It has all been happening today. And it is set to continue tomorrow.
Firstly, the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) was set to give the High Court the finger and continue its unlawful hearings against me.
This prompted me to issue this press release this morning:
Gay ‘Thought Police’ ignore the High Court
Today the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) and New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) will ignore the High Court and continue with unconstitutional lawfare against me as a result of my views on marriage, family and morality.
At 3pm today the NCAT will commence hearing two new proceedings brought against me by serial litigant and homosexual and anti-free speech activist, Garry Burns.
A further complaint has been referred to the NCAT by the President of the ADB.
Garry Burns has now lodged 36 complaints against me, resulting in 18 tribunal matters.
All up there have now been almost 70 separate legal actions, including before the High Court, costing me approximately $200,000. Not a single complaint has been upheld.
The New South Wales taxpayer will have paid far more, funding the ADB, NCAT hearings and failed proceedings in the courts to defend its unconstitutional anti-free speech laws in support of Garry Burns.
On 3 February 2017, the New South Wales Court of Appeal unanimously ruled:
…there is no operative power to refer such a complaint from the Anti-Discrimination Board to NCAT, nor for NCAT to determine a complaint which has been referred, nor for NCAT’s order purporting to determine such a complaint to be enforced.
This decision was upheld unanimously in a 7-0 judgment by the High Court of Australia on 18 April 2018.
By referring these complaints to the NCAT, the President of the ADB has shown complete contempt for the rule of law and the authority of the High Court. The NCAT has done the same by deciding to commence hearings in relation to the complaints, despite Court of Appeal and High Court rulings that it unlawfully breached the constitution by doing so.
This shows that the Gay ‘Thought Police’ believe that they are a law unto themselves. They represent a danger to our democracy and civil society.
I refuse to be part of this unlawful kangaroo court today and will not be attending the hearing. Nor will I agree to abide by any decision made.
The President of the ADB has broken the law again by referring these complaints to the NCAT. The NCAT has no power to accept or hear these complaints, nor does it have any power to make any decision in relation to them.
The complaints relate to my criticism of drag queen shows organised for children during the 2018 Mardi Gras and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s decision to support ‘homosexual marriage’ during the 2017 postal survey.
In 2014, Garry Burns obtained my address from the electoral roll and then proceeded to contact Islamic organisations regarding my family’s personal details. As a result, we had to move due to safety concerns.
He has also encouraged others to lodge as many complaints against me as possible in order to seize my assets, writing that it would be a lesson to me to throw my wife and eight children onto the streets.
Garry Burns has also sent hundreds of abusive and intimidating emails to me, including threatening me with assault on numerous occasions.
A Gay Liaison Officer from the New South Wales Police refused to investigate Garry Burns on the basis that his actions were ‘free speech’.
The President of the ADB has the power to dismiss vexatious complaints. However, instead the President of the ADB has consistently removed my evidence of Garry Burns’ vexatious conduct when referring matters to the NCAT on the basis that it is ‘irrelevant’.
Then I received notification that the complaints had suddenly been withdrawn.
So I issued this press release:
Hearing before gay ‘Thought Police’ cancelled
At 9:30 am today I was informed by the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) that Garry Burns has suddenly withdrawn both of his complaints against me.
The hearings set for today have now been cancelled.
This marks the sixth time Garry Burns has commenced proceedings against me, forcing me to incur costs and waste time, before deciding to withdraw his proceedings.
Each time he has been able to do so without suffering an adverse costs order.
The withdrawal of these complaints does not change the facts as detailed in my earlier statement today: the President of the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) had no power to refer them to the NCAT; nor did the NCAT have any power to even list these matters in the first place.
The only thing that has prevented an unlawful ‘kangaroo court’ from sitting today is a serial litigant who cannot decide if he is serious about his complaints or not.
There is an urgent need for an inquiry into the conduct and culture of the ADB and NCAT.
I call upon the New South Wales Attorney General to address this farcical situation by holding a parliamentary inquiry into these matters.
You can help get that parliamentary inquiry going by signing and sharing this petition.
Tomorrow I will be in the New South Wales Local Court for three more complaints lodged by Garry Burns.
For those who may be interested, the matters are listed for 930am in court 7B, level 7 of the John Maddison Tower in Sydney.
I will be seeking that Garry Burns pay costs as ordered by the High Court before any further action is taken with respect to his complaints.
I have also instructed my legal team to prepare actions to force the ADB and NCAT to comply with the rulings of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia. I will not go into the details of these actions here.
However, they must remain my focus and I will not recommence writing for my webpage until those preparations are complete.
I have been immensely frustrated in recent weeks and your kind words and generosity have been of enormous comfort. My wife and our children are also greatly appreciative.
I thank you once again for your support and encouragement.