Currently the left is in a bit of a tizzy about a dozen or so people who showed up at Brisbane City Library to oppose the rather distasteful spectacle of a publicly funded “Drag Queen Story Hour”.
They’re in so much of a huff over the very idea that anyone from the Right could protest a drag queen in the same fashion that members of the extreme Left protest everything that offends them every other week that they’ve taken the step of seeking legal advice and reporting the rebellious right wing reprobates to the authorities.
Now while it is beyond the legal expertise of your humble interlocutor to tell you what kind of case the ever more than slightly unsightly female impersonators might have against those who protested their event, it is within one’s purview of expertise to inform you of the nature of the legal representation they sought.
And wouldn’t you know she’s a communist. Imagine that!
The press release by the “Rainbow Families” group that organised the event had as a contact number down the bottom Matilda Alexander, President of the LGBTI Legal service.
And wouldn’t you know it but Matilda is quite the character. Before she was trying to persecute those who objected to children being subjected to a drag queen she had quite the past.
Her bio back to 2001 shows her bouncing around various taxpayer-funded groups of a legal bent. She is the current treasurer and former principal solicitor for the publicly funded Prisoners Legal Service, has lectured on Gender and the law at Griffith University, and prepared cases for complainants regarding the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
But what was she doing before 2001?
Well here it gets interesting.
Over the ANZAC Day long weekend in 1999 Matilda Alexander, Griffith University women’s officer, was a featured speaker at the Brisbane “Socialism for the new millennium” conference. The event was run by the Democratic Socialist Party, which was then the largest, best organised and most violent extreme left-wing group in Australia and who shortly afterwards would transform themselves into the Trotskyite umbrella organisation Socialist Alliance.
Apparently it was quite a weekend. A dinner titled “Forty years of the Cuban Revolution” was held on Saturday evening. I’m sorry I missed it.
In August 1999 Green Left Weekly reported that Matilda was associated with the “New Broad Left” student group, an attempt by the then two biggest Trotskyite groups [DSP and the International Socialist Organisation] to organise extreme-left groups on university campuses in an effort to wrest control of the NUS away from the traditionally dominant Young ALP.
Matilda wasn’t just a member, she was the Queensland co-convener for NBL, and seemed quite enthusiastic about using the group to fight mushy mainstream Labor party types, stating:
“You are either with the system or against it, and on an ideological level NOLS [Young ALP] are part of the system, so I don’t think they should be included. It is more important to be pro-feminist, anti-capitalist and fight for queer rights and environmentalism. If you are in NOLS, you can’t be a revolutionary and be any of these things in a meaningful sense.”
A year later in August 2000, not long before taking up her legal career, Matilda helped lead a rally against John Howard’s policies on IVF for lesbians alongside the members of Queers Against Corporate Exploitation who described themselves as:
“A group committed to combating homophobia through the use of militant forms of direct action and linking our struggle to the struggles of other oppressed peoples such as women, indigenous people and the working class.”
QuACE boasted about organising an illegal occupation of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices in the Brisbane CBD, blockading Australian Stock Exchanges on May Day 2001, and organising activists to attend the orgy of thuggery and vandalism that was the 2000 Melbourne S11 riots.
Pretty mainstream stuff, clearly.
The IVF protest also tells us more about the Prisoners Legal Service that curiously picked Matilda up straight out of University.
At that protest, in her capacity as Brisbane co-ordinator for the Prisoners Legal Service, was one Karen Fletcher who just happens to have been a member of the Democratic Socialist Party [later the Socialist Alliance] for over twenty years, standing as their candidate in elections for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (1995); the House of Representatives (1996); and the Queensland Senate (in both 1990 and 2001). She was still writing for Green Left Weekly as late as 2014.
It looks a lot like Karen and Matilda got along so well that they ended up working together the very next year. Imagine that.
The Queensland Labor government saw nothing wrong with these extremist connections.
In fact that government was so happy to associate with Trotskyist extremists who had very recently been representatives of groups that wanted to overthrow the Australian government that they gave over $400,000 dollars to Matilda to police the speech of “evil homophobes” during the same sex marriage debate.
The woman gifted with this mandate for internet thought-policing, and put in charge of all this taxpayer money, was a Marxist activist with a long history of associating with the most violent political extremists in this country. A woman who in her own words believes that Feminism, anti-capitalism, queer rights and environmentalism need to be enforced via a violent revolution, and also that:
“There seems to be a misconception that freedom of speech allows you to say whatever you want”.
She fulfilled the faith that the government had placed in her. Matilda and her crew identified 220 examples of people thinking wrong thoughts during the same sex marriage plebiscite and filed charges against 25 of them.
Isn’t it great when the government can outsource the persecution of dissidents to non-government contractors? Gives you faith the free market it really does.
But now Matilda and her friends are on to the next victims. People who disagree that drag queens are appropriate entertainment for small children. We can only hope that the wider right of centre community shows more solidarity with people standing up for what they believe this time than they have in the past. After all this isn’t about a drag queen, it’s about a communist attempting to legally persecute conservatives for standing up for what is probably the most conservative principle, that gender is not a social construct but an indelible part of who we are.