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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 11:31 am    Post subject: A father stages protest on top of Harbor bridge in Sydney Reply with quote

This guy is my hero! Any idea how we can organize some kind of support for him and the case he had pushed for?
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had send email to SBS-Insight as a suggestion for a show to expose the criminal activities by some of the parents against the children which is fully endorsed by family courts and the CSA (SSS agency). With enough voices we can hope for some improvements to the system.
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 4:04 pm    Post subject: Bridge protest man 'just wants his kids' Reply with quote


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Bridge protest man 'just wants his kids'
Fri May 13 2011

A man who caused the closure of the Harbour Bridge when he climbed on top of it in a dramatic protest had been "going berserk" because he was being denied access to his children, a friend says.

The 38-year-old man, who called himself Michael, was a former SAS soldier, one friend said.

His protest caused the closure of all traffic lanes, and rail and bus services across the bridge on Friday morning.

His friend and neighbour, Dell, said Michael had three children and was desperate to see them.

"I've seen him with his little kids and they love him to bits," she told Fairfax Radio.

"My grandchildren play with them and he has had dramas and he's been denied to see his children since January.

"I hate seeing him portrayed as this idiot because he loves those kids and they've had them in protective custody and they didn't even tell him where they were and I've seen him going berserk."

Dell also said Michael was a former SAS soldier who had served in Iraq.

Another friend, Bob, said all Michael wanted was to see his children.

"This poor man suffered so much," he told Fairfax Radio Network.

Police arrested the man at 7am (AEST) and re-opened the bridge.

He had reportedly parked his truck near a pylon on the bridge and used ropes to make his climb.

When at the top he unfurled two pink and white banners reading, "plz help my kids" and "kids first".

He was being questioned on Friday morning by police, who said they expected to lay charges.
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just keep his momentum going in any way we can.

He stopped just short of the mark of being labelled insane or mentally ill. Well done my man!

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope he's genuine and not hiding behind the cause. He could do a lot more damage rather than helping otherwise.

Why is it he is banned from communicating with some of his own family members.

Not saying it's not a coup to have it publicised if it turns out he's one of the good ones. Just saying be careful to research it before holding him up on your shoulder so to speak.

Just my opinion, but I think it's well worth striking while the iron is hot and really starting to flood the media with what is going on, but be careful that your cause doesn't lose all credibility if he doesn't turn out to be as genuine as he portrays.
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 7:27 pm    Post subject: Speaking from my own experience, .... Reply with quote

KAE wrote:
I hope he's genuine and not hiding behind the cause. He could do a lot more damage rather than helping otherwise.
Why is it he is banned from communicating with some of his own family members.
Not saying it's not a coup to have it publicised if it turns out he's one of the good ones. Just saying be careful to research it before holding him up on your shoulder so to speak.
Just my opinion, but I think it's well worth striking while the iron is hot and really starting to flood the media with what is going on, but be careful that your cause doesn't lose all credibility if he doesn't turn out to be as genuine as he portrays.


Considering his behaviour and action vs FLS corruption, I think it's well worth striking while the iron is hot. So, the truth will come out.
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 7:35 pm    Post subject: Take out the dirty linens hidden and show to the world. Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe that now would be good time to contact the PM, I have done this by sending PM message from this web site
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To my surprise I did receive confirmation and I believe this had help me a bit with CSA. Please use this link or others available to you and let the PM know about the issues you experience and you children and the legal system.

Even if Michael is not perfect and it might have some serious issues never less he had point out to the public important issue.
This issue had significant impact on me and my children. If we don’t do anything to change it other people and children will go thought it… unfortunately. I have 2 boys and looking at statistics one of them will have family brake down. If there is a way I can spear him and his children the agony of going thought the family courts system and the CSA ridicules calculations I be happy. My pain is not in vain….

Food for your thoughts…. some people that seem to be perfect, nothing stick to them, like G W Bush I guess would be seen great in our family court system but someone like Churchill who was a great leader but due to other weakness he wouldn’t have care of his children under our law… (not that I drink lol, just my point that if Michael indeed had make some mistakes in his live and might be not perfect or even far from it. It clearly had stud up to the unfairness in the current system and this should be credited to him)

Please see that if it comes to money, work we have equal rights but when it comes to court and children, not a babies… where are the equalities?!
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KAE wrote:

Why is it he is banned from communicating with some of his own family members.


Do you have a source for this?
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 1:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Do you have a source for this? Reply with quote

Neb-Maat-Re wrote:
KAE wrote:

Why is it he is banned from communicating with some of his own family members.


Do you have a source for this?


Very difficult to answer 'coz think the media is muted. But, based on his behaviour and action, definitely he's having a nightmare trying to have contact with his kids. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 7:36 am    Post subject: Re: Do you have a source for this? Reply with quote

Altricio Tan wrote:
But, based on his behaviour and action, definitely he's having a nightmare trying to have contact with his kids.


There's a very distinct difference between not being allowed to see your kids and being "banned from communicating with some of his own family members".

My concern is that KAE's post is implying that Michael is the bad guy here.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

60 minutes had Michael on for a few minutes instead of their usual Mail Box segment. He seemed pretty genuine to me.

Here is a link to the 60 minutes video (it runs for just under 5 mins):

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 2:58 pm    Post subject: Subjectivity Reply with quote

Neb-Maat-Re wrote:
Altricio Tan wrote:
But, based on his behaviour and action, definitely he's having a nightmare trying to have contact with his kids.

My concern is that KAE's post is implying that Michael is the bad guy here.


Saw that, too. Can't help it. People, even the media, tend to be subjective when presenting their views.

It was in Dec '99 that the front page headline of a NSW newspaper, "Number of police responses to DV in NSW for '99 was 77,500". Justifying the introduction of tougher AVO laws [against the father]. Wrote to that newspaper, cc another newspaper, "While this number is staggering, one should not forget that the AVO is a very much abused law. ... I don't disagree that laws should be instituted to protect women and children. But, equally as important, penalties must be imposed against those abusing the law. My ex- has appeared in your newspaper as case #1 for abusing the AVO law". My letter was published in the other newspaper. Probably, one reason my Application for Contact with the Children was a fiasco.

Been writing to the media since. But never seen one published anymore.

Won't be surprised if this forum will be shut down if dids keep on making noise. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 4:21 pm    Post subject: Objectivity Reply with quote

Objectivity means being able to assess what is real without being biased by self-interest, tribalism, agenda, ideology, or emotion. We think of objectivity as being particularly important in the work of scientists and judges, but in reality it is of value in any role that involves decision making. Without objectivity fairness and accuracy suffer, and far to easily we end up doing harm when we are trying to do good.

When we demonstrate an ability to be objective, other people seek our opinions, particularly in conflict situations. Our objectivity becomes a community resource. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:37 pm    Post subject: Sydney bridge protester pleads not guilty Reply with quote

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Sydney bridge protester pleads not guilty

10 June 2011

A man who caused traffic chaos when he climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a banner reading "pls help my kids", has pleaded not guilty to charges over his protest.

Michael Fox, a former soldier, entered the plea in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court on Friday.

The 38-year-old father of three, from Narrabeen on Sydney's northern beaches, used ropes to climb to the top of the bridge before dawn on May 13.

He rappelled down about 7am and was immediately arrested by police, but the stunt brought peak hour traffic on the bridge to a standstill for more than two hours.

Police charged Fox with obstructing traffic, climbing or jumping from buildings or other structures, and climbing on bridges.

He told media at the time that his protest was over a ban on him contacting his ex-wife or her immediate family, including his children.

Outside court on Friday, Fox told reporters he had no regrets and would fight his case.

"The law says that I'm allowed to climb bridges and structures and rappel from and stop the traffic if I've got a reasonable excuse or if it's for a lawful purpose," he said.

"There's 50,000 new kids each year on top of 50,000 last year and next year that are getting exposed to family separations and at least half of those are going through a troubled breakup."

The case has been adjourned to July 29.

Fox said the court action would "highlight the deficiencies and failings in government".

"The system needs to change, I think everyone knows it," he said.

"The government is suppressing the parents' situation through the Family Court and DoCS (NSW Department of Community Services) and they are not allowing the media to cover it, so everything is done in isolation.

"That's why there are so many mistakes."

His lawyer Brett Galloway says the maximum prison term for the offences with which Fox is charged is three months.

"It's a shame some people were inconvenienced but what do you do to highlight the problem when you are in difficult circumstances as Mick was, and no one will listen or pay attention?" he told reporters.

Fox said a change of his bail conditions meant he could now contact his children.

"They are the victims in this," he said.

"I think we will look back on this and realise someone had to stand up and do something about it."



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:28 pm    Post subject: To All Soldier-dads!!!!! Reply with quote

Bring out that patriotic spirit in you! Do something worthwhile for your country! Be a hero! Join the Afghan war! Risk your a$$ to make this world a better place to live in!

Then, come home and be estranged from your kids. Mad
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:36 pm    Post subject: You're My Hero Reply with quote

"You're my hero
You didn't have to say a word
Your love was the message that I heard
Inspiring me to be all I can be
You're my hero
And 'cause you're my Dad...
I'm twice as blessed and lucky to be me."
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:12 pm    Post subject: Well done, hero! Reply with quote

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Sydney bridge protester pleads not guilty

10 June 2011

A man who caused traffic chaos when he climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a banner reading "pls help my kids", has pleaded not guilty to charges over his protest.

Michael Fox, a former soldier, entered the plea in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court on Friday.

The 38-year-old father of three, from Narrabeen on Sydney's northern beaches, used ropes to climb to the top of the bridge before dawn on May 13.

He rappelled down about 7am and was immediately arrested by police, but the stunt brought peak hour traffic on the bridge to a standstill for more than two hours.

Police charged Fox with obstructing traffic, climbing or jumping from buildings or other structures, and climbing on bridges.

He told media at the time that his protest was over a ban on him contacting his ex-wife or her immediate family, including his children.

Outside court on Friday, Fox told reporters he had no regrets and would fight his case.

"The law says that I'm allowed to climb bridges and structures and rappel from and stop the traffic if I've got a reasonable excuse or if it's for a lawful purpose," he said.

"There's 50,000 new kids each year on top of 50,000 last year and next year that are getting exposed to family separations and at least half of those are going through a troubled breakup."

The case has been adjourned to July 29.

Fox said the court action would "highlight the deficiencies and failings in government".

"The system needs to change, I think everyone knows it," he said.

"The government is suppressing the parents' situation through the Family Court and DoCS (NSW Department of Community Services) and they are not allowing the media to cover it, so everything is done in isolation.

"That's why there are so many mistakes."

His lawyer Brett Galloway says the maximum prison term for the offences with which Fox is charged is three months.

"It's a shame some people were inconvenienced but what do you do to highlight the problem when you are in difficult circumstances as Mick was, and no one will listen or pay attention?" he told reporters.

Fox said a change of his bail conditions meant he could now contact his children.

"They are the victims in this," he said.

"I think we will look back on this and realise someone had to stand up and do something about it."



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Surely, every did likes your style. May your tribe increase. If only there were many like you, ... Would be more fun, wouldn't it?

Will certainly rock the goddamn f**king boat more intensely! Smile Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:49 pm    Post subject: Re: To All Soldier-dads!!!!! Reply with quote

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Bring out that patriotic spirit in you! Do something worthwhile for your country! Be a hero! Join the Afghan war! Risk your a$$ to make this world a better place to live in!
Then, come home and be estranged from your kids. Mad
Cheers


Is Australia a better place for our children to live in? Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:18 am    Post subject: Any feedback on our hero's case? Reply with quote

Surely, everyone, especially soldier dad, will be interested.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:18 pm    Post subject: Lest We Forget! Reply with quote

To All War Veterans!

Yesterday, you paraded around the city. You proudly displayed your medals. Yes, you fought wars. You risked your lives to make this world a better place to live in.

Is Australia a better place for our children to live in? Confused
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