formed Trade Exchange that is a form of barter
which will become a saviour for our people when, not if, the world economic
system comes crashing down within the next year. (if the experts at this forum
dinner on Saturday night, presentations were made to Jeremy and his sister Nancy
Lee for their years of service. It
was entertaining to watch this humble man squirm with self consciousness at the
reminiscences of mishaps and the heart felt thanks expressed by others to Jeremy
for their introduction to the freedom movement and truth.
Many of these people like Ray Smyth of Christians Speaking Out and Grant
Bird and Jeanine McRae of Union of Farmers have expressed themselves as amateurs
when compared with Jeremy and have recalled in past Inverell Forums the change
to their lives which resulted from listening to their first Jeremy Lee talk. We
all have much for which to be thankful to Jeremy and Nancy, but it should be
made clear, this ceremony was not their official discharge from duty!
other experts in various fields were present to ask probing questions of the
speakers and to luxuriate in the stimulating debate and the feeling of being
among kindred spirits.
forum is one of the few places in Australia where anyone can discuss any topic
without rancour or censorship, but can expect to have the rough corners knocked
off any idea or belief by some of the best informed political minds in
but not least was the relaxing day of informal discussions and the chance to
meet people we have only heard of by reputation.
This was at Rene Rumings's spacious, shady garden on the Monday after the
do not know about you, but I get just enough intellectual stimulation to tide me
the next years Inverell Forum.
until the next years Inverell Forum.
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