Gay slur litigant says Corbett won’t say sorry

FORMER political candidate and Lake Bolac grandmother Tess Corbett is refusing to acknowledge ongoing Supreme Court activity over comments she made vilifying homosexuals, according to the man taking legal action against her.

After being found guilty in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and losing a subsequent appeal, Ms Corbett was ordered to publish an apology in the Sydney Morning Herald for the comments she made in 2013 while running as the Wannon candidate for Katter’s Australian Party that equated homosexuality with paedophilia.

But Ms Corbett has failed to publish the apology within the set time period, leading anti-discrimination campaigner Garry Burns to take the matter to the Supreme Court of NSW.

Mr Burns said a direction hearing was held in the Supreme Court on April 27 and neither Ms Corbett nor her legal representatives attended.

He said Ms Corbett had received letters from Mr Burns’ legal team and returned them unopened.

“She seems to have complete contempt for the process,” Mr Burns said.

“She should at least respond to my legal team or me and explain herself and then we can move forward — completely ignoring it will not make the matter go away.”

He said the longer it drew out, the worse the result was becoming for Ms Corbett.

While Mr Burns’ legal action in the past had not incurred costs, he said the Supreme Court activity was expensive and would force him to seek costs.

“I will pursue Ms Corbett until she complies with the orders,” Mr Burns said.
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“(The apology) must reflect my belief in the public interest in defending homosexual men and women’s rights to freedom from discrimination and vilification.

Ms Corbett has been ordered by the tribunal to “apologise for any hurt that her comments may have caused to the homosexual community of Australia and she will make that public apology”.

Another direction hearing is expected to take place in the Supreme Court of New South Wales on June 15

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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