Free speech in Australia has been diminished again. A woman who made comments about homosexuality and pedophilia has been found guilty of 'inciting hatred'!
The New South Wales Administrative Decisions Tribunal has found that Tess Corbett is GUILTY of 'inciting hatred against homosexuals' and has ordered her to apologise for comments she made about homosexuality and pedophilia in January 2013, in the lead-up to the federal election.
At the time the comments were made, Tess Corbett was a candidate for Katter’s Australian Party. After the furore that resulted from the comments, Tess withdrew as a candidate for KAP - she later ran as a candidate for Australian Christians.
The complaint was made by Sydney homosexual activist, Gary Burns, who has made a career out of making such complaints!
Tess has been ordered to put the apology in the Sydney Morning Herald “in a reasonably prominent place” at her own expense and to apologise to Mr Burns in writing. The Tribunal has provided the WORDS of the ‘apology’! Tess did not appear at the hearing in late September or at the handing down of the decision.
This is another example of the politically correct climate we are now living under. Perhaps most alarming is that the comments were made in Victoria – Tess was the candidate for Wannon in western Victoria. The comment was reported in her local Hamilton Spectator newspaper (links below). Victoria doesn’t have a ‘homosexual vilification’ law but NSW does! The Tribunal decision claims that it was the fact that the comments were ‘re-published’ in newspapers such as Fairfax and The Australian across the country - and in NSW - that Tess re-affirmed her comments to journalists - that allowed the Tribunal to investigate the complaint in NSW.
Tess was accused on 'comparing' homosexual and pedophiles. But that isn't what she said...
When asked about discrimination laws, Tess told her local paper, "I don't want gays, lesbians or paedophiles working in my kindergarten. If you don't like it, go to another kindergarten." When asked if she put homosexuals in the same category as pedophiles, she said ‘Yes’ – but immediately said, "Pedophiles will be next in line to be recognised in the same way as gays and lesbians and get rights."
Bernard Gaynor issued a media release, saying, “Tess Corbett was a political candidate who was asked to provide her views about proposed changes to anti-discrimination laws. She gave that opinion and now she has been punished for doing so. The reason she is being punished is because homosexual activists do not like her opinion about paedophilia.”
He noted, “If homosexual activists can silence politicians on issues of great controversy, then it will be much easier for them to do so on less debateable issues. This decision now opens the door for gay political activists to target any politician who expresses a view that they do not like. It is only a matter of time before someone else also faces vilification claims because they don’t support gay marriage or homosexual sex education in schools.”
He pointed out, “This must be the first time in Australian history that anyone, let alone a political candidate, has been punished under anti-discrimination legislation for making a comment opposed to paedophilia.”
Bernard also posted on his blog. . .
Making a comment during elections...
This case is even more concerning because it involves political comment on matters of public interest. The High Court has previously found that there is an 'implied freedom of political communication' - see this article on Findlaw about the law, including discussion of the relevant cases.
In 2001, there was a complaint of 'discrimination law' where the candidate was found not guilty on the basis of 'political communication', and that electors were entitled to know what the views of the candidate were so their vote was 'informed'. The case involved Andrew Lamb, in Queensland - Andrew distributed material about Islam during an election campaign and a complaint was made by the Islamic Council of Queensland. Read this report of that decision.
Peter made this post on Facebook earlier today....
The intolerance of tolerance is astounding ...
"AGREE WITH US, OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES" - IS THE NEW 'TOLERANCE'.
Peter referred to this very concerning article about former heads of the EU calling for monitoring of 'INTOLERANT citizens'!
Former heads of state call on EU to set up state surveillance of ‘intolerant’ citizens, Lifesite, 16/10/2013.
Peter wrote, "What they decide is a “hate crime” would be subject to criminal sanctions.
AND, IF YOU THINK THIS WON'T HAPPEN IN AUSTRALIA, TH...INK AGAIN, because Tess Corbett, who was a candidate in the recent election, spoke out against homosexuality - first she was EJECTED from Katter’s Australia Party', so she stood for Australian Christians' instead. NOW she has been found guilty of false charges brought against her in NSW by serial litigant and homosexual activist Gary Burns. He claimed she compared homosexuals to pedophiles during the election campaign - she did not - but she has been found GUILTY of vilification by the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal and ordered to make a public apology.
BEWARE - THE THOUGHT POLICE ARE HERE ALREADY!!! But we must not stop speaking out against immorality for the sake of our children & grandchildren."
We need to ask, 'What happened to free speech?'.
The ability to debate ideas is being curtailed in this nation. If we don't speak up, there won't be much 'free speech' left!
Decision: Burns v Corbett  NSWADT 227, 15/10/2013.
Court orders Tess Corbett to apologise, SMH, 16/10/2013.
Bob Katter political party hopeful Tess Corbett in gay furore, Herald Sun, 24/1/2013.
Corbett guilty, Hamilton Spectator, 17/10/2013.
Gary Burns Media Release:
Former Katter Australian Party candidate Tess Corbett faces court, 26/9/2013.
Bernard Gaynor's Blog article:
Gay decision protects paedophilia