The New South Wales government, on behalf of the New South Wales taxpayer, is considering coughing up and covering the legal costs of serial litigant and anti-free speech campaigner, Garry Burns.
Burns, the ever-offended homosexual complainer-in-chief, is infamous for many things other than just expecting the hardworking people of New South Wales to bail him out.
For instance, Burns likens himself to herpes. And he’s also lodged 37 complaints against me under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). I’d prefer it if Burns just stuck to his fascination with the former, rather than continuing with the latter.
In 2018, the High Court of Australia ruled against Burns and in favour of me and Tess Corbett in relation to the question of whether the New South Wales Civil and Administrative could even hear his complaints – specifically including a complaint that Burns had lodged against me about a comment that he himself left on my Facebook page.
I said it couldn’t and it turns out that I was correct.
The High Court found that it was unconstitutional for the tribunal to exercise any jurisdiction over Burns’ complaints, which means that the only mob to have broken the laws of the land in this farcical seven year saga are the ‘Thought Police’ working in the anti-discrimination industry.
They trampled all over the biggest one of ‘em all.
Those who were not so correct included the Attorney Generals of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia and, of course, Mr Burns. Don’t ask how much the taxpayers of pretty much every Australian state spent on that fun-filled exercise (I’ve been told by one, more expert in this field than I, that the bill would have topped $1 million) but it did leave Burns with court costs of about $80,000.
And now Burns is hoping that New South Wales will transform itself into his own personal GayTM machine and solve his problem.
Late last year, Burns asked the state of New South Wales to cover the costs of his failed litigation.
And this year the New South Wales parliament was informed that this request was being considered, after questions were by Mark Latham.
Specifically, the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, representing the Attorney General and Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence, informed the parliament that:
Mr Burns’ request for an ex gratia payment in respect of costs that were ordered against him in High Court proceedings is currently under consideration by the Department of Communities and Justice.
Now, while this would help me out, given Burns has not paid me a cracker yet, I do feel that this proposed deal is less than fair on the other people living in New South Wales.
I also didn’t realise that it would take so long to laugh Burns out of the office. But there we go.
Greater minds than mine working in the ever-efficient bureaucracy of the New South Wales government are still mulling this request. Which means that they might say yes.
Taxpayers of New South Wales, over to you. After all, unlike me, you actually get to vote on what happens down there…