Inverell 1999

The small town on Inverell is situated in northern New South Wales - about a five hour drive from Ipswich.

I started out from Ipswich on Friday morning - arriving at Inverell at about 2pm.

Inverell is dominated by old buildings which reflect its long gone days of glory as a town built on the back of the sapphire mines dotted around it.

Inverell at day and early morning:

After booking into the Inverell Motel I unpacked copies of my book "Murder by Media, Death of Democracy in Australia" and set them up at the hall adjoining the town's major entertainment centre the Returned Services Memorial complex (RSM).

The meeting was opened the next day, Saturday morning, by Ron Thorp (left). He started by reading out apologies which included MLA Dorothy Pratt - the ex-One Nation MP.

There was a very full agenda which was kept along strict timelines by compere Dennis Stevenson (right).

By the close of the meeting on Sunday I realised how well-informed and concerned the group of about 150 Australians from all over the country really were. Their understanding of the Australian constitution, the manner in which it was being disregarded and the real issues underlying the rape of Australia by big business was extremely refreshing.

These were the men and women that the Murdoch and Packer press would have you believe are right wing anti-sematic extremists. Nothing could be further from the truth - but when did lies ever get in the way of reporting in Australia?

Pic left - Some of the 150 who attended the Inverell Forum.

Dennis Stevenson opened the forum by saying that the growing tide against tyranny in Australia was happening because of the politicians in this country.

"...we are stronger, we are more knowledgeable, we are more courageous, we are far more persistent.." Stevenson said.

Stevenson referred to his motel room where he could not find the light switch... "I was systematically searching in the dark," he said. "We are all today searching for the truth.

"He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he who fills his mind with falsehoods from the paper," Stevenson said, quoting Thomas Jefferson.

Stevenson was followed by the editor of the paper The Strategy, Ray Platt, - which has been falsely labelled anti-sematic by politicians and the corrupt mainstream media.

"The reason that this country is in the predicament it is is because the people to whom we have given our trust do not deserve it. Politicians don't abide by the rulkes laid down and that is why parliament does not work."

Platt was followed by Bill Schouler (left) who said a prayer to open the forum for speakers.

Stevenson then introduced Len Clampett. "Len ran away from at the age of 13 and became a drover. He later became a pilot - paying his own way in getting a commercial license. He has written two books including "Hand over our loot" - which demonstrates how Australian banks create money out of nowhere. Through his interests in law and politics he became intimately involved in the background of the constitution.

Clampett title: "The banking system : Running on ignorance"

Clampett (right) questioned why Australians should have to pay interest on money.

He said that you can create money as long as you don't charge any interest.

Money should be leant on the basis of only repaying interest together with an administrative charge to cover the handling of the loan.

Sovereign people should be able to create their own money through government.

Clampett then when on to say that his clients do not pay tax because the Australian Tax Office have no legal basis on which to claim tax.

He then went into the break down of law in Australia based around an argument that when Queen Victoria died on 22nd January 1901 the letter patent that she signed died with her - but nothing was signed to replace this while Australia was still a dominion of the crown.

When Australia signed the League of Nations in 1919 - becoming a sovereign nation in its own right it broke its relationship as a dominion - becoming a sovereign state.

Since this time Australian laws have been invalid.

Clampett then went on to say that the Republican debate was all about getting the people to validate a constitution as our current one was invalid...

This is just a summary - but I will be putting up a page which has the background information to this in the next few days.

After Clampett had finished Jeremy Lee (right), author of "Australia 2000, What will we tell our children?" said, "If we are going to take the line that all law is invalid since the signing of the League of Nations then we are in real trouble."

During the morning tea break I took a photograph of Tony and Pat Pitt with Ray Platt (left).

After Dr Nigel Greenwood got up and gave the argument for the monarchy saying that the core of the debate was "Heritage vs Independence".

He compared the power under a monarchy as a triangle with the Queen, the Governor General and the Prime Minister with ultimate power - to fire each other... the 1975 example of the Governor General and Gough Whitlam was used.

Under a Republic Greenwood (left) said that the triangle would be replaced by a see-saw with the Prime Minister and the President either being at odds or working together (politically) - a very dangerous scenario.

He raised two myths:

Greenwood said our argument should not be with Buckingham Palace but with our politicians. He argued that the current system under the crown defends the sovereignty and liberty of the people.

Greenwood said that "servants of the crown" are not allowed to do anything wrong" as the Queen can do no wrong. That is why the Queen's insignia on their uniform is so important. If a policeman, for example, is given an unlawful command by a superior he must refuse to do it or he can be personally convicted for breaking the law.

Economic rationalism cuts across this basic protection for people under the care of crown officers. For example privatised prisons have wardens who no longer fall under this basic protection.

Dr Robert Balgownie (pictured left) was the co-ordinator of the Inverell forum and looked after the recording of speeches and the later distribution of sound tapes.

Dennis Zammit dealt with feral councils who refuse to be publicly accountable.

He talked about his community's fight with the Gatton Council and how it had used the Local Council Authority law Section 32.6 -Judicial Review - to bring the council to its knees.

He said that every few days a Judicial review request for information was posted to the council. Under law the chief executive officer had 28 days to respond. The CEO never did - and was automatically in breach - incurring a fine for the Gatton Council.

When the "Concerned Citizen's Group" questioned the fines that the council would now have to pay the mayor called a meeting at Grantham. The council tried to stack the meeting but this was turned on them when an old man pointed out who were council workers with a motion being adopted that they not be allowed to participate in the meeting. The scenario has got to a stage where the Gatton Council is now scared to talk to the ratepayers. They have a Brisbane based lwayer who comes up to the shire daily to handle the flow of Judicial Review requests.

Zammit said that once the council agree to be accountable the Concerned Citizen's Group will stop their campaign.

He distributed a copy of a newspaper called the "Nut Cracker".

After lunch Tony Pitt (left) had a debate with Dennis Stevenson on whether preferential voting should be compulsory or not.

Stevenson won (in my opinion) putting forward the argument that preferential voting should be optional.

The debate was followed by Joe Bryant (right) who wanted to put up another "people's" constitution called "Alternative 3".

He raised a very interesting point - the government spend millions on sex education in schools but not one cent on teaching children about their own constitution - "Why?" he asked... "because they do not want us to understand our rights under the constitution".

A fellow by the name of "Geoff ....." (left) talked about the use of microwave towers to brainwash people?

Did not understand or agree with his scalar theories... but that was what he talked about...

Bevan O'Regan then spoke about the use of satellite technology by the government to identify any changes to farms. They are able to identify the make of a tractor from photographs - they are able to identify clearing of trees and have fined farmers in New South Wales up to Au$300,000 for clearing 1,500 acres without permission.

Well known letter writer Antonia Feitz was there... a regular contributor to the @notd - seen with me right.

I sat next to Tony Pitt at dinner on Saturday night. We had a long talk over a number of matters and the time was well spent.

After dinner I gave a speech on the book "Murder by Media, Death of Democracy in Australia" drawing attention to the manner in which Dymocks had withdrawn my book from sale after it had been on their book shelves for three weeks. I was introduced by David Thompson (left) .

After my speech a "This is your life" type presentation was given on Jeremy Lee... author of "Australia 2000: What will we tell our children?". Images below of Jeremy:

The first speaker on Sunday was Dr Ziema McDonnell (left) who spoke about alternative medicine. I did not agree with much of what she spoke about.. talking about germ warfare, Saddam Hussein and mysterious deaths amongst American troops who fought in the gulf war..

She was followed by Ian McNiven (right) who spoke of going into "hostile" Channel 9 thus, "That's when the sphincter muscles on your bowls and bladder say 'We're going to give up on you brother'."

A moment of hilarity followed by another classic when McNiven (early in his speech) referred to compere Dennis Stevenson thus, "That gentleman at the back looks a little bit like Jeff Kennett with a hair do". Stevenson shouting from the back, "You have got two minutes left."

McNiven said that Port Arthur vilified people who believed in the right to bear arms. He talked about how the gun laws had failed saying that just 200,000 out of an estimated 2 million guns had been handed in.

He then spoke about issues which I did not agree with and will not record here.

Vince O'Brien (left) followed McNiven saying that there were only two reasons for war to eventuate:

He said that people fell into a pyramid of five groups.

At the bottom were us (the peasants); then the academics; then the politicians; then the rich local power brokers and then at the top the elite mega-rich families who had been together for several hundred years (Rothchilds etc).

Those at the top did not care about those who were killed to achieve their own goals.

He said that he personally believed that there was a concerted effort for Indonesia to acquire the northern part of Australia through war or through "buying Australia out of debt".

He referred to the National Geographic atlas which shows Indonesia's version reflecting northern Australia as part of their territory. He talked about the manner in which the oil fields in Timor had been handed to Indonesia even though they fell within our territorial waters.

I do not agree with much of what was said by O'Brien, but I do agree with many other issues discussed by other speakers.

I left the forum at the morning tea break - having a five hour return journey ahead of me. The pic on the right is of a magnificent church in Warwick.

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