'Thoughtless' Jones not welcome

Alan Jones, pictured addressing the crowd at a Queensland CSG protest in Feburary, has had his invitation to address next week's Rock the Gate concert in Murwillumbah dropped.
Alan Jones, pictured addressing the crowd at a Queensland CSG protest in Feburary, has had his invitation to address next week's Rock the Gate concert in Murwillumbah dropped. Tim Braban

MURWILLUMBAH Rock The Gate Northern Rivers concert organisers have withdrawn the invitation for controversial broadcaster Alan Jones to speak at their protest saying he was a "thoughtless bastard" for claiming Julia Gillard's late father "died of shame". 

Organiser Michael McNamara said public feedback on Facebook, email and phone had been split, but in the end he and his wife Julie made the call to uninvite Mr Jones.

"I don't think anybody would argue that Alan Jones, in his reported comments about Julia Gillard and her father has (sic) been a "thoughtless bastard"," Mr McNamara has posted on Rock the Gate's Facebook page.

"That anybody would suggest that a parent died of shame because of their child is so beyond the pale that it beggars belief that anybody, let alone someone with any sort of public profile, would think it, let alone make it.

"To make such a comment within two weeks of the death of Julie Gillard's father suggests such a lack of human compassion as to be incomprehensible.

"In terms of our personal integrity, we believe that we had to make a strong statement that reflected our abhorrence of his comments. We had to decide whether, in all conscience and with our personal integrity intact, we could welcome him to the stage in Murwillumbah.

"Accordingly, we have decided to withdraw the invitation to Alan Jones to speak."

Mr Jones was to be one of several speakers to address the anti-CSG concert on October 13 which is expected to draw at least 2500 protestors.

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