The New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB), or Anti-Discrimination NSW as it has just expensively renamed itself, has gone off the deep end.
It is using taxpayer funds to argue to the New South Wales parliament that it must be allowed to keep accepting, investigating, conciliating and referring vexatious complaints to the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).
You read that correctly: the ADB believes that vexatious complaints are legitimate and that the New South Wales taxpayer should pay for this bureaucratic body of anarchic activists to process them.
In February this year an inquiry into the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Complaint Handling) Bill 2020 was introduced…
In other words, if you have an enemy or simply want to help yourself to someone else’s cash, the ADB is fighting for your ‘human right’ to lodge vexatious complaints. All you have to do is meet the strict criteria and terms and conditions* necessary to make someone else’s life miserable.
* The only criteria for lodging a complaint is that you must be homosexual.
The ADB’s submission to the inquiry into Mark Latham’s bill to end vexatious complaints explicitly rejects the proposal to change the current law that says vexatious complaints ‘may’ be declined to one that requires that they ‘must’ be declined.
Instead the ADB argues:
This proposed change would remove the President’s discretion to decline complaints under section 92 and replace it with a strict requirement to decline complaints if the President is satisfied that any of the section 92 conditions are met.
ADNSW is concerned that removing the President’s discretion in determining when to decline complaints could limit existing rights and deter people impacted by discrimination from making complaints.
The ADB’s submission could not be clearer.
It means two things.
Firstly, the ADB wants to continue processing vexatious complaints.
And, secondly, it means that the ADB is already knowingly allowing vexatious complaints to be lodged and processed. Its submission admits as much.
This is truly outrageous.
Vexatious litigation is an abuse of the legal and justice system. And the ‘Thought Police’ have proudly announced to the world that they are on the side of injustice.
There is no surprise in that. The ADB is the very embodiment of systemic injustice.
It oversees legal looting. This is worse than mob violence. At least you are (in theory) legally able to defend yourself against looters.
In contrast, the ADB abuses the very law itself to destroy those it wishes to target through vexatious complaints. The cops won’t show up when a ‘conciliation officer’ pressures you with the power of the state to hand over your assets to settle a vexatious complainant.
There is also no surprise that the LGBT lobby is backing the ADB. Rainbow lawfare ends in a pot of gold – your gold – and these ‘human rights’ activists do not want to see this asset stripping regime dismantled.
They’ll lose their power and you might find your voice again.
So ACON supports the ADB’s position. So does the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby. And so does the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
There is no surprise in any of this at all.
But what is surprising is that the New South Wales Bar Association and the Law Society of New South Wales Law have both also lodged submissions demanding that the ADB be allowed ‘discretion’ to accept and process vexatious complaints.
These are the bodies that are supposed to ensure that the legal system in New South Wales is professional and free of corruption.
Instead, these bodies have just made every lawyer joke you’ve ever heard real.
To make matters worse, it is clear that the parliamentary inquiry is being shaped to reject Mark Latham’s bill.
There were 190 submissions to this inquiry from individuals and organisations.
Of the 160 submissions from the general public, all but two supported reform. Both of those were from Garry Burns. And he had good reason to do defend the current law. His livelihood lodging vexatious complaints is on the line.
On top of this, over 2,000 people signed my petition supporting the bill. The overwhelming evidence is that the public is fed up with this rotten system.
Unfortunately, none of these voices will be heard by the inquiry.
My submission was not even published in full.
I was not called as a witness. Nor was any other person subjected to a complaint from the world’s most offended man.
And Burns has been let off the hook as well. I’m sure that pretty much anyone who is involved in this farce is desperate to prevent him from speaking.
Instead, the inquiry will only hear from legal and activist groups.
But it will not hear from my solicitor. Instead, the vast majority of hearing time will be devoted to gay activists and ‘human rights’ lawyers from groups that oppose this unjust system being cleaned up.
I hold out little hope that the vexatious complaint gravy train overseen by the ADB will be stopped in its tracks any time soon.
If you want to watch this unjust farce unfold, hearings will be online from 10:15 tomorrow and Thursday.
Link to the video stream is here.