At the end of the day, it comes down to a matter of trust.

Russell Broadbent here, your Member for Monash.

This week is National Volunteer Week, where we celebrate the diverse passions and talents everyone brings to volunteering.

There are currently more than five million volunteers across this Nation - and we have more volunteers in regional areas compared to capital cities.

Just a few weeks ago, I visited the Mirboo North Storm Cell Volunteers to seek an update on the progress that’s been made since the catastrophic storms in February.

This storm flattened forests, sheered off massive trees at their base and ripped apart buildings in the small community of Mirboo North. The damage done is simply indescribable.

As is often the case, it wasn’t the council or emergency services that were the first ones to assist Mirboo North after the storm had passed - it was the local community.

Not that the council were not great at their response, just that the locals were first on the scene.

And it’s been the local volunteers that sustained the recovery, donating resources and assisting with the clean-up. It’s not over yet.

It’s so important to get out and volunteer in your local community, not only are you bettering the lives of those who you are helping, but you will no doubt make some long-lasting friendships through it as well.

Our volunteers in Monash are resilient, compassionate, hardworking, and dedicated – and more than ever, I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their selfless work across our communities.

That’s justice as I see it.

Last night in an address to the Parliament, I discussed how trust in politicians is at an all-time low. And today’s debacle has seen the New Vehicle Efficiency Standards Bill rushed through to the Senate without debate.

I didn’t get to speak to the bill, so I’m sharing my thoughts with you now.

Thank you, Deputy Speaker Sharkie, for this opportunity to speak on the Digital ID Bill 2024 and the associated bill. One thing I will note from the start is this: look at the list of speakers here. There are no Labor speakers at all, only coalition or independent speakers—not one from Labor! There's a good reason they're not lined up to speak on this bill: half of them don't like it. Half of them are very uncomfortable with the bill, but they can't say anything to their leadership about the fact that they're uncomfortable with the way this bill attends freedoms.

But it's not just the Labor party that's at odds here. I'll go back to 2022, when the coalition was in power and I was a member of that government. To give the experience—and I'll come to that a bit later on—if you ran a superannuation account on your own in 2022, the then minister, Jane Hume, introduced and passed legislation for a government sector ID for small and medium super funds. I got a direction from the government that said: 'Sign up or else. You have to have a digital identity if you want to be a director of your own super fund.' I thought: 'This can't be right. The Liberal-National government would never to do this—make it compulsory.' Not only did they make it compulsory but, under the law, directors who failed to apply for a director ID within the stipulated time frame could face criminal or civil penalties of 5,000 penalty units, which currently stands at $1.11 million. Directors of a CATSI organisation can face penalties of $200,000. So I thought, 'I better get on and get a digital ID,' because I didn't want to be the member of parliament that wouldn't sign up for, at that time, his own government's digital ID.

It was quite difficult. It was quite a strain on my wife to get that done, because you have to have facial recognition. You had to go through the process, and our accountants couldn't process our documentation. So don't talk to me about 'voluntary'. This government is talking about 'voluntary', and I'll speak a bit more on that when I get a chance later, when, internationally, this legislation is in nearly every Western country. 'Oh, surprise! 'No, it's in Australia. It's only an Australian proposition.' No, it's not an Australian proposition; it is worldwide. We are following along, tagging along, with the Americans and other countries on this bill.

We just heard the member for Cowper outline the community concerns about this bill, and what the community is on about is freedom of activity, freedom of engagement and freedom of being part of the Australian community without encumbrances like a digital identity bill. If you want to hide the bill, what you would do is introduce it in budget week. But the first thing you would do is rush it through the Senate on the last day of sitting, helped by the fact that coalition members didn't turn up to vote against it. I know why they didn't, because they proposed it themselves and put in the legislation. As a backbencher, I didn't see that legislation; I didn't see that come before the party room. I didn't see it; I wasn't told about it. But, when I did find it, it was in some obscure corporate legislation—set out here—that would have gone through the party room without comment. It would have been an uncontroversial bill. Well, it became controversial for us.

From where I sit, there's something exceptionally sneaky and suspicious about the bill and how the government is handling it. Accordingly, debate on this bill is as a pesky and insignificant piece of legislation—no big deal! Well, it isn't. To the contrary, it's one of the most heinous, overreaching and disturbing bills I've seen in the 25 years that I've spent in the parliament. Adding to my suspicion, consultation about this important bill was stifled. A quiet notice went out: one month to provide feedback. This was just before Christmas, when people were distracted and rightfully preparing to switch off—not switch on. Then, to top it off, as I said, it was rammed it through the Senate without any committee consultation. There's nothing surer than this bill having the capacity, in one fell swoop, to imprison us all as servants of the state. Have I gone too far?

There's been too much. This Digital ID Bill is already mandatory. Take the requirement for digital identity for directors of superannuation funds. I explained the situation with my wife before. We could have faced a serious fine if we hadn't done what we were told. Other people have told me that they just signed up using paperwork. How they did that I don't know. That wasn't our instruction. The reason 10 million Australians have to have a myGovID is that 10 million Australians were coerced into getting one and Centrelink won't or can't talk to you without one. Recently, in Western Australian, there was a payment to be made, but you couldn't access the payment without a digital ID. As one commentator put it:

Why should the Government have any more of our data than they already have? They don't deserve it. They have not proven that they can be trusted to handle information about their citizens responsibly.

Well, it's too late. The game's up. Australians can see through this nonsense. The Australian people will never forget the extent to which their human rights—which I screamed about every day—were violated during the pandemic, nor will I. It's clear we're already living in Orwellian times, with 24/7 surveillance through satellites, banks and facial recognition technology. How do I know about facial recognition technology? I have an in with Coles supermarkets. Bunnings tried to bring in facial recognition for their customers and dropped it because it was against the law. It's still against the law, but Coles have put in all the facilities and all the cameras for facial recognition throughout all their stores. Whether it's throughout all their stores yet, I don't know, but they're just waiting for the time when they can switch it on. What it will do is get your face against the products you're buying. It doesn't even wait until you get to the checkout; it puts it against the product you are putting your hand up on the shelf to buy. They will know everything about you.

A pregnant mother was called by her bank after their transaction algorithm picked up that she'd visited a medical centre and had had a pregnancy scan. Apparently they were offended that she and her partner had negotiated their mortgage based on having one child. Their crime, it appears, was that she and her husband didn't consult the bank before conceiving their second child, thus affecting the loan and their ability to pay it.

Then, as you know, there's the move towards a cashless society. The Digital ID Bill is yet another bill supporting the government and the banks to move us into a cashless economy. Just imagine how dangerous the ID becomes when the money in your bank account is inextricably tied to it. What worries me is that, if they give you a digital identity, the digital identity can be taken away. We just had an enormous storm go through Mirboo North. It was a unique, unprecedented storm. It smashed huge forest trees to the ground as though they were matchsticks. There was only one apparent death caused by the storm—one farmer, who was hit by flying debris—but how the rest of the town survived without death, I don't know. There was no communication, no power, no electricity, no water and no food available. As one lady said to me, we went back to 200 years. But I make the point that, because they were so reliant on cards, they couldn't get fuel, supplies et cetera. They're saying this digital ID is not mandatory, but it is, and I've been against mandatory everything through the whole of my 25 years, whatever that mandatory might be. But in this case I believe that, if it's given to you, it can be taken away. I know of a personal instance. A friend of mine was deemed by a bank to be not a suitable customer. The bank were the judge and jury, and they said, 'We and other banks will no longer deal with you.' Now his whole business operation has to go through his daughter.

We saw the government's willingness to override our human rights during COVID. We saw the closing of bank accounts, the police storming in to arrest a pregnant woman who had posted her views about a lockdown on Facebook and the censoring of social media posts put up by people sharing their heartbreaking stories of vaccine injury. When I say no to the next vaccination mandate, which I will—as I did to the COVID mandate—how might my digital identity be used to encode, punish or penalise me? Might it prevent me from paying for my shopping prevent me from travelling by cancelling my drivers licence or switch off my electricity? I think the worst part on former minister Jane Hume's was: 'A director ID will be attached to a director permanently, even if they cease to be a director, change their name or move interstate or overseas.' It will be like a tattoo! I haven't got a tattoo, but that would be a digital tattoo.

I am concerned about this; I'm concerned about freedom and the huge risks. I want to say to the people in this room that every time I've made a decision or looked at legislation, I've made that decision and looked at the legislation in the knowledge that the decisions we were making may affect you, your children and your grandchildren. Just like a tattoo, they're permanent: the legislation is permanent. Yes, this can be repealed, perhaps, by a future government chasing freedom. But every bit of legislation can be turned around and can be used by authorities. Will it be your children or your grandchildren affected by the legislation that we move today? Boring? It works. I'm with Senator Canavan, Senator Rennick, the member for New England and others who have stood up here and opposed this bill. And they've opposed it for very good reason.

We all read books. There was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, where she was an expert hacker. That book tells the future of how they can hack, what they can do and how they can move money and all sorts of things. It's a fictional story, but it exists today. Hackers make us look like fools. We have all talked about the scams that are happening, where $3 billion is lost every year in Australia through hacking and scamming. How can the government be so confident that we can put all this information into one bank—myGovID or whatever it is—and that they won't be hacked? Or cut out—hacked to the point where, as the member for Cowper said, you don't exist. The government didn't do it, but somebody decided to take you on and the way they can attack you now is through your digital ID. It's an Australia Card on steroids. People today want the opportunity to have control over your life—more control. So it isn't about keeping people safe, it is about control. There is no redress here in the case of fraud or cybersecurity. They've said, 'We'll find the people,' if they can find the people who did the cyberattack. They could find them, but are they likely to be in this country? I don't think so. This government today have said that we have been under cyberattack from our so-called friends and people who we trade with. That has happened already.

The government have failed to demonstrate the need for digital ID and they have failed to convince us that they are trustworthy enough to keep this information secure. I heard everything in the second reading speech that it was designed by the Public Service to say. I saw all the new commissioners they're putting in place—I saw all of that. But that won't mean one thing to the individual who is crucified under this legislation through his digital ID being attacked. I listen to my constituents, and they tell me they don't like it. They're telling the government they don't like it. The backbench of the Labor Party is telling them they don't like it and the backbench of the Liberal Party is telling them they don't like it. I heard what the shadow minister said today—I thought it was pretty wishy-washy. If you are really going to protect freedoms in Australia, you oppose this bill and you oppose it with all your strength and all your arm.

Hello, I’m Russell Broadbent, Member for Monash.

I’ve shared the stories of many doctors on this channel – doctors who’ve been suspended, silenced and reprimanded. 

Prior to Covid, the relationship between a patient and doctor was generally accepted as a unique and private one. We trusted doctors to be the gate keepers, the whistle-blowers, the profession who could be trusted to put the needs and interests of patients above their own.

But a recent Sky News report highlights just how far the Code of Conduct for our Australian doctors has deviated from the Hippocratic Oath.

The report says: “The code does not include ancient sections of the Hippocratic Oath which forbid doctors from harming their patients, … instead, health professionals are now instructed to uphold “cultural safety” by considering “respect for diverse cultures”, “beliefs”, “gender identities”, “sexualities” and “experiences of people… and Medical Practitioners must also acknowledge colonisation and systemic racism.”

Many doctors are now deeply concerned about the creeping restrictions on their freedom of speech. For example, we’ve heard countless stories from doctors expressing concerns about the safety of Covid mRNA injections – they have been silenced and suspended for not toeing the narrative line.  These doctors were simply doing their job - scrutinising ‘the science’, asking questions.

Kara Thomas, secretary of the Australian Medical Professional Society clearly sums up by saying: “Evidence-based medicine, informed consent, the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, medical ethics, and the freedom of political communication have been sacrificed at the altar of Woke and the pharma-industrial complex.”

I can tell you who will suffer if this censorship of our doctors is allowed to continue - it’s the people of this nation.

If we don’t stand up now and help defend the historical foundations of the medical profession, we all stand to lose.

And that’s justice as I see it.

Read the SkyNews article here: https://www.skynews.com.au/lifestyle/health/doctors-demand-overhaul-of-australias-medical-ethics-guidelines-over-new-woke-set-of-codes-arguing-for-return-to-hippocratic-oath/news-story/fe5f2f49fcd0e192e40e2952144beb04

Read Kara Thomas' article here: https://www.spectator.com.au/2024/01/government-censorship-threatens-health-safety-and-scientific-freedom

When Raphael refused to be jabbed, his employer, NSW Health, asked him to make a case for why he should be exempt from the covid mandates. His employer ignored his submission and fired him anyway.

But in the process of researching, he discovered evidence that not only confirmed his decision, but some of it got published in major medical journals! His work even caught the attention of Dr Robert Malone, who invited Raphael to provide testimony for the US Senate. And to top it off, after pursuing his employer for unjust treatment, Raphael engaged a compensation lawyer and won his case!

Find more links to his story in the comments below:

Russell Broadbent here, your Member for Monash.

On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank chose to put cash rates on hold, keeping them at 4.35%.

This means ongoing pressure for mortgage-holders, unless the Government listens to the Reserve Bank, takes accountability, and gets its priorities straight.

While the Reserve Bank is trying to curb inflation, the Government is feeding it – spending an ever-exceeding amount of tax-payer money on deluded and unproductive ventures.

If government is genuine about its intention to ease cost-of-living pressures, it should take a contractionary approach in next week’s Budget.

So, what exactly is the government going to do alleviate cost-of-living pressures?

Sure, the revised tax cuts will come into effect later this year, which was the obvious thing to do.

But there’s been an average 7.6% increase in our tax rates since last year – the highest in the world - so these modified stage three tax cuts will only return a small portion back to us, the people.

And any other incentives, subsidies, or stimulus in the name of ‘Cost of living’ will simply continue to delay future rate cuts and continue to put hard working families under the pump.

When the Federal Budget is handed down next week, I want to see the government put aside its shiny targets aimed at securing short term political gain, and start to reign in its reckless spending to tackle inflation, which is a hidden tax on us all.

That would be for the benefit of all Australians.

That’s justice as I see it.  

Russell Broadbent here, your federal Member for Monash.

In the wake of the Bondi and Sydney Church stabbings, there’s been intense media attention and public discourse about the powers of our government to regulate social media.

I was mentioned on the 7am Podcast recently, which considered free speech in the context of social media platforms and the eSafety Commissioner’s so called ‘take down’ powers, specifically in regard to X’s refusal to remove the video of the Sydney Church stabbing.

Is this post confronting? Of course it is.

It breaks my heart that we live in a world where this kind of behaviour has become accepted as the norm.
But if distressing and confronting issues are not publicised and spoken about, what does that say about where this nation is heading?

I deeply fear for both ourselves, and for our future generations if this unelected eSafety Commissioner, and the Government of the day, can dictate what news the Australian people can and can’t see.

You might have missed it – but on 22 November 2023, the Minister for Communications announced the commencement of a statutory review into the operation of the Online Safety Act.

This Act, commenced in January 2022, introduced a regulatory framework to allegedly ‘improve and promote’ the safety of Australians online.

And it gives extremely broad powers to the eSafety Commissioner.

I fear that the truth, often classified as misinformation or disinformation (as is occurring in the case of X’s post of the Sydney Church stabbing), will be censored by the eSafety Commissioner in the name of ‘improving and promoting the safety of Australians.’

Where do we draw the line?

Alarmingly, this review will consider whether we need to give even more power to the eSafety Commissioner.

I urge you to have your say on the Online Safety Act by 5pm 21 June, which you can access through the following link: Statutory Review of the Online Safety Act 2021 | Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.

If the Australian people don’t stand up for their freedoms now, they may never be able to again.

That’s justice as I see it.

Russell Broadbent here, your Independent Member for Monash.

Did you know that in 2022 alone, Australians lost three billion dollars to scammers?

Every day, scammers are becoming more sophisticated in getting their hands on our money and personal details.

If you have been scammed and lost money or personal information, make sure you:

Contact your bank immediately, and report that you have been scammed.

Contact IDCare on 1800 595 160 or online at https://www.idcare.org/.

Report the scam to Scamwatch online at https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/.

You should never feel ashamed or embarrassed about being scammed – it can happen to anyone.

In fact, over five hundred thousand Australians fell victim to a scam in the 2022-23 financial year.

This is your reminder to be wary of incoming scams – especially through phone calls, emails, and social media.

Let’s make Australia a no-go zone for scammers.

That’s justice as I see it.

Russell Broadbent here, your Independent Federal Member for Monash.

One hundred years ago, in country areas across Victoria and Australia, 20% of women were dying in childbirth, as compared to those women in the city who only had a 3% chance of death after childbirth.

The country communities were so outraged by this that local and state governments created bush nursing hospitals across country areas in Victoria and Australia, and reduced the incidences of deaths through childbirth to 3% – the same as their city cousins.

So when I read in the Herald Sun recently a report that there’s been a 20% increase in cardiac arrests in Victoria since 2019, and that 95% of patients are dying, I was reminded of the mortality rates amongst women all those years ago.

If that’s not shocking enough, the proposed response is to push for more first aid training and defibrillators.

But as in the past, we must ask: what is the root cause of this massive spike in cardiac arrests?

I don’t know if it’s the covid injection. But if it’s not, surely we must ask ourselves why? Why is there a 20% increase in cardiac arrests over the past 5 years?

Given Australia’s unexplained excess deaths, I have written to the Hon Mark Butler - the Minister for Health – to ask if his department is willing to include Covid-19 vaccine mandates in their scope of investigation into the possible cause of this very disturbing trend.

I ask these questions as I have done for 3 years. Without judgment of anybody, only asking why.

That’s justice as I see it.

Russell Broadbent here, your Independent Member for Monash.

I’ve had thousands of conversations with people across our nation about a whole range of injustices suffered during the Covid-pandemic.

Conversations about the blatant disregard of our human rights by government officials that led to record-high days in lockdown, border closures, both state and international, forced vaccination mandates and especially the right to gather together, for example no church services.

A picture paints a thousand words, and I could talk for days about the hardships endured by Australians during the pandemic.

But the numbers tell an even more riveting story:

There was a total of $577 billion taxpayer dollars spent on theCovid responseby federal and state governments.

This includes $247 million on Covid tests and over $18 billion on Covid vaccines and treatment supply.

The Australian government purchased over 267 million Covid vaccine doses. Enough to vaccinate Australia’s population ten times over!  And last week it was reported that of these 267 million doses, only 26% have been used and 35% have been wasted – just thrown away!

That’s millions of taxpayer dollars, literally down the drain, while everyday Australians struggle to make ends meet! Where’s the accountability? Where’s the explanation for such incompetence?

The Department of Health posted 19 thousand times about Covid on social media, and the Australian Government censored 4000 social media posts as ‘misinformation’, many of which have subsequently been proven to be true!

And finally, there were 2662 complaints made to the Australian Human Rights Commission about Covid-19 policies.

I ask you this – what sort of picture do these numbers paint for how we handled the pandemic?

A pretty ugly one if you ask me.

And that’s justice as I see it.  

Nearly three years on, grieving mum, Raelene, is still fighting for answers as to why her daughter died suddenly and unexpectedly after the Covid vaccine.

The Prime Minister promised a Royal Commission into Australia’s Covid response. What changed his mind?  

Russell Broadbent MP
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