Candidate for the Electorate of Bennelong, NSW
I have been frustrated by abuses I've seen in society for a long time. Creeping bureaucracy, which has meant that irreplaceable botanic samples from France were incinerated by our Customs authority. The abuse of Intellectual Property and Patents – we've heard so much about "Patent Trolls" and "Evergreening". Importantly, also the abuse of language and twisted logic used by our politicians and the influence of vested interests with the ear of Government.
This frustration has led me to the Pirate Party and then Fusion. Politics has become excessively tribal, with being either pro-business or pro-labour meaning you can't see the reality. Yes, businesses abuse the environment, much as they also deliver benefit. Yes, along the way worker's rights have been suppressed. Going beyond the polarisation, it is Fusion that can see through the morass and make sense of it without falling down a rabbit hole.
John does computer support work in retail and shareholder communication. He is passionate about justice and ethics in our world, particularly as it plays out in law generally and intellectual property in particular. He has stood on behalf of the Pirate Party in the Federal seat of Bennelong and also for council elections for Ryde City Council.
Along with technology and law John is also interested in spoken word and poetry. He broadcasts on community radio and hosts the program "Roving Spotlight" on Tuesdays from noon to 2pm on Radio Skid Row (Marrickville, Sydney) and writes about his ideas on the website johnaugust.com.au.
Civil + Digital Liberties
Restore the public domain, Intellectual property reform, Oppose rent-seeking and parasitic monopolism, Privacy and digital rights.
Constitutional bill of rights, Freedom of speech, Voluntary euthanasia, Marriage equality, Guarantee to privacy.
Fair + Inclusive Society
Housing as a home, Equitable justice for all, Universal basic income - UBI, Universal public health, Access to childcare.
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