Both host Tim Wilms and Associate Editor of The Unshackled Tom Pirrone were present on the first day of the trial of the Bendigo three in Melbourne on Monday 4th September 2017. Since this is the biggest attack on free speech in Australia yet we thought we’d get together to discuss the trial and the verdict and its implications to bring you another Report Show.
The Bendigo three is made up of Blair Cottrell Leader of the United Patriots Front, Christopher Shortis and Neil Erikson. They were found to breached Victoria’s Racial Religious Tolerance Act by offending Muslims by Magistrate John Hardy in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. This was for their staging of a mock beheading during their campaign against the construction of the Bendigo Mosque in 2015. They were fined $2000 each with a conviction recorded against Cottrell. All three have stated they will appeal.
We first discuss the mock beheading video which led to the charge which was brought by the Victorian Government, not a Muslim that was offended. We also comment on the typical leftist counter protest outside the court and how this intimidation and thuggery is rampant in Melbourne. We comment on the brilliant defense that was put forward by the trio on how they were being prosecuted for mocking an illegal act and the government was implying that beheading is a part of Islam. We also discuss the consequences of the verdict which has the chilling effect of making the community hesitant to criticise Islam and question the spread of Islam in Australia. We also express our disappointment at the media coverage of this trial including from some conservative commentators.
Links to Bendigo Three Trial Coverage
Fast: Outside the Trial of the Bendigo Three
Bendigo Three Verdict Biggest Attack on Free Speech Yet