Protester banned from Sabre ball
HE has the tickets, but will Cinderella peace protester Bryan Law get to go to the ball?
It seems not.
THE controversial anti-war activist has received a hand-delivered letter from Rockhampton Regional Council chief executive Evan Pardon telling him he would not be admitted to the Mayor’s Talisman Sabre gala dinner on July 9 under any circumstances.
Mr Law bought the $120 tickets at the Pilbeam Theatre box office and said it was a cheap way to gain access to some of the top brass in the American military.
He denied that he would attempt to disrupt the ball which will feature speeches by senior US officials and performances by the US 7th Fleet Band from Yokosuka, Japan, and The Band of The 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
“People are being invited to buy tickets, which is just what I’ve done.
“I’m prepared to give written undertakings that I will not be disruptive.”
And he hinted that he might issue a legal challenge.
“Political discrimination is against the law in Queensland. I think I am being banned because of my political views, which is illegal.”
He said he had requested a meeting with Mr Pardon and would demand to know the grounds for the refusal.
But Mayor Brad Carter said the authority had taken legal advice about its duty of care towards those who paid good money to be entertained.
“It would be highly inappropriate to allow any possibility for disruption to the entertainment,” he said.
“Mr Law’s behaviour to date has indicated that he’s abusive and I am not prepared to take that risk.”