The ground is shaking

The ground is starting to shake under the anti-discrimination industry. Its foundations are crumbling and Australians are ready to rid themselves of this radical political police force.

And if Malcolm Turnbull does not act, he will fall with it.

Yesterday, three and a half years of legal hell ended for three university students from QUT. They had been fed through the mill for the crime of being kicked out of a computer lab on the basis of their race and then commenting about the discrimination they faced.

The most remarkable aspect of the judgement handed down yesterday was that it was so obvious to reach. After more than 1,000 days of facing a possible penalty of $250,000, Judge Jarrett wrote this about the case against the first student, Alex Wood:

In the absence of any evidence or the suggestion of any evidence that Mr Wood made his Facebook post because of the race, colour, nationality, or ethnicity of Ms Prior or a person in either of the groups identified by her, her claim against him has no reasonable prospects of success.

There was simply no evidence that his Facebook posts were made out of any racial hatred towards Ms Prior or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons.

The judge also went on to comment in relation to the complaint against a second student that it was unlikely that his comments would offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate a person who ‘exhibits characteristics consistent with what might be expected of a member of a free and tolerant society’.

In other words, a complaint of offence could only have been made by the hyper-sensitive who lived in a bubble outside the real world of Australia’s democracy.

And here is the real tragedy: the three students were not awarded costs and numerous others have already coughed up $5,000 to Ms Prior to avoid the systemic shame and legal torture that Gillian Triggs’ human rights police impose on respondents.

Further, this is a complaint that has passed through her hands. She claims it has been fully investigated. She had the power to terminate it, but she did not.

Even though there was simply no evidence for the complaint at all. Tony Morris QC was right to point out after the ruling yesterday that if Gillian Triggs had any decency left her resignation would be on its way.

This case and the many others like it under various state and federal laws do not prove that these laws work, or that there are appropriate safeguards. Rather, it is conclusive proof that the system is a gravy train for frivolous and vexatious complaints. The anti-discrimination industry is nothing more than a taxpayer-funded bureaucracy that caters for a legal form of extortion based on trumped-up and emotional charges of offence.

Further, it is aided and abetted by a thronging media class that has largely lost all concept of rational or objective reporting. The Australian newspaper is the only outlet that provided any significant coverage to this case. Its reporting has been of immense service to all Australians. It is a sad but unfortunate reality that the same cannot be said of other outlets (particularly the ABC), which have run cover for Triggs instead of reporting the truth.

Unfortunately, the media class in general is as activist as the activists it protects in the political police force. They live in a delusional bubble world that they have created for themselves, divorced from the reality of ordinary people. It is a bubble filled with emotion but, as yesterday’s ruling shows, is entirely void of evidence.

It appears that the arrogant bubble of the radical media class and their bureaucratic and political comrades is not set for a soft landing. They refuse to accept reality.

A perfect example of this arrogance came from Latika Bourke yesterday, a prominent journalist for the esteemed and dying Fairfax empire:

It is simply delusional to think that this ruling shows S.18C works or that it will setback increasing demands for this law to be scrapped. All it does is fuel the already burning anger: how can a law that puts people through years of torture based on a complaint devoid of evidence possibly remain?

Latika Bourke and others at Fairfax and the ABC should steel themselves for a shock. Change is coming and their worldview is going.

The next step in this battle starts at the end of this month. I will be challenging the validity of the Anti-Discrimination Act (NSW) 1977. I will be seeking to have all complaints lodged against me by a single activist, Garry Burns, thrown out and I will be defending myself against potential fines of up to $1.6 million.

Yesterday’s case answered some very specific legal questions about the complaints against three university students. My case will be asking some very broad questions that will have ramifications for the entire anti-discrimination industry in Australia.

Yesterday morning, Garry Burns put up a post on a Facebook page he operates, letting all 22 of his followers know that he supports S.18C and Ms Prior’s complaints. He anticipated that his anti-discrimination gravy train would continue to grow; that it was untouchable.


A screenshot of Garry Burns’ Facebook page showing his support for the QUT/18C case.

By yesterday evening, it was clear that this view was wrong. The days of the self-appointed Thought Police are numbered.


Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. Yes, the ground is shaking. The waves in the blackwater swamp are spreading from the sinkhole out to the periphery.
    Wikileaks. The US state dept under Hillary knew that Saudi Arabia and Qatar (US allies) were funding IS and Hillary still took their $$ for the Clinton Foundation. The Sinkhole will be a lot deeper than this, but for now this is what has bubbled up into the swamp.

    If ever the swamp is drained, the vampire squid dwelling in the sinkhole e will still have to be dealt with.

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  2. Paradoxically, all those who have wilfully and gladly contributed to assist Bernard fighting this perverted law (as we have) are in reality paying the fine, or penalty, that has been imposed by the HRC.
    Guilty until you can prove (at your own expense) that you are innocent is a travesty of our laws and means that the innocent pay once if they are not guilty and again if the ruling goes against them.
    Bernard is effectively exposed to double jeopardy, as were the QUT students. What is even worse is that vexatious claims cost nothing to lodge, and if by some quirk Triggs was sued and found guilty, it would be the taxpayer who would pay her bill

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  3. Just saw this female on 730 report, couldn’t answer a simple question, claims it is not her job to refer people accused of sticks and stones crimes to the court but to seek resolution, before it goes to court. What were they thinking employing this woman, sorry am I allowed to say woman? Claims she has 22,000 plus claims of genda, sexism and calling a spade a spade case on her books and each take on average 4 months to resolve.

    So a Clayton’s court like the NSW Discrimination board but run at a federal level. Self appointed witch hunters.

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    • Their third child, a daughter named Victoria, was born in 1984, profoundly disabled and with a short life expectancy. When Victoria was six months of age, Triggs and Clark arranged for Victoria to be primarily cared for by another family, rather than look after her themselves. Triggs said in an interview “I’d look at Victoria and think: ‘Well, you’re going to die, so I’m not going to invest too much in you'”. Victoria eventually survived until the age of 21. When asked about the decision, Triggs responded, “But in the end I simply made the judgement that I would rather put my time into my other children and family, because I also never believed she would live to that age.” Wikipedia. Leopard spots on this woman.

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  4. Hello Bernard. No ned to print this.

    Can you add a ‘like’ button to your website comments section? It is enjoyable to be able ‘like’ a comment, and I think it makes the website more interesting.

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  5. Turnbull won’t do anything to upset his left wing mates, so he won’t do anything to change section 18c, and he should fall with it.

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  6. Polarisation as an Art form: Take “anti-discrimination” to an extreme tangent and more an more ordinary people will be alienated. Gone are Bob Hawkes days of building consensus! Likewise “multi-culturalism” pursued to ban Santa! Nice of the isolated elite to imagine they are there to protect us. But some of us still remember when democracy said we had a choice too.

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  7. True, but the only time the ground will shake is when parasites like Triggs go to prison and stop getting paid their fat salaries.

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  8. the word Discrimination is as much a one sided weapon as a gun held to your head . white Anglo-Saxon Christians have no defence against the so called minority E.G. muslim or indigenous people . they can and do lye slander threaten and intimidate you BUT if you dare to defend your self your perpetrated as a bigot racist and dismissed as a trouble making bitch.

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  9. Does this mean that if I have a video recording of a Muslim calling me a ” white slut ” and a ” filthy infidel ” that I can sue him under 18c ???

    It shouldn’t be hard for anyone to identify the man who did it , the police were not interested when I showed them the video

    What about Facebook posts of Muslim men saying ” non Muslim women deserve to be raped ”

    Can they be sued under 18c ??

    Maybe we should all bombard the courts with the discrimination against US !!!!

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    • Allison, Take your complaint to Gillian and Soptomore (whatever) and see what kind of a response you get there. Must do…..

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    • That’s exactly the route out of this Ministry of Truth nightmare. Take the details and bombard the Star Chamber until it collapses!

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  10. Hi Bernard – I am one of your long-time donors. Google Dr Jordan Peterson, University of Toronto re: PC and freedom of speech. Articulate people across the world need to join in an invisible college against the threat of the authoritarian left.

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  11. The case shows 18C is working? IF you have the money to defend yourself against frivolous accusations. What about the poor students who did not have the luxury of court but settled on $5,000 “out of court”?
    The word blackmail springs to mind!
    No, this is not a fair system at all.

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  12. What I would like to know is why costs weren’t awarded against the apparent racist who made the bogus complaint. Perhaps a complaint should be made against Ms. Prior, because because an attack based on “race, colour, nationality, or ethnicity” would appear to apply in her case, and she has caused actual pain and suffering plus legal costs to those she accused (rather the the 18c “taken offense” cop-out that she tried to invoke)…

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    • In the interests of freedom of speech your proposal for a case to be lodged on the grounds of a racially motivated attack on the three defendants seems not only sound but necessary.

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    • Let’s hope that at the very least these students can launch a fresh case for compensation. After all, the courts have now ruled that there was no case for the persuit of them in the first place. I would think that direct costs, loss of reputation, pain and suffering, etc. have been incurred unnecessarily, and that a quantifiable claim could, and should, be persued against Ms Prior.

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    • The sacking of Triggs and Soutphommasane would be a wake-up call to the vexatious litigants pursuing divisive claims.

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    • You are so corrcect to feel this way , but it wont happen

      Just the hint of a suntan these days and you automatically become a member of the protected species who can do no wrong

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