Gay-rights activist to lodge complaint against Ten Network newsreader Ron Wilson

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  • March 07, 2011 11:40PM
  • GAY-RIGHTS activist Gary Burns is planning to lodge an anti-discrimination complaint against Ten Network newsreader Ron Wilson for his comments on the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

    During an interview with Mardi Gras co-chair Pete Urmson, Wilson said some of the spectacles in Saturday’s parade were almost “an exploitation” of a sexual image and that “there’s a difference between colourful and disgusting”.

    Mr Burns tonight night said he would lodge a complaint with the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.

    “Ron Wilson referring to homosexual people as ‘disgusting’ via a public act (in this case, television) breaches the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act,” he said in a media release.

    “The Mardi Gras may not be everyone’s cup of tea but surely diversity on a night like this is acceptable.”

    Complaint lodged against drug guide

    January 23, 2011 – 6:09PM


    A Sydney activist says he has lodged a complaint with NSW police over a booklet – produced by a group which receives funding from the NSW government – which shows the safest ways to take illegal drugs.

    The booklet gives information on how to take drugs, including a section on snorting which advises people to “alternate nostrils” and to “rinse the nostrils out after snorting”.

    It also advises those injecting to “rotate injecting sites from arm to arm and up and down the same arm” and to have a hot shower to “increase the size of the veins to make injecting easier”.

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    The booklet, Routes of Administration, is produced by ACON – the former AIDS Council of NSW – and is available for anyone to download at ACON’s website.

    Sydney activist Gary Burns said on Sunday he had written to NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione asking him to assign detectives to investigate ACON over its how-to-take-drugs booklet.

    “As a concerned community member, I want to see ACON investigated to see if the organisation has broken any laws,” Mr Burns told AAP.

    He said ACON was “aiding and abetting illegal drug use” and he was concerned that there was nothing to stop younger teenagers from downloading the booklet and “killing themselves”.

    “I can’t even follow a recipe to make a sponge cake without stuffing it up,” he said.

    “How can any Tom, Dick or Jack download these directions and follow them to take illicit drugs in a step-by-step guide without killing themselves?

    “What I’m saying is: people make mistakes.”

    NSW police said they could not confirm whether a complaint had been received.

    The Sunday Telegraph has reported that ACON receives 75 per cent of its $12 million budget from the state government through NSW Health.

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