Gay activist’s blog complaint against Newcastle cabbie

10 Feb, 2011 04:00 AM
CONTROVERSIAL activist Gary Burns has lodged a police complaint claiming a Newcastle taxi driver is attempting to intimidate him over the internet.The Newcastle Herald reported last month that Mr Burns had lodged complaints against John Christopher Sunol with the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board. 

Mr Burns alleges that Mr Sunol incited violence towards homosexuals in several posts on Mr Sunol’s blog.

Yesterday, Mr Burns walked in Paddington police station and said in a statement that: “I feel that John Christopher Sunol is attempting to intimidate me as a result of the complaints I have lodged”.

Mr Burns also lodged a third complaint with the board yesterday which stated that: “I feel [Sunol] is intimidating and stalking me”.

The most recent complaints relate to comments left by Mr Sunol on Mr Burns’s website.

“This man is very evil,” Mr Sunol wrote on the Mr Burns’s site on Tuesday.

“The Mardi Gras is a very wrong event and it is run by child paedophiles and criminals who sell pornography.

“We do not incite violence, instead we ask for the Australian Federal Government to close it down as a national security risk.”

When contacted yesterday, Mr Sunol said he would stop posting on Mr Burns’s site.

He claimed he initially posted in response to articles posted by Mr Burns about him.

“All I’ve done is write a couple of things on his website denying that I vilify gays,” Mr Sunol said.

“I only put comments on his page because he was writing about me.

“I think he’s out to cause trouble. ”

Both Mr Burns and Mr Sunol said they wanted to fight the vilification case, and it appears mediation with the Anti-Discrimination Board is unlikely.

If mediation fails, the matter will go to the Administrative Decisions Tribunal.

Author: Garry Burns

Gary Burns is an Australian anti-discrimination campaigner. He successfully tested the homosexual vilification provisions of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 with a complaint of personal homosexual vilification against broadcaster John Laws and Sydney radio station 2UE that concluded in his favour in 2002.[1] Burns went on to front public interest cases against high profile figures and media establishments for unlawful homosexual vilification.

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