FORMER Newcastle taxi driver John Sunol has been ordered to refrain from re-publishing material vilifying homosexuals on any website after he was again dragged before the Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Sydney gay rights activist Gary Burns took Mr Sunol to the tribunal over comments posted on his blog in March last year and another person’s comments in relation to same sex marriage which were endorsed by Mr Sunol.
The offending material related to comments by Mr Sunol that included: ‘‘Gay marriage equality makes it even more easier for paedophiles to gain access to their child victims’’ and ‘‘gay marriage is child abuse’’. The other comments read: ‘‘Rape little boys, this is same sex marriage. If you want this, sit back in your armchair and let the homosexual lobby push for same sex marriage. This is the end results of same sex marriage. Sit back and enjoy yourself whilst this goes on.’’
Mr Burns made three complaints to the tribunal that the publication of certain material on Mr Sunol’s website constituted homosexual vilification in breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.
In a judgment published on Thursday, the tribunal found the first two complaints were substantiated and the third was partly substantiated.
‘‘The target of this publication is parties to same sex marriage, namely homosexual men or women,’’ one extract from the judgment reads.
‘‘The language is strong and abusive and imputes serious criminal conduct. In our view, the words used have the capacity to urge and prompt hatred towards, serious contempt for or severe ridicule of both parties to a same sex marriage on the ground of their homosexuality among ordinary internet users at large.’’
The judgment stated Mr Burns did not seek damages or an apology and instead asked if Mr Sunol would not republish statements via his blog that were harmful to homosexual women and men.
Mr Sunol told the tribunal the offending material had been removed from his website. But Mr Burns alleged Mr Sunol often removes offending statements only to later republish them.
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POTTY-mouthed Senator David Leyonhjelm is unrepentant after calling an abusive correspondent a “communist turd”.
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The libertarian Senator has confirmed he also told a constituent to go away – in graphic terms – in an expletive-filled rant on his taxpayer-funded email account.
Senator Leyonhjelm’s correspondence was then published on a blog by the target of his abuse, who suggested his suggestion that he “go f— yourself’’ represented a suggestion that he “self harm”.
The row erupted after anti-discrimination campaigner and gay activist Gary Burns emailed NSW Senator Leyonhjelm and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi.
In the email, Mr Burns opening salvo was to describe the MPs as “you two unAustralian pathetic little turds”.
He warned that if they allowed anyone to publish images ridiculing Jews or Muslims they would be in contempt of the anti-discrimination laws.
Senator Leyonhjelm returned fire, observing he was a “communist turd”, prompting some support from libertarians on Twitter.
But Mr Burns said: “This is the same imbecile calling for Australians to carry guns.”
“This boofhead is not a fit or proper person to represent the good people of NSW. I’ve been called many things in life but never a communist,” he said.
“When I received the offensive email from the Senator I was so shocked I clutched my pearls and reached for the smelling salts.”
Mr Burns has previously sued broadcaster John Laws under the Anti-Discrimination Act for calling gay men “pillow biters”.
“Senator Leyonhjelm’s credibility as a Member of the Australian Parliament wouldn’t be capable of buttering a plate of parnsips for the dinner table. The idiot should go and live on Gobo Island with a pet sheep,” he said.
In response, the NSW Senator fired off a second email to Mr Burns encouraging him to take the action he suggested earlier.
“Dear Gary. It appears you have not yet acted on my advice. Please do so. Go f— yourself as soon as possible. The world will be a better place,” it said.
A spokesman for Senator Leyonhjelm confirmed the emails were written by him.