“USE THE SECRET BALLOTTO COUNTER THE FEAR”
HEMP PRESIDENT MICHAEL BALDERSTONE TO LAUNCH HEMP CAMPAIGN THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 4 PM RED ROOM STUDENT UNION COMPLEX UQ
Michael Balderstone, President of Help End Marijuana Prohibition, aparty registered with the Australian Electoral Commission, will launch the HEMP election campaign for 2004 at a meeting starting at 4 pm onThursday 16/9/04 in the Red Room at the University of Queensland. The meeting is being sponsored by the UQ cannabis reform group High Society.
Mr Balderstone is heading the NSW Senate ticket, with HEMP secretary Graham Askey second on the ticket.
In Queensland, seasoned HEMPactivists Guy Freemarijuana (1) and Tony Kneipp (2) will contest the Senate, while John Jiggens is standing for the seat of Griffith. HEMPwill also be running candidates for the Senate in Victoria.
Mr Balderstone, who is the public face of the Nimbin MardiGrass, will tell the meeting that voters should take full advantage of the secret ballot to counter the fear instilled in ordinary people by the unjust and tyrannical cannabis laws.
“The draconian cannabis laws have introduced fear into society in an insidious and persistent way”, Mr Balderstone said.”It eats away at the social glue that binds us all together.”
“Major parties are fond of saying that a first preference to a minor party or independent is a wasted vote”, Mr Balderstone said. “Clearly this is the opposite of the truth about how preferential voting works,and is nothing but propaganda.
I call on informed voters to make their vote count to the fullest and send a powerful message by voting 1 for HEMP.”
Entertainment will be provided between speakers by a DJ as well as livemusic from Guy Freemarijuana and Friends, Honest John & the Lying Rodents and others.