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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:21 am 
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Sam Dastyari's far-right abuser guilty of contempt over footage

Neil Erikson found guilty of posting footage where he is seen wearing a Toll uniform while ambushing the former senator


Far-right activist Neil Erikson has been found guilty of contempt after posting online an inflammatory video in which former senator Sam Dastyari was called a “terrorist” and a “monkey”.

The convicted stalker and racial vilifier was on Thursday found in contempt for publishing the video footage and also posting photos on his Twitter page, defying previous court orders.

Transport company Toll Group took its former employee Erikson to court in December, alleging he and his associates linked to far-right groups Patriot Blue and United Patriots kept wearing its uniform in inflammatory videos and images, in a deliberate bid to damage its brand.

On Thursday, federal circuit court judge Suzanne Jones found Erikson in contempt of her 7 December order not to publish videos or photographs that tended to identify individuals as Toll employees, when they were not.

The video footage, posted on Erikson’s YouTube page, shows him wearing a Toll polo shirt, ambushing Dastyari at a Footscray pub book launch in November, when the Iranian-born politician was called a “terrorist”.

The video shows an exchange between Erikson and a woman sitting next to the former senator.

“Is this sort of activity sanctioned by Toll?” she asks.

Erikson replies: “I thought Labor were for working-class Aussies, mate. You don’t like free speech?”

She responds: “Whatever you do in your uniform, you’re actually representing your employer.”

Erikson replies: “Here we go, Labor trying to sack working class, Labor trying to sack Aussie workers.”

The contempt finding also relates to four photos on Erikson’s Twitter page showing him with associate Ricky Turner in a Toll uniform, despite Turner having never been an employee.

Jones found unproven an allegation that Erikson committed further contempt by failing to return all uniforms and property belonging to Toll.

Erikson stopped working for Toll in 2014 but worked for the company again in Tasmania in 2017 before being sacked.

He was not in court for the judgment. The matter is due back in court on 13 March to determine any punishment.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:31 am 
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So these guys took the time to take multiple recordings from seperate phones of them verbally abusing a non practising muslim - essentially racially stereotyping someone - edited it together - and then put it up on social media as if it is a badge of honour???

Their future job hunts are going to be interesting.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:35 am 
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Plus seemingly wearing Toll uniforms in an effort to disparage one of their former employers. Very strange at best.

Probably locked in a future in the dole. Maybe that was the point.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:24 am 
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The Labor senator was filmed, against his will, being bullied and racially vilified by a coven of burly, high-vis vest-wearing halfwits at a university bar in Melbourne.
They called Dastyari, an Iranian-born non-practising Muslim, a "terrorist" and a "monkey".
When Dastyari called them racist, they asked him: "What race is Islam?"


The scene was instantly familiar to anyone who has ever been bullied - the thugs' slow circling of their prey, the escalating taunts, the malicious dance on the edge of violence. They enjoyed every minute.
And on Dastyari's face, the uneasy calculations of the victim: Can I laugh this off? Can I ignore them? Will anyone step in to help?
The bar staff didn't, but Dastyari's fellow Labor MP Tim Watts was nearby, ducking in and out of the shakily-filmed video.
Watts stuck close to his friend and delivered what might just be the line of the year when he asked one of the men: "What race is dickhead?"


Obviously Australian.


Yeah this is bullshit.

It's very annoying when actual real racists and bigots hijack the logic of intelligent and reasoned critics of dogmatic religion and use it totally inappropriately. Harassing an individual is just not on unless they're hardcore and ranting in the streets or threatening violent behaviour. An Australian Iranian politician who is a non-practising Muslim is an extremely poor choice of target and only exposes that these dickheads (good line) really are racist bigots. I highly doubt the consider or understand any nuanced, intelligent critque of religious doctrine, including Islam, or know anything at all about the history of Iran and Islam.

It is important, imo, to be critical of Islam, and for that critque to be allowed in the public space without being accused of racism and bigorry, but this isn't that.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:19 am 
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I think we should just ban the word "monkey" it causes far too many issues.


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