Member for Denison, Tasmania
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: (02) 6277 4766
Fax: (02) 6277 8579
188 Collins Street
Hobart, TAS, 7001
GPO Box 32
Hobart, TAS, 7001
Telephone: (03) 6234 5255
Fax: (03) 6223 8560
The following video is of Andrew Wilkie making his speech about his views on how Australia is turning into a police state. We highly recommend watching this speech as it is not only informative but frighteningly true.
Andrew Wilkie Independent Member for Denison
Published on Sep 9, 2015
Andrew Wilkie warns Parliament that Australia is becoming a police state
28 August 2015
Joseph Stalin would be proud of Tony Abbott. Just as East Germany’s Stasi would be delighted with the Australian Border Force. Why even General Pinochet would be impressed.
The decision by the Federal Government to cancel this weekend’s security operation in Melbourne is a welcome respite, for now at least, but the Government has shown its hand by planning the operation in the first place.
The community was outraged at the prospect of the random visa checks and should remain incensed with the Government for thinking such an activity would be acceptable in the first place.
Australia is now a police state where citizens could be stopped in the street to have their papers checked. Are we to presume the enemies of the state will start to be disappeared?
Since the terrorist attacks in the US in 2001 Australians have been subject to countless new security law excesses, including the mandatory retention of metadata by the current government. To now have the prospect of the Australian Border Force “randomly” stopping people in Australia is surely the final straw.
Andrew’s concern with governance has its origins in his decision to resign from the Office of National Assessments (ONA) on 11 March 2003 in protest over the Iraq war. He was the only serving intelligence official in Australia, the UK and US to resign publicly before the invasion. He subsequently wrote a successful account of his experience, Axis of Deceit.
Prior to his work in ONA Andrew served in the Army where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He has also worked in senior management roles with the American defence contractor Raytheon and run a small business with his wife.
Andrew is not a member of any political party nor involved with one in any way, although he was a member of the Young Liberals for a short time in the early 1980s, and more recently a member of the Greens.
At the 2010 Tasmanian State election Andrew came within 315 votes of being elected as an Independent when he finished as the fifth highest vote-getter in the Denison electorate and in the top 25 in the state (five Members are elected in each of Tasmania’s five electorates).
Andrew again ran as an Independent in Denison at the 2010 Federal election where he caused a major upset by taking the previously safe seat from the ALP in one of the biggest swings seen at the election. Afterwards he decided to provide certainty of supply and confidence to the ALP, making him one of the four cross-benchers giving government to the Labor Party and re-installing Julia Gillard as Prime Minister. Beyond this minimalist support Andrew remained fiercely independent: considering all Bills and Motions on their merit and sometimes supporting the Government and sometimes the Opposition.
On 21 January 2012 Andrew withdrew his support for the Labor Government after it broke its agreement he had signed with Julia Gillard to implement mandatory pre-commitment on all poker machines by 2014. Andrew was re-elected with an increased margin in 2013 and continues to be active across a wide range of policy areas including gambling reform, improving health and education, compassion for asylum seekers, ending live animal exports and bringing down the cost of Bass Strait. He is also a champion for the disadvantaged and vulnerable.
Andrew has served on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security and was the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform.
Andrew’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Management and Graduate Diploma of Defence Studies. Awards he has received include the Australian Intelligence Community Medallion (twice), Australia Day Achievement Medallion, UN Association of Australia Whistleblower Award, Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association Civil Justice Award and Free Speech Victoria Voltaire Award.
Andrew is 53 years old and lives in the Denison electorate in Neika near Fern Tree. He has two young daughters, Olive and Rose.