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Foreign Influence= Australian Weakness

Fear is false evidence appearing real. True friendship is transparency.

It is not the fault of a foreign country when it influences Australia. It is the belief in powerlessness in Australian leaders that compromise sovereignty for economic advantage as they have been conditioned to believe that is more important than democratic principles. The fault line in the sand is within which attracts the problem from with-out. It they truly believed in democracy they would not allow disproportionate influence.

It you don’t want donations to influence then ban donations.

If our government seriously wants to stop Chinese or other foreign interference then values is where you must focus. What you focus on expands. Do not underestimate the strength of balanced decision making weighing up all sides to Advance Australia Fair. If all politicians operated from a base of community services, principled decision making and had the courage to be willing to sacrifice economic gains external influences would disappear.

Lao Tzu’s message is directed to both leaders in China and Australia. For those who do not want to hear criticism are in denial of the violence they project covertly or overtly in the name of friendship or freedom. The most genuine friend will be the one who holds the mirror up to those in denial so they can see themselves without their story.

Only love will sacrifice everything to reveal the truth that sets all free.  Yet there is no sacrifice when you no longer attach your identity to materialism. True freedom comes from allowance not domination. You can be free in prison. You can be imprisoned in a mansion. A person is respected when what they say and do aligns. This means the inner truth and outer appearance are integrated. This is what creates a “great” leader.

This blog is inspired by the Four Corners documentary on Chinese influence in Australia (see below).  This message from Lao Tzu sums up the real issue from an ancient sage in China.  We have to go deeper if we wish to stop the conflict. It is not about cleverness, cyber security, bioterrorism, it is about “who we are” as a people and what we believe in. What is true? What is important? What serves the Australian people?

Below this video is the Four Corners Documentary entitled “Interference: China’s covert political influence campaign in Australia” | Four Corners.

Four Corners holds a mirror up, perhaps life is sending China and Australia a message – like attracts. Eventually truth surfaces, you cannot control anyone, as nature will rebalance to find harmony. Truth tellers are natural rebalancers that feel the impulse to speak the truth to perceived power, this rebalances power dynamics.

The Chinese people are not the enemy. Criticism is not the enemy. Greed is the enemy as it has no culture, no identity, no name yet quietly it corrupts and erodes innocence as insecurity (not enough) is the home of greed. The problem to solve is insecurity. In conflict resolution we teach “solve the problem do not hate the person”. We seek wise solutions as no problem is intractable when you understand human nature not in the sense of “know your enemy” but in the sense of “understand your potential friend”.

So those dominating are never free until the pain of denial becomes too great and they must change. What you resist persists what you look at disappears, society disappears because “you are me”. When I hurt you I hurt myself.  Truth is not about belief it is about clarity to see through the illusion of the lies we tell ourselves that become cultural stories. Many surround themselves with “yes” people they call loyal or glee clubs they call friends (clubs) to reinforce the lie as the truth.  Yet truth cannot be faked, it is what it is and unifies naturally.  Lao Tzu demonstrates real justice which is based on wisdom (divine law) not law (legislation) or the constitution. Wisdom looks into the root of behaviours that cause imbalance (or disharmony) in society.

The wise do not control or force behaviour change through pain, they recognise to rebalance one must honour only truth. that is why we call a Justice “Your Honour”. Truth sets both parties free as they evolve through respecting unbiased decisions. Truth leads to unity which some call social order, real order is natural resonance which requires no social contract as harmony is the outcome. 

I contemplated the endless lies we speak identifying as this country or that, this power or that, pro this or anti that. I shake my head as confusion not Confucius is the outcome which is the maze with no exit. That is why violence escalates my friends. You are fighting yourselves believing it is the “other”. The cyber wars, 5G mmwave (US), sub-6 spectrum (China, world), exploiting labour, connectivity, smart cities, city deals, buying up resources to control or predict outcomes to feel secure. 

When truth is the centre-peace, you can predict harmony as you understand universal lore.  This always works to the highest good of all, as the sum of the parts is the whole. Yet we are still at a primitive stage believing in self interest, economic growth, security as force, personal fortunes whilst the planet traverses tipping points, the icecaps melt, the magnetic fields weaken, resources redirect away from those in greatest need and we call this security as Earth Inc (titanic) sinks.  This is a false economy.

I did smile at Peter Dutton making a moral stand on the relationship between Sam Dastyari and Huang Xiangmo, when he too met with him.

The issue of access due to lobbyists when ordinary Australians, like myself, can’t get access.  Santoro charged $20,000 for access. This is greed.  How is that democratic? We have no economic value yet we are citizens and our taxes pay for their privilege. Is this how we advance Australia fair? This is about allegiances.  For whom do political figures work? Who places them in positions of power?  Who elects the faceless faces who have disproportionate influence?  What happens to the Australian public? Are they truly safe?

Australia has interfered in East Timor and I am sure if we drilled own we could find the mirror here in so many cases where other foreign influences have manipulated us into issues that are not relevant to the Australian people.  The real work for Australian politicians, intelligence and law enforcement is to look within if you genuinely want to change what is happening outside.

I think of the murdered Assistant Police Commissioner Colin Winchester, he comes to me in inspiration these days as I feel for his case. My own father believed the accused David Eastman was a miscarriage of justice, he wrote many Letters to the Editor.  In 2014, after 2 decades in jail, David Eastman was released. He was later awarded $9 million in compensation.  The police must be protected when they uncover crimes or confront illegal power. Colin Winchester was going to testify in Queanbeyan against cannabis growers. The cannabis growers were known as the Bungendore 11 and linked to the Italian mafia who started two crops in NSW in the 1980s under the supervision of the police informant.

Immediately I go to the murder of Donald Mackay. The murder of Liberal Party candidate and Griffith anti-drug crusader Mr Mackay was Australia’s first political assassination. It is alleged it was at the hands of the Calabrian mafia, apparently the same group as Winchester.  A quick search provides more insight into what creates corruption, money laundering, drug trade and illegality https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27Ndrangheta

My thoughts turn to poverty, corruption, greed and powerlessness parading as power. The same mirror that others can see themselves caught up in.  So how do we help them exit what is, a self defeating circle of pain and fear intensifying a culture of violence?  I see the links as all the same root cause. Yet we still spend energy making the “other” wrong yet we won’t look into where we are “wrong”.  Byron Katie speaks of projection and she is right.  We have to question our own thinking every time we see an enemy, imagine if every side did this.

When I was teaching truth to children, I gave them a blind spot test. They look at two dots, cover one eye and then one dot disappears. The eyes play tricks. The dot represents what we deny, refuse to see, the reality is, it is there, but we won’t see it as we are right the other wrong.  The other is the “enemy”. The Christians say in relation to judgement “take the log out of your own eye” until we do, we blame the world for what is our own blindness, our own weakness contributing to a values free world. At what point do we stop what we want the other to stop. Until you stop the other won’t as what you think about you bring about. This is the law of attraction. We create our reality, remember! We blame others but we don’t see ourselves as the same.  We are all in it together. This is a truism.

 

This article by the Guardian provides insight into the hypocracy that we witness in politics.  Peter Dutton is now Home Affairs Minister with the power to decrypt and access every citizen’s information inclusive of the Covidsafe app for contact tracing without a warrant.  

In the story below Malcolm Turnbull asked Scott Morrison to deal with Petter Dutton. Yet he did not do anything to reinforce values and sovereignty, there is no leadership by example when there is nothing to see here when clearly there is.  

Scott Morrison says of Peter Dutton’s meeting with Chinese billionaire: ‘Nothing to see here’ – as it happened

Going back to Lao Tzu’s example  we do not go to the root of the problem of “greed” as we are persuaded that economic growth is more important than Australian sovereignty, it would be argued as pragmatic “the way things are done”.  Is it serving the Australian people’s true interests? This is why Australians become disheartened, why social order breaks down, it is because Australians don’t know who to trust anymore as all seem amoral.  We then lose respect for those in power as they don’t respect themselves. This is loss of face.  We respect integrity and honesty.

This article demonstrates the hypocracy as each follow the  money not values to ensure the real security of Australians. So we are indeed stuck between a rock and a hard place. The enemy is within, not outside. So in my view $270 billion on new weapons only escalates the problem and diverts precious resources. We have to learn to think differently if we want to reclaim our sovereignty and dignity as Australians. I always see the Man from Snowy River, as so many forget or don’t remember our heritage. Clancy allowed this stranger to come on the ride with other bushmen. They were rounding up horses in the high country. There was one colt that was wild and free.  Everyone was too scared to follow the colt of Old Regret down the sheer mountain face. It was the man from Snowy River who showed courage, others thought suicide! as he jumped the log and headed down a near vertical cliff face. He didn’t think of himself, he went for it, took the risk and his story was told in years to come by Banjo Paterson. Banjo was reminding Australians of courage in the face of great risk. We don’t respect those who feather their own nests at the expense of the public. We respect those who truly represent us as they have taken our taxes and given us narratives of democratic representation.  We discover it is they who stand back, too afraid to confront what they fear, saying this is the way it is, no choice, this is the future.  Clancy and this stranger from the high country would say “bullshit mate”. You define your own reality.  You take the reins. You don’t hang back. You take a leap of faith (remember Indiana Jones) not a great leap forward. You decide what you want on behalf of Australians and commit to it.  This is leadership. This is integrity. This is power.  But if you sell out “freedoms” and weakly claim it is a trade off for a higher standard of living, you have sold out to the highest bidder. You will lose everything as life will not support you, as greed takes from life. Why? You are out of balance or indeed harmony. Life will rebalance. As nature is the power. So if you suppress, oppress and control others the pendulum swings back the other way as it must, as all are part of nature, to restore balance we must speak up and be heard. Whistle-blowers are being nudged from within. So for those who say one thing and do another, the children are watching. They will copy and call it “the way things are done”. If you speak with integrity what you believe you live, then others will feel inspired. That is how you restore Australian sovereignty. You live as an example of what it means to be a genuine Australian. We are waiting for you.  I wonder who you will be?

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/09/malcolm-turnbull-scott-morrison-peter-dutton-china-allegations

Malcolm Turnbull says PM must ‘deal with’ Peter Dutton China allegations

Turnbull says Scott Morrison must address claims about Dutton’s meeting with Huang Xiangmo as a matter of national security

‘Dutton has a lot to explain’: Malcolm Turnbull on Dutton’s meeting – video

Malcolm Turnbull has called on Scott Morrison to “deal with” Peter Dutton after allegations that the immigration minister met the former Australian resident billionaire Huang Xiangmo after he paid $10,000 to a lobbyist.

Turnbull, who introduced foreign interference laws in 2017, said the allegations contained in a Four Corners-Nine newspapers report regarding a meeting between Dutton and Huang following a payment to former Liberal minister turned lobbyist Santo Santoro were “very troubling”.

“The allegation is that Santo Santoro received money in return for securing privileged access to the minister on behalf of Huang Xiangmo and all of that, in circumstances where there has been rising concern about lobbyists, about foreign influence,” Turnbull said.

“Look, Peter Dutton has got a lot to explain about this.”

Earlier in the day, Morrison had defended the government’s record citing Turnbull’s foreign interference laws and highlighting instead former Labor senator Sam Dastyari’s resignation after rolling controversies regarding his relationships to Chinese-linked donors, including Huang.

“All I know is Sam Dastyari had to resign in disgrace over foreign interference and behaving in a reckless and shameful way, betraying his own country,” Morrison said.

“I think when it comes to these issue, our government’s record is squeaky clean.”

But Turnbull said Morrison could not waive off the allegations and he used Dastyari’s example as a reason for his successor to move quickly on the issue.

“Remember the furore that arose about Senator Dastyari. All the same issues have arisen again and this has to be addressed at the highest level of security, priority, urgency by the prime minister,” Turnbull said.

“The buck stops with him. I know what it is like to be prime minister and, ultimately, you are responsible and so Scott Morrison has to deal with this.”

“Scott Morrison is the prime minister and you can’t waive this off and say it is all part of gossip and the bubble. This is the national security of Australia.”

Asked later about Turnbull’s comments, Morrison said he had spoken to Dutton.

“I have spoken to Peter Dutton and there are no issues here that troubled me,” Morrison said. “No suggestion that Peter in any way, shape or form has sought or been provided with any benefit here.”

The allegations relate to the desire by Huang for Australian citizenship. The Four Corners investigation revealed Huang tried to speed up a citizenship ceremony for his wife and children late in 2014.

Dastyari claimed he was surprised that after passing on the ceremony application to Dutton’s office, it was approved within two weeks in the holiday period in January 2015.

According to the report, when Huang applied for his own citizenship in late 2015, he was already being investigated by ASIO. He was worried about his access so consulted Santoro who had boasted Dutton was one of his “best friends”.

Huang put Santoro on a retainer in 2016, according to the report, and in the same year, Huang, Dutton and the minister’s senior staffer had lunch at Master Ken’s restaurant in Sydney’s Chinatown.

Dutton rejected the allegations as a “beat up” and said he met Huang as a “significant leader in the Chinese community”. Huang’s bid for citizenship failed.

“I have had that one meeting with him over lunch. I have never seen him since. What has he got from me? He is now offshore and is prevented from coming back into Australia,” said Dutton.

Dutton said that the transactions for lobbying businesses on both sides of parliament was an issue for lobbyists.

“There are lobbyists who are registered on both sides of parliament, people that operate as lobbyists,” he said.

“Their transactions and how they conduct their business is an issue for them.

Dutton said while he had never met Huang when his family’s citizenship ceremony was approved, it would be unusual for a minister to knock it back.

“You take at face value what somebody like Sam Dastyari, as a member of parliament, was vouching for and they ask for the ceremony and it would be very unusual for a minister of the day to knock that back,” Dutton said.

“So if Mr Dastyari has not been above board or misrepresented the reason for the citizenship ceremony then I think that is something that he, and frankly, Mr Shorten need to explain.”

Bill Shorten described the Four Corners revelations as unhealthy.

“It is explosive and very surprising revelations on Four Corners last night about the conduct of the minister in charge, one of the ministers in charge of national security where it is cash for access and meeting people connected to the Chinese government.

“This is very unhealthy.”

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Clooney Urges Australia Pass Magnitsky Law

In the global public interest.

Amal Clooney urges Australia to pass Magnitsky law to help protect global human rights

Human rights lawyer says act could help Australia stop authoritarian regimes using coronavirus as pretext to erode liberties

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney gives evidence video link to a Senate inquiry into a Magnitsky act on Friday.
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney gives evidence via video link to a Senate inquiry into a Magnitsky act on Friday. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP
Published on Fri 15 May 2020 12.14 AEST

Human rights barrister Amal Clooney has told Australian MPs they have a role to play in ensuring authoritarian governments and individuals do not use the cover of the coronavirus crisis to permanently erode civil liberties and conceal abuses.

The parliament is considering the introduction of a Magnitsky Act, which would allow for the use of targeted sanctions against human rights violators around the world.

Similar laws in the US and UK are named for Sergei Magnitsky, who in 2008 uncovered a $230m fraud committed by Russian government officials. Magnitsky testified against the officials and was arrested, tortured and died in jail. He was then put on trial posthumously.

Clooney is a strong advocate for such laws, which she says are among the most effective tools in curbing global abuses of human rights. She says Australia would be among the most effective jurisdictions to use such laws, given its position of influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

“The current health crisis has only served to exacerbate what was an existing human rights crisis,” Clooney told the joint standing committee on foreign affairs, defence and trade.

“It seems at times that there is so much bad news in the world that our moral nerve endings have been deadened – meaning abuses will thrive and impunity will remain the norm.

Abuses of [power] thrive when no one is watching.”

Clooney said she was heartened and impressed by the actions of governments in Australia and New Zealand to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, but that “new powers used by autocratic governments in the name of a pandemic are unlikely to be rescinded when it has passed”.

“In the past few months we have seen more than 80 governments rush through emergency laws that grant them sweeping new powers over their people.

“Governments have criminalised so called fake news on the pandemic and had scores of journalists arrested while deadly untruths have spread.

“Meanwhile international crimes from genocide in Iraq and Myanmar to war crimes in Syria and Yemen remain unpunished.”

On the need for Magnitsky laws, Clooney said they could be an effective tool for holding individuals and corporations to account.

“What is particularly valuable, this is one of the relatively few tools that raise the cost. If you go after people personally, the value in terms of the signal that it’s sending, you’re not going after an entire country, you’re not having ordinary citizens pay the price for the actions of their officials, you’re going after those responsible.

“You may not be able to solve every problem in the world or respond to every abuse but you can make sure that your country is not a safe haven for despots and war criminals.

“You can send a message to those who engage in corruption and human rights abuses, that Australia’s banks and schools and beaches are off limits.

“That there are certain values you don’t only stand for but will stand up for through the consistent and fair use of asset freezes and travel bans against abusers of human rights.”

Australian human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson is giving evidence to the committee later on Friday.

My Declaration of Independence and Sovereignty

This is taken from my blog Peace is Our True Nature, as my last entry.

Independence is Self Sovereignty as Our True Nature

Today is US Independence Day and it feels the right moment to declare my own independence.  I have achieved a great deal in this blog.  Below was the introduction to Peace is Our True Nature.  The purpose of this blog was to express myself, to travel into the known and unknown. To learn about my world as a inner journey after my world trip.  This blog was written for 9 years and 9 is the number of completion.  It has been wonderful to face the positives and the negatives of life to catalyse the wisdom of a higher understanding of who I AM and Who We Are as a civilisation.

Those who have travelled with me I realised were the ones I was to communicate to, there are no mistakes.  This was not about popularity, it was about truth and I care not for numbers as life is about real meaning. Those others inspired me in this work and were thus co-creators with me unconsciously.  I came to see their presence as working for me not against me in truth, as I am working for them. Their presence was welcome.

This morning I reflected on Carl Jung and the shadow of humanity and how he took himself into the depths of the psyche to understand the unconscious motivations of the collective consciousness.  He explored the symbols that created meaning, the synchronicity of life sending signs and messages and feminine and masculine that is evident in both males and females.  He chose to develop analytical psychology through experiential experiments with truth.  He experienced the past, the present and the future as NOW.  You cannot know this until you realise truth in your experience. He was my first teacher who opened up for me a portal that life was more than what we are taught, that it is a cosmic reality of magic, infinite possibilities and meanings and we are pioneers on the heroes journey to know the self.  For we have collectively created the times we are moving through and until we own our aspect of this we cannot change anything.  This video is in tribute to him who I felt as a fellow traveller.

We all have to travel through the dark and the light elements of life.  These aspects exist in every human that is why there is no enemy.  I learned to face what I fear, to speak my truth, to provide a channel for those who courageously have spoken their truth and to explore the magical, the mystical and explore the tempo of our times. 

This process has been to learn from within rather than be taught. I chose to teach myself of life in all its forms as my own inquiry.  The last year or so I have been saying OMG over and over and I revealed the face beyond the mask of smiling faces who are shape changing our world.  However, my purpose was to come to peace – to love, to accept, to embrace and to forgive those who do not have the world’s interests at heart.  Integration is the purpose of accepting the dark/light or yin/yang of who we really are as a civilisation. The opposites are the contrast.  I have no enemies nor do I subscribe to right/left narratives that create wars of their own making in order to experience power that was never real. 

I step back from the conflicts and observe unconsciousness parading as fact, confusion parading as authority, cruelty parading as control, indifference parading as professionalism to conclude that ‘to thine own self be true’ is the purpose of life itself.  We can hide from ourselves, we can suppress our true selves, we can deny responsibility, we can justify harmful actions, we can construct a worldview that brooks no challenge, yet all this is self defeating in the end.  I witnessed many leaders fall from grace when power was removed as what was left were frail human beings who had believed their power was derived from control, money, influence, status and titles to realise in the end they were mortal like the rest of us. 

We all come from the same origin, we are all part of nature.

I have included in this last blog my first blog as I see life as circular.

Introduction to Peace is Our True Nature (15/12/2010)

Since the dawn of human civilisation, which can be viewed as one minute to midnight on the geological clock, we have been defined by our environment. We have lived deeply in the natural world as part of ourselves. Many indigenous cultures saw no separation between themselves and the natural environment. They had a deep understanding of where to find food, understanding the behaviour of other life forms and staring into the heavens.

When you lie back and you stare into the universe, the mind opens to questions of who we are, why are we here, are there other life forms on other planets. Interestingly when we start to look beyond planet earth we start to see the earth in a different way. We see ourselves as part of this ecosystem and the thoughts, beliefs and lifestyles seem insignificant to these larger questions.

This blog is going to go beyond the confines of thinking. It is going to move into the realm of feeling, intuition, enthusiastic discovery and it is going to explore topics that are known and venture into topics that will be unknown. There is no limits to who we are and our knowledge defines what we see. Just imagine what you don’t see. Imagine when you venture beyond your knowledge and look back at the earth, I wonder how you will see it.

We live on an incredibly beautiful planet, we are at a point in our evolution where the planet is sending us signals of change. The changes that are coming are real and it is part of our learning to live in harmony with our true nature. For we are not separate from this natural system of energy, we are part of it and we can make changes when we learn to see ourselves differently or in a way that expands infinite possibilities.

I have a positive vision for the future. I see myself as the future looking back as I can feel the potential in humanity. In my experience we are extraordinary beings and we are continually learning. We have just temporarily lost our way but we will find it again.

There are great possibilities that lie ahead of us, if we choose to be prepared to challenge our own beliefs and tune into our nature and seek the truth within ourselves. To remember our natural instinct as humans and the basic blueprint of who we are, has always been love.

We do know what to do.

Thank you for joining me on this blog, let’s explore together. As discussed in the previous blog, feel free to join in the dialogue or what I typically term reflections. Try to be open and just express your feelings or viewpoint without attachment. It is not about proving right or wrong. The new consciousness is a deep respect of diversity and really hearing others within a context of nonviolence or harmony.

We currently live in a world where many people are not heard and desperately trying to find their voice as they don’t feel powerful or significant. I am here to tell you each person is significant and you all make a difference. Your life is of the highest value.

I don’t believe in saviours, I believe in self responsibility. There is no-one that knows more than you, you have the wisdom. When you are attracted to a discourse or person, it is because you see yourself in them. It is nothing to do with the other. It is called resonance. That is you feel a connection to something that you remember. It may be vague or clear but the feeling is there. It is to learn to identify resonance whenever you feel it.

So you have a great day and remember how wonderful you truly are, notice all the good things you do. Notice your thoughts are they positive or negative, are you accepting or judging. Look at these things with curiosity not self judgement, as we have learned our thinking from the world around us. Yet beyond what we have learned our true nature can be seen and it shines with unity.

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Every day is independence day ‘to thine own self be true’, this was the message that has been sent down through time to us all.  We have to travel through the shadow to realise the enlightenment of unity. I have come full circle to know I have circled the square.

I found my answers. I am in peace now.  Have fun.

I love you.