My name is Philip Gluyas and I ran for the Legislative Council in Victoria on November 29, 2014. I ran as a member of People Power Victoria – No Smart Meters, and left the party on March 23, 2016. Just before Christmas 2016 I was accepted as a member of the ALP (Australian Labor Party).
I make no secret of the fact that I have been diagnosed as Autistic as of the introduction of the Diagnostic Service Manual Version 5 (DSM-5) in May 2013. I am proud of it as it is who I am and I bring much to the table as a prospective member of the Legislative Council or the Legislative Assembly in Victoria – or maybe the House or the Senate in Canberra. I have been a political activist on a narrow scale since 1992 when I spent 12 months as a member of the Australian Democrats helping with the 1993 election campaign handing out How to Vote cards on election day. But I became frustrated with their lack of push on several key policy fronts and left by the end of 1993. I am active in particular within the Autistic community contributing to several enquiries including the National Disability Insurance Scheme in it’s early stages coming through the Productivity Commission, as well as the Autism enquiry in Victoria in 2017. In October 2017 I co-founded Spectrum Labor, a group within the ALP focused on the Autistic community. The group was represented by a market stall at the 2018 and 2019 ALP State Conferences and a fringe event at the 2019 Conference. I strongly oppose the speculated link between Autism and vaccines and will support full services for all aspects required as identified in the AEIOU study done in 2007 (that the Productivity Commission chose to ignore). I am also presently active in the ALP’s committee area with three committees.