Latrobe Council wants to be kept out of complaint against councillor Sindt

By Priscilla Moca July 23, 2015, 3:15 pm
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Latrobe City Council has labelled its inclusion in a discrimination complaint against controversial councillor Christine Sindt as inappropriate and wrong.

The Council’s asked anti-discrimination campaigner Garry Burns to withdraw his complaint against it, over social media comments made by Ms Sindt.

Mr Burns included the Council as a respondent in a complaint he filed with the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board.

Latrobe Chief Executive Gary Van Driel has asked Mr Burns to leave the shire out of it, because the comments aren’t reflective of council’s views.

“I assure you that [we] condemn views such as those contained in the post,and the content does not reflect the views of Council as a whole,” Mr Van Driel wrote in a letter received by Mr Burns yesterday.

“While Cr Sindt’s Facebook page referred to her position as a Councillor, the page was not established by Council. Nor did Council have direct access or control over the content posted.”

But Mr Burns has refused to back down from his complaint that includes the Council.

“If these statements were published under her personal account, different story,” he said.

“Before her page was removed, there was council issues on there. You can’t pick and choose when she represents council.”

Mr Burns took the letter as a polite threat to back off.

“They’re concerned it’ll impact them, but they need to understand it’s a very serious matter.”

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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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