A Greens candidate who has joked about necrophilia and the coward-punch death of an innocent teenager has also revealed he is anti-police and wants jails abolished.
Tom Raue is campaigning to represent Summer Hill in Sydney’s inner-west ahead of this month’s New South Wales state election.
Mr Raue has attracted controversy for his statements in the past, which have included a ‘joking’ endorsement of having sex with corpses and arguing punching strangers in the head was ‘brave’.
Social media posts have now emerged showing Mr Raue’s beliefs in abolishing the police, enforcing anarchy and scrapping jails.
Tom Raue (pictured) is campaigning to represent Summer Hill in Sydney’s inner-west ahead of this month’s New South Wales state election
Mr Raue (pictured with a friend) has attracted controversy for his statements in the past, which have included a ‘joking’ endorsement of having sex with corpses
In 2015, Mr Raue tweeted ‘there are no good cops’, and in November 2018 he said ‘fewer’ police were needed
In 2015, Mr Raue tweeted ‘there are no good cops’, and in November 2018 he said ‘fewer’ police were needed, news.com.au reported.
‘The main function of police has always been to enforce property relations – keeping the rich rich and the poor poor,’ he posted to Facebook.
‘Their day-to-day work is to enforce the failed war on drugs, and harass Aboriginal people and people experiencing homelessness.
‘More money poured into the police force means less for healthcare, education and other social services that actually reduce crime.’
He has argued for prisons to be abolished, saying they ‘increase recidivism, destroy communities and are increasingly filled with Aboriginal people’.
Mr Raue wrote a student newspaper column criticising the role of government, saying it ‘hindered freedom’.
He has also called for homes to be ‘seized back from the landlords’ and for infrastructure to be taken back ‘from the corporations’
‘For the individual to flourish and society to prosper, we must do away with the government and the market together,’ he wrote.
He has also called for homes to be ‘seized back from the landlords’ and for infrastructure to be taken back ‘from the corporations’.
In response to questions about the newly-surfaced comments, Mr Raue said he had ‘long been an activist for social change’.
‘I am running for parliament to try and bring about significant change to address inequality in all its forms,’ he said.
He also took to Twitter to criticise those resurfacing his old social media posts.
‘To think people are spending their time digging up old posts while living standards are falling, an entire generation is locked out of the housing market, our broken social welfare system is driving people to suicide,’ Mr Raue tweeted.
Mr Raue argued that fewer police were needed as they keep ‘the rich rich and the poor poor’
‘Migrants having to wait four years for social security, pensioners crushing up food because they can’t afford the dentist, refugees dying in offshore detention. All of this is ok but a post on social media isn’t?
‘These kind of stories, ”digging up dirt” are discouraging an entire generation from running for political office, which is very sad because we are the ones who have the most at stake.’
Mr Raue said he stood by his criticism of the police and of prisons.
‘Over [the] last three days there have been articles about a dumb tweet I made five years ago, one about protests I attended and this one about police and prisons,’ he tweeted.
‘I’m happy to defend the latter two but they all came out of any opposition putting resources into a dirt unit instead of ideas.’
Mr Raue said he stood by his criticism of the police and of prisons in a series of tweets
In a 2013 article in Sydney University student newspaper Honi Soit, Mr Raue argued that necrophilia was ‘harmless’.
In 2014, Mr Raue took to Twitter after Daniel Christie, 18, died after being randomly struck from behind by a thug while out with friends in Kings Cross.
‘Going to punch somebody out of the blue is stupid and awful but it takes a lot of guts. I’d call it a brave punch,’ Mr Raue wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
‘If a person gives permission for their corpse to be used for sex, and the family has no issue with it, then what’s the harm? F*** it,’ Mr Raue wrote.
Mr Raue described necrophilia as ‘one of the most taboo sexualities in almost every society’ and while he noted it was illegal in Australia, he wanted that changed.
‘Although it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, necrophilia in and of itself is harmless and should be allowed,’ he wrote.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Tom Raue for comment.
Daniel Christie, 18, was killed after he was coward punched on New Year’s Eve in Kings Cross in 2014 and Mr Raue’s tweet (pictured) was posted less than a month later