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[Aug. 6th, 2006|04:24 pm]
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Link to (the) Hon Peter Breen's letter to his Holiness the Pope


On several occasions I have witnessed breast beating in the foyer of the club, and I do feel you are sending the wrong message altogether to these good people.

Perhaps, Holy Father, you would like me to take up this matter with your representative in Sydney, the Most Reverend Dr. George Pell. I did consider contacting His Grace, but this week in Sydney is Mardi Gras, and I expect His Grace is busy with the parade. I understand the gay and lesbian community will introduce a special float to mark His Grace’s recent installation as Archbishop of Sydney.

Mind you, the archbishop did step on a few toes with his comment that homosexuality is a greater health hazard than cigarette smoking, and for that, it could be argued, he has earned his place in the Mardi Gras parade.

Whatever the archbishop might have told you about the Mardi Gras, at the end of the day it is a celebration of life, while drinking and gambling for many unfortunate people is living death. For this reason alone I urge you to consider a papal decree to ban the display of your photograph in the foyer of the Campbelltown Catholic Club.

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An unusual man who has unfortunately seemingly sent himself into political oblivion. Peter is the MP who sent me a Christmas Card (2005) and with whom I've had a limited exchange of correspondence. The last I heard from news reports was that he had been admitted to hospital.

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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2006-08-06 08:30 am (UTC)
i hope that whatever he's in the hospital for is something relatively minor. the world needs more politicians like him, and i admire his sense of humor.
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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2006-08-06 09:00 am (UTC)

Peter started a minor party The Human Rights Party which was to meet in Parliament House on 3rd. May. After he sent letters to various people seeking 750 members (the minimum required under legislation) I signed up. After the meeting scheduled for the 3rd. May (I didn't attend) Peter joined the Australian Labor Party (NSW) but then after publishing a book suggesting certain convicted rapists might be innocent (?) and allegedly sending a copy to the victim's mother he was asked to apologise or leave the Australian Labor Party.

I would imagine he is suffering from the aftershock of publicity.

He a letter to myself which is in the hands of the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

He made some very valid points very succinctly.
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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2006-08-06 09:40 pm (UTC)
i agree with the ideas of "human rights", tolerance and equality for everyone regardless of religion (or lack thereof), race, ethnicity, or sexuality. i'm not sure about the issue of some rapists having been wrongly convicted, unless he's talking about something like DNA evidence that would prove a given man didn't commit the rape (but who did?). and sending a copy of his book to the victim's family was rather insensitive. but i hope he continues to present the concepts of human rights before the Parliament.
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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2006-08-07 03:43 am (UTC)
this would seem to be vaguely related to the whole concept of tolerance and equal rights.
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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2006-08-07 09:33 am (UTC)

Whatever "this" is it's a protected entry and I can't read it.


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