Judge who compared homosexuality to incest to face Judicial Commission
New South Wales District Court Judge Garry Neilson made headlines earlier this week after comparing homosexuality to incest. Neilson suggested just as homosexuality is now accepted, one day incest may no longer be considered taboo, too.
Neilson’s comments sparked community outrage and his remarks have now been referred to the Judicial Commission.
NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard has also asked the Chief Judge of the District Court to remove Judge Garry Neilson from presiding over any criminal trials until the Judicial Commission has dealt with the matter.
Neilson made the comments whilst presiding over a case in which a man had been accused of repeatedly raping his sister.
Neilson said; “The community may no longer see a sexual advance of a brother towards his adult sister as taboo, in the way that homosexuality was unacceptable and criminal in the 1950s but was now widely accepted.”
Sydney Morning Herald court reporter, Louise Hall, broke the news of Neilson’s comments yesterday.
The Attorney-General expressed his concerns at reading the comments and said the community had a right to be appalled.
"Incest is completely reprehensible, unacceptable, disgusting and criminal, Hazzard told the ABC. "Accordingly I have taken advice as to the appropriate course and have today determined that I will, on behalf of the NSW Government and on behalf of the NSW community, refer His Honour to the Judicial Commission of NSW."