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

  • AAP
  • 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.”



    Sydney equal rights campaigner GARY BURNS has issued a warning over a Hitler-style rant by Christian Democrats spokesperson PETER MADDEN, who has declared war on the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

    Mr Burns is concerned that a video posted by Madden, a spokesperson for NSW MP the REV FRED NILE, could inciite violence against homosexuals at this year’s Mardi Gras.

    In the anti-Mardi Gras clip, posted on YouTube, Madden declares: “We must realize that we are at war. There is a spiritual battle raging around us, that we will lose unless we mobilise and do something about it.”

    In a six minute rant, Madden asks questions such as: “Are you happy that the gay Mardi Gras will draw hundreds of thousands of drunken youth to Sydney’s streets to incite in them all manner of lust and filth?

    “Do you want youth aged from 13, 14, 15, 16 engaging in sexual filth?

    “Are you happy that the Greens, a Paganistic, anti-Christian front for the homosexual lobby, will hold the balance of power in the Senate, over the whole nation?”

    In clip, which features stylized military graphics, Madden calls on supporters to rally in Martin Place on Mardi Gras Parade night (Saturday, March 5) to “raise up and shut down he gate” on the “depraved” Mardi Gras – a cause of significant concern, according to Mr Burns.

    “The video crosses the line of reasonableness because it states that homosexuality is a depravity and dangerous to everyday people,” said Burns.

    “A pernicious rant like this could draw dangerous individuals, such as Swastika-wearing Hitler supporters intent on wreaking havoc on the parade and its participants and viewers. I fear this kind of rant could leave to violence.

    “I am therefore seeking legal advice as to whether this YouTube clip is unlawful and breaches the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 and will lodge a complaint with the President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB).”

    Burns said the complain would be against Mr Madden but would co-join Christian Democrat leader Fred Nile, who he alleged was “aiding and abetting homosexual vilification”.

    Burns, who strongly rejected Madden’s claim that gay people posed a risk to children, also called on the NSW Police to intercede.

    “I am calling for this group to be denied a permit by the NSW constabulary to gather in a public place on Mardi Gras night, because this could impinge on the safety of Mardi Gras revelers and the homosexual community of Sydney,” he concluded.