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Part A

In an address to the IPA titled “Freedom Wars”, Tony Abbott declared that it is his intention to repeal s18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, claiming that this section of the Act impacts upon Freedom of Speech. This ideal of freedom of speech is that which we should all aspire to, however, as a friend once stated: You mean the freedom to be an asshole. We will explore this later.

The text of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) can be found via Austlii.

Section C18 of the Act, that being which Tony Abbott so vehemently opposes concerns offensive behaviour because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin. That’s correct, it’s offensive behaviour, with the specifics being:

For an act to be unlawful it must fulfill the following criteria:

  • that the action causes words, sounds, images or writing to be communicated to the public; or…

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Letter from an irate Facebook user

One of our supporters recently sent this letter to Facebook’s Australian office after we were able to supply him with the address.

This is in a period when the tragic killing of a serving soldier in London apparently by extremists was hijacked by the motley collection of low-life street thugs known as the EDL, whose equally stupid Australian counterpart is the ADL. This is in a period when racist comments were made to and about an Indigenous footballer and sadly were followed by matching remarks from prominent commentators. This is after we have had a spate of racist incidents on public transport.

And of course the bogot bottom-feeders that infest Facebook have been taking full advantage of these events.

So our supporter took them on at various sites for these and other matters where they gather but so concerned was Facebook at the prospect of losing their bogot customer base that they fried his account.

Dear sir/madam
I have to write to you by snail mail because you do not publish an email address nor do you have a phone number to call. You have one billion customers but no help desk.

I have been banned by you on several occasions, the first for daring to suggest to channel 9 they should show the greenpeace anti rubbish commercial. I believe you banned 100 or more users that day.
More recently a race hate page was set up on your system. I found that page after the Brisbane Times ran a story because the anti-Islam rally the page organised had zero attendees. On the race hate page the organisers have advertised they are calling for recruits for a secret society to wage war against Islam in Australia. Upon seeing this I contacted several police departments, a dozen or so politicians I know and some news outlets. And then you banned me. You leave a race hate page running and you ban the people trying to protect society. I couldn’t inform you because you banned me and to inform you of anything I have to log in.
You require on one of the accounts that I provide government photographic ID.

ASIO, the AFP, my local police and my local members of parliament have told me it is illegal for you to ask for photographic ID, and most especially as you had no Australian address, no Australian contact phone number not even a phone number in the USA. So you wont be getting photographic ID.

As for phone numbers, I like to be a part of the 6.3 Billion people who don’t have a mobile phone.
Since finding the race hate page being run on your system I have contacted ASIO, because it is establishing a terrorist organisation. I have contacted the CIA in the USA because the race hate page is recruiting citizens of the USA in the USA. I have contacted the FBI because of the USA citizens on that race hate page. I have contacted the Australian federal Police because you are in contravention of many laws by allowing a race hate page to exist, by asking for government photographic ID, by banning Australians from trying to report law infractions. Ditto with the Queensland and NSW police. All the major media outlets are aware of your illegal practices and your total disregard for Australian law and Australians trying to fight racism. Please restore both accounts, I will decide which I want to keep. Please cooperate fully with ASIO, CIA, FBP, AFP and all police departments who contact you and please provide an Australian phone number where concerned citizens can contact you directly without having to get banned because you have no contact address and no way of informing you what illegal actions are happening under your protection.

If you were watching a recent episode of ABC’s The Checkout you will note that even the redoubtable Chaser team were unable to crack the Kremlin of the West.

Yet ironically parts of the Moscow Kremlin these days are freely accessible to locals and foreign tourists.

Welcome to the Kremlin – but not to Facebook

Here’s some screen grabs as Craig Reucassel tries to engage the mysterious Facebook minions.

Facebook delivers the fastest fuckoff in history to Craig Reucassel and The Checkout team

Facebook delivers the fastest fuckoff in history to Craig Reucassel and The Checkout team

Watch the full segment on Episode 9 Terms and Conditions here

So for those daring enough, here is as much information as we have been able to gather.

Facebook’s Australian office can be found  at

FACEBOOK AUSTRALIA
Level 31, RBS Tower,

88 Phillip St,
Sydney NSW 2000

Level 18 77 King Street
Sydney NSW 2000

There is one available e mail address which is meant for the press.

press@facebook.com UPDATE: Even this one now does not work

And the Australian CEO is William Easton and his Facebook page is here

Also remember #FBrape, the Twitter campaign we featured recently? Writing to advertisers and letting them know when social media is being irresponsible does work.

Mind how you go… 😉

“Greg Jessop” pulls imaginary friends from his arse

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We were hoping this Twitter twerp had finally disappeared up his own arse after having been outed most effectively by his latest intended victim on the ABC Religion and Ethics site no less.

Nothing ethical about Twerp as you can see.

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However in its constant quest for love social media validation it has lurched about , found a new target and proceeded to defame this person.

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So what do we know about Twerp?

1. Obsession with Russian men

Yes folks Twerp created a fake using as a profile pic the image of real life Russian footballer Sergey Serapov and proceeded to try and spam our page and Twitter with it.

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We are sure the real Sergey would not be impressed. In fact we’d be happy to send Twerp over to the lads at FC Pskov for kicking practice except we suspect Twerp is such a lardy even the great Maradona could not have booted him into the net.

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We did have a giggle at Twerp’s failed name-check there for someone called “Amy” – maybe that was the bit where he got up and waddled out to order yet another home-delivered killer-joule snack?

Twerp’s next object of desire is another Russian, an unnamed model from an online fashion magazine.

Not one to let reality or even originality intrude, Twerp christened him “Igor Saratov”.

Fake “Igor” even has a Facebook page.

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Unnamed Russian model from whom Twerp made his Igor

2.Obsessed with homosexuality

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Seems to have a connection with the handsome young Russians. Hmmm…

You see we know Twerp is well into middle age and has at least one kid, and we hope that Mrs Twerp and kid might have found out early in the piece and scarpered to greener and safer pastures.

Life with a phobic sociopath cannot really be fun. Even one with a UNSW degree…

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Peter Tolmie and the Zombie Stalkers

We get a lot of unwanted cyber-stalkers here, on the Facebook page and on Twitter. Some of their efforts are somewhat idiotically amusing. We agree with the PM that the education system needs fixing if it has produced mentalists like this one.

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We’ve been collecting a few from the Support Tony Abbott page since we exposed them. Rather than being just amusing and serving to highlight the deep idiocy of bogots, some are quite disturbed and obsessive.

For instance after we were visited by Slim, a radio ham from West Chatswood in Sydney started annoying us on Twitter.

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For any radio hams out there here’s Tolmie’s call sign so you can block him.

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Tolmie  proceeded to spam our Facebook page with this:

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Happy to have a  chat? Oh we just bet you are.

Here’s Radiohead himself.

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And a defamatory graphic straight from Peter’s profile.

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Now it seems that TAB is not the only place to attract the unwanted ministrations of this bored little North Shore man.

Someone had the temerity to dare to take him to task for his posts.

No one told her that in Tolmie’s bizarre alternate universe no one is allowed to disagree with him.

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So he then proceeded to create some rather odd software implying that he knew where this person lived and where her business was.

We’ve all heard that sort of rubbish before.

Yeah yeah yeah we know (yawn)

We know where he lives but he is way too boring to visit.

Best thing to do is to alert your local police so they can respond if any weirdos decide to turn up at your place.

They will we assure you remove the offensive entity.

In fact our Twitter person mentioned this stalking and harassment after being assailed with rubbish from this creature and its pals.

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And in a chat with one of his cronies, Radiohead revealed he was going to try and single-handedly bring down the PM, conveniently forgetting his defamatory profile pic.

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We gather that the PM’s office has filed the stalker’s rant in the round filing cabinet or the icon marked Recycle. She must get a heap of rubbish mail from deluded stalkers like Peter Tolmie.

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The “Ivan” mentioned here is elderly Queensland motorbike collector Ivan Tipp. Ivan has a couple of Facebook profiles and is well-known as a mouthy troll.

And we have been reliably informed that Peter and his pals were behind this disruptive demo in the Public Gallery in the House of Representatives during Question Time.

From ABC’s The World Today

ANNA BURKE, SPEAKER: The Prime Minister has the call.

(Member of the public yells indiscernible words from the public gallery)

GOVERNMENT MP: This is the culture you’ve created.

SAMANTHA HAWLEY: The first Question Time for the sitting fortnight was interrupted by a number of protesters in the public gallery.

PROTESTOR: Liar!

MP: Get out!

(General unrest)

“Juliar”, one yelled, before being led away.

The Speaker, Anna Burke:

ANNA BURKE: This is Question Time. It is not a football match! The Prime Minister has the call.

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Ivan Tipp: Grumpy Old Man

Greg Jessop -Twerp the Twitter twat

Our Twitter feed has recently been visited by an unwelcome intruder calling himself “Greg Jessop”.

Just for now we will pretend it is theoretically his real name, though he does share it with some character in the British soap opera East Enders.

We also wonder why any dumb troll would be foolish enough to use their real name anyway when they post stuff like this one does.

But to show our scepticism we might just call this one Twerp, especially since it apparently gets extremely butt-hurt if its (fake?) name is mentioned anywhere though it quite happily trolls Twitter and serious forums such as Whirlpool.

Typical bogot behaviour.

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So eager is Twerp to get its anger off its puny chest it even accused our female Twitter admin of being a …wait for it…paedophile (gasp!).

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The chances of that being true are one in several billion.

And it is defamatory.

You see unlike Twerp, we didn’t get our legal knowledge out of a cornflakes packet

So Twerp is definitely someone who craves attention. No matter if it is of the kind it will come to regret.

Look at moi, look at moi, look at moi -with apologies to Kath and Kim

Strangely enough (or maybe not so strangely) our contacts in the mining industry have never heard of Twerp. There is someone with the same surname, same location and the same alleged profession on Linked-in but that is where it ends.

Twerp could be an avid Centrelink client for all we know. Or awaiting Her Maj’s pleasure in a house of correction.

Of course we at TAB include in our number a nuclear physicist, a Nobel Prize winning evolutionary biologist and a three-hat chef who nevertheless doesn’t swear.

See, you can say just about anything about yourself on the Interwebz

And  Twerp’s attacks are not confined to our Twitter feed. Take a look at these.

No one knows why anyone would pick on comedian Corinne Grant but there you go. Anyone who has insights into the bizarre behaviour of nasty misogynist sociopathic Internet trolls like Twerp would make a fortune writing a psychology textbook.

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In fact we could probably append that weighty tome to our own star-studded CVs and add the Booker Prize to our list of achievements 😉 .

Not to be outdone in the shock and awe stakes, Twerp then tackles journalist Joe Hildebrand. Not sure what Twerp has got in for Joe, but it could have something to do with Joe’s recently successful Dumb, Drunk & Racist TV series.

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And there’s more

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You see, Joe will tell you himself that people who are dumb, drunk and racist take themselves very very seriously. And we can attest that Twerp is definitely the first and last. As for Twerp’s sobriety, we don’t know and we don’t care. It’s his liver.

This could allegedly be Twerp’s liver. Allegedly. Note there is no bacon. So it’s not Strayan.

And here’s more Twerp showing his misogyny.

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And just to add the icing to the cake of hate, here’s some homophobia.

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If you have a strong stomach you can catch more of Twerp here.

You will note that Twerp’s pose as Twitter’s own self-appointed moral compass and judge of others is not backed up by one of his images of choice. In fact that picture has been passed around the Internet by every Tom and dickless Harry like a lascivious bawd in a Restoration comedy.
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But if you want to know the provenance of the image, TAB is happy to provide it. It is part of the collection left by one of Australia’s greatest photographers, Reynolds Mark “Rennie” Ellis who died in 2003.

Man with Australian flag draped over his shoulders. © Rennie Ellis, 1985, courtesy of the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive

So we wondered why Twerp was so eager to take TAB to task for exposing the utterances of racists, bigots, homophobes and misogynists to public scrutiny and criticism yet was happy to misuse the work of an iconic Australian photographer as Twerpy trolls, tweets and twats his ponderously humourless way across the Internet.

Whirlpool Forums doesn’t get many trolls but that does not stop the Twerp. Here he is taking the flat earth climate change denier stance, typically without evidence.

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And there’s a heads-up for the UN, chief demon of the far right. Foil hats anyone?

Ivan Tipp: Grumpy Old Man

Ivan Tipp is a pensioner who lives in Queensland, is a noisy “contributor” to social media, blogs and newspaper comments and a passionate advocate of identity politics – which as we have often pointed out is an infantile view of a mythologised past.

Ivan gets very angry sometimes and likes to share his anger with the rest of the country. He shows this by using LOTS OF CAPITAL LETTERS and exclamation marks!! Australia take note!!

And we can find out lots about Ivan by reading his outpourings which span the gamut of social media.

1. Ivan likes to share his message by spamming this blog. Here we discover Ivan is misogynist with a particular hatred for Julia Gillard.

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2. On Facebook Ivan is an anti-Semite as well as misogynist.

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3. Ivan has a Twitter account where he likes to pose as a nuclear physicist and reveal his hatred of Julia Gillard and of people from the Middle East.

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4. Ivan has even set up a compendium of his wisdom on YouTube

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5. Ivan likes change.org because he gets to vent yet more spleen on useless Internet campaigns. Not sure what cancer has to do with his fervent desire to have sex with Tanya Plibersek and defame her husband.

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6. Ivan is a keen fan of feminine hygiene products as revealed on a blog.

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7. Muslims as well as Jews attract the ire of this truly patrootic Strayan. You can see how important this post is because it uses expletives as well as CAPITAL LETTERS.

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Robbie Farah Calls Police After Troll Tweets About His Dead Mother

Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah has called on the police and politicians to act after he was the recipient of a distasteful message on Twitter about his late mother.

Farah called on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to tighten social media laws after he received the vile message, demanding that the so-called Twitter trolls be held accountable for their actions. He also stated that he had contacted police over the matter.

The laws are piss weak and people should be accountable for their comments. 

"We all need to make a stand and get these scums off twitter" ... Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah.

”We all need to make a stand and get these scums off twitter,” a clearly angry Farah said on the social networking site. ”The laws are piss weak and people should be accountable for their comments.”

He also sent a message directly to the PM. ”We need @JuliaGillard to take some action and change these soft laws. people need to be accountable for their comments,” he said.

Farah’s mother Sonia died in June after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Farah’s grief was made more public after he played a leading role for NSW in a State of Origin victory just days before she passed away. He was also forced to withdraw from the Tigers’ clash with Sydney Roosters after his mother died on the day of the game. The anonymous Twitter user sent sick references about Sonia Farah directly to the Wests Tigers star. Farah retweeted the message to his more than 27,000 followers. The Herald has chosen not to repeat the offensive tweet.

Later, Farah said he had contacted the police, while the account of the user who sent the message was last night shut down.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell also weighed in, saying in a message to Farah he would support action being taken in the matter. ”shouldn’t matter who target is – completely unacceptable,” he wrote. ”Will follow up & happy to work with Feds to stop it.”

The same Twitter troll sent several messages to Canberra fullback Josh Dugan yesterday.

Farah’s actions in highlighting the offensive tweet and making a stand might prompt stricter laws around social media.

Last month a 17-year-old boy was arrested in England for using Twitter to tell British diver Tom Daley – whose father Rob died of cancer last year – that he had let his father down by missing out on a medal.

That incident came four months after a Swansea University student was jailed for 56 days for posting racially offensive comments about the Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the pitch during an FA Cup tie in March.

The act of ”trolling” has been a talking point in recent weeks after TV star Charlotte Dawson was hospitalised after persistent harassment.

‘Pimp slap’: Vodafone staffer goes postal

August 1, 2012

Asher Moses Asher Moses Technology Editor

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One of the tweets Kotsopoulos posted yesterday.

A Vodafone store employee who describes himself as the telco’s “social media expert” and “ambassador” has been deriding customers on Twitter and Facebook as “mentally retarded” and threatened them with a “pimp slap backhand”.

Vodafone, which has lost 600,000 customers since mid-2010 after network and other issues, confirmed that Arthur Kotsopoulos was a retail employee working in the Sydney CBD and was part of the telco’s “TNT Ambassadors” program. He also wrote articles and reviews for Vodafone’s blog but the telco says his “self-appointed” title of “social media expert” was “not endorsed by the company”.

Some of the things he is saying publicly are racist and sexist and hardly appropriate for someone who’s identifying themselves as working for a corporation.

      Tiphereth Gloria, social media expert

In just a few tweets yesterday, Mr Kotsopoulos, who goes by the Twitter handle “GrathiusXR”, managed to ridicule Vodafone customers, suppliers and co-workers.

Arthur Kotsopoulos next to a grab from his LinkedIn page.

“HTC rep just walked in get ready for another hour of blabbering about what are the worst phones on the market,” he wrote yesterday at 1:19pm.

A minute or so later he derided a casual employee he was working with at the store that day. “She changes music & puts on this filthy emo music. Literally want to neck myself,” he writes.

But his harshest barbs were reserved for customers. “To top it off i’m serving mentally retarded people who buy phones and have no clue how to use them. Asking me to message people for them. Creating contacts for them and dictating me to enter the contact names then screaming at me when I spell it wrong. Speak English idiot!”

One of the tweets Kotopoulos posted yesterday.

His rage continued on to Facebook, where his profile was open to the public. He wondered in a post yesterday whether “the local mental institution shut down today or something”.

“If I have to serve another person who repeats everything I say like a parrot or I have to explain the same thing to them more then 6 times somebody is going to cop a pimp slap backhand,” he wrote.

“It’s starting to get extremely frustrating right now. Don’t buy a phone IF you have absolutely no idea how to even use the most simple of functions.”

Another of the tweets Kotsopoulos posted yesterday.

It doesn’t appear to be a momentary lapse of judgment as in February this year he tweeted that “some European women would be drop dead gorgeous if they didn’t open their mouth to speak”.

“Ugliest voices I’ve heard in my life. Served an amazing Brazillian with a booty but when she opened her mouth eeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrr….,” he continued.

On his LinkedIn page Mr Kotsopoulos says he has been Vodafone’s “social media expert” since November last year. He also lists his job at the Vodafone George Street store in Sydney where he has worked since October 2010.

On Facebook and on Twitter he lists another role at Vodafone, “TNT Ambassador”. He describes this as: “Front-line for technological queries for Vodafone AU. Lending my ideas on how to sell the latest phones on the market as well as checking out what’s to come.”

He writes on LinkedIn “since I am apart of the Y Generation I have the knowledge in technology and handsets that allows me to generate content for the [Vodafone] blog”.

Of his retail sales experience at Vodafone, he writes that he has “learnt to have a certain etiquette when it comes to communicating” with customers.

A Vodafone spokesman said the telco welcomed feedback from its customers and employees in any forum but was “disappointed” with Mr Kotsopoulos’ views, which did not reflect those of the company.

“We will be following up with Mr Kotsopoulos on why he expressed these views,” the spokesman said.

Of Mr Kotsopoulos’ Vodafone “ambassador” claim, the telco said it ran a program for retail staff called “Talking New Technology” that encouraged staff to give feedback on the technology the company sells. Vodafone has referred to people in this group as “TNT ambassadors”.

Mr Kotsopoulos also works for video game review site OXCGN.com. On his Facebook “about” section he lists the things he hates. These include Australia (“and the scum people that populate it”) and the internet (“full of keyboard heroes, idiots who think they are actually something special coz they can swear”).

Social media expert Tiphereth Gloria, from VML Australia, said Mr Kotsopoulos’ social media experience meant he had no excuse for not knowing what he was doing.

“It’s like he wants people to see his rants and he probably thinks his managers are not going to notice or he’s egotistical enough to think he can get away with it,” she said.

“I don’t know what their [Vodafone’s] internal and external social media policies are, but some of the things he is saying publicly are racist and sexist and hardly appropriate for someone who’s identifying themselves as working for a corporation.”

Ms Gloria recommended companies have clear social media policies that link to their general HR policies. She said spot checks on personal social media channels should be carried out by managers when employees have identifying bios showing the company details.

Anthony Mason, manager of digital research and analysis at social media monitoring firm SR7, said this incident would damage the reputation of Vodafone in the eyes of consumers, business clients and employees.

“Incidents such as these should further crystallise the high potential for social media risk, particularly stemming from employee activity, to damage corporate brands,” he said.

“This risk is not limited to brand damage either; employees are the key source of corporate information leakage on social media platforms.”

Mr Mason said companies could implement intelligence monitoring tools that detect risky posts or accounts and provide early warnings.

In a new comment provided after publication of this article, Vodafone said it had suspended Kotsopoulos pending a full investigation. It apologised for anyone who was offended by the comments, which the telco said it was “appalled” by and “clearly contravene Vodafone social media policy and guidelines for acceptable conduct by employees”.

 

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Nick Sowden’s Pro-Rape Stance

Not satisfied with calling TV identity Corrine Grant a pig, cunt and a prostitute, and calling for ‘black folk’ to pack rape her, this guy then turns his attention to fellow Australian Steve, who is putting his political opinions forward in a completely non-confrontational way. See it all here: