James Donovan Keays | Australian Country Alliance | Buninyong

November 26, 2014 – 3:10PM

By Keryn Reynolds

Mr James Donovan Keays, Australian Country Alliance candidate for Buninyong, in a kilt. PICTURE: Facebook

Mr James Donovan Keays, Australian Country Alliance candidate for Buninyong, in a kilt. PICTURE: Facebook

Apparently Mr Keays lives in Smeaton, Victoria.

Like most Country Alliance candidates, he’s not talking to UniPollWatch and he has provided no contact details on the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

His party seems to be a bit confused about who he is too, as they haven’t listed him as a lower house candidate on their website.

But an open source search reveals a few things about the elusive Buninyong candidate.

He claims his friends call him Sir James. He graduated from Ardoch High School in 1987.

Between 1988 and 1992 he worked at ‘Chasers Night Club, Outlaw – Hard’n’fast’ in South Yarra.

He’s the owner-operator of Gold Tours, a Creswick business running gold tours around the Ballarat area.

According to his public Facebook page, he’s got a ‘wife and kids’ and loves playing the guitar.

He is the President of the Ballarat Branch of the Ballarat Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria (PMAV), a political organization that swears by the ‘Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties.’

He loves ‘Tool’ an American heavy metal rock band from California and plays their music ‘on constant rotation’ in his ‘4WD, 24/7.’ He’s been to ‘EVERY’ Australian Tool gig and loves playing their songs on his guitar ‘very loud, so the house shakes.’

Since 2006, he’s been a member of the ‘Tool Fans Welcome’ team on BOINC, open-source software for volunteer computing that uses the idle time on computers to cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars and other scientific research.

He used to participate in online forum downloading and analysing radio telescope data, as part of the S.E.T.I program, a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, ‘for the same reasons as most’ but then sold his computer to go gold prospecting.

He’s also been on-line since 2008, participating on climateprediction.net, the world’s largest volunteer climate modelling experiment running models on people’s home computers to help answer questions about how climate change is affecting the world now, and in the future.

Mr Keays. PICTURE: Facebook

Mr Keays. PICTURE: Facebook

Mr Keays is apparently opposed to any changes in the laws around euthanasia and assisted suicide in Victoria.

He said last week that his party ‘is all about common sense, simplification of government and cutting red tape’ and he ‘was passionate about the continued use of recreational facilities.’

He was also concerned that residents are being locked out of national parks and were unable to fish, shoot or camp in the areas, saying ‘Once people know who we are and what we stand for, all of a sudden there is a swing and people say, ‘Oh well, we like that, that sounds pretty good.’

He’s had a Facebook account since 2009 and regularly expresses his views on most subjects including music, gold mining, politics, climate change, fracking and the environment.

A few years ago, he posted ‘if he went into politics’ he’d have Mr Julian Assange ‘as an adviser’ then he signed a petition to free Mr Assange, ‘so we can one day work together on his political party.’

Last year he posted that he agreed ‘100%…. this is why I’m entering politics’ in response to a BBC interview between Mr Russell Brand and Mr Jeremy Paxman talking about voting, revolution and beards.

During the interview, Mr Brand, a British comedian, said he wanted a ‘revolution’ because politicians shouldn’t ‘…destroy the planet… create massive economic disparity… or ignore the needs of the people.’ Mr Brand also said he wanted a ‘socialist egalitarian system, based on the massive redistribution of wealth, heavy taxation of corporations and massive responsibility for energy companies and any company exploiting the environment…’

He doesn’t seem too religious, posting a few years ago, ‘Fuck religion… MY imaginary friend is better than YOUR imaginary friend!’

He’s a bit partial to wearing kilts, posting this year that he ‘Got my 8 yard pure wool KILT today… YAY! I LOVE it so I’m getting one in camo to wear EVERY day… I should have done it YEARS ago…soooo comfortable…’

And in January this year, he took a stand against racism, posting ‘the RACIST wankers that plague my Facebook page… I will be deleting you if I see any racist remarks or posts from you… you have been warned.’

He can also get a bit antsy when his stuff is stolen, posting that whoever stole his mining gear had one, ‘ … and I mean one chance to return it. If you don’t return it, you better hope the police get you before I do. You can’t expect to mess with my JOB and there be no consequences. LOW LIFE SCUM…’

And he’s a handy lad to have around when your car breaks down, posting ‘Poor guy stopped out the front with water pissing out his radiator… I got some water for him and cracked an egg white into the radiator to plug the hole… worked fine… he was shocked it fixed it…old trick I learned in the army,’ and a bit later ‘Black pepper works for small holes too.’

Some of his friends thanked him for his very practical advice, but it’s worth noting it was posted on 1st of April this year.

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To attempt to connect with Mr James Keays
Email: secretary@auscountryalliance.org
Web:  countryalliance.org


To connect with the author
Email: keryn.reynolds@unipollwatch.org.au
Twitter:  @kerynbuninyong

Keryn Reynolds is a Master of Journalism student at the University of Melbourne