LATROBE CITY COUNCILLOR CHRISTINE SINDT TO FACE VILIFICATION COMPLAINT

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18 June 2015
On the 11 June 2015 Latrobe City Councillor Christine Sindt published the below statement on Facebook.
“ Same-Sex marriage “ is an oxymoron. Marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman. Men and women are different sexes, so how can you have “same sex marriage” ? I wonder what Mr.Chester’s wife thinks about this ? There have been some amazing scandals in British Parliament involving young boys and Parliamentarians”.
NSW Anti-Discrimination Campaigner Garry Burns has taken the action against Ms.Sindt under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 ( NSW ) alleging that statement is unlawful because it has a capacity or effect of inciting hatred towards or serious contempt or serious ridicule of homosexual men on the ground of their homosexuality and that act is unlawful.
Mr.Burns successfully sued radio broadcaster John Laws over his “ on air “ rant with stable mate Steve Price in relation to a discussion that homosexual males should not be seen on live television.
Mr.Burns successfully sued Katter Australian Party candidate Tess Corbett over her statement’s linking homosexuality to pedophilia.
Ms.Corbett ran for the Federal seat of Wannon in the 2013 election.
“ For highly distressing reasons , the Australian public at the present day is being made particularly aware of the serious long lasting psychological damage suffered by victims of pedophilia. At any time and especially at this time , and pronouncement that “brackets” ….homosexual people with pedophiles is capable of ….urging ( people) to treat homosexuals as deserving to be hated or to be regarded with serious contempt. Ms.Corbett claims … do not merely offend or insult: they incite these negative reactions”,  said Judicial Member Chesterman in his judgement.
 Mr.Burns said , “ What is it with these incongruous imbeciles in Victoria like Corbett and Sindt. Don’t they realise it’s 2015 and the camp Hollywood legend Miss.Bette Davis is no longer strutting across our once 50’s black and white television set chain smoking. All politicians before entering public life should go back to school and do a course on diversity”.
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Garry Burns
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Cr Christine Sindt
0404-893-455
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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

Corbett – Contempt Charges Possible

Former Lake Bolac political candidate may face contempt charge

By MATT NEAL Jan. 16, 2015, 4 a.m.

Corbett Contemp of Court?
Corbett Contempt of Court?

FORMER political candidate and Lake Bolac grandmother Tess Corbett could be facing contempt of court charges for refusing to apologise for discriminatory comments she made about homosexuals.

Former political candidate Tess Corbett could be facing contempt of court charges for refusing to apologise for discriminatory comments she made about homosexuals.
Former political candidate Tess Corbett could be facing contempt of court charges for refusing to apologise for discriminatory comments she made about homosexuals.
Ms Corbett was taken to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) by Sydney anti-discrimination campaigner Garry Burns for comments she made in 2013 while running as the Wannon candidate for Katter’s Australian Party that equated homosexuality with paedophilia.

The tribunal found Ms Corbett guilty of vilifying homosexuals on three occasions and ordered her to publish an apology in the Sydney Morning Herald and write a personal letter of apology to Mr Burns.

She chose not to attend that hearing and later appealed, but her appeal was dismissed and the order to apologise reinstated.

But more than 15 months later Ms Corbett has not done so and Mr Burns has taken the matter to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Earlier this week, Mr Burns lodged the NCAT judgment with the Supreme Court, further enforcing the judgment and potentially paving the way for Ms Corbett to be found in contempt of court if she continues to disobey the apology order.

“I’m not going to let this rest,” Mr Burns told The Standard.

“She’s broken the law and it’s clear to me that she actually agrees that homosexuals are the same as paedophiles, otherwise she would have complied with the orders.

“I’m not trying to be unreasonable. But she has compared my sexuality and me to a criminal. She is guilty … and if she doesn’t comply I will pursue any other legal avenues at my disposal.

“I won’t be going away and I won’t be giving up — I’m going to pursue this ’til my last breath.”

Ms Corbett’s barrister Marcel White said he hadn’t spoken with her for about two months but added that he would “have a discussion with her”.

Activist pursues apology from Tess Corbett

A GAY rights activist demanding an apology from former political hopeful Tess Corbett is warning he will “garnish” the grandmother’s pension to pay for a public apology.

Corbett refuses to appologise
Corbett refuses to appologise

She dropped out of the race following the outrage but was later head-hunted by the Australian Christians party to stand as their candidate in the seat.  Ms Corbett gained just 1.32 per cent of the poll (1167 votes) but the saga over her initial remarks has dragged on.

Sydney gay rights activist Garry Burns won a successful anti-discrimination claim in a NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) in October last year, with a ruling that Ms Corbett place a public apology in The Sydney Morning Herald.

The tribunal found she vilified homosexuals in her comments to The Hamilton Spectator, which were again published in other media. Ms Corbett lost an appeal against the NCAT ruling in August this year and had until September to comply. She missed the apology deadline.

“She’s had ample time to make arrangements to comply with the order,” Mr Burns said. “If it comes to it I will garnish her pension until it is enough for her apology.”

The activist defended his decision to keep pursuing the matter despite Ms Corbett disappearing from public view following the election.

“She was running for a federal political seat when she made that statement to a journalist. It’s different to if she was just shouting it down the street,” Mr Burns said.

Ms Corbett’s legal counsel did not respond to inquiries from The Standard.

“ COURT ORDERS TO APOLOGISE TO HOMOSEXUALS IGNORED BY TESS CORBETT”

4 September 2014
A former candidate for Bob Katter’s Australia Party who likened gays and lesbians to paedophiles during an interview on the campaign trail was found guilty of homosexual vilification and ordered to publish a public apology in the Sydney Morning Herald. ( http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news-court-orders-tess-corbett-to-apologise )

Tess Corbett's comments during the 2013 election campaign triggered outrage across the country, sparking legal action from anti-discrimination campaigner Garry Burns.
Tess Corbett’s comments during the 2013 election campaign triggered outrage across the country, sparking legal action from anti-discrimination campaigner Garry Burns.
Sydney Anti-Discrimination Campaigner and public interest litigant Garry Burns initiated the legal action against Ms.Corbett under the anti-discrimination act 1977 ( NSW ) alleging she’d breached the anti-vilification provisions.
On the 15 October 2013 Ms.Corbett was ordered by the former NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal ( ADT ) to publish a public apology and apologise to Mr.Burns in writing.
Ms.Corbett appealed the decision on the 30 April 2014 and the appeal was dismissed on the 14 August 2014.
Mr. Burns said , “ I have no other alternative after speaking to Ms.Corbett’s legal representative Mr. Marcel White that the defendant has no intentions of complying with the orders of the court. I will now file a Certificate under Section 114 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 in the Supreme Court of NSW for the purposes of enforcing the non -monetary orders against the defendant”.
When asked is she considered homosexuals to be in the same category as paedophiles , Ms.Corbett replied “yes”.
“ It seems to me that all along the defendant ( Ms.Corbett ) had only contempt for the whole process and actually believed she had the right to publicise her pernicious view that Australian homosexual men and women are criminals by likening them to that of a criminal. Paedophiles are criminals and homosexuals are not. And because of that twisted held view Ms.Corbett now refuses to comply with the orders of the court and make a public apology ,” Burns concluded.
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