“Paedos in speedos”, Julian Burnside?

That’s some kind of activist you are there, Julian.

HUMAN rights lawyer Julian Burnside has apologised to Tony Abbott after branding him a “Paedos in speedos” on Twitter.

The prominent QC said the tweet, which was seen by users of the social media service as a reference to pedophilia, was a mistake for which he unreservedly apologised.

    • Merilyn
    • September 30th, 2011

    It doesn’t matter how much he wriggles, he said it. Now how many other people are refered to all the time wearing speedos?

    • The Wizard of WOZ
    • October 1st, 2011

    One imagines a QC had something on his mind when he tweeted something as legally actionable as this…

    • Carpe Jugulum
    • October 1st, 2011

    Yep, that guy is all class……………………not

    BTW i finally got wordpress to strat loading again 🙂

    • Yup.

      No idea what happened with your WP, but glad it’s back in action.

    • Carpe Jugulum
    • October 1st, 2011

    A little something from burnsides twitter feed, this was the precursor to his comment.

    @JulianBurnside tried to reply to: “@RobertaWedge: @JulianBurnside Are sexist abbots like predator priests?”

    • At least when we critisize Gillard, it’s not for who she is but rather for what she’s done. The likes of Burnside just make up any old trash. Abbott hugs his daughter = he’s a sexist pig. In one sense, it’s educational hearing Leftist vitriol because all their progressive platitudes asides, one can tell that’s how they really think. Kinda gotta feel sorry for them, all twisted up like that.

  1. From The Power Index:
    [Susan] Mitchell did not interview, or ask to interview, Abbott for the book. Her research was based on press reports, Abbott’s writings, Michael Duffy’s 2004 book on Abbott and Mark Latham, and her own observations.
    She told The Power Index today that interviewing Abbott wasn’t necessary for the project.
    “I knew he’d just say the same things he always says.”

    On the enlightened principle, enunciated by Mitchell, I can reveal, based on my knowledge that they always say the sorts of things they say, that both Mitchell and Burnside are intolerant hypocrites, “We never listen to anything, or read anything, or even think about anything which might challenge our hateful, misanthropic, ossified prejudices,” they admitted to me just now.

    • One doubts the interview, had it occurred, would have made much difference. He would have tried to explain something, perhaps a concept alien to her mind, and subsequently had his words twisted into some kind of rubbish.

      Take Andrew Bolt’s foul treatment in court.

      Here’s a quote from his racist column.

      “In fact, let’s go beyond racial pride. Beyond black and white. Let’s be proud only of being human beings set on this land together, determined to find what unites us and not to invent such racist and trivial excuses to divide. Deal?”

      And for that, he is likened to a pro-eugenics Nazi in court.

      • Merilyn
      • October 1st, 2011

      That’s a rather lazy way to write a book isn’t it? Just rely on other peoples work and not interview the very person you are writing about. They sure show their hatred don’t they? Sad very sad.

    • Winston Smith
    • October 2nd, 2011

    Were I Tony, I’d be having some defamation specialty lawyers go through that book line by line.

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