My name’s Alex. Alex Schlotzer. And this is my story.

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These are my comments, ideas, thoughts, opinions, and views. They are not representative of the views and opinions of anyone or any entity I am directly and indirectly associated with, a member of, or employed by. Furthermore, I am not responsible for the opinions expressed by others and choose to allow for a reasonable degree of discourse provided it is not discriminatory, sexist, racist, defamatory, heavy in rhetoric/polemic, etc. I do reserve the right to refuse the publication of any comment.

About this blog
This is my blog and these are my rants, raves and thoughts. I have this blog so that I have a place to express my personal opinion about different issues, topics, ideas, articles, politics, elections or football and sports. This blog originally began as response to rejections by editors of various ‘letters to the editor’ sections. It has transformed into a place where I attempt to present my take on local, state, national and international affairs, issues and whatever else in a mostly rational way. Comments and debate are welcome, it presents wonderful opportunities for engagement.

About me
I currently live in the western suburbs of Melbourne. I am a member of the Victorian Greens Party and Australian Greens. I’ve been involved and interested in politics since early on in life and am a strong advocate for young people, workers, and the environment. I worked with a diverse range of community groups and NGO’s, and advised a range of student and community organisations about governance and campaigning.

Living mostly in regional Queensland for the teen years and early 20′s, a conservative (not necessarily Liberal or National) part of the world, it was difficult to get to rallies and demonstrations held in Brisbane and there was little obvious political activity happening in the regional centres; few rallies were ever held locally. Being a confessed computer and Internet junkie, I began to search for like-minded people to communicate with about different public and political issues. Over the past 20 years, I have developed and honed my skills for using the Internet to “organise” people whether regionally or globally; as well as develop strategies, messages and deploy actions.

I’ve been fortunate to have worked on some incredible collaborative efforts and participated in global online actions.  Similarly I’ve used the Internet to create and maintain online campaigns and groups, meeting entirely online utilising the different technologies available at the time.  My formal and informal education in website design has been a constant fascination for which I continue to work on trying to improve it for online campaigning.

But being involved in on-the-ground electioneering; and industrial and issues campaigns, I’ve regularly looked for ways of turning online engagement into on-the-ground activity, whether big or small.  This particular journey has me taking and editing pictures and videos; writing action alerts and flyer text; preparing and deploying strategies; updating websites and social media networks; and everything in-between. It’s an incredible rush to be doing this stuff professionally.

I’ve been fortunate in life to have lived in and/or visited many parts of Australia and thank my mum and dad and family for those experiences.  There have been many (many, many) incredible experiences trekking across Australia; the sights, the places, the beauty, the inspiration, the awe, the majesty, the tranquility, the people. Along the way I’ve made mistakes in my personal and professional lives; and I work on learning from my mistakes. I’m eternally grateful and indebted to the people that have come into my life thus far (whether fortunate, unfortunate or totally horrible experiences for those people).

Memberships
Australian Greens and Australian Greens Victoria
Australian Services Union
Australia Institute
Electronic Frontiers Australia

List of Achievements
Web Campaigns Officer at ACTU
Guest blogger at Cafe Whispers
Political writer & editor for online journal theangle.org
Convenor and Co-Convenor of the Victorian Greens
Vice President of CQUSA (2.5 years)
Youth Leader of the Opposition (QLD) and Bundaberg Youth Parliamentarian (2 consecutive years)
Rotary Youth Leadership Awardee

Favourites

Books
The Master of Rome Series – Colleen McCulloch
Caesar’s Diaries
Jennifer Government – Max Barry
Dude, where’s my country? – Michael Moore
Vote for Me! The long road to the Whitehouse – John Barron
The Education of a Young Liberal – John Hyde Page
Memo for a saner World – Bob Brown
History of the World – J.M. Roberts
Chariots of the Gods – Erik von Daniken

Magazines, Newspapers & Periodicals
Politics
Dissent
The Week
Wired
ReNew
Green Magazine
The Age / Herald Sun / The Australian / Sydney Morning Herald / Daily Telegraph / Courier Mail
Crikey!
International Herald Tribune
The Guardian Weekly

Television
South Park, Drawn Together, Happy Tree Friends, Grass Roots, The Simpsons, Scrubs, Boston Legal, The Chasers, Little Britain, Bottom, Young Ones, Bush Mechanics, Wilfred, 4 Corners, Robot Chicken, Lateline, Iron Chef, Question Time (House of Representatives & Senate).

Movies
Star Wars (both trilogies), Alien (1,2 & 3 but not 4), Snatch, Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Revenge of the Nerds, Clockwork Orange, Space Odyssey 2001 and 2010, Wizard of Oz, American History X, Rabbit Proof Fence, Roger and Me, Ninja Scroll, Crouching Tiger; Hidden Dragon, Bowling for Columbine, Donnie Darko, Braveheart, Gamera, Lone Wolf and Cub, Ten Canoes, and Sampson and Delilah

Music
Eclectic


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