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Rockhampton man's church ban appeal is tossed out

Ron Gallagher thrusts his bible forward outside the Rockhampton court house. He made an application in the Rockhampton Supreme Court yesterday. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Ron Gallagher thrusts his bible forward outside the Rockhampton court house. He made an application in the Rockhampton Supreme Court yesterday. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

A ROCKHAMPTON man who was banned from church for handing out pamphlets claiming the pastor was brainwashing the congregation has lost his latest appeal in the Supreme Court.

Ronald James Gallagher argued the Wesleyan Methodist Church at Yeppoon had stifled his right to freedom of speech.

He filed an application to have the decision overturned in September last year, but this was refused my Justice Duncan McMeekin.

Justice McMeekin said Mr Gallagher did not have enough evidence to demonstrate he had a right to go on the church's land.

He also found the section of the Australian Bill of Rights referred to by Mr Gallagher only applied to proceedings of parliament and not the general public.

Mr Gallagher appealed this decision, asserting His Honour had made an error.

But after reviewing the matter, three separate judges found this unproven and the appeal was dismissed last week.

Topics:  appeal, church, court, wesleyan methodist church




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