I was having a happy day today, lots of hit on the site, some new posts etc, then bam!

A comment from some kind of political party rolls in for moderation.

I had to think carefully, we are trying to be inclusive, but a political party really stifles the voice of the individual and ultimately replaces individual voice with the voice of the representative (which are not always the same).

So far I have not approved this comment.

How should we proceed with political parties wanting to use us as a political platform?

I’m inclined to say no given the fact that politicians  and parties of many different stripes attempted to use Occupy Melbourne as their resource in different ways.



Posted on October 18, 2012, in Politics. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Are political parties allowed under section 18 of the crimes act 1914?

  2. you mean this?
    CRIMES ACT 1914 – SECT 18
    Sentence of imprisonment

    (1) Where imprisonment is imposed in respect of any offence against any law of the Commonwealth it may (unless the contrary intention appears in the law) be imposed either with or without hard labour.

    (2) Where under the law of a State or Territory a convicted person may in particular cases be imprisoned in a particular kind or class of prison, a person convicted of an offence against the law of the Commonwealth may, in corresponding cases, be imprisoned in the kind or class of prison appropriate to the circumstances.

    Not sure what you mean, apart from politicians should being doing hard time. It’s quite late at night, is it possible you meant some other law?

  3. Sorry I meant section 28:
    CRIMES ACT 1914 – SECT 28
    Interfering with political liberty

    Any person who, by violence or by threats or intimidation of any kind, hinders or interferes with the free exercise or performance, by any other person, of any political right or duty, shall be guilty of an offence.

    The concept in my mind is this: if political parties exist and for the lack of better terms, the members tow the party line. If you go to a political party and go against the party line then you are considered dangerous.
    So within this frame, conformity to any ideology through social pressure, within a political unit is a kind of intimidation,

    Therefore one could consider political parties in their current form are in a very difficult position…

  4. Go back and read the post by Katrina Moll “Occupy is not a Party” I quote:” OM is extremely inclusive yet OM is not an airport for the distribution of political party recruitment material. Information does not need to be attached to party recruitment rags.

    People who use it as such, show disrespect for their fellow 99ers and merely reveal ulterior motives.”

    This is a site for individual members of the public to come together to share ideas, not to endorse political parties or movements. Otherwise we will become the system we are trying to get rid of.

  5. if I want to read political party material, I can source it quite easily. I’m not being discriminated against, by not having such content on this site..

  6. I had a feeling it might have been section 28, but I do like the idea of politicians doing hard time according to section 18.

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