Sabres sheathed after apologies

Peace activist Bryan Law.
Peace activist Bryan Law. Sharyn Oneill

ANTI-WAR protester Bryan Law and Rockhampton Regional Council had plenty to say about each other during the Talisman Sabre exercises.

But neither would elaborate yesterday on an advert which the council placed in The Morning Bulletin.

The ad, headed apology, included this statement: "Without any admission of liability, Mayor Brad Carter and CEO Evan Pardon, on behalf of Rockhampton Regional Council, apologise to Mr Bryan Law and Ms Margaret Pestorius for withdrawing their tickets to the Talisman Sabre gala dinner on July 9, 2011."

Asked to elaborate, a council spokeswoman would say only that the ad was self explanatory and there would be no further details given.

The Bulletin understands that the apology, and a similar one from Mr Law for his behaviour towards the mayor and his wife, Mr Pardon and his partner outside the gala and in a council meeting, is the final act of a mediated agreement.

Mr Law, who is being prosecuted for attacking a US helicopter at Rockhampton Airport during his protests against the exercise, made a complaint to the Anti-discrimination Commission after his tickets to the gala ball were withdrawn.

He claimed the Mayor and CEO had discriminated against him because of his religious and political beliefs.

An official source has confirmed that both parties agreed as part of the settlement not to make any comment.

Meanwhile the adjourned case against Mr Law is due back in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on December 14.

Topics:  bryan law rockhampton regional council

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