Subject heading: Progress report of NSW voter’s attempt to seek redress for a grievance
Date: Tuesday 27th March 2012
Matter: From ‘Punk Commute’ to punishment for non-payment of Victims Compensation Levy
Author: Sue Abbott
I have asked myself to list briefly what has been achieved in the ten months since the Punk Commute was held on Friday 20th May 2011.
- Meeting to discuss revocation of bicycle helmet law with the Hon. John Ajaka MLC (Parliamentary Secretary to the Hon. Duncan Gray MLC), Professor Chris Rissel (Professor of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney), Dr Paul Martin (Specialist Anaesthetist, Ipswich, Queensland) and myself
- Another court appearance as a self-represented bicycle helmet litigant, another section 10(1)(a) – July 2011
- Directive received to pay Victims Compensation Levy (VCL) - July 2011
- Request made to the Hon. Greg Smith MP for a VCL exemption – July 2011
- [meanwhile in the United Kingdom, a British Medical Journal (BMJ) poll reveals that 68% of their readers do not think it should be compulsory for adults to wear helmets]
- [meanwhile in Australia, elite Australian Universities properly consider the causation of bike share failure in Melbourne & Brisbane]
- VCL repealed by NSW Parliament for section 10 (1)(a) offenders in August 2011
- My request (s) made to the Hon. Greg Smith MP for a VCL exemption refused several times over several months, the final refusal coming from the minister himself in October 2011
- Indefinite suspension of my driver’s licence for refusal to pay VCL enacted – November 2011
- Property seizure order issued for refusal to pay VCL - January 2012
- Sheriff of Muswellbrook visits my home in my absence for property seizure purposes during January & February 2012, and again last week - March 2012
- Registration renewal for my Subaru forester refused - March 2012
In terms of my engagement with my Parliament as a voter residing in New South Wales, I have come to the conclusion that very little has been achieved. I can only deduce from the overall political reaction that many politicians are of the opinion that it is not my place to try and reform ‘bad law’.
I am extremely disappointed with the mechanics of politics, and wonder why any of us, the general voting public, bother.