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When development is a gamble, who could have to pay?

'Presumed Dead' is a crime fiction thriller about how things went wrong when a fictional government considered development of a mega casino.

The novel ‘Presumed Dead’ is a crime fiction thriller about what could go wrong when a fictional City’s government considers development of a mega casino.

Is the party game over?

‘Presumed Dead’ is a novel political crime fiction thriller about a feisty woman politician.

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Could this book change how you vote for political parties? 

For more information, go to author Martin Knox’s website:

Does Australia’s Constitution have racism?



Australia’s Constitution adopted on 1 January 1901 had 3 clauses explicitly concerned with race (see below).In 1901 it was commented that “It enables the Parliament to deal with the people of any alien race after they have entered the Commonwealth; to localise them within defined areas, to restrict their migration, to confine them to certain occupations, or to give them special protection and secure their return after a certain period to the country whence they came.”

‘In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth, or of a State or other part of the Commonwealth, aboriginal natives shall not be counted’.

Section 51(xxvi) still provides that the Commonwealth Parliament can legislate with respect to ‘the people of any race, other than the aboriginal race in any State, for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws’. This is the so-called, ‘races power’.

Section 25 recognised that the States could disqualify people from voting in the elections on account of their race.


I am puzzled that Section 25 continues and wonder under what scenario Australian authorities would need this clause, over and above legislation that would apply to non-Indigenous people? Do the concerns above still apply and need the remaining provisions? Or do new concerns warrant their retention? Is it feared that the non-Indigenous population (3%) could passively resist, as did Hindus in India (80%) against the British occupiers in 1919-1930? Or that they could oppose the government, as did Black Africans (75%) in South Africa before 1986? Or perhaps some immigrant race’s misbehaviour could not be controlled by the laws that control the rest of Australians?

My fiction novel The Grass Is Always Browner tells a story of Australia’s ethnic development 250 years in the future.


Is an independent party an oxymoron?


A true independent acts alone and only enters alliances temporarily. Voters may need to be persuaded not to expect their indie rep to cover all the bases — the job is too big. The novel Presumed Dead explores indiedom. See book trailer:

Is a nanny state preventing us maturing?


Can we leave it to others to decide what is good for us? Or do we have to make up our own minds? Presumed Dead is a novel that reveals the type of nanny-state politics we would be better off without.
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