Mike Holt is the founder of CIRNow
Mike served with the RAAF during the Vietnam War in North Eastern Thailand in 1967. He returned home disillusioned with the political system that sent thousands of young men into danger for many of the wrong reasons.
After Gough Whitlam came to power Mike could see that the changes begun back then would have a terrible result. Mike’s vision has proved to be right. Australia has been stripped of our former wealth, our manufacturing capacity, and our farmers are up against the wall due to the stupid socialist policies that have been enacted since then. After returning home from his war service, Mike resigned from the RAAF. He traveled extensively around Australia and to many countries around the world. His experiences showed him that Australia was heading down a track he didn’t like. At the time, he saw no solution to the many problems Australian politics have brought onto our wonderful nation.
During his travels he met and married a Thai woman. They settled in Bangkok, Thailand in 1978 where he set up an English teaching school. He sold the school ten years later after the marriage broke down due to very personal reasons.
Soon after that he set up an IT company and a couple of years later he got into the real estate business as well. In 1998 Mike met and married his current Thai wife. In 2008 he sold the company and returned home to Australia in 2009, expecting to retire and enjoy the fruits of his many years in business.
Mike says he thought he was coming home to a stable political environment. Shortly after he returned Julia Gillard ousted Kevin Rudd in what can only be described as a bloodless coup. Mike survived 5 coups during his time in Thailand so he recognized a coup when he saw one. This was when Mike realized that he wanted to do something to help stop Australia becoming a 3rd world banana republic. Mike started looking around for solutions to the many political problems we face. He eventually met Lt Col (Ret) Charles Mollison who had spent over 12 years working with a group of Australians to write a Draft Constitution.
After reading it, Mike knew he had found a way to help Australians take control of our own political destiny. He and Charles set up RestoreAustralia with the aim to amend Section 128 of the Constitution to put the power into the hands of the people to start referendums. Bringing in Citizens Initiated Referendums (CIR) will allow Australian voters to decide on the type of government we want, and make politicians directly accountable to We the People.
Mike, his wife and two young daughters live on the Sunshine Coast. Although he is retired he has become very politically active growing RestoreAustralia and helping raise awareness of the many problems Australia faces in these difficult times. During his spare time he enjoys writing short stories and he has even written a novel. Mike also writes and records his own music, and he loves painting and fishing.
Soon after returning home, Mike wrote a novel about the experiences of a World War Two veteran who was captured by the Japanese in Singapore, 1942. The Aussie Digger was subsequently sent to work on the Burma Railway in Thailand, and then shipped to Kyushu where he worked in the Mitsui Coal Mines. He says the Nagasaki atomic bomb saved the lives of thousands of POW’s, as well as averting a bloodbath if the Allies had been forced to invade Japan. Mike’s first published book, POW 921 is available online through Amazon Books. Click on the Link below to get your copy.
POW 921, a very personal story about the experiences of an Aussie Digger captured by the Japanese in 1942 (Click here or on the image to buy the book)