Congratulations Bernard Gaynor - Full Bench of the High Court ruling in Bernard's favour on free speech issue
God only knows how Bernard Gaynor keeps on keeping on - quite literally!
Bernard has been tied up with constant court battles for years, all because he speaks his mind about his Christian beliefs.
It's cost him his job in the Army.
It's cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars.
And there's no measure for the personal and emotional costs that Bernard and his beautiful family have been forced to pay.
Yesterday Bernard had a significant win - on behalf of us all.
The Full Bench of the High Court ruled that serial complainant Gary Burns couldn't "tribunal shop", or use a NSW anti-discrimination agency against a person (Bernard) in another state.
The ruling clips the wings of the speech police a little - and for that we all owe Bernard a vote of thanks.
Here's the mammoth ruling from the Full Bench, delivered yesterday.
Bernard funds his court battles through donations - and I'm sure he'd say a little help from above too.
You can donate to support Bernard by clicking here.
Here's some of Bernard's post on his win.
The High Court has unanimously ruled today that the entire anti-discrimination system in New South Wales has been operating against me and others unconstitutionally.
The New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) has had no power to hear any of the 35 complaints brought against me with the support of the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB).
And anti-freedom activists like Gary Burns should never have been able to launch their reign of terror in the first place.
This is a critical win in the fight for freedom. And it is proof that our legal system can work for common sense so long as we are prepared to put in the hard yards.
You can read the 107 page judgement here.
However, this battle is not over yet.
The ‘conservative’ New South Wales government changed its tribunal laws on the eve of the High Court hearing in an attempt to keep the complaint process alive. As a result, only yesterday I received more legal paperwork. I now need to fight the ‘new’ system all over again.
Plus the ADB has written to me in the last few days to state that it will ignore these rulings and simply continue with its attempts to terrorise me (and everyone else) into silence.
But fight on I will because when we fight, we win. And when freedom itself is at stake, we cannot afford to do anything less.
The NCAT has also recently tried to get around the High Court and previous New South Wales Court of Appeal rulings in my favour by declaring that it is a court just like them. It continues to believe it has the power to drag people from other states before it to answer for their views on marriage and morality.
So that is another front that has also opened.
But today is a day to celebrate.
And tomorrow is when I begin the process of firing back against the ADB. This organisation is responsible for this scandal and the massive waste of taxpayer money that has funded it. I have every intention of holding them to account.
I thank you all for your support in this long battle. I would not be writing without your incredible generosity and encouragement. There are so many I have not been able to thank personally (I am very slowly getting through the emails) but please know that you have my immense gratitude, as well as that of my wife and our eight children.
Please know that your support has been vital in this battle. It is you, rather than the mainstream conservative institutions, who have facilitated and enabled this fight. And it is you, rather than these organisations, who have won a victory against the LGBT lobby and the states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania who all spent taxpayer funds backing the rainbow bullies in the High Court.
You are on the front line and that is why this victory today is yours and one I hope that you savour.
I also thank God. He has protected our family throughout this ordeal.
I thank Our Lady Help of Christians who watches over Australia and intercedes for us.
And I thank my brother, Patrick, who died on Australia Day in 2016. Pat always supported me in this battle and I know he continues to help.
Thank you once again for your support.