30-Oct-98 116 Bowman Parade
Bardon QLD 4065
Ph: (07) 366 2660
Email: Dave Keenan [Address removed]
Web: http://users.bigpond.net.au/d.keenan [URL updated]
Mr David Butler
Deputy Commissioner of Taxation
140 Creek Street
Dear Mr Butler,
I don't know if you are personally aware of my case but I am a conscientious objector, not only to military service but also to paying for others to do it for me. You are currently undertaking bankruptcy proceedings against me. You may have seen the piece that Channel 9 did on me back in April this year. I'd be happy to send you a videotape of it if you wish. For more background see the extensive documentation via my web page at http://users.bigpond.net.au/d.keenan/CO [URL updated] which should be considered as if it were attached to this letter.
You may be aware of the similar case of Doctor Robert Burrowes in Melbourne in which despite expenditure of public money which probably exceeded the original debt several times over, on bankruptcy and then contempt proceedings, not a cent has been recovered. The result in my case will be exactly the same.
I have recently learned that the Minister for Finance has the power to waive such debts under section 70C subsection (2)(a)(i) of the Audit Act 1901, and that he would normally seek your advice on the matter. Is this correct?
I have written to the Minister for Finance requesting such a waiver. I'm writing to you to encourage you to support my request. I also ask that if you do not already support my request that you meet with me personally to discuss the matter, or otherwise enter into dialog with me on the matter.
All the ATO and AGS staff involved in my case, to whom I have spoken, have said that they respect my beliefs but the law requires them to persue me (on your behalf). Now here is a law that may allow them (you) not to have to. Please support me in what is, after all, only a basic human right in regard to a serious moral principle. The right not to be forced, against one's will, to be responsible for the death of another human being.
David C Keenan