Robert Williams, who lodged the initial complaint over the flyers, said he was “surprised that Mr Durston doesn’t seem to understand that Tasmania’s laws protect everyone equally, including people of faith, and that what he did was both wrong and illegal regardless of how often he invokes God.”
The flyers began with the sentence, “It is warned that homosexuality should not be tolerated, and therefore this will benefit both the individual and society.”
The poster also bears the words “They’re queer, they’re here but not for much longer” and an image of the Grim Reaper wielding a scythe with ‘AIDS’ written on it.
In Victoria, there are currently no legal protections against LGBTI-specific hate speech.
“We are taking this action against people who think ‘it’s ok to say no’ means it’s ok to say ‘burn the faggots’ or ‘Hitler had the right idea about homosexuals, burn them’.”
“My 12-year-old daughter turned to me and asked, ‘Why would anybody do that?'”
The New Zealand PM said “I may not like what you’re saying but I’ll defend your right to say it”.
“The government provided LGBTI people with protections against vilification and offensive material during the postal survey and it should now enact them permanently”
One letter read: “Remember when you and he were illegal and sent to jail? I think castrate you all.”